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Donald Trump fundraiser in Chicago suburb attracts mostly protesters, some supporters

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:17:00 GMT

Luncheon at Bolingbrook Golf Club was $1,000 to $250,000 a plate



A look at Chicago's Tribune Tower as it changes hands

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:01:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A 36-story Chicago landmark, the Tribune Tower, has been sold – gargoyles, flying buttresses and all.



Tribune Media completes sale of Tribune Tower, other assets

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:44:00 GMT

NEW YORK – Tribune Media has completed the sale of several real estate assets, including the Tribune Tower in Chicago.



Judge's ruling reduces Election Day registration in Illinois

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:56:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A federal judge has scaled back Election Day voter registration for highly populated areas in Illinois, a decision that sides with Republicans who claimed in a lawsuit that last year's extension of same-day registration is unconstitutional.



Chicago teachers vote to authorize strike in contract talks

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:14:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district announced Monday that they have overwhelming support for a strike, but several steps remain before a possible walkout could take place next month.



Some insurance companies force roof replacements

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:51:00 GMT

Insurers forcing roof replacements



Lead crisis in housing project was actually no surprise

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:43:00 GMT

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – When the mayor in this industrial town ordered the evacuation of a 40-year-old public housing complex this summer because of severe lead contamination, many people wondered: How could the problem have been overlooked for so long?



Chicago's mayor details mentoring plans in crime speech

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:13:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel appealed to Chicago residents Thursday for help fighting the troubling rise in city violence, announcing youth mentoring efforts, policing strategies and gun legislation as his plan to fight and prevent crime.



Illinois Executive Mansion work to follow funding rules

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:55:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – An agreement shows that a privately funded renovation of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield will follow wage and bidding rules required of traditional taxpayer-funded construction.



Berg: A bright spot in criminal justice reform

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:18:00 GMT

Not much is going right in Illinois.



Chicago to hire hundreds more officers to combat violence

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:54:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Chicago’s police department will add 970 new positions over the next two years, its superintendent announced Wednesday, saying the move will help combat the dramatic increase in shootings and homicides that has left thousands injured and hundreds dead this year.



Ex-National Guard soldier given 30-year prison sentence

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:18:00 GMT

CHICAGO – A Chicago federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Illinois National Guard soldier and his cousin to prison for plotting to join Islamic State fighters and attack a U.S. military facility.



Rauner wants state jobs review, just not federal court's

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:21:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged Monday to continue rooting out improper patronage hiring at the same time his lawyers were attempting to block a federal court monitor's expanded review of all state administration jobs.



Illinois schools eliminating zero-tolerance policies

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:41:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois schools are required now to limit long-term suspensions and expulsions under a new law that also eliminates the use of zero-tolerance policies used to severely punish students for certain offenses.



Letter: Affront to democracy

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:30:00 GMT

To the Editor:



Lawyer: $1.9 million settlement in Sandra Bland lawsuit

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:27:00 GMT

CHICAGO – The mother of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died last summer in a Texas jail after a contentious traffic stop, has reached a $1.9 million settlement in her wrongful-death lawsuit, her attorney said Thursday.



Biggest street gang trial in recent Chicago history begins

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:17:00 GMT

CHICAGO – Six purported leaders of Chicago’s powerful Hobos street gang went on trial Wednesday in a case that could provide a rare look inside the kind of criminal activity fueling gun violence in the nation’s third-largest city.



Rauner gives $100K to Indiana GOP candidate

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:22:00 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS – The Illinois governor has tossed in $100,000 of his own money to boost the campaign of Indiana’s Republican gubernatorial candidate even as the two states compete to lure jobs.



With backing of wealthy governor, Illinois GOP spending big

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:54:00 GMT

SPRINGFIELD – For the first time in recent history, Illinois Republicans are vastly outspending Democrats in fall legislative races with the help of a wealthy governor determined to curtail a traditionally blue political landscape that has thwarted his agenda for two years.



Rochelle restaurant destroyed by tornado reopens

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Grubsteakers was destroyed in April 9 tornado that hit Rochelle