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Chicago Tribune
Feb 23, 2019

Ask Amy: Who has the last word on names?
Dear Readers: I've stepped away from the Ask Amy column for two weeks to work on a new writing project. I hope you enjoy these edited "best of" columns in my absence. The questions and answers were first published 10 years ago. Today's column asks: What's in a name?

Dear Amy: My brother and his...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Wake up Chicago: The most important election in decades is days away
"There's a reason why the windshield is much larger than the rearview mirror," said Bill Daley, one of the 14 candidates for mayor of Chicago. "We all must look forward."

Though I've been covering Chicago politics in this city where I was born since before Odin lost his eye, I don't doubt the sincerity...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Patrick Kane's point streak reaches 20 games, but the Blackhawks lose to the Avalanche 5-3 on late goals
It felt like a playoff game and hurt like a playoff loss.

The Blackhawks outshot the Avalanche 44-31, but Northbrook native J.T. Compher's second goal of the game with 5 minutes, 22 seconds left in the third period lifted the Avalanche to a 5-3 victory over the Hawks on Friday night at the United...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

A decade after court victory, R. Kelly to return to same courthouse to face new sex charges
A decade ago, R&B superstar R. Kelly bowed his head and thanked Jesus after a Cook County jury acquitted him of child pornography charges stemming from an alleged videotaped sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl.

Clear of a legal cloud that had hung over him for more than six years, Kelly emerged...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Robin Lopez stays steady and Lauri Markkanen shines late in the Bulls' 110-109 victory over the Magic
What a difference a year makes.

Coming out of last season's All-Star break, management told Fred Hoiberg to remove Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday as starters to assist in efforts to maximize draft-lottery positioning.

For Friday night's 110-109 victory over the Magic, Lopez not only started, he...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

R. Kelly surrenders to Chicago police after being charged with sexually abusing 4 alleged victims
In a bombshell development, R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on charges he sexually abused four victims, three of them underage, over a span of a dozen years.

Kelly was charged with allegedly abusing the one adult victim in February 2003 — at the same time he was already fighting child...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

'He's doing just fine': Zach LaVine supports Kris Dunn as the Bulls' evaluation of the point guard continues
Kris Dunn returned to the starting lineup after missing the final game before the All-Star break with a lower back bruise.

His stature as a guaranteed member of the Bulls' core has taken some bumps as well, and these final six-plus weeks will be important for the third-year guard.

Zach LaVine,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Grand jury is examining whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators
Prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury in Washington in their probe of whether former interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators, according to two individuals briefed on the matter.

The closed-door deliberations are focused on Zinke's decision not to grant a...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Karen Lewis, former Chicago Teachers Union president, endorses Toni Preckwinkle on eve of Feb. 26 election
Karen Lewis, the influential former president of the Chicago Teachers Union, endorsed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in the city's crowded mayor's race Friday.

Lewis' support isn't a complete surprise: The CTU is one of Preckwinkle's biggest and loudest backers in the Feb. 26 election....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

While some Chicago mayoral candidates don't like each other, a few have bonded on the 2019 campaign trail
Political debates often feature quips and barbs between candidates who are hostile toward one another and trying to derail their opponents' campaigns.

But during a recent WTTW-Ch. 11 Chicago mayoral forum, candidates Paul Vallas and Willie Wilson drew attention when they started holding hands....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Russell Beyer, killed in Aurora mass shooting, remembered as proud union rep whose favorite word was 'advocate'
Russell Beyer was a gentle giant who enjoyed having fun, his family said. He was a "die-hard, proud union guy," his brother said.

They remembered Beyer at a music-filled funeral service Friday, one week after he was among those killed at a mass shooting at an Aurora warehouse and one day after...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Kelly Knight Craft, Trump's next pick for U.N. ambassador, is a major GOP donor who believes 'both sides' of climate debate
President Donald Trump announced Friday evening that he will nominate Kelly Knight Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada and a major Republican donor, to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Craft is set to succeed Nikki Haley, pending Senate confirmation, and is Trump's second pick to...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

5 takeaways from Cubs spring training, including Saturday's Cactus League opener — weather permitting
Here are five takeaways from Cubs spring training Friday:

1. Weather or not, the Cactus League season opens Saturday.

Despite persistent showers Friday, the Cubs are confident the rain will give way in plenty of time for Saturday's Cactus League opener against the National League Central rival...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Man who prosecutor called 'the worst this country has to offer' gets 24 years in drug death of teen exchange student
A Downers Grove man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Friday for providing drugs that killed a 15-year-old foreign exchange student whom her Spanish parents called "our family princess" in victim impact statements.

Francis Emanuele, 38, admitted his failings before he was sentenced, but said...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Aurora mass shooter lost his gun license but kept his gun — as have thousands of other Illinoisans. Here's a look at what went wrong.
A series of systemic failures allowed convicted felon Gary Martin to purchase the gun he used to fatally shoot five co-workers and wound several police officers during this month's warehouse shooting in Aurora, documents released by Illinois State Police show.

The agency provided a trove of law-enforcement...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Bears will release kicker Cody Parkey at the start of the new league year
The Cody Parkey era in Chicago will come to an unsurprising end soon.

The Bears will release their embattled kicker at the start of the league year March 13, a league source confirmed Friday. NFL Network first reported the news.

The move will bring to a close a tumultuous year that started when...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

'I have something else to offer besides a bat and glove': Veteran leader Ben Zobrist vows to be more assertive
Ben Zobrist thinks complacency might be too harsh of a word to describe the Cubs' early playoff exit last season.

"I think we realize this is never something to take for granted," Zobrist said Friday, his first day at spring training camp. "I don't think anyone was necessarily (complacent). You...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

With 'precariously' balanced budget plan, Pritzker 'punts' on difficult decisions, ratings agency says
Gov. J.B. Pritzker's plan to use a host of new taxes as a "bridge to a stable fiscal future" that includes a graduated income tax is receiving poor marks from a Wall Street ratings agency.

Pritzker on Wednesday introduced a plan that relies on nearly $1.3 billion in new revenue from taxes on legalized...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Pritzker banking on $200 million from legal sports betting, but efforts to expand gambling have never been easy in Illinois
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is counting on $200 million in licensing fees from legalized sports wagering to help plug a $3.2 billion hole in next year's state budget.

But years of failed efforts to expand gambling in Illinois suggest his plan is no sure thing.

In his first budget address Wednesday, the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Lawsuit alleging discrimination against Orland Park school district proceeds
Nearly a year after an Orland School District 135 employee sued the district in federal court, alleging she was passed over for a principal position because of her gender and for rebuffing advances by the district's superintendent, the lawsuit is progressing in the discovery phase, according to...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Lawsuit alleging Orland school district employee didn't get promoted because she rebuffed official's advances is ongoing
Nearly a year after an Orland School District 135 employee sued the district in federal court, alleging she was passed over for a principal position because of her gender and for rebuffing advances by the district's superintendent, the lawsuit is progressing in the discovery phase, according to...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Bryce Harper and Scott Boras are on the verge of the least satisfying 9-figure deal ever
If Bryce Harper had a time machine, we all know what he'd do. Or, rather, plenty of us think we know what he'd do. He would have negotiated with the Nationals in September and October, gotten Washington to increase its first offer of $300 million for 10 years by a smidgen, then signed to become...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

State senator seeks air quality testing at Lake County plants that emit carcinogens via letter to EPA, resolution
Joining a chorus of voices demanding air quality testing in Lake County areas near local two plants generating ethylene oxide emissions, state Sen. Melinda Bush on Friday sent a letter Friday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and introduced a joint resolution in the General Assembly calling...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

White Sox prospects Eloy Jimenez, Nick Madrigal and Dylan Cease take the spotlight with Manny Machado out of the picture
The long journey from first pitch of the Cactus League opener to last pitch of the regular season spans seven-plus months, more than enough time to measure the growth of a 20-something prospect whose future already seems written in stone.

Eloy Jimenez, Nick Madrigal and Dylan Cease enter opening...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Body found after Homewood fire was homicide victim: medical examiner
A man whose body was found in the aftermath of a house fire Wednesday night in Homewood was the victim of a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The office said Friday that 78-year-old James Kerrigan died of multiple sharp force injuries.

Homewood police said Friday...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

'What now?': Schneider says he can't promise a 'when' on immigration reform, but says he'll keep pushing
When is immigration reform actually going to happen? What legislation is actually in the works?

Those are the questions one man had for U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Deerfield, Friday afternoon at a roundtable discussion on immigration and access to education in Waukegan, the last in a series of...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Bears will release kicker Cody Parkey at the start of the new league year: report
The Bears will release kicker Cody Parkey at the start of the league year March 13, NFL Network reported Friday.

Parkey was 23-for-30 on field-goal attempts and 42-for-45 on extra-point attempts over 16 regular-season games for the Bears. He made 3 of 4 field goals in the team's first-round playoff...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

R. Kelly indicted: Will justice finally be served?
Chicago R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on sexual abuse charges, finally bringing into the courts a growing set of accusations that portray him as a predator.

It is a long-awaited step that nonetheless came fairly quickly after this winter's Lifetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly"...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

O'Hare adds new cold weather feature: a central facility for de-icing planes
O'Hare International Airport has opened a new central facility for de-icing planes in tough winter weather, which airport officials said will save time and improve safety by allowing planes to shed ice closer to takeoff.

Airlines spray de-icing fluids on planes before departure in wintry weather,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

We must strictly regulate gene-editing now, before it becomes the norm
Science magazine, not known for sensationalism, highlighted the first human germline gene-editing endeavor in its recent publication with this headline: "CRISPR bombshell: Chinese researcher claims to have created gene-edited twins."

Dr. He Jiankui conducted the research, in which the genes of...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

AP source: Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia probe not expected next week
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation is not expected to be delivered to the Justice Department next week, a senior department official told The Associated Press on Friday.

The official could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Advocates say R. Kelly sexual abuse charges signal to victims 'that their voices can be heard'
Only one word came to mind when Mallory Littlejohn learned that prosecutors filed sexual abuse charges against singer R. Kelly: Finally.

Littlejohn, who represents survivors of sexual assault through the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, said she was soon filled with hope that victims...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Family honors patriarch killed in Aurora mass shooting: 'He always wanted what was best for us'
Vicente Juarez brought home flowers and chocolates on Valentine's Day for his wife and daughter. He hugged them and said he loved them so much, promising to never leave until he was old.

His daughter Diana Juarez said little did they know the next day would be the worst day of her life. Vicente...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Votes for two women challenging City Clerk Anna Valencia won't be counted after court ruling
While three candidates' names appear on Tuesday's ballot for city clerk, any votes for the two women challenging incumbent Clerk Anna Valencia won't be counted, officials said.

The Illinois appellate court has ruled that Patricia Horton and Elizabeth "Betty" Arias-Ibarra are no longer city clerk...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

White House looking into Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's role in Jeffrey Epstein sexual abuse case
The White House said Friday it's "looking into" Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's handling of a secret plea deal with a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

A federal judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors in Florida violated the rights of victims by reaching the non-prosecution...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Bullets on the floor, a 'nightmare' maze and 1 victim's escape: Coroner describes scene of Aurora mass shooting
Hours after the shooting stopped, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell walked through the jumbled equipment at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, stepping over bullets on the floor of the warehouse where a gunman killed five people and shot five police officers.

He surveyed the warehouse and, around 2 a.m....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Crosby: A week after Aurora mass shooting, victims' funerals offer a somber togetherness
Friday morning was yet another surreal moment in a week's worth of inexplicable scenes that have played out in our community since the Feb. 15 shooting at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora.

Funerals for two of the five murder victims took place at exactly the same time, with loved ones eulogizing...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

13-year-old boy fatally shot in Joliet; 2 other youths wounded: police
Joliet police are investigating the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy and the wounding of two other youths.

Police responded Thursday to a call of shots fired in the 300 block of South May Street at 7:43 p.m. When police arrived, they found several juveniles in a nearby alley.

One of the youths,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

My best guesses (not necessarily good ones!) about Tuesday's election
Assorted thoughts in advance of Tuesday's municipal election in Chicago:

Between April 20, 1955, when Richard J. Daley was sworn in as mayor of Chicago, and next Tuesday, Election Day, Feb. 26, 2019, 23,323 days will have elapsed.

On 15,972 of those days, 68.5 percent of them, Chicago has had...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Election day is almost here, Chicago. Catch up on everything you need to know before voting.
It's almost time for Chicagoans to head to the polls and pick a new mayor, among other things. If you haven't been following our election coverage, consider this a study guide to help you cram before casting your ballot.

Not registered to vote? We've got a guide to help with that, too.

Up first:...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

No criminal charges to be filed against Elgin cop who shot Decynthia Clements, police chief says
Cook County prosecutors will not file criminal charges against an Elgin police officer who fatally shot 34-year-old Decynthia Clements on Interstate 90 nearly a year ago, Elgin Police Chief Ana Lalley said.

The Elgin Police Department received notice from the state's attorney's office Friday that...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Javier Baez is the latest Cubs player to get married
Life moves pretty fast if you're a young Cub.

Javier Baez confirmed Friday that he's the latest Cubs player to get married. He and Irmarie Marquez shared the picture from their Jan. 26 wedding — Javier, in a tux, holding Irmarie, in her gown — in Instagram posts Friday afternoon.

"Mr. and Mrs....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Iowa play-by-play announcer suspended for referring to Maryland's Bruno Fernando as 'King Kong'
Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended Friday for the rest of the season for referring to Maryland's Bruno Fernando as "King Kong" during a game.

Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for Iowa's athletic, announced the move just hours before the 21st-ranked Hawkeyes...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Watch live: Lawyer Michael Avenatti holds news conference after R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing four alleged victims
In a bombshell development, R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on charges he sexually abused four victims, three of them underage, over a span of a dozen years.

Kelly was charged with abusing the one alleged adult victim in February 2003 — at the same time he was already fighting child...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

After 30 years, Malort is home. Production of the bitter liqueur returned to Chicago this week.
For the first time in a generation, Chicago-made bottles of Malort have been released, marking a homecoming for the bitter booze we love to hate. The first bottles shipped Thursday.

You may know that the Carl Jeppson Co. had been making Malort in Florida for the past 30 years. Then CH Distillery,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Food halls in Chicago: Where to find them and what to eat
Food halls — the modern, upscale, urban reincarnation of the humble mall food court — have seen rapid growth in Chicago in recent years.

There are single-company options like Eataly (Italian) in the Near North neighborhood and Latinicity (Central American) in the Loop. They were the first major...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

R. Kelly's musical legacy: Era-defining success brought down by scandal
R. Kelly, who was indicted Friday on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, is among the most commercially successful and acclaimed recording artists Chicago has ever produced.

During his late '90s heyday, Kelly was regarded as the most accomplished singer-songwriter-producer-performer...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

A suburban mayor runs some meetings by phone from Arizona. That's legal, but vague town attendance records may not be.
The black leather office chair used by the mayor may be slightly less worn than other chairs around the dais where the Merrionette Park Village Board holds its monthly meetings.

That's because longtime Mayor Dennis Magee sits in his chair less often than the clerk, attorney and six village trustees...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Read the indictments handed down against R. Kelly
In a bombshell development, R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on charges he sexually abused four victims, at least three of them underage, over a span of a dozen years. Read the full Tribune story here. Warning: The indictments contain graphic sexual language. Cook County indictments against...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants a 5-cent bag tax across Illinois. Shoppers aren't buying it.
For more than two years, Chicagoans have struggled with a nagging decision at grocery stores and other retailers - pay 7 cents for a disposable bag, or somehow do without.

Now, if Gov. J.B. Pritzker has his way, shoppers across the state will face a similar choice.

In his inaugural budget, Pritzker...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

R. Kelly charged in Cook County with sexually abusing four alleged victims
In a bombshell development, R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on charges he sexually abused four victims, three of them underage, over a span of a dozen years.

The four separate indictments charged Kelly with a combined 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for alleged misconduct...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Sheriff Tom Dart proposes creating units to seize guns from owners with revoked licenses, blames NRA for current 'dangerous' system
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Friday called for a new law to require each county to create police units to confiscate guns from people who have had their gun licenses revoked.

Cook County is one of the few departments that has a dedicated unit to go to the homes of people who have had their firearm...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

On eve of election, political operative resurrects Preckwinkle-Burke connection
Just days before the election, a political consultant asked for an investigation into whether Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke violated the judicial code of conduct when a political fundraiser for mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle was held in her home.

The request was filed Friday with...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Let the ISIS bride return to the U.S.
Few suspected criminals volunteer to be considered for placement in a maximum-security prison. But that is what a former Alabama resident has done. Hoda Muthana, who joined the Islamic State group in 2014, is offering herself up to the virtual certainty of a long stay in the Graybar Hotel. The...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

5 takeaways from White Sox spring training, including the low-risk Ervin Santana signing and a shout-out from Manny Machado
Five takeaways from Friday at White Sox camp:

1. Signing Ervin Santana is a low-risk deal that could pay off.

The Sox finally made a move to add a veteran free agent to the rotation, though it wasn't a high-priced option such as Dallas Keuchel. Santana, 36, signed a minor-league deal, according...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

OPRF students gather near superintendent's office to protest treatment of black students, officials say
A group of about 100 Oak Park and River Forest High School students took part in a "peaceful protest" Friday morning near the superintendent's office, administrators said. Officials said they were protesting the treatment of black students.

According to a letter sent to OPRF families by Superintendent...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Uptake-owned company alleges GE 'simply ignored' contract in latest legal spar between the companies
A software company owned by Uptake Technologies has sued GE Digital, alleging the company "simply ignored its contractual obligations" as part of a broader attack on Uptake.

Uptake, launched in July 2014 by Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell, analyzes data from heavy machinery. Last year, it bought...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Cubs at spring training
Photos of the Cubs at spring training at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., before the 2019 season.



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Watch live: Cook County prosecutors hold news conference after R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing four alleged victims
In a bombshell development, R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on charges he sexually abused four victims, at least three of them underage, over a span of a dozen years.

The four separate indictments charged Kelly with a combined 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse occurring between...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

R. Kelly timeline: Chicago upbringing, rapid rise to stardom and years of sexual abuse charges, suits and rumors
The most recent charges against R. Kelly for aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County come after months of intense scrutiny of the R&B singer. A Lifetime documentary renewed focus on Kelly's history of sexual assault charges, lawsuits and rumors.

Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Blackhawks bring back rookie Henri Jokiharju from Rockford as an insurance policy
With Brent Seabrook still out with an abdominal strain and Carl Dahlstrom suffering flu-like symptoms, the Blackhawks on Friday recalled rookie defenseman Henri Jokiharju from Rockford.

Despite being on the ice for Friday's morning skate, Seabrook will miss his third straight game. Coach Jeremy...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Makeover on Madison: Ahead of construction, Oak Park residents review streetscape, road diet project
As Oak Park embarks on several months of construction along Madison Street, the village is providing information to residents and motorists about the project.

During an open house Feb. 21 at Julian Middle School, village staff met with dozens of residents to provide project details, timelines and...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Ad agency becomes fourth office tenant at Old Post Office redevelopment
AbelsonTaylor is moving to Chicago's former old main post office, giving the advertising agency room to add 100 or more employees.

The Chicago-based agency becomes the fourth office tenant to lease space in the 2.8 million-square-foot building that is being redeveloped by 601W Cos.

The riverfront...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

R. Kelly charged in Cook County with aggravated criminal sexual abuse
In a bombshell development, R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, court records show.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx confirmed that Kelly had been charged while announcing she would hold a news conference at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, a county...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

A change to libel law could backfire on President Trump
Is Justice Clarence Thomas joining President Donald Trump's war on news media?

Trump's near-constant complaints about the "fake news" media received an unexpected boost Wednesday. In a solo opinion, Justice Thomas said the high court should make it easier for public figures to sue for libel.

Sure,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Malort returns to Chicago — production of bitter booze we love to hate comes back after 30 years
For the first time in a generation, Chicago-made bottles of Malort have been released, marking a homecoming for the bitter booze we love to hate. The first bottles shipped Thursday.

You may know that the Carl Jeppson Co. had been making Malort in Florida for the past 30 years. Then CH Distillery,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

If LeBron James is content to be like Mike in 'Space Jam 2,' Michael Jordan has won the G.O.A.T. debate
Consider the NBA's Greatest of All Time debate settled. LeBron James has waved a white jersey, if not the white flag.

Michael Jordan remains the G.O.A.T.

James' surrender came with the Warner Bros. announcement that "Space Jam 2," his long-discussed sequel to Jordan's 1996 hit, will hit your neighborhood...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Sheriff Dart says law should require cops to seize guns from owners with revoked licenses, blames current 'dangerous' system on NRA
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Friday called for a new law to require police to confiscate guns from people who have had their gun licenses revoked.

Cook County is one of the few departments that has a dedicated unit to go to the homes of people who have had their firearm owner's identification...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Manny Machado will play third base for the Padres: 'I saw a great opportunity to help out (Fernando) Tatis'
After adding Manny Machado, the San Diego Padres didn't shoot down the notion that another big news conference could be ahead.

With Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel still free agents, could the Padres make another surprising signing?

"We're always open-minded to looking at improving...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after police said Friday he was twice videotaped paying for and receiving sex at an illicit massage parlor.

Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn't been arrested....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Two Chicago men sentenced to prison for armed robberies of Hampshire, East Dundee gas stations
Two Chicago men were sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a pair of armed robberies at gas stations in East Dundee and Hampshire.

Kane County Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler Jr. approved a 21-year term for Damarcus D. Gilmore, 20, in a Feb. 15 plea deal in which he was convicted of two...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Gov. Pritzker's tax-and-spend plan will drive employers out of Illinois
"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."

The now-prophetic quote most often attributed to former U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen, the Illinois Republican, almost seems trivial in the world of trillion-dollar deficits on the national level.

One has to wonder...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

4 closing arguments: The case for Bill Daley
Chicago is big, bold and complex. It needs a mayor who understands the need to move the city forward. Someone who can finesse the interests of downtown and the North Side while pressing elbow grease into South Side and West Side redevelopment. It needs a mayor who will unite and build Chicago....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

No one wants to hear 'You're fired.' Is there a better way to dismiss a worrisome worker?
It's a sentence no one likes to say or hear: "You're fired."

But amid a growing focus on preventing violence in the workplace in the wake of events like the shooting at Aurora's Henry Pratt Co. last week, some companies are considering whether there's a better way to handle potentially volatile...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

No matter how much money the Cubs and White Sox spend, it's never enough for their fans
The one constant in baseball is no matter how much the owner is willing to spend, it's never enough to appease everyone.

That was apparent this week on both sides of town.

White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was criticized for offering free agent Manny Machado only $250 million in guaranteed money...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

'This is an ongoing battle.' Workers at the forefront of the Fight for $15 relish minimum wage victory, press on for union rights.


Adriana Alvarez, a young single mom in Cicero, was earning $8.50 an hour at McDonald's five years ago when a union organizer approached her about joining a movement to fight for a $15 minimum wage.



"Honestly, I thought it was a little crazy," Alvarez, now 26, recalled.



But as she talked with the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Chicago's reputation held up just fine under the weight of Jussie Smollett, thank you very much
I'm surprised to hear some folks, including Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, say the Jussie Smollett saga dragged Chicago's reputation through the mud.

I think Chicago has comported itself rather well throughout the ordeal. I think our reputation — complicated, sometimes divided, usually...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Judge reduces bail of man charged in Hobart Walmart shooting
A judge cut the bail of a man charged in a shooting outside Walmart last year in half.

The Sept. 30 shooting outside Walmart off of U.S. 30 in Hobart left a 25-year-old man and his 9-year-old son injured.

Tests showed that the gun Alex Hughes is thought to have used in the shooting did not match...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

White Sox sign veteran pitcher Ervin Santana to a minor-league deal: report
The White Sox signed veteran starting pitcher Ervin Santana to a minor-league deal, according to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

The right-handed Santana, 36, has a 149-125 career record with a 4.06 ERA in 14 seasons with the Angels, Royals, Braves and Twins.

He went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Manny Machado will play third base for the Padres
Manny Machado calls San Diego "one of the best cities in the world" and says he was attracted to the Padres by the team's strong farm system.

The 26-year-old infielder was introduced at a news conference Friday, a day after his $300 million, 10-year contract was finalized.

Machado will play third...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Ex-priest Fred Lenczycki, convicted of sexually abusing boys in DuPage County in 2004, faces similar charges in Missouri
A former Catholic priest who has admitted sexually abusing as many as 30 youths in Chicago's suburbs, California and Missouri over 25 years and who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in DuPage County in 2004 faces new charges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 74-year-old Fred Lenczycki — the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Elk Grove Village spent $300,000 to sponsor the Bahamas Bowl. It resulted in $12 million in media exposure, the mayor says.
Elk Grove Village's decision to sponsor a college football bowl game was an "unprecedented" publicity coup and has resulted in some promising leads for new businesses, the village's mayor said.

The village's $300,000 fee to sponsor the Bahamas Bowl resulted in $12 million in media exposure, according...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Gary double homicide victims identified as Hammond man, Hobart woman
Two people found dead Wednesday in Gary were identified as a Hammond man and Hobart woman.

Gary police are investigating the deaths of Timothy Snow, 55, and Tracy N. Valentine, 48, as homicides, officials said.

Officers responded at 8:41 p.m. Wednesday to the 400 block of Johnson Street where the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

True-crime TV show recalls Lake Barrington body-swap murder
A new episode of the true-crime TV series "CopyCat Killers" recalls how a disgraced Lake Barrington businessman faked his own death in 2008 so his wife could collect on a multi-million-dollar life-insurance policy.

Ari Squire was accused of luring a northwest suburban man, Justin Newman, to his...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Following new term limits, 7 candidates vie to replace Harvey's longtime mayor
Perhaps as significant as the names of the candidates that appear on the ballot in Harvey's mayoral primary Tuesday is the one name that doesn't.

Eric Kellogg, the city's powerful four-term mayor, was prevented from seeking re-election this year because of the passage of a term limit referendum...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Patrick Kane's friendship with Jimmy Buffett comes full circle with the Blackhawks' 'Margaritaville' game tonight
Patrick Kane had no idea what he was starting when he brought the Stanley Cup onstage at a Jimmy Buffett concert in 2010 at Toyota Park.

Wearing a Hawaiian shirt, Kane hoisted the trophy over his head and kissed it as the crowd cheered, and then he backed Buffett's next number on the tambourine.

...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Cubs make changes in team's player development department
The Cubs have promoted Double A-Tennessee manager Mark Johnson to minor-league catching coordinator.

Johnson's appointment highlights a series of changes in the team's player development department announced Friday. Johnson, 43, a catcher for parts of eight major-league seasons, replaces Tim Cossins,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Pedestrian killed by Metra train during morning commute on Far South Side
A pedestrian was hit and killed by a Metra Electric train Friday morning while walking along the tracks near a mechanical facility on the Far South Side, according to the agency.

About 7:30 a.m., Metra Electric District train No. 734 hit the person near a mechanical facility located off 123rd Street...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Jussie Smollett won't be on final episodes of 'Empire' season
Executive producers for "Empire" announced Friday that Jussie Smollett, who has been accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago, won't appear on the final two Season 5 episodes of the Fox network series.

"The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Archbishop Cupich at Vatican: Catholic leaders need to be held more accountable; 4 Chicago priests have children
Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse, including Chicago's Blase Cupich, called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests.

On the second...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Kraft Heinz stock sees biggest single-day drop after company reveals fed investigation and $15.4B write-down
Shares of Kraft Heinz plunged 26 percent at the opening bell Friday, the company's biggest single-day decline, a day after the company disclosed an investigation by federal regulators and said it will will slash the value of its Oscar Mayer and Kraft brands by $15.4 billion.

The company, headquartered...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Chicago's vast camera network helped police gather evidence in Jussie Smollett investigation
Police tapped into Chicago's vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners' doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, the latest example of the city's high-tech approach to public...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Almost everything you know about U.S. borders is wrong
Daniel Immerwahr is not an outwardly provocative guy. He is slender and mild, from suburban Philadelphia, comes off serious, but not arrogant, smartly appointed, but not flashy. His office in the history department at Northwestern University is standard issue, rectangular, lined with books, a few...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

DePaul basketball rallies around their 20-year-old student manager who is battling cancer: 'Aameer is getting what he put out'
In the Northwestern Memorial Hospital room, there is one frequent sound.

From the speaker next to Aameer Sahi's bed, a voice dictates the play by play of a basketball broadcast in the dimly lit 14th-floor room. On Saturday, it was Iowa State versus Kansas State.

The most important games, which...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Toni Preckwinkle's top adviser fired after online post invoking Nazis to criticize Lori Lightfoot
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has fired a top aide from her mayoral campaign after he invoked Nazis to criticize former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot in a Facebook post.

"As of today, Scott Cisek is no longer affiliated with my campaign in any capacity," Preckwinkle said in a...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Federal judge: Current secretary of labor violated victims' rights in Jeffrey Epstein sexual abuse case
Federal prosecutors in Florida violated the rights of victims by secretly reaching a non-prosecution agreement with a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra said in a 33-page decision that victims of financier...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Florida juke joint a living time capsule of blues history
For a bluesman, Lil' Ed Williams looks mighty cheerful. His silver fez and million-watt smile sparkle in the neon aura of the Bradfordville Blues Club, a rural outpost of musical history about 12 miles northeast of downtown Tallahassee.

When a patron shouts, "It's a lot warmer here than Chicago!"...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Pinterest blocks vaccine-related searches to minimize health misinformation
As social media companies wrestle with how to police dangerous health misinformation on their platforms, Pinterest has taken an extreme approach: blocking search results related to vaccinations, whether the results are medically accurate or not.

The San Francisco-based company told the Wall Street...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Jussie Smollett arrest the fodder for talk shows, late-night TV
Stephen Colbert kicked off "The Late Show" Thursday with some jokes about Jussie Smollett, the "Empire" actor accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago last month to score a pay raise.

"Police say that Smollett actually hired two brothers, who are also black, to carry...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 22, 2019

Pedestrian hit by Metra train on Far South Side
A pedestrian was hit by a Metra train Friday morning in the city's Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to the agency.

About 7:30 a.m., a Metra Electric District train No. 734 hit a person near the Kensington station, which is located near the intersection of 115th Street and...



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