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    Lost cities of the Midwest: A trek back to pre-Columbian times


    The Midwest is filled with ghosts, the spirits of those who lived here centuries ago. Their presence can be felt at what remains of their ancient cities — some now official historic sites, others buried by time and bulldozers, likely lost forever. Tens...

    The Midwest is filled with ghosts, the spirits of those who lived here centuries ago. Their presence can be felt at what remains of their ancient cities — some now official historic sites, others buried by time and bulldozers, likely lost forever.

    Tens of millions of people walked this land for...

    Despite new Trump threat, Emanuel holds onto sanctuary city stance


    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday dismissed a threat by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pull some grant funding from so-called sanctuary cities where law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration officials is deemed lacking by the...

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday dismissed a threat by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pull some grant funding from so-called sanctuary cities where law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration officials is deemed lacking by the administration of President Donald Trump.

    Emanuel suggested...

    White Sox and Cubs battle on the South Side


    The Chicago White Sox and Cubs took their act south for the third of four City Series games when the teams faced off Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.  The teams split the first two games at Wrigley Field on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. On...

    The Chicago White Sox and Cubs took their act south for the third of four City Series games when the teams faced off Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. 

    The teams split the first two games at Wrigley Field on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

    On Wednesday, the Cubs sent Jake Arrieta (9-7,...

    John Fox wants better Bears passing game, a challenge with so many new faces


    If the goal was to drive home two points Wednesday as the Bears reported to Olivet Nazarene University, consider it mission accomplished for Ryan Pace and John Fox. Pace stuck to his guns on what will be the most hotly debated and scrutinized roster...

    If the goal was to drive home two points Wednesday as the Bears reported to Olivet Nazarene University, consider it mission accomplished for Ryan Pace and John Fox.

    Pace stuck to his guns on what will be the most hotly debated and scrutinized roster situation all year, repeating time and again...

    Cullerton won't send Rauner school funding bill until Monday


    Senate President John Cullerton said Wednesday that lawmakers will wait until next week to send Gov. Bruce Rauner an overhaul of the school funding formula he's promised to veto, prompting Republicans to double down on accusations that Democrats are...

    Senate President John Cullerton said Wednesday that lawmakers will wait until next week to send Gov. Bruce Rauner an overhaul of the school funding formula he's promised to veto, prompting Republicans to double down on accusations that Democrats are trying to create panic about whether schools...

    High-living Cubs fan given almost 6 years in prison for fraud on girlfriend, her family


    Jacqueline Dittrich never had the chance to break up face-to-face with her longtime boyfriend after his arrest in a brazen $1.7 million investment fraud scheme. In a packed and tense federal courtroom on Wednesday, Dittrich finally got her chance — and...

    Jacqueline Dittrich never had the chance to break up face-to-face with her longtime boyfriend after his arrest in a brazen $1.7 million investment fraud scheme.

    In a packed and tense federal courtroom on Wednesday, Dittrich finally got her chance — and she didn't hold back.

    "The hours I spent with...

    White Sox to place Avisail Garcia on disabled list


    The White Sox will be without their lone All-Star for a couple of weeks after Avisail Garcia was diagnosed with a strained ligament in his right thumb Wednesday before a City Series game against the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field. The injury will force...

    The White Sox will be without their lone All-Star for a couple of weeks after Avisail Garcia was diagnosed with a strained ligament in his right thumb Wednesday before a City Series game against the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field.

    The injury will force Garcia to the disabled list, and the Sox planned...

    New airport rules will mean separate screening for iPads, e-readers, other devices


    If you're planning to fly this summer, be prepared - new rules announced Wednesday mean that electronics larger than a cellphone will have to go in separate bins when you go through airport screening. The Transportation Security Administration announced...

    If you're planning to fly this summer, be prepared - new rules announced Wednesday mean that electronics larger than a cellphone will have to go in separate bins when you go through airport screening.

    The Transportation Security Administration announced the change as part of the effort to strengthen...

    iPhone-maker Foxconn to open Wisconsin plant expected to create at least 3,000 jobs


    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history. The announcement comes at a...

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history.

    The announcement comes at a critical juncture for a Trump administration...

    Emanuel: Cubs chose lucrative concerts over more night games


    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday shot down the idea of allowing the Cubs to play as many night games as other major league teams, saying the team instead has chosen to hold more lucrative concerts under the city rules it plays by. It was yet another sign...

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday shot down the idea of allowing the Cubs to play as many night games as other major league teams, saying the team instead has chosen to hold more lucrative concerts under the city rules it plays by.

    It was yet another sign of the sometimes strained relationship between...

    Man refuses to turn over CTA storage container with $600K in tools, lawsuit says


    The Chicago Transit Authority is suing a local man, alleging he replaced the locks on an agency-owned storage container and won't turn over its contents: nearly $600,000 in CTA tools and other safety equipment. The CTA alleges Fernando Frometa...

    The Chicago Transit Authority is suing a local man, alleging he replaced the locks on an agency-owned storage container and won't turn over its contents: nearly $600,000 in CTA tools and other safety equipment.

    The CTA alleges Fernando Frometa "wrongfully detained" the "custom made safety equipment...

    Hawk Harrelson says John Lackey ‘full of (expletive)’ for saying he didn’t try to hit White Sox


    White Sox broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson didn’t back down from comments he made Tuesday that Cubs pitcher John Lackey deserved retaliation from the Sox after Lackey hit four batters in the game – including three in the fifth inning to load the...

    White Sox broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson didn’t back down from comments he made Tuesday that Cubs pitcher John Lackey deserved retaliation from the Sox after Lackey hit four batters in the game – including three in the fifth inning to load the bases.  

    During the Cubs’ 7-2 victory at Wrigley...

    Transgender veterans take issue with Trump's tweets


    Holly Schilling, a former Army sergeant who was discharged after disclosing that she is transgender, had hopes of someday serving in the military again. Those hopes were dashed Wednesday, when President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he wants...

    Holly Schilling, a former Army sergeant who was discharged after disclosing that she is transgender, had hopes of someday serving in the military again.

    Those hopes were dashed Wednesday, when President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S....

    Prosecutors: Driver high on opioids, Vicodin, PCP in fatal Southwest Side crash


    A man behind the wheel of a sport-utility vehicle that crashed, leaving his passenger dead Sunday on the Southwest Side was high on opioids, Vicodin and possibly PCP, prosecutors said. David Arocho, 24, appeared before Judge Peggy Chiampas who set bail...

    A man behind the wheel of a sport-utility vehicle that crashed, leaving his passenger dead Sunday on the Southwest Side was high on opioids, Vicodin and possibly PCP, prosecutors said.

    David Arocho, 24, appeared before Judge Peggy Chiampas who set bail at $100,000 Wednesday afternoon during a hearing...

    Doctor shot dead outside northern Indiana medical center; suspect kills self


    Police say a man has shot and killed a doctor outside a northern Indiana medical center and the suspect committed suicide after fleeing the scene. Commander Tim Corbett of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit says Dr. Todd Graham was shot about 1...

    Police say a man has shot and killed a doctor outside a northern Indiana medical center and the suspect committed suicide after fleeing the scene.

    Commander Tim Corbett of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit says Dr. Todd Graham was shot about 1 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot outside the...

    Mr. Madigan, Mr. Cullerton, Wisconsin thanks you for blocking Illinois reforms


    Early this month, when they hit taxpayers with a 32 percent jump in the individual income tax rate, many legislators broke a promise they had made: No more tax hikes without major reforms to help Illinois' moribund economy. Don't worry, said Democrats...

    Early this month, when they hit taxpayers with a 32 percent jump in the individual income tax rate, many legislators broke a promise they had made: No more tax hikes without major reforms to help Illinois' moribund economy. Don't worry, said Democrats who pushed the tax hike. We'll get to those...

    Anonymous donor puts up $45k reward in professor murder case


    An anonymous benefactor has added $45,000 to the $5,000 reward money being offered for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a college professor found shot to death in a Naperville school parking lot, Naperville police said. Matthew D. Lange,...

    An anonymous benefactor has added $45,000 to the $5,000 reward money being offered for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a college professor found shot to death in a Naperville school parking lot, Naperville police said.

    Matthew D. Lange, 37, of Oswego, was killed the night of Jan....

    Chicagoans get chance to speak at City Council meeting, but doesn't mean they were heard


    Chicagoans started lining up early Wednesday morning outside City Council chambers, all for a chance to grab a maximum of three minutes to vent about jobs for African Americans, red light camera corruption, the need for better city services and whatever...

    Chicagoans started lining up early Wednesday morning outside City Council chambers, all for a chance to grab a maximum of three minutes to vent about jobs for African Americans, red light camera corruption, the need for better city services and whatever else was on their minds.

    As they pleaded their...

    Man critically injured in West Side shooting


    A man was shot and critically wounded in an attack in the West Garfield Park neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, police said. The 25-year-old man was shot in the stomach in the 4700 block of West Maypole Avenue about 4:30 p.m. and taken to Stroger Hospital...

    A man was shot and critically wounded in an attack in the West Garfield Park neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, police said.

    The 25-year-old man was shot in the stomach in the 4700 block of West Maypole Avenue about 4:30 p.m. and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, according to a police...

    Abortions temporarily halt at Merrillville Planned Parenthood office


    The Merrillville Planned Parenthood Health Center has temporarily halted abortions after a backup physician with state-required admitting privileges left the clinic, state officials said. State law requires abortion clinics to operate with at least two...

    The Merrillville Planned Parenthood Health Center has temporarily halted abortions after a backup physician with state-required admitting privileges left the clinic, state officials said.

    State law requires abortion clinics to operate with at least two physicians with admitting privileges to a...

    Cubs celebrate World Series babies


    Nine months later, celebration of the Cubs’ World Series championship continues. A mini baby boom has occurred at Advocate Illinois Masonic, and on Wednesday, the Cubs recognized some of the newborns who have officially been dubbed the "World Series...

    Nine months later, celebration of the Cubs’ World Series championship continues.

    A mini baby boom has occurred at Advocate Illinois Masonic, and on Wednesday, the Cubs recognized some of the newborns who have officially been dubbed the "World Series babies"

    A couple them were even named after Cubs....

    Ex-Melrose Park cop given 11 years in prison for selling stolen narcotics


    Minutes before he was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison, former Melrose Park police Detective Gregory Salvi stood in a federal courtroom struggling to explain what led him down a path of corruption. "I am ... I don't really know what happened,"...

    Minutes before he was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison, former Melrose Park police Detective Gregory Salvi stood in a federal courtroom struggling to explain what led him down a path of corruption.

    "I am ... I don't really know what happened," Salvi stammered at the outset of remarks to...

    Donald Trump's ban on transgender people in the military is un-American


    Sometimes we forget how intolerant America can be. But every now and then, something happens to remind us that liberty, equality and justice — the cornerstones of our democracy — don't apply to everyone. They're only for the chosen ones. Donald Trump...

    Sometimes we forget how intolerant America can be. But every now and then, something happens to remind us that liberty, equality and justice — the cornerstones of our democracy — don't apply to everyone. They're only for the chosen ones.

    Donald Trump gave us a wake-up call Wednesday when he banned...

    Amazon has more than 50,000 jobs to fill; Hiring event planned for Aug. 2


    Amazon announced it will conduct job fairs Aug. 2 at its warehouses in Romeoville and Kenosha, Wis., as part of a national hiring day aimed at filling 50,000 jobs across the country. "Amazon Jobs Day," will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at each center and...

    Amazon announced it will conduct job fairs Aug. 2 at its warehouses in Romeoville and Kenosha, Wis., as part of a national hiring day aimed at filling 50,000 jobs across the country.

    "Amazon Jobs Day," will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at each center and will include tours and information sessions....

    Michelle Obama's burden - and ours


    Remember how some people used to talk about President Barack Obama's rise as "post-racial?" With bracing candor, Michelle Obama has begun to open up about how post-racial her White House life wasn't. In a Tuesday night appearance at the Women's...

    Remember how some people used to talk about President Barack Obama's rise as "post-racial?" With bracing candor, Michelle Obama has begun to open up about how post-racial her White House life wasn't.

    In a Tuesday night appearance at the Women's Foundation of Colorado in Denver, the former first...