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Four-game sweep by Cardinals gives Cubs feeling of those bad old days

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Lincoln Yards gets a cleanup, but subsidies can still reek

How about a funding idea that won’t draw money from local governments?

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Rugby ‘makes football look for little babies’

The Chicago Lions, whose players, women and men, range from kindergarteners to adults, open new field at Hope Academy on the West Side.

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Son of former Mayor Richard M. Daley getting married on Sunday

Patrick Daley is marrying Tara Flocco, former fiancee of former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias

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Mr. Mitch goes to Washington: Let’s hope for rave reviews

Bears’ third game, on national TV no less, seems like good time for quarterback to show up.

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This You Gotta See: Cubs-Cards, Sox-Tribe and Bears (hopefully) running all day on Skins

The only thing worse than the Redskins’ 30th-ranked rushing offense? Their 31st-ranked rushing defense. Where we come from, that sounds like a heck of an easy game plan for X’s-and-O’s wizard Matt Nagy. It goes something like this: Hut, hike, handoff. Run the ball, man! [Cue another 45 passing attempts by Mitch Trubisky.]

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Goodbye, Bill de Blasio

The unpopular New York City mayor’s unsuccessful presidential run showed, once again, that it’s hard for mayors to make the jump to the national political scene.

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Anatomy of an endorsement: How Kamala Harris landed Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia

‘I think Mayor Pete is the future of our party,’ Valencia said. ‘But I think Kamala Harris is the one to take Donald Trump all the way on.’

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Do you feel invisible? Write and you may be seen

By words, I learned to be seen. I discovered that to be heard is essential to shedding the cloak of invisibility.

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Northfield woman’s plea prompts assessor’s relief for floodplain homeowners

Jane Goldenberg, a writer and a former Northfield village trustee, said it just goes to show the importance of speaking up when you think your government is making a mistake. "Sometimes someone listens," she said.

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Is Lightfoot looking too many gift horses in the mouth?

At a time when the mayor is asking the state for help filling a nearly billion-dollar budget hole, it’s not a good idea to look like your leaving money on the table.

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‘Rambo: Last Blood’ a ‘repellent piece of trash’ that, with luck, will be franchise’s final entry

Zero stars! An insanely implausible, aggressively stupid, horrific, tone-deaf nightmare — capped by one of the all-time nonsensical voiceover finales in the history of movies.

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Big Game Hunting: Notre Dame goes to Georgia — it’s as scary as it sounds

The Irish piped in all the noise they could at their indoor practice facility this week. Cranked up the heat, too. Whatever it took to simulate the conditions at Sanford Stadium — but there’s no simulating the Bulldogs’ monstrous talent. Also: Michigan-Wisconsin, Auburn-Texas A&M, Oklahoma State-Texas, Michigan State-Northwestern, Nebraska-Illinois and more.

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‘American Dreamer’: The best proof yet that, as a dramatic actor, Jim Gaffigan is ready for his closeup

The camera keeps focusing on his expressive face as the comedian plays a sad-sack rideshare driver who gets in over his head.

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Kamala Harris unveils Illinois leadership team: Snares big names in diverse group

Exclusive: The Harris "Illinois Leadership Council" includes City Clerk Anna Valencia; Reps. Danny Davis and Bobby Rush; Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and veteran Democratic strategist Mike Kreloff.

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‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’: Zach Galifianakis’ clueless alter ego just as rude on the road

Netflix movie adds a story and many more self-parodying celebs to the comedian’s tightrope walk of a talk show.

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Besides demonizing Chicago, Trump is now taking aim at Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore

In addition to Chicago, Trump is slamming these Democratic cities to jazz up his base to increase his turnout.

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Why is Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi belatedly lowering property taxes for some New Trier homes?

Many of the affected properties are routinely marketed on the desirability of their scenic locations along Forest Preserve land or golf courses, despite their proximity to the floodplain of the North Branch of the Chicago River, also referred to as the Skokie River.

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‘7 Days to Vegas’: In both poker and comedy, gambling romp knows its stuff

A crazy wager drives the story starring actor and card player Vincent

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Reparations? History is too vast to allow for a tidy accounting of sins and victimization

What advocates for reparations really want is for Americans to acknowledge that blacks have been uniquely oppressed and persecuted in U.S. history.

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Joe Biden’s ‘Corn Pop’ story was best left unsaid

Uncle Joe may or may not be showing his age, but he’s always talked too much about too many things.

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Race, money and the joke of white supremacy in our new Gilded Age

White supremacy is a joke. Artist Yinka Shonibare parodies stuffy aristocracy and the politics of whiteness in an exhibit at the Driehaus Museum.

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Chicago prays: Let us not be Bible-thumped

Wheaton College students are worried about their right to browbeat anyone enjoying the Bean. What about our right to be left unmolested by evangelists?

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The 2020 presidential race hits Illinois: Delegate petition drives kick off Oct. 5

Though the Democratic presidential campaigns are focusing on the early state votes in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada in February, the contenders can’t ignore Illinois because the March 17 presidential primary comes early enough that it may make a difference.

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Andrew Yang isn’t outraged or angry, and that’s great

Part of what makes Yang so appealing is that he hasn’t bought into the 2019 political precept that the world is ending.

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With the Cards coming to town, the Cubs need something special to make the playoffs. Anybody seen special lately?

Given the softness of the Brewers’ remaining schedule, taking three of four from the Cardinals at Wrigley seems almost mandatory.

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Biden, Beto, Klobuchar hit Chicago for fundraising

So far, no public events are scheduled, with rivals focusing on the early primary and caucus states stopping in Chicago mainly for campaign cash. The presidential primary in Illinois is in March.

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Booby trap killing echoes textbook case

Downstate man who set shotgun to kill a burglar was convicted of first-degree murder.

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White Sox’ Lucas Giolito is undeterred by season-ending injury, vows to be even better in 2020

The word "ace" gets thrown around cheaply. The bridge between being the best starter on a pitching-starved team and being No. 1 on a team with the World Series in its sights stretches an awfully long way. If it’s too soon to call Giolito an ace, though, the Sox aren’t shying from it.

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AOC endorses Marie Newman over Dan Lipinski; Twitter spat follows

The endorsement of Newman by controversial freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., could turn out progressives but turn off centrists in the 3rd Congressional District.

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‘Downton Abbey’ movie a happy homecoming

On the big screen, the highbrow soap opera’s improbabilities seem sillier and the highlights seem even more brilliant.

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Can America break its gun addiction?

Other nations savaged by civil war or outside invasion may suffer greater casualties in a conflict, but we have made violence — and victims of violence — routine.

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Never mind the Super Bowl. For the Bears to make the playoffs, a running Mitch Trubisky is necessary

Assuming that the quarterback isn’t going to suddenly start making huge developmental leaps, it means that what the Bears have seen from him as a passer is what they’re going to get.

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Chicago landlords take on risks with leases to money losers

Uber, WeWork expansions here emphasize the rise of job instability.

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Celebration and concern after Bears’ wild victory over Broncos

They won a game they probably shouldn’t have, Mitch Trubisky had another disconcerting performance and maybe, just maybe, they have a kicker after a circus of an offseason kicking competition.