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Cook County Board’s Tobolski Quits Committees Amid Federal Corruption Probe

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle asked Tobolski to resign for missing meetings. He blames health issues for his absence.
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Illinois Senate President Cullerton Stuns Springfield With Retirement Announcement

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton had a “deal” with his wife to leave power after a decade as the No. 1 Senate Dem, his aide says.
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News Outlets Call University Of Illinois Policy A Reporter Gag Order

Journalists from NPR Illinois say an University of Illinois policy has stalled their reporting on sexual assault at the school.
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This Laser-Wielding Father-Son Duo Maintains Chicago’s Monuments

Not only have the Dajnowskis restored most of Chicago’s public art, they’ve also revolutionized the field of art conservation worldwide.
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Chicago Urban Farmers Cry Foul About Proposed Ordinance

A Chicago alderman says his proposal would help urban agriculture grow, but critics call the plan reactionary, arbitrary and unnecessary.
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The Rundown: WBEZ's Daily Newsletter

Newsletter: Pelosi Puts A Name On Trump’s Alleged Misdeeds

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of committing “bribery.” Here’s why that’s significant.
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Wages, Weed And Lightfoot’s Uber Diss: What You Missed At City Council

Lightfoot makes an explosive claim about Uber, while debate gets heated over how to raise Chicago’s minimum wage.
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Chicago Teachers To Vote on Contract Thursday And Friday

Some 60% of union delegates approved the deal that ended the strike. Now, a simple majority of all members is needed to ratify the deal.
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ComEd Kept Paying Madigan Confidant After Retirement Announcement

The power company paid $361,000 in 2017 and 2018 to a clout-heavy ex-lobbyist whose home was raided by the feds in May.
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DJ Bumbac Joe Says Chicago Has 'That Fresh Charm'

Vocalo talked to the Chicago-based DJ about what he loves about the city: Malört, no ketchup and thanking your bus driver.
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Survey Credits Chicago For Immigrant Policies, But Critics Have Doubts

A national survey puts Chicago at the top when it comes to welcoming immigrants. But local immigrant advocates say it gives too much credit.
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Nerdette Recaps His Dark Materials With Peter Sagal

In The Latest 'His Dark Materials,' Mrs. Coulter Gets Super Dark

Nerdette and Peter Sagal break down episode 2 of HBO's 'His Dark Materials,' based on the acclaimed fantasy series by Philip Pullman.
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PHOTOS: World's Largest Starbucks Opens On The Mag Mile

The 35,000-square-foot, five-floor, state-of-the-art emporium is the coffee-flavored theme park for adults that you would expect.
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Chicago Suspends Street-Sweeping This Week

The leaves fell, then iced, and that means no street-sweeping tickets. We mapped the affected areas.

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