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House still divided: Pritzker ousts head of Springfield’s troubled Lincoln library and museum

Alan Lowe, who started at the library in Springfield in 2016, replaced Eileen Mackevich who resigned in 2015 over differing views with then Gov. Bruce Rauner on the direction of the museum. A spokeswoman for Pritzker said they couldn’t provide details of Lowe’s termination.

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Beale predicts City Council resistance to massive property tax increase

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s most outspoken City Council critic predicts mayor will come up empty in Springfield and have no choice but to raise property taxes by as much as $500 million.

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Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. Here’s how to register to vote

The national "holiday" started in 2012 as a way to drive voter turnout.

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Lincoln Yards gets a cleanup, but subsidies can still reek

How about a funding idea that won’t draw money from local governments?

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Fact-check: Duckworth wrong to say Trump policies hurting homeless — so far 

Trump has indeed proposed changes that match what Duckworth described. Each has been widely criticized for the risk they pose to housing access for some of the nation’s most vulnerable residents. But none of his proposed policy changes have yet been enacted.

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Joe Biden says President Trump ‘deserves’ to be investigated for Ukraine call

"He is violating every basic norm of a president," the former vice president said Saturday.

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Bernie Sanders to join Chicago Teachers Union labor rally

The senator and presidential candidate will join the city’s teachers, school support staff and other unions — including striking GM workers from Detroit — at Tuesday’s rally in Chicago.

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Son of former Mayor Richard M. Daley getting married on Sunday

Patrick Daley is marrying Tara Flocco, former fiancee of former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias

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Lightfoot offers to sit in on CTU negotiations; union president says ‘what’s the point’

The mayor personally sitting in on negotiations would be an unusual and maybe unlikely step; CTU President Jesse Sharkey said there are too many unresolved issues for it to be productive.

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Anatomy of an endorsement: How Kamala Harris landed Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia

‘I think Mayor Pete is the future of our party,’ Valencia said. ‘But I think Kamala Harris is the one to take Donald Trump all the way on.’

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Northfield woman’s plea prompts assessor’s relief for floodplain homeowners

Jane Goldenberg, a writer and a former Northfield village trustee, said it just goes to show the importance of speaking up when you think your government is making a mistake. "Sometimes someone listens," she said.

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Chicago on pace to spend $300M on overtime this year, Lightfoot says

In a pivotal speech to investors, mayor uses overtime spending that tripled in eight years as "Exhibit A" of her efforts to cut costs

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Pritzker backs flavored e-cigarette ban as more state residents sickened by vaping

The governor’s office said Friday there have been 69 people who came down with a mysterious respiratory illness in the state.

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Thousands take to the streets to demand climate action in Global Climate Strike

‘When our planet’s under attack, what do we do? Stand up! Fight back!’ protesters chanted.

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Fighting gun violence in Chicago with trees, rakes and cleanup crews

The city is spending millions to beautify the public spaces where shootings are most likely to occur. It’s a strategy research has found can help fight crime as well as neighborhood blight.

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Women’s March Chicago announces pair of events next year

The first march, slated for Jan. 18, is billed as an opportunity to "kick off a crucial election year" and raise awareness and encourage participation in next year’s Census.

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Rosemont eyes sports betting license for Allstate Arena

Village spokesman Gary Mack said the committee was formed because the village wants to be as "transparent as possible and make sure every possible opportunity to do this the right way is examined." "[Rosemont] isn’t going into this helter skelter," he said.

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Why is Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi belatedly lowering property taxes for some New Trier homes?

Many of the affected properties are routinely marketed on the desirability of their scenic locations along Forest Preserve land or golf courses, despite their proximity to the floodplain of the North Branch of the Chicago River, also referred to as the Skokie River.

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Wanna allow weed cafes in your town? Hold on — lawmakers are planning a rewrite of pot law

The law legalizing recreational pot contained an exemption seemingly allowing marijuana smoking in bars and restaurants, alarming health advocates.

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Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ bests Stephen King for Publishers Weekly best-sellers top spot

While ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel is No. 1 for hardcover fiction, Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Talking to Strangers’ is tops for nonfiction.

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Is Chicago’s first openly-gay mayor laying the groundwork for gay set-asides on city contracts?

In 2003, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) broached the subject of gay set-asides, only to drop the idea after plenty of pushback from the gay community. Now, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is raising it again.

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Alderman wants more spots for electric vehicles to power up

Ald. Brendan Reilly’s (42nd) ordinance would require new buildings with parking to be wired for charging stations.

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Trump may have made promise to unnamed foreign leader: whistleblower

The director of national intelligence is refusing to turn over to Congress a whistleblower complaint that allegedly concerns President Trump making an unspecified promise to a foreign leader.

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Sweeping ordinance allows public pot use in licensed Chicago businesses, but Lightfoot ally says it was mistakenly introduced

Ald. Villegas’ plan would allow consumption in cannabis showrooms, licensed bars and even in the offices of doctors and "beauty professionals."

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Four cops fired for lying about Laquan McDonald shooting are suing to get their jobs back

The lawsuits, filed last month, are up for initial court dates in December

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Another video of fatal police shooting in South Shore released — more than a year later

The existence of the video showing barber Harith Augustus being shot was first reported by Jamie Kalven for The Intercept. Kalven was the first journalist to report CPD officer Jason Van Dyke had shot Laquan McDonald 16 times.

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Chicago prays: Let us not be Bible-thumped

Wheaton College students are worried about their right to browbeat anyone enjoying the Bean. What about our right to be left unmolested by evangelists?

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Photo of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in blackface surfaces

The photo, posted by Time magazine, depicts Trudeau wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck. It was published in a yearbook for a private school where Trudeau worked in 2001.

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Seniors flood City Hall to push for their ‘bill of rights’

The ordinance — introduced Wednesday by Housing Chair Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) — would codify protections for seniors living in subsidized rental buildings.

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Ex-Gaming Board chief accused of donating illegal campaign cash — allegations he calls ‘a political hit job’

Don Tracy, an appointee of former Gov. Bruce Rauner, called the executive inspector general’s report "baloney." "A lot of people around here hate Rauner," Tracy said from his Downstate office.

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Banning pot shops from downtown ensures Loop remains ‘family friendly,’ Lightfoot says

The mayor also wants to ensure the shops are evenly distributed throughout the city.

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Lightfoot critics stir up trouble; is broader City Council rebellion brewing?

The mayor accused Aldermen Anthony Beale (9th) and Ray Lopez (15th) of a ‘political stunt,’ said she won’t tolerate a "back door to aldermanic prerogative."

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Trump halts California’s stricter fuel standards just before San Diego visit

President Trump argued his action would result in less expensive, safer cars, a cleaner environment and more jobs, but experts don’t entirely agree. Trump is in San Diego for a fundraiser.

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DCFS launches 24 investigations into abuse allegations against priests that it failed to look into before

DCFS has hired former federal prosecutor Steven Block to conduct an independent investigation on how the agency handled notifications from the archdiocese about clergy abuse allegations.