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More trouble over Toni Preckwinkle’s Hyde Park condo, where her son faces eviction after a series of incidents

The Cook County Board president’s son and his family are tenants in a condo she owns but maybe not for long after an eviction lawsuit and assault and gunfire allegations.

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Taxes will ground Chicago casino, but taking a flier on airport slots could pay off, study finds

Slot machines at O’Hare and Midway could rake in nearly $37 million per year, even outpacing the terminal slots in Las Vegas.

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Right-wing rally in Portland, Oregon, draws law enforcement, counter protesters

Right-wing groups, some of which have been deemed hate groups or have ties to white nationalists, will march, and anit-facist groups, known as antifa, have vowed to confront them.

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County Democrats give seal of approval to Foxx, Neville, others — but that alone won’t seal the deal with voters

The legal woes of numerous party leaders are only the latest factor in why winning the Democratic endorsement isn’t the electoral advantage it used to be.

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Grant awarded to Chicago Public Library Foundation to fund ‘experience labs’ in eight city libraries

The Chicago Public Library Foundation was given a $250,000 grant by the Comcast Corporation to help bridge the "digital divide" in Chicago.

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Housing commissioner says budget shortfall will make it tougher to solve affordable housing crisis

Marisa Novara says it’s "painful to me to be in the realities of our fiscal situation."

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Cook County Democrats endorse Kim Foxx, Michael Cabonargi

Cook County Democrats on Friday endorsed State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for reelection and named Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi as the party’s pick to replace retiring Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown.

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Trump tells man at New Hampshire rally to ‘go home, start exercising’

The person the president said had a "serious weight problem" ended up being an enthusiastic Trump supporter.

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Lightfoot sets time and place for speech outlining $1B-plus shortfall and path forward

Lori Lightfoot will deliver a "State of the City" address outlining the magnitude of the budget shortfall she inherited from Rahm Emanuel at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Harold Washington Library.

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Sen. Thomas Cullerton pleads not guilty

Cullerton is accused of being a ghost pay-roller for the Teamsters.

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Pilsen muralist Hector Duarte’s house is a home and also a work of art

House murals are fairly rare in Chicago. But when you see one, the shimmer and swirl of color makes them a source of wonder and admiration.

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Chicago’s sidewalk space crunch: As cafes gobble up space for pedestrians, more complaints are coming in

‘As more people come and enjoy the neighborhood, it just gets harder,’ says Michele Lee, a West Loop resident and power wheelchair user who often finds she has to thread her way around restaurant tables, chairs jutting into the sidewalk.

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Ed Burke just got $1.9M in tax refunds, interest for car rental agencies at Midway Airport

It’s another eye-opening instance of the indicted Chicago alderman mixing his law firm’s business with city business. And it resulted from big errors by former Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios.

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Convicted in Silver Shovel, he’s now doing political work for Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough

‘I’ve made mistakes, and everyone has,’ Yarbrough says when asked about James Blassingame, who was found guilty in the late 1990s corruption case of being a middleman for bribes to a Chicago alderman and others. ‘How long should we be punishing him?’

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Party bosses hear closing arguments in state Supreme Court, other races

The party’s Supreme Court committee recommended Neville get the endorsement, but the 80 Chicago ward and suburban township Democratic committeemen won’t make their endorsement decision in that race, or other judicial and countywide races, until Friday.

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Trial possible in city’s lawsuit against Smollett

Lawyers for the city and the actor discussed a settlement, "but those discussions are not ongoing."

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Trump continues to weigh Blagojevich commutation: ‘We’re looking at it. I feel very badly’

‘I floated it and I wanted to see where the Democrats stood where the Republicans stood,’ Trump said.

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Two final CPD detective areas get tech centers to boost dismal clearance rates for homicides, shootings

Area South got its nerve center in late February, courtesy of billionaire Ken Griffin’s $10 million gift to CPD last year. Now, the Central and North areas have the same capability.

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Divided, defeated state GOP looks back on ‘rough year,’ but vows to rebuild, fight Pritzker tax plan

There was no sugarcoating it at the dour breakfast before the party’s pep rally at the Illinois State Fair. Things are not great for the state’s Republicans a year after Gov. Bruce Rauner lost re-election, and Pritzker quickly racked up major legislative accomplishments.

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Lightfoot says she needs Springfield’s help to erase $1 billion-plus shortfall

But the mayor still offered no specifics on the kind of help she will seek; it could include permission to raise the estate transfer tax, as well as allowing the city to tax professional services, including attorneys and accountants.

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Slamming Foxx, another Republican challenger joins Cook County state’s attorney race

Prosecutor Christopher Pfannkuche filed his statement of organization in July and officially announced his run for office Thursday.

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Field of challengers to replace Dorothy Brown grows

Former Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is in. Meanwhile, Cook County President Todd Stroger and a former aldermanic candidate are also considering making a run for clerk of the circuit court.

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Lightfoot communications chief out — two weeks shy of 100 days on job

Marielle Sainvilus resigned Thursday amid concern that the new administration fell short in handling controversies. Her replacement is set to start Monday.

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Israel rejects a key value of Jewish life

Keeping two American congresswomen out of the country because of their beliefs is contrary to both American and Jewish ideals.

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Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib barred from entering Israel

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri issued a statement saying he decided not to allow Tlaib and Omar to enter because of "their boycott activities against Israel."

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Secretary of State Jesse White won’t seek reelection — for real this time

White has been Illinois secretary of state since 1999 — and won all 102 counties in victories in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. His current term is a record sixth term.

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You can’t take it with you. So what happened to the $241,565 in dead pol’s war chest?

What particularly piques my interest is that one person who might be in a position to solve the mystery is Ald. Carrie Austin, heir to Frost’s 34th Ward Regular Democratic Organization.

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Battle for the bench: State Supreme Court hopefuls tout credentials, connections, compassion ahead of Dem slating

Sitting Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville could indeed have a fight ahead. He is one of seven candidates actively running for the seat in next year’s election.

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Goat meat, jeans day and a free building: 5 controversies that engulfed Dorothy Brown’s office

The embattled public servant announced Wednesday she would not seek reelection.

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Kim Foxx courts donors as challengers emerge

Millions of dollars went into Foxx’s insurgent campaign for Cook County state’s attorney against an embattled incumbent four years ago.

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Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King defends abortion bans without rape, incest exceptions

King asked whether "there would be any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest. His comments drew swift condemnation from members of both parties.

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Meeting on impact of Obama Presidential Center shows little has changed at City Hall, nonprofits contend

‘Your administration has promised transparency, accountability and openness to community input. Nothing of the sort occurred,’ stated a sharply-worded letter signed by leaders of Preservation Chicago, Friends of the Parks, the Hyde Park Historical Society and Save the Midway.

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Pelosi rips ‘Moscow Mitch’ at Gov Day in Illinois — but mum’s the word on Dem dirt

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Gov. J.B. Pritzker to try and bolster U.S. House candidates downstate on Wednesday as Democrats celebrated their first Governor’s Day in five years.

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Tiger Woods calls stalled golf course merger ‘something that we need to make happen’

After a pro-am tournament that’s a prelude to the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club, Woods said he’s ‘excited’ about building on ‘an incredible piece of property’ and delivering something ‘unique and different and exciting for all the kids there that play.’ He wants them to play for free.