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CPD officer tied to Special Operations Section scandal faces firing 16 years later

Supt. David Brown filed administrative charges in November against Officer Thomas Sherry, who was assigned to the SOS from 2002 until 2006. The charges focus on two illegal raids conducted by the SOS on July 27, 2004, on the Northwest Side.

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Lightfoot plans ‘re-union weekend’ to invite Blacks who fled Chicago to ‘come back home’

Lightfoot previewed her plans to rebuild a city economy ravaged by the pandemic while moderating "Cup of Joe," an online panel. The local, Inauguration Day version of MSNBC’s, "Morning Joe" program featured business and community leaders and activists discussing their hopes and dreams for the incoming Biden administration.

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Suburban man serving life in marijuana conspiracy has sentenced commuted by Trump

Craig Cesal said one of the biggest advocates for his release was Alice Johnson, who got a full pardon from Trump last year. She was sentenced to life in prison for her involvement in a Memphis cocaine-trafficking ring.

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Casey Urlacher pardoned by President Trump, faced charges in gambling case

The mayor of north suburban Mettawa had been accused of tracking down gambling debts while helping Vincent "Uncle Mick" DelGiudice run a multimillion-dollar illegal gambling operation involving as many as 1,000 sports gamblers.

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Biden’s inaugural address: Unity call depends on beating the COVID pandemic

Biden becomes the 46th president — and Kamala Harris becomes the first vice president who is female, Black and of Asian descent — with 400,000 COVID dead in the U.S.

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Happy people who treat everyone nicely

Fairfield, Illinois, which voted even more for Trump in 2020 than it did in 2016, supports him still.

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Long after Trump is gone, the cancer of Trump could still prove fatal to America | Kadner

The barbarians are now within.

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A new president will call for ‘unity,’ but first there must be a Republican end to the Big Lie

To achieve unity, there must be accountability. Every leader of the GOP must finally offer a full-throated rejection of the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.

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Breaking barriers may be easy part: Vogue magazine Kamala Harris cover foretells battle to get respect she’s earned

The controversy over Vogue magazine’s February cover of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in casual garb and Converse shoes seems a small thing. But it foreshadows a battle to be treated with the earned respect and dignity her office demands.

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Andrew Shaw’s puck retrieval bringing new element to Blackhawks’ power play

"[Shaw] gets pucks back and he’s willing to get to the net," Jeremy Colliton said. "That’s something we’ve struggled with in the past, since I’ve been here anyway."

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Field Museum to reopen this week, offer two free days next week

The comeback begins with members-only days on Thursday and Friday, and the general public will be admitted starting Saturday.

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How Chicago is honoring coronavirus victims (LIVE UPDATES)

Here’s the latest news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois.

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Gas explosion rips through Madrid building, killing 3

At least eight people were injured in the blast, one seriously, the Madrid emergency service said in a tweet.

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Biden’s inauguration goes off with no security issues

Law enforcement officials contended not only with the potential for outside threats but also with rising concerns about an insider attack.

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Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

Four years after standing on stage at his own inauguration and painting a dire picture of "American carnage," Trump departed the office twice impeached, with millions more out of work and 400,000 dead from the coronavirus.

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Indian village cheers for Harris during swearing-in as US VP

Harris’ grandfather was born more than 100 years ago. Many decades later, he moved to Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. Harris’ late mother was also born in India, before moving to the U.S. to study at the University of California. She married a Jamaican man, and they named their daughter Kamala, a Sanskrit word for "lotus flower."

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Rash of car thefts reported in Belmont Cragin, Montclare

In each incident, someone steals a vehicle that was left running or with keys inside, police said.

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Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

The moment was steeped in history and significance in more ways than one. She was escorted to the podium by Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, the officer who single-handedly took on a mob of Trump supporters as they tried to breach the Senate floor during the Capitol insurrection that sought to overturn the election results.

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Lions hire Saints assistant Dan Campbell as new head coach

The Lions announced the agreement with the New Orleans Saints tight ends coach on Wednesday, one day after formally introducing Brad Holmes as their general manager.

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Was Trump worth it, Republicans?

Almost everything Trump did in four years — tax cuts, restrictions on Obamacare, and more — can be undone, either immediately or over time. What can’t be undone is his stain on the party.

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Robberies reported near Englewood CTA platforms

The first robbery happened about 3 p.m. Jan. 12 in the 6300 block of South Wentworth Avenue, police said.

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The winningest high school basketball programs of the decade: No. 14 Maine South

The Sun-Times is counting down the 50 high school basketball programs with the most wins during the decade.

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QB Philip Rivers retires from NFL after 17 seasons

Rivers won 134 career games — No. 2 among quarterbacks without a Super Bowl ring — and was eighth all-time.

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4 carjackings reported overnight in Chicago

The victims include a man unloading groceries in Jefferson Park, an Uber driver in South Shore, a woman in Roseland and a driver on Wacker Drive near Willis Tower.

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Atlanta Dream close to being sold, ending Kelly Loeffler’s stint as WNBA owner

Players around the league have called for Loeffler to sell her 49% stake in the Dream after she wrote a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert over the summer objecting to the league’s initiatives to advocate for racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Attempted murder charge filed against man wounded in shootout with police

The exchange of gunfire happened Monday evening during a traffic stop on the West Side.

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Chicago lawyer David Pasulka arrested again on new sex assault charges

The new allegations stem from 2017, police said.

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CPS, CTU ‘having better conversations’ about reopening but need an agreement ASAP, union says

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City Hall to close for inauguration as a precaution

The closures of the public buildings bordering Daley Plaza were "purely precautionary" and authorities anticipate the county will remain peaceful.

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‘In & of Itself’: Derek DelGaudio’s magical feats open up your mind — and your tear ducts

The virtuoso applies an extraordinary personal touch to his highly focused hocus-pocus.

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Residential burglaries reported in Brighton Park: police

In each incident someone broke into unlocked residences or garages and stole property.

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Biden to sign executive orders on pandemic, climate, immigration

The range of executive orders fulfill campaign promises.

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Uber driver carjacked in South Shore

The driver was not injured in the robbery.

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Andrew Shaw’s puck retrieval bringing new element to Blackhawks’ power play

"[Shaw] gets pucks back and he’s willing to get to the net," Jeremy Colliton said. "That’s something we’ve struggled with in the past, since I’ve been here anyway."

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Dear Abby: I asked granddaughter if she’s gay, and now she won’t speak to me

Grandma wanted to warn the college-age woman about being recruited into a same-sex relationship

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Woman carjacked in Roseland

The woman was not injured.

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‘The White Tiger’: Another ‘nobody’ dreams big in India, and he’s the kind of slumdog who bites

Flashy, fractured fairy tale follows brutal compromises made by a man unwilling to be a victim.

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Police seeking to identify individuals wanted for robberies, theft on CTA trains

Each incident happened between Jan. 9 and Jan. 19.

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Scholarship set to honor late sportswriter Vaughn McClure

The Vaughn McClure Foundation will send out journalism scholarship applications to Mid Suburban League schools this week, the first step in honoring the former Sun-Times sportswriter.

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Women targeted in carjackings on the South Side: police

Police believe that up to four men in black masks are involved.

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Businesses burglarized in Englewood: police

In these incidents someone broke into unoccupied businesses and stole property.

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7 shot, 1 fatally, Tuesday in Chicago

A 28-year-old man was fatally shot in the 1300 block of South Springfield Avenue.

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1 killed, 2 injured in Joliet crash: police

The man, 48, was driving east on Cass Street about 10:20 a.m. when a 23-year-old woman drove through a red light at Briggs Street and slammed into the passenger side of his vehicle, Joliet police said.

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Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

There are pardons and commutations for 143 people.