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How to be a white neighbor in a black neighborhood

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Mayor’s gaffes won’t help Chicago get a lift from Pritzker and Springfield

If Lightfoot’s administration doesn’t pay better attention to that relationship, it will be costly for Chicago.

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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’: Drop-dead funny stars breathe some life into a tired genre

10 years after the original, Emma Stone and team have somehow formed an amusingly dysfunctional family.

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Presidential hopeful Cory Booker endorsing Marie Newman for Congress

Booker will unveil his endorsement at an 11 a.m. Friday event with Newman open to the public at Cocula Restaurant, 5241 S. Pulaski Rd.

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Booker, Buttigieg, Bullock in Chicago for presidential fundraising

Mark Kelly, running for an Arizona Senate seat, and his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, will be in Chicago on Thursday for fundraising.

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Illinois House Republicans, Democrats unite to condemn Trump yanking troops from Syria   

All 5 Illinois Republicans supported the bipartisan House resolution.

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Mitch Trubisky? Improved? It’s in the admiring eye of his beholder, Bears coach Matt Nagy

If Nagy believes that Trubisky has gotten better this season, the Bears’ problems might be deeper than an offense that can’t advance the football.

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Rep. Dan Lipinski has more cash-on-hand but out-raised by 2 key Democratic primary rivals

State Sen. Jim Oberweis has loaned his GOP primary congressional campaign a total of $400,000.

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Biggest loser of Democratic debate was your personal freedom

In addition to impeachment, another issue united the 12 candidates on stage: just how much they want to insert themselves into our daily lives.

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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’: Angelina Jolie wears the horns again in a gorgeous, ambitious thrill ride

Like storybook Avengers, the fairies and humans and magical creatures are waging war at a superhero scale.

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‘Long journey’ to add West Side mental health center reaches destination

Conventional wisdom held that tax-stressed Chicago voters wouldn’t vote to raise their own taxes, and it didn’t seem like a subject as unsexy as improved mental health services would cause them to make an exception.

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Obama Foundation gets $2.5 million grant for Obama Museum art collections

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle will be in Chicago for their foundation’s annual summit, overlapping with President Donald Trump on Oct. 28.

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Just Sayin’: The Cubs were plenty good enough to get destroyed by the Nationals, too

The NLCS was an absurd mismatch, with the Nats making their opponents look like feckless, slapdash, in-over-their-heads pretenders. If this could happen to the Cardinals, what does it say about how far the Cubs are from their next World Series?

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Attorney General Barr is determined to undermine your privacy

Encryption technology is obviously useful to people who value their privacy, including journalists, lawyers, dissidents and ordinary citizens discussing sensitive matters.

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Hey, what’s wrong with a little political corruption if ‘nothing done was illegal’?

Chicago is crooked. Illinois is crooked. Washington D.C. is full of crooks. As our founding fathers knew, everyone is always trying to help themselves, their family and friends.

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‘One Day’ — ace writer spins gold from a random Sunday

The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten picked a day out of a hat and used it to organize a book bristling with drama.

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‘Living With Yourself’: Paul Rudd doubly delightful as a man and his higher-caliber clone

The smart, funny Netflix series lives up to its intriguing premise.

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What I learn when I have lunch at Cook County Jail

These are not serial murderers or rapists. They are overwhelmingly people who erred or did wrong but are not bad people.

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Lord, have mercy: Now the struggling Bears face the hashtagged Saints and their biggest supporter, Pope Francis

The Holy Father’s accidental tweet backs the Bears’ next opponent. Doesn’t it figure?

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Alderman stands his ground over Six Corners project

Ald. James Gardiner wants design changes, even if it invites a fight with the mayor.

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A Patrick Mahomes-Deshaun Watson meeting, and more painful reminders of what might have been for Bears

The best you can say about the entire situation is that Bears GM Ryan Pace might, in time, fingers crossed, be right about Mitch Trubisky. But he was oh-so wrong about the two quarterbacks he passed on.

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Oklahoma, Ohio State vs. Alabama, Clemson: Give us “O’s” in tag-team match of contenders

The Big 10: a look at college football’s playoff race, plus the halfway Heisman, an Ohio State-Wisconsin dream scenario, CeeDee Lamb’s breakout and the next giant test for Illinois coach Lovie Smith.

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The mocking laughter of Trump’s base

President Trump’s vilification of refugees in Minneapolis resonates with George Orwell’s grim tale of totalitarianism, ‘1984.’

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Criminal justice reformers are making the case to end cash bail in Illinois

They say current bond reforms don’t go far enough to help those who cannot afford any bail and are no threat to the public if released. A proposed bill would end cash bail altogether.

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Ditka’s iconic Gold Coast steakhouse could close as lease nears final days

‘It’s been a great run,’ the legendary Bears coach says of the restaurant that opened in 1997.

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Feds’ fishing trip in Sandoval waters points to big catch ahead

When politicians put their family members in harm’s way through their own monkey business, federal authorities have a pressure point that can result in submission faster than any mixed martial arts hold.

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How Illinois pension task force convinced firefighters to go along with merger plan

One way was by changing the survivor benefit back to its original level.

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Home from a rally against gun violence — and back to the violence

I stand in amazement of the Rev. Michael Pfleger and this caravan of faith — determined to never let their cause to end gun violence die.

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‘El Camino’ review: Netflix’s Jesse Pinkman movie lives up to ‘Breaking Bad’ standards

In a powerful performance, Aaron Paul reveals what happened to the complicated character before and after the shootout.

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More than enough cowards to go around in NBA-China controversy

Members of the NBA family have had an extremely difficult time locating their social consciences and their vocal cords. It’s the sort of thing that can happen when a sports league has a $4 billion relationship with a country.

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Big Game Hunting: Notre Dame keeps flipping the script in a mismatch with USC

It still feels a little funny, doesn’t it, to take the measure of Notre Dame’s rivalry with USC and find things so clearly tipping in favor of the Fighting Irish? Also: Oklahoma-Texas, Florida-LSU, Michigan State-Wisconsin, Penn Sate-Iowa, Michigan-Illinois and more.

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‘Pain and Glory’: Pedro Almodovar makes moments with meaning

Emotions and eye-popping colors tell the director’s deeply personal story, with Antonio Banderas front and center.

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Just Sayin’: Start fast, Blackhawks — like all those other Chicago teams didn’t

Just one piece of advice for the Blackhawks as they attempt to navigate their way through the early seven-game homestand that began Thursday with a 5-4 loss to the previously 0-4-0 Sharks: For the love of Polish sausage, Italian beef, cheering through the national anthem, "Chelsea Dagger" and all else that’s sacred and holy in this world, don’t blow it.

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Republican Shimkus quits as Trump Illinois honorary co-chair; abandoning Kurds “despicable” 

"Because of this terrible foreign policy decision, I asked that my name be removed from his campaign’s official list of supporters," Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill. said Thursday.

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‘The Addams Family’ delivers light laughs and a heavy message

In an intermittently funny animated comedy, the weird kinfolk’s puns are balanced with repeated lessons on tolerance.