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The Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade returns

The world’s largest motorcycle parade is set for Sunday along Western Avenue.

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Park District budget includes $600K for new sex abuse prevention unit

Parks CEO Rosa Escareno also announced that hiring of lifeguards for summer 2022 would be pushed back until "intensive" training is conducted.

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40 years on, the battle against the AIDS epidemic is now focused on ending it

City leaders and activists shared stories and hopes Wednesday on World AIDS Day at the soon-to-be-completed AIDS Garden Chicago.

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192 vehicles towed on first night of winter parking ban

Forty fewer drivers were caught unaware compared with last year, when 232 vehicles were towed.

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CTA train operator beaten at Red Line Garfield station

The employee was attacked by two teenagers while the train was stalled.

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Man killed in Lincoln Square — third neighborhood shooting since Friday

The Lincoln Square area has seen several shootings recently, and police say they are increasing patrols along the Western and Lawrence avenue corridors.

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Man dies after climbing over railing, falling to street at Western Blue Line station in Logan Square

The man fell about 30 feet from the stairs at 1900 N. Western Ave., officials said.

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Showdown vote on Chicago ward map called off; public hearings next

Ald. Michelle Harris, chairwoman of the City Council’s Rules Committee, said delaying a vote will allow to public input while negotiations continue in hopes of avoiding a referendum, Chicago’s first in 30 years.

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7 people shot in Chicago Tuesday

In one of the attacks, a man was found shot in Back of the Yards on the South Side by officers responding to a ShotSpotter alert.

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Man shot to death by masked gunman in Woodlawn

He was standing in the 6200 block of South Eberhart Avenue when a man wearing a ski-mask approached and fired shots.

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After 18 VA patients contract COVID in hospital and 1 dies, top doc rips staff for coming to work sick, not masking

"We have committed very real harm to a large number of patients this week," Dr. Sarah Unterman, chief of staff for the hospital, said in a memo excoriating the "horrific and disturbing" situation.

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More than 1,000 people have been murdered in Cook County this year, the most since 1994

As of Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office had recorded 1,009 murders this year — 100 more than this time last year. The youngest person killed was a 1-month-old boy, the oldest an 84-year-old man.

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Heist for the holidays: Shipping container, filled with holiday donations, stolen from Englewood lot

A 53-foot-long white shipping container stolen from an Englewood lot sometime over the weekend contained about $50,000 in donated toys, clothes and other Christmas gifts.

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Pandemic spikes need for Christmas toy donations, leaving group pleading for donations

Operation Cover Chicago has received twice as many requests for toys this Christmas and hopes to give 20,000 Chicago-area children toys this year.

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Marine Academy official removed after sending anti-vax email to families

Commandant Larry Kaifesh was "spreading false information about vaccines, which is just contrary to everything Dr. [Allison] Arwady and I have been preaching and speaking about," CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said Tuesday.

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Less than 13% of CPS students under 12 vaccinated so far, officials say

While shots have only been approved for younger children for a few weeks, less than half of CPS students aged 12 and up have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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‘Dread Head Cowboy’ sentenced to 90 days in jail on contempt charge for sparring with judge

Activist Adam Hollingsworth, who is representing himself against animal cruelty charges, was led out of court after repeatedly interrupting Cook County Judge Michael McHale.

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He’s baaaack! Lessons from the Smollett case

Whether cracked or attacked, there is insight to be wrung from the actor’s saga.

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CVS, Illinois AG respond to rise in retail robberies, opioid theft

All 392 CVS locations in Illinois will now feature time-delay safes to prevent narcotics thefts. The measure is a response to a recent rise in retail and pharmacy theft.

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Man fatally struck on Dan Ryan Expressway at 50th Street

The accident happened Tuesday in the southbound local lanes of Interstate 94, according to Illinois State Police.

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Lightfoot threatens to veto any new ward map that protects indicted Ald. Edward Burke

The veto threat is not surprising, given the mayor’s political animus toward Burke. But it further muddles a contentious situation already going down to the wire, with the Rules Committee abruptly canceling Tuesday’s meeting.

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Police release photos of two wanted in Red Line robbery at Grand Avenue

The pair, one of them in a wheelchair, confronted the victim around 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in an elevator at the station, police said.

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Youth football team raises money to compete for national championship: ‘A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’

The undefeated Wolfpack football team from the South Side raised over $45,000 to travel to the national championships in Florida, easily surpassing their goal.

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9 people shot in Chicago Monday

One of the attacks wounded a 14-year-old boy in Back of the Yards.

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Man dies days after being shot in Chatham

Darius Love was was found on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to head last Tuesday about 12:40 p.m. in the 8000 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.

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From winter parking bans to snow removal, the city’s gearing up for harsh weather, and you should, too

Here are some things to know as Chicago braces for cold temps and heavy snow.

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Lightfoot denies flip-flop on sports betting

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would never do anything that would meaningfully compromise the casino revenue needed to shore up police and fire pension funds that are now dangerously close to insolvency.

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Overnight winter parking ban begins 3 a.m. Wednesday

The ban is enforced regardless of snow from 3 to 7 a.m. every night from Dec. 1 to April 1.

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Chicago Auto Show shifts back to February

The winter staple at McCormick Place is scheduled for Feb. 12-21 after its 2021 summertime fling.

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5 teens shot, 1 killed, in Evanston Sunday night

The shooting happened Sunday evening near Green Bay Road and Asbury Street, according to Evanston police.

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Fight over ward boundaries appears headed for costly referendum after Lightfoot fails to forge weekend compromise

After months on the sidelines, Mayor Lori Lightfoot jumped into the fray over the weekend, trying to bring the two sides closer together. It didn’t work, and now the mayor sounds almost resigned to a referendum.

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Neighbor rescues child in fatal fire near Midway Airport

Susan M. Collopy, 60, died in the fire. Fire officials say a neighbor was woken up by his dog and rescued a child and adult from the blaze before firefighters arrived.