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Chinatown leaders eye Daley family’s 11th Ward stronghold for first Asian American-majority city ward

A proposed redrawing of Chicago’s ward map would create that majority by combining parts of Bridgeport, Armour Square and McKinley Park in a new 11th Ward.

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Dead CEO of failed Bridgeport bank worried over his safety, sister told feds

In a sealed deposition, Janice Gembara Weston said John Gembara began bringing Marek Matczuk to the bank’s annual board meeting after the ouster of a board member.

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Feds say Patrick Daley Thompson lied, claimed he made payments on loans from failed Bridgeport bank

The new revelation came after Thompson’s defense attorney, Chris Gair, again blasted the feds’ prosecution of Thompson and pushed for a trial as soon as this fall.

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Bridgeport bank failure a big headache for 2 prominent Chicagoans

Police consent decree monitor Maggie Hickey and chef Kevin Hickey are dealing with their late father’s losses from Washington Federal Bank for Savings’s shutdown.

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Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson pleads not guilty to federal indictment during heated arraignment

Lawyers argued about whether Thompson must surrender his passport while awaiting trial. It’s a routine request, but his attorney called it "just punitive." The judge gave Thompson a week to turn in his passport — and his FOID card.

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Facing foreclosure, Patrick Daley Thompson turned to clout’s piggy bank

He got $89,000 from Washington Federal Bank for Savings after another Bridgeport bank demanded he repay a loan that was nearly three years past due.

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Authorities identify man found shot dead in Armour Square

The 36-year-old man was discovered Wednesday morning in the 200 block of West 37th Street, with a gunshot wound to the head.

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Daley nephew innocent until proven guilty — but verdict is in on dynasty’s mayoral run

A federal indictment Thursday raises the question: Does this mark the end of the line for the Daleys in Chicago politics, or at least the beginning of the end? I expect it does.

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Patrick Daley Thompson indicted over loans from failed Bridgeport bank, declares innocence

The Bridgeport alderman, 51, who faces seven charges involving Washington Federal Bank for Savings, says: ‘I did not commit any crime, I am innocent, and I will prove it at trial.’

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New Deal-era mural about ships finds a new life at a Bridgeport museum

Commissioned in 1936, the ‘History of Ships’ mural had a tumultuous past before finding a new home at the Chicago Maritime Museum.

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After a pandemic pause, developer picks up plan at Bridgeport’s Ramova Theatre

Tyler Nevius says his backers remain in place and he hopes to reopen the 1929 movie house as a performing arts venue by late 2022.

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Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson voted to OK development of a property he’d sold months earlier

The Bridgeport alderman — also under investigation for possible tax fraud — didn’t disclose his stake in Pensacola Place apartments or a second Uptown property until six months after the council vote.

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Parolee held without bail for allegedly murdering Bridgeport man

Cook County prosecutors have not said why Gerardo Campos allegedly shot at 68-year-old Alva Besst’s vehicle last month.

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Cicero man charged with murder in shooting of Bridgeport bystander

Gerardo Campos is due in bond court Sunday in the shooting death of Alva Besst, 68, who was killed by a stray bullet while driving in the neighborhood last month.

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At Bridgeport restaurant, the chef also curates the ever-changing outdoor murals

The art that decorates the walls outside Kimski, 960 W. 31st St., can change every month or so. But the message they carry is constant — that art is ‘necessary and essential.’

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Wrigley Field could join United Center as mass vaccination site

But will fans be able to watch baseball in person at Wrigley — or Guaranteed Rate Field — this season? Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday said it’s going to happen, but she didn’t say how soon.

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Feds charge owner of home where Bridgeport bank president died as ‘massive fraud’ case expands

It’s the latest development in a case that traces back to Dec. 3, 2017, when John F. Gembara, president of Washington Federal Bank for Savings was found dead in Marek Matczuk’s home.

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Off-duty CPD officer uninjured after shots fired from vehicle following him in Bridgeport

The 43-year-old was driving west on 31st Street when he saw the vehicles following him, police said.

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Armed robberies reported in Bridgeport

In each incident someone was approached by two armed men who demand their personal property.

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Vacant building collapses in Bridgeport

It is the second building collapse in as many days on the South Side.

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Letter to a Young Lord: Remembering Manuel Ramos

Fred Hampton was killed in a police raid seven months after you, Manuel Ramos, were gunned down by an off-duty police officer in Bridgeport in 1969. Hampton was 21. You were just 20. You also were my grandfather.

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Fire breaks out at Bridgeport home, displacing 2 dozen people

Residents of the home went to the nearby 9th District police station on Halsted Street.

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Boy, 16, charged as adult in deadly Bridgeport carjacking

Shai Guan was killed in the Dec. 21 attack in the 3000 block of South Union Street.

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Police respond to 6 carjackings Monday, including 4 tied to duo on South Side

The pair is allegedly responsible for four armed carjackings over a four-hour span in Bridgeport and Gage Park.

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Man fatally shot in Bridgeport was possibly being carjacked: police

The 33-year-old was shot in the chest and pronounced dead on Union Avenue.

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Mt. Prospect man dies in crash on Interstate 55 near Bridgeport

An investigation found that about 11:30 p.m., the man, of Mt. Prospect, was driving a silver 2000 Toyota Avalon north on I-55 just south of Princeton Avenue, when he veered off the road to the right and lost control.

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FDIC settles for $2.5M with accountants for Bridgeport bank closed for fraud after CEO’s death

Bansley & Kiener agreed to the payout, which didn’t involve any admission of wrongdoing. Washington Federal Bank for Savings’ failure remains under investigation.

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A pig and a steer and a whole lot of history are packed into Back of the Yards mural

Chicago artist Joe Miller tapped photos from the heyday of the old Union Stock Yard for his large-scale brick canvas at The Plant, an urban farm and food production incubator.

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Key player in Bridgeport bank case seeks to exhume bank prez’s body, is locked up for contacting widow

It’s a new strange twist in a case that has so far led to the indictment of six people, including Robert Kowalski.

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Blood in apartment basement leads to murder charges against Bridgeport man with domestic violence history

Tiffany Phillips’ brutally beaten and stabbed body was discovered inside in a bathroom after the landlord called Chicago police Monday and reported finding blood in the basement that appeared to have dripped through from the couple’s apartment above.

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A backyard putting green in Bridgeport? ‘Windy City Rehab’ home met with mixed emotions in working class neighborhood

The rehabbed brick two flat sold for $790,000 in June, which one Bridgeport resident called "crazy town."

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Teen boy among 2 shot in Bridgeport

The teen was struck in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition, police said. A 36-year-old man showed up to the hospital later in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.