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Hoping to encourage more than “old white men” to seek election, Libertyville trustees are proposing an ordinance that would raise the pay for elected officials. The three-person finance committee on Oct. 9 authorized drafting a formal ordinance for the Oct. 23 board meeting, which is the last...

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To: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions From: Chicago Re: Consent decree Dear Mr. Sessions: Thank you for your interest in Chicago’s police consent decree, now in its final stages of development. We are confident your “statement of interest” will be given due consideration by U.S. District...

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Saying he declined to address reporters late Wednesday because he “just wasn’t prepared to answer questions” about his demotion, Bulls forward Jabari Parker answered almost all of them before practice Thursday. It’s the one he didn’t answer that seemed the most telling. Asked if, after two...

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Libertyville police allowed a Waukegan officer to call for a ride home even though he registered a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit during an early morning traffic stop, video and audio recordings obtained by the Lake County News-Sun show. The case is the third example of law...

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Carlo Montemagno, the chancellor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, university officials announced. The cause of death was not immediately known. Montemagno revealed on his blog in June that he had been diagnosed with cancer and was treating it...

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While the Waukegan Police Department opened internal investigations within days after two rank-in-file officers were involved in traffic stops, the probe into a stop involving a deputy chief took much longer, interviews and records obtained by the Lake County News-Sun show. Deputy Chief Gabriel...

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Mortgage rates are at their highest levels since April 2011. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average jumped to 4.90 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) The 19-basis-point...

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At least two children who have been diagnosed with a rare but serious condition that weakens muscles and limits mobility are being treated in Chicago, according to Lurie Children’s Hospital. The parents of a Batavia 2-year-old, Julia Payne, went public in hopes of raising awareness for acute...

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MedMen Enterprises, one of the most prominent companies in the expanding cannabis industry, agreed to buy medical pot firm PharmaCann for $682 million, boosting its presence across the U.S. The all-stock purchase, which will give MedMen 10 additional dispensaries and licenses for several more,...

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Proponents of demolishing Evanston’s lakefront Harley Clarke Mansion were a no-show at a public forum to discuss the issue Wednesday, while preservationists announced that they’d garnered $220,000 in donations and pledges to save the aging building. “There’s huge opportunity in this...

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Two Oak Park businesses were damaged early Thursday morning when a car crashed into two storefronts in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue. Police said a Chicago man is facing several charges. According to Oak Park police, a 2002 GMC Yukon was driving west at about 2:15 a.m. when the car left the...

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Rae Carruth, the former Carolina Panthers star who was convicted in connection with the 1999 drive-by shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, will be released from a North Carolina prison Oct. 22. The shooting of Cherica Adams on Nov. 16, 1999, was shocking both in its brutality and its...

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On Thursday, Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced that four time Tony Award-nominee and “Law and Order: SVU” alum Raul Esparza will lead William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” under the direction of artistic director Barbara Gaines. Staged in the Courtyard Theater, the production will feature...

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DuPage voters have a choice in the sheriff’s race between a veteran with the sheriff’s office and a candidate who says he can bring an independent, outside perspective. Republican James Mendrick is facing Democrat Gregory Whalen in the Nov. 6 election to fill the seat held by retiring Sheriff...

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Starting next year, United Airlines will make it more difficult to reach the MileagePlus plans’ most elite status level — Premier 1K — but the carrier is offering a new perk for such top-tier flyers. Starting Jan. 1, members of the loyalty reward program must spend a minimum of $15,000 and...

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The strip mall looked dead. No, deader than dead. It still had a video store. That kind of dead. Long beige facades of empty storefronts sat dark beneath cold autumn skies. It was the loneliest strip mall in McHenry County, and it was home to the last Jaycees haunted house in all of Illinois. The...

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It was just days ago that temperatures in the Chicago area reached the mid-80s, but the pendulum is swinging, with forecasts calling for 30-degree temperatures in some spots early Friday and the National Weather Service issuing warnings that freezing or near-freezing temperatures may doom the...

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TV/radio: 1:30 p.m. Saturday; NBC-5, WMVP-AM 1000. Line: Notre Dame by 21. Records: Pittsburgh 3-3; Notre Dame 6-0. 1. Jump out to a quick lead. Two years ago, Pitt won at Clemson 43-42 when the Tigers were No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Last year, the Panthers defeated Miami...

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A year after the rise of the #MeToo hashtag and the fall of a number of powerful men, local activists who have worked for decades with survivors of sexual violence are asking where they fit into the movement. Tarana Burke, who coined the phrase “Me Too” more than a decade ago as a way to help...

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A characteristic twinkle in his eye, Ronald Reagan waves to a crowd from aboard a rail car in a hologram revealed Wednesday at the late president's namesake library in Southern California. "We think we made a good beginning, but you ain't seen nothin' yet!" the digital resurrection of the...

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