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Historic CHA sign, once a symbol of the promise of public housing, left damaged and unprotected on Near West Side

The sign, one of the last vestiges of the Robert Taylor Homes, is being put into storage, years after it was abandoned outside.

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EDITORIAL: Caging kids indefinitely is indefensible plan to stop border crossings

The Trump administration’s plan would upend a carefully crafted consent decree that has forced the government to adhere to minimum standards of care for migrant children for the last 22 years.

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Illinois Democrats won’t get prime hotel at Milwaukee convention; at least it’s not Rosemont

Some delegates to the 2020 Democratic convention in Milwaukee may be housed in suburban Rosemont, near O’Hare Airport.

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Homeless advocates ‘deeply disappointed’ by Lightfoot betrayal, shift to ‘business-as-usual’ politics

The falling out between the new mayor and the Bring Chicago Home coalition that once regarded her as an important ally comes as Lightfoot prepares for an Aug. 29 bad news budget presentation that is bound to leave additional constituencies disenchanted.

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Party bosses reward State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for Jussie Smollett scandal

A judge is about to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Foxx, while the Democratic bosses of Cook County don’t need to hear what that probe might uncover.

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Black mayors to Pritzker: Stacked deck deals south suburbs a losing casino hand

"While this proposed law appears to allow two casinos (one with a track), in fact, we all know that this will never happen, and the favored track owner will have the only gaming property in South Cook County," Matteson Village President Sheila Chalmers-Currin wrote to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

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Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf assures Jose Abreu he’ll always be a member of the White Sox

"Jerry [Reinsdorf] several times has told me and my family that I am not going to wear a jersey other than a White Sox jersey," Abreu said. "I believe him; I believe in his word."

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Drag/dinner ‘palace’ Lips serves up opulence, fine dining and stunty performances

Guests at the Near South Side venue can expect an experience that’s just as over-the-top as the decor, thanks in part to the performers who do double duty as servers.

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Woman, 18, missing from South Chicago

Denise Johnson was last seen Sunday, police said.

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Teen girl among 2 wounded in Englewood drive-by

It is unknown if either shooting victim was the intended target, police said.

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Woman struck by crossfire while driving children through Dolton: reports

There were multiple children in the car when the woman was shot, according to media reports.

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Man, 70, missing for months from Near West Side

Lewis Donaldson was last seen May 1 in the 30 block of South Campbell Avenue.

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Transgender woman sues Circle K, citing slurs, harassment, firing after Pride Parade: ‘I was in absolute shock ‘

Judi Brown, who is trans, filed suit Wednesday against the convenience store where she worked for a little over a year, accusing coworkers of using transphobic slurs, calling her a "man in a dress" and the n-word.

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Horoscope for Thursday, August 22, 2019

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As CPS starts investing in neighborhood school improvements again, some are happy and some feel left out

Sullivan High School — which enrolled 660 students last year, 88% of which came from low-income families — saw the largest capital investment of any school in the district.

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Curtain Call: ‘Something Rotten,’ ‘Howard’s End’ and more theater openings Aug. 23-29

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Girl, 16, missing from Justice

Marilyn Guerrero was last seen by a family member on Tuesday.

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Yu Darvish falls apart in sixth, but Cubs have his back in wild 12-11 victory over Giants

This was no ordinary victory. The Cubs’ fourth win in a row — which moved them a half-game ahead of the Cardinals at the top of the NL Central — felt to players like a momentous one. Kris Bryant, whose two-run homer in the eighth was the final scoring blow of the evening, described it as "season defining."

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Brandon Morrow shut down for season, his time with Cubs unfulfilled and likely over

Morrow, 35, will require surgery on the same radial nerve in his right arm that has hampered him during a career that at times has been outstanding. He hasn’t pitched in a game since before the 2018 All-Star break.

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Woman, 59, missing from Rogers Park

Vanessa McDaniel was last seen Aug. 8 in the 7600 block of North Bosworth Avenue.

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Man shot in West Garfield Park home; person questioned

The 28-year-old was shot in the back in the 4700 block of West Washington Boulevard, police said.

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University of Chicago staff member cut during afternoon campus robbery

The person declined medical attention, according to an alert from university police.

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EDITORIAL: Caging kids indefinitely is indefensible plan to stop border crossings

The Trump administration’s plan would upend a carefully crafted consent decree that has forced the government to adhere to minimum standards of care for migrant children for the last 22 years.

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Bears’ Pro Bowl LT Charles Leno lays it all on the line

‘‘We want to be the best O-line in the league — period,’’ Charles Leno said.

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Man dies of electrocution in Little Village

The 31-year-old was cleaning business equipment when he was electrocuted, police said.

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Will Joe Walsh challenge Trump?

The conservative talk show host and ex-Chicago area Congressman told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday night he "won’t rule it out. Somebody should challenge this unfit divider in the White House."

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The Sony/Disney Spider-Man custody battle, explained

The hashtag #SaveSpiderMan is being used as a plea to keep the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Statue unveiled at 12th District station for fallen Chicago police officer

A canine statue unveiled Wednesday honors Officer Michael Ceriale, who died from a gunshot wound suffered on duty in 1998.

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Man charged with leaving fatal crash on I-80 near New Lenox

Carrifthian N. Lester is accused of leaving the scene of a crash and failure to report a crash.

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Governor forms task force to address state backlog of more than 8,000 untested DNA samples

The state has seen a ballooning backlog of untested samples and has struggled to improve testing turnaround time.

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Third Four Corner Hustlers street gang member pleads guilty

But there is a dispute as to whether Marchello Devine participated in an attempted murder

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Drag/dinner ‘palace’ Lips serves up opulence, fine dining and stunty performances

Guests at the Near South Side venue can expect an experience that’s just as over-the-top as the decor, thanks in part to the performers who do double duty as servers.

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Lettuce Entertain You venture promises delivery of healthy meals

The restaurant operator has teamed with Grubhub and the Whole30 dietary program.

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Bears won’t play starters vs. Colts — and vice versa

Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters Wednesday that he had decided to bench most of his starters for the preseason game Saturday against the Bears.

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Epstein’s will could make it hard for accusers to collect damages

The disgraced financier put over $577 million in assets into 1953 Trust.

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Trump’s fake accent angers Asian voters on the left

President Trump reportedly mocked the accents of South Korean and Japanese leaders at a fundraiser this month.

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March for Our Lives reveals gun control plan

The organization hopes to cut the number of gun-related deaths in half within ten years.

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Lucas Giolito pitches shutout against Twins as White Sox take series

The Sox starter pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks.

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Country singer Drake White suffering from brain condition

He says he’s been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, which is an abnormal tangle of arteries and veins in the brain.

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Amtrak, Metra MD-N service delayed after train hits person in Northbrook

Amtrak Hiawatha Service Train 335, which runs from Chicago to Milwaukee, hit the person north of Shermer Road in Northbrook, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.