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Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago.

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Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped

Jussie Smollett's lawyers say all criminal charges against the 'Empire' actor have been dropped.
Mayoral Candidate toni Preckwinkle

Morning Shift

Preckwinkle Opposes Term Limits, But Says She’d Only Serve 2

The mayoral candidate also says she wants to remove a barrier to affordable housing projects and restore Chicago’s environmental department.
A close up view of a partial lead service line replacement, which shows an old lead pipe connected to a new copper pipe

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Chicago’s Way Of Replacing Broken Pipes Can Increase Lead In Your Drinking Water

And you might not know the procedure was done in the first place.
Nicholas Baker Palos Park mayor candidate

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Mayoral Candidate Campaigns After He Finishes His Homework

A high school senior is running to be mayor of Palos Park. If he wins, he’ll split time between the job and college classes.
Salvadoran migrants wait for transportation after turning themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas — where a border fence is under construction. The Pentagon says it will spend up to $1 billion to help build the fence.

NPR

Pentagon Takes $1 Billion From Military Personnel Account For Border Fence

The money nearly doubles the $1.3 billion Congress authorized for border wall funding.
Lightfoot, who is now running for Chicago mayor, was blamed by a court for the city’s failure to turn over evidence after a 2004 blaze that killed four kids.

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Lightfoot’s ‘Lax’ Response To Fatal Fire Led To Sanctions By Judge

Lori Lightfoot, who’s running for Chicago mayor, was blamed for city’s failure to turn over evidence after 2004 blaze that killed four kids.
Illinois State Police

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More Than 500 Murder Cases Await DNA Testing In Chicago

State police say there are 527 homicide cases awaiting testing at the Forensic Science Center in Chicago.
President Trump returns to the White House on Sunday in Washington, D.C., after the attorney general had provided Congress and the public with a summary of the Mueller report. Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images

NPR

Bolstered By Mueller Synopsis, Republicans Go On Offense

President Trump and his allies in Congress are seeking a new wave of investigations that will target their opponents.
Quincy Veterans Home

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Audit Criticizes Rauner’s Handling Of Vets’ Home Legionnaires’ Outbreaks

The report says state officials didn’t do enough to notify residents and staff, and didn’t initially comprehend the severity of the crisis.
President Donald Trump is shown in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Monday, March 25, 2019.

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Illinois Dems Set Electoral Trap For Trump Over Income Taxes

The measure would make presidential candidates release five years of tax returns to get on the ballot – something Trump has refused to do.
Hancock Center Thumbnail 2

Curious City

These Design Ideas Turned ‘The Hancock Center’ Into An Icon

Bruce Graham and Fazlur Kahn changed the way architects and engineers thought about the structure of the modern skyscraper.
Razor wire lines a walkway at an Illinois prison on Dec. 22, 2009.

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Family Suing After Alleged Prison Beating Death

According to coroners records, Larry Earvin died after an “altercation” with prison staff. He had 15 rib fractures and multiple hemorrhages.
Ald. Ameya Pawar, shown here in 2017, says he believes a public bank would "advance real social and racial and economic justice."

Morning Shift

Treasurer Candidate Ameya Pawar Wants To Build A Public Bank

The 47th Ward alderman says he wants to tackle income inequality in the city by building a public bank.
Riveria case

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Police: Man Shot At First Hispanic He Saw

The Chicago Police Department is pursuing possible hate crime charges in shooting of off-duty officer, according to Superintendent Johnson.

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