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    Evanston women's club, sorority help some high school girls prepare for prom


    When two Evanston Township High School graduating seniors walked into the Woman's Club of Evanston's clubhouse-turned "Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique" Tuesday they were awed by the multitude of racks and rows of flowing formal gowns, any one of them...

    When two Evanston Township High School graduating seniors walked into the Woman's Club of Evanston's clubhouse-turned "Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique" Tuesday they were awed by the multitude of racks and rows of flowing formal gowns, any one of them theirs for the taking.

    Vernice Richardson and...

    3 dead, 3 wounded in shootings on West, South sides


    Three men were killed and at least two other people have been wounded in shootings since late Friday morning on the West and South sides, according to police. A 31-year-old man was found unresponsive in the 600 block of North Lorel Avenue in the Austin...

    Three men were killed and at least two other people have been wounded in shootings since late Friday morning on the West and South sides, according to police.

    A 31-year-old man was found unresponsive in the 600 block of North Lorel Avenue in the Austin neighborhood just after 7 p.m., according...

    Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer drafted by Browns in 2nd round


    Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer had to wait a day at the NFL draft in Philadelphia before the Browns selected him in the second round with the No. 52 pick on Friday night.Kizer, who was in Philadelphia for the first round Thursday, had been...

    Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer had to wait a day at the NFL draft in Philadelphia before the Browns selected him in the second round with the No. 52 pick on Friday night.

    Kizer, who was in Philadelphia for the first round Thursday, had been confident he would be drafted then but his name wasn't...

    Banged-up Bulls trail Celtics 54-41 at halftime in Game 6


    Rajon Rondo remains out. Jimmy Butler remains banged up with a sore knee. And the Bulls are still facing elimination, needing a Game 6 victory on Friday against the Celtics to prolong their season. It will take a comeback. The Celtics shot the lights out...

    Rajon Rondo remains out. Jimmy Butler remains banged up with a sore knee.

    And the Bulls are still facing elimination, needing a Game 6 victory on Friday against the Celtics to prolong their season.

    It will take a comeback. The Celtics shot the lights out in establishing a 54-41 halftime lead thanks...

    North Korea missile test fails shortly after launch, U.S. says


    A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the second such test-fire flop in recent weeks but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in...

    A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the second such test-fire flop in recent weeks but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

    North Korean ballistic missile...

    Jon Lester hopes he can maintain style and stuff through Cubs contract


    Jon Lester recalled approaching a crossroads as his 2012 season with the Red Sox was ending and that prompted him to make some changes. Lester, 33, hopes his adjustments in his delivery and preparation continue to pay off with nearly four years left on...

    Jon Lester recalled approaching a crossroads as his 2012 season with the Red Sox was ending and that prompted him to make some changes.

    Lester, 33, hopes his adjustments in his delivery and preparation continue to pay off with nearly four years left on his six-year, $155 million contract.

    "Before...

    Byrd-Bennett sobs while trying to explain corruption, gets 4 1/2 years in prison


    Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett began to sob in a federal courtroom Friday as she struggled to explain where "the tipping point" was that led her down a path of corruption.The pressure of leading the nation's third-largest school...

    Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett began to sob in a federal courtroom Friday as she struggled to explain where "the tipping point" was that led her down a path of corruption.

    The pressure of leading the nation's third-largest school system was enormous, she said. The mayor had...

    CPS school year won't end early, Emanuel says after judge rejects state funding suit


    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Friday that Chicago Public Schools won't end classes early this year, making the announcement just hours after a judge tossed a lawsuit district officials said was key to securing enough money to fund a full year. "The kids of...

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Friday that Chicago Public Schools won't end classes early this year, making the announcement just hours after a judge tossed a lawsuit district officials said was key to securing enough money to fund a full year.

    "The kids of the City of Chicago will be in school until...

    Tow trucks, mail trucks delivering support to cancer patient


    Jim Pike saw the flashing lights first. Streaming through the windows from outside his Montgomery home on Wednesday, they danced merrily across the walls and ceiling of the lower-level family room that now confines him. This must be a big one, Pike...

    Jim Pike saw the flashing lights first. Streaming through the windows from outside his Montgomery home on Wednesday, they danced merrily across the walls and ceiling of the lower-level family room that now confines him.

    This must be a big one, Pike decided, then made the painful effort to get out...

    West Side's Dana Evans feels she 'deserved to win' Indiana Miss Basketball


    West Side senior Dana Evans was named the Indiana player of the year Thursday by the USA Today, but the Louisville recruit didn't earn the right to wear the No. 1 uniform as the state's Miss Basketball?"I competed against girls last summer who were...

    West Side senior Dana Evans was named the Indiana player of the year Thursday by the USA Today, but the Louisville recruit didn't earn the right to wear the No. 1 uniform as the state's Miss Basketball?

    "I competed against girls last summer who were college and won a gold medal competing for my...

    Half of 675 immigrants targeted in ICE raids had traffic convictions or no criminal record


    About half of the 675 immigrants picked up in roundups across the United States in the days after President Donald Trump took office either had no criminal convictions or had committed traffic offenses, mostly drunken driving, as their most serious...

    About half of the 675 immigrants picked up in roundups across the United States in the days after President Donald Trump took office either had no criminal convictions or had committed traffic offenses, mostly drunken driving, as their most serious crimes, according to data obtained by The Washington...

    Cubs, Jake Arrieta trail 5-2 in 4th


    Red Sox 5, Cubs 2 (fourth inning) The Red Sox displayed a video tribune to former players Jon Lester, John Lackey and Koji Uehara after the top of the second inning Friday night at Fenway Park. But they were hostile to Jake Arrieta, who surrendered five...

    Red Sox 5, Cubs 2 (fourth inning)

    The Red Sox displayed a video tribune to former players Jon Lester, John Lackey and Koji Uehara after the top of the second inning Friday night at Fenway Park. But they were hostile to Jake Arrieta, who surrendered five runs on six hits in the first inning as the...

    Bears select Ashland TE Adam Shaheen with No. 45 pick in NFL draft after trade with Cardinals


    The Bears added a second player to their 2017 draft class Friday night, using a second-round selection on Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen. Shaheen is a massive man — 6-foot-6, 278 pounds — with a basketball background. His 16 touchdown catches last...

    The Bears added a second player to their 2017 draft class Friday night, using a second-round selection on Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen.

    Shaheen is a massive man — 6-foot-6, 278 pounds — with a basketball background. His 16 touchdown catches last season set a Division II single-season record for...

    Here's a tip: Pay no attention to the number of tax brackets


    No matter your political party or persuasion, alarm bells should have gone off in your head Thursday when you heard that the one-page outline of the White House tax-overhaul plan included reducing the number of personal income tax brackets to three from...

    No matter your political party or persuasion, alarm bells should have gone off in your head Thursday when you heard that the one-page outline of the White House tax-overhaul plan included reducing the number of personal income tax brackets to three from seven in the name of "simplification."

    It's...

    Indiana man pleads guilty to killing 3 in spree inspired by the movie 'The Purge'


    An Indianapolis man pleaded guilty Friday to killing three people over four days last spring in attacks that authorities say he justified by citing the horror movie, "The Purge." Marion County court records show 20-year-old Johnathan Cruz accepted a plea...

    An Indianapolis man pleaded guilty Friday to killing three people over four days last spring in attacks that authorities say he justified by citing the horror movie, "The Purge." Marion County court records show 20-year-old Johnathan Cruz accepted a plea agreement that calls for him to receive...

    Bloomington man killed in Afghanistan 'always wanted to be a Ranger'


    A downstate Bloomington man who dreamed of becoming an Army Ranger while in high school was one of two American soldiers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan that is the subject of a friendly fire investigation. The...

    A downstate Bloomington man who dreamed of becoming an Army Ranger while in high school was one of two American soldiers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan that is the subject of a friendly fire investigation.

    The Department of Defense on Friday identified...

    Why some think dystopia looks good these days


    On the day before President Donald Trump hit his first 100 days, I woke up to a CNN headline that "we could end up having a major, major confrontation with North Korea."I was tempted to go back to bed, but I persisted.The news didn't make persistence...

    On the day before President Donald Trump hit his first 100 days, I woke up to a CNN headline that "we could end up having a major, major confrontation with North Korea."

    I was tempted to go back to bed, but I persisted.

    The news didn't make persistence easier. In another 100-days interview, this...

    Trial set for ex-Portage HS teen who allegedly carried more than 375 rounds of ammunition onto campus


    The man police say walked into Portage High School on Wednesday while purportedly on LSD carrying a backpack allegedly holding more than 375 rounds of ammunition for various firearms has a trial set for the week of Sept. 18. At his initial hearing...

    The man police say walked into Portage High School on Wednesday while purportedly on LSD carrying a backpack allegedly holding more than 375 rounds of ammunition for various firearms has a trial set for the week of Sept. 18.

    At his initial hearing Friday, Dai'Jon Brown, 19, of South Haven, was...

    Hospital nurse stole photos from Naperville patient's phone: cops


    A former Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital nurse has been arrested for stealing more than 60 "sensitive, personal photographs" and six videos from the cell phone of a Naperville woman while she was a patient in the hospital, and sent them to...

    A former Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital nurse has been arrested for stealing more than 60 "sensitive, personal photographs" and six videos from the cell phone of a Naperville woman while she was a patient in the hospital, and sent them to his own cell phone, authorities said.

    Mark...

    Body of Joliet Township toddler had no visible signs of physical trauma: officials


    The body of a 16-month-old girl found dead in her Joliet Township home this week had "no visible signs of blunt force trauma or physical injury" that would have helped determine the cause of her death, officials said Friday. The Will County sheriff's...

    The body of a 16-month-old girl found dead in her Joliet Township home this week had "no visible signs of blunt force trauma or physical injury" that would have helped determine the cause of her death, officials said Friday.

    The Will County sheriff's office, in a statement, also confirmed the body...

    Blackhawks trade Scott Darling to Hurricanes for third-round draft pick


    Scott Darling overcame alcohol addiction that nearly derailed his career in college at Maine. He worked his way up through multiple teams in the East Coast Hockey League and the AHL to become the backup goaltender for the Blackhawks, his hometown team....

    Scott Darling overcame alcohol addiction that nearly derailed his career in college at Maine. He worked his way up through multiple teams in the East Coast Hockey League and the AHL to become the backup goaltender for the Blackhawks, his hometown team. Now, Darling will get the opportunity of which...

    CPS eludes a reckoning, but the rolling fiscal disaster doesn't end


    First, the good news: Chicago Public Schools will remain open this spring until June 20, as scheduled. Students, parents, teachers, principals, you may now exhale. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that decision late Friday. But follow the still unexplained...

    First, the good news: Chicago Public Schools will remain open this spring until June 20, as scheduled. Students, parents, teachers, principals, you may now exhale.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that decision late Friday. But follow the still unexplained millions of dollars required to achieve that...

    Portage man sentenced to 55 years for 2015 road rage-inspired murder


    What began as a road rage incident in Portage on Dec 18, 2015, ended Friday with a man sentenced to 55 years in prison for murder. Before sentencing Matthew Scott Richardson, 24, for the murder of Joshua Smith, 28, of Lake Station, Porter County Superior...

    What began as a road rage incident in Portage on Dec 18, 2015, ended Friday with a man sentenced to 55 years in prison for murder.

    Before sentencing Matthew Scott Richardson, 24, for the murder of Joshua Smith, 28, of Lake Station, Porter County Superior Judge Mary Harper noted that this was the...

    Friendly fire investigation launched in deaths of 2 Army Rangers in Afghanistan


    Two Army Rangers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan may have died as a result of friendly fire during the opening minutes of the fierce, three-hour firefight, the Pentagon said Friday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the...

    Two Army Rangers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan may have died as a result of friendly fire during the opening minutes of the fierce, three-hour firefight, the Pentagon said Friday.

    Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. military is investigating to see if...

    'Mozart of shoplifting' gets prison sentence for crimes in DuPage


    When reputed master shoplifter Ignatius M. Pollara traveled from Florida to Chicago in 2015, he came for what authorities called a business trip — a planned whirlwind of thefts from stores in four different areas and then, after four nights, a flight...

    When reputed master shoplifter Ignatius M. Pollara traveled from Florida to Chicago in 2015, he came for what authorities called a business trip — a planned whirlwind of thefts from stores in four different areas and then, after four nights, a flight home.

    But it looks like his trip won't end until...