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Ald. Proco Joe Moreno at Chicago City Council meeting on July 25, 2018.


Ex-Moreno Aide: Alderman Told Staff To Take Off Shirts For Pay Raise ‘Contest’

Former aide Belia Portillo levelled the charge against Ald. Proco Joe Moreno just days before he’s up for re-election in Chicago’s 1st Ward.
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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.
Two maps showing how Chicago's middle class has decreased, while low income and high income areas increase


The Middle Class Is Shrinking Everywhere — In Chicago It’s Almost Gone

Half of Chicago’s census tracts were considered middle income in 1970. Today, that’s down to 16 percent.
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Police Dismiss Tip That Smollett, 2 Brothers Together In Elevator

Police have dismissed a new tip about Jussie Smollett and two brothers who were arrested and released.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker gives his first state budget address in Springfield on Wednesday.


What To Expect From Pritzker’s First Illinois State Budget Plan

Gov. Pritzker is expected to call for more money for schools and the state’s vastly underfunded pensions. Still unknown: how to pay for it.
Former President Barack Obama speaks at the South Shore Cultural Center near a rendering of the Obama Presidential Center in 2017.


Lawsuit Opposing The Obama Presidential Center Moves Forward

A federal judge has denied a motion from Chicago officials to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Protect Our Parks group.
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‘I’m Just Getting Started’: Sandra Cisneros Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

The poet and author will receive the prestigious PEN/Nabokov Award Tuesday.
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Lincoln Yards Developers Reveal Plans For Diversity In Contracts

If the proposed development is approved, Lincoln Yards could yield more than $1.5 billion in contracts for minority- and women-owned firms.
Crosses are placed for the victims of a mass shooting at a makeshift memorial Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, Ill., near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday.


Aurora Gunman's Family: 'We Deeply Apologize' For Shootings

The gunman's family offered condolences to the victims' families. They said they have no immediate answers on what led him to open fire.
City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado addresses the board of trustees in February. The board is expected to vote on a proposed tuition increase at their next board meeting in March.


City Colleges Of Chicago Wants To Hike Tuition

The Board of Trustees will vote in March on a proposal to increase tuition by 2 percent every year for four consecutive years.
A man prays at a makeshift memorial on Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, Ill., near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday. Authorities say an initial background check five years ago failed to flag an out-of-state felony conviction that would have prevented a man from buying the gun he used in the mass shooting in Aurora. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


In Illinois, Most Revoked Gun Licenses Go Unaccounted For

Illinois State Police revoked more than 10,000 gun permits in 2018, but most of the time revocations only resulted in unanswered letters.
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Chicago’s Elections Are Feb. 26. Here’s Your Crib Sheet

In addition to the mayoral race, all city-wide officials and 50 aldermanic seats will be on the ballot. These are the races to watch.
Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts answers questions during a news conference at a spring training baseball workout Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in Mesa, Ariz.


Chicago Cubs And Muslim Civil Rights Group Agree To Anti-Bigotry Plan

The Cubs plan to fight Islamophobia includes having notable Muslims throw out the first pitch and sing during the seventh-inning stretch.
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Part 4: The Tapes

The FBI recorded Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's phone calls for almost six weeks. What they heard shocked them.
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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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Curious City

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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