By Fiona Ortiz

Illinois families fight transgender access to school locker room

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A lawyer for dozens of families from a suburban Chicago high school district argued in court on Monday that students' privacy was being violated at a school that allowed a transgender girl access to the girls' locker room under...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 2:38 AM

Muslim woman sues Chicago over arrest, stripping off of head garment

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Muslim woman has sued six Chicago police officers alleging abuse and harassment after she was arrested as she entered a train station on July 4, 2015, stripped of her head garment and jailed overnight, a Muslim civil rights group...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 11:47 PM

Scars of Ferguson protests shape Missouri governor's race

By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - Protests over a police killing of an unarmed black youth in Ferguson, Missouri two years ago forged a new national civil rights movement, and are now shaping a law-and-order message from Republican candidates for state governor...

Friday, July 29, 2016, 7:15 PM

Michael Jordan speaks against both police killings, targeting of police

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Basketball legend Michael Jordan spoke out on police violence on Monday and announced two $1 million grants, to civil rights group NAACP's Legal Defense Fund and to a group that works on improving police relations with...

Monday, July 25, 2016, 5:48 PM

Illinois Republican lawmaker resigns, cites Facebook, Twitter hacks

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A prominent Illinois Republican has resigned from the state legislature, citing multiple incidents of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts set up in his name in recent weeks. "After some cyber security issues arose, I...

Monday, July 25, 2016, 5:44 PM

Michael Jordan speaks against both police killings, targeting of police

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Basketball legend Michael Jordan spoke out on police violence on Monday and announced two $1 million grants, to civil rights group NAACP's Legal Defense Fund and to a group that works on improving police relations with...

Monday, July 25, 2016, 3:30 PM

Illinois Republican lawmaker resigns, cites Facebook, Twitter hacks

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A prominent Illinois Republican has resigned from the state legislature, citing multiple incidents of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts set up in his name in recent weeks. "After some cyber security issues arose, I...

Monday, July 25, 2016, 1:08 PM

Chicago police shootings declining, use of Tasers up

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago police shootings are declining and use of electrocuting Tasers is up, data released by a watchdog agency showed on Friday, suggesting training in non-lethal force is beginning to take hold in the embattled department...

Friday, July 15, 2016, 4:36 PM

Expanding web of lawsuits follows Chicago police shooting

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A web of lawsuits stemming from a police shooting in Chicago in December could expand further after the officer sued the city claiming he shot two people dead because he was not properly trained to handle the mentally ill, a...

Friday, July 1, 2016, 5:35 AM

Iowa Supreme Court upholds rule against felons voting

By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - Iowa's Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, on Thursday upheld the state's ban on voting for people with felony convictions, dismissing a claim from a woman who sued to be able to vote despite a conviction for a drug crime. The...

Friday, July 1, 2016, 1:26 AM

Chicago loses 'Star Wars' museum to California

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Filmmaker George Lucas is pulling his "Star Wars" museum project out of Chicago in favor of a California location after he ran into legal challenges from an open-spaces group in Chicago, he said on Friday. Lucas...

Friday, June 24, 2016, 10:43 PM

Chicago loses 'Star Wars' museum to California

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Filmmaker George Lucas is pulling his "Star Wars" museum project out of Chicago in favor of a California location after he ran into legal challenges from an open-spaces group in Chicago, he said on Friday. Lucas...

Friday, June 24, 2016, 10:43 PM

'Hamilton' fans endure heat for hot tickets in Chicago

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Thursday, June 23, 2016, 12:46 AM

'Hamilton' fans endure heat for hot tickets in Chicago

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of "Hamilton" fans lined up in Chicago for as much as 24 hours in 90-degree heat to buy the year's hottest theater tickets, for the award-winning hip-hop musical about the United States' first Treasury secretary in its...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 12:15 AM

Chicago man arrested for murder just after suing police

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of murder, shortly after he left his own news conference where he announced he was suing the city for $15 million over an incident two years ago when he alleged being shot seven...

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 5:48 AM

Illinois Democrats seek temporary budget to keep government open

By Fiona Ortiz SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - The financially troubled state of Illinois edged closer on Tuesday to a government shutdown as Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor failed to resolve a budget impasse ahead of a midnight deadline...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 3:32 AM