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City Council poised to approve Lightfoot’s plan to go easier on scofflaws

The city will start by reducing fines, expanding payments plans and stopping drivers’ license suspensions for non-moving violations

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Lollapalooza’s Grant Park cleanup cost: $645,000

It’s the highest amount incurred by the festival since 2011.

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‘He executed Tyshawn in broad daylight’: Trials open for 2 men charged in murder of 9-year-old

The 2015 shooting of fourth grader Tyshawn Lee was part of an escalating feud between rival gangs in Auburn Gresham, prosecutors said.

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CPS theater director sexually assaulted student inside Edgewater high school, prosecutors say

Joel Ewing, who has appeared in productions at several theaters in Chicago, allegedly had inappropriate contact with the girl starting when she was 15, prosecutors said.

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Booby trap killing echoes textbook case

Downstate man who set shotgun to kill a burglar was convicted of first-degree murder.

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White Sox’ Lucas Giolito is undeterred by season-ending injury, vows to be even better in 2020

The word "ace" gets thrown around cheaply. The bridge between being the best starter on a pitching-starved team and being No. 1 on a team with the World Series in its sights stretches an awfully long way. If it’s too soon to call Giolito an ace, though, the Sox aren’t shying from it.

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AOC endorses Marie Newman over Dan Lipinski; Twitter spat follows

The endorsement of Newman by controversial freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., could turn out progressives but turn off centrists in the 3rd Congressional District.

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Chicago can make saving the environment a priority

Bringing back the city Department of Environment would help the city do its part to fight climate change.

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Biden, Beto, Klobuchar hit Chicago for fundraising

So far, no public events are scheduled, with rivals focusing on the early primary and caucus states stopping in Chicago mainly for campaign cash. The presidential primary in Illinois is in March.

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After getting hit in the head by a pitch, Addison Russell is hit in the pocketbook by the Cubs

By putting him on the concussion injured list, the Cubs won’t have to pay Russell a $100,000 contract bonus.

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Alex Jennings, Solea Pfeiffer will join Renee Fleming for ‘Light in the Piazza’ Chicago run

The Tony Award-winning musical will play the Lyric Opera House in December.

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Merriam-Webster adds nonbinary pronouns they, themself to dictionary

Those are among 533 new words and meanings in the dictionary’s latest update, including terms like "dad joke" and "vacay."

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Rick Pitino settles lawsuit with Louisville, ready for ‘new chapter’

The University of Louisville Athletic Association and Pitino settled lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school, with the former men’s basketball coach’s personnel file changing his termination to a resignation.

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Social media threats prompt ‘soft lockdowns’ at 2 NW Side CPS schools

The threats were reported at Mary Lyon Elementary School, 2941 N. McVicker Ave., and Marine Leadership Academy, 1920 N. Hamlin Ave.

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Netanyahu faces uphill battle after repeat election

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West Rogers Park man charged with sexually assaulting multiple children

Adriano Medhane, 53, was arrested at 12:33 p.m. Monday at O’Hare International Airport and charged with four felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim younger than 13, police said.

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Alex Jennings, Solea Pfeiffer will join Renee Fleming for ‘Light in the Piazza’ Chicago run

The Tony Award-winning musical will play the Lyric Opera House in December.

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Mocktails are taking hold — with a nudge from the young and sober

Booze-free bars serving elevated "mocktails" are attracting more young people than ever before, especially women. The uptick comes as fewer people overall are drinking alcohol away from home and the #MeToo movement has women seeking a more comfortable bar environment.

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Sander Vanocur, veteran TV newsman, dies at 91

Vanocur was a questioner at the first presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960, then covered Kennedy’s administration as a White House correspondent.

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How much marijuana in that pot brownie? Candy bar? Chocolate can throw off potency tests

Something about chocolate, chemists say, seems to interfere with marijuana potency testing. A chocolate labeled as 10 milligrams of THC could have far more and send someone to the emergency room with hallucinations.

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Finding the joy of flatheads: A journey toward knowledge and love by Ricky Sjurset

Ricky Sjurset has journeyed to understanding flathead catfish on the Fox River and is leading others along, too.

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Ji’s Pick: Perilla: Korean American Fare

I do dread when I’m asked what my favorite Korean restaurant is. But if I had to really choose a great place for Korean, I would recommend Perilla: Korean American Fare.

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Bears’ Eddy Pineiro named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Three days after making a 53-yard kick at the gun to beat the Broncos, Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday.

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Bond set at $1 million for man charged with drug-induced homicide

Mark Vecchione, of Carol Stream, allegedly supplied fentanyl to a friend who died of an overdose, police said.

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Waukegan man fatally struck by vehicle in North Chicago

The 37-year-old was hit Sept. 14 and pronounced dead about 11 p.m., the Lake County coroner’s office said.

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Dear Abby: We’re nervous about being the ‘new kids’ at retirement village

Couple know no one at their future home and need advice on making friends.

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Man, 69, found in Auburn Park lagoon: police

Family members told police the man had gone fishing and had possibly fell in the water.

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Lanes to close on Van Buren Street Wednesday for Greektown monument construction

Eastbound lanes on Van Buren Street will be closed between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. starting Wednesday and lasting until Friday, Sept. 27, IDOT said.

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6 wounded Tuesday in Chicago shootings

Tuesday’s shooting victims include a man who was critically wounded in Park Manor on the South Side.

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Armed robberies reported in Lawndale: police

In both incidents, two or three males approached the victim on the street and threatened them with a handgun before taking their property, Chicago police said.

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White Sox blow two extra-inning leads in 9-8 loss to Twins … but how ’bout that Tim Anderson?

Anderson tied a career high with four hits — including a go-ahead homer in the 11th — for his 20th multi-hit effort in his last 29 games. He raised his average to an MLB-best .336.

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Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel appears close to return from injured list after an ‘encouraging’ simulated game

The seven-time All-Star hasn’t pitched since Sept. 1 because of elbow soreness. But he might be ready to pitch as the Cubs face the Cardinals in seven of their final 10 games, perhaps just in time to help a team that lost 4-2 to the Reds on Tuesday.

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Indiana man struck and killed by vehicle

He died two days after he was hit, and his death was ruled an accident, authorities said.

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Blackhawks may have found new top-six winger in Dominik Kubalik

Kubalik has captured fans’ imaginations after leading the Swiss league in scoring last season, and looked every bit of a top-nine weapon Tuesday.

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Man, 54, missing from Woodlawn

Lester Johnson was last seen Sept. 11 in the vicinity of the 6200 block of South University Avenue, police said.

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Man’s finger partially bitten off during fight in Uptown

Two employees, ages 55 and 51, were inside the business in the 4500 block of North Broadway when their argument escalated into a fight.

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John Dillinger’s family files new application to exhume his remains

This is the family’s second attempt to exhume Dillinger’s body.

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No weed shops in the Central Business District under Lightfoot’s proposed recreational marijuana zoning rules

The mayor would also prohibit the sale of legal weed in the Central Business District, within 500 feet of schools and in districts zoned ‘residential.’

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Twins’ Ryne Harper (yep, he’s named for him) enjoying life as a first-time big-leaguer at 30

A boy was born and given the name Ryne. Against all odds, that boy made it all the way to the Show. What’s left? A ring would be amazing. Another few seasons in the majors would be the ultimate. And a moment — just a handshake and a few words — with the Cubs great Ryne Sandberg? That would be mighty fine, too.

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Again, kings and other things, summer redux: Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report

Shoreline salmon and trout as well as the return of summer-like fishing lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Prisoner escapes from Chicago police custody en route to Cook County Jail

Frank Sykes broke free from a Chicago police transport van Tuesday on his way from the 6th District building in Gresham.

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KFC, Pizza Hut roll out new menu items to test or for limited time

KFC will test fried chicken and donuts in Virginia and Pennsylvania while Pizza Hut launches a new stuffed Cheez-It Pizza nationwide.