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Postal delivery delays slammed at congressional field hearing in Chicago

Even after Eddie Morgan Jr. was brought in as Chicago’s executive postmaster to improve service, the city remains the second worst served postal district in the country, members of Congress were told Friday.

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How did Jelani Day die? I still don’t know. But somebody does

This is a race story. Not Black, not white, but no less about race: the human race.

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‘Zombie foreclosure’ no joke for Chicago widow, 70, facing city fines for home she lost in 2008

Wanda Carter lost her house 13 years ago. City Hall ended up demolishing it. But the city is still fining thousands of dollars for not keeping up the property she hasn’t owned for years.

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Thank you, police, for all you do — but why won’t you wear a mask?

Don’t they know that all the Chicago police officers who died in the line of duty in 2020 succumbed to COVID-19?

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Timuel Black brought his scholarship out of the ivory tower and inspired generations

When Barack Obama came to Chicago, everyone told him he had to talk to Tim Black. Tim laid out what Obama needed to know and heed.

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Illinois Dems unveil new congressional map Friday as Republican Kinzinger reviews his options

The new proposed map is designed to yield 14 Democratic and three GOP members of Congress from Illinois and will likely face court challenges.

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Bears QB Justin Fields says rivalry with Packers isn’t about him and Aaron Rodgers. But it is.

The Bears’ defense has handled Rodgers reasonably well at times in the last three seasons and still lost. At some point, Fields must help them solve that problem, and Sunday is his first chance to show he’s capable of that.

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‘Explore like a local’ — Open House Chicago returns in person this weekend

While favorites like The Forum in Bronzeville will make a return visit, The OHC app brings new self-guided walking tours to this year’s event.

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County Democrats hear candidate pitches — including challengers to Sheriff Dart calling for ‘change over complacency’

Candidates for state and county offices were among those who kissed the rings of Cook County Democratic Party heads Friday. Sheriff Tom Dart told them he’s tried his best to make sure his office is engaged "in every community throughout this county. ... We’re always trying to be as responsive as we can."

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Another COVID-19 Halloween: Officials urge trick-or-treating caution as statewide numbers improve

"Although we’re still in the pandemic, this Halloween and fall festivities season will look a little different than last year thanks to the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that are readily available," Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.

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Austin shootout investigation moves forward despite heated Foxx-Lightfoot meeting

Evidence still being processed in the case could potentially lead to charges against two alleged members of the Body Snatchers, sources said.

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Man charged in FBG Duck murder ordered detained

A federal prosecutor said Tacarlos "Los" Offerd purchased the vehicle used as the "lead car" in the Aug. 4, 2020, murder one week earlier. That vehicle was then returned to the dealership in the suburbs less than an hour after the deadly shooting, he said.

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Zach LaVine taking advantage of having a Ball-er as a running mate

The All-Star guard saw his Bulls team go 4-0 in the preseason, but also saw a much easier life alongside Lonzo Ball in the backcourt.

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Bears put RB Artavis Pierce on active roster for Sunday

With David Montgomery out and Damien Williams on the COVID-19/reserve list, Pierce provides depth behind rookie Khalil Herbert and back-up Ryan Nall. Offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen also was flexed to the active roster.

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Malik Elzy sparkles, leads Simeon to crucial win against undefeated Kenwood

Malik Elzy scored three touchdowns in the Wolverines’ huge win against Kenwood on Saturday.

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Chicago outdoors: Backyard coyote giving hell to raccoon, red/gray fox question, trout, William Faulkner

A backyard trail cam catching a coyote giving a raccoon hell, a question about red and gray foxes, the number of trout stocked seasonally inland in Illinois and William Faulkner from his great novella, "The Bear," are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Man fatally shot leaving gas station in Roseland

The 29-year-old was leaving a gas station about 1:50 a.m. in the 10000 block of South Michigan Avenue when he was struck in the head and back by gunfire, Chicago police said.

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82-year-old woman dies after being struck by car in North Lawndale

The woman was struck by a car about 5:40 a.m. Thursday morning in the 1100 block of South California Avenue, Chicago police said.

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2 CPD officers, woman injured in hit-and-run in Austin

The officers were heading south on Cicero Avenue about 12:10 a.m. when a silver Lexus sedan ran a red light and struck their squad car, causing them to crash into a grey SUV, Chicago police said.

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Teen boy, 16, critically hurt in Humboldt Park shooting

The boy was sitting inside a vehicle about 7:40 p.m. in the 700 block of North Hamlin Avenue when someone opened fire, police said.

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Sky one win from WNBA title after beating Mercury 86-50 in Game 3

Kahleah Copper finished with a game-high 22 points on 60% shooting and went 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Candace Parker added 13 points, and Courtney Vandersloot had 10 assists.

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Gov. Pritzker and wife report earning $2.2 million in taxable income last year, paying $760,000 in state, federal taxes

A billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, the governor and Illinois first lady M.K. Pritzker reported $5,143,972 in adjusted gross income last year. Of that, $2,201,946 was taxable.

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‘Hot and delicious’ - Chicago food truck fest serves up gourmet meals in the heart of downtown

The weekly festival wrapped up its final day of the season with mouth-watering tacos, hand-breaded fried chicken, and "shrimply delicious" seafood.

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Man shot in car during attempted robbery in Wicker Park alley

The man was in the 2000 block of West North Avenue when someone approached, demanded his belongings and opened fire, Chicago police said.

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New Streets and San boss proposes adding 10-cent deposit on bottles and cans

Newly appointed Commissioner Cole Stallard told the Sun-Times that bottle deposits "work in other locations" to boost recycling and "shift responsibility to manufacturers ... [to] use plastics that are sustainable."

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Afternoon Edition: Oct. 15, 2021

Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.

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Death of 15-year-old boy in Brainerd ruled a homicide

Marvell Cunningham was shot in his head inside a home Thursday evening in the 9300 block of South Wallace Street, authorities say.

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Mayor hopes gift cards will persuade the unvaccinated to get the COVID-19 shot

The city is also launching a new website to encourage donations to fund the effort.

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No cameras at Smollett trial next month, judge rules as he denies ‘Empire’ actor’s latest attempt to dismiss charges

Judge James Linn said he expects to start jury selection in the case and hear arguments starting Nov. 29.

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See the latest result of Tyrue ‘Slang’ Jones’ lifelong obsession with birds in this Evanston mural

The West Humboldt Park artist’s Central Street mural features a red-headed woodpecker, an American kestrel and a Blackburnian warbler, all ‘Birds of Concern.’

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Man shot by Kyle Rittenhouse says police enabled armed militia

Gaige Grosskreutz’s federal lawsuit says police allowed the militia to patrol Kenosha streets with their guns after curfew.

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Former President Bill Clinton hospitalized for non-COVID-19-related infection

"He is on the mend, in good spirits and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff providing him with excellent care," a Clinton spokesman said via statement.

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Danville VA nursing home where 11 residents died didn’t follow COVID guidelines, report finds

‘I don’t want their condolences,’ daughter of vet who died says of VA officials’ response to an inspector general’s report on the outbreak. "‘I want my dad.’

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City clerk running for secretary of state got 2 contributions from trucking exec linked to government mole

Anna Valencia says she has no ‘personal connection to William Pacella or his company. . . . Given that Mr. Pacella has been a supporter of Democratic campaigns in the past, he was a part of our early donor outreach efforts.’

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Woman charged with setting fire in Austin apartment building, killing 62-year-old man

Dementhrice Boykin, 64, faces one count each of first-degree murder and aggravated arson.

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Lightfoot blinks — sort of — on vaccine mandate

The mayor still plans to enforce Friday’s deadline for city workers to disclose their vaccination status, apply for exemptions and agree to testing if they aren’t vaccinated. But no one will be sent home immediately, even if they defy the mandate.

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Lightfoot spars with Hispanic Caucus over hiring record

"It was unnecessarily combative. … It showed that she takes things very personally. I don’t think those are good attributes for a leader to have. … The mayor is approaching government the wrong way," said Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa.

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Rahm Emanuel’s Senate confirmation hearing for U.S. Ambassador to Japan post to be held Wednesday

Emanuel’s hearing will be before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Man stabbed by woman after telling her to wear mask in West Town convenience store

The attack happened in the 500 block of North Halsted Street, according to Chicago police.

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Pritzker announces over $15 million in funds for science labs to help foster ‘the talent and technology of tomorrow’

The governor said Illinois must "put the pedal to the metal" when it comes to the life science sector, which includes biology, botany, biochemistry because its success is "so critical to our future economic security."