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Chicago kids ages 5-11 line up for COVID-19 vaccine: ‘It’s important because I don’t want to get anyone sick and I don’t want to get sick’

Clinics started administering shots Wednesday after the federal government signed off on the Pfizer vaccine Tuesday.

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Giant Day of the Dead altar in Pilsen pays tribute to those who died during the pandemic

Isabel Hernandez created a 15-foot tall altar featuring hundreds of relatives of those who live in Pilsen.

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After years of delays, new O’Hare ‘people mover’ unveiled

The new Airport Transit System has faced delays since the project was first announced in 2013. The new people mover will begin operation Wednesday and can carry almost twice as many passengers as the previous system.

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Judge stays vaccine deadline for police unions, but leaves testing, reporting requirements in place

A ruling issued Monday stays the Dec. 31 city mandate for police officers to get a shot, sending the issue back to the bargaining table.

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Small-business owners around Chicago find ways to cope with supply chain problems

"We started with maybe one out of four or five orders where we’d have a back order," says a co-owner of StitchMine Custom Embroidery in Glenview. "Now, it’s every order."

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At Chicago elementary school, staff, moms, kids step in when CPS can’t keep school clean

After weeks of problems at Eberhart Elementary on the Southwest Side, CPS finally sent a substitute custodian — after Sun-Times reporters asked about the filth.

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Transfers to private schools, suburban districts, home schooling spur latest CPS enrollment drop

The school system suffered its 10th consecutive year of falling enrollment, now down to 330,000 from last year’s 341,000, according to a tally on the 20th day of this school year.

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Man paroled in Starved Rock killings gets chance to test evidence in his quest to prove his innocence

Chester Weger, 82, was freed as a model prisoner last year after nearly six decades in prison, convicted of killing three Chicago-area women at the popular state park in 1960.

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Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman resigns in overhaul over sexual-assault cover-up

The two most powerful people in the Hawks’ hockey operations are gone after an investigation proved they helped cover up former video coach Bradley Aldrich’s 2010 sexual assault.

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Pritzker rolls out plan for vaccinating children ages 5 to 11, expecting shipment of nearly half a million ‘kid-sized doses’

Illinois will receive a "robust supply right from the start," Pritzker said. The state is expected receive an initial allotment around 306,000 doses, with an additional 73,000 doses for the City of Chicago. Another roughly 100,000 doses will head to the federal government’s pharmacy partners in Illinois.

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Nearly 20,000 without power in Cook County as storms whip up 48 mph gusts, dump 3-4 inches of rain in some areas

Before the latest round of storms, the Chicago area had been relatively dry this season, measuring 7 inches below the annual average rainfall by late October.

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‘Books shouldn’t be a luxury’ — reading program brings free books to South and West sides

Chance & Bri’s Books & Breakfast brings story time, crafts and free books to children across the South and West sides.

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Hospital system employees face firing as vaccine mandate deadlines approach

Advocate Aurora Health has fired more than 400 employees who refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Other hospitals are threatening to fire employees or approaching deadlines for their own vaccine mandates.

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Fans, team celebrate Sky’s WNBA title: ‘I think it’s going to make the city a little happier’

Fans gathered in Millennium Park and along the Michigan Avenue parade route to celebrate the team’s first title.

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Sky championship parade and rally: Photos from the celebration

The Sky players and their fans have been having a good time celebrating the franchise’s first championship Tuesday in Chicago.

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Compliance with COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers worst among police, firefighters

Out of 12,770 CPD employees, 4,543 had failed to report their vaccine status by the midnight Friday deadline. On Monday, employees who have defied the mandate were being called in by their supervisors and given one last chance to report their vaccine status on the city’s portal.

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She never planned to get vaccinated. Seeing other pregnant women die from COVID changed her mind.

Only a third of pregnant women are fully vaccinated, according to recent CDC data, despite having a higher risk of severe illness if they contract the virus.

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Sky win their first WNBA title after explosive fourth quarter

As the buzzer sounded, blue and gold confetti blotted out the arena lights, falling to the floor in celebration of the Sky’s first WNBA title after beating the Mercury 80-74.

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After 4 decades apart, ‘true love’ finally triumphs for couple who met in college at Loyola

Jeanne Gustavson fell hard for Stephen Watts. But her family didn’t approve because she’s white, he’s Black. They couldn’t make it work. Now, having come through marriages, divorces, retirement and serious health problems, they’re back together once more.

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The cats are back! Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes back lions to new wildlife center

With a new $41 million wildlife center, the zoo is now home to a new pride of African lions, as well as two red pandas, two Canada lynx and a pair of snow leopards.

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Plea from grandmother of girl shot at Bronzeville high school: ‘I’m assuming this baby that shot my baby is crying for help ... God will help you’

"I understand that maybe you’re in some pain, baby, and maybe you’re hurt, and I understand that. I’m hurting too. My grandbaby is in a lot of pain."

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CPS allows unvaccinated teachers, staff to opt for testing over shots — for now

As of Wednesday, 86% of CPS employees have submitted proof of vaccination, district records show.

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Timuel Black, historian, civil rights activist, dies at 102

Mr. Black, a political and civil rights activist, educator, historian, prolific author and revered elder statesman and griot of Chicago’s Black community, died Wednesday.

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FOP president urges police officers to ignore city mandate to report vaccination status — predicts 50% cut in cops on street

FOP President John Catanzara instructed rank-and-file officers to report to work Friday and be sent home for not having reported their vaccine status. Asked to respond, a mayoral spokesperson said they would have "no statement."

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Michael Jordan-autographed trading card sells for record $2.7 million

Only 23 copies exist of the card, which features Jordan’s signature and a patch from the jersey he wore in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.

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Lawmakers, tribe members say Monday’s holiday should honor Indigenous peoples — instead of Columbus — across Illinois

Politicians and activists from across Cook County said those defending Columbus Day need to recognize the colonialism and violence associated with the explorer.

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Meet ‘Cane Guy,’ the lifelong White Sox fan who worked his magic in Game 3 win

‘He’s Gandalf!’ his son declared, and, yes, he’ll be at Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday afternoon.

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Seifu Tura Abdiwak, Ruth Chepngetich win elite races at 2021 Chicago Marathon

Daniel Romanchuk and Tatyana McFadden are the winners in the wheelchair competition.

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As Jelani Day remembered at service, mourners pray for healing, answers

"The journey does not stop here," his mother Carmen Bolden Day said. "I’m only getting ready to lay Jelani to rest. But I can’t rest because I don’t know what happened to him."

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Have a ball in the mall: Empty Macy’s at Water Tower Place becomes Dr. Seuss wonderland

Visitors to the temporary exhibit can interact with the Cat in the Hat, fish for presents in a Grinch room and hunt for the characters from ‘There’s a Wocket in My Pocket.’

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President Biden in Elk Grove Village boosts business vaccine requirements, takes poke at Fox News

In a suburban Chicago speech pushing businesses to mandate COVID vaccines or weekly tests, Biden said, in a stage whisper, "Fox News requires vaccinations for all employees. Give me a break. Fox News."

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University of Chicago receives largest ever estate gift

The $50 million bequest is expected to help fund the university’s commitments to "educational access and financial aid," among other things.