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Sen. Raphael Warnock’s victory gives Democrats a 51-49 Senate majority, gaining a seat from the current 50-50 split with John Fetterman’s victory in Pennsylvania. There will be divided government, however, with Republicans having narrowly flipped House control.
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who visited a new dispensary co-owned by African American men Wednesday, said he hopes the other social equity license holders can open and diversify the white-dominated industry in Illinois.
Within months, the government plans to stop footing the bill — and millions of the uninsured and seniors might have to pay full price. Experts say that means fewer people will get the potentially life-saving treatments.
The new citizens, from 120 countries, were sworn in Wednesday at Wintrust Arena. “I love this country and I’m very excited about this,” Svjetlana Kiponjic said.
He was “a Democrat’s Democrat. ... His blood was blue,” said former Virginia Gov. and ex-Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe.
Sendhil Revuluri, a former teacher and longtime education advocate, has served in the role since 2019.
Scientists say some of it is the result of random weather from storms, but some is from low sea ice due to climate change caused by people.
The signing was nothing like his very public event for the original measure in February 2021 at Chicago State University, when he smiled and held up a copy of the 764-page criminal justice law that prompted dozens of lawsuits and a drumbeat of negative TV commercials.
The Department of Homeland Security says Haitians in the United States as of Nov. 6 could apply for “temporary protected status” and those granted it last year can stay an additional 18 months, until Aug. 3, 2024.
Three former employees said they were let go the day after Erin Cartwright Weinstein took office in 2016 because they supported her opponent.
Northwestern history professor Peter Hayes says normalizing antisemitism is a “real possibility” when there’s a “public discussion of things that used to be beneath contempt.”
it has appeared for weeks that enforcement of the nation’s strict dress code has been scaled back, with more women seen in public not wearing the required headscarf.
The plan borrows an approach used to focus developers’ attention on other neighborhoods while adding a financial incentive,
The pledge from Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers would increase U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s mayoral campaign fund from $609,000 to about $1.6 million.
Lynn Sweet sits down with the longest-serving Black female White House correspondent, April Ryan, to discuss her book, Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem. Stream the episode on December 15 at 6:30 p.m. CT.
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is sounding sympathetic to a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples.
Former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her book, “The Light We Carry,” coping with the pandemic and polarization before a sold-out crowd at the Chicago Theatre.
MAT Asphalt co-owner Michael Tadin Jr. and his family were high bidders for the old grain silos near 29th Street and Damen Avenue featured in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
Millionaire businessman Willie Wilson is trying to knock retiring Ald. Roderick Sawyer off the ballot. Community activist Ja’Mal Green is challenging Wilson. And former state Sen. Rickey Hendon, a top Wilson adviser, is challenging Green.
The delivery services will refund $8.5 million to struggling Chicago restaurants — and pay $1.5 million more to the city — to settle claims that the companies ignored a 15% cap on delivery fees and listed restaurants without their consent.
Many factors are driving the 122 candidates’ desire to become part of the grand experiment of civilian oversight at the grassroots level.
For a $500 monthly stipend, council members offer communities a step toward policing reform.
“He may be sunsetting his political career, but he thankfully will be continuing his humanitarian work,” Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) said during a sendoff Saturday at White’s namesake community center on the Near North Side.
The move Friday to give back money from Carmen A. Rossi’s companies came in response to Sun-Times reporting on an ethics order issued in 2011 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Hospital admissions for COVID-19 have jumped more than 26% in the last week alone, putting them on pace to hit numbers not seen since mid-February.