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15-year-old boy shot while riding bike in Gage Park

Someone in a dark-colored sedan fired at the teen in the 5300 block of South Albany Avenue.

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FOP president urges police officers to ignore city mandate to report vaccination status — predicts 50% cut in cops on street

FOP President John Catanzara instructed rank-and-file officers to report to work Friday and be sent home for not having reported their vaccine status. Asked to respond, a mayoral spokesperson said they would have "no statement."

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White Sox fans come out in force for playoffs, leave with mixed emotions: ‘Our future is really bright’

As the season ended after a brutal loss Tuesday, fans said it felt good to have something to root for during a difficult year.

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Community rallies behind Timuel Black, honoring a life of service

With no long-term health insurance to cover home hospice care, the community is coming to the aid of the 102-year-old historian, author and political and civil rights activist. It’s about giving this elder statesman and griot of Chicago’s black community his flowers while he is still with us.

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Departing watchdog sounds alarm — again — about CFD response times

Departing Inspector General Joe Ferguson says the Chicago Fire Department still hasn’t implemented changes he first recommended years ago that would allow it to accurately measure emergency response times.

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Medical group says businesses can go mask optional if employees are 100% vaccinated

The Chicago Medical Society is recommending eased masking requirements for businesses who can control whether only vaccinated people are allowed inside.

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Italian American group was allowed to borrow Columbus statue to clean it

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans returned the spiffed-up statue on Tuesday.

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Debra Shore to lead six-state EPA region from Chicago

The Evanston politician will head one of the biggest federal environmental enforcement offices in the country.

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Committee OKs revamp of Chicago plumbing code to expand use of PVC pipe, allow more gender-neutral restrooms

Aldermen also granted historical landmark designation to the Muddy Waters house, 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. The two-flat was built in 1891 and served as the home of the blues legend from 1954 to 1973.

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Authorities in Texas suspect Chicago-based crew of car rental thieves are connected to West Town shooting

A car that was fraudulently rented in Texas was used in the brazen shooting in West Town last month, according to Texas court documents

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Halloween trick-or-treating returns to Chicago. Here’s everything you need to know

City Hall has released guidelines for trick-or-treaters and those passing out candy, along with a list of family-friendly events happening around the city.

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Ex-CEO admits illegally rewarding Dorothy Brown through Women’s History Month program

The feds made no secret that they once targeted Brown in a years-long corruption probe. But Brown was never charged and denies wrongdoing. She left office last year.

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Millennium Park gets food, beverage makeover; clout-heavy Park Grill will reopen with new name

City Hall picks Eleven North Hospitality as Millennium Park’s concessionaire, with renovations already underway at the 140-seat restaurant behind the skating rink.

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Chicago police officers honored for stopping a knife-wielding man

A man with a 10-inch butcher knife was shot to death last year by Chicago police after he stabbed an officer and a civilian.

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Armed robbers fire shots as man, woman fight them off in West Town

The robbers tried to take the woman’s jacket and demanded her phone, but she punched one of them and they fled, police say.

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4 dead, 38 wounded in Chicago shootings over holiday weekend

One attack in Wicker Park left five shot, one fatally, on Milwaukee Avenue.

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10 to see at the Chicago International Film Festival

The 57th fest, opening Wednesday, screens movies from 57 different countries online and/or in theaters.

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Auction of Al Capone’s heirlooms rakes in a ‘shocking’ $3.1 million

The starting bid was $50,000 for Capone’s .45-caliber Colt model 1911 semi-automatic pistol, his "favorite" weapon. It sold for $1 million, Brian Witherell said Monday.

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Columbus Day Parade beats the rain as hundreds celebrate Italian heritage

Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, said the day was one to remember and a time to celebrate Christopher Columbus and what his accomplishments mean to Italian Americans.

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Lawmakers, tribe members say Monday’s holiday should honor Indigenous peoples — instead of Columbus — across Illinois

Politicians and activists from across Cook County said those defending Columbus Day need to recognize the colonialism and violence associated with the explorer.

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Tornado watch issued as storms push through Chicago area Monday

The watch will be in effect until 9 p.m. as a system capable of producing a "few" tornados rolls through northern Illinois and parts of northwest Indiana, the weather service said.

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Hundreds more Southwest Airlines flights canceled Monday after weekend disruptions

The Dallas-based airline blamed air traffic control issues and bad weather for weekend "operational challenges" that resulted in 1,900 canceled flights on Saturday and Sunday.

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Amber alert canceled for 7-month-old girl in northwest Indiana last seen with man

The alert for Xeniyah Sanders was canceled about 3:25 p.m, Indiana State Police said.

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Meet ‘Cane Guy,’ the lifelong White Sox fan who worked his magic in Game 3 win

‘He’s Gandalf!’ his son declared, and, yes, he’ll be at Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday afternoon.

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Woman dies after car falls off Dan Ryan Expressway, crashes into Armour Square parking lot

Nicole Betts’ car became airborne after hitting the crash barrels separating the local and express lanes near 29th Street, authorities say.

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Person killed in 7-vehicle crash on Kennedy Expressway

The crash happened Sunday night in the outbound lanes near Natoma Avenue, according to Illinois State Police.

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Man fatally struck by CTA bus on North Side

The pedestrian was hit by a northbound bus Sunday evening in the 4200 block of North Marine Drive, police say.

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Before White Sox win, fans hopeful: ‘Whatever happens, happens’

On an unseasonably warm fall night, thousands of amped-up White Sox fans converged Sunday to the parking lots outside Guaranteed Rate Field in anticipation of Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

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Jill Biden to visit Chicago this week to mark Hispanic Heritage Month

Jill Biden will team up with U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, D-Ill., during her Tuesday and Wednesday visit.

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Chicago Marathon returns after last year’s COVID cancellation: ‘People are just generally in a good mood because we can just be together’

Despite warnings of potentially hot and humid conditions, racers in the 43rd Chicago Marathon were instead met with mild temperatures, overcast skies and a strong breeze on their backs as they neared the finish line.

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Will Bears move ease suburban shame?

The Chicago Bears calling Arlington Heights home might make life easier for a whole lot of people.

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Ex-Cook County correctional officer subject of federal prostitution investigation

Feds say "at least three women" lived in the officer’s Crestwood home and used it for their sex work, and they say the officer gave one woman his badge to use during her "dates."