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Horse racing titan Richard Duchossois dead at 100

Duchossois was born on Oct. 7, 1921 in the Beverly neighborhood and attended Morgan Park Military Academy. He went on to purchase Arlington International Racecourse.

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Jason Van Dyke’s family also in the dark as his release from prison nears

Little is being said about the upcoming release of the Chicago police officer who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald to death in 2014.

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How did 16-year-old accused of killing Melissa Ortega, 8, get probation for 3 armed carjackings?

The juvenile courts shouldn’t have left Emilio Corripio, a self-proclaimed gang member, free to ride around with a 27-year-old ‘friend’ aiming for rival gang members.

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Is it crazy to think COVID is the Earth’s way of protecting itself from humans?

The nightmare-inducing 2000 sci-fi flop ‘Red Planet,’ starring Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss, has me thinking of an even wilder doomsday scenario / movie plot. Or is it?

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When it comes to Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus, the Bears could really use some luck

The franchise has made lots of bad decisions over the years. Now it needs help in the good-fortune department.

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Last stab at ward remap compromise

Rules Committee Chair Michelle Harris (8th) has invited Latino Caucus leaders to a meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday in a last-ditch effort to resolve differences standing in the way of a new ward map.

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When it comes to Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus, the Bears could really use some luck

The franchise has made lots of bad decisions over the years. Now it needs help in the good-fortune department.

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‘The Afterparty’ skips through genres on the way to solving a witty murder mystery

In the clever, all-star Apple TV+ series, each episode is shot in a different style suited to the suspect.

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Primary candidates are getting creative during election petition-gathering season

Petition season was always during the fall. But because the primary was moved to June 28, petition circulators now have to get out there in the dead of winter, during the Omicron and crime surges.

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Are Broncos opening the door for Aaron Rodgers?

The Broncos’ hiring of Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their head coach has led to speculation that Rodgers will follow — a departure that would give Bears GM Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus a huge boost in their quest to catch the Packers in the NFC North.

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Obama Presidential Center will have space named for Hadiya Pendleton, murdered South Side teen

Pendleton was caught in gang gunfire on Jan. 29, 2013, days after traveling to Washington to celebrate President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

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Friday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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Afternoon Edition: Jan. 28, 2022

Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.

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Jason Van Dyke’s family also in the dark as his release from prison nears

Little is being said about the upcoming release of the Chicago police officer who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald to death in 2014.

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s assault-style rifle will be destroyed

Rittenhouse, who is now 19, wanted to destroy the rifle and throw the rest of the items away so nothing can be used as a political symbol or trophy celebrating the shootings, his spokespeople said.

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Pilsen artist Sentrock’s Fulton Market mural offers a chance to escape

‘I had a lot of family members . . . in and out of prison. So, for me, that was my mental escape, signified through the idea of a bird being free.’

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Glenbard West headlines The U’s Game of the Week broadcast schedule

Weigel Broadcasting’s Game of the Week returns on Saturday.

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Hooks, habitat, muskies: Updating the muskie-tracking study at Shabbona Lake and the broader study

Illinois professor Cory Suski brings some updates on the muskie-tracking study at Shabbona Lake and the broader study it is part of.

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Terell Johnson ‘championing diverse voices’ in new role with Chicago Philharmonic

The newly appointed executive director says that the Philharmonic’s composer-in-residence program, which began in 2021 before his arrival, can play a major role in his bid toward promoting greater diversity and inclusion.

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A key inflation gauge rose 5.8% in 2021, most in 39 years

Stubbornly high inflation has hammered household budgets, wiped out last year’s healthy wage gains and posed a severe political challenge to President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress.

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Human chain formed to help victims after Pittsburgh bridge collapse

There were minor injuries from the collapse but no fatalities, authorities said.

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3 killed, 7 wounded by gunfire in Chicago Thursday

In one of the fatal attacks, two men were killed in a shooting Thursday night in Ravenswood on the North Side, officials said.

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Omicron’s exponential rise followed by ‘exponential decay,’ but COVID deaths keep mounting

The surge is still being felt sharply in intensive care units across Illinois, which are still 88% full. And with four days left in the month, the state has suffered almost as many COVID deaths in January (2,651) as it did over the previous three months combined (2,941).

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Dr. Jeremiah Stamler, ‘Father of Preventive Cardiology,’ dead at 102 

The Northwestern University professor was ‘essentially the world expert on the causes and potential prevention of heart disease.’

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‘Tragedy’ to triumph. How a shooting at a back-to-school giveaway became a cause for song and hope

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In the months before he allegedly shot and killed a young girl, a 16-year-old boy used a gun in three carjackings and got probation

Emilio Corripio was ordered held without bond Thursday on charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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After COVID-19 cancellations, Chicago cop crowned queen of downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade

With Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot looking on, Kelly Leyden was named the "Queen of the Court" during a ceremony Thursday evening at the Plumbers Hall in West Town.

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Surveillance video of police shooting on Lower Wacker Drive shows officers firing into a stolen car, bullets smashing through the windshield

One of the passengers in the car, a 25-year-old man, was shot several times and seriously wounded. The two officers were not shot but suffered minor injuries, according to a police statement.

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Neighbors sour over closing of historic Mars Wrigley factory: ‘It was divine’

The factory will be phased out over the next two years, the company announced this week. The future of the building remains unclear, as does the fate of its 280 workers.

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Cook County’s top judge defends bond reform, juvenile courts

Chief Judge Timothy Evans addressed a Union League Club audience as 16-year-old suspect— who had been on probation— was ordered held without bond, charged in the murder of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega.

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2 die after they are shot in Ravenswood, their car bursting into flames after it crashed

The men were traveling in a car in the 1500 block of West Wilson Avenue when someone in a white van opened fire, Chicago police said.

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Thursday’s high school basketball scores

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Is Rhone Talsma still the ‘Jeopardy!’ champ?

Spoiler alert: The Chicago librarian, who dethroned Amy Schneider on Wednesday, faced an 18th century challenge and more on Thursday. How did he do?

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New interactive virtual tour brings pediatric inpatients to Field Museum

The Field Museum is the first partner of the WeGo Foundation in the Midwest.

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COPA wraps investigation into fatal police shooting of Anthony Alvarez; report to be published following superintendent’s review

In April 2021, COPA recommended Officer Evan Solano be relieved of police powers during the investigation, a rare move that would mean the officer would be placed on paid desk duty after a standard 30-day leave, but Brown stalled on the action.

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Man charged with killing woman, 19, in shooting at illegal nightclub in Jefferson Park

Meagan Bilbo was attending a party on Dec. 5 at the club, which was posing as a computer repair shop, in the 4800 block of North Central Avenue, when a masked person opened fire outside in a parking lot.

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Man shot and killed, another wounded after walking out of church in Roseland, police say

Someone fired shots at them from a dark-colored Chrysler 300, police say.

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Cooperation from Little Village community key to arrests in shooting death of 8-year-old girl, City Council member says

"It worked this time. It doesn’t work all the time," said local Ald. Mike Rodriguez. But "like Melissa’s mother, I have hope. I refuse to be the victim of just the thoughts of doubt and despair. ... I believe in our community. I believe in us."

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Another potential witness against Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson pleads guilty

Cathy Torres’ name appears on a list of potential prosecution witnesses for Thompson’s federal tax trial, which is set for Feb. 4. The feds say Torres communicated with Thompson about his loan at Washington Federal and attempts to refinance there.

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Missing Lake View man found in Chicago River died from drowning, medical examiner can’t say whether death was an accident

Iñaki Bascaran left a River North bar on Halloween weekend but never returned home. ‘Iñaki would want his story to stay in people’s hearts and help them avoid irreversible tragedies,’ his father said Thursday.

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Afternoon Edition: Jan. 27, 2022

Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.