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Find out what's going on outside the city of Chicago in its many suburbs.

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Family puts up $10,000 for information on fatal shooting of Kewhan Fields in Calumet City

Kewhan Fields, 42, was shot to death just after 6 p.m. July 22 in Calumet City.

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Lou-turn? Indicted Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta reverses plans to quit after talks with allies, doctors: ‘They told me to hold on’

The surprise reversal came after several residents harangued the three-term mayor for a published report that the village would create a new $65,000 salaried position of "economic development director" just for him. "Whoever heard of a person being indicted — soon to be convicted — and then handed a $65,000 job?" one political rival said.

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President Biden in Elk Grove Village boosts business vaccine requirements, takes poke at Fox News

In a suburban Chicago speech pushing businesses to mandate COVID vaccines or weekly tests, Biden said, in a stage whisper, "Fox News requires vaccinations for all employees. Give me a break. Fox News."

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Fight to keep Bears in Chicago, council members tell city official

"We have a lot of land. Before that door closes, I would ask you to do everything in your power to look at what options there are to keep them here that could be an economic driver for parts of our city that could use it and it could work," said Ald. Harry Osterman.

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Chicago Heights man admits making profanity-filled threat to Biden’s inauguration

In voicemails left for members of Congress, the feds say Louis Capriotti "often screamed while leaving the messages" and spoke of raising "motherf---ing hell."

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Presta chango! Indicted Crestwood mayor to resign — but will new suburban job suddenly appear for Lou Presta?

Presta was expected to provide notice of his resignation at a village board meeting at which trustees will also elect an acting mayor and create the new position of economic development director. Presta was reelected this year despite a federal indictment accusing him of taking a $5,000 bribe.

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Fireworks, duct tape and a selfie with a handful of cash: FBI charges Villa Park man with bank robbery

"I need everything from your drawer or WE ALL DIE!!!" read the note on pink paper, according to the FBI.

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Arlington Heights’ playbook: Tax breaks, public financing only considered as ‘last resort’ in luring Bears, suburb’s mayor says

"We haven’t been asked for anything yet, we haven’t committed to anything yet and we wouldn’t without plenty of thoughtful public discussions about it," Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes said.

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Chicago-area woman in Bali ‘suitcase murder’ to be released Oct. 29

Heather Mack was 18 when she was arrested a day after the body of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, was discovered in the trunk of a taxi parked near the St. Regis Bali Resort.

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Cook County commissioners delay vote on replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Columbus Day will remain a holiday in Cook County for now after a vote to replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day was delayed. The resolution faced pushback from local Italian American organizations. It was the second time a vote on the issue was postponed this year.

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Former Cook County Sheriff’s employee says he was fired because of his age

In a lawsuit, Ronald Gaines, 69, claims his supervisor told him he was too old for the job and should retire to allow younger employees to advance their careers. "It was a slap in the face," Gaines said Tuesday.

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Key agent pleads guilty to role in gambling ring

Justin Hines has been described by the feds as one of the largest agents for the massive, international gambling ring once run by Vincent "Uncle Mick" DelGiudice.

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2 charged after guns found in car in Lyons Township High School parking lot

Officers recovered two Glock 9mm handguns, one with an extended 30-round magazine and the other with an extended 29-round magazine.

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Illinois family pleads with vaccine skeptics after fully vaxxed grandmother dies at 66: ‘Our worst fears came true’

Candace Ayers, 66, is one of more than nearly 600 fully vaccinated people in Illinois to die of COVID this year, including 278 in September.

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Illinois’ eviction moratorium ends Sunday

Gov. J.B. Pritzker extended the state’s eviction ban in August despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end President Joe Biden’s federal eviction moratorium.

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Lyons Township High School cancels homecoming dance after guns found in car in campus parking lot

Police searched an unoccupied vehicle parked in the school’s South Campus parking lot and found two handguns inside.

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In Hillside and increasingly elsewhere, school kids get tested each week for COVID

The aim is to keep them in class and keep the coronavirus out. So far, parents and guardians of two-thirds of Hillside School students have consented to the saliva testing.

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Marc Malnati on new investor in family’s pizzeria: ‘Great pizza will remain great pizza’

The Meritage Group, an investment firm based in San Francisco, is buying an ownership stake in Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria.

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Go, Bears! No, really, just go. Saying goodbye to the team isn’t so hard to do.

Even if they do leave Chicago, they’ll still be the source of endless exasperation, unfounded optimism, sporadic excitement — and three wasted hours on fall weekends.

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Cook County TIF districts’ 2020 tax tally: $1.5 billion

A new Cook County report details how revenue collected from Cook County’s hundreds of tax increment financing districts rose 11.6% for the 2020 tax year.

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Lightfoot prepared to move on at Soldier Field — with or without the Bears

Mayor Lori Lightfoot sounded almost resigned to letting the team leave town because "we’ve got to be smart about how we spend taxpayers’ dollars."

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Lake County man dies of rabies after bat bite

This was the first case of human rabies in Illinois since 1954, the Illinois Department of Public Health said.

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Boy, 8, shot to death while playing in front of Markham home. ‘He shot my baby in the head. Why would you do that? Why?’

Demetrius Stevenson was shot by a masked gunman across the street who was aiming at someone else, police said.

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Car theft ring used fake IDs to finance cars at dealerships across Illinois

Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced charges against a half-dozen defendants who allegedly made off with luxury cars from suburban dealers.

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Benet Academy’s chancellor ‘deeply troubled’ by high school’s decision to hire lacrosse coach in same-sex marriage

But it was unclear whether the chancellor, Abbot Austin Murphy of St. Procopius Abbey, has the authority to override last week’s decision.

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Northwestern suspends fraternity activities amid investigation of on-campus drugging allegations

Northwestern University suspended all fraternity-related activities after reports people were drugged at an on-campus housing complex.

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Motorist shoots two teens during carjacking in Hoffman Estates

As the teens were stealing the car, the man — a concealed carry license holder — took out a gun and fired as they drove off in his car.

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‘Forever Plaid’ at Drury Lane Theatre remains a marvelous retro hit parade

The popular musical — now on stage in the Oakbrook Terrace theater’s first production in a year and a half — is ear candy peppered with upbeat comedy.

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What happened after Paul Fronczak found the real baby kidnapped from Michael Reese Hospital in 1964

‘I sacrificed a lot ... to make my mom’s life complete,’ says Fronczak, whose detective work led to Dora Fronczak getting to speak with her real son after 55 years. ‘I would do it again and again.’

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Families of 3 men killed in Starved Rock explosion sue demolition, construction companies

Lawsuit accuses companies of leaving behind unexploded devices after demolishing a bridge.

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Arrest warrant issued for Oak Lawn woman who used fake ‘Maderna’ card to vacation in Hawaii

Judge Karin Holma said she would issue a $500 warrant for Mrozak’s arrest after she failed to appear for a Zoom court hearing in Hawaii Wednesday morning.

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Racist letters sent to Evanston restaurants faked to look like court orders

At least one of the letters included the mailing address of the Cook County courthouse in Skokie and was written — poorly — to make it look like it came from a current circuit court judge.