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J.B.’s ‘Windy City Rehab’: Pritzker spends $275K of his wealth to fix up Chicago offices — but leaves GOP suite a fixer upper

The stained gray carpets, some with duct tape to hold them together, are gone — at least in the offices of the governor and his staff. There’s now a dividing line between Pritzker’s staff and the offices housing Republican staffers on the 16th floor — a spiffy new blue carpet butting up against the tattered gray one.

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Lightfoot to ask legislature for power to tax high-end professional services and big-ticket home sales

In a fall veto session that also will include her request to re-structure taxes on a Chicago casino, the mayor plans to seek two local tax increases she views as the only way to avoid a dreaded property tax increase.

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Baby’s pacifier knocked from mouth during robbery of mom in Logan Square

"As they were ripping off the purse, the strap got tangled on my daughter’s leg and there was a moment of tug-of-war," the mother said.

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Reputed mob soldier dies before sentencing

Career burglar Charles "Chuckie" Russell pleaded guilty to gun possession in connection with a 2016 robbery plot.

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The significance of the 1619 Project

The project tells the "unvarnished truth" of slavery. We will face the horrors of our past, as well as the triumph of our progress. It is a telling that is long overdue.

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From Hazleton, with love: Support for Cubs manager Joe Maddon runs deep in his hometown

Pennsylvania summers were delights for Maddon as a boy. The Chicago summer of 2019 has been decidedly different. After he spent nearly a week in his home state, those who’ve known him from way back weighed in on his past, present and future.

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Chicago should landmark sign at Trump Tower

Efforts to remove the Trump Tower sign are futile. But what if the city preserves it, as a somber reminder of what happened to our great country?

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EDITORIAL: Sidewalk cafes, please be good neighbors and follow the rules

Citizens are filing complaints that the outdoor venues take up too much space, are too noisy and cause other problems. It’s time for them to shape up.

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Sandoval blames guest, vendor, ‘poor judgement’ for mock assassination of Trump at golf fundraiser

The photo has been widely condemned by politicians on both sides of the aisle — and prompted Sandoval to issue an apology this weekend. But on Monday, it appeared Sandoval was working to distance himself from his initial apology.

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From Hazleton, with love: Support for Cubs manager Joe Maddon runs deep in his hometown

Pennsylvania summers were delights for Maddon as a boy. The Chicago summer of 2019 has been decidedly different. After he spent nearly a week in his home state, those who’ve known him from way back weighed in on his past, present and future.

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A Peter Fonda co-star, John Travolta, says late actor never forgot he led ‘a special life’

Travolta, a big ‘Easy Rider’ fan, cherished his time spent hearing Fonda’s stories on the set of ‘Wild Hogs.’

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Judge orders veterans’ charity accused of misappropriating funds to cease operations

A judge entered a court order prohibiting the Veterans Christian Network from operating and its founders, Todd and Priscilla Olshefski, from fundraising or engaging in future charitable activities.

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Title-game loss drives No. 7 Montini

The Broncos have played for the state title eight times in the last 10 years. Expectations are always high in Lombard.

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Missing Plainfield man found dead near rollover crash in Joliet

Troopers searched the tall grass in the area and found the body of a 28-year-old Plainfield man who had been reported missing to Joliet police on Aug. 11, authorities said.

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California high school students filmed giving Nazi salutes and singing Nazi war song

According to a statement issued Monday by the Garden Grove Unified School District, which oversees the school, the racist incident occurred in November.

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MetroSouth plans to close by Sept. 30

State Rep. Bob Rita called the closing ‘reckless and irresponsible.’

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Man charged with armed robbery at Wilmington truck stop

Corey Ingram, 27, allegedly robbed the Knights Inn/River Road truck stop in Wilmington and threatened the employee with a handgun, authorities said.

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Convenience store robberies reported on the Near West Side: police

Police believe that two men are involved in these robberies.

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Thunderstorms forecast for Chicago area: weather service

Heavy rains and quarter-sized hail could rain down on the area, the weather service said, with winds reaching up to gusts of up to 70 mph.

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Man shoots intruder in backyard in East Garfield Park

The 54-year-old homeowner has a concealed carry license but is currently in custody pending an investigation.

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‘Ready or Not’: Say yes to the distress of a bride chased by killers

Wedding night is a bloodletting night in a slapstick gorefest performed and directed with style.

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2 robberies reported at California Green Line station

In both incidents, two men forcefully took property from the victims before running away, Chicago police said.

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Woman grazed in Humboldt Park shooting

Multiple cars on the block were seen with bullet holes in them.

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Dear Abby: Husband ignores me as he dotes on our grandson

Woman attends social events by herself because her mate claims to be busy or tired, but he’s always available to hang out with the boy.

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Menu planner: Mango and banana smoothie makes an ideal dessert

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Person seen trying to enter homes, vehicles, garages in Mount Greenwood  

The male was seen pulling door handles in the 11100 blocks of South Trumbull Avenue and South St. Louis Avenue between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Aug. 10, Chicago police said.

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Man found dead at bottom of South Shore staircase

The 39-year-old was found with a deep laceration to his leg and blood coming from his nose, Chicago police said.

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1 killed, 3 wounded Monday in Chicago gun violence

Monday’s only fatal shooting claimed the life of a male who police believe to be between 14 and 20 years old.

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Boy, 15, located after going missing from Englewood

Cesar Avalos, 15, was last seen Thursday in the 5400 block of South Hermitage Avenue, police said.

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2 people stabbed after argument turns physical in Old Town

The stabbing happened about 10:45 p.m. in Old Town, police said.

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Person fatally shot in Chicago Lawn: police

A male believed to be in his teens was found dead with a gunshot wound to the neck in the 2500 block of West 63rd Street, Chicago police said.

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Metal finishing factory collapses in Logan Square fire; no one injured

Fire crews responded about 9:45 p.m. to the Bright Metals Finishing building at 3905 W. Armitage Ave.

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23-year-old dies after crash into tree in Flossmoor

The 23-year-old was in a vehicle when it crashed in the 2100 block of Flossmoor Road.

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Woman, 67, fatally struck by vehicle in Forest Park

A woman was involved in the crash about 5 p.m. Aug. 16 at the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Des Plaines Avenue.

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3,000 fish killed by cyanide leak at Indiana steel factory: state officials

Portage steel factory owner ArcelorMittal and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management have been criticized for failing to report the cyanide leak until several days after the water of the Little Calumet River was poisoned.

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White Sox can contend for postseason in 2020, Jose Abreu says

The White Sox, 14-24 since the All-Star break and owners of a 56-68 record after defeating the Twins Monday, have nothing to fight for as they head for the finish line of a seventh consecutive losing season.

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Buttigieg hits Chicago for fundraising, to talk about racism in the U.S.

When Buttigieg met with Mayor Lori Lightfoot in July, "Mostly I just wanted to see how she was doing and then also to learn from her experience; (Lightfoot is) obviously somebody who has been very much in the middle of some of these questions about race and community and policing that have been very much on my mind."

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From Hazleton, with love: Support for Cubs manager Joe Maddon runs deep in his hometown

Pennsylvania summers were delights for Maddon as a boy. The Chicago summer of 2019 has been decidedly different. After he spent nearly a week in his home state, those who’ve known him from way back weighed in on his past, present and future.

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Eloy Jimenez’ power is here but what about the average? It’s coming, he says

Rookie left fielder Eloy Jimenez entered Monday with 22 homers, including two in his last two games and three in his last five. The power is clearly there, but the average is not.

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Woman struck by Green Line train, seriously injured on West Side

Officers responded about 7:20 p.m. for a call of a female hit by a train at the Central Avenue station.

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Pritzker backs Planned Parenthood in opposing federal family planning program over new Trump policy

The program in question distributes about $260 million a year to clinics around the country to provide family planning services to an estimated 4 million people, primarily lower-income individuals.

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Man struck by vehicle in Brighton Park dies of complications

The man died on Aug. 17 at Mt. Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.