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Trump impeachment hearings, Day 2: Takeaways on Yovanovitch testimony

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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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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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Limits on use of pot in public are all about getting this new freedom right

Illinois is still working through this social experiment. Why push it?

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

Remembering a neighbor who lost the battle against alcoholism that we fought together.

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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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An $8 million question: Why won’t Illinois get serious about beating back Asian carp?

Michigan has offered Illinois serious money to get started on a project to block the invasive fish, which threaten Lake Michigan’s ecosystem.

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Republicans show their hypocrisy during impeachment hearings on President Trump

The ill-tempered performance of several Republicans in the televised impeachment inquiry is totally confusing.

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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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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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Lightfoot put her foot in her mouth, but we’re still wary of Uber

If the ride hail service’s proposed tax plan is so much better for Chicago, why is City Hall so hard to convince?

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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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If commercializing national parks is bad, so is building the Obama Center in Jackson Park

Why validate a 23-story-tall tower replacing hundreds of historic trees in a migrating bird flight path, in a public park designed by the iconic Frederick Law Olmsted?

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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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Once recreational pot is legal in Chicago, beware of overly harsh penalties for abuses

It will make no sense for cops to confiscate somebody’s car because they found a bag of weed, or to impose a $500 fine for smoking in public.

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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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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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Patriotism prevails on first day of Trump impeachment hearings

If the hearings continue on in this way, with a parade of people of such obvious high character testifying, we just might see a pronounced erosion in Trump’s public support.

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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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Integrating the CTA and Metra is smart move

Today’s Metra’s leadership understands the intertwined destinies of the city and suburbs and supports Preckwinkle’s proposal to integrate the CTA and Metra.

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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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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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Lessons from The Daily Northwestern’s apology for doing good journalism

College journalists are under pressure because campus groups don’t necessarily appreciate the basic practices and standards of what is newsworthy.

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Ban all flavored tobacco products

Eighty percent of young tobacco users start with a flavored product, which can lead to a nicotine addiction, not to mention chronic health problems or even death.

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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.