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‘Christmas Again’: Scarlett Estevez gets into the spirit as Chicago kid having a yuletide Groundhog Day

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The right’s Fauci Derangement Syndrome

The despicable, preposterous smears against Dr. Anthony Fauci are just exposing the odious but obvious reality that there is no floor to the the right’s derangement.

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‘Christmas With Felicity’ showcases Chicago suburbs as gorgeous winter wonderlands

Charming AMC+ movie tells a story that’s entirely predictable, and we don’t care.

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‘8-Bit Christmas’: This ’80s Chicago gamer movie is rated E for everyone

Every kid yearns for a Nintendo in the funny, genuinely touching nostalgia trip on HBO Max.

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Curses! We’re all foiled again as baseball nears the glitching hour

Unless MLB and the players’ union do something about an expiring collective bargaining agreement by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, it’s lockout time.

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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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Mayor Lightfoot travels to DC for White House, Capitol meetings

Lightfoot will be discussing city priorities with members from the Illinois delegation at a dinner Tuesday evening hosted by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in his Capitol office.

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Holiday Movie Preview: ‘Matrix,’ Spidey, ‘West Side Story’ among our 12 films of Christmas

Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman, Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper (twice!) star in December’s most promising titlees.

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Travel bans won’t work to stop the omicron variant

Africa does not need a travel ban. It needs to be traveled to, with medicine and public health infrastructure. We need to vaccinate Africans, not ban them.

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Townhomes try a new tack to attain affordability

The project uses modular construction, previously applied here in single-family homes, to cut costs and bring home ownership within reach for working couples and families.

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A lesson from the Bears: Bad things happen to bad organizations

When you are your own worst enemy, you don’t need enemies like a neighborhood news source.

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‘Let’s reduce the misery’

Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley is leading an effort to get the United States Postal Service to crack down on shipments of fighting birds.

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This You Gotta See: Chance to beat up on ACC — again — is just what Big Ten needs

The Big Ten has lost its annual "Challenge" against the ACC only twice in the last 12 years.

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Harold Washington’s legacy matters more than ever in these troubled times

Chicago was devastated by the death of the city’s first Black mayor, whose reform agenda changed this deeply segregated city. His story is told in the documentary "Punch 9 for Harold Washington."

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Big Game Hunting: Michigan-Ohio State, Illinois-Northwestern on rivalry-tilt Saturday

There are Big Ten teams that just have a way of making their rivals all kinds of miserable on the last Saturday of November.

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Today’s Republican Party reminds me of Minute Maid orange juice concentrate

No longer are the party’s leaders interested in adding water to grow it, make it more drinkable, make it last longer and taste better. Rather, the idea is to keep concentrating it to its most potent form, even if that means it’s smaller, more sour and harder to stomach.

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Beating the Lions and remaining employed: Happy Thanksgiving, Matt Nagy!

But the New Year shouldn’t be as kind to you and GM Ryan Pace.

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‘The Unforgivable’: Sandra Bullock parole drama a high-prestige letdown

While the performances are top-notch, script problems spoil the viewing experience.

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Family, vaccines, Zoom and other things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving

Health is also one of my top blessings. Millions of Americans will be sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner with an empty chair at the table. More than 770,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 in the past 18 months,

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In the midst of catastrophe, here are some reasons to give thanks

Michael Sneed’s annual list, begun more than 30-years ago, comes as we are a nation in the grips of a pandemic and split politically.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs congressional map; Rep. Rodney Davis to decide soon on governor bid

Gov. Pritzker said, "These maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will ensure all communities are equitably represented in our congressional delegation."

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Debates over Rittenhouse acquittal drag in legally irrelevant issues

The prosecution’s task was to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Rittenhouse did not act in self-defense, which was impossible given the testimony from its own witnesses

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Loyola vs. college basketball’s big boys is once again a tropic of conversation

In the opening game of a tournament in the Bahamas, the Ramblers take on Michigan State. Who says they can’t bring down another giant?

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‘Hawkeye’ another sharp arrow in the Marvel quiver

On new Disney+ series, Jeremy Renner’s right on target in expanding the personality of his ‘Avengers’ archer, with a strong assist from co-star Hailee Steinfeld.

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‘The Humans’ sets the table for a funny, harrowing Thanksgiving

Jayne Houdyshell, in the role that won her a Tony on Broadway, is the standout in an ensemble that includes Amy Schumer, Richard Jenkins and Beanie Feldstein.

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Can the Bears start over, please?

They haven’t done much right for a long time, so beginning from scratch makes some sense.

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Orland Park Mayor Pekau launches GOP Congress bid in same district with Democrats Casten, Newman in faceoff

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign the new congressional map drawn by state Democrats resulting in incumbent Reps. Newman and Casten running against each other in a Democratic primary.

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Jogging in broad daylight shouldn’t put your life at risk

Whatever the verdict, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery has once more laid bare the entrenched racial barriers to equal justice that still exist in Georgia and in America.

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‘House of Gucci’: Stitching together lots of material, prestige murder movie still feels flimsy

Lady Gaga and Adam Driver show great chemistry as a couple involved with the famed fashion brand, but Jared Leto goes over the top as the family buffoon.

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‘Encanto’: Joyful, colorful Disney musical teaches the value of family

Several generations love their enchanted house in the gorgeous movie filled with memorable songs.

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‘C’mon C’mon’: Joaquin Phoenix drops the clown act, gets real

In thoughtful drama, Oscar winner gives a warm, subtle performance as a journalist getting to know his oddball nephew.

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We need to talk about Justin

Bears quarterback Justin Fields is to blame for some of his struggles this season, including Sunday’s.

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Sleepless night under Chicago stars affords time to contemplate youth homelessness

Covenant House’s annual Sleep Out Chicago event, held last week, raised nearly $500,000 for a shelter that targets homeless 18- to 24-year-olds.

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This You Gotta See: Bears play two, college rivals collide and Dickie V makes a comeback

Vitale, 82, returns for a 1-vs.-2 game one month after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

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Get ready, Chicago, for John Catanzara’s slash-and-burn campaign

This kindred spirit of former President Donald J. Trump will fan the flames of racism, bigotry and fear. Sadly, that’s a campaign that may appeal in some quarters of this divided and divisive city.