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Grant awarded to Chicago Public Library Foundation to fund ‘experience labs’ in eight city libraries

The Chicago Public Library Foundation was given a $250,000 grant by the Comcast Corporation to help bridge the "digital divide" in Chicago.

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Housing commissioner says budget shortfall will make it tougher to solve affordable housing crisis

Marisa Novara says it’s "painful to me to be in the realities of our fiscal situation."

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Lightfoot sets time and place for speech outlining $1B-plus shortfall and path forward

Lori Lightfoot will deliver a "State of the City" address outlining the magnitude of the budget shortfall she inherited from Rahm Emanuel at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Harold Washington Library.

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Chicago’s sidewalk space crunch: As cafes gobble up space for pedestrians, more complaints are coming in

‘As more people come and enjoy the neighborhood, it just gets harder,’ says Michele Lee, a West Loop resident and power wheelchair user who often finds she has to thread her way around restaurant tables, chairs jutting into the sidewalk.

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Ed Burke just got $1.9M in tax refunds, interest for car rental agencies at Midway Airport

It’s another eye-opening instance of the indicted Chicago alderman mixing his law firm’s business with city business. And it resulted from big errors by former Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios.

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Party bosses hear closing arguments in state Supreme Court, other races

The party’s Supreme Court committee recommended Neville get the endorsement, but the 80 Chicago ward and suburban township Democratic committeemen won’t make their endorsement decision in that race, or other judicial and countywide races, until Friday.

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Trial possible in city’s lawsuit against Smollett

Lawyers for the city and the actor discussed a settlement, "but those discussions are not ongoing."

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Two final CPD detective areas get tech centers to boost dismal clearance rates for homicides, shootings

Area South got its nerve center in late February, courtesy of billionaire Ken Griffin’s $10 million gift to CPD last year. Now, the Central and North areas have the same capability.

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Lightfoot says she needs Springfield’s help to erase $1 billion-plus shortfall

But the mayor still offered no specifics on the kind of help she will seek; it could include permission to raise the estate transfer tax, as well as allowing the city to tax professional services, including attorneys and accountants.

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Slamming Foxx, another Republican challenger joins Cook County state’s attorney race

Prosecutor Christopher Pfannkuche filed his statement of organization in July and officially announced his run for office Thursday.

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Lightfoot communications chief out — two weeks shy of 100 days on job

Marielle Sainvilus resigned Thursday amid concern that the new administration fell short in handling controversies. Her replacement is set to start Monday.

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You can’t take it with you. So what happened to the $241,565 in dead pol’s war chest?

What particularly piques my interest is that one person who might be in a position to solve the mystery is Ald. Carrie Austin, heir to Frost’s 34th Ward Regular Democratic Organization.

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Battle for the bench: State Supreme Court hopefuls tout credentials, connections, compassion ahead of Dem slating

Sitting Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville could indeed have a fight ahead. He is one of seven candidates actively running for the seat in next year’s election.

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Goat meat, jeans day and a free building: 5 controversies that engulfed Dorothy Brown’s office

The embattled public servant announced Wednesday she would not seek reelection.

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Meeting on impact of Obama Presidential Center shows little has changed at City Hall, nonprofits contend

‘Your administration has promised transparency, accountability and openness to community input. Nothing of the sort occurred,’ stated a sharply-worded letter signed by leaders of Preservation Chicago, Friends of the Parks, the Hyde Park Historical Society and Save the Midway.

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Tiger Woods calls stalled golf course merger ‘something that we need to make happen’

After a pro-am tournament that’s a prelude to the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club, Woods said he’s ‘excited’ about building on ‘an incredible piece of property’ and delivering something ‘unique and different and exciting for all the kids there that play.’ He wants them to play for free.

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Ald. Leslie Hairston accused of lying about nature sanctuary as part of ‘marketing campaign’ to jump-start golf course merger

Hairston claimed the South Shore Nature Sanctuary has been "dead for some years ... because there was nobody to maintain it." But Jackson Park Watch posted pictures on Twitter to prove the sanctuary is alive and well and distributed them at a Chicago Park District board meeting.

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Downtown casino shuffle: A few aces in the hole, some wild cards — but no Trump card

The report from Union Gaming Analytics, delivered Tuesday to the Illinois Gaming Board, came down decisively on the side of downtown, although it preferred language such as "tourist-centric location."

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Pols playing their hand like it’s Go Fish, not High Stakes Poker

Our political leaders were so eager to solve the state’s and city’s financial problems on the backs of gamblers that they failed to take into account that casino owners need to make a profit, too.

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With Tiger Woods in town, Ald. Hairston hoping to convince Lightfoot to get on board of stalled golf course merger

Ald. Leslie Hairston is so gung-ho about merging the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses, she spent the day at the Medinah Country Club, which is hosting this week’s BMW Championship.

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City honors Chicago cop killed trying to thwart Mercy Hospital shooter, 2 officers killed by a train

"Some day, the sons and daughters of these men will come into this building ... I like to think their fathers will be looking down, smiling as they find the star that once belonged to their daddy," Supt. Eddie Johnson said.

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No dice on 5 Chicago casino sites or ‘onerous’ taxes, study finds — but mayor, gov not leaving the table

It’s a concern Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she long saw coming, but she insisted the city is far from folding on the gambling den that has eluded city and state leaders for decades.

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Lyft admits failure to warn of violent driver in case that ended in murder charges and fugitive fleeing to China

If Lyft had followed the rules and notified the city about the violent driver, the message would have been relayed to other ride-hailing companies in Chicago, including Uber.

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Lightfoot cracks down on absenteeism and abuse of family leave among city workers

In the coming months, Lightfoot said she plans to issue a new policy "that codifies and clarifies" the city’s policies.

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Community activists: Take down the Gun Offender Dashboard

The database is "inaccurate," generates "false narrative" that people released on bond are responsible for Chicago’s gun violence, critics said.

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Cook County plans new Provident Hospital — building on history of ‘iconic South Side institution’

The proposed new hospital will include 42 medical and surgical beds, six beds in the intensive care unit, eight operating rooms and two procedure rooms, diagnostic radiology and cardiovascular imagery, an 18-bay emergency department and 70 outpatient exam rooms.

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Counting 2020 election results not as simple as 1-2-3

In a development that could have implications for both the news business and democracy, at least three competing entities are lining up to tabulate results for the 2020 presidential election.

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Jury awards nearly $2M to former cop who was retaliated against after reporting misconduct

Megan O’Malley, attorney for former CPD Officer Laura Kubiak, said she hoped the award sends a message to the city to protect officers who call out misconduct.

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Where the jobs are in Chicago: downtown, and that’s a good thing

It’s also where most new employment in the city will continue to be. And it isn’t just people with MBAs or law degrees who will be getting hired.

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Lightfoot to lower the boom on Chicago taxpayers Aug. 29

Before an audience likely to include civic leaders and community groups, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to project a shortfall that tops $1 billion.

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Under federal investigation, Ald. Carrie Austin holding fundraiser next month

The Sept. 20 fundraiser at the Martinique Banquet in Burbank is hosted by state Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago; Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island; Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago; and Cook County Commissioner Deborah Sims.

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Lightfoot chooses Detroit planner to make the big leap to Chicago

Chicago mayors have a long history of choosing outsiders for top jobs who end up being chewed up and spit out by the city’s unique brand of politics. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot is determined to try it with Detroit planner Maurice Cox.