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Losing the war doesn’t mean he didn’t fight

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I told my injured son, ‘You don’t have to run,’ but he did

I arrive and sprint to the field. I see my son running laboriously, grimacing, jackknifed with pain as he continues to put one foot in front of the other.

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This You Gotta See: Bears-Rams, Illinois-Iowa and Jimmy Butler’s latest ‘first’ against Bulls

Butler lost by one point in his first visit to the United Center in a Timberwolves uniform. He lost by one point in his first visit to the UC in a 76ers uniform. He’s back Friday for his first visit to the UC in a Heat uniform. Do you see where we’re going with this?

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Burning question: Who wins World Series first, White Sox, Cubs or Joe Maddon’s Angels?

In 2020 and beyond, the Angels and their inimitable, sloganeering leader will be on the minds and in the sights of many a baseball fan in this town. A skipper of Maddon’s caliber isn’t easily forgotten, and one who did his part to bring a championship to the city becomes more than just an ongoing curiosity.

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Iconic photos of Walter Payton and Matt Suhey have been blessing and curse for local photographer

You can thank Jim Maentanis, who was just a clueless, freelancing 21-year-old college kid, for the pics from the Bears minicamp in 1985

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Cullerton escapes storm of federal investigations but clouds linger

Cullerton has always been a unique case study — an old-style Chicago Democratic Machine stalwart wrapped in a lakefront liberal veneer. That’s not all bad, and it’s not all good, either.

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Trump impeachment hearings, Day 2: Takeaways on Yovanovitch testimony

Chicago Democrat Rep. Mike Quigley: "It’s the end of a really bad reality TV show brought to you by someone who knows a lot about that."

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Here are some of the contenders to replace Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

Kimberly Lightford, Heather Steans, Tony Munoz and others are among the candidates.

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Lightfoot should compromise on ride-hailing tax

How many Uber critics actually use the service?

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Bears GM Ryan Pace needs to stop hiding and answer questions about Mitch Trubisky

Talking to the state-run radio station doesn’t count. Facing media members who might have difficult questions about what the heck he possibly could have been thinking would.

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10 holiday season movies that could be awesome, and also ‘Cats’

Richard Roeper can’t wait to see the new ‘Star Wars,’ the new ‘Little Women’ and the new ‘Frozen.’

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Big Game Hunting: For Minnesota and Baylor, it’s just win and — yeah, they’d better — get in

Get your picks: Minnesota-Iowa, Oklahoma-Baylor, Georgia-Auburn, Navy-Notre Dame, UMass-Northwestern and more.

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Senate President John Cullerton says plan to retire in January is a ‘promise kept’

"I promised my wife, Pam, I would retire a year ago to help her take care of our grandkids," said Cullerton, who made the surprise announcement Thursday.

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While LSU and Alabama played game of year, ex-Tide Richie Petitbon played game of life for Illini

A 37-34 comeback win at Michigan State meant scrapes, bruises and enormous satisfaction for Petitbon, a graduate transfer who’s starting for the first time as a college player.

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Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches presidential bid highlighting his South Side Chicago roots

Patrick, a two-term former Massachusetts governor, talks about growing up poor on the South Side in the video announcing his White House run.

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Once proud to be a conservative, today I have to wonder: What is the American idea?

What has been dubbed "Conservatism, Inc" has become so cynical, so nasty, so truth-challenged and so dumbed-down that it repels all but one-quarter of people between 18 and 29.

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Prepare for kids overdosing on pot when it goes legal — for adults — on Jan. 1

Gummies, chocolate bars and brownies are irresistible to kids. And pot-infused treats go down a lot easier than liquor.

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Trump chases after magic beans for an audience of one: Vladimir Putin

The answer regarding Ukraine is the usual one where the president is concerned: pleasing Russia.

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Impeachment: A boring train wreck well worth watching

The House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings won’t change anyone’s mind. They’re not supposed to.

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In ‘Marriage Story,’ a couple divorces with humor and wrenching pain

Stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver seem to echo director Noah Baumbach’s own breakup with Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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‘The Good Liar’: Even Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen can’t save this convoluted con game

The Big Twist Reveal is one of the least surprising in recent motion picture history.

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Will blaming the whistleblower get old? GOP focuses on anonymous source in Trump impeachment hearing

The GOP fixation with the whistleblower is a tactic to deflect from the abuse of power charges against Trump.

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Puppies and kittens trump the Constitution

The new federal ban on animal cruelty converts the Commerce Clause into a general police power.

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The coalition that could? Why the Senate’s vote on removing Trump might not be a foregone conclusion

If fewer than half of the Republican senators are mulling their own entries in the history books, it isn’t impossible to think that some could abandon the president to save themselves.

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The Bears would be a better team with Colin Kaepernick on their roster

If they don’t go to his NFL-organized workout Saturday, it will be borderline criminal for a franchise that has major quarterback issues.

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‘Ford v Ferrari’ a rip-roaring flashback to ’60s motorsports

Christian Bale and Matt Damon have great rapport as gear heads working toward an underdog victor at Le Mans.

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Rep. Quigley on Trump impeachment hearing: Will be ‘compelling, very credible and obviously consistent testimony’

Illinois Democratic Reps. Mike Quigley and Raja Krishnamoothi have been prepping for the hearings. Said Krishnamoorthi, "It’s like cramming for final exams."

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Pointless ‘Charlie’s Angels’ doesn’t work for me

Kristen Stewart stars in a sequel just as mediocre as the TV show and earlier movies.

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Trump and impeachment: How we got ourselves here

This is what happens when elected officials place party over country. This is what happens when our leaders pander to bigotry and racism.

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The Daily Northwestern’s unfortunate apology

Badgered by classmates, NU’s student newspaper staff apologizes for reporting a news story as Medill dean defends journalistic integrity.

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Jimmy Carter out of surgery, will stay at hospital for observation

The 95-year-old former president underwent a procedure Tuesday to "relieve pressure on his brain," a spokesperson said.

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Lipinski challenger drops out, endorses Newman in Democratic primary for Congress

With the departure of Abe Matthew, an attorney from Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, it’s now a three-way primary for the congressional seat.

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Risking lives in endless wars is morally wrong and a strategic failure

Too often ignored is the far greater number of lives that are lost not on the battlefield but at home, not from the enemy’s guns but from our veterans’ own hands.

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For the Bears to beat the Rams, Khalil Mack and the defense need to raise their game

A wounded Lions team should have been a nice, easy meal for the Bears’ ‘‘D’’ on Sunday. Instead, a backup quarterback gave them trouble.

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Wounded war vet Duckworth marks her 15th ‘Alive Day’ after Veterans Day visit to Tijuana facility for deported vets

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., will visit a site Monday in Tijuana helping vets deported in this Trump era. Her helicopter was shot down over Iraq 15 years ago Tuesday.