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Lightfoot unveils $1.4M summer program for 400 high school students most vulnerable to violence

Youth Advocate Programs and Children’s Home and Aid will join forces to provide 400 at-risk teens with four hours of individual mentoring each day as part of the intensive "Summer for Change" program.

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Trump calls the tune, and his fans dance

Donald Trump is a master. A master what? Well, liar, bully and fraud, for starters.

Lightfoot shrugs off travel criticism: ‘From time to time I’m going to leave town’

"We’re a global city," Lightfoot said. "From time to time I’m going to leave town to make sure that I’m doing everything I can to raise Chicago’s profile, to form relationships with people and institutions that are going to inure to the benefit of residents in Chicago."

White Sox-Cubs series is Hunger Games — at least for one team

The Sox have circled the dates. The Cubs? They’re counting the days to when Craig Kimbrel, their recently signed All-Star closer, is ready to join the big club from Class AAA Iowa. To them, the Sox are the Mariners are the Marlins are the Giants. Not finger food exactly, but not an entrée.

Trump will do anything — unethical or even illegal — to win again in 2020

Can Democratic Party leaders reassure the nation that hostile foreign governments will not attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election?

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Pritzker, Lightfoot vow to resist Trump’s call for mass deportations: ‘We will continue to push back against hate’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday said he intends "to protect" those in Illinois, despite the president this week tweeting that there will be mass deportations of undocumented immigrants beginning next week.

2019 NBA Draft: Bulls could get creative and trade up from No. 7 pick

The organization historically has proceeded in a fairly straightforward manner on draft night, but John Paxson seems to have taken on more of a riverboat-gambler mentality this time.

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Reparations for slavery gets long overdue hearing 30 years after John Conyers took up the cause

A U.S. House committee heard all sides of the reparations debate that is getting renewed attention.

Blackhawks have decided on No. 3 pick — but they aren’t saying who

The team’s scouting staff will meet Thursday and Friday prior to the draft, but the first-round selection is essentially nailed down.

2 dead in fiery I-94 crash in Wisconsin

"In my 20 years of my job, this is the worst accident I’ve ever been part of," the Racine County sheriff said.

EDITORIAL: Two cops shouldn’t be blamed for stupidity all around in 111th Street shooting

Any "reasonable officer" in the same position, as COPA states, "would have believed the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another."

Self-help leader convicted on all counts in sex-trafficking case

The leader of the self-help group NXIVM, Keith Raniere was arrested at a Mexican hideout in 2018 following an investigation into his Albany-area group.

Climate change is hurting Illinois farmers, and they need our help

Farmers can shift agricultural practices to cope with increasingly wet weather, but we need stronger policies to address climate change.

Couples and muskies (and other fish): Fish of the Week

Sondra Katzen had the fish, a 47-inch muskie, of a good getaway of fishing in northern Wisconsin and earned Fish of the Week honors.

Gangs are the root cause of city’s ongoing violence

In Chicago and other major cities, gangs have been allowed to thrive and prosper, to shoot and kill, and to impose their will over neighborhoods without fear of retribution.

Listen to the hometown crowd when sizing up the Democrats running for president

Shouldn’t we care whether a candidate was good at their last job before we award them a new one?

Nicholas Blase, Niles’ longest-serving mayor, dies at 91

Blase is remembered for his dedication to the local community.

Man shot, killed during argument in Fernwood: police

The 27-year-old was arguing with someone in the 10000 block of South Lowe Avenue when the other person pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest, police said.

Bloomingdale cops justified in April shooting of man with knife: prosecutors

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said his office found police "were justified in their actions and that no criminal charges will be filed against any of the officers."

Lightfoot won’t rule out broadening sales tax umbrella to include professional services

A week ago, she had told reporters there is ‘no question that we’re gonna have to come to the taxpayers and ask for additional revenue’ to bridge a budget gap she claims exceeds $700 million.

Fed leaves interest rates unchanged, but hints at future cuts

The Federal Reserve won’t cut interest rates right now, but if trade conflicts threaten the economy, that could change.

White Sox put Manny Banuelos on injured list, recall Carson Fulmer

Fulmer has gone 1-1 with a 6.97 ERA in eight relief appearances over three stints with the Sox this season.

Boy, 12, missing from Washington Park

Dorian Branch was last seen about 5:30 p.m. near the 5700 block of South Wabash Avenue.

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US-China trade war could affect your holiday fireworks

If President Trump increases tariffs on imports from China, fireworks may be in scarce supply for major holidays.

Black Culture Week provides ‘modern twist’ to Juneteenth celebration

Weeklong activities give recognition to the achievements of African Americans.

Will County inmate dies after hanging himself in jail cell: sheriff’s office

The man was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he was pronounced dead about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Obamas enjoy family vacation in south of France

The former first family is on vacation this week in the historic town of Avignon in Provence.

Next up for White Sox: Lucas Giolito rides hot streak into Wrigley

Lucas Giolito walked seven Cubs the last time he pitched at Wrigley Field, but he got the win. It was that kind of year. "It was survival mode," Giolito said.

Flying car startups aim to begin test flights as early as next year

Uber is among one of several companies making plans for flying cars in the near future.

2019 NBA Draft: Bulls could get creative and trade up from No. 7 pick

The organization historically has proceeded in a fairly straightforward manner on draft night, but John Paxson seems to have taken on more of a riverboat-gambler mentality this time.

Memphis Grizzlies trade Mike Conley to Utah Jazz

Conley was the final piece of the core that led the Grizzlies to seven consecutive playoff berths, including the 2013 Western Conference Finals.

Man missing from Park Manor since March

Timothy Lindsey, 65, was last contacted March 19 and is missing from the 600 block of East 69th Street.

Off-duty Cicero cop’s gun stolen from car outside South Loop gym

The gun and the car are both the officer’s personal property, town spokesman Ray Hanania said.

Off-duty cop exchanges gunfire with robbery suspect in Morgan Park

CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that an off-duty officer intervened in the attempted robbery, was shot at by the suspect and returned fire.

WATCH: Huge great white shark surprises stunned New Jersey fishermen

The shark came right up to the stern of the boat and grabbed a bag of chum.

Bella Thorne slams Whoopi Goldberg’s ‘awful’ views on her nude photo-scandal

The 21-year-old actress recently posted topless photos to her Twitter account, saying she meant to thwart a hacker who had been threatening her with her own photos.

Coastal flavors surface in Palos Park at the Original Island Shrimp House

The unassuming seafood joint promises lobster rolls worthy of Maine, peel-and-eat shrimp reminiscent of the South and king crab evoking the Pacific.

On Juneteenth, House panel debates idea of reparations for slavery

Actor and activist Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates are among the witnesses that testified at a hearing Wednesday of a House Judiciary subcommittee.

Chicago perch opener: First morning and broader perspective

The perch opener Sunday on the Chicago lakefront drew spotty results, but with quality fish, in a year with promise for perch fishing overall.