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9-year-old beaten with belts at school by CPS teacher’s friend: lawsuit

Fourth-grader Jomaury Champ was allegedly beaten 20 to 30 times with leather belts in a school bathroom by a friend of a CPS teacher.

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Airbnb hosts in Cook County earned $109 million last year: report

Cook County residents and homeowners made $109 million as Airbnb hosts in 2018, the hospitality service announced Monday.

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‘Marie Kondo Effect’ floods Chicago area thrift stores with donations

Since the New Year’s Day release of the Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo," thrift stores have been swamped with donations from viewers.

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Polar Bear Plunge still on despite weekend’s bitterly cold temperatures

The Chicago Polar Bear Club expects make a splash in Lake Michigan at noon Saturday.

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County Board OKs $24M settlement to three men convicted in ‘Englewood Four’ case

The board also voted unanimously Thursday to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

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Palos, Loyola hospitals announce merger plan

Palos Health and Loyola Medicine have taken steps toward merging the two hospital systems.

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Jesse Jackson, mayoral hopefuls speak out on Van Dyke sentence at MLK breakfast

Jackson and other community leaders addressed steps forward after Friday’s sentencing of Van Dyke for the 2014 murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

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12-year-old Lurie Children’s patient wins national hospital gown design contest

Ramona Deitrich’s purple gown design, featuring illustrations of pink planets, a red spaceship and an astronaut, beat over 6,000 other submissions.

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New West Loop library has meeting space for grown-ups, ‘tinkering lab’ for kids

The city's 81st library branch opened with a Thursday morning ribbon-cutting and features dedicated spaces for both children and adults.

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Committee OKs creating task force to study city’s mental health services

The task force would complete a comprehensive study to point out gaps in the city’s mental health coverage.