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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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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.

Opposition voices went silent, grew weary or were ignored — and gambling roared in

"Torching myself in the rotunda is the only thing that would have gotten attention," said the Rev. Tom Grey, 78, once the leader of Illinois’ loyal gambling opposition, now an interested observer living out-of-state.

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?

Rep. Schakowsky backs Trump impeachment inquiry

Illinois sends 13 Democrats to the House. Rep. Bobby Rush, through a spokesman, is the only one calling for impeachment. Reps. Mike Quigley, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Danny Davis support launching an impeachment inquiry. Schakowsky and the other four represent safe Democratic districts.

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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.

A cold outing from Lucas Giolito on a night when the White Sox really needed his heat

By the time the game was over Wednesday, the Cubs had prevailed 7-3 in the crosstown rivalry, and Giolito probably was wondering why the rain that had been in the forecast didn’t put him out of his misery. The game counted, and it mattered. The Cubs’ Jon Lester kept the damage to a minimum. Giolito didn’t.

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Iran Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone amid tensions

Gen. Hossein Salami said the shooting sends "a clear message" to America and that Iran does "not have any intention for war with any country, but we are ready for war."

2 killed, 3 wounded Wednesday in Chicago shootings

Wednesday’s shooting victims include a 20-year-old man killed in Marquette Park and a 27-year-old man killed In Fernwood.

Man killed in Marquette Park shooting: police

The 20-year-old was shot June 19 in the 7100 block of South Fairfield Avenue, according to Chicago police.

Woman, 59, missing from Austin

Debora Cross, of Austin, was last seen June 19 and may be in need of medical attention.

Cubs call up touted pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay to make big-league debut Thursday

The right-hander, who was on a five-start roll with Class AAA Iowa, is scheduled to back up Tyler Chatwood against the Mets to help cover the the injured Kyle Hendricks’ rotation spot.

County budget rides high on ‘structural changes’ — and legal pot and gambling money — forecasting record low deficit

Preckwinkle said she thought the county could close the gap without any new taxes, fines or fees but couldn’t commit to a budget cycle without layoffs because "I never know frankly what the individual separately elected officials may propose."

Man in custody for fatal Walgreens shooting

Sircie Varnado was shot inside a Walgreens June 12 in the 4800 block of West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago police said.

A cold outing from Lucas Giolito on a night when the White Sox really needed his heat

By the time the game was over Wednesday, the Cubs had prevailed 7-3 in the crosstown rivalry, and Giolito probably was wondering why the rain that had been in the forecast didn’t put him out of his misery. The game counted, and it mattered. The Cubs’ Jon Lester kept the damage to a minimum. Giolito didn’t.

African American, white population falls in Cook County as Asian, Hispanic population grows, U.S. Census data shows

Cook County’s African American population dropped by 75,000 from 2010 to 2018.

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras cool, collected and clobbering the Sox again in 2019

As he closes in on a second straight All-Star selection, Contreras homers twice, with 5 RBI, as the Cubs beat White Sox and hot-pitching Giolito 7-3.

5 hospitalized after apparent drug overdoses in Douglas home

Authorities responded to the 3600 block of South Rhodes Avenue for calls of multiple drug overdoses.

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All-Star gazing: Courtney Vandersloot makes convincing argument for league-wide recognition

Coach James Wade said he would be surprised if Courtney Vandersloot didn’t get an All-Star nod this season.

The rise and fall of Ald. Carrie Austin

The epitome of an old-school alderman, Austin rose to the heights of City Council power, only to see it diminished.

Man, 70, missing from South Shore

Charles Frazier was last seen Tuesday in the area of the 2600 block of East 75th Street.

Reputed mob associate admits to terrorizing suburban man to collect debt

Robert Panozzo Sr. beat up the man and had his car and garage torched to collect $100,000 in interest on a juice loan, the feds say.

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Joel Brodsky, former attorney for Drew Peterson, barred from practicing law by state Supreme Court

The order comes after Brodsky’s suspension from practicing in federal court.

Clutch ado about something: Cubs held back by NL-worst hitting with men in scoring position

Facing better pitching? Missing Ben Zobrist? Getting away from early-season focus? Whatever the problems in the clutch, the Cubs’ next winning streak might depend on fixing it.

Rep. Schakowsky backs Trump impeachment inquiry

Illinois sends 13 Democrats to the House. Rep. Bobby Rush, through a spokesman, is the only one calling for impeachment. Reps. Mike Quigley, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Danny Davis support launching an impeachment inquiry. Schakowsky and the other four represent safe Democratic districts.

Man shot dead in University Park

Demetrius Ferguson, 37, was shot in the chest in the far south suburb.

Mexico approves free-trade agreement with US, Canada

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, replaces the North American Free Trade. The U.S. and Canadian governments must still approve the agreement.

Gurnee man charged with attempted murder in Maine Township shooting

Ayande Andrews is accused of shooting a man and a woman, June 4, inside a home in the 10000 block of Linda Lane.

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 before 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.