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Smollett, who is black and openly gay and plays a gay character on the Fox network hip-hop drama "Empire," was previously charged in a criminal complaint with lying to police.
As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepares to exit City Hall after eight years in office, his Jewish supporters tout his commitment to helping people and his record of economic development in the city.
Justin Hanson incensed that Holocaust denier is representing party in November election
The lawsuit was being prepared after Smollett, 36, refused a demand by the city for $130,000, said Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the city's Department of Law.
The request for “immediate payment” came in a letter from the Chicago Department of Law to Smollett, a member of the cast of the Fox television series “Empire.”
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
A kosher deli in Chicago that employs special needs workers and donates all of its profits to charity is closing.
By MARCY OSTER/JTA
The actor pleaded no contest to these charges, including a DUI and driving without a license, in 2007 and received two years probation for his actions.
By ZACHARY KEYSER,TAMAR BEERI
“We went from extreme happiness to mourning, it’s unbearable.”
By JEREMY SHARON
Eliyahu Moscowitz was a kashrut supervisor at a store in the region and was killed on the eve of Simchat Torah.
By HADAS LABRISCH
Prior to being elected mayor in 2011, Rahm Emanuel served as a congressman in Illinois and as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff.
“What does it entail? I can’t say anything about Israel, I can’t say anything about being Jewish?” said Suzanne Vega, a New Yorker who planned a visit Chicago to see friends.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
Itay Milner, deputy consul general of Israel to the Midwest, described the event on Facebook.
Raphael Golb is the son of Dead Sea Scrolls expert Norman Golb, a professor at the University of Chicago.
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