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To Dibs Or Not To Dibs? The Essential Chicago Question

We answer your most pressing questions about Chicago’s controversial winter tradition.
Mayor Richard Hatcher of Gary, Ind., center, reads a telegram to the United States Senate that he and seven other mayors sent regarding a proposal to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, in Pittsburgh, Penn., June 12, 1979, during the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Coleman Young of Detroit, left, and Maynard Jackson of Atlanta also spoke. (AP Photo)


Richard Hatcher, First Black Mayor of Gary, Dies At 86

Richard Gordon Hatcher was one of the first African Americans elected to lead a major U.S. city. His family says he died Friday.
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How Two Ex-ComEd Execs Helped Madigan Maintain Political Power

In 2016, two of ComEd’s former executives sued over legislative redistricting. Now they’re caught up in a federal probe into the utility.
Ghian Foreman and Lori Lightfoot


Community Groups: 6-Month Suspension Way Too Lenient For Sergeant Who Shot Disabled Teen

Chicago Police Sgt. Khalil Muhammad accepts suspension, agrees to disciplinary charges he used deadly force “without lawful justification.”
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Finalists Named For $10 Million Prize To Aid Chicago Communities

Six projects to strengthen South and West side communities will vie for a foundation’s $10 million Chicago Prize, to be awarded next spring.
Lisa Daniels looks to the left, her head tilted. She is wearing a yellow sweater and standing against a white wall.


Illinois Missing Out On Federal Money To Help Crime Victims

Illinois is failing to take full advantage of federal dollars, as Chicago and the state scramble for resources to treat trauma.
Ricardo "Ricky" Hayes


Sergeant Gets 6-Month Suspension Despite A Finding He Had No Reason To Shoot Teen With Mental Disabilities

Chicago Police Sgt. Khalil Muhammad accepts suspension, agrees to disciplinary charges he used deadly force “without lawful justification.”
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Your Pocket Guide To Legal Weed In Illinois

You asked, we answered. Here are responses to 37 of your questions about legal weed.
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Evanston Crowd Celebrates ‘Bold’ Reparations Plan

Reparations supporters including actor Danny Glover spoke at a meeting as the north suburb develops a plan to compensate black residents.
Carolyn Ruff


What Chicagoans Want In Their Next Police Superintendent

The Chicago Police Board on Wednesday held the second of three public meetings on their search for the city’s next top cop.
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In Rotation: 5 Essential Chicago Tracks for December

This month, Vocalo's Jill Hopkins highlights brass band rollers, booming breakbeats and a few tracks you can't categorize.
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Conflicts With Principal At New High School In Englewood

Englewood STEM opened to replace four failing schools. The teachers union filed grievances against the principal; others defend the school.


Chicago Board Of Education Votes To Close Two Charter Schools

Over the protests of some parents and students, the board of education voted Wednesday night to shutter two poor-performing charter schools.

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