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    Meet 'the Packers': Green Bay superfan takes wife's last name


    Ryan Holtan-Murphy is a Green Bay Packers super fan. He was excited when the beautiful woman he met at his law school reunion told him her last name: "Packer." He was so excited, the pair said, he made her show two forms of ID. Nearly three years later,...

    Ryan Holtan-Murphy is a Green Bay Packers super fan.

    He was excited when the beautiful woman he met at his law school reunion told him her last name: "Packer." He was so excited, the pair said, he made her show two forms of ID.

    Nearly three years later, after a long courtship that saw Holtan-Murphy...

    Suburban 'Married at First Sight' star doesn't want her arguments filmed


    So much for "reality" television. One "Married at First Sight" star said his wife doesn't want to fight on camera because she's "extremely worried about what people will think of us." "Sheila would always tell me like, hey if we have another dispute,...

    So much for "reality" television. One "Married at First Sight" star said his wife doesn't want to fight on camera because she's "extremely worried about what people will think of us."

    "Sheila would always tell me like, hey if we have another dispute, don't talk about it on camera. ... At the same...

    Cubs collect 16 hits in 11-1 rout of Marlins


    The spacious dimensions of Marlins Park hasn’t scared the Cubs, who smacked three home runs and collected 16 hits Thursday night to surge to an 11-1 victory over the Marlins. Addison Russell and Ian Happ each had four hits, with Russell hitting a home...

    The spacious dimensions of Marlins Park hasn’t scared the Cubs, who smacked three home runs and collected 16 hits Thursday night to surge to an 11-1 victory over the Marlins. Addison Russell and Ian Happ each had four hits, with Russell hitting a home run in the fifth.

    At the plate: Kris Bryant...

    How the Senate's health care plan compares to House bill, Obamacare


    The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater...

    The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured.

    ...

    Former College of DuPage administrators settle lawsuit over wrongful termination


    Two former College of DuPage administrators have settled their wrongful termination lawsuits against the school, ending a protracted legal battle that began after the senior managers said they were fired because they campaigned against then-Chairwoman...

    Two former College of DuPage administrators have settled their wrongful termination lawsuits against the school, ending a protracted legal battle that began after the senior managers said they were fired because they campaigned against then-Chairwoman Katharine Hamilton's agenda.

    Terms of the settlement...

    Man found in ditch was 'badly decomposed,' died from gunshot wounds, Will County coroner says


    A man found in a ditch along Manhattan-Monee Road died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Will County sheriff's office. The man's body was "badly decomposed," according to the Will County coroner's office. He remains unidentified. "He was...

    A man found in a ditch along Manhattan-Monee Road died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Will County sheriff's office.

    The man's body was "badly decomposed," according to the Will County coroner's office. He remains unidentified.

    "He was wearing Clarks brand sandals, size 8 1/2, red...

    Evanston man sues Niles YMCA, saying lifeguards did not notice him unconscious in pool


    An Evanston man found unconscious last month at the bottom of the Leaning Tower YMCA swimming pool in Niles has sued the facility, saying its lifeguards were "negligent" and "should have known that he was in distress and underwater," according to the...

    An Evanston man found unconscious last month at the bottom of the Leaning Tower YMCA swimming pool in Niles has sued the facility, saying its lifeguards were "negligent" and "should have known that he was in distress and underwater," according to the suit.

    Yosef Bornstein, 61, remains hospitalized...

    Anthony Rizzo's rookie struggles serve as learning tool for Kyle Schwarber


    Anthony Rizzo didn't achieve the initial success Kyle Schwarber did during their respective first seasons in the majors. But Schwarber, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, can benefit from learning what Rizzo did in rebounding to become a...

    Anthony Rizzo didn't achieve the initial success Kyle Schwarber did during their respective first seasons in the majors. But Schwarber, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, can benefit from learning what Rizzo did in rebounding to become a solid all-around major-league hitter, according...

    Disability advocates, many in wheelchairs, arrested during protest at McConnell's office


    Dozens of people protested the newly proposed Republican health care legislation outside the Capitol Hill office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Thursday - a demonstration that resulted in the arrests of many disability advocates. U.S....

    Dozens of people protested the newly proposed Republican health care legislation outside the Capitol Hill office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Thursday - a demonstration that resulted in the arrests of many disability advocates.

    U.S. Capitol Police said 43 were arrested and...

    Springfield bishop: No communion, last rites, funerals for same-sex couples


    Ahead of Chicago's festivities celebrating gay pride this weekend, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, has issued a decree instructing priests in the central Illinois diocese to enforce the church's prohibition on...

    Ahead of Chicago's festivities celebrating gay pride this weekend, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, has issued a decree instructing priests in the central Illinois diocese to enforce the church's prohibition on same-sex marriage.

    In addition to telling people...

    Madigan and the Do-Littles


    Day Two of the Illinois General Assembly's special session wound down Thursday without passage of a state budget. Surprised? Only 24 of the Senate's 37 Democrats showed up. Seventeen House lawmakers missed the day altogether. Rep. Cynthia Soto,...

    Day Two of the Illinois General Assembly's special session wound down Thursday without passage of a state budget. Surprised? Only 24 of the Senate's 37 Democrats showed up. Seventeen House lawmakers missed the day altogether. Rep. Cynthia Soto, D-Chicago, wasn't in Springfield because she was presenting...

    Record rain delay doesn’t slow White Sox, Jose Quintana in 9-0 victory over Twins


    White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana waited through a 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay to make his start Thursday against the Twins. Then the Sox made him wait even longer than usual with an extended first inning. Quintana certainly accepted the second lag...

    White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana waited through a 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay to make his start Thursday against the Twins.

    Then the Sox made him wait even longer than usual with an extended first inning.

    Quintana certainly accepted the second lag with joy, as it meant he had a five-run lead...

    Why Emanuel-Rauner talks on Thompson Center fell apart


    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest attempt at let's make a deal careened off the rails Thursday, with each side blaming the other over a failed trade that would have cleared the way for more city pension reform and the sale of the James R....

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest attempt at let's make a deal careened off the rails Thursday, with each side blaming the other over a failed trade that would have cleared the way for more city pension reform and the sale of the James R. Thompson Center.

    It's the latest episode...

    Teen killed by deflected bullet fired by California cops at charging pit bull


    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies accidentally shot and killed a teenager in Palmdale early Thursday when their bullets bounced off the ground as they opened fire on an aggressive dog, sheriff’s officials said. The 17-year-old was struck in the...

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies accidentally shot and killed a teenager in Palmdale early Thursday when their bullets bounced off the ground as they opened fire on an aggressive dog, sheriff’s officials said.

    The 17-year-old was struck in the chest by at least one “skip” round several yards...

    Cubs decide Kyle Schwarber can return to form better with stint in minors


    The Cubs remain steadfast in their belief in struggling slugger Kyle Schwarber. But their patience at the major-league level has worn out for now as they optioned Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Schwarber, who started the season as the team's...

    The Cubs remain steadfast in their belief in struggling slugger Kyle Schwarber.

    But their patience at the major-league level has worn out for now as they optioned Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.

    Schwarber, who started the season as the team's leadoff hitter, regressed over time to a .171...

    Body found in burning vehicle at Morton Arboretum, DuPage sheriff says


    A body was found Wednesday afternoon inside a vehicle that was on fire in a parking lot at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, according to DuPage County sheriff's police. Police and firefighters said they were dispatched about 1 p.m. after a report of a...

    A body was found Wednesday afternoon inside a vehicle that was on fire in a parking lot at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, according to DuPage County sheriff's police.

    Police and firefighters said they were dispatched about 1 p.m. after a report of a vehicle on fire.

    According to a news release...

    Republicans propose new schools plan in Springfield, but budget again remains elusive


    Republican lawmakers Thursday put forward a new plan to overhaul the state's education funding system and send less money to Chicago Public Schools than a competing proposal from Democrats, who are unlikely to approve it. Democrats, meanwhile, used a...

    Republican lawmakers Thursday put forward a new plan to overhaul the state's education funding system and send less money to Chicago Public Schools than a competing proposal from Democrats, who are unlikely to approve it.

    Democrats, meanwhile, used a second day of a special session called by Republican...

    Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman preparing for life without Marian Hossa


    Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa sometimes would miss practices or morning skates for what coach Joel Quenneville liked to say were "maintenance days."It turns out, as Quenneville admitted Thursday, that sometimes Hossa would get practices off just so he...

    Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa sometimes would miss practices or morning skates for what coach Joel Quenneville liked to say were "maintenance days."

    It turns out, as Quenneville admitted Thursday, that sometimes Hossa would get practices off just so he didn't have to put on his equipment that day...

    Indiana man pleads guilty in stabbing, sex assault of Willowbrook woman


    An Indiana man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he forced his way into a Willowbrook residence and stabbed and sexually assaulted a woman who lived there. In DuPage County court, Londale Madison, 33, entered guilty pleas to attempted murder, home...

    An Indiana man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he forced his way into a Willowbrook residence and stabbed and sexually assaulted a woman who lived there.

    In DuPage County court, Londale Madison, 33, entered guilty pleas to attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated criminal sexual assault...

    76ers take Markelle Fultz, Lakers grab Lonzo Ball to start NBA draft


    The Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted. The 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick after trading up earlier in the week to grab the high-scoring freshman guard from...

    The Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted.

    The 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick after trading up earlier in the week to grab the high-scoring freshman guard from Washington.

    The Los Angeles Lakers followed by taking...

    Bulls trade Jimmy Butler, No. 16 pick to Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, No. 7 pick


    The third time proved the charm. After having serious talks with the Celtics last June and then several conversations at the February trade deadline, the Bulls took a deep breath and traded Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves on Thursday night. The...

    The third time proved the charm.

    After having serious talks with the Celtics last June and then several conversations at the February trade deadline, the Bulls took a deep breath and traded Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves on Thursday night.

    The blockbuster move, which netted the Bulls Zach LaVine,...

    Hospital to blame for red-winged blackbird attack? Lawsuit says yes


    It's a warm weather rite as unfailing and unwelcome as sunburn — the sudden attack of a red-winged blackbird, driven to protective fury by the approach of an unsuspecting cyclist or pedestrian. These migratory mischief-makers can be found almost...

    It's a warm weather rite as unfailing and unwelcome as sunburn — the sudden attack of a red-winged blackbird, driven to protective fury by the approach of an unsuspecting cyclist or pedestrian.

    These migratory mischief-makers can be found almost anywhere there's long grass or shrubbery, squawking...

    Why would any Democrat want to be Boss Madigan's footman, aka governor?


    As Democratic candidates for governor pitched their cases to the Cook County Democratic organization on why they were best to take on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, something bothered me. The man who wasn't there. I just couldn't shake it. It was like...

    As Democratic candidates for governor pitched their cases to the Cook County Democratic organization on why they were best to take on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, something bothered me.

    The man who wasn't there.

    I just couldn't shake it. It was like some aggravating pebble in my shoe, but not...

    Tribune property tax series animates Cook County assessor race


    A first-time candidate challenging Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios said Thursday that his reasons for getting in the race were illustrated by a Chicago Tribune investigation that concluded the assessment system harms the poor and helps the...

    A first-time candidate challenging Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios said Thursday that his reasons for getting in the race were illustrated by a Chicago Tribune investigation that concluded the assessment system harms the poor and helps the wealthy.

    The "Tax Divide" series "highlighted the inequities...

    'Meanness at the core': Obama jumps back into fray to slam Trump, GOP on health care


    The text of the Senate's 142-page Obamacare repeal bill had been public for just a few hours Thursday when the nation's most influential private citizen weighed in - Barack Obama. The plan is "not a health care bill," Obama declared in a 939-word message...

    The text of the Senate's 142-page Obamacare repeal bill had been public for just a few hours Thursday when the nation's most influential private citizen weighed in - Barack Obama.

    The plan is "not a health care bill," Obama declared in a 939-word message to his nearly 53 million followers on Facebook....