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What can be done to stop Chicago’s Black exodus?

Community leaders in Greater Englewood and Austin think a concerted effort to close the gaps in homeownership, wages and life expectancy between Black and white Chicagoans could stem the city’s loss of Black residents.

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Harold Washington’s legacy matters more than ever in these troubled times

Chicago was devastated by the death of the city’s first Black mayor, whose reform agenda changed this deeply segregated city. His story is told in the documentary "Punch 9 for Harold Washington."

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Chicago isn’t hopeless. Our city just needs more people like Samella McKenzie and her children.

Samella McKenzie left behind a great example to her children and neighbors of how one person’s act of kindness can contribute long-lasting goodness in communities.

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‘Foxconned’ into harming the environment

Gaining a few jobs in the short term is not worth paying an environmental price.

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Today’s Republican Party reminds me of Minute Maid orange juice concentrate

No longer are the party’s leaders interested in adding water to grow it, make it more drinkable, make it last longer and taste better. Rather, the idea is to keep concentrating it to its most potent form, even if that means it’s smaller, more sour and harder to stomach.

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High-interest loans in Chicago target Black neighborhoods

‘Statistical significance on steroids’ shows payday borrowers mostly lived in majority-Black ZIP codes.

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A lesson from the Bears: Bad things happen to bad organizations

When you are your own worst enemy, you don’t need enemies like a neighborhood news source.

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Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41

For the last two years, the Illinois Institute of Technology grad battled cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which a tumor occurs in the heart.

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1 killed, teen among 22 wounded in citywide shootings since Friday evening

A person was found shot to death Saturday night in Avalon Park on the South Side.

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Horoscope for Monday, Nov. 29, 2021

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Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 high school basketball rankings for Nov. 28, 2021

A tumultuous opening week leads to seven new teams joining the rankings.

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1 killed, 4 teens wounded in Evanston shooting

The shooting happened about 7:15 p.m. near Green Bay Road and Asbury Street, according to Evanston police.

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Finishing eludes Blackhawks in 2-0 loss to Sharks

Despite the result, interim coach Derek King thought it was one of the best games the Hawks have played this season.

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Is it DeEnd for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy? Sure looks like it

President Biden seeks to replace two DeJoy loyalists on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, making it likely the Trump appointee will finally be sent packing.

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Volunteers rescue Sandhill Crane with plastic around its beak

Volunteers with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors captured a Sandhill Crane in Evanston, helping it remove the plastic on its beak that had been preventing it from eating.

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Man found shot to death in South Chicago

He was shot multiple times in the back and legs and discovered about 6:30 p.m. in the 8700 block of South Saginaw Avenue, Chicago police said.

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Sunday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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Virgil Abloh’s deep roots in Chicago

Born in Rockford and educated in Chicago, Virgil Abloh’s artistic life was rooted in the city.

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DePaul rolls past Eastern Michigan to improve to 6-0

Javon Freeman-Liberty had 22 points and Nick Ongenda had 16 points

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Police seeking group wanted for kidnapping girl near Austin high school

A four-door black sedan with tinted windows began following the girl from Austin College and Career Academy High School, then three males forced her inside the vehicle, Chicago police said.

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Best thing Bears can do for Justin Fields: Make offense functional without him

Here are things coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor can do with the players surrounding Fields to get the best look at their quarterback.

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Fire Matt Nagy? Fire Ryan Pace? Fire himself? George McCaskey has a lot of options

With the Bears’ abysmal record in the post-Ditka era — seven playoff appearances and four playoff victories in 28 seasons — at some point George McCaskey has to consider that McCaskey family leadership is part of the problem.

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Michael O’Brien’s final 2021 Super 25 high school football rankings

Four contenders vie for the top spot.

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Man found fatally shot in parking lot at Gurnee Mills

About 2:10 p.m. officers responded to reports of gunshots in a parking lot on the northeast side of Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., and found a 26-year-old man of Zion, with gunshot wounds.

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Man charged with stabbing CTA bus driver in Lincoln Park

The driver was traveling in the 300 block of North Avenue when he saw a man on the bus trying to pickpocket a woman, Chicago police said.

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Lockport beats Maine South to capture Class 8A crown

Running back Ty Schultz was the difference Saturday. The senior ran for more than 200 yards and scored two touchdowns.

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Person found shot to death in Avalon Park

The male, between 18 to 35 years old, was found under a viaduct about 7:30 p.m. in the 8100 block of South Anthony Avenue.

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Wheaton North dominates St. Rita to take Class 7A trophy

Quarterback Mark Forcucci and receiver Seth Kortenhoeven did most of the damage on offense for Wheaton North.

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Fire on the prairie: Curative use of fire at the Forest Preserves of Cook County, bonus remotest spot

Tagging along and learning much on a prescribed burn with the Forest Preserves of Cook County; plus the bonus of going to the most remote spot in Cook Cook.

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Cary-Grove shocks East St. Louis, wins Class 6A

Cary-Grove used its triple option to upset East St. Louis and Luther Burden, the top team and top player in the state.

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Fenwick beats Kankakee to win its first football state championship

The Friars beat Kankakee 34-15 to win the Class 5A state championship

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World on alert as UK reports cases of omicron COVID variant

Two people have tested positive with the omicron variant in the southeastern English town of Chelmsford and in the central city of Nottingham.

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Man charged with DUI in crash that critically injured Crestwood police officer

On Nov. 20, Gregory Hilson allegedly struck a Crestwood police vehicle at the scene of a crash at Midlothian Turnpike and South Pulaski Road.

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Aurora man charged with attempted murder in hammer attack

Johnathan McDonald, 22, is charged with felony attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint.

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City officials, ‘prepared to take action’ after discovery of omicron variant, urge more people to get vaccinated

The latest variant identified in South Africa should encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, city officials said.

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Donors step in to help businesses, residents displaced by Oak Park fire

That fire on Oak Park’s busy Lake Street corridor caused extensive damage to the building that housed Polished Nail Salon and Day Spa as well as Delia’s Kitchen. Four upstairs apartments also were severely damaged.

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UChicago doctors set Illinois record with 55 heart transplants this year, including two on Thanksgiving

Doctors at the South Side hospital spent the holiday performing back-to-back transplants that set a new record in Illinois.

Maya Bird-Murphy Poses for a portrait inside her Chicago Mobile Makers truck In Humboldt Park, Chicago, Monday, June 8, 2020. Chicago Mobile Makers is a new project by Maya Bird-Murphy that hopes to share and inspire architectural design to the young children of the South and West sides of Chicago. The city of Chicago has reopened parks west of Lake Shore Drive. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times
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Oak Park native brings passion for architecture to kids with mobile workshops

Looking to create new opportunities for students in underserved neighborhoods, Maya Bird-Murphy started a nonprofit, Chicago Mobile Makers, designed to allow youth to explore the possibilities of architecture and design.

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Black Friday crowds return to downtown Chicago — mostly masked and waiting their turn to get inside stores

A survey by the consulting firm Deloitte found that Chicago area shoppers, buoyed by improved personal finances, plan to increase holiday spending from a year ago.

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Coronavirus variant is here; will travel bans help?

The U.S. said Friday it will ban travel from South Africa and seven other African nations by non-U.S. citizens as of Monday. European Union nations also have agreed to a ban on travel from southern Africa.