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Trump, Biden square off for final debate before Election Day

Final debates often play an outsized role in electoral outcomes but Thursday night’s showdown was different from those past, with more than 46 million votes already cast and fewer undecided voters remaining than at this point in previous election years.

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Protesters call for justice for teen killed by police in Waukegan

Marcellis Stinnette was killed and his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, was wounded during a traffic stop late Tuesday.

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Food fight: Pritzker vows to crack down on restaurants ‘helping to spread this disease’ through dining defiance

As Illinois reported another daily record high of nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said suburban bars and restaurants that don’t follow his order to stop seating customers inside will face stiff penalties.

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Joel Daly, legendary Chicago TV news anchor, dead at 86, died at home after watching the news

He helped build a ratings juggernaut at WLS-TV, part of a ‘happy talk’ revolution in TV news that initially saw him paired on air with Fahey Flynn, John Coleman and Bill Frink.

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Trump and Biden show they can disagree without being quite so disagreeable

Whether it was the threat of the mute button or the possibility of frittering away the election, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden managed to conduct a much more conventional political debate than their first confrontation. 

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Strong Biden debate; makes no mistakes while dueling with subdued Trump

President Donald Trump did exhibit remarkable self-control. He was subdued. His voice was modulated, as if he were on NPR.

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Illini rocked Wisconsin last season, but are they good enough to keep rolling in 2020?

Lovie Smith and Illinois open Friday against the No. 14 Badgers in Madison. Is it time to really win yet?

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The simple math of ‘excess mortality’ — this pandemic kills

A powerful new study by the Centers for Disease Control reveals that the coronavirus is actually more deadly than news reports suggest.

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Strong Biden debate; makes no mistakes while dueling with subdued Trump

President Donald Trump did exhibit remarkable self-control. He was subdued. His voice was modulated, as if he were on NPR.

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QB Nick Foles no ‘magic wand’ for Bears’ offense, but that’s what they need

Foles hasn’t played any better than Mitch Trubisky so far. Maybe that was to be expected considering he was rushed in without a full offseason. But how long can he and the Bears use that excuse?

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Joel Daly, legendary Chicago TV news anchor, dead at 86, died at home after watching the news

He helped build a ratings juggernaut at WLS-TV, part of a ‘happy talk’ revolution in TV news that initially saw him paired on air with Fahey Flynn, John Coleman and Bill Frink.

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11 shot, 2 fatally, Thursday in Chicago

The fatal attacks left two men dead in Chatham and Roseland on the South Side.

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Rollover crash shuts down NB Lake Shore Drive in Gold Coast

The two-vehicle crash happened about 2:30 a.m. in the northbound lakes of the 1200 block of North Lake Shore, police said. At least one vehicle rolled over.

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Fire breaks out at Chatham Home Depot

The fire, which damaged the store’s stock, was brought under control by sprinklers and was put out by 11:30 p.m., fire officials said.

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Jewish students at UIUC have faced ‘unrelenting campaign of anti-Semitic harassment,’ complaint alleges

"I’ve been called a genocide supporter, a white supremacist, and harassed; all for being publicly Jewish," one student said.

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Trump and Biden show they can disagree without being quite so disagreeable

Whether it was the threat of the mute button or the possibility of frittering away the election, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden managed to conduct a much more conventional political debate than their first confrontation. 

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2 critically injured in hit-and-run on Lake Shore Drive

A female driving a 2008 BMW struck the motorcycle about 8:05 p.m. as they drove north in the 700 block of South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago police said.

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Strong Biden debate; makes no mistakes while dueling with subdued Trump

President Donald Trump did exhibit remarkable self-control. He was subdued. His voice was modulated, as if he were on NPR.

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Fact check: Claims from final presidential debate verified

Here’s how President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s statements from Nashville, Tennessee, stack up with the facts.

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Here are 10 quick quotes from the last Trump-Biden debate

The last debate was a more subdued affair than the first one.

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Person dies after semi rear-ends vehicle on I-94 in Wadsworth

A 2011 Toyota was stopped just before midnight on eastbound I-94 near Rosecrans Road when the semi slammed into it from behind, killing the Toyota’s driver, Illinois State Police said.

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Coronavirus live blog, Oct. 22, 2020: Mayor Lightfoot restricting bars and restaurants again as cases surge in Chicago

Here’s Thursday’s news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois. Follow here for live updates.

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‘Catastrophic’ state supreme court decision ‘a blow to law enforcement accountability’ sheriff’s office says

The state supreme court ruled Thursday to allow a lawsuit brought by sheriff’s officers suspended without pay pending disciplinary proceedings to move forward, a decision that could end up costing taxpayers millions.

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No Santa Claus at Macy’s this season

The annual photo ops are another COVID-19 casualty at the Chicago and New York stores, but the retailer will offer an online experience with St. Nick.

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Blago to Black Trump supporters: ‘I’m one of your homies’

Blagojevich lauded President Trump’s economic policies and criminal justice reform efforts during an event Thursday that was hosted at the billionaire’s namesake downtown skyscraper by a controversial Black Republican.

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CPS refusing to allow teachers union to inspect schools, bargain over reopening, complaint says

The Chicago Teachers Union’s claim is its third unfair labor practice complaint this academic year.

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Watch live: Last presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden with live fact-checking

The debate will be hosted by Belmont University in Nashville, and NBC News’ Kristen Welker will serve as moderator.

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The simple math of ‘excess mortality’ — this pandemic kills

A powerful new study by the Centers for Disease Control reveals that the coronavirus is actually more deadly than news reports suggest.

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Chicago Park District employee charged with sex assault of woman with special needs

The attack was allegedly caught on cameras which were installed by the woman’s mother after she became suspicious of the employee, prosecutors said.

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Man fatally shot in Back of the Yards

The 24-year-old was found with a gunshot wound to the head Tuesday in the 4600 block of South Hermitage Avenue, police said.

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Man dead in Chatham shooting

The 53-year-old was found in an alley with a gunshot wound to the chest in the 7500 block of South Champlain Avenue, Chicago police said.

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Belmont Snack Shop to close permanently after fire: ‘The memories keep you going’

A grease fire that started in the restaurant’s kitchen quickly tore through the entire building Oct. 8.

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Man killed in Roseland shooting: police

The man, 34, was shot in the abdomen about 6 p.m. in the 10900 block of South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago police said.

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With Nick Foles, Bears’ offense needs to hurry up

Foles’ affinity for the tempo of the no-huddle offense has been a recurring theme since he replaced Mitch Trubisky as the Bears’ starting quarterback. ‘‘It’s always good to have that,’’ he said.

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7,500 free coats help CHA kids suit up for the cold

The CHA distributed the brand new coats to children living in public housing in its 13th annual "Operation Warm" coat distribution.

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‘Synchronic’: Risky time-travel drug keeps two EMT’s busy in a gritty indie

A great buddy relationship is at the center of a film full of big ideas and psychedelic journeys.

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QB Nick Foles no ‘magic wand’ for Bears’ offense, but that’s what they need

Foles hasn’t played any better than Mitch Trubisky so far. Maybe that was to be expected considering he was rushed in without a full offseason. But how long can he and the Bears use that excuse?

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Lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by Michael Jackson is dismissed

Second man claiming abuse during his boyhood is continuing to sue the late singer’s companies.

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Bears remain under NFL’s intensive protocol

The Bears haven’t put anyone else on the reserve/COVID-19 list. But they stayed in protocol this week after playing the Panthers, who now have four players on the reserve list.

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Lightfoot hints strongly that she won’t re-appoint Inspector General Joe Ferguson

‘"He’s to be commended for the really good and hard work that he and his team have done on investigations," the mayor said. "But ... I’m somebody who favors terms limits. And I don’t think people should stay in office indefinitely."

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FDA approves remdesivir, first COVID-19 drug

The drug, which California-based Gilead Sciences Inc. is calling Veklury, cut the time to recovery by five days — from 15 days to 10 on average — in a large study.

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Landmark Carbide & Carbon Building sold

The buyer, Montage International, plans to renovate the property for its luxury hotel brand.