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    Morning Spin: Dorothy Brown contract stalls amid accusations of 'potential half-truths'


    Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s latest effort to upgrade her...

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    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s latest effort to upgrade her office’s out-of-date computer system stalled...

    Man carjacked at gunpoint on North Side


    A 52-year-old man was carjacked at gunpoint early Thursday in the Old Town neighborhood on the North Side, Chicago police said.  About 3:20 a.m., the 52-year-old man was inside his black sedan in the 400 block of West Division Street when a man, armed...

    A 52-year-old man was carjacked at gunpoint early Thursday in the Old Town neighborhood on the North Side, Chicago police said. 

    About 3:20 a.m., the 52-year-old man was inside his black sedan in the 400 block of West Division Street when a man, armed with a gun, got out of a dark-colored SUV and...

    4 wounded during Wednesday shootings, stabbing


    Three men were shot and wounded in attacks on the South and West sides Wednesday, police said. Most recently, about 9:30 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in Austin. He got himself to West Suburban Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right arm and...

    Three men were shot and wounded in attacks on the South and West sides Wednesday, police said.

    Most recently, about 9:30 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in Austin.

    He got himself to West Suburban Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right arm and told investigators he was in a vehicle when...

    Police officer, 3 others killed in northern Wisconsin; suspect in custody


    A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin, investigators said. A suspect was in custody. The shootings happened Wednesday afternoon at...

    A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin, investigators said. A suspect was in custody.

    The shootings happened Wednesday afternoon at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex,...

    Chicago area leads U.S. in population loss, sees drop for 2nd year in a row


    Patrice Bedford had never questioned raising her baby in Chicago. But on a springtime stroll during the first trimester of her pregnancy last year, a heightened sense of smell — piqued by pungent neighborhood odors — made her view the city...

    Patrice Bedford had never questioned raising her baby in Chicago.

    But on a springtime stroll during the first trimester of her pregnancy last year, a heightened sense of smell — piqued by pungent neighborhood odors — made her view the city differently.

    The city's expensive, she said. Public schools...

    Rauner wants to save $4 million by replacing prison guards with tower cameras


    Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in watchtowers with closed-circuit cameras at nearly two dozen lower-security Illinois prisons, an effort to cut expenses for a cash-strapped state that has gone two years without a budget. The administration is...

    Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in watchtowers with closed-circuit cameras at nearly two dozen lower-security Illinois prisons, an effort to cut expenses for a cash-strapped state that has gone two years without a budget.

    The administration is projecting $4 million in annual savings through...

    No Robin Lopez? No problem as Bulls romp past Pistons


    Word from the NBA office that center Robin Lopez would be unavailable to the Bulls for their game against the Pistons on Wednesday night came as a surprise to absolutely no one. When you exchange punches the way Lopez did with the Raptors' Serge Ibaka...

    Word from the NBA office that center Robin Lopez would be unavailable to the Bulls for their game against the Pistons on Wednesday night came as a surprise to absolutely no one.

    When you exchange punches the way Lopez did with the Raptors' Serge Ibaka the previous night, a suspension is warranted...

    GOP holdouts leave health care bill's fate in doubt ahead of House showdown


    The Republican health-care overhaul spearheaded by House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) and backed by President Donald Trump hung in the balance Wednesday, as the White House signaled at the 11th hour a willingness to rework the measure to mollify...

    The Republican health-care overhaul spearheaded by House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) and backed by President Donald Trump hung in the balance Wednesday, as the White House signaled at the 11th hour a willingness to rework the measure to mollify conservatives.

    After insisting for weeks that the changes...

    Parents of boy shot in the head cleaned up evidence before calling 911: police


    The parents of a 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head in their Phoenix home put off calling 911 as they cleaned up evidence in multiple rooms of the house, police said Wednesday, calling it a case that "shocks your conscience." Wendy Lavarnia told...

    The parents of a 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head in their Phoenix home put off calling 911 as they cleaned up evidence in multiple rooms of the house, police said Wednesday, calling it a case that "shocks your conscience."

    Wendy Lavarnia told police that her 2-year-old son found a gun left...

    Cubs' Anthony Rizzo practices surprise weapon for opponents


    Anthony Rizzo was somewhat reluctant to unveil a surprise Wednesday for shifting defenses, but the Chicago Cubs slugger thought a minor league game against the Oakland Athletics provided the perfect forum to work on his latest weapon. That surprise was a...

    Anthony Rizzo was somewhat reluctant to unveil a surprise Wednesday for shifting defenses, but the Chicago Cubs slugger thought a minor league game against the Oakland Athletics provided the perfect forum to work on his latest weapon.

    That surprise was a bunt down the third base line as a response...

    Ex-Colo. GOP leader said only Democrats committed voter fraud. Now he's charged with voter fraud.


    The 2016 election was just a month away when Steve Curtis, a conservative radio host and former Colorado Republican Party chairman, devoted an entire episode of his morning talk show to the heated topic of voter fraud. "It seems to me," Curtis said in...

    The 2016 election was just a month away when Steve Curtis, a conservative radio host and former Colorado Republican Party chairman, devoted an entire episode of his morning talk show to the heated topic of voter fraud.

    "It seems to me," Curtis said in the 42-minute segment, "that virtually every...

    5 dead in London vehicle and knife attack, including police officer, attacker; 40 hurt


    A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were...

    A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others...

    Illinois lawmakers propose legalizing recreational marijuana


    Lawmakers are proposing to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois but say the legislation probably won't come up for a vote until next year.Sponsors on Wednesday introduced bills that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow and...

    Lawmakers are proposing to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois but say the legislation probably won't come up for a vote until next year.

    Sponsors on Wednesday introduced bills that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow and buy limited amounts of marijuana.

    The state...

    Repealing Obamacare could cost a poor family benefits worth a third of its income


    The Republican health-care bill could cost the average poor family benefits worth a third of its income while giving the most affluent families a $5,000 tax break, according to the first detailed report on the income distribution effects of President...

    The Republican health-care bill could cost the average poor family benefits worth a third of its income while giving the most affluent families a $5,000 tax break, according to the first detailed report on the income distribution effects of President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers' plan to undo...

    One fatality reported in three-vehicle crash near Grayslake


    A 77-year-old man was killed and two other people were injured in a three-vehicle accident near Grayslake on Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities. A preliminary investigation determined that a 2011 Chrysler minivan, driven by a 74-year-old...

    A 77-year-old man was killed and two other people were injured in a three-vehicle accident near Grayslake on Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.

    A preliminary investigation determined that a 2011 Chrysler minivan, driven by a 74-year-old Grayslake woman, was traveling eastbound on Peterson...

    Fear and pain, streaming soon to a phone near you


    There was a forgettable formula Hollywood movie a few years ago titled "15 Minutes" that involved criminals who used brutal video to leave their mark on the world. I don't expect you to remember it. There was much killing and screaming and arson. And...

    There was a forgettable formula Hollywood movie a few years ago titled "15 Minutes" that involved criminals who used brutal video to leave their mark on the world.

    I don't expect you to remember it. There was much killing and screaming and arson. And there was a cable TV news anchor who understood...

    Most Illinois House Republicans follow party on health care


    There were few signs Illinois' seven House Republicans will break ranks when their party's health care overhaul comes up for a historic vote Thursday, but some declined to tip their hands amid a frenzied, last-minute lobbying push on both sides of the...

    There were few signs Illinois' seven House Republicans will break ranks when their party's health care overhaul comes up for a historic vote Thursday, but some declined to tip their hands amid a frenzied, last-minute lobbying push on both sides of the debate.

    U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon,...

    No one changed Cubs franchise more than Dallas Green in '80s


    Of Dallas Green's many accomplishments in a long and colorful baseball career, perhaps none was bigger than his successful campaign to bring night baseball to Wrigley Field. How many baseball executives have changed a franchise's very essence, as Green...

    Of Dallas Green's many accomplishments in a long and colorful baseball career, perhaps none was bigger than his successful campaign to bring night baseball to Wrigley Field.

    How many baseball executives have changed a franchise's very essence, as Green did during his six-year tenure with the Cubs?

    ...

    Chicago Public Schools chief fires back at Gov. Rauner


    Chicago Public Schools' CEO Forrest Claypool lashed back at Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, saying the governor's recent assertion that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was causing a crisis at the school district was "a statement of 'Alice in Wonderland' absurdity."...

    Chicago Public Schools' CEO Forrest Claypool lashed back at Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, saying the governor's recent assertion that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was causing a crisis at the school district was "a statement of 'Alice in Wonderland' absurdity."

    "The governor is not holding up school funding...

    Obamacare replacement bill could harm Illinois residents with disabilities, advocates say


    The Republican bill to replace Obamacare could harm Illinois residents with disabilities — a group that hasn't gotten much attention in the debate, advocates warned Wednesday, one day before a scheduled House vote on the measure. More than 140,000...

    The Republican bill to replace Obamacare could harm Illinois residents with disabilities — a group that hasn't gotten much attention in the debate, advocates warned Wednesday, one day before a scheduled House vote on the measure.

    More than 140,000 Illinois residents with disabilities receive Medicaid-funded...

    Skeletal remains found in Waukegan


    The Waukegan Police Department is investigating skeletal remains that were found in a wooded area near 10th Street and South Lewis Avenue in Waukegan Wednesday at approximately 4:30 p.m. According to a news release, responded to a call to that location...

    The Waukegan Police Department is investigating skeletal remains that were found in a wooded area near 10th Street and South Lewis Avenue in Waukegan Wednesday at approximately 4:30 p.m.

    According to a news release, responded to a call to that location and spoke with a man who said made the discovery...

    Vigil held for former Waukegan resident killed by St. Paul police


    One week after 29-year-old Cordale Quinn Handy, a former Waukegan resident, was shot and killed by St. Paul, Minn. police, Kim Handy Jones surrounded herself with a large crowd of family and friends who gathered for a prayer vigil in memory of her son in...

    One week after 29-year-old Cordale Quinn Handy, a former Waukegan resident, was shot and killed by St. Paul, Minn. police, Kim Handy Jones surrounded herself with a large crowd of family and friends who gathered for a prayer vigil in memory of her son in Waukegan Wednesday.

    Outside of the home...

    Eisenhower teacher fired over allegedly 'bullying' student into standing for Pledge


    A second teacher has been disciplined at Eisenhower High School over a student's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Vince Ziebarth, who has worked in District 218 since 2009, and was a full-time driver's education teacher at the Blue Island...

    A second teacher has been disciplined at Eisenhower High School over a student's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Vince Ziebarth, who has worked in District 218 since 2009, and was a full-time driver's education teacher at the Blue Island school since January 2014, said he was terminated...

    Kansas' Josh Jackson brings up dilemma of rooting for players with off-court troubles


    As Kansas players finished practice Wednesday and made their way off the Sprint Center court on the eve of the Sweet 16, freshman Josh Jackson lingered in the tunnel as adoring fans dangled T-shirts and other items for him to autograph. Jackson has shown...

    As Kansas players finished practice Wednesday and made their way off the Sprint Center court on the eve of the Sweet 16, freshman Josh Jackson lingered in the tunnel as adoring fans dangled T-shirts and other items for him to autograph.

    Jackson has shown a lot on the court to make himself a fan...

    After long-awaited pardon from Indiana governor, Chicago man wants record expunged


    A Chicago man who spent more than eight years in an Indiana prison for a wrongful conviction and was recently pardoned now wants his record expunged. Keith Cooper was pardoned in February by Gov. Eric Holcomb. His case gained national attention when...

    A Chicago man who spent more than eight years in an Indiana prison for a wrongful conviction and was recently pardoned now wants his record expunged.

    Keith Cooper was pardoned in February by Gov. Eric Holcomb. His case gained national attention when then-Gov. Mike Pence declined to grant a pardon...