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‘Please don’t let her die in vain.’ Family of 8-year-old killed in Little Village calls for justice

Melissa Ortega "was a girl full of hope and had her whole life ahead of her," her family said. "She sought to achieve the American Dream but was instead given American Violence."

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I’m a Chicago principal. Our schools are not OK.

The Omicron surge is ending. The crisis will still be here. Children are not okay. Teachers are not okay. We knew this year would be hard, but we didn’t know it would be this tough.

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‘Half the way to rehabilitation’

There’s still time for Jussie Smollett to say what happened.

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Parents, the national coin shortage is a chance to teach our kids about history, economics

My children’s questions were about the monetary value coins hold, and the American values our country has branded onto coins’ heads and tails for centuries — both values now becoming outdated.

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Bucks’ Grayson Allen a clear and present danger

The NBA must do all it can to eradicate fouls such as the one Allen committed against Bulls guard Alex Caruso that resulted in a broken wrist.

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Blue-chip effort to paint state red? Top GOP donors pony up for Irvin in governor’s race — but Griffin not yet among them

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin put his first round of cash to use with a television ad portraying himself as a law-and-order candidate who "shut down the riots" as mayor amid 2020 civil unrest in Aurora, claiming he "called in the guard" to quell looting — although in reality, that power is reserved for the governor.

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Ryan Poles’ timing might be just right

The Bears’ new general manager comes to Chicago as an unknown. But if Aaron Rodgers bolts the Packers, Poles could have a clearer path to success than his predecessors. Timing is everything.

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‘Woman in the House ...’ mocks the women in the thrillers — hilariously

Kristen Bell, popping pills and gulping wine, is a hoot in the over-the-top Netflix spoof of psychological murder mysteries.

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Bulls injuries continue piling up as Derrick Jones Jr. is the latest

The versatile forward joins Alex Caruso (wrist) and Lonzo Ball (knee) on the six-to-eight week shelf, fracturing his right index finger on Tuesday.

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COVID pandemic hasn’t slowed China’s love for US lobster

The lobsters are especially sought after in winter because they are a popular delicacy on Chinese New Year, which is Feb. 1 this year.

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Six Chicago-area artists awarded $50,000 grants

The six artists were honored with the prestigious United States Artists (USA) Fellowship for their "artistic vision and commitment to community."

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Man found shot to death in home in Brighton Park

The man, 31, was found with gunshot wounds to his face and shoulder early Wednesday in the 2500 block of West 45th Place, police said.

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Wind chills of minus 30 and colder recorded as Chicago remains under an advisory

The temperature at O’Hare International Airport hit minus 5 overnight but a balmy 30 degrees is expected for Thursday.

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Boeing’s 787 problems lead to $4 billion loss

The aircraft maker took a charge of $3.5 billion to cover additional delays in delivering copies of its 787 jetliner and compensation for airlines that are still waiting to get their planes.

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Man dies after falling onto CTA Blue Line tracks in Wicker Park and being struck by train

The man fell onto the tracks at the Division Street station in the 1200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue early Wednesday.

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Kids and ice fishing: Some advice from parents with experience around the Chicago area

Parents share what has worked for them in getting kids out for ice fishing around the Chicago area and, more importantly, enjoying it.

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Dear Abby: I have a good job, good friends but feel like a failure

Divorced 44-year-old once envisioned life with a husband and kids but now has neither.

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New Bears GM to interview Dan Quinn, Matt Eberflus

Ryan Poles is slated to talk to two finalists Wednesday at Halas Hall, sources said: Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. On Tuesday, Poles interviewed Jim Caldwell.

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3 people shot Tuesday in Chicago

In one of the attacks, a man was shot during an argument at a funeral in Grand Crossing.

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‘Woman in the House ...’ mocks the women in the thrillers — hilariously

Kristen Bell, popping pills and gulping wine, is a hoot in the over-the-top Netflix spoof of psychological murder mysteries.

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Horoscope for Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

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Man shot during argument at funeral in Grand Crossing

The man, 27, was shot in the 7600 block of South Stony Island Avenue, police said.

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Loyola knocks off visiting SIU in MVC tilt

Lucas Williamson scored 20 points to lead the way.

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Chicago Catholic Archdiocese consolidates parishes in Evergreen Park

The move is part of the church’s ongoing restructuring that was launched in 2016 to address declines in membership.

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Villanova continues dominance against DePaul

Javan Johnson scored 16 points, but the Demons lost again to the Wildcats.

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Illini alone in first in Big Ten after beating Michigan State

Illinois played without Cockburn and Curbelo.

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Rentable commercial kitchens could add spice to South Side restaurant scene

This plan potentially brings new commercial choices to the South Side, while showing there is a future for vacant, city-owned buildings.

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Homework for parents: Getting students vaccinated

In some schools, vaccination rates are in the teens — or lower — a WBEZ analysis found.

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Robbie Avila stuffs the stat sheet in Oak Forest’s win against Lemont

The Indiana State recruit finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks and five assists.

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Bears name Ryan Poles their next general manager

Tuesday wasn’t Poles’ first visit to Halas Hall. It won’t be his last, either.

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Elton John tests positive for COVID-19, postpones Texas concerts

John "is experiencing only mild symptoms," according to a spokesperson’s statement.

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Ryan Poles’ timing might be just right

The Bears’ new general manager comes to Chicago as an unknown. But if Aaron Rodgers bolts the Packers, Poles could have a clearer path to success than his predecessors. Timing is everything.

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Best move for Bears: Stay out of Ryan Poles’ way in head-coaching search

But the most important thing now is that whoever coaches the Bears next is squarely Poles’ choice.

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Smollett sentencing hearing scheduled for March

Smollett was found guilty by a Cook County jury last month of five counts of disorderly conduct for lying about a racist and homophobic attack on himself in 2019 near his Streeterville neighborhood home.

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Tuesday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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Second time’s the charm for $26.1 million transfer to CTA; Council members still angry about being dissed

Despite last week’s tongue-lashing, CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. did not appear when the Budget Committee reconvened Tuesday.Instead, Carter’s chief financial officer made the case that the money is needed to shore up CTA pensions.

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Chicago’s Douglas Kim is MGM sommelier overseeing 350,000 bottles of wine at Las Vegas resorts

MGM Resorts International recently announced the promotion of Kim, a master sommelier, to the role of director of wine for its Las Vegas resorts.

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Fatal shootings of off-duty Illinois state trooper and woman in East Side neighborhood ruled murder-suicide

The victims were found in the 11000 block of South Avenue E, according to police.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Deepening ice, snow, cold and, of course, ice fishing

Ice fishing, of course, leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Victims of gun violence demand help on all fronts

State Rep. La Shawn Ford organized a roundtable discussion downtown Tuesday to draw attention to the issue.