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    Aaron Rodgers' playoff wizardry for Packers makes Chicago green with envy


    While Bears fans lament who will design the offense for another losing season, the Packers draw plays in the dirt, completing not just a pass to win a playoff game but a mission to ruin Sundays for their rivals. Which is worse, Chicago, watching the...

    While Bears fans lament who will design the offense for another losing season, the Packers draw plays in the dirt, completing not just a pass to win a playoff game but a mission to ruin Sundays for their rivals.

    Which is worse, Chicago, watching the Packers play for the George S. Halas Trophy again...

    Cubs slugger Kris Bryant looks opposite way to improve lofty numbers


    Kris Bryant reduced his strikeout total by 45, raised his batting average by 17 points and increased his home run total by 13 en route to the National League Most Valuable Player Award in only his second major-league season. Yet Bryant seeks more...

    Kris Bryant reduced his strikeout total by 45, raised his batting average by 17 points and increased his home run total by 13 en route to the National League Most Valuable Player Award in only his second major-league season.

    Yet Bryant seeks more statistical improvement.

    "You have to pick the right...

    In fundraising appeal for library, Obamas get to work shaping legacy


    Former President Barack Obama is wasting little time trying to establish his legacy through his foundation, rolling out a video appeal for his presidential library on a revamped website laden with biographical and historical detail—hours before Donald...

    Former President Barack Obama is wasting little time trying to establish his legacy through his foundation, rolling out a video appeal for his presidential library on a revamped website laden with biographical and historical detail—hours before Donald Trump was sworn in as president Friday.

    In a...

    Fundraising campaign raises more than $1,700 for severely malnourished dog


    When Kristen Gottschalk saw the heartbreaking photo of a medium-sized, rust-colored dog that was all skin and bones, she knew what she had to do. She told Chicago Animal Care and Control that the Fetching Tails Foundation was interested in rescuing the...

    When Kristen Gottschalk saw the heartbreaking photo of a medium-sized, rust-colored dog that was all skin and bones, she knew what she had to do.

    She told Chicago Animal Care and Control that the Fetching Tails Foundation was interested in rescuing the dog, which had been at the pound since Wednesday....

    Emanuel should empower 'SWAT team' to monitor DOJ recommendations, official says


    A key member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's public safety team wants the mayor to create a group with the power to make sure the federal Justice Department's ideas to change the Chicago Police Department get implemented.Lori Lightfoot, who heads the Chicago...

    A key member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's public safety team wants the mayor to create a group with the power to make sure the federal Justice Department's ideas to change the Chicago Police Department get implemented.

    Lori Lightfoot, who heads the Chicago Police Board and chaired Emanuel's task force...

    Senate confirms Mattis for defense secretary, Kelly to lead Homeland Security


    The Republican-led Senate voted to confirm James Mattis to be President Donald Trump's defense secretary and John Kelley to lead Homeland Security. Senators cleared the retired Marine general's nomination Friday. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who...

    The Republican-led Senate voted to confirm James Mattis to be President Donald Trump's defense secretary and John Kelley to lead Homeland Security.

    Senators cleared the retired Marine general's nomination Friday.

    New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who challenged the idea of a former military leader...

    Man seriously wounded in shooting in Back of the Yards


    A 30-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot Friday afternoon on the South Side in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. According to preliminary reports, the shooting happened about 4:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of West 49th Street, police...

    A 30-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot Friday afternoon on the South Side in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

    According to preliminary reports, the shooting happened about 4:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of West 49th Street, police said.

    The victim was shot in an arm, and taken...

    Trump takes office as 45th president, pledging to empower America's 'forgotten men and women'


    Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership....

    Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.

    Under cloudy, threatening skies at the West...

    Chicago taxpayers likely out $4 million more to settle another Burge-era torture case


    Chicago taxpayers again are likely on the hook for millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit filed against the city by a former prison inmate who alleges his murder confession was tortured out of him by a detective who had worked under former Chicago...

    Chicago taxpayers again are likely on the hook for millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit filed against the city by a former prison inmate who alleges his murder confession was tortured out of him by a detective who had worked under former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge.

    A $4 million settlement...

    Clinton looks on as Trump claims the presidency she thought would be hers


    Hillary Clinton probably thought often about what it would be like to look out on the lawn of the Capitol as the page was finally turned on the divisive 2016 election, but she would have imagined a very different tableau than the one before her Friday....

    Hillary Clinton probably thought often about what it would be like to look out on the lawn of the Capitol as the page was finally turned on the divisive 2016 election, but she would have imagined a very different tableau than the one before her Friday.

    The defeated Democratic presidential nominee...

    Illinois loses 16,700 jobs in December, but finishes 2016 better than it began


    Illinois ended 2016 with 28,400 more jobs than it had when the year started, though a big job drop in December didn't help the cause. The state lost 16,700 jobs in December, the most of any month last year, according to preliminary data released Friday...

    Illinois ended 2016 with 28,400 more jobs than it had when the year started, though a big job drop in December didn't help the cause.

    The state lost 16,700 jobs in December, the most of any month last year, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security....

    Bloomingdale cop killed in on-duty crash loved to serve the village, chief says


    When he was growing up, Raymond Murrell aspired to be a police officer. And when that career goal became reality, he "was so happy," according to his stepmother. It was while on-duty Thursday night doing the job he loved that Murrell was dispatched to a...

    When he was growing up, Raymond Murrell aspired to be a police officer. And when that career goal became reality, he "was so happy," according to his stepmother.

    It was while on-duty Thursday night doing the job he loved that Murrell was dispatched to a crime in progress in west suburban Bloomingdale....

    Trump administration halts plan to reduce fees on FHA loans


    A plan to reduce the fees homebuyers pay on Federal Housing Administration loans was abandoned Friday immediately after the Trump presidential administration took office. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced less than a month...

    A plan to reduce the fees homebuyers pay on Federal Housing Administration loans was abandoned Friday immediately after the Trump presidential administration took office.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced less than a month ago that on Jan. 27 it would start charging...

    Immigration, criminal justice top agenda for anti-Trump protesters in Chicago


    The first of two Chicago protests on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration began with a crowd at Daley Plaza chanting in Spanish and English to stand against the new president's positions on immigration, climate change and criminal justice. "Si se...

    The first of two Chicago protests on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration began with a crowd at Daley Plaza chanting in Spanish and English to stand against the new president's positions on immigration, climate change and criminal justice.

    "Si se puede! This is what democracy looks like," they...

    Fear, protests but also Champagne: The world reacts to Donald Trump's inauguration


    Raucous Champagne toasts in Russia, prayerful wishes from the Vatican, late-night yawns in China and defiant protests in central London: The world greeted Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th U.S. president with apprehension, anxiety and a...

    Raucous Champagne toasts in Russia, prayerful wishes from the Vatican, late-night yawns in China and defiant protests in central London: The world greeted Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th U.S. president with apprehension, anxiety and a smattering of glee — much like the swirl of mixed emotions...

    Lincoln-Way reports savings from North closure


    At the halfway mark in its fiscal year, Lincoln-Way High School District 210 has saved nearly $400,000 in operations and maintenance costs by closing its North High School in June, according to Rich Wilkey, director of buildings and grounds. Wilkey gave...

    At the halfway mark in its fiscal year, Lincoln-Way High School District 210 has saved nearly $400,000 in operations and maintenance costs by closing its North High School in June, according to Rich Wilkey, director of buildings and grounds.

    Wilkey gave a report to the school board's finance committee...

    White House website promotes Melania Trump's modeling and jewelry line


    Visitors to the newly revamped White House website get more than a simple rundown of first lady Melania Trump's charitable works and interests - they also get a list of her magazine cover appearances and details on her jewelry line at QVC. Trump's...

    Visitors to the newly revamped White House website get more than a simple rundown of first lady Melania Trump's charitable works and interests - they also get a list of her magazine cover appearances and details on her jewelry line at QVC.

    Trump's biography starts with traditional details such...

    After pleading not guilty, 'El Chapo' hauled off to U.S. jail that held terrorists


    In a scene U.S. authorities had dreamed of for decades, Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hauled into an American courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of the world's most...

    In a scene U.S. authorities had dreamed of for decades, Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hauled into an American courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of the world's most dangerous terrorists and mobsters.

    Holding his unshackled...

    Nearly 100 arrested amid inauguration protests that leave trail of damage in D.C.


    Protesters made themselves heard in the nation’s capital Friday, leaving a trail of damage along some city blocks and disrupting security checkpoints to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, where they slowed crowds from entering onto the Mall and,...

    Protesters made themselves heard in the nation’s capital Friday, leaving a trail of damage along some city blocks and disrupting security checkpoints to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, where they slowed crowds from entering onto the Mall and, in at least one spot, stopped them completely.

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    Garry McCarthy's retort to the Justice report on Chicago police


    The recent U.S. Department of Justice report that criticizes policing here focused on the Chicago Police Department during the tenure of Superintendent Garry McCarthy. Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired McCarthy during a public uproar as the Laquan McDonald case...

    The recent U.S. Department of Justice report that criticizes policing here focused on the Chicago Police Department during the tenure of Superintendent Garry McCarthy. Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired McCarthy during a public uproar as the Laquan McDonald case unfolded. Justice says McCarthy wasn't available...

    Fact check: Trump presents portrait of country that doesn't meet reality


    Generally, inaugural addresses are not designed to be fact-checked. But President Donald Trump's address was nothing if not unique, presenting a portrait of the United States that often was at variance with reality. Here's a guide to understanding...

    Generally, inaugural addresses are not designed to be fact-checked. But President Donald Trump's address was nothing if not unique, presenting a portrait of the United States that often was at variance with reality. Here's a guide to understanding whether the facts back up his rhetoric.

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    Live blog: Inauguration of Donald J. Trump


    Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, returning control of the White House to Republicans for the first time in eight years. In his inaugural address, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads,...

    Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, returning control of the White House to Republicans for the first time in eight years. In his inaugural address, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting "American carnage" while promising...

    Illinois Supreme Court rules Chicago can't tax suburban car rentals


    Chicago's requirement that car rental companies in nearby suburbs collect a tax for the city's coffers was ruled unconstitutional Friday by the Illinois Supreme Court, which reversed an appellate court decision.Chicago has long imposed a tax on the use...

    Chicago's requirement that car rental companies in nearby suburbs collect a tax for the city's coffers was ruled unconstitutional Friday by the Illinois Supreme Court, which reversed an appellate court decision.

    Chicago has long imposed a tax on the use of leased personal property within city limits....

    Rescue crews find 10 people, including 4 children, alive after Italy avalanche


    With cheers of "Bravo! Bravo!" rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, boosting spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried some 30 people. Four children were among the 10 people...

    With cheers of "Bravo! Bravo!" rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, boosting spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried some 30 people. Four children were among the 10 people found alive — and one asked for cookies when...

    Ralph Lauren dresses First Lady Melania Trump (and Hillary Clinton) for inauguration


    Patriotism came in a shade of pale blue cashmere and matching suede gloves. Because this presidential election was so terribly fraught, even the subject of fashion became a matter of political debate, moral outrage and pained circumspection. It was, of...

    Patriotism came in a shade of pale blue cashmere and matching suede gloves.

    Because this presidential election was so terribly fraught, even the subject of fashion became a matter of political debate, moral outrage and pained circumspection. It was, of course, First Lady Melania Trump who was at...