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Troy Closson is a former Chicago Sun-Times intern.

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Woodlawn development rises in the east, but some wonder when it will head west

Cottage Grove Avenue is the border between Woodlawn's east and west sides — and, to some, the line between boom and bust.

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‘The Public’ movie examines role libraries play in serving the homeless

Actor-director Emilio Estevez says the movie, featuring Chicago rapper Rhymefest, says the film tackles libraries' use as "de facto homeless shelters"

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Chicago teen AJ Carr from ‘The Chi’ on TV works to help The Chi in real life

The 16-year old actor, who returns to the Showtime series in the new season starting Sunday, runs not-for-profit teaching kids about entrepreneurship.

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More CSO concerts canceled as musicians’ strike enters its second week

Orchestra management reported no progress on wage issues during weekend negotiations with the musicians union.

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Audubon School seventh-grader Aaron Chang advances to National Spelling Bee

After two 2nd-place finishes, he finally got to take home the big trophy Thursday at the Chicago Public School's Citywide Spelling Bee Championship.

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Chicago’s Verano sold for $850 million to Arizona cannabis chain

Harvest Health & Recreation will gain rights to operate Verano’s cultivation facility and dispensaries in Illinois and other states.

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Striking CSO musicians picket in front of Orchestra Hall over contract dispute

A union negotiator said one of the top concerns is the proposed elimination of a defined benefit pension plan.

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Wilson endorsement caps good week for Lightfoot’s mayoral campaign

"I'm looking forward to working with him," Lightfoot told the City Club of Chicago Friday morning.

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Illinois State Police negligent in Aurora gunman’s background checks: lawsuit

Timothy Williams alleges Illinois State Police incompetence allowed Gary Martin to buy and then keep the handgun he used to kill six people.

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Man convicted of sex trafficking in case of slain teen marketed on Backpage

A federal jury returned the guilty verdict Wednesday afternoon against 35-year-old Joseph Hazley after less than a day of deliberations.