Daywatch: R. Kelly convicted of racketeering conspiracy | Radio host Eric Ferguson sued over alleged sexual coercion | What to know about boosters

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    American singer, songwriter, and record producer

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In federal courtroom far from his hometown, remnants of R. Kelly’s superstardom evaporate in sweeping racketeering, sex crimes conviction

Chicago-born R&B singer R. Kelly was convicted by a federal jury in New York on Monday of racketeering conspiracy and eight other counts alleging he headed a criminal enterprise that employed agents, runners, bodyguards and others to lure and trap girls and young women to satisfy his sexually predatory desires.

Kelly, one of the biggest music stars Chicago has ever produced, faces anywhere from 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on May 4.

Former WTMX staffer sues ‘Eric in the Morning’ host Eric Ferguson, alleging radio star coerced sexual favors

A former assistant producer for WTMX-FM’s popular “Eric in the Morning” show has sued host Eric Ferguson, alleging he abused his power as the radio station’s “anointed sacred cow” to coerce sexual favors early in her career, then blocked promotions as punishment after she refused to resume an “unwelcome sexual relationship.”

Northwestern cancels fraternity activities, protesters call for abolishing ‘Greek life’ after reports of students being drugged at frat houses

Northwestern University has temporarily discontinued social events and recruitment activities at fraternities and protesters on campus called for the school to “abolish Greek life” in the wake of reports that students were allegedly drugged without consent at frat houses.

Northwestern officials issued an alert to students about multiple aggravated assault cases involving students who said they were drugged at the houses.

One person said they had been drugged Friday at a gathering at 2325 Sheridan Road in Evanston, the site of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, currently in its first year back after a yearslong suspension stemming from conduct the student-run Interfraternity Council in 2017 said made “the Northwestern community less and less safe.”

The Great Chicago Fire destroyed 17,450 buildings. Here are six that survived and still stand today.

Buildings throughout Chicago claim to have “survived” the 1871 fire, which destroyed just about everything, including edifices that were so-called fireproof, in a three-mile swath of the city.

Here’s a look at six structures that were in the path of the fire 150 years ago and remain standing today — though several had to be reconstructed post-fire because of interior damage.

Just opened: Black-owned Provaré puts Creole spin on Italian, and 7 more new Chicago-area restaurants

A new restaurant in Chicago is challenging convention.

“If we had to put a label on it, we would say that we’re Creole-Italian fusion,” said Jourdan Higgs, chef and co-owner at Provaré, which opened Sept. 10 in West Town.

Tribune food critic Louisa Chu profiles Provaré and seven other notable new restaurants in the Chicago area.

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