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Burying history to protect white people’s feelings won’t work

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‘Secrets of Playboy’ recalls the ugly side of Hefner’s empire of beauty

On A&E series premiering Monday, the company’s models and staffers describe drug use, exploitation of women and the founder’s controlling tactics.

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It’s obvious Richard Irvin is a Republican

Irvin may not make it through the primary, but if he does win, he has a shot at giving Pritzker a run for his money,

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The Big 10: Kofi Cockburn the latest Illinois star to be sidelined with a concussion

As trends go, this whole Noggin U. deal stinks.

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Robot umpires? Let’s leave baseball to real, live human beings

Major League Baseball is moving to an automated strike zone at Triple-A this season. Not good.

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City Hall wrongly OK’d Pilsen tavern The Giant Penny Whistle’s liquor license, inspector general finds

In a new report, it says the Lightfoot administration and former Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner had no legal authority to agree to license the bar without lifting a 1995 moratorium.

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Part history, part fantasy, ‘The King’s Daughter’ dwells where nonsense reigns

Pierce Brosnan camps it up as a macho Louis XIV conspiring to steal a mermaid’s immortality.

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The pandemic upended all of our lives in ways we never expected

So here we are in 2022, feeling like the COVID edition of Groundhog Day: adjusting for work, school, child care and relationships. Anxiety is up. Workers are fed up. Even when we’re fine, we need the caveat of "COVID-fine."

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Don’t be afraid, it’s just public radio

Sun-Times, WBEZ merger a reason to hope.

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‘As We See It’: The funny, moving adventures of three roommates on the autistic spectrum

Brilliant Amazon Prime Video series will have you laughing out loud one moment and choking up the next.

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Lightfoot slams Republicans running for governor over making Chicago crime a campaign issue

"Vilifying the economic engine of your state just strikes me as a really foolhardy strategy," Mayor Lori Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Marcus Liberty has seen a ’phew and believes DePaul’s Javon Freeman-Liberty can make it

"You don’t have to be what I was [to get to the NBA]," said Liberty, once the No. 1 recruit in the land.

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The big question on Biden’s now-blocked vaccine mandate: Was it legal?

OSHA’s vaccine mandate illustrates the perils of reflexively deferring to government experts.

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The dead-end doomsday cult of Donald J. Trump

At a recent rally, Trump bathed his supporters with the usual ill-fated promises and unhinged conspiracy theories. But there’s one crazy theory floating around — about JFK Jr. — that Trump has yet to publicly embrace.

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In Season Four, blood and betrayal run through the ‘Ozark’ mountains

The Byrdes’ risky adventures in money laundering continue to captivate as the Netflix show nears its end

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Given the McCaskeys’ track record, what are the odds the Bears get the coach and GM right this time?

Not good, but if you work for the Colts or Bills, you could be in for a big pay raise in Chicago!

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‘People are hungry for puppetry’

Canceled last year due to COVID-19, the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is back.

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The work of Dr. King is still not done

Dr. King would urge President Biden to push hard to overcome those who stand in the way of democracy reform and of economic decency. Yet he also understood that citizen movements are essential. It was Selma that moved the Voting Rights Act in Washington.

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‘Jockey’ a small but strong movie about a small but strong athlete

Everything feels real in the drama starring Clifton Collins Jr., just right as a veteran rider taking a risk by getting back in the saddle.

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Remembering Les Grobstein — and the Lee Elia rant

The radio icon’s death brings back memories of the former Cubs manager’s tirade in 1983 and a column-that-wasn’t two decades later.

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Purdue 96, Illinois 88 (2OT): Andre Curbelo makes long-awaited return in instant classic

Is it Feb. 10 yet? That’s when the Illini and Boilermakers meet again.

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Failing at football, Bears face a bigger test with a stadium

The pressure is building on a franchise that underperforms financially in one of the NFL’s top markets.

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This You Gotta See: Illinois-Purdue Monday arrives — and that’s game-of-the-year good

The highest-ranked squad in the Big Ten? The Boilermakers. The highest ceiling? We’ll see.

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Republicans didn’t bother to recruit a candidate to run against Sen. Tammy Duckworth

Meanwhile, Aurora Mayor Irvin is poised to launch his GOP governor bid on Monday, with his campaign lifted by the perception he will get the backing of billionaire Ken Griffin.

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King’s time in Chicago echoes today

The city is still deeply divided with no clear way forward. The only clue of what lies ahead comes from what has already occurred. A crucial view that would be blurred by those hot to whitewash the story in school books, the better to lead this country into deeper ruin.

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Jonathan Jackson mulling run for Bobby Rush seat

Jackson told the Sun-Times if he ran, he would have the support of his father, Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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Sooner or later, it’s time to go — but there’s a lot of Loyola left in Oklahoma’s Porter Moser

A coach can’t just snap his fingers and replicate the kinds of relationships Moser had — has — in Rogers Park. But he can try.

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For Mayor Lightfoot, one battle is done, but the war is ahead

Potential 2023 mayoral challengers, such as former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, are already nipping at Lightfoot’s heels.

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The house that gave me a refresher course in gratitude

In a way, despite my initial shock of where I found myself in Ghana, I felt oddly at home.

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What Illinois Democrats are focusing on this election season

Current poll results are extremely ominous for Democrats, particularly in the suburbs.

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It’s long past time to finally clear first White House Black Secret Service agent’s name

South Side resident Abraham Bolden was the first African American to serve on the White House Secret Service detail, until he was charged with a crime after raising questions about the president’s security.

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Whether it’s the NFL MVP award or the Baseball Hall of Fame, judgment always creeps in

It shouldn’t matter if a candidate is a jerk, but try telling that to voters’ human nature.

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With end of Shakman in sight, court monitor burrows in on new Illinois political hiring probe

‘No evidence’ of politics in state hiring, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration says. But Noelle Brennan wants to know how the Illinois Capital Development Board hired two previously fired state employees and a son of an agency official.

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On the superb HBO series ‘Somebody, Somewhere,’ a Kansas woman struggles to fit in

Insightful dialogue, engrossing story showcase a knockout starring performance by comedian Bridget Everett.

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Retiring Rep. Bobby Rush endorses Karin Norington-Reaves in Democratic primary for his House seat

The Illinois Democrat, who will retire from Congress next year after 15 terms, gave a significant boost to the candidacy of Norington-Reaves in the historic Black congressional district.