Nearly 30 years ago, the Chicago River drained into basements across the Loop.
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Weeks before replacing Michael Madigan as party leader, Congresswoman Robin Kelly wrote a check to Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta’s campaign.
More elderly and white residents said the worst is behind us, while more Black, Latino and younger residents said the worst is now or yet to come.
Activist and city officials react to shooting of Adam Toledo. The suburbs hold elections. COVID infections and vaccinations are up.
Reset digs into a new bill that would update a 30-year-old law around fertility coverage in Illinois.
The state’s top two elected officials are split over bills Governor Pritzker signed into law in recent days.
Federal prosecutors sought state tax records for Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. His father, a former state lawmaker, was previously charged with bribery.
Lightfoot told Vice President Kamala Harris that Chicago’s vaccine rollout would line up with the federal plan, while warning that supply is still a problem.
Experts say white Evangelicals’ instilled doubt in science poses a barrier toward herd immunity.
The ex-Obama cabinet official, Ray LaHood, exits his state post after the closure of a federal probe into his undisclosed $50,000 loan from a foreign national.