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Chicago in 2013: A look back at Chicago news in 2013

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

With 2014 close upon us, FOX 32 took a look at Chicago news over the past year.

Following Huffington Post's lead, FOX 32 reviewed some of the biggest news stories of the year.

The year began with more of what 2012 had been known for: violence in our streets. The senseless murder of an innocent 15-year-old south sider by the name of Hadiya Pendleton captured the nation's attention and cemented Chicago's reputation as America's murder capital. Even first lady Michelle Obama came home to Chicago to attend Hadiya‘s funeral.

More gun violence followed months later at Cornell Square Park on the south side when 13 people were shot, including a three-year-old boy.

Still as the year comes to a close, police Superintendent Gary Mccarthy can claim progress. The city is on target to log fewer murders than in any year since 1965.

The year 2013 will also be remembered for a stunning fall from grace for former congressman Jessie Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi Jackson, the former city councilman.

Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds for wide array of personal items, including a $43,000 Rolex watch and a mink cashmere cape. His wife was sentenced to a year in prison for filing false tax returns.

In April we said goodbye to legendary film critic Roger Ebert.

Ebert was 70-years old. He put Chicago on the map in much the same way Charlie Trotter did in the world of fine dining.

Trotter, arguably Chicago's first celebrity chef, died in November at the age of 54.

Sweeping changes in public education also caught the attention of the public this year. The largest shutdown in recent U.S. history took place this year with 49 CPS schools closing their doors. A controversial decision the school board claimed was necessary due to massive budget deficits. Critics protested that communities would lose the glue that held them together and that students would suffer traveling to school through new and sometimes dangerous neighborhoods.

In more positive news, a milestone victory for gay rights took place as Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage. Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill during a ceremony November 20th declaring, "love never fails." The law takes effect June first.

And what a finish to a phenomenal year, when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup this June. The Blackhawks scored twice in a 17 second span to erase a one goal deficit and beat the Bruins in game six of the Stanley Cup finals, clinching the series four games to two. For the Hawks, it's their second Stanley Cup in four seasons!

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