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‘Not guilty’ ruling in Lake Shore Drive murder, victim’s family just grateful for closure

Two young men charged were found not guilty of murder, attempted armed robbery and mob action in the Memorial Day 2016 death of Pamela Johnson, killed on Lake Shore Drive while fleeing the robbery on the Gold Coast. For Johnson’s family, it just closes a difficult chapter.

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False charges of racism don’t excuse the real thing

Just because Democrats have been irresponsible in calling people racists doesn’t mean Republicans get a free pass when the real thing shows up

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Rep. Schneider to probe potential Foxconn-related flooding in Illinois at Friday field hearing

Schneider, whose 10th Congressional District runs to the Wisconsin border and takes in most of Lake County, is concerned that the project impact will worsen flooding on the Des Plaines River.

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Trump’s ghastly border policies make asylum-seekers more desperate

If the president and Republicans were serious about finding a solution, they’d join the effort. But Trump needs a crisis to ramp up fear

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EDITORIAL: Five ways to ward off Alzheimer’s

A healthy lifestyle pays off enormously, researchers conclude for the first time. Even for those who face a high genetic risk

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County pol Luis Arroyo says getting buddy’s parking ticket tossed was to help all Latinos ‘not just someone I know’

The latest chapter in the saga of Chicago clout began with the release of a Cook County inspector general’s report on Monday and saw the resignation a day later of the Cook County Forest Preserve Police chief.

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Bears training camp 2019: Projecting the 53-man roster

Handicapping who will make the team before the Bears report to Bourbonnais next week:

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Pitchfork Music Festival Day 1: photo gallery

The dangerous heat wave engulfing Chicago did not keep festival-goers from attending the first day of the three-day event in Union Park.

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14-year-old girl shot in Lawndale

She was standing on a sidewalk with the group when a dark-vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire.

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White Sox’ Reynaldo Lopez feels second-half turnaround coming after shutting down Rays

Lopez was outstanding in a 9-2 victory, lasting seven innings for only the second time in 20 starts this season. It was the right-hander’s first ‘W’ since June 9.

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The Flaming Lips concept album will blow your mind

"King’s Mouth: Music and Songs" is a beautifully crafted psychedelic album that may remind you of early Genesis in its musicianship and ambition.

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Former CEO in Wood Dale charged with fraud, inflating revenue by $25M

Gary Winemaster, allegedly coordinated with two other executives to record revenue from sales that were never intended to be completed.

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Horoscope for Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern have sights set on first Big Ten title since 2000

A key question Fitzgerald will have to answer before NU opens its season Aug. 31 at Stanford is who’ll replace Clayton Thorson as the starting quarterback.

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Bicyclist dies on Blue Line tracks near Medical District stop: police

The person was on a bike by the tracks in the 400 block of South Damen Avenue shortly before they died.

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On a sweltering day, some had a sweet — and free — reason to smile

Employees of one hotel stood outside in Friday’s heat, giving away popsicles in one-hour shifts.

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Rock ‘n’ Rock Chicago race canceled over heat concerns

Organizers canceled Saturday’s 5K race, set to begin at 7:30 a.m. in Grant Park, after temperatures were expected to be too dangerous for participant.

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Man killed in Fernwood shooting: police

He was shot multiple times in the body and took himself to Roseland Community Hospital.

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Evanston beaches close due to high E. coli levels

The affected beaches include Lee Street Beach, Greenwood Street Beach, Clark Street Beach and Lincoln Street Beach.

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Businesses try to cut losses in the Fair Workweek Ordinance

Negotiations intensify ahead of City Council committee hearing.

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‘Frustrated’ James McCann puts onus on White Sox to play with more urgency

McCann called his first All-Star appearance a "dream come true." Before the Sox beat the Rays 9-2 in the opener of a weekend series, he sounded more like a guy who has been living a nightmare.

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Cubs beat the heat and Padres at Wrigley Field

It was a blistering 92 degrees at Wrigley Field at first pitch, and the temperature and humidity only seemed to intensify as the game played on.

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Anthony Davis returns to Chicago for youth basketball camp, shows support for WNBA

Anthony Davis returned to Chicago Friday to host a youth basketball camp on the South Side.

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Chicago won’t eclipse record high temperature, but this heat is still historic

But the city is likely to set the highest recorded low temperature for July 19, which had been 78 degrees.

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COPA chief wants to eliminate 24-hour wait before cops involved in shootings make statement

Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham wants a 72-hour waiting period before officers are required to give their statements.
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Frankie’s Ristorante continues family’s legacy in Italian dining

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Michael Avenatti says R. Kelly paid $2M to keep alleged victim off stand at 2008 child porn trial

‘R. Kelly bought his acquittal,’ declared the L.A.-based celebrity lawyer who said he represents three of the victims listed in federal indictments unsealed Friday
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CTU accuses Mayor Lightfoot of provoking another teachers strike — just like Rahm Emanuel did

The president and vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union said Lightfoot has delivered far less than promised, leaving teachers virtually no alternative but to walk off the job.
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Pitchfork Music Festival Day 1: photo gallery

The dangerous heat wave engulfing Chicago did not keep festival-goers from attending the first day of the three-day event in Union Park.

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Mayor kills deal for private operator of Chicago port

Board reverses course after Lightfoot objects to agreement.

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Gina Torres steps into the spotlight with ‘Suits’ spinoff set in Chicago

As Torres embarks on this new chapter, she says it seems surreal that her former co-star Meghan Markle is now the Duchess of Sussex, one of the most famous women in the world.

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Baby rescued from hot car in Lincolnwood after mom accidentally locks keys inside

The temperature inside the car was measured at 112 degrees when they freed the 6-month-old.

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Alleged Four Corner Hustler caught on federal wiretap charged with 2013 murder

Pierre Mayweather, 27, was ordered held without bail Friday in the fatal shooting of Tevin Kirkman.

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Pitchfork feels the heat on a blistery opening day in Chicago

Attendees of the first day of the music festival braved record-setting temperatures in Chicago.

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Michelle Obama is now the world’s most admired woman

The former first lady beat out the former title holder, Oprah Winfrey, Queen Elizabeth II and Emma Watson.

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Police board to decide fate of officer involved in chase that led to fatal West Side crash

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has recommended Officer Jamie Jawor be fired for not activating the lights and sirens on a police vehicle.

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Sterigenics in Willowbrook — no open or shut case

Sterigenics, which sterilizes medical instruments using the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide, is seen by many locals as an untrustworthy bad actor

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Oklahoma man allegedly raped 4-year-old girl in McDonald’s restroom: police

The girl was on a field trip with her day care when the incident occurred in Midwest City, Oklahoma, police said.

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EDITORIAL: Four cops are rightly fired — and a city must move on

Chicago must build bridges of trust and cooperation between the police and the communities they serve, especially the African American community.

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Detectives seek details in attack on DePaul graduate in Lincoln Park

Police issued a community alert about the attack Friday, asking potential witnesses or anyone with information to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.

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Will facing three progressive Democrats guarantee U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski a primary win?

Marie Newman, the congressman’s chief challenger after narrowly losing to him in 2018, says the 2020 landscape is more complicated, but ‘I believe it’s still a binary race.’

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Instagram expands test of hiding ‘likes’ to make users feel better

The Facebook-owned site has been hiding likes as part of a test in Canada since May. Now the test will expand to other countries — but not the U.S. yet.

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Iran seizes British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

The tanker Stena Impero was taken to an Iranian port for not complying with "international maritime laws and regulations," but the company said it was in international waters.

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Boqvist amazes, Nylander underwhelms at Blackhawks’ development camp scrimmage

The red team, led by Adam Boqvist, defeated the white team, led by Kirby Dach, 6-5 in the final event of camp week.