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Once-gritty Pilsen rail viaduct transformed into an outdoor gallery

More than 30 artists converged on the Peoria Street underpass in October to create art, ‘visual healing’ — from portrait-style works and wildlife imagery to abstracts.

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Free Spirit Media senior Zachary Webster making his mark in music, media communication

The art Webster is currently producing is music-driven, but he also enjoys other forms of storytelling like journalism, videography, documentaries and building websites.

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Resettlement, reunification and romance: Refugees make a new life in Chicago despite the pandemic

Though 2020 was hard, refugee Celestine Mugisha and his wife, Winniefred Akello, are grateful to have each other in their new home in Chicago.

Allstate Rising Star Hugh Maxey.
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Columbia College freshman Hugh Maxey is perfecting his passion for percussion

Growing up as a Christian on the Far South Side of Chicago, Maxey started singing and playing music in the church. Before long, he had fallen in love with percussion.

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2020 in photos: An unprecedented year

For people across the country, 2020 was a year of challenges and struggles, punctuated with bright spots. The Chicago Sun-Times’ photojournalists captured the moments that shaped this generation-defining year.

Allstate Rising Star Makari Patterson
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Joffrey Ballet Community Engagement teen dancer Makari Patterson aims to inspire Chicago youth

Since being with Joffrey, Patterson has been able to channel her creativity and reassure herself of her accomplishments thus far.

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Chicago sees first COVID-19 vaccinations — and first signs of hope

The Loretto Hospital was chosen by the city to give the first shots for the coronavirus to five health care workers.

Allstate Rising Star Isamary Medina.
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At 15, Isamary Medina is putting her Puerto Rican culture on display through music

Medina describes the cuatro as the instrument you would get if a guitar and violin had a baby, but the sound is much more like a mandolin that has 10 strings.

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Nursing home worker steps up during coronavirus pandemic: ‘If not me, who?’

Shantonia Jackson and other certified nursing assistants who are members of SEIU have been desperately needed during the pandemic that has ravaged care homes.

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City’s public health workers shift gears to battle pandemic, disinformation

Charlayne Guy investigated food poisoning outbreaks. Deeanna Mendoza inspected restaurants and schools, among other places. Victoria Romero worked with HIV clinics. Now all three AFSCME members are squarely focused on COVID-19.

Cecelia Renteria helped paint this building at 625 W. Adams St.
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From the Chicago skyline to the West Loop, this painter’s work brightens up the city

Cecilia Renteria is trying to recruit more women to the painting trade.

Someone threw a brick through Ald. Ray Lopez’s office Nov. 19, 2020, the 4th attack on his properties this year.
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Brick thrown through Ald. Ray Lopez’s office window in 4th vandalism attack this year

Lopez said his office has surveillance video of the incident and he is working with detectives to identify the individuals involved. He believes the vandalism was gang related.

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At the Virtual Table with Laura Washington & Lynn Sweet

The Joe Biden presidency and what the election means for Illinois.

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Chicago plumber proud to ‘protect the health of the nation’ — now more than ever

Jason Reed’s 22-year career includes numerous construction projects at local hospitals.

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Union electrician sees huge improvement in safety protocols, but some still think he’s crazy to do the job

"I was meant to do this," said Joe Fitzgibbons, a member of IBEW Local 134 for 16 years. "I love it."

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Dolton police shooting: video shows man shot by officers had gun, wouldn’t drop it

The footage, released by the village, shows officers telling Carterris Doty to drop the gun dozens of times. Dolton Mayor Riley Rogers said the video "exonerates" the officers, and he commended them for their restraint.

Clifftina Johnson (back, left), Tafara Williams’ mother, cries as her daughter, Sasha Williams, sings during a news conference outside Waukegan’s city hall complex, Tuesday
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Waukegan releases 6 videos of Marcellis Stinnette chase, shooting

However, the officer who fired the shots — which also wounded Stinnette’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Tafara Williams — did not activate his bodyworn camera before opening fire.

A man can be seen hanging off the side of Trump Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave., on Oct. 18, 2020.
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Man in custody after hanging off side of Trump Tower for more than 13 hours

The situation was "resolved peacefully" by negotiators and the man was in police custody with no injuries reported shortly before 7 a.m., police said.

It’s unclear whether the 37 Chicagoans whose mailed ballots were sent in on time but somehow didn’t arrive by the deadline of two weeks after the Nov. 3 election could track that via the Chicago Board of Elections tracking system.
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Will your mailed-in ballot be counted? We did a test-mailing to see.

A Sun-Times test involving 100 simulated ballots saw just 1 fail to arrive within 2 weeks. But if real-life mail voting goes like that, it still could leave thousands in Chicago disenfranchised.

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Video of fatal police shooting captures intense exchange of gunfire in Pilsen

Miguel Vega, 26, was fatally shot by an officer on Aug. 31 in the 1300 block of West 19th Street in Pilsen.

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Frank Zuccari, who oversaw 2-year El Greco restoration at the Art Institute, has died

For 18 months, the revered art restorer brightened and touched up the 16th century work ‘The Assumption of the Virgin.’ He worked on the frame for another six months.

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Bartlett water ski show to thrill no more

Beloved mecca of Wisconsin aquatic kitsch water skis into history after 69 years, a victim of COVID-19.

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2 Chicago graffiti artists create an all-female ‘space of our own’ in Little Village

In a male-dominated graffiti scene, artists Bel and Phina’s all-female graffiti-painting events have created a maze of murals in the alleys in the shadows of the Cook County Jail.

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Jacob Blake’s family leads march against police violence in Kenosha

Demonstrations are expected in Chicago on Saturday evening, almost a week after the Kenosha police shooting that has sparked protests nationwide.

Justin Tawwater, friend of Anthony Huber, poses for a portrait in Kenosha, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times
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Anthony Huber, killed while protesting in Kenosha, remembered as fearless skateboarder

"He was a great, great dude," said his friend, Justin Tawwater.

Jacob Blake’s mother, Julia Jackson, addresses the media after the 29-year-old was shot by police Sunday. 
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Jacob Blake’s mother appeals for end to looting in Kenosha: ‘We need healing’

Jacob Blake’s father told the Sun-Times there are now "eight holes" in his son’s body, and he’s paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors don’t yet know if the injury is permanent.

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Kenosha erupts in 2nd night of clashes after Black man wounded in police shooting

Several businesses and vehicles were ablaze early Tuesday after a day of peaceful protests Monday.

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‘A keg of dynamite’: Police shooting in Englewood leads to looting, gunfire downtown

Chicago remained on edge Monday evening as businesses cleaned up and the mayor and state’s attorney held dueling news conferences.

Jeremiah Collier plays the drums as a part of his band Jeremiah Collier and the REUP.
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South Siders revel in Jeremiah Collier’s ‘uplifting’ porch session music jams

A Facebook video of Jeremiah Collier’s Park Manor-based band collective that went viral with the tagline "There’s more Beauty in Chicago than there is Ugly... believe me there is…" has over a million views to date.

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3 cops wounded after prisoner — a paroled felon — opens fire at Chicago police station

It’s unclear how the prisoner had a gun because he should have been searched before being placed inside a police vehicle. Sources say the 25-year-old man was paroled just three months ago on a gun conviction.

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They call themselves the ’Rona Quartet after the disease that has kept so many musicians apart

The four French horn players — all Chicago-area musicians — have been playing at various locations.

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Feds file criminal case against ComEd, implicate Mike Madigan

A federal subpoena to Madigan’s office shows the feds are interested in the speaker’s relationship with other companies as well. The feds also want wide-ranging records involving Madigan’s top political operatives.