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Dec 12, 2018

Theresa May survives leadership challenge, remains U.K. prime minister
Update: Theresa May has survived a vote of no confidence, 117-200, and will remain prime minister of the United Kingdom. --Earlier: British Prime Minister Theresa May battled on Wednesday to save her job, her EU divorce bill and maybe even Brexit itself as lawmakers in her Conservative Party held...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Girl accused in Uber driver's murder to be moved to adult jail after saying she wanted to go on killing spree, prosecutor says
A Chicago girl accused of attacking and killing an Uber driver last year will be moved to adult jail when she turns 18 next week, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Eliza Wasni's public defender fought against moving the troubled teen to Cook County Jail. Officials say she has committed hundreds of rule...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

HopCat beer bar drops name of 'crack fries' after 11 years, prompting criticism about political correctness
Eleven years ago, just before the first HopCat craft beer bar and restaurant opened in Grand Rapids, Mich., employees sat at a table tasting various french fries, looking for the recipe to feature on the menu.

They returned again and again to the same beer-battered fries tossed in a cracked pepper...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Local author recounts her mother's journey from Nazi Germany to the U.S.
Edith Westerfeld Schumer was 12 years old when she fled to the United States from Nazi Germany as an unaccompanied minor.

Now 93 years old and living in Wilmette, her story has come to life for sophomore English students at Deerfield High School who are reading a book inspired by her life that...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Boy, 16, caught driving stolen vehicle charged in 3 carjackings on North Side
A teenage boy caught driving a stolen vehicle Tuesday was charged in three carjackings that occurred on the North Side, Chicago police said.

Tuesday afternoon officers saw the youth, 16, commit a minor traffic violation in the 7900 block of South Throop Street, and attempted pull him over but he...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

'We have to stick together': Lauri Markkanen takes leadership role in quelling talk of practice boycott
Lauri Markkanen's role urging players to show up for practice Sunday after some initial talk of a boycott already has been reported.

For the first time, Markkanen addressed his role as the Bulls prepared to practice Wednesday at Mexico City Arena as part of the NBA's Global Games initiative.

"I...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

National Enquirer company says hush money payment made 'in concert' with Trump campaign
The U.S. attorney's office in New York says it won't prosecute the National Enquirer's parent company over its efforts to suppress an embarrassing story about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The agreement was announced Wednesday shortly after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

If Jim Boylen likes directness, somebody in charge needs to deliver a blunt message: The Bulls coach must change his ways
Jim Boylen speaks and eyes roll, his words supplying punchlines as the Bulls threaten to become an NBA joke.

The mockery spreads and the losses mount, as do the reasons to wonder why a longtime assistant would wait an entire career for an opportunity this good and risk sabotaging his first week...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Elon Musk's tunnel to O'Hare moves just a bit closer to reality
Elon Musk's planned tunneling project in Chicago, seemingly jeopardized when its biggest champion said he would not run for re-election, has taken an important step closer to building its promised transit route connecting downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport.

The Boring Co. is now midway...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Trump attorney Cohen goes to prison. Why is nobody locking HER up?!?
Once again, the American justice system has failed to lock her up. Her, of course, being Hillary Clinton.

Despite fervent chants at President Donald Trump's rallies and repeated cries from Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity, the justice system keeps mistakenly locking "him" up. And the "him" in these...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Police: Wrigleyville home invasion suspect charged
A Wrigleyville home invasion suspect who was brandishing a knife when he was tasered by police has been charged after the incident earlier this week, Chicago police said.

Lorenzo Shorter, 22, of the 2700 block of West Roosevelt Road in Chicago, was charged with home invasion, resisting police,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

21 thoughts on Pat Fitzgerald, the Packers and whether he ‘fitz' in the NFL
The Pat Fitzgerald/Packers buzz has led to genuine curiosity, healthy skepticism and, because it's 2018, wagering odds.

Last week MyBookie.ag listed Fitzgerald as a co-favorite with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, at 6-1.

I'd say it's at least 16-1. But even at that, it's worth examining...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

'The Voice' controversy: How Adam Levine's odd decision resulted in a sad, awkward conclusion
On Tuesday night, NBC's "The Voice" revealed the final four who will compete in next week's finale: Teen singing prodigy Kennedy Holmes, along with country artists Kirk Jay, Chris Kroeze and Chevel Shepherd.

Exciting, right? Sure - except the narrative that dominated Season 15's penultimate week...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Who paid for 'Crooked Joe' election flyers? Judge orders release of names behind McHenry candidate smear campaign
One flyer depicts Joe Tirio in a bandit-style black mask and gloves, claiming he "hired cronies from a slush fund" and took a taxpayer-funded vacation.

Another accuses him of "destroying the GOP with Chicago style sleaze." Yet another purports that he's part of a "fringe element of dangerous extremist"...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

New White Sox pitcher Ivan Nova on Guaranteed Rate Field's challenges: 'I'll do everything possible to be effective'
Ivan Nova is determined to show the White Sox he's capable of succeeding despite hitter-friendly Guaranteed Rate Field.

Nova said he will lean on his experience pitching for the Yankees — particularly at smaller road parks.

"I pitched in the American League East, where it's very difficult to pitch...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan out for the season with broken left foot: 'That's a big loss for us'
The Bears placed slot cornerback Bryce Callahan on injured reserve with a broken left foot Wednesday afternoon, ending his season.

Callahan broke his foot in the second quarter of Sunday's victory over the Rams. Bears coach Matt Nagy said Callahan's injury requires surgery.

The Bears signed cornerback...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Stephanie Izard opening rooftop Peruvian restaurant in spring
In a press release issued Wednesday morning, chef Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Little Goat Diner, Duck Duck Goat) announced her latest project: Cabra, a Peruvian-influenced, rooftop restaurant in the Fulton Market District.

Cabra (Spanish for "goat" because of course it is) will sit atop The...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Cody Parkey got a police escort to practice at Soldier Field. But why stop there?
Cody Parkey didn't need a police escort to clear out traffic and speed his trip from Lake Forest's Halas Hall to Soldier Field.

Given the way Parkey has kicked and his obvious need for in-stadium practice, the Bears simply could have decked out a van so everyone knew he was in it.

Fans gladly would...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

'Vox Lux' review: A narcissistic pop star is born, and Natalie Portman's drowning in glitter
In space, stars find their way into existence by way of interstellar molecular clouds at a temperature of just above absolute zero. That's seriously cold.

In "Vox Lux," the narcissistic human star at the center of writer-director Brady Corbet's film thrives, however recklessly, at a similar temperature....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Live now: Heidi Stevens talks with author Linda Gartz about 'white flight' and growing up in 1960s West Garfield Park
It's been years since Jon and Kate Gosselin and their kids were in the limelight, and he says the picture is not as rosy as it once was.

Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Joe Maddon dealing with millennial Cubs? There's a book for that.
When Theo Epstein theorized at the general managers meetings that Joe Maddon would be re-energized communicating with the "ultramillennials" in the clubhouse, it seemed like just another clever throwaway line.

What is an ultramillennial anyway? Someone whose personality is extremely characteristic...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Bears playoff picture: Week 15 scenarios and your guide to scoreboard watching (and rooting)
Not only did the Bears springboard themselves toward the playoffs on Sunday by beating the NFC-leading Rams, they got help from four — yes, four — other results in the conference.

Now they enter Week 15 needing only one victory in their final three games to clinch their first NFC North title since...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Mike Ditka reportedly suffered a 'massive' heart attack last month: 'I'm feeling a lot better'
When news spread late last month that Mike Ditka was recovering from a "mild" heart attack, Bears fans chalked it up to the iconic coach remaining undefeated against health scares.

At age 49, Ditka suffered a minor heart attack after a routine workout at Halas Hall in November 1988 and returned...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

WGN-TV's Lauren Jiggetts learned from ex-Bear dad's hard knocks — and her own lumps in basketball
"At forward for the Chicago Sky, from Harvard University, 6-1, Lauren Jiggetts …"

Or something like that.

For the daughter of retired Bears offensive tackle Dan Jiggetts and Karen Jiggetts, a high-school swimmer, Lauren's future as a professional athlete seemed to be ordained.

So she thought.

"My...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Proposed City Council ordinance would strip Ald. Ed Burke of workers' compensation control
A plan introduced before the City Council on Wednesday would strip Ald. Edward Burke of his control of the city workers' compensation system, nearly two weeks after federal agents raided his offices.

The ordinance sponsored by Ald. John Arena and other progressive aldermen would place the $100...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

CTA approves contracts that pave the way for $2.1 billion Red-Purple Line modernization
The CTA board on Wednesday approved contracts for the largest and costliest construction project in CTA history: the massive $2.1 billion Red and Purple Line modernization.

The board also approved a contract for preliminary work on an even larger project: the proposed $2.3 billion extension of...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen gets 3 years in federal prison: 'I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds'
Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would "take a bullet" for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Lincoln letter signed in 1863 amid Civil War gave safe conduct to wife's family
A letter penned by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 ordering Union troops in Arkansas to allow his wife's family to return to their plantation at the height of the Civil War was unveiled Wednesday in advance of a planned sale.

Signed the week of Christmas 155 years ago, the letter was kept in the family...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

JPMorgan Chase lends Chicago nonprofit $10 million to fund development on South and West sides
The Chicago Community Loan Fund is receiving its largest capital investment to date: a $10 million low-cost, long-term loan from JPMorgan Chase.

The loan is designed to boost the Chicago nonprofit lender's work financing small-business and commercial development on Chicago's South and West sides...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Round Lake shooting victim's unborn baby dies; person of interest held by authorities
The unborn child of a pregnant woman who was critically wounded by a gunshot wound to the head in Round Lake Tuesday afternoon died overnight, and a person of interest in the shooting was being detained on Wednesday, according to authorities.

The Lake County Coroner's Office is scheduling an autopsy,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushes public pension fix to City Council, including legalized marijuana, Chicago casino, constitutional amendment
Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined his proposal Wednesday to offset potentially financially crippling future public pension payments, calling for the city to tap revenue from a Chicago casino and legal recreational marijuana while backing a constitutional amendment that would allow for a change in public...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Oak Brook Village Board votes 4-3 to approve 22-story luxury condo development
Oak Brook Village President Gopal Lalmalani cast a rare deciding vote Tuesday, which resulted in the Village Board giving approval to the development of a 22-story, luxury condominium building at 1900 Spring Road, just east of Oakbrook Center.

Residents spoke out for and against what will be the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Elgin ready to permanently adopt public nuisance rules; repeat offenders could be banned from areas for 180 days
The Elgin City Council is expected to vote next week to make permanent a trial ordinance under which "public nuisance offenders" — people who break certain laws on a repeated basis — can be banned from some areas for six months.

Council members approved putting the matter up for a final vote earlier...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Niles Township District 219 school board may rethink student fee as families decry hardship
Niles Township High School District 219 school board members are reconsidering a school fee that is charged to families who have kids in the district.

At a board finance committee meeting Dec. 4, administrators discussed school fees for the 2019-2020 school year, including fees for parking, bus...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Fantasy football Week 15 lineups: Start Aaron Rodgers, sit Kenyan Drake
If you're reading this, you've either made the fantasy football playoffs or you just like torturing yourself.

In honor of Week 15 — the start of the postseason for some, or the second round for others — I've included additional players I like and dislike for each category.

START Aaron Rodgers,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Rick Renteria happy with the White Sox's progress, but knows his job isn't finished yet
Matt Nagy has earned credibility in his first season with the Bears, but the White Sox's Rick Renteria has subtly seized more security than any of the three other head coaches/managers among the Chicago major professional sports teams.

"I want to be here through the completion of the task," said...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Bulls Q&A: Will Jim Boylen be the coach next season? When does laughingstock status end?
This has been quite the week. And this will be quite the lengthy mailbag. You're welcome.

What's your take on the mutiny? — Dubo, north suburbs

Calling it a mutiny is a little strong. As reported by multiple outlets, two or three players raised the possibility of getting the whole team not to show...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Man struck by CTA Red Line train on South Side
A man was struck by a CTA Red Line train Wednesday morning on the South Side, and delays persisted through the rush hour as police investigated the incident.

The man was taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to fire officials. The train operator was...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

2018 Chicago reads: 15 books of note with local ties
Chicago's literary scene continued to thrum in 2018, producing a bounty of worthy reads — a National Book Award nominee among them. Here's a brief list of notable titles.



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Pope cuts 2 cardinals from cabinet named in abuse scandal
Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year. The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis in October...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

CBS News settles lawsuit with three women who accused Charlie Rose of harassment
CBS News has settled a lawsuit filed by three women who accused Charlie Rose of sexually harassing them and accused the network of being "fully aware" of his behavior.

A statement from CBS spokeswoman Christa Robinson said, "The matter has been resolved."

The settlement amount is confidential,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Cubs may need to subtract before adding some bullpen help
Nearly one year ago, the Cubs acquired two major pillars of their successful bullpen by signing closer Brandon Morrow and resilient Steve Cishek.

But the Cubs are among several teams this winter who haven't signed any significant free agents or acquired an established reliever.

"As an industry,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Illinois is cranking out STEM talent and many grads stay in Chicago. But diversity is lacking.
Illinois is cranking out science and technology workers, but diversity and inclusion in the fields are still lacking.

That's according to the Illinois Innovation Index, released Wednesday by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. The index, which examines the state's STEM workforce between...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Illinois second only to California in number of computer science degrees awarded — and more from STEM survey
Illinois is cranking out science and technology workers, but diversity and inclusion in the fields are still lacking.

That's according to the Illinois Innovation Index, released Wednesday by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. The index, which examines the state's STEM workforce between...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

No hacked Marriott data has posted on 'dark web' — one clue China may have been behind breach, experts say
U.S. government investigators increasingly believe that Chinese state hackers likely were responsible for the massive breach reported last month of Marriott's Starwood chain hotel reservation system, which exposed the private information and travel details of as many as 500 million people, according...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Romanian Consulate in Chicago moved national day event to Trump Tower, drawing scrutiny
For the past five years, the Romanian Consulate in Chicago had held its national day celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center, a 120-year-old city landmark.

This year, the consulate chose a new venue: the Trump International Hotel.

That event, held November 29, brought more than 300 people to...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

3 takeaways from the Blackhawks' 8th straight loss, including another horrible first period
Fact or fiction: There are 50 games left in the season, and the Hawks will give up the first goal in every one of them.

Of course that's not a fact but after they allowed three more first-period goals to the Jets — including the first goal of the game for the 11th straight time — it sure seems...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Mississippi man gets 32 years in prison for shooting death of son, wounding of niece, both from Waukegan
A man faces 32 years in prison after pleading guilty in Mississippi to killing his son and wounding his niece, both of whom were from Waukegan.

The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports 47-year-old John Edward Young of McComb said nothing in court Monday as he received a 45-year sentence with 13 of...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Mississippi man gets 32 years in prison for shooting death of son, wounding of niece, both of Waukegan
A man faces 32 years in prison after pleading guilty in Mississippi to killing his son and wounding his niece, both of whom were from Waukegan.

The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports 47-year-old John Edward Young of McComb said nothing in court Monday as he received a 45-year sentence with 13 of...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Best of Broadway 2018: The terrifying 'Three Tall Women' leads top 10
Mortality was on the Broadway menu this year — most all of the best works of the calendar year shed light on the pain of the human condition, especially once we're past the first blush of youth. Whether the observer was Eugene O'Neill, Edward Albee or Kenneth Lonergan, the works that lingered the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Can the Bears beat the Packers on Sunday? Check the numbers.
Here's a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to host the Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field (noon, Fox-32).

Against the Rams 81: First-half points allowed by the Bears this season, best in the NFL.

28: Rushing yards by the Rams' Todd Gurley on Sunday, his season low. It was his third-lowest...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Bears Q&A: What's up with Mitch Trubisky's accuracy? Will injury affect Bryce Callahan's contract status? Did the cold bother the Rams?
The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your questions weekly in his Bears mailbag.

What's up with Mitch Trubisky's accuracy? It was touted coming out of draft. Yes, he was off two weeks, cold, shoulder, but he has had issues with accuracy before being hurt as well with baffling off-line picks. What causes...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Man killed during argument in South Shore: 'Stabbing is rare over here. It's mainly shooting'
A small group of Chicago police officers stood around the South Shore sidewalk outside a three-story brick apartment building surrounded by red crime tape. One stepped away to make a phone call.

"Calling in on a homicide," he said.

Between midnight and 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, a 27-year-old man and...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Man struck by Red Line CTA train on South Side, minor delays reported
A man was struck by a CTA Red Line train on the South Side Wednesday morning, and delays were expected through the rush hour as police investigated the incident.

The man was taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to fire officials. The conductor of the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Thousands walk miles in cold to pay homage Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines — 'an act of faith beyond culture, tradition'
In 2011, Arturo Martinez lost his job after suffering an accident that severely hurt his back. That same year, he decided to take a nearly 15-mile pilgrimage from his church in Franklin Park to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.

He wanted, he recalled, to thank the Virgin Mary...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Thousands walk miles in cold to pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines — 'an act of faith beyond culture, tradition'
In 2011, Arturo Martinez lost his job after suffering an accident that severely hurt his back. That same year, he decided to take a nearly 15-mile pilgrimage from his church in Franklin Park to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.

He wanted, he recalled, to thank the Virgin Mary...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Illinois Marine among those missing, declared dead after Japan crash
Just the day before he disappeared, Daniel Baker, a young Marine corporal stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, made a batch of heartfelt phone calls back home to his family and friends in a Peoria suburb.

Baker was among five people who American, Australian and Japanese forces were searching for in the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Family: Illinois Marine among those missing, declared dead after Japan crash
Just the day before he disappeared, Daniel Baker, a young Marine corporal stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, made a batch of heartfelt phone calls back home to his family and friends in a Peoria suburb.

Baker was among five people who American, Australian and Japanese forces were searching for in the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Michael Cohen to be sentenced for crimes committed while working for Trump
A federal judge on Wednesday will sentence President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen for multiple crimes, including lying to Congress about a possible Trump business deal in Moscow and buying the silence during the 2016 presidential campaign of women who alleged affairs with the future president.

...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

UK disarray: Prime Minister Theresa May could be ousted in no-confidence vote today
A no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday threw U.K. politics deeper into crisis and Brexit further into doubt.

May vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country "with everything I've got" after opponents who have been circling for weeks finally got the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May could be ousted in no-confidence vote later today
A no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday threw U.K. politics deeper into crisis and Brexit further into doubt.

May vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country "with everything I've got" after opponents who have been circling for weeks finally got the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Police thought he was eaten by alligators in 2000. Now his Florida high school sweetheart is on trial for his murder.
Somewhere beneath Lake Seminole, in the spot where tree stumps jutted out of the water like claws, investigators thought they would find Mike Williams.

It was the evening of Dec. 16, 2000, the date of Williams's wedding anniversary with his high school sweetheart, Denise. He'd told his wife he...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolts Tennessee; felt in Atlanta
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt in Atlanta.

The light earthquake occurred Wednesday around 4:14 a.m. about 7 miles northeast of Decatur. About 13 minutes later, a 3.3 magnitude aftershock then struck.

There did not appear to...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Man struck by Red Line CTA train on South Side, major delays reported
A man was struck by a CTA Red Line train on the South Side Wednesday morning, and major delays were expected through the rush hour as police investigated the incident.

The man was taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to fire officials. The conductor...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Which Bears are headed to the Pro Bowl? Our inside insight on the invitations to Orlando
Late Sunday night, inside an exuberant Bears locker room, defensive end Akiem Hicks admitted he was still feeling the juice of a 15-6 upset over the Rams, a victory that rubber-stamped the Bears as one of the best teams in football. One of the best defenses for certain.

The Rams came to Chicago...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Which Bears will earn Pro Bowl invites? The case for — and against — 7 players.
Late Sunday night, inside an exuberant Bears locker room, defensive end Akiem Hicks admitted he was still feeling the juice of a 15-6 upset over the Rams, a victory that rubber-stamped the Bears as one of the best teams in football. One of the best defenses for certain.

The Rams came to Chicago...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Former West Chicago state legislator Tom Johnson dies at 73
Former Republican state Sen. Tom Johnson of West Chicago evolved from an assistant county prosecutor to a backer of what's now known as criminal justice reform, frequently questioning the moral and actual costs of imprisonment in wanting to see rehabilitation replace incarceration.

Johnson, who...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

UK disarray: Prime Minister Theresa May to face no-confidence vote by lawmakers
British politics was thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt Wednesday as Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses.

May vowed to fight the challenge "with everything I've got," after...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Never baked holiday cookies. Never been caroling. Why you shouldn't feel guilty for skipping holiday traditions.
I have never baked holiday cookies.

There. I've said it. Never, not once, as best I can recall, have I participated in one of the greatest of our nation's traditions, a dereliction of tradition that feels as un-American as Vladimir Putin.

It's my holiday shame.

What's yours? The thing you think...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

On guard, unchecked: Security guards get little scrutiny, even when they fire their guns
British politics was thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt Wednesday as Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses.

May vowed to fight the challenge "with everything I've got," after...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Born in an Evanston Woolworth, couple's holiday card tradition has taken them to Ed Debevic's, Double Door and a bar in Michigan (with Lou Malnati's in hand)
Twenty-five years ago — before marriage, before kids, when they were just a couple of young lovebirds who met at a show at Links Hall on Western Avenue — Mark Miller and Anne Cousineau sat down in a vintage photo booth in the old Woolworth department store in downtown Evanston and grinned for the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

A Chicago liquor store was ordered to hire armed security guards. For one woman, the consequences were fatal.
British politics was thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt Wednesday as Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses.

May vowed to fight the challenge "with everything I've got," after...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

CTA expected to approve contracts Wednesday that pave the way for massive Red-Purple Line modernization
The CTA board on Wednesday is expected to approve contracts for the largest and costliest construction project in CTA history: the massive $2.1 billion Red and Purple Line modernization.

The board also is expected to approve a contract for preliminary work on an even larger project: the proposed...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Susana Mendoza looks to block election challenge filed by Toni Preckwinkle campaign
State Comptroller Susana Mendoza on Tuesday ripped fellow mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle, who chairs the Cook County Democratic Party, for challenging her campaign petitions and those of four African-American women in the race.

Mendoza's campaign also said she has more than enough names to...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Man stabbed to death in South Shore: 'Who picked the knife up?'
A small group of Chicago police officers stood around the South Shore sidewalk outside a three-story brick apartment building surrounded by red crime tape. One stepped away to make a phone call.

"Calling in on a homicide," he said.

Between midnight and 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, a 27-year-old man and...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Ask Amy: Kids want to nudge dad toward divorce
Dear Amy: My sister and I have recently found out that our father has been seeing a woman who is not our mother.

Our parents' marriage over the last 15 years has not been much of a relationship. They are more like roommates, just living in the same house. They each go about their own business and...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Craving: Cheese — our monthlong quest for Chicago's best cheese dishes, pairings, plates and more
Cheese is a near-universal unifier — sorry, vegans — so this month, we're seeking out Chicagoland's best cheesy dishes. Whether literally bringing people together over pots of gooey fondue, sussing out the city's superlative grilled cheese or tracking down the perfect version of a quesadilla, we're...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 12, 2018

Trump said he thinks 'the people would revolt' if he were impeached
President Donald Trump commented on impeachment Tuesday, claiming he's unconcerned by the possibility and positing that "the people would revolt if that happened."

The remark came during a White House interview with Reuters, his first since federal prosecutors in New York filed a sentencing memo...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Don't be dopey. Fill out the Tweet of the Week survey anon
The funniest tweets of the past week presented in a click-poll for readers.

Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Former Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde faces ominous task as Orioles manager
After interviewing with the Rangers, Angels and Blue Jays for vacant managerial positions this fall, patience paid off for Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde after a source said he reached an agreement Tuesday to become the manager of the Orioles.

This marks a long wait for Hyde, 45, who managed the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Cubs seek new lines of communication with young players
The Cubs are playing catch-up in their plan to improve communication with players after losing another coach.

The latest loss occurred late Tuesday night when Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde became the new manager of the Orioles.

Hyde, 45, a Cubs coach for the last five seasons, is the fourth member...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Source: Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde leaving to manage Orioles
The Cubs are playing catch-up in their plan to improve communication with players after losing another coach.

The latest loss occurred late Tuesday night when Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde became the new manager of the Orioles.

Hyde, 45, a Cubs coach for the last five seasons, is the fourth member...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Blackhawks fail to end 1st-period woes, fall to Jets 6-3 for 8th straight loss
As the losses have piled up one after another, Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton admitted it has often been too painful to look at the standings.

"It doesn't help," he explained.

It might be time to put on blinders during the games as well. At least during the first period.

The Hawks fell behind...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

At odds with Obama: 6 Chicago mayoral candidates say presidential center should guarantee community benefits
Six hopefuls for Chicago mayor who attended a South Side candidate forum Tuesday night said that unlike former President Barack Obama, they favor a plan that would protect residents living near his proposed presidential center from being priced out of their neighborhoods.

During the event, which...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

France shooting: At least 3 killed, more wounded in Strasbourg attack, official says
France's interior minister says a gunman "sowed terror" in three parts of the eastern city of Strasbourg, including a famous Christmas market, with a shooting spree that killed three people and left six others with serious injuries.

Earlier police union officials had said four people were killed....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Joe Maddon's offseason reading list: 'Managing Millennials for Dummies'
Cubs manager Joe Maddon stressed he has no ill will over President Theo Epstein's decision to table talks on an extension this winter.

"The whole objective now, and Theo really wanted to put the emphasis on us and winning, and I definitely don't want the emphasis on me," Maddon said Tuesday during...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Cubs manager Joe Maddon's offseason reading list: 'Managing Millennials for Dummies'
Cubs manager Joe Maddon stressed he has no ill will over President Theo Epstein's decision to table talks on an extension this winter.

"The whole objective now, and Theo really wanted to put the emphasis on us and winning, and I definitely don't want the emphasis on me," Maddon said Tuesday during...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner could profit from real estate tax break they pushed
At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration's new real estate investment program, which offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan's strongest supporters.

"Ivanka,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Trump loyalist Peter O'Rourke forced out of VA after collecting his $160,000 salary while doing little work
The Trump administration has forced out a senior White House political appointee at the Department of Veterans Affairs who spent months on the federal payroll doing little to no work.

Peter O'Rourke's departure marks an unceremonious fall for a Trump loyalist once seen as a rising star at the VA...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel to call for legalized weed, Chicago casino and constitutional amendment to fund public pensions
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday will call for state lawmakers to legalize marijuana, allow a Chicago casino and approve a state constitutional amendment to help the city address a looming pension crisis that will require nearly $1 billion in new annual retirement payments by 2023, according to...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

A catcher? A reliever? Bryce Harper? White Sox are still exploring free-agent waters
The next step in the White Sox's attempt to become a contender could be more significant than their acquisition Tuesday of pitcher Ivan Nova from the Pirates for minor-league pitcher Yordi Rosario and international signing bonus pool money.

For now, Nova, 31, provides the Sox with an innings-eating...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

White Sox are still cultivating their plans for offseason free agency
The next step in the White Sox's attempt to become a contender could be more significant than their acquisition Tuesday of pitcher Ivan Nova from the Pirates for minor-league pitcher Yordi Rosario and international signing bonus pool money.

For now, Nova, 31, provides the Sox with an innings-eating...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Trump, Pelosi, Schumer bicker on-camera in Oval Office spat over border wall
President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer berated one another on camera Tuesday over Trump's border wall, an Oval Office spectacle that underscored the distance between the two sides as they confront a fast-approaching deadline for a partial...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Advocate to use old Best Buy store in West Dundee for immediate care outpatient facility
West Dundee's shuttered Best Buy building has been leased by Advocate Medical Group, which plans to convert it into an immediate care outpatient center.

In addition to offering primary care for all ages, the 11,500-square-foot facility at 979 W. Main St. will also provide X-ray services, said Jennifer...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

France shooting: 4 dead, 11 wounded near Christmas market in Strasbourg
A shooting in the French city of Strasbourg killed four people and wounded 11 others near a world-famous Christmas market Tuesday, sparking a broad lockdown and a search for the suspected gunman, who remained at large.

French prosecutors said a terrorism investigation was opened, though authorities...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Slowik: Challengers cry foul in disputes over Chicago Heights election petitions
Officials in Chicago Heights next week are expected to decide numerous challenges to petitions filed by candidates running for mayor and alderman.

Some of the challengers are crying foul, saying electoral board members who will decide challenges are too closely affiliated with incumbents in power.

...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Pregnant woman critically wounded in Round Lake shooting, authorities say
A pregnant woman was shot and critically wounded Tuesday afternoon in Round Lake, according to authorities.

At about 2 p.m., Round Lake Beach police responded to a call of a disturbance and shots fired at a residence on the 600 block of West Nippersink Road.

According to Lake County Major Crime...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Bulls coach Jim Boylen calls Mexico City game a family business trip
The Bulls flew to Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon, where they'll face the Magic on Thursday as part of the NBA Global Games initiative.

These trips are grow-the-game galas, complete with an appearance from NBA commissioner Adam Silver and plenty of NBA Cares community service events.

All of that,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

Bulls head to Mexico City 'as a family on a business trip' for a game vs. the Magic
The Bulls flew to Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon, where they'll face the Magic on Thursday as part of the NBA Global Games initiative.

These trips are grow-the-game galas, complete with an appearance from NBA commissioner Adam Silver and plenty of NBA Cares community service events.

All of that,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2018

New prescription drug is giving hope to opioid addicts
For 16 years, prescription opioids ruled Jo Pagel's life. From 2001 to 2017, she battled cancerous tumors in her breasts, lymph nodes and uterus while fighting an addiction to OxyContin.

"I didn't know a thing about it," Pagel, 63, told the Rapid City Journalof the drug, which was prescribed to...



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