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Illinois Backed Video Gambling And Left Addicts With A Losing Hand

Video gambling has been described as “the crack cocaine of gambling.” Yet the state hasn’t addressed addiction in any meaningful way.
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Chicago Inspector General Demands Hearings On School-Based Police

Aldermen called for a hearing after the IG identified problems with school-based police six months ago but never followed up.
In this March 14, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reaches over a railing to autograph a "Free Blago" sign and shake supporters' hands at his home in Chicago.This was all after his scheduled address to reporters. The 55-year-old Democrat was due to report to a prison in Colorado to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption.

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Part 5: Treat Me Nice

With almost everyone believing that he was guilty, ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich fought back on national TV.
Dr. Heidi Hammel, seen sitting at the far right, led a team that used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet striking Jupiter. Dr. Eugene Shoemaker can be seen pointing at photos of the comet in this May 1994 photo. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

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Podcats In Space

Astronomer Heidi Hammel explains the significance of the 1994 Jupiter comet crash, pronounces ‘Uranus’ and relates cats to planets.
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'The Voice' Is Back: Here’s What Chicago Contestants Sang In Every Season So Far

The Billboard Hot 100 remains hot, the ’90s are not, and the Chicago area has more than one (or two) “Beliebers.”
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From Mickey Mouse To Oprah: What Chicagoans Write In On Election Day

Election judges don’t usually count votes for cartoon mice or celebrities, but there was one exception. We took a peek.
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How Often Did Your Alderman Show Up To Work At City Hall?

If City Council gave out attendance grades, most of its members would get a D. Before you vote Tuesday, see how your alderman stacks up.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at Chicago's City Hall on July 25, 2018.

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Preckwinkle’s Son Works For Firm That Got County Business

Preckwinkle has criticized other politicians for nepotism, but her son’s employer has enjoyed multiple contracts at county forest preserves.
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As Jussie Smollett Case Unfolds, A Look At Hate Crimes In Chicago

While reports of hate crimes are up nationwide, they are actually down in Chicago. But experts say many cases go unreported.
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Chicago Sends Police To 911 Mental Health Calls. What Could The City Do Instead?

Chicago police say they’re improving responses to mental health calls. But experts say most of these calls don’t even need police.
School issues have come up in many of mayoral forums that have been held in the runup to Chicago’s Feb. 26 mayoral election.

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Chicago’s Race For Mayor And The Future Of Chicago Public Schools

Education is a top issue on the campaign trail, with candidates sparing over school closings and an elected school board.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker speaks at a state Capitol news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 in downstate Springfield.

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Pritzker Leans On Marijuana, Gambling To Balance Budget

The Democratic governor outlined plans for balancing a $39 billion budget, but stayed mum on specifics for his graduated income tax plan.
One of victim Vicente Juarez's daughter Diana Juarez cries at a makeshift memorial Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, Ill., near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday.ere several were killed on Friday.

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After Aurora Shooting, Lawmakers Plan Tweaks To Gun Laws

The bill would be based on failed 2016 legislation meant to address a longstanding issue with revoked gun permits in the state.
A great deal of controversy surrounds the alleged hate crime "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported to Chicago police in late January. Advocates fear the case might discourage future hate crime victims from coming forward or make it more difficult for reports of such attacks to be taken seriously.

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Advocates: Smollett Controversy Could Discourage Victims

Advocates fear the Smollett controversy will make it even harder for hate crime victims to come forward — and to be believed if they do.
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What The 30th Ward Race Highlights About Chicago’s 2019 Elections

Across the city, young challengers are taking on long-time incumbents and pushing to redefine what an alderman does.
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Which Chicago Mayoral Candidate Do You Agree With Most?

We sent the candidates yes or no questions. Now, you can answer them too — and compare the results.

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