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This Indian-American loves The Boss, too

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Polyester clothing is everywhere. That’s brutal for our waterways

Wearing polyester is like wearing plastic, which is why plastic bags, bottles and straws aren’t the only pollutants we should cut back on.

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Israel rejects a key value of Jewish life

Keeping two American congresswomen out of the country because of their beliefs is contrary to both American and Jewish ideals.

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Buttigieg’s Chicago presidential outpost; Warren hires Illinois director; Klobuchar working on state delegate slates

2020 Democratic presidential campaign activity is picking up in Illinois.

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Will Joe Walsh challenge Trump?

The conservative talk show host and ex-Chicago area Congressman told WTTW, "I want the Republican party to wake up and challenge him, make the moral case he is unfit."

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Of course Bears’ Mitch Trubisky shouldn’t play in the preseason! So why won’t the idea leave me alone?

I can’t shake a powerful need to see him throw a pass in a game. To know that he has improved. To wipe away all the reports of his middling training camp. To make sure that what the Bears are saying about their quarterback is in the general vicinity of the truth.

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Illinois Democrats won’t get prime hotel at Milwaukee convention; at least it’s not Rosemont

Some delegates to the 2020 Democratic convention in Milwaukee may be housed in suburban Rosemont, near O’Hare Airport.

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Party bosses reward State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for Jussie Smollett scandal

A judge is about to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Foxx, while the Democratic bosses of Cook County don’t need to hear what that probe might uncover.

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Homeless advocates ‘deeply disappointed’ by Lightfoot betrayal, shift to ‘business-as-usual’ politics

The falling out between the new mayor and the Bring Chicago Home coalition that once regarded her as an important ally comes as Lightfoot prepares for an Aug. 29 bad news budget presentation that is bound to leave additional constituencies disenchanted.

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Would you give a kidney to a stranger?

Elmhurst native feels there’s not enough compassion in the world. So she did something about it.

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‘Ready or Not’: Say yes to the distress of a bride chased by killers

Wedding night is a bloodletting night in a slapstick gorefest performed and directed with style.

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Buttigieg hits Chicago for fundraising, to talk about racism in the U.S.

When Buttigieg met with Mayor Lori Lightfoot in July, "Mostly I just wanted to see how she was doing and then also to learn from her experience; (Lightfoot is) obviously somebody who has been very much in the middle of some of these questions about race and community and policing that have been very much on my mind."

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon firmly on hot seat but friends in Hazleton still believe in their guy

Support for Cubs manager Joe Maddon runs deep in his hometown. ‘He brought [the Cubs] out of the dumpster.’

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A Peter Fonda co-star, John Travolta, says late actor never forgot he led ‘a special life’

Travolta, a big ‘Easy Rider’ fan, cherished his time spent hearing Fonda’s stories on the set of ‘Wild Hogs.’

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The significance of the 1619 Project

The project tells the "unvarnished truth" of slavery. We will face the horrors of our past, as well as the triumph of our progress. It is a telling that is long overdue.

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Mining Toni Morrison’s lessons to a black woman writer from a 2010 Chicago visit

In an hour spent in her hotel room with Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who was in Chicago to be honored at the library foundation’s 2010 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, a black woman writer gained lessons of a lifetime.

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Dorothy Brown and the politics of ‘I got mine’

After two decades in a taxpayer-funded office, beleaguered by federal investigations, Brown says she is stepping down because she’s got her taxpayer-funded pension.

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Chicago should landmark sign at Trump Tower

Efforts to remove the Trump Tower sign are futile. But what if the city preserves it, as a somber reminder of what happened to our great country?

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This You Gotta See: Cubs-Pirates, Bears-Colts, White Sox-Rangers on Elvis Night

It might not be quite as groovy as Beatles Night, as nerdy as Game of Thrones Night or as festive as Margarita Night, but whom are we kidding? If Steve Stone wasn’t born to don a rhinestone jumpsuit and shimmy to the intoxicating delight of the masses, we don’t know who was.

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The Big 10: Alabama or Clemson yet again? Power 5 rankings, non-con gems, Heisman talk

Here’s your championship choice, people: You’ve got (a) Alabama and Clemson or (b) the field. It’s only Junior’s college fund hanging in the balance.

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Just a taste? Not enough, says Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly: ‘I want to win the darn playoff’

Eight months after losing 30-3 to Clemson in Arlington, Texas, the Irish will open another season of high expectations at Louisville. Expect them to land at around 10th in the AP’s preseason poll.

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County Democrats give seal of approval to Foxx, Neville, others — but that alone won’t seal the deal with voters

The legal woes of numerous party leaders are only the latest factor in why winning the Democratic endorsement isn’t the electoral advantage it used to be.

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Remembering the block parties that brought childhood summers to an end

As much as I wished that life here would stay the same, I realized that life here would change.

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Mary Mitchell celebrated for 29 years of ‘speaking truth’ as Sun-Times columnist

Mitchell started at the Sun-Times in the early 1990s, covering education and City Hall before becoming a full-time columnist and editorial board member in 1996.

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The mystery behind this war hero’s Bronze Star was hiding in plain sight

Salvatore Muscarello’s goddaughter only learned the reason why the Army veteran had won the award after he died earlier this month.

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How J.B. Pritzker nailed down support from the Illinois Federation of Labor

Michael Carrigan realized he could take Pritzker to meet with workers anywhere without being embarrassed.

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If only we could ‘unfriend’ this president

Millions of the gullible believe what he says, while he distracts the country with spectacles and outrageous behavior.

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‘The Nightingale’: After an act of brutality, a woman reacts with resilience

It’s punishing at time and empowering at others, but the drama set in 1825 Australia is never less than gripping.

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Trump continues to weigh Blagojevich commutation: ‘We’re looking at it. I feel very badly’

‘I floated it and I wanted to see where the Democrats stood where the Republicans stood,’ Trump said.

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The challenge from China is about more than exports and imports

The protesters in the streets of Hong Kong have once again reminded us of the power of the U.S. example — even as our leaders seem less committed to it.

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Illini’s Verdis Brown has a tough act to follow — that of his dad, who once destroyed a guy named Steve Greenberg

‘I’m definitely better than my dad,’ Brown says. Try telling that to my oafish 17-year-old self, who’s still trying to get out of his stance fast enough to at least get in the way of a player who was a strong prospect in his own right.

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Age is a state of mind? Sounds good to me

Each year since turning 41, slow physical changes catch me off guard.

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‘Blinded by the Light’: The sounds of Bruce Springsteen energize a familiar story

New Jersey anthems fuel a British teen’s hungry heart in a fresh spin on the coming-of-age tale.

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You can’t take it with you. So what happened to the $241,565 in dead pol’s war chest?

What particularly piques my interest is that one person who might be in a position to solve the mystery is Ald. Carrie Austin, heir to Frost’s 34th Ward Regular Democratic Organization.

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Illinois congressional Republicans intent on blocking Blagojevich clemency

"I requested that we have an opportunity to weigh in before a final decision is made," Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday.