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Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump Jr.'s visit to India
"Trump has arrived. Have you?" shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper.

The ads, which have run repeatedly in the past few days, herald the arrival not of the American president but of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who is in New Delhi to...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Kirstie Alley vs. US curling is the Olympic feud we've been waiting for
In one corner, wearing a black dress: American actress Kirstie Alley!

"Im not trying to be mean but. . .. . . Curling is boring," Alley tweeted.

And in the other corner, wearing red, white and blue and sporting brooms: the U.S. men's Olympic curling team!

"We're not trying to be mean either but...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Heavy rains close roads in south suburbs; DuPage activates flood-control operations
Heavy overnight rain and thunderstorms across the Chicago area prompted flood alerts to be issued and forced the closure of several water-soaked roads, making Tuesday morning's commute a longer one for many drivers.

Many major roads were closed in the south suburbs, Cook County officials said.

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Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. heads to home towns for death threats and taxidermied rats
Welcome to home town week, when things typically get serious on "The Bachelor." We're headed to Virginia Beach, Minneapolis, Santa Clarita, California, and Weiner, Arkansas -- which the show accidentally abbreviates as Alaska, whoops!

Anyway, it's time to hear the same solemn speech about "falling...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Seven things about NBC's Olympics coverage, including an idea for Scott Hamilton
Here are seven things about NBC's Winter Olympics coverage:

Listen to the music: "The Tara and Johnny Show" is a hoot, though — fair or not — the interplay of NBC figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir has lost some of its authentic feel as it has been appropriated by Google...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Who was Jeff Bezos' tenuous personal tie to Chicago? The unicycle-riding circus performer who was his biological father
The competition to snag Amazon's second headquarters and the estimated 50,000 jobs that go with it has 20 finalist cities desperately claiming any advantage they can.

Washington, D.C., can boast of its convenience to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has owned the Washington Post since 2013. The Texan...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Nancy Hughes, John Hughes' widow, lists Lake Forest mansion for $4.49 million
Nancy Hughes, the widow of filmmaker John Hughes, this month listed her six-bedroom, 7,445-square-foot English country-style house in east Lake Forest for $4.49 million.

Hughes' husband was the creative force behind more than two dozen feature films, and he wrote, produced and directed a slew of...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Walmart sees online sales cut in half
Walmart reported a lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year, signs that underscore the company's challenges in a fiercely competitive landscape.

The news, announced Tuesday, overshadowed the discounter's better-than-expected...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller files new charge in Russia probe
The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election charged an attorney Tuesday with lying to federal investigators about his interactions with a former Trump campaign official.

A charging document filed in federal court in Washington accuses Alex van der Zwaan of lying...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Sylvester Stallone is not dead - at least that's what he says
Sylvester Stallone is alive.

The actor and his brother took to social media on Monday to reassure the world of this fact after a hoax began circulating on Facebook and Twitter that claimed the actor had died at the age of 71 following a battle with prostate cancer.

The hoax, the origin of which...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Illinois man to get mental health treatment after threatening Trump online
An Illinois man will get mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling after pleading guilty to making online threats against President Donald Trump.

Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was also ordered to spend six months behind bars for the June threats, though he's already served the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Drinking alcohol more important than exercise for living past 90, study says
Cheers to life — seriously.

When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study.

The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90 Study that began in 2003 to explore impacts...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Donald Trump Jr. visits India to help sell apartments
"Trump has arrived. Have you?" shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper.

The ads, which have run repeatedly in the past few days, herald the arrival not of the American president but of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who is in New Delhi to...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Extra-alarm fire damages church in Humboldt Park
An extra-alarm fire damaged a church in Humboldt Park on the West Side Tuesday morning, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. at the red brick church at 1540 N. Spaulding Ave. and was quickly raised to a 2-11 alarm, sending extra crews. The fire was struck...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Our final U.S. House endorsements
This is our third and final installment of endorsements for contested U.S. House primaries. You'll find candidates' answers to our surveys, and our endorsements for the March 20 primary, at chicagotribune.com/candidates.

10th District

The north suburban 10th Congressional District has toggled between...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Children's deaths from flu rise sharply amid signs that season may be hitting plateau
Flu has killed 22 more children, the most reported since the respiratory virus began slamming the country in the fall, according to a government report released Friday. The total number of flu-related pediatric deaths is now at least 84 nationwide.

But other indicators from the Centers for Disease...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

That time Kobe Bryant almost became a Bull — the first time
It's confirmed: The Bulls missed out on Kobe Bryant - twice.

The Lakers great demanded to be traded to Chicago in 2007, but in a sit-down with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant admitted he was making moves to join the Bulls three years earlier.

Back in 2004, the Lakers had lost in embarrassing...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Elgin man dies after getting pinned between trucks near Wauconda
A 47-year-old Elgin man died after being pinned between two box trucks early Tuesday morning near the Lakewood Forest Preserve east of Wauconda, according to authorities.

Two box trucks for a refrigeration business were southbound on Fairfield Road just north of Route 176 around 12:40 a.m. when...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Niles school board looks to kick out a member after he sued to overturn disciplinary actions
The Niles Township High School District 219 board is exploring whether it can expel a sitting board member after he filed a lawsuit alleging "arbitrary and capricious" actions on the board's part during an investigation into accusations against him.

Board member Richard Evonitz moved during last...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Scott Pruitt, flying high on the taxpayer's dime
Scott Pruitt is not a cheap date. The administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does a lot of traveling, and he operates somewhat like the late coach of the Washington Redskins, whose owner lamented, "I gave him an unlimited budget, and he exceeded it."

For Pruitt, sitting in coach...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Caution: Cleaning this way is like smoking a pack a day, study says
Just in case you needed a legitimate excuse to be messy, there's a new study that says cleaning may actually be bad for your health. Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway found that regular use of cleaning sprays contributed to a greater decline in lung function compared to those who...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Trump urges GOP to fight Pennsylvania's congressional map
President Donald Trump on Tuesday encouraged Republicans to fight Pennsylvania's new court-imposed map of congressional districts, issued a day earlier in a move expected to improve Democrats' chances at chipping away at the GOP's U.S. House majority.

Trump tweeted that Republicans should challenge...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

'Marilyn' producer: Harvey Weinstein 'physically assaulted me'
Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt has claimed he was once physically assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. The "Shakespeare in Love" producer makes the claims in a new Channel 4 documentary set to be broadcast Tuesday night in the U.K.

The one-hour documentary "Working With Weinstein" looks at allegations...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

To see how Midwest maple syrup is made, and used, take this tasty road trip
Rob Hough, the fire chief in this Ogle County village, met his destiny over a roaring fire, but not the kind for which someone calls 911. He was standing in his driveway, where blazing logs were being used to make maple syrup.

Hough remembers the early spring days of his boyhood, when his grandmother...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Olympics winners and losers: NBC, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Johnny Weir and more
Rougly halfway through the Olympics, there are so many wonderful and so many confounding moments. Let's review.

Winners: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Skating to "Moulin Rougue," ???????The Canadian ice dancers dazzled Tuesday, winning gold and making them the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Radiohead coming to Chicago in July
Hahahaha, you can chuckle at the Lollaplaooza headliner prognosticators who were speculating about Radiohead. The band announced a Chicago date, July 7 at the United Center.

The band hasn't really been touring all that much, still buttressing 2016's "A Moon Shaped Pool." The initial announcement...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Sorry Elizabeth Swaney, Olympics should be reserved for the best athletes
Liz Swaney deserves kudos for dedication.

And she had enough sense not to attempt anything on the halfpipe — and we mean anything — that might've resulted in a serious injury.

She had no business competing in the Olympics.

The same can be said for all those skiers representing snow-challenged countries...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Roster rundown: Tarik Cohen provided needed spark on special teams
Part 11 in an 11-part review of the 2017 Bears season.

The Bears didn't find the next Robbie Gould a year after surprisingly cutting ties with their longtime kicker on the weekend for final cuts. But they did come up with a return man who is the best option the team has had since Devin Hester was...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Bellemore review: Papadopoulos finally gets to cook with 'head, heart and soul'
If you've sampled chef Jimmy Papadopoulos' cooking in the last four years, chances are that you've had his food without ever having had his food.

Four years ago, Papadopoulos might have cooked you a prime steak and perhaps lobster bisque at Sam & Harry's in Schaumburg. Two or three years ago, it...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

R Kelly evicted from 2 Georgia homes over $30K unpaid rent
Court documents show R&B singer R. Kelly has been evicted from two Atlanta-area homes over unpaid rent.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that Feb. 13 filings with the Fulton County magistrate court show Kelly owes more than $31,000 in past due payments to SB Property Management...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Canadians Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir win ice dance for 3rd Olympic gold
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were the last couple to leave the ice after their warmup early Tuesday, the Canadian ice dancers soaking in every second before their final Olympic performance.

They sure made it a memorable one.

After training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron broke...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Slain boy, 15, among victims of two double-shootings blocks apart on South Side
A 15-year-old boy was killed and a 19-year-old woman with him was seriously wounded as they walked through the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side Monday, according to Chicago police.

The gunman approached the two in the 7600 block of South Champlain Avenue around 5:25 p.m. and opened fire,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

For Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn, others, Twitter's another Olympic challenge
Taking a break from his duties as GPS of NBC's 2018 Winter Games — directing us from one event in prime time to another — Mike Tirico took a moment to acknowledge something on Twitter.

The truth is Twitter is another Olympic challenge for some athletes who find themselves — working alone or in...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

What are the Blackhawks' young players actually learning from the untradable veterans?
Stop me if you've heard this before:

The Blackhawks rip an opponent the way they did in a 7-1 strafing of the Capitals on Saturday and then immediately roll over and die the way they did against the Kings on Monday.

Actually, you hadn't heard this before, and here's why: The Hawks don't win often...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

North Korea poised to launch large-scale cyberattacks, says new report
North Korea is quietly expanding both the scope and sophistication of its cyberweaponry, laying the groundwork for more devastating attacks, according to a new report published Tuesday.

Kim Jong Un's cyberwarriors have been accused of causing huge disruption in recent years, including being blamed...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Jewel-Osco owner Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid
Albertsons, which owns Jewel-Osco, Safeway and other grocery chains, will buy drugstore chain Rite Aid in a deal that would accelerate the remaking of the U.S. retail and health-care industries.

The takeover serves several purposes. Rite Aid will get a buyer after federal regulators nixed a deal...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings, Post-ABC poll finds
More than 6 in 10 Americans fault Congress and President Donald Trump for not doing enough to prevent mass shootings, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with most Americans continuing to say these incidents are more reflective of problems identifying and addressing mental health...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb, activists say
Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes of rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.

A day after Monday's government barrage, retaliatory shells rained down on the capital...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Flying high on the taxpayer's dime
Scott Pruitt is not a cheap date. The administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does a lot of traveling, and he operates somewhat like the late coach of the Washington Redskins, whose owner lamented, "I gave him an unlimited budget, and he exceeded it."

For Pruitt, sitting in coach...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Amazon wristbands could track workers' hand movements: 'Employers are increasingly treating their employees like robots'
As Amazon continues its quest to shrink delivery times and add warehouses in Illinois, the e-commerce behemoth is eyeing technology that could track the movements of its workers' hands as they fulfill orders.

The company recently won patents for wristbands that could be used as part of an inventory...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Morning Spin: Pritzker now at $56 million, topping Rauner's $50 million in gov race
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.

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The latest $7 million Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker gave to his campaign puts him at more than $56 million...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

More teens sneaking vaping devices that look like flash drives, markers into suburban high schools
Smoking in the bathroom has returned with a vengeance and a twist at some Chicago-area high schools, where administrators worry that new ways to get a nicotine fix are making the illegal habit even more appealing to students, and harder for teachers to catch.

Educators say they have seen a dramatic...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Sisters don't want to go on annual family vacation
Dear Amy: Every year, our aunts, uncles and cousins plan a yearly "European family vacation."

The "Reunion Committee" sends out an "invitation newsletter" informing family members about the location, venues, etc., and after each vacation they always send a follow-up newsletter about how much fun...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Stop saying we can't do anything to stop mass shootings. We can.
Seventeen more people died last week at the hands of a deranged shooter wielding a semi-automatic rifle. Don't tell me there is nothing we could have done to stop it.

Don't tell me that this is simply what our country has become. That is a lie.

We are a nation of compassionate and dutiful people,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

The great Bernie Sanders/messy car correlation
Across the sprawling highways and quiet suburban streets of America, a disturbing phenomenon has taken hold. Perhaps you have noticed it yourself. Perhaps, more troubling, you are a perpetrator. It's somewhat sneaky, but you can see it if you know where to look: There is a shockingly high correlation...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Disgraced TV evangelist Jim Bakker persists, preaching the Apocalypse
Three decades after his PTL empire near Charlotte crumbled amid financial and sex scandals, Jim Bakker is back on TV with a different, darker message: The Apocalypse is coming and you'd better get ready. But the main mission of "The Jim Bakker Show" broadcast from a Christian compound deep in...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Flooding expected to hinder morning commute
Heavy overnight rain and thunderstorms could cause treacherous flooding during the morning commute on Tuesday, forecasters are warning.

The National Weather Service in Chicago issued a Flood Watch until 6 a.m. Wednesday and a Flood Warning until 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

"Moderate to occasionally heavy...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Boy, 15, killed among at least 9 shot in South Side attacks
A 15-year-old boy and a man were killed in separate shootings on the South Side while at least seven others were injured in attacks between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The fatal shooting of the teenager in the South Side's Chatham neighborhood that also left a 19-year-old...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change
A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week.

The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

After Trump clears the way, GOP states move to charge poor for health care
Gregory James Tuck Sr., a former chef in Indianapolis who is now homeless, says he has been turned away by six different doctors over the past four months while seeking treatment for high blood pressure, insomnia and, most recently, the flu that has been coursing through "the street people community."...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Tracking Chicago shooting victims
The Chicago Tribune Breaking News desk tracks shooting victims in Chicago. Data represents number of victims, not shooting incidents.

Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

U.S. beats Slovakia 5-1, will play Czechs in men's hockey quarters
Ryan Donato scored two goals, Troy Terry had three assists and the United States beat Slovakia 5-1 in the qualification round Tuesday to advance to face the Czech Republic in the Olympic quarterfinals.

College kids again led the way for the U.S., which scored more against Slovakia then it did in...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 20, 2018

Blackhawks come out flat against Kings, lose 3-1
One Blackhawk scored a goal Monday night against the Kings, two days after seven scored Saturday during a victory over the Capitals.

As a result, the Blackhawks lost 3-1 for their ninth defeat in 10 games overall and eighth in their last nine tries at the United Center as a trying month continued.

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Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Congressional map raises Democrats' hopes, legal test ahead
The map of congressional districts imposed by Pennsylvania's high court for the state's 2018 elections will set off a new legal battle, reconfigure perhaps dozens of campaigns and give Democrats a boost in their mission to wrest control of the U.S. House.

The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Trump endorses Romney for U.S. Senate seat
President Donald Trump on Monday night threw his full support behind Mitt Romney's bid to be the next U.S. senator from Utah, writing on Twitter that he would be a "worthy successor" to retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. The endorsement is significant because Trump had previously encouraged Hatch...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

American Brita Sigourney earns bronze in freestyle skiing halfpipe; Canada's Cassie Sharpe takes gold
Cassie Sharpe put on a show in the women's freestyle halfpipe final on Tuesday, soaring to a 95.80 during her second run to give Canada its first Olympic medal in the event pioneered by the late Canadian star Sarah Burke.

Sharpe topped qualifying on Monday with a pair of big runs and went even...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Boy, 15, killed among at least 8 shot in South Side attacks
A 15-year-old boy was killed in an attack in the South Side's Chatham neighborhood that also left a 19-year-old woman injured Monday evening, police said.

The boy and the woman were shot about 5:25 p.m. in the 7600 block of South Champlain Avenue, according to a police media notification. They...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Blackhawks' Anthony Duclair: ‘There's a lot more racism than you guys think'
Anthony Duclair said he has heard the slurs, seen the gestures.

The Blackhawks' lone black player, and one of about 30 in the NHL, Duclair said he was disappointed but not surprised at the racial taunts four fans aimed at Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday night at the United Center.

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Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Prospect Alec Hansen a pitcher to watch on White Sox radar
Alec Hansen has been an early standout at White Sox spring training and not just because the right-hander is 6-foot-8.

Hansen has been impressive during bullpen sessions, hitting his spots while flashing a fastball that tops out at 99 mph.

"I've had good command of my pitches this whole offseason,"...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Madigan parts ways with second operative after female lawmaker alleges 'abuse of power'
For the second time in a week, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has parted ways with a top lieutenant in his Democratic political organization, this time citing "inappropriate behavior by a volunteer toward a candidate and staff" during a 2016 campaign.

While Madigan's statement did not name...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

California lawmaker who led #MeToo push invited staffer to play spin the bottle, complaint says
California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, one of the leading voices behind the #MeToo movement, is facing accusations that she sexually harassed staffers - including one who said she fired him after he refused to play a game of spin the bottle with her. David John Kernick, a former field representative...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Limiting mound trips without a pitching change OK with Cubs' Chris Gimenez
Catcher Chris Gimenez was encouraged that Major League Baseball will allow a maximum of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change.

Limiting mound visits is one of MLB's rule changes designed to speed up games. The Players Association refused to agree to the changes formally...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Tom Ricketts message to Cubs clear: winning World Series is the goal
All the Cubs understood the direct message from Chairman Tom Ricketts on Monday during his annual remarks to the team before its first full-squad workout of spring training.

"I won't say a season is a failure because you don't win the World Series," Ricketts said afterward. "But it is our goal."

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Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Tom Ricketts' message to Cubs clear: winning World Series is the goal
All the Cubs understood the direct message from Chairman Tom Ricketts on Monday during his annual remarks to the team before its first full-squad workout of spring training.

"I won't say a season is a failure because you don't win the World Series," Ricketts said afterward. "But it is our goal."

...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Bulls' standard of play for stretch run remains same regardless of personnel
The Bulls reconvene Tuesday for an evening practice at the Advocate Center, their roster whole and the standard the same.

"I want to see us battle every time we step on the floor," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "Simple as that."

There are no excuses for otherwise. That's the standard by which management...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Grieving teens, raw emotions at funerals for Florida school shooting victims
Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entrance from across the parking lot.

And each service takes its...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Teenage boy critically wounded is among at least 5 shot in South Side attacks
A boy in his mid-teens was shot in the chest and critically wounded in an attack in the Chatham neighborhood that also left a 19-year-old woman injured Monday evening, police said.

The boy, who police said was 16, and the woman were shot about 5:25 p.m. in the 7600 block of South Champlain Avenue,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Cubs manager Joe Maddon admits to sign-stealing during coaching days
Cubs manager Joe Maddon is not worried about the Big Brother component to be instituted by Major League Baseball with new telephone lines between dugouts and video rooms to be monitored to address players' concerns about sign stealing.

But in the days well before instant replay, Maddon admitted...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

College of Lake County discussion explores box office appeal of 'Black Panther'
A taste of the history behind the Black Panther superhero comic book character — and its impact on today's culture as a box office hit that shattered numerous records on its opening holiday weekend — was presented at the College of Lake County by films studies instructor Patrick Gonder on Monday.

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Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Ives, Kennedy airing new TV ads in governor's race
With a month to go before the March 20 primary, several statewide candidates are trying to ramp up their campaigns with a wave of television ads as voters start to tune in to the approaching election.

On Monday, governor hopefuls Jeanne Ives, a Republican, and Chris Kennedy, a Democrat, launched...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Man charged with being driver in killing of Dolton gas station clerk is held without bail
A man accused of being one of the drivers involved in the fatal shooting of a teenage attendant at a Dolton gas station was ordered held without bail during a bond hearing Monday.

Eric Brewer, 45, faces a charge of first-degree murder, in the Dec. 28 fatal shooting of Arshad Vahora, 19, of Harvey,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Bears must decide what to do with Kyle Fuller as window for franchise tag opens
For the second straight year, the Bears face the possibility of losing a former high draft pick to free agency at a position where a clear replacement isn't in place.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, a second-round pick in 2012, exited last March after two underwhelming contract years and quickly...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Comfort dog from Grayslake church gives 'a moment to escape' for survivors of Florida school shooting
Since the day after 17 students and teachers were killed by a gunman at a Florida school, Jenni Hoffmeyer of Mundelein and her dog, Tobias, have been there offering comfort in a simple yet profound way.

Tobias, owned by Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake, is among 19 trained comfort dogs...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

With global emissions rising, the euphoria of the Paris Agreement is colliding with reality
Barely two years ago, after weeks of intense bargaining in Paris, leaders from 195 countries announced a global agreement that once had seemed impossible. For the first time, the nations of the world would band together to reduce humanity's reliance on fossil fuels in an effort to hold off the...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Drug deal arranged on Facebook led to Evanston killing: Prosecutors
When Yakez Semark arranged through Facebook a marijuana sale in Evanston, the buyers had other things in mind, prosecutors said Monday.

During a bond hearing Monday, Cook County Judge David Navarro ordered Julius Francellno, 18, of Evanston, and Malik Caswell, 18, of Chicago, held without bail...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Monday's matchup: Kings at Blackhawks
TV/radio: 7:30 p.m. Monday; WGN-9, WGN-AM 720.

Storylines: The Blackhawks ended their eight-game losing streak overall, and seven-game skid at home with a convincing 7-1 win over the Capitals on Saturday, but they still have just a 0.6 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to hockey-reference.com.

...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Mundelein firefighters, village officials debate staffing change
A proposed change in staffing at the Mundelein Fire Department has village administrators and the firefighters union engaged in a private debate about the move's potential affect on public safety.

The proposal has not been formally listed on a Village Board agenda, but documents and individuals...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Blackhawks say fans ejected for racial taunts are banned from United Center
The racial taunts four fans directed at the Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday night at the United Center left the Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair disappointed but "not really shocked."

"Happens so often, not only in hockey, not only in sports, but in society as a whole," Duclair said...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Former Trump aide Richard Gates to plead guilty; agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say
A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days — and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.

The change of heart by Trump's former deputy campaign...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust U.S. indictment
While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded.

Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the innocuously...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Patience paying off for White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts made sure Rick Renteria was given a World Series ring for his one-year managerial stint on the North Side in 2014.

White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is counting on Renteria to get him one more ring to go along with his 2005 bling.

But other than Renteria, the head honchos...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Weekend violence in Chicago: 6 killed, 22 wounded
Six people were killed and 22 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the weekend, including three people who ran onto a CTA bus after being shot and a man who was slain while riding in an Uber car, according to police.

A 34-year-old man was riding in an Uber car on the South Side...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

New Park Ridge bike plan proposes routes, marked lanes
A series of new bicycle routes, striped bike lanes, and signs pointing bicyclists to specific designations are all part of a new bike plan presented to the Park Ridge City Council this month.

The plan, developed by Ride Illinois and the Active Transportation Alliance with the Park Ridge Bike Task...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Person injured when train hits vehicle on UP-Northwest line
One person was injured and service on Metra's Union Pacific Northwest line was delayed Monday afternoon after a commuter train struck a vehicle on Chicago's Northwest Side, officials said.

The crash happened about 1:10 p.m. at the Nagle Avenue crossing near Avondale Avenue, according to Metra spokeswoman...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Person injured when train strikes vehicle on UP-Northwest line; Metra service delayed
One person was injured and service on Metra's Union Pacific Northwest line was delayed Monday afternoon after a commuter train struck a vehicle on Chicago's Northwest Side, officials said.

The crash happened about 1:10 p.m. at the Nagle Avenue crossing near Avondale Avenue, according to Metra spokeswoman...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Chicago winters don't bug these insects, thanks to that natural antifreeze
A bonus of the sometimes brutal Midwest winters is the absence of creepy crawlies that take a bite out of us during the summer months.

But in forest preserves that ring the city and suburbs and along the banks of outlying creeks and ponds, a small group of bugs not only survive the deep freeze,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Train strikes vehicle on Union Pacific Northwest line; Metra service delayed
Service on Metra's Union Pacific Northwest line was delayed Monday afternoon after a commuter train struck a vehicle on Chicago's Northwest Side.

The crash happened about 1:10 p.m. at the Nagle Avenue crossing near Avondale Avenue, according to Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile.

One person was transported...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Trump revives push for limits on immigrants bringing family
When the U.S. government approved Ricardo Magpantay, his wife and young children to immigrate to America from the Philippines, it was 1991. By the time a visa was available, it was 2005, and his children could not come with him because they were now adults.

More than a decade later, his children...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks
Major League Baseball imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.

After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Anthony Rizzo's visit to school shooting site 'hardest thing I ever had to do'
With a heavy heart and weary soul, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo spoke to a roomful of reporters Monday about his weekend grieving back home in the Parkland, Fla., community ripped apart by last week's deadly school shooting.

But Rizzo really was speaking to you, the Cubs fan.

You, the White...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Hinsdale Central seniors asked to stop 'assassins' game in wake of Florida school shooting
Students at Hinsdale Central High School are being pressured to stop a game they have played for the past six years because it might appear insensitive to victims of the Florida school shooting.

The "assassins game" is open to all seniors at Central who pay $10 and are randomly assigned another...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Open houses showcase major water infrastructure project to Morton Grove, Niles residents
The Morton Grove-Niles Water Commission hosted two open houses recently, introducing the public to the villages' major infrastructure project that will transfer their source of water distribution from Chicago to Evanston.

Leaders from both villages said the project is one of the largest and most...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Zion shooting victim identified as authorities seek more than one suspect
A 36-year-woman who died Friday night after being shot in a Zion home invasion was identified early Monday afternoon by authorities.

The victim is Kaleah Beville of Zion, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper.

Cooper released the information following an autopsy Monday and notification...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Trump's staggering dereliction of duty
National security adviser H.R. McMaster is in the news — and apparently in the presidential doghouse — for stating the obvious: that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election is "now really incontrovertible." So it is appropriate to take, as this column's theme, the title of McMaster's...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Trump the Mad Tweeter's Twitter diary takes an even darker turn
Of all the tweets from the Twitter diary of President Donald Trump, the Mad Tweeter, this is the one I'll never get over:

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Skokie board approves federal funding plan benefiting low and moderate-income people
The Skokie Village Board recently signed off on a plan that allocates more than half a million dollars of federal funding for village and non-profit social service agency projects benefiting primarily low- and moderate-income individuals.

Community Development Block Grant funding is administered...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Kurdish-controlled enclave
Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters.

The warning sets up a potential clash between...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Cubs boss Tom Ricketts; Winning World Series 'is our goal'
After delivering his annual spring training speech to his players, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts expressed his optimism Monday about the 2018 season.

Winning the World Series "is our goal," Ricketts told reporters. "I won't say a season is a failure because you don't win the World Series. But it is...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Attack on DuPage couple was part of murder-for-hire plot by son, accomplice, officials say
The son of a DuPage County couple has been charged with another man in an alleged murder-for-hire attack early Sunday against the couple in their home, DuPage County sheriff's police said Monday.

The couple received injuries described as serious after they were allegedly attacked by a man with...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 19, 2018

Attack on DuPage couple was part of murder-for-hire plot by son, accomplice: officials
The son of a DuPage County couple has been charged with another man in an alleged murder-for-hire attack early Sunday against the couple in their home, DuPage County sheriff's police said Monday.

The couple received injuries described as serious after they were allegedly attacked by a man with...



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