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Bears 2021 schedule: A look at each of their 17 games this season

The Bears have the third-hardest schedule based on opponents’ 2020 winning percentage.

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Erica Gibson’s tragic death a wake-up call for gun owners

Grieving family members want justice.

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Have you got deep pockets and care about Chicago? Buy the Tribune

As bad as things get around Chicago, does anyone think we’d be better off with fewer reporters walking the streets and corridors of power in this city?

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Exiling the wrong Republican

It’s clear the only way the GOP will get the message that Donald Trump is a toxic force inside the party is to keep losing, and they should.

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Illinois Legislature has a chance to create green energy jobs where they’re needed most

The Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act represents a step in the right direction for our planet, and could be a corrective to decades of racists wrongs by government.

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State lawmakers tackle hair discrimination, inadequate care for new mothers, restraining orders allowing temporary gun seizure

Those were among the measures contained in bills passed by the state House or Senate on Wednesday, a little less than three weeks before the current legislative session is scheduled to end.

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Bears 2021 schedule: A look at each of their 17 games this season

The Bears have the third-hardest schedule based on opponents’ 2020 winning percentage.

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Pervis Staples, co-founder of The Staple Singers, dies at 85

The singer died in his home in South suburban Dolton on May 6.

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Torrey DeVitto and Yaya DaCosta to exit ‘Chicago Med’: Reports

The other major cast members, including S. Epatha Merkerson, Oliver Platt, Nick Gehlfuss, Brian Tee  and Marlyne Barrett, are expected to return for Season 7

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Police seek driver in Gresham fatal crash

A 35-year-old man was killed in a crash May 4 in the 8800 block of South Ashland Avenue.

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Zach LaVine likely will miss NBA playoffs again

Though Bulls are still alive, guard likely will continue his seven-season streak of never getting to the postseason.

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Andersonville Farmers Market opens with higher capacity, fewer restrictions

Shoppers visiting the Andersonville Farmers Market can now bring furry friends and touch products before making their purchases. Masks, social distancing and the use of sanitizer are still required though.

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Downtown march draws groups in support of Palestinians over clashes in Mideast

Demonstrators gathered at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Ida B. Wells Drive on Wednesday afternoon chanting "Free Palestine."

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White Sox’ Jose Abreu has 31 RBI, and he’s just now finding his groove

Reigning MVP collects 700th career RBI

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Teen boy, 17, charged in Longwood Manor carjacking

The 17-year-old allegedly carjacked a woman April 12 in the 9800 block of South Halsted Street.

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Halas Intrigue Episode 163: Breaking down the schedule!

We’ve known who for a while. Now we know when the Bears will play their 2021 opponents.

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Pervis Staples, co-founder of The Staple Singers, dies at 85

The singer died in his home in South suburban Dolton on May 6.

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Feds say an alleged shooter of Jaslyn Adams fled Illinois to avoid prosecution

A prosecutor wrote that the FBI "is seeking the public’s assistance in locating" Devontay Anderson, who is the subject of an "ongoing federal fugitive investigation."

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The Mix: chocolate in Long Grove, Lyric’s Andrew Davis and more cool things to do May 13-19

There’s plenty to see and do in Chicago in the week ahead, online and in-person.

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CPS to bring 31 ‘turnaround’ schools back under district management

The school system plans to phase out its school management partnership with the Academy of Urban School Leadership over the next three years, starting with 16 schools next year.

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White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon’s start pushed back due to tight hamstring, back

Rodon will get two extra days rest; Lance Lynn to start Thursday vs. Twins

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Erica Gibson’s tragic death a wake-up call for gun owners

Grieving family members want justice.

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Pritzker urges Illinoisans to visit … Illinois! Tourism campaign targets locals, residents of nearby states to get behind the wheel

The campaign highlights the "fun and beauty" of the state’s diverse communities, as well as its natural assets and man-made ones, through a $6 million media campaign soundtracked by a play on Champaign, IL band REO Speedwagon’s "Time for Me to Fly."

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State lawmakers tackle hair discrimination, inadequate care for new mothers, restraining orders allowing temporary gun seizure

Those were among the measures contained in bills passed by the state House or Senate on Wednesday, a little less than three weeks before the current legislative session is scheduled to end.

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Mitch Trubisky to return to Soldier Field in preseason

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky will play at Soldier Field in 2021 after all.  Maybe he’ll even start.

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1 killed, 1 critically hurt in Chatham fire

The blaze broke out in a building in the 7900 block of South Maryland Avenue, according to Chicago fire officials.

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When will Justin Fields play? ‘What’s the best way for us to win games?’

There will come a moment when it’s apparent that starting Fields is the best thing for the Bears, both in the short and long terms. Every day until then will feature the drumbeat of city-wide curiosity: how far does Fields have to go to get to that point?

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Greater transparency would make Mayor Lightfoot’s tough job a little easier

When Lightfoot was running for mayor, she promised time and again to bring greater transparency, oversight and accountability to City Hall.

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Fire hoping for change starting Thursday at D.C. United

The Fire enter Thursday’s match at D.C. United on a three-game losing streak and know things must be different soon.

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The Big Lie becomes official policy of the Republican Party

Rep. Liz Cheney understands to the marrow: The Big Lie that Trump won the presidential election is an attack on the very foundation of American democracy.

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The more Republicans bow to Trump’s lies, the more they destroy their party’s future

Seventy percent of Republicans believe the lie that Trump won the presidential election. But that’s less than one-third — and shrinking — of the total electorate.

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Man stabbed during argument in Logan Square

The 60-year-old was stabbed Wednesday in the 2600 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.

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Joc Pederson starting to heat up for the Cubs at the right time

Pederson had another big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 in the Cubs’ 2-1 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.

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Cubs’ Kris Bryant leaves game after getting hit in the left wrist.

Bryant was removed from the game in the seventh inning after taking a 95 mph fastball off his left wrist.

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Packers bring in Blake Bortles to add depth at QB

Bortles is a free agent whose career includes four seasons working under offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett when both were in Jacksonville.

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McDonald’s redesigns cups to spread COVID-19 vaccine awareness message

Starting in July, the revamped McCafe hot cups and new McDelivery seal stickers will direct customers to vaccines.gov to learn more about how they can find vaccine appointments near them and protect themselves from COVID-19.

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Give Chicago Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley a break

The Hawks had a difficult season, no doubt, but Foley meant no harm and still has the passion.

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‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’: Angelina Jolie takes on killers, fire and lightning in one of the best thrillers of our time

The tense story is compelling, and the Montana scenery is breathtaking.

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Man fatally shot leaving funeral service in East Garfield Park

Chicago police say a man fired into a crowd in the 3000 block of West Warren Boulevard, Chicago police said.

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Deerfield man admits stealing $550K while leading organization that helps disabled children

Stuart Nitzkin spent the money on luxury travel, health club dues and Chicago Bulls tickets. He even took cash from fundraising events.