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Day of prayer set for suburban cabbies
By Anna Marie Kukec | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/9/2009 12:01 AM

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Several suburban and city taxi drivers will be honored Tuesday during a day of prayer, organized by a group of cabbies and their trade publication.

Chicago Dispatcher, the trade publication for the taxi industry, is holding a news conference at 9 a.m. on Monday at its offices, 2341 W. Belmont, Chicago, to discuss the dangers and problems faced by drivers every day in the city and suburbs, said George Lutfallah, the magazine's publisher.

"We're at a point where logic and reasoning aren't working with the city of Chicago," said Lutfallah. "Maybe calling on a higher power will help us."

Those drivers who have been injured or killed include Jamial Osborn of Aurora, who was shot in July 2003, and Mohammad Rafiq Haroon of Des Plaines, who was stabbed in April 2003.

Others include Karl Clermont of Palatine, who had filed a complaint in April after an off-duty Chicago police officer had pulled a gun on him. And Albert Ekekhor, who had a passenger dispute his fare to Mount Prospect and filed a complaint, even after Ekekhor checked the amount with his dispatcher, Lutfallah said.