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Diminished and preoccupied, indicted Ald. Edward Burke no longer a dominating presence at City Council meetings

Burke is no longer the center of attention at council meetings he once dominated. He occupies the front-row seat closest to the door, arrives late, leaves immediately and seldom, if ever, speaks.

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Woman shot in Marquette Park

She was walking in the 6300 block of South Rockwell Street when she heard gunfire and felt pain, police said.

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Chicago-pedia: Buildings

An encyclopedia of the terms that define our city. In this edition, we cover some of Chicago’s most iconic buildings.

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Chicago-pedia: Vol. 1

Some call it "Chicago-ese," or "Chicago-speak." Whatever you call it, we’re capturing it here.

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2 shot in vehicle in McKinley Park

A 17-year-old boy and 27-year-old man were both hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, police said.

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Man shot, killed at Southeast Side Subway restaurant: police

The 22-year-old was arguing with a group of people inside the Subway when one of them shot him in the head.

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Car fatally strikes bicyclist on South Side: police

The man, 40, was riding a bike westbound on 67th Street about 1 a.m. when he was hit by a Chevrolet Impala in the intersection with Stony Island Avenue.

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State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz eyeing appointment to Senate seat of mentor John Cullerton

Feigenholtz worked for the retiring Cullerton for years before joining him in Springfield.

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Charges pending after vehicle wanted for Little Village murder crashes in Chatham

Officers pursued a vehicle wanted in connection to a homicide in Little Village Nov. 12, police said.

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South Side gun buy-back: ‘Getting them out of your house can save lives’

Close to 100 guns were turned in at St. Sabina Church within a matter of hours Saturday, with owners receiving gift cards in exchange for the weapons, no questions asked.

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2 seriously wounded in South Shore shooting

The men, 23 and 49, were outside about 10:10 a.m. in the 1600 block of East 79th Street when someone got out of a maroon four-door sedan and opened fire, Chicago police said.

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Man stabbed in domestic fight in Bronzeville

The suspect, 19, stabbed his child’s grandfather during a domestic altercation in the 2900 block of South Federal Street, police said.

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3 men shot in Fifth City

They were standing on the sidewalk in the 3300 block of West Monroe Street when someone fired shots from a gangway, police said.

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Man fatally stabbed in fight with relative in Back of the Yards

The 27-year-old was stabbed in the chest and abdomen during a fight with a family member, police said. Another man, 43, is in custody.

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Cullerton escapes storm of federal investigations but clouds linger

Cullerton has always been a unique case study — an old-style Chicago Democratic Machine stalwart wrapped in a lakefront liberal veneer. That’s not all bad, and it’s not all good, either.

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Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly ratifies contract, officially ending strike

The results, announced Friday night, show 81% of the teachers who voted backed the contract.

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‘Jeopardy James’ Holzhauer takes down his conqueror in rematch with Emma Boettcher

Holzhauer and Emma Boettcher were among the 15 all-stars participating in the tourney, with Holzhauer winning the $250,000 grand prize.

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Missing 13-year-old boy last seen in Back of the Yards

Dorian Branch was last seen in the 5400 block of South Carpenter Street.

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Successor to former state Rep. Luis Arroyo chosen, but one Cook County Democrat says ‘the fix is in’

Using proxy votes of Arroyo, who resigned after he was charged with bribery, could set up a fight with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who had warned against any involvement by Arroyo in choosing his successor.

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Shedd Aquarium wants you to help name its baby beluga whale

Voting for your favorite name is now open at the aquarium and on its website.

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Initial consent decree progress report shows CPD missed most deadlines, fell short on key benchmarks

Chicago police officials said they expected the report to paint a negative picture, but argued the department has made progress that won’t be noted until the federal monitor’s second report is released next year.

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2 Richards High School students shot, 1 in ‘grave’ condition, in Back of the Yards

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the 5200 block of South Ashland Avenue, according to Chicago Fire Department officials.

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In Chicago and across the Midwest, Trump’s EPA is inspecting polluters less, cutting staff

The number of people working in the federal environmental agency’s Chicago region has hit an all-time low. So has the number of inspections — down 60% since the president took office.

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Massive Starbucks Reserve Roastery like Willy Wonka’s fictional chocolate factory — but for adults

The 35,000-square-foot roastery on Michigan Avenue opened Friday.

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United delays planned return of grounded Boeing 737 Max

United said Friday that without the planes, it will cancel 56 flights a day in January, February and early March, down from 93 a day this month.

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Jeffrey Dahmer’s FBI files offer glimpses of what was inside the mind of the serial killer

The records on the cannibal killer who was beaten to death in prison 25 years ago are now part of the Sun-Times’ growing ‘The FBI Files’ database.

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At 70, Chicago artist with Parkinson’s disease paints his first mural, a tribute to veterans

‘You feel as if you don’t have Parkinson’s,’ George Zaremba says of doing art. ‘It may sound crazy, but this can be the best part of your life . . . You feel the need to do things you’ve put off in the past.’

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‘Hopefully, our city will get tired of this,’ judge says in denying bail to accused ‘Angel of Death’ in pair of North Side slayings

Harvey Pitts, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of Jontaye Walker and Albert Turnage in 2015.

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No one found after SWAT team called to Rogers Park apartment

Officers were called to the 6700 block of North Ashland Avenue, police said.

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Read ‘Binga: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black Banker’ excerpt

The new book by former Sun-Times editor Don Hayner tells the story of the South Side as seen through the eyes of one very ambitious man and also the story of the start of segregation in Chicago.

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Groups of robbers steal in Brighton Park: police

In two incidents, suspects stole from food delivery employees, police said.

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Chicago police pointed gun at baby while searching the wrong home in Woodlawn: lawsuit

Toni Tate says police burst through her front door in August looking for a man she doesn’t know.