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    Pritzker-Biss rivalry emerges at first televised Democratic governor debate


    Billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker and state Sen. Daniel Biss tried to change the dynamics of the Illinois Democratic governor’s race Tuesday night, attacking each other during the first televised debate and relegating businessman Chris Kennedy largely...

    Billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker and state Sen. Daniel Biss tried to change the dynamics of the Illinois Democratic governor’s race Tuesday night, attacking each other during the first televised debate and relegating businessman Chris Kennedy largely to the sidelines.

    Still, it was Kennedy, a...

    From Division III star to Senior Bowl, Dubuque's Michael Joseph making big impression


    Everyone has a back story for how they arrived at the Senior Bowl that is detailed in dedication and dogged pursuit of football’s highest level but no one has taken a more circuitous path here than that of Michael Joseph. After all, the University of...

    Everyone has a back story for how they arrived at the Senior Bowl that is detailed in dedication and dogged pursuit of football’s highest level but no one has taken a more circuitous path here than that of Michael Joseph.

    After all, the University of Dubuque cornerback is at the premier college...

    Metra train hits vehicle in Glen Ellyn


    A Metra train hit a vehicle Tuesday evening in Glen Ellyn, according to a Metra spokeswoman. Around 7 p.m., an inbound Union Pacific West line train stuck a vehicle near Main Street, just west of the Glen Ellyn Metra station, Metra spokeswoman Katie...

    A Metra train hit a vehicle Tuesday evening in Glen Ellyn, according to a Metra spokeswoman.

    Around 7 p.m., an inbound Union Pacific West line train stuck a vehicle near Main Street, just west of the Glen Ellyn Metra station, Metra spokeswoman Katie Dahlstrom said.

    Glen Ellyn police responded to...

    Chicago's CM Punk, Felice Herrig get the UFC fights they wanted


    Felice Herrig wanted a fight against a top 10 opponent. CM Punk just wanted another shot, period. Both Chicago-area natives got the fights they were hoping for from UFC president Dana White. Herrig’s four-match winning streak earned her an April 7...

    Felice Herrig wanted a fight against a top 10 opponent. CM Punk just wanted another shot, period.

    Both Chicago-area natives got the fights they were hoping for from UFC president Dana White. Herrig’s four-match winning streak earned her an April 7 showdown against fifth-ranked strawweight Karolina...

    Lawsuit alleges off-duty Chicago aviation cop acted recklessly in shooting


    An off-duty Chicago Department of Aviation security officer told investigators at the scene of a shooting in Buffalo Grove last June that he may have accidentally fired his gun when he was struck by a car whose occupants he thought had shot at him,...

    An off-duty Chicago Department of Aviation security officer told investigators at the scene of a shooting in Buffalo Grove last June that he may have accidentally fired his gun when he was struck by a car whose occupants he thought had shot at him, according to police reports.

    On Tuesday, a lawsuit...

    Democrats warn of 'ongoing attack' by Russia amid push to publish classified GOP memo


    Top Democrats on Tuesday called on Facebook and Twitter to investigate what lawmakers said are Russian efforts to promote the release of a classified Republican memo criticizing the FBI probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign. #ReleaseTheMemo and...

    Top Democrats on Tuesday called on Facebook and Twitter to investigate what lawmakers said are Russian efforts to promote the release of a classified Republican memo criticizing the FBI probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign.

    #ReleaseTheMemo and other hashtags have been trending on Twitter...

    Aurora man shot 3 times 'just waited to die'


    Anthony Townsend, of Aurora, didn't think he would live after being shot in the face three times. "Who survives gunshot wounds to the head?" Townsend said Tuesday, testifying at the trial of the man charged with trying to kill him. "So I just waited to...

    Anthony Townsend, of Aurora, didn't think he would live after being shot in the face three times.

    "Who survives gunshot wounds to the head?" Townsend said Tuesday, testifying at the trial of the man charged with trying to kill him. "So I just waited to die."

    Jermaine Baker, 40, has pleaded not...

    Bulls shut out of NBA All-Star Game; Warriors, Wolves, Wizards each get 2 reserves


    For the first time since 2009, the Bulls are without an All-Star. The NBA announced reserves Tuesday for the game, with the rebuiling Bulls shut out from the roster. Meanwhile, Stephen Curry will be able to stock his All-Star roster with plenty of...

    For the first time since 2009, the Bulls are without an All-Star.

    The NBA announced reserves Tuesday for the game, with the rebuiling Bulls shut out from the roster.

    Meanwhile, Stephen Curry will be able to stock his All-Star roster with plenty of Golden State teammates.

    Klay Thompson and Draymond...

    Trump asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe whom he voted for during Oval Office meeting shortly after firing Comey


    Shortly after President Donald Trump fired his FBI director in May, he summoned to the Oval Office the bureau's acting director for a get-to-know-you meeting. The two men exchanged pleasantries, but before long, Trump, according to several current and...

    Shortly after President Donald Trump fired his FBI director in May, he summoned to the Oval Office the bureau's acting director for a get-to-know-you meeting.

    The two men exchanged pleasantries, but before long, Trump, according to several current and former U.S. officials, asked Andrew McCabe...

    At Oscars time, let's snub the snubbing


    Well, it’s Oscar season again, time to revel in what makes this award so special and exciting. Ladies and gentlemen, we present: The Snubs! James Franco was snubbed. (“James Franco Goes Surfing Day Before Oscar Snub,” TMZ reported.) “Wonder...

    Well, it’s Oscar season again, time to revel in what makes this award so special and exciting.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we present: The Snubs!

    James Franco was snubbed. (“James Franco Goes Surfing Day Before Oscar Snub,” TMZ reported.)

    “Wonder Woman” was snubbed. (A “major snub,” said Forbes.)

    Jessica...

    Ex-lawyer who stole from elderly clients to fund lavish lifestyle sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison


    A former lawyer who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients to fund a high-end lifestyle was sentenced Tuesday to 4½ years in prison by a judge who said the man had violated a sacred trust. Robert Beck, 50, had handled estate work for...

    A former lawyer who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients to fund a high-end lifestyle was sentenced Tuesday to 4½ years in prison by a judge who said the man had violated a sacred trust.

    Robert Beck, 50, had handled estate work for clients, including some who were elderly and...

    Max Strus stayed close to home to give DePaul a long-range shooting threat


    Things went so well for Max Strus on a recruiting trip to Xavier that his parents figured the process was over. “We told Max that he didn’t have to make the visit to DePaul,’’ said Debra Strus, Max’s mother. But not even Mom and Dad realized...

    Things went so well for Max Strus on a recruiting trip to Xavier that his parents figured the process was over.

    “We told Max that he didn’t have to make the visit to DePaul,’’ said Debra Strus, Max’s mother.

    But not even Mom and Dad realized how much staying close to home meant to a player known...

    2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held


    A 15-year-old student killed two classmates and hit a dozen others with gunfire Tuesday, methodically firing a handgun inside a crowded atrium at his rural Kentucky high school. "He was determined. He knew what he was doing," said Alexandria Caporali,...

    A 15-year-old student killed two classmates and hit a dozen others with gunfire Tuesday, methodically firing a handgun inside a crowded atrium at his rural Kentucky high school.

    "He was determined. He knew what he was doing," said Alexandria Caporali, who grabbed her stunned friend and ran into...

    Corey Crawford works out, could return to ice ‘soon’ for Blackhawks


    Corey Crawford’s tools of the trade sat at the ready Tuesday in his locker stall at the United Center, where the Blackhawks goalie worked out Sunday and Monday. But the 33-year-old isn’t ready to shed his street clothes in favor of a Hawks sweater or...

    Corey Crawford’s tools of the trade sat at the ready Tuesday in his locker stall at the United Center, where the Blackhawks goalie worked out Sunday and Monday.

    But the 33-year-old isn’t ready to shed his street clothes in favor of a Hawks sweater or the masks, shin pads, chest protector and glove...

    3 Chicago-area ski club members make U.S. Olympic ski jump team: 'Unprecedented'


    The Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove is known for a playful annual ski jump tournament in which spectators huddle by fires, dress like Vikings, wear funny hats and honk on vuvuzelas while kids slide down hills on empty cardboard beer boxes as...

    The Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove is known for a playful annual ski jump tournament in which spectators huddle by fires, dress like Vikings, wear funny hats and honk on vuvuzelas while kids slide down hills on empty cardboard beer boxes as competitors soar above.

    This year, though, it is expected...

    Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies at 88


    Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88.Le Guin died suddenly and peacefully Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after several...

    Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88.Le Guin died suddenly and peacefully Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after several weeks of health concerns, her son, Theo Downes-Le...

    Is a fair immigration compromise possible out of failed Schumer shutdown?


    Is there a fair, reasonable way to deal with immigration without shutting down the government as the Democrats did just recently? Yes. A way to save the “Dreamers” and build President Donald Trump’s wall to protect the borders, and lower the...

    Is there a fair, reasonable way to deal with immigration without shutting down the government as the Democrats did just recently?

    Yes.

    A way to save the “Dreamers” and build President Donald Trump’s wall to protect the borders, and lower the anxiety of millions of Dreamer parents, those immigrants...

    Accused sex trafficker wants trial delayed, argues he can't get impartial jury amid #MeToo movement


    With the national focus on alleged sexual misconduct by high-profile men, is it possible for an accused sex trafficker to get a fair shake? That’s the unusual question being posed by attorneys for Benjamin Biancofiori, who cited the #MeToo movement in...

    With the national focus on alleged sexual misconduct by high-profile men, is it possible for an accused sex trafficker to get a fair shake?

    That’s the unusual question being posed by attorneys for Benjamin Biancofiori, who cited the #MeToo movement in asking a federal judge in Chicago to postpone...

    Michigan man accused of threatening to attack CNN identified with Hitler, former classmate says


    The man who federal authorities say threatened to kill CNN employees had declared in high school that he identified with Adolf Hitler and suggested "the Holocaust was exaggerated," according to a former classmate. That description of Brandon Griesemer's...

    The man who federal authorities say threatened to kill CNN employees had declared in high school that he identified with Adolf Hitler and suggested "the Holocaust was exaggerated," according to a former classmate.

    That description of Brandon Griesemer's behavior in high school emerged after the...

    Schumer takes back wall offer in new immigration push


    Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer on Tuesday pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump's long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more so-called Dreamer...

    Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer on Tuesday pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump's long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more so-called Dreamer immigrants from deportation.

    Schumer had made the...

    Feds unseal indictments against Northwest Indiana gang; possible link to teen's unsolved murder


    Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments Tuesday against members of a gang operating out of Northwest Indiana, one that's possibly linked to the 2015 unsolved murder of a Hammond teenager, prosecutors said. A federal grand jury has indicted members of...

    Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments Tuesday against members of a gang operating out of Northwest Indiana, one that's possibly linked to the 2015 unsolved murder of a Hammond teenager, prosecutors said.

    A federal grand jury has indicted members of the Jackson Street Latin Counts street gang...

    Naperville executive shuttle service to Chicago launches in February


    For Ginny Ferguson to arrive at her office in Chicago by 8:30 a.m., she needs to leave her south Naperville house by 6:45 a.m. First, it's a 15-minute walk to the Pace stop closest to her home to catch the 7:03 a.m. bus. Then she hops the 7:41 a.m. Metra...

    For Ginny Ferguson to arrive at her office in Chicago by 8:30 a.m., she needs to leave her south Naperville house by 6:45 a.m.

    First, it's a 15-minute walk to the Pace stop closest to her home to catch the 7:03 a.m. bus. Then she hops the 7:41 a.m. Metra train from Naperville to Union Station before...

    IMSA flu closure unprecedented, official says


    The temporary closing of the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora because of a spike in flu symptoms is likely unprecedented. While the selective, residential Aurora school has had other emergency closings in the past, Tami Armstrong, director of...

    The temporary closing of the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora because of a spike in flu symptoms is likely unprecedented.

    While the selective, residential Aurora school has had other emergency closings in the past, Tami Armstrong, director of the office of public affairs, said she believes...

    Slowik: Lipinski, challenger Newman tout endorsements in 3rd District Democratic primary


    Democratic voters in the Southland: Get ready for your close-up. Groups and prominent individuals are taking sides in the 3rd District Democratic primary contest between incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski and challenger Marie Newman in a race that is drawing...

    Democratic voters in the Southland: Get ready for your close-up.

    Groups and prominent individuals are taking sides in the 3rd District Democratic primary contest between incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski and challenger Marie Newman in a race that is drawing national attention.

    The party organization,...

    Tom Crean, now with ESPN, on a year of transitions: 'I've never lost the drive to coach'


    Tom Crean was seated in the back of the cafeteria with classic rock playing from the speakers as he huddled with his notes and film on his laptop to prepare for Tuesday night’s game between Oklahoma and Kansas. Crean, the former Marquette and Indiana...

    Tom Crean was seated in the back of the cafeteria with classic rock playing from the speakers as he huddled with his notes and film on his laptop to prepare for Tuesday night’s game between Oklahoma and Kansas.

    Crean, the former Marquette and Indiana head coach, is out of coaching for the first...