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Kaegi botched COVID tax relief

The Cook County assessor cut values based on jobs he thought neighborhoods would lose due to the pandemic. It was a wild miscalculation that worked out well for some, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, not so well for residents of a poor South Side neighborhood.

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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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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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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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Kaegi botched COVID tax relief

The Cook County assessor cut values based on jobs he thought neighborhoods would lose due to the pandemic. It was a wild miscalculation that worked out well for some, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, not so well for residents of a poor South Side neighborhood.

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Bulls’ defense a no-show, spoiling DeMar DeRozan’s return to San Antonio

DeRozan has done nothing but speak of how important his three years with the Spurs were to him. So of course he wanted to have a great showing with his new Bulls teammates Friday. The Spurs didn’t get that memo.

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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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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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Chicago outdoors: Thoughts on hawks/small dogs, a nocturnal buck, biggest “Big Year,” big-game women

Reactions on hawks and small dogs, a nocturnal buck on a trail cam, the biggest "Big Year" and women in the Boone and Crockett Club books are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond,

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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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Man charged in cold case murder of Niles woman dies while awaiting trial

Richard J. Sisto, 72, was charged in October in the 1992 slaying of Helen K. Cardwell.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

A surveillance video frame shows a Chicago police officer taking cover during a shootout in the 200 block of East Lower Wacker Drive Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.
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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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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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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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‘Tragedy’ to triumph. How a shooting at a back-to-school giveaway became a cause for song and hope

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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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Man shot to death in Lawndale

Mario Heath, 37, was standing outside in the 1200 block of South Kedzie Avenue when a van stopped across the street and someone inside opened fire about 8:10 p.m.

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Chicago’s candy crown slips with Mars exit

Does anybody care whether Chicago is the "candy capital of the universe" anymore?

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Halas Intrigue, Episode 213: It’s Matt Eberflus

The Bears’ Ryan and Matt 2.0 are now in place.

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Chicago’s ‘cartel wives’ traveled abroad, to J.Lo Las Vegas concert with drug cash, feds say

Vivianna Lopez and Valerie Gaytan — wives of former Chicago cocaine kingpins Pedro Flores and Margarito Flores — used drug money for 2018 and 2019 trips, newly unsealed affidavit says.

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11-year-old boy charged with armed carjacking in Mount Greenwood in November

The boy was identified as one of the people who stole a car at gunpoint from two women in the 11000 block of South Harding Avenue on Nov. 19, police said.

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This week in history: Emily Taft Douglas goes to bat for bookworms

The Chicago-born politician, who died Jan. 28, 1994, served just two years in the U.S. House of Representatives, but she focused on bringing greater access to libraries in her short tenure.

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Stefanie Dolson’s time in Chicago appears to be coming to an end

After meeting with the New York Liberty, Las Vegas Aces, Atlanta Dream, Seattle Storm and Sky, the Olympic gold medalist is deciding between the Liberty and Storm.

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Rising costs ding McDonald’s profit

Sales rose 7.5% at U.S. restaurants open at least a year as limited-time products and a growing loyalty program brought in customers despite higher menu prices.

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Teen charged in Michigan school shooting to pursue insanity defense

Ethan Crumbley, 15, is charged as an adult with murder and other crimes for the shooting at Oxford High School on Nov. 30.

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Man charged with opening fire during argument at Rolling Meadows sports bar, wounding two people

Daniel Gerger, 38, has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, a class X felony, from the shooting at the Stadium Sports Club.