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Black Caucus backs civilian police oversight compromise over Lightfoot’s objection

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Gun violence in Chicago sharply up from last year as 48 people are shot over the weekend, at least 6 of them fatally

A 2-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were among those wounded, as well as two uniformed Chicago police officers.

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Pritzker announces federal grants to help make rent payments, coming end to eviction moratorium

The rental assistance program is expected to provide about 120,000 renters some relief. Struggling homeowners will also be able to tap into $400 million in mortgage assistance starting later in the summer, Pritzker said.

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Woman wounded in possible road-rage shooting on South Side

The 40-year-old was driving in Gresham when a minivan cut her off and someone inside opened fire.

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State reports lowest daily COVID count in two months, fewest deaths in 49 days

More than 64% of people in the state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with about 61,275 doses going into arms for the state’s seven-day rolling average.

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Biden to boost world vaccine sharing commitment to 80M doses

The doses would come from existing U.S. production of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine stocks, according White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

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Powerful cyclone hits land in India amid deadly virus surge

Cyclone Tauktae, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than two decades, came ashore in Gujarat state with heavy rain, a battering storm surge and sustained winds of up to 103 miles per hour, the India Meteorological Department said.

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Lightfoot plans to keep wearing mask despite CDC guidance

"To say, ‘If you’re vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask.’ that’s great. But what about all of the other people who ... aren’t vaccinated? So I think ... most people are gonna continue to wear masks outside of their homes. And I think that’s great." the mayor said Monday on MSNBC.

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Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive

At least 200 Palestinians have been killed in the week of airstrikes, including 59 children and 35 women, with some 1,300 people wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Ten people in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier, have been killed in the ongoing rocket attacks.

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Chicago teams want residents to take their shots

The Cubs, White Sox, Sky, Red Stars and other Chicago sports teams are part of a Chicago Department of Public Health campaign encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

Joel Greenberg, a longtime associate of Gaetz, appeared in federal court in Orlando. He pleaded guilty to six of the nearly three dozen charges he faced, including sex trafficking of a minor, and he admitted that he had paid at least one underage girl to have sex with him and other men.

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1,600 layoffs coming at Belvidere Jeep factory

The U.S. arm of Stellantis is cutting one of the two work shifts at its Belvidere Assembly Plant as of July 26.

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Supreme Court to weigh rollback of abortion rights

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a major rollback of abortion rights, saying it will take up Mississippi’s bid to enforce a 15-week ban on abortion.

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Full-blown boycott pushed for Beijing Olympics

A coalition representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others issued a statement Monday calling for the boycott, eschewing lesser measures that had been floated like "diplomatic boycotts" and further negotiations with the IOC or China.

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Robert Durst trial to resume after long delay

New York real estate heir Robert Durst was charged in the killing of his best friend.

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Off-duty Chicago police officer dies in crash in Arlington Heights after speeding away from traffic stop

The officer’s SUV struck a utility pole, sending the car tumbling "end over end" into a backyard, police said.

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‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice

The messages rocketed Shannon Keeler back to the life-shattering night in December 2013 when an upperclassman at Gettysburg College stalked her at a party, snuck into her dorm and barged into her room while she pleaded with him and texted friends for help.

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Summer 2021: Which Chicago festivals, events have returned, been rescheduled?

Improving coronavirus numbers have made more summer events possible. Here’s the latest updates on this year’s changing entertainment landscape.

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No evidence Hamas operated in Gaza building housing media: Blinken

Israel destroyed a building housing The Associated Press and Al Jazeera and claimed that Hamas used the building for a military intelligence office.

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Joy for UK pubs, hugs tempered by rise in virus variant

The rapid spread of a variant first discovered in India is tempering the optimism amid memories of how another variant swept across the country in December, triggering England’s third national lockdown.

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Glimmer of hope seen in India, but virus crisis not over yet

In the last week, the number of new cases plunged by nearly 70% in Bengaluru, India’s financial capital. After a peak of 11,000 daily cases, the city is now seeing fewer than 2,000 a day.

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AT&T, Discovery join media brands as cord-cutters encroach

With the agreement Monday, AT&T is pulling back from a yearslong campaign to break into the streaming and entertainment sector, where big players are slugging it out with increasingly large war chests dedicated to premium and original content.

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New South Carolina law makes inmates choose electric chair or firing squad

South Carolina had been one of the most prolific states of its size in putting inmates to death. But a lack of lethal injection drugs brought executions to a halt.

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Blinken signals no immediate US press for Mideast cease-fire

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s stand comes despite growing pressure from the United States’ U.N. Security Council partners, some Democrats and others for President Joe Biden’s administration and other international leaders.

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 moves to fall with Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers

The festival will take place in September this year in Union Park after being canceled in 2020.

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Feds charge 2 more Illinoisans in U.S. Capitol breach as massive investigation continues

Douglas K. Wangler allegedly told one witness, "if walking around and singing some patriotic songs is a crime then I guess I am guilty."

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Tom Dart says he’s spent $38 million during the pandemic on inmates who should have been in state prisons

The Cook County sheriff has told the head of the Illinois Department of Corrections he wants to begin sending hundreds of inmates from the county jail to the state prison system.

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Whitney Young coach removed after misconduct accusations; school criticized for not taking action sooner

Students allege a gym teacher and cross country coach at the prestigious magnet school was inappropriate and "creepy" for years — but remained on the job.

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Police searching for 12-year-old boy with autism missing from Hammond

Kyrin Carter is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance, Indiana State Police said.

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Man fatally shot in Chicago Lawn

The shooting happened in the 6300 block of South Campbell Avenue, Chicago police said.

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Burglaries reported at Bronzeville, Kenwood restaurants

In each incident, someone broke a window to get inside the restaurant, Chicago police said.

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16-year-old girl missing from Archer Heights

Liana Rivera was last seen about 3:30 p.m. Friday near the 5200 block of South Kolin Avenue.

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Boy, 17, shot and seriously wounded in Austin

The teen was in the 700 block of North Leamington Avenue when a man approached and fired shots.

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1 killed, 1 critically injured in crash on Lake Shore Drive near Douglas

About 7:30 p.m., a man was speeding with another male passenger in the 3500 block of South Lake Shore Drive, when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.

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17-year-old boy shot in Gresham

The teen was walking down the street in the 1400 block of West 80th Street when someone approached and fired shots.