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After scandal, Preckwinkle shifted security detail to forest preserves police, with raises — again  

The officers’ duties didn’t change. The biggest raise went to Rodney Montgomery — 9.65%, putting his pay at $110,396, up from $100,680. He’d been hired at $97,607 in 2017.

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A ‘giant for generations,’ the influential Rev. Clay Evans celebrated

Hundreds packed Evans’ church Friday night for a celebration of the man pastor Charles Jenkins called "the leader of all leaders, the master pastor." Evans died last Wednesday at 94.

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Ex-priest assured church members he was OK to drive before hit-and-run that killed school teacher: prosecutors

Bail was set at $10,000 for the Rev. Paul Burak following the Wednesday crash that left Margaret "Rone" Leja dead.

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Lightfoot’s police purge list follows Eddie’s ouster

Sneed hears the list includes at least six names, including a college buddy of the fired top cop.

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A little boy’s murder, a mother’s guilty plea and the future of DCFS

Thousands of children are victims of abuse and neglect, like AJ Freund. If we truly care about protecting them, Illinois must reform its child welfare agency.

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Lightfoot’s police purge list follows Eddie’s ouster

Sneed hears the list includes at least six names, including a college buddy of the fired top cop.

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Eddie Johnson didn’t just let down the public; he let down the cops who worked for him, too

Because of bad decisions by the now-fired Chicago police superintendent, several police officers are under investigation into a possible cover-up.

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About that $150,000 campaign donation to Ald. Carrie Austin’s ward organization

It could have paid a lot of legal fees, if it was real.

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City Club President Jay Doherty resigns, ‘distraction’ of federal investigation cited

FBI agents searched the former ComEd lobbyist’s City Club office in May as part of a broadening corruption investigation.

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Meetings expectations? Cubs roster open for business as Theo and Co. head to winter meetings

The Cubs have hired a new manager and coaches and restructured the player development and scouting departments. Heads up, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras — that could only be the start of a very busy offseason for the club.

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‘Surviving R. Kelly’ named top TV show of 2019

The Associated Press has released its list of the Top 10 shows of the year, with the Lifetime documentary about the embattled Chicago singer leading the pack.

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For 2020, let’s leave behind ‘humblebrag’ and a few other over-saturated cultural quirks

Pop-up shops, cancel culture and the ever-present "OK Boomer" retort on social media are also things that are best left to 2019, according to The Associated Press.

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Woman dies week after being thrown from car in Hyde Park crash

The 25-year-old woman was northbound in the 5700 block of South Lake Shore Drive when her car struck a median and she was ejected, police said.

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Strong-arm robbers steal phones in Lincoln Park, River North, Gold Coast

In each case, a group of two to four men or teen boys approached victims and forcibly grabbed cellphones out of their hands, police said.

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Jason Lieser: How will the 2019 season end for the Bears?

A look at what the Bears’ recent resurgence means, whether Mitch Trubisky has bought himself any security and the big question: What will their final record be, and will it enough to make the playoffs?

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Dear Abby: During meeting with teacher, mom texts the whole time

And she wonders why her attention-craving kids argue and disobey her.

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Trio charged in Downers Grove, Woodridge home invasions

Tyler Sample, Darion Yates and Rose Marie Medrano are accused of two home break-ins and robberies less than an hour apart in the west suburbs, prosecutors said.

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Belmont Central carjacking leads to Cragin crash, shots fired; 4 in custody

At least one of the vehicle’s occupants fired gunshots after the crash, but no one was hit, according to police.

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Armed robbers target victims in West Town, Near West Side

In each case, a group of men or teenage boys approached victims, pulled out a handgun and demanded their belongings, police said.

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Burglar uses pry tool to break into Ukrainian Village homes: police

In each case, someone used a pry tool to break into homes and steal inside, police said.

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Search underway for ‘model inmate’ who escaped Grundy County Jail

Andrew Viles, 34, had been in custody since June 1 on a burglary charge, police said.

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Ohio State rallies past Wisconsin to win Big Ten championship game

The Buckeyes won 34-21, outscoring the Badgers 27-0 in the second half to secure a spot in the College Football Playoff.

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Horoscope for Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019

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Michael O’Brien’s high school basketball notebook

Highlights, analysis and scores from Saturday’s best games.

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Burglaries reported in Bridgeport: police

In each incident, someone attempted to or was able to gain entry to residences and took property from within, police said.

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Jermaine Loewen scores in Manitoba homecoming to spark Wolves’ victory

Loewen was born in Jamaica but was adopted by a family in Arborg, Manitoba, when he was 5,

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Girl, 17, missing from Phoenix, believed to be in Chicago

Ke’mya Smith, was last seen Dec. 3, Phoenix police said.

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Man, 20, missing from Austin located

Quinton Hunt was last seen Nov. 22 in the 1500 block of West Linder Avenue, Chicago police said.

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Man charged in fatal hit-and-run on Bishop Ford

Omarr Hill, 42, was charged Saturday with aggravated DUI resulting in a death, Illinois State police said.

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Residential burglaries reported in Lake View: police

In each incident the person was able to enter the residences through a back or side window that was forced open or left unlocked, police said.

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Chikere Nwosu’s clutch free throws seal Lincoln Park’s win against upstart Kenwood

It took some timely defense and two clutch free throws from sophomore Chikere Nwosu to give the No. 10 Lions a 49-48 win against Kenwood.

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Lions fined for injury report shenanigans before Bears game

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who broke bones in his back the week beforehand, was ruled inactive 90 minutes before the Bears game.

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Blackhawks rely more on defenseman Calvin de Haan with Duncan Keith, Olli Maatta out

De Haan played more than 49 minutes in two days against the Bruins and Devils.

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Bulls’ Denzel Valentine might be better-served elsewhere this season

The 2016 lottery pick is getting playing time, but when the Bulls return to full strength, will he be a DNP again? If that’s the plan, the Bulls should consider packaging him in a trade.

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9 displaced in South Chicago fire

The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. in an attic in the 8200 block of South Coles Avenue, Chicago fire officials said. It was struck out about 1:30 p.m.

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R. Kelly’s girlfriends say so long to Trump Tower — and singer’s toe infection has healed up

It’s unclear where the two women will live after leaving Kelly’s upscale digs.

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Mike Madigan and Chuy Garcia, the odd couple of Illinois politics, team up again

House Speaker is backing congressman’s protege for Statehouse seat.

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Lightfoot PAC creates website to light a fire under aldermen who opposed her $11.6B budget

The PAC Lightfoot created filled the inboxes of the 11 aldermen who opposed the mayor’s 2020 budget. Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) said Lightfoot’s retaliatory website "shines the light on the true nature of her character: being petty and vindictive."

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Amazon, Walmart, eBay and Buy Buy Baby say they’ll stop selling inclined sleepers linked to 73 babies’ deaths

Still, even if all sleepers eventually are banned, many of them already are in people’s homes and in daycare settings.

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CPD, inspector general investigating possible evidence tampering by cop who was out with Eddie Johnson

The officer was transferred from the superintendent’s office three days after Johnson was found asleep in his SUV near his home in Bridgeport.

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Contact lens researcher Lee Wesley, held as a child in WWII camp for Japanese Americans, has died at 78

At Wesley-Jessen, the Chicago company cofounded by his father, he helped develop a ‘computerized method of fitting contact lenses and the company’s first soft lens.’

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2 kids charged in Elgin shooting that wounded 14-year-old girl near grade school

Police identified the wanted vehicle and arrested the children after surveilling them, police say.

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‘Surviving R. Kelly’ named top TV show of 2019

The Associated Press has released its list of the Top 10 shows of the year, with the Lifetime documentary about the embattled Chicago singer leading the pack.