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Comedian John Oliver once said that was the sound of a stack of newspapers being thrown into a dumpster.

Now, the Chicago Tribune reports its parent company, Tronc, is changing its name back to Tribune Publishing.

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Striking Chicago hotel workers spent a fifth day on picket lines as the walkout grew to 26 downtown hotels.

 

 

 

The strike has targeted large chains including Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott. The Chicago Tribune reports employees at the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile joined the strike Tuesday.

 

Some visitors say hotels have scrambled to clean rooms and check in guests.

 

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Officials in northeastern Illinois are raising concerns about the enforcement of environmental regulations for the planned Foxconn manufacturing plant in neighboring Wisconsin.

 

 

They’re calling on Wisconsin officials to reconsider waiving environmental regulations for the Taiwanese company.

 

Much of the concern centers on displaced water possibly overflowing in downstream areas.

 

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Governor Bruce Rauner has blamed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for failure on the city’s violence.

Governor Bruce Rauner says Rahm Emanuel has "failed horribly" on public safety. The comments came after gunfire in the city last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11.

The Republican said Thursday that Chicago police have not received sufficient personnel, equipment or staffing assistance to be effective.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not dispatch the Illinois National Guard to Chicago to stem gun violence.

 

The Republican on Wednesday said, "the National Guard is not for neighborhood policing."

He dismissed suggestions that he call up the state militia after 74 people were shot in the city last weekend. At least 11 were killed.

Chicago police have ordered 600 additional officers to the affected neighborhoods through the weekend.

Rauner told reporters in Peoria, "the violence in Chicago is heartbreaking, it's got to end."

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Chicago officials announced Tuesday hundreds of additional police officers will be deployed to city neighborhoods where a burst of gun violence over the weekend left at least 11 people dead and around 70 wounded.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said 400 additional officers are already patrolling areas on the West and South Sides where most of the shootings occurred. Another 200 will be added by the coming weekend.

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Organizers of a petition drive to impose term limits for Chicago mayors say they have enough signatures to put the question before voters.

Former Illinois governor Pat Quinn on Monday filed 86,481 signatures to get a binding referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. That is 33,962 signatures above the legal requirement.

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Police say weekend shootings in Chicago have left at least 11 people dead and about 70 wounded.

 

The violence peaked early Sunday, including one shooting on the city's South Side that injured eight people.

Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, says one lesson from a wave of weekend violence is that people who live in neighborhoods where the shootings occurred have to be willing to name potential suspects.

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After a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered years of sexual abuse in the city’s public schools, Illinois lawmakers are calling on school officials for answers. A hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning in Chicago.

The investigation found instances where administrators did not report the abuse to the proper authorities, even after some of the students came forward. In other cases, the alleged abusers remained employed while the misconduct persisted.

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The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a teenager shot by a police officer under questionable circumstances.

 

The August 2015 shooting that left Jaquise Evans seriously injured became even more controversial when U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in January accused city attorneys of withholding evidence during a trial.

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The owner of a Chicago convenience store and two employees have been charged with selling synthetic marijuana that has been linked to two deaths.

Federal prosecutors have charged 48-year-old Fouad Masoud and 44-year-old Jad Allah, both of suburban Justice, and 44-year-old Adil Khan Mohammed of Chicago with conspiring to distribute and sell a controlled substance. Federal prosecutors say U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents made undercover buys of the synthetic cannabinoids at Masoud's West Side Chicago store.

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Chicago's police chief says a high-ranking member of the department has died after being shot at a state government building downtown.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters that Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot several times. The 53-year-old was off-duty when he went to assist tactical officers pursuing a fleeing robbery suspect near the James R. Thompson Center shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Johnson says the suspect was taken into custody and a gun was recovered at the scene.

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Seattle-based online retailer Amazon has announced it is building a second headquarters for 50,000 employees. Cities all over the country -- including Chicago -- are bidding for the chance to get the headquarters.

Rauner says he’s involved in the Chicago bid, but also in the Saint Louis effort.

“Chicago is clearly the more important,” Rauner said, “but we've got to make sure that we’re positioned to benefit Illinois if St. Louis ends up being very competitive.”

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The Chicago Board of Elections is investigating a data breach that exposed the personal information of every registered voter in the city.

 

The voter rolls contain information for more than 1.8 million people, including their names, dates of birth, state ID numbers, and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.They don't include voting histories. 

 

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Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay up to $10.1 million to settle sexual and racial harassment allegations by workers at two Chicago-area plants.

The settlement announced this week follows an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which says it found evidence that employees at the Chicago Assembly Plant and the Chicago Stamping Plant subjected female and black workers to sexual and racial harassment.

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Aurora ranks among the best-run cities in the U.S., according to a recently released survey by WalletHub.

The company measured the operating efficiency of the nation's 150 largest cities by looking at their economy and overall finances, city services (such as schools and public safety), and budget per capita.

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Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton criticized Donald Trump yesterday in Chicago over proposed cuts to public library funding. 

She spoke at the annual conference of the American Library Association, recounting how she obtained her first library card in Park Ridge. Clinton said libraries continue to play a role in rural and poor communities and pushed against President Trump's proposal to eliminate $230,000 in federal funding. 

Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on felony charges alleging they conspired to cover up the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer.

  A Cook County special grand jury approved the three-count indictment Monday and the charges were filed Tuesday.

Special prosecutor Patricia Brown-Holmes announced the indictments Tuesday, saying the three officers "did more than merely obey an unofficial code of silence." She says "they lied" to prevent investigators "from learning the truth."

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A proposal meant to address Chicago’s gun violence is being met with some strong resistance from African-American lawmakers.

 

The bill would lock up repeat gun offenders for longer periods. It’s been pushed by Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent for years, but there’s now increased pressure to pass something.

 

State Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, said there are concerns that simply putting people in prison for up to 14 years won’t have beneficial effects.

 

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Chicago remains one of the most segregated U.S. cities, according to a new report, with past discrimination having a significant effect on minority home ownership.

The 184-page report by the University of Illinois at Chicago examines “pervasive'' racial inequalities in the city when it comes to housing, economics, criminal justice and health care.

The report, released Monday, looks at three groups which each make up roughly one-third of Chicago's population: blacks, whites and Latinos.

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The Illinois Senate approved legislation meant to address record gun violence in Chicago.

It's intended to push judges into imposing longer prison sentences on repeat gun offenders.
It passed on a vote of 35 to 9, but several legislators voted “present” — or didn’t vote at all.

Democrat Jackie Collins of Chicago, says “locking up more people is not the solution to gun violence.”

“What is needed is economic development, police reform, and stopping the flow of illegal guns in communities ravaged by deep concentrations of poverty and hopelessness.”

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10 school districts across the state are participating in a pilot project with the Illinois Board of Education.

Chicago is participating, along with areas such as Round Lake, Kankakee, and Peoria.  State Superintendent Tony Smith says the pilot initiative could have implications for districts across Illinois

“We think that there’s a lot of folks out there that have been doing work like this for a while and we want to build more of a community of practice for it. And we do think that it will have a big impact on the direction the state goes in understanding this.”

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Dozens of crosses line sidewalks near the MLK Commons. Each is adorned by a red heart, and the victim’s name and age.

A number on each cross represents a murder in Chicago this year.

Greg Zanis, a carpenter from Aurora, says he plans to build a cross for each victim. He takes them to different locations, like Englewood in Chicago.

For NIU students like Matthew Moore, the collection is eye-opening. He says the community needs to work together to stop the line of crosses from growing longer.

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A nonprofit organization says people living in poverty in Illinois are more likely to become violent crime victims than higher wage earners whether they live in cities, suburbs or rural areas. However, geographic disparities persist.

The Heartland Alliance analyzed how poverty and crime overlap for the first time in the nearly two decades it's researched Illinois' poverty data. It released a report Wednesday.

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Chicago's top law enforcement officer says an Illinois Senate proposal to increase prison sentences for repeat gun offenders would help stanch the city's rampant gun violence.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Thursday told the Criminal Law Committee the legislation would create a ``culture of accountability.'' Chicago recorded 767 homicides last year.

The Chicago Police Department has unveiled new high-tech strategies and equipment for fighting crime as the city deals with increases in homicides and gang violence.

  

The rollout Wednesday came the same day the department announced there were 51 homicides in January and about a week after President Donald Trump tweeted he would "send in the Feds" if the city's violence problems don't improve.

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Donald Trump made a tweet Tuesday night singling out Chicago crime.  

The President said that if Chicago doesn't "fix the horrible 'carnage' going on" he would "send in the feds."  He further claims that Chicago had 228 shootings in 2017 so far.  Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson responded late Tuesday, saying he's more than willing to form partnerships with the Justice department, Justice, FBI, DEA, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. 

Joaquin "El Chapo'' Guzman is no longer Chicago’s Public Enemy Number One.  The alleged Mexican drug lord received the designation in 2013 from the Chicago Crime Commission.  

At the time, he was on the lam in Mexico and accused of smuggling drugs into the city via his Sinaloa cartel. Officials claim these drugs contributed to an increase in violence and social ills.  The commission removed the designation Wednesday.  

Guzman is only the second individual to be named "Public Enemy Number One."  The first was notorious gangster Al Capone.    

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A group of Chicago-area legislators are once again planning to push for tougher gun laws.

It comes the wake of last year’s increase in violence in parts of the city. State Representative Mike Zalewski says the proposal would force judges to impose longer prison sentences on people who carry guns illegally, or carefully explain their reasoning if they choose not to.The Riverside Democrat says the idea is to make court decisions more transparent. 

“Judges will be guided by the fact that the General Assembly wishes you to take your time on these cases," he said.  

Last year, there were 24 instances in which Chicago officers fired their weapons and hit someone. It's the lowest number since the Independent Police Review Authority started keeping track in 2008.

 

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson credits expanded training.

 

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