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Reading and writing and — roulette? Under fire, Matteson rethinks proposed casino site near schools

Matteson officials are expected to pitch a site at the former Lincoln Mall off I-57 after neighboring Frankfort Township leaders voiced opposition to a site at Lincoln Highway and Harlem.

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Lightfoot joins forces with Kaegi in efforts to fix ‘broken’ assessment system

“Nobody is trying to shock the system. Nobody is looking to scare away investment from Chicago,” the mayor said, adding that she knows how important predictability is to investors. But “Predictability can not be about enshrining the status-quo.”

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House panel delays historic Trump impeachment vote

Approval of the charges against the president is still expected early Friday in the committee. But the sudden turn punctuated the deep split in the Congress, and the nation, over impeaching the president.

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CPS, Lightfoot take 1st steps toward revamping per-pupil school funding formula

Critics have said the city’s current system of funding schools has widened the equity gap in the city’s public schools system.

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Chicago cop reprimanded for bungling homicide case involving Daley nephew

Sgt. Sam Cirone, the last of 6 officers to face discipline for the investigation into Koschman’s death at the hands of Daley nephew Richard Vanecko, faced a one-year suspension.

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CPD sergeant who shot unarmed autistic man suspended for 6 months

Sgt. Khalil Muhammad shot Ricardo "Ricky" Hayes on Aug. 13, 2017 in the 10900 block of South Hermosa, just a few hours after Hayes’ caretaker had reported him missing.

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US, China approach deal that would halt more tariffs

The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday.

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‘American Dharma’: Steve Bannon gets a pass in Errol Morris’ tame profile

Kid-glove treatment of the former Donald Trump advisor is surprising coming from the hard-hitting interviewer of Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld.

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Chicago Firefighters Union asks judge to halt promotions

The union says 17 department members set to become battalion chiefs scored below 70% on the promotional exam.

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Chicago’s Low-Income Housing Trust Fund subsidizing unsafe units, new audit shows

Based on a random sample of properties subsidized in 2017, Inspector General Joe Ferguson concluded that 45.8% failed to meet "minimum housing quality standards" and 61.4% did not fully comply with the Chicago building code.

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Lightfoot asks business leaders to help census effort, install computer kiosks

The mayor urged the city’s movers and shakers to match the $500,000 earmarked for reaching Chicago’s hard-to-count residents.

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Map: Here’s where you can buy legal weed starting Jan. 1

Dozens of existing medical dispensaries have been awarded licenses to start selling recreational cannabis at the start of the year, including nine in Chicago.

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House Judiciary Committee advances toward Trump impeachment vote

Speaker Nancy Pelosi sounded confident Democrats will have the votes to impeach the president next week. Republicans seem unwavering in their opposition to expelling Trump.

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State picks managers of Thompson Center sale

Ernst & Young will lead a team to handle office relocation and examine real estate needs in Chicago.

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Lightfoot OK with ending police merit promotions

"We’re not gonna take a retreat back from diversity in the department. It’s critically important," the mayor said.

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Former high-ranking employee of Dorothy Brown sentenced to 2 years in prison for derailing investigation

Before handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis told Beena Patel that "combating public corruption is very important . . . to me, lying in front of the grand jury, that’s even more important."

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Lightfoot defends using PAC to incite political backlash against aldermen who voted against her budget

"Since when is letting voters and residents know how aldermen voted bullying? That’s just silly," the mayor said.

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Will UK election hint at USA’s future, again?

Can the British election be considered augury? Johnson’s victory bodes well for Trump

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Trump impeachment hearings: the latest

A roundup of our coverage as House Democrats proceed with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

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1,000 pot convictions tossed as Kim Foxx expunges records of marijuana busts

Foxx went to court Wednesday to vacate and expunge records of people caught up in the drug war — her first move to wipe the books clean after the state legalized recreational marijuana.

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City Council extends Music Box Foundation lease at shuttered firehouse where an infamous retirement party took place

Engine 100, 6843 S. Harper was the ugly scene of a retirement party captured on videotape showing white firefighters drinking beer, using racial slurs and even mooning the camera.

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Amy Klobuchar hits Chicago, Glencoe for fundraisers on Monday

Klobuchar is gaining strength as the 2020 Democratic presidential field gets smaller

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Beck’s decision to abolish merit promotions could shortchange blacks and Hispanics, aldermen warn

Aldermen Chris Taliaferro and Ariel Reboyras say it makes no sense to get rid of a tool used to diversify the Chicago Police Department’s supervisory ranks.

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$1.2M settlement to family of man who died in police custody is ‘hush money’ for gangs, alderman says

Heriberto Godinez, 24, died in 2015 after being arrested while burglarizing a Brighton Park garage.

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Holiday gift guide: Here are 13 great children’s and teen books to consider this year

There’s something for all ages, including celebrated books by Jerry Craft, Jason Reynolds, Isabel Quintero, Elisha Cooper, Jokha Alharthi and Kwame Alexander.

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FAA analysis predicted many more Max crashes without a fix

A retired Boeing production manager told lawmakers about "alarming" conditions at Boeing’s 737 factory in Renton, Washington, where two Max planes that crashed were built.

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After big first-year wins, Pritzker looks to health care, Chicago casino — and dumping Trump

"I’m very hopeful that in the session of the Legislature that is coming up starting in January that we’ll begin to put together a bill and get it passed," the rookie governor said about the Chicago casino.

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Here’s where downtown’s first pot shops could open

Two cannabis firms have applied to open the city’s first standalone recreational pot shops in River North.

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Veteran urban planner is Lightfoot’s choice to serve as transportation commissioner

Gia Biagi spent with the Chicago Park District before joining the firm run by famed Chicago architect Jeanne Gang. That makes her "a visionary," the perfect fit to lead CDOT, according to Metropolitan Planning Council President Mary Sue Barrett.

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Chicago woman survived drug addiction and made a life for herself; Now, she might get deported

Alejandra Cano has been sober for five years, but old shoplifting cases have come back to haunt her.

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Chicago official who officials say bought booze, patio furniture, then disputed charges, accused of theft

George Coleman Jr., deputy commissioner for intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Aviation, faces a charge of continuing financial crimes enterprise.

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Lightfoot plans to demand end to shut-offs and answers on ComEd lobbying scandal before renewing utility’s franchise agreement

Chicago’s 20-year deal with ComEd expires Dec. 31, 2020. That creates a rare opportunity for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to protect customers and hold the company’s feet to the fire on the burgeoning lobbying scandal in Springfield.

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Democrats, White House announce deal on new North American trade agreement

Both Republicans and Democrats hailed the deal, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as a win for American workers.

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Chicago, Detroit are least prepared for next recession, Moody’s says

A report from the Wall Street ratings agency looked at the 25 largest U.S. cities and found Chicago’s "extraordinarily high fixed costs" and crushing pension obligations make it especially vulnerable in an economic downturn.