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Chicago Tribune
Sep 26, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 4-year postseason streak officially comes to an end
Even before the Cubs lost to the Pirates 4-2 on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, they were eliminated from postseason contention. The Brewers already had put the finishing touches on a 9-2 win against the Reds in Cincinnati for their 20th victory in 24 games.

This will be the first time since 2014...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 1 more loss or a Brewers win would officially end the 4-year postseason streak
The Cubs lost 9-2 to the Pirates on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, their season-high seventh consecutive defeat.

And the Brewers knocked off the Reds 4-2 in Cincinnati for their 16th win in 18 games, putting the Cubs' elimination number for postseason contention at one with five games remaining....



Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 1 more loss or Brewers win would officially end the 4-year postseason streak
The Cubs lost 9-2 to the Pirates on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, their season-high seventh consecutive defeat.

And the Brewers knocked off the Reds 4-2 in Cincinnati for their 16th win in 18 games, putting the Cubs' elimination number for postseason contention at one with five games remaining....



Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: Elimination number is 3 heading into the final 6 games of the season
The Cardinals on Monday moved a step closer to winning their first National League Central title since 2015, defeating the Diamondbacks 9-7 in Phoenix for their sixth straight victory. They moved 3½ games ahead of the idle Brewers and reduced their magic number for clinching the division to three.

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Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: Elimination number at 3 heading into the final 6 games of the season
The Cardinals on Monday moved a step closer to winning their first National League Central title since 2015, defeating the Diamondbacks 9-7 in Phoenix for their sixth straight victory. They moved 3½ games ahead of the idle Brewers and reduced their magic number for clinching the division to three.

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Chicago Tribune
Sep 22, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 4 games behind the Brewers for the 2nd NL wild-card spot with 6 games remaining
The Cardinals rallied for two runs in the ninth for the second straight day, beating the Cubs 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The four-game sweep eliminated the Cubs from the National League Central race in their home finale.

The Cubs also fell four games out of a wild-card spot. The Brewers...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 22, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: Eliminated from the NL Central race and 4 behind the Brewers for the 2nd wild-card spot
The Cardinals rallied for two runs in the ninth for the second straight day, beating the Cubs 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The four-game sweep eliminated the Cubs from the National League Central race in their home finale.

The Cubs also fell four games out of a wild-card spot. The Brewers...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 21, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 6 behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and 3 behind the Brewers for the 2nd wild card
The Cardinals rallied for a 9-8 victory against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, leaving the Cubs six games behind the National League Central Division leaders with seven games remaining.

The Cubs also fell 3 games behind the Brewers for the second wild-card spot. Milwaukee routed...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 21, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 6 behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and 2½ behind the Brewers for the 2nd wild card
The Cardinals rallied for a 9-8 victory against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, leaving the Cubs six games behind the National League Central Division leaders with seven games remaining.

The Cubs also fell 2½ games behind the Brewers for the second wild-card spot, pending Milwaukee's...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 21, 2019

Photos: 'Biggest Loser' Season 10 contestants
Dick's Sporting Goods said it is still reviewing whether to continue to sell firearms as it weighs results from 135 stores which no longer carry guns.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 21, 2019

The latest from editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis




Chicago Tribune
Sep 21, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 5 behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and 2 behind the Brewers for the 2nd wild card
The Cubs lost to the Cardinals 2-1 on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, falling five games behind the National League Central Division leaders with eight games to play.

The Cubs also dropped 2 games behind the Brewers for the second NL wild-card spot after the Brewers defeated the Pirates 10-1...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 20, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 5 behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and 1½ behind the Brewers for the 2nd wild card
The Cubs lost to the Cardinals 2-1 on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, falling five games behind the National League Central Division leaders with eight games to play.

The Cubs also dropped 1½ games behind the Brewers for the second NL wild-card spot, pending Milwaukee's game tonight against...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 20, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 4 behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and 1 game back of the Brewers for the 2nd wild card
The Cardinals won the opener of crucial four-game series Thursday night, knocking off the Cubs 5-4 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field and dropping the North Siders out of a playoff spot with nine games left in the season.

The Cubs fell four games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 19, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 3 behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and tied with the Brewers for the 2nd wild card, 1½ game behind the Nationals
The Cubs lost ground to the Cardinals in the National League Central and blew a chance to gain on the Brewers and Nationals in the wild-card race with a 3-2, 10-inning defeat to the Reds on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

The Cardinals defeated Max Scherzer and the Nationals 5-1 in St. Louis,...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 18, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 2½ behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and tied with the Brewers for the 2nd wild card, 1 game behind the Nationals
The Cubs need to defeat the Reds on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field to keep pace with the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central.

The Cards beat Max Scherzer and the Nationals 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis in the rubber game of the series, pulling 2½ games ahead of the...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 17, 2019

Cubs playoff picture: 2 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and a half-game behind the Nationals for the top wild-card spot
The Cubs won their fifth straight Monday, defeating the Reds 8-2 at Wrigley Field. They remained two games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central and pulled within a half-game of the Nationals for the top wild-card spot.

The Cardinals rebounded from losing two of three to the Brewers...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 17, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs stay 2 behind the Cardinals in the division and pull within a half-game of the Nationals for the top wild-card spot
The Cubs won their fifth straight Monday, defeating the Reds 8-2 at Wrigley Field. They remained two games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central and pulled within a half-game of the Nationals for the top wild-card spot.

The Cardinals rebounded from losing two of three to the Brewers...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 15, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs pull within 2 games of the Cardinals in the division thanks to Ryan Braun's grand slam
The Cubs pulled within two games of the Cardinals in the National League Central after Sunday's action, which included the Cubs finishing a dominant sweep of the Pirates with a 16-6 win at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs clobbering the pitiful Pirates was old news by that point. The day's big moment happened...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 14, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs pull within 3 games of the Cardinals in the division and 1½ of the Nationals for the 1st wild-card spot
The Cubs pulled within three games of the Cardinals in the National League Central and 1½ games of the Nationals for the first wild-card spot Saturday with a 14-1 victory against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The Brewers remained one game behind the Cubs in the wild-card chase with a 5-2 victory...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 14, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs pull 1 game ahead of the Brewers for the 2nd wild-card spot and remain 4 games behind the Cardinals
The Cubs took sole possession of the National League's second wild-card spot on Friday with a 17-8 rout of the Pirates at Wrigley Field and the Brewers' 10-0 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis.

The Cubs also moved within 2½ games of the first wild card after the Nationals lost to the Braves 5-0.

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Chicago Tribune
Sep 12, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs and Brewers remain tied for 2nd wild-card spot and 4 games behind the Cardinals as all 3 teams win
The Brewers kept the heat on and the Cubs kept pace in their battle for a playoff berth.

After the Brewers defeated the Marlins 3-2 on Thursday in Miami for their seventh consecutive victory, the Cubs won 4-1 in the finale of a four-game series against the Padres in San Diego as the teams remained...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 12, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs must win today to keep pace with the Brewers, who pull ahead in the wild-card race with 7th straight victory
The Brewers kept the heat on the Cubs in their battle for a playoff berth, defeating the Marlins 3-2 on Thursday in Miami to take a half-game lead for the second National League wild-card spot.

The Cubs need to win the finale of a four-game series against the Padres this afternoon in San Diego...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 12, 2019

NL Central tracker: Another loss drops the Cubs into a tie with the Brewers for the 2nd wild-card spot while the 1st-place Cardinals keep a 4-game lead
The NL wild card race is getting tighter.

With their 4-0 loss to the Padres on Wednesday night in San Diego, the Cubs fell into a tie with the Brewers for the second National League wild-card spot. The Brewers, despite Christian Yelich's season-ending injury Tuesday, beat the Marlins 7-5 in Miami.

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Chicago Tribune
Sep 12, 2019

NL Central tracker: Another loss puts Cubs in tie with the Brewers for 2nd wild-card spot while first-place Cardinals keep 4-game lead
The NL wild card race is getting tighter.

With Wednesday night's 4-0 loss to the Padres, the Cubs are now tied with the Brewers for the second NL wild-card spot. The Brewers, despite Christian Yelich's season-ending injury Tuesday, beat the Marlins 7-5.

The Mets and Phillies are only two games...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 11, 2019

NL Central tracker: Late loss costs the Cubs a chance to gain on the Cardinals; lead for the 2nd wild card is down to 1 game over Brewers
The Cubs missed an opportunity to gain ground on the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central on Tuesday night.

The Rockies edged the Cards 2-1 in Denver, but the Cubs later lost to the Padres 9-8 in 10 innings in San Diego, leaving them four games behind with only 18 games remaining.

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Chicago Tribune
Sep 10, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs pull within 4 games of the Cardinals in the division, hold a 2-game lead in the wild-card chase
The Cubs pulled within four games of the idle Cardinals in the National League Central on Monday night with a 10-2 rout of the Padres in San Diego.

They also trimmed their deficit to the Nationals, who were off, for the top NL wild-card spot to 2½ games. The Brewers remained two games behind the...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 09, 2019

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Chicago Tribune
Sep 08, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs fall 3½ games behind the Cardinals, and the Diamondbacks pull within 1½ games in the wild-card race
The Cubs lost to the Brewers 3-2 on Saturday night in Milwaukee and fell 3½ games behind the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central with 21 games left.

The Cardinals routed the Pirates 10-1 in Pittsburgh.

The Diamondbacks, who beat the Reds 2-0 in Cincinnati, pulled within 1½ games...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 07, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs remain 2½ games behind the Cardinals, but the Diamondbacks gain ground in the wild-card race
The Cubs managed only three hits Friday in a 7-1 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee, snapping their three-game winning streak.

But the first-place Cardinals lost, too, falling 9-4 to the Pirates in Pittsburgh and leaving the Cubs 2½ games out in the National League Central. The Brewers...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 06, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs are still 2½ behind the Cardinals but reduce magic number for a playoff spot to 20
The Cubs pounded out 16 hits Thursday in a 10-5 victory over the Brewers in the opener of a four-game series in Milwaukee.

The first-place Cardinals remained 2½ games ahead of the Cubs in the National League Central, blanking the Giants 10-0 in St. Louis for their 12th win in 15 games.

The Nationals...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 05, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs move to 2½ back with Cardinals loss and increase wild-card lead over Phillies to 3 games
The idle Cubs trimmed their deficit in the National League Central to 2½ games Wednesday when the Cardinals lost 9-8 to the Giants in St. Louis.

The Cubs also increased their lead for the second NL wild-card spot to three games with the Phillies' 8-5 loss in Cincinnati.

The second-place Cubs and...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 04, 2019

‘So. (Bleeping). Ready': Why Khalil Mack can't wait for the Packers to get to town
It has been seven months, three weeks and six days since Khalil Mack last hit an opponent in an NFL game. Which would explain why Mack leaned his head back Monday afternoon, smiled widely and, in his chill but emphatic way, offered this proclamation.

"So. (Bleeping). Ready," Mack said.

You're welcome,...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 04, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs keep pace with the red-hot Cardinals, maintain 2½-game wild-card lead
The Cubs completed a two-game sweep of the Mariners on Tuesday with a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field.

The first-place Cardinals defeated the Giants 1-0 in St. Louis for their 11th victory in 13 games. The third-place Brewers beat the Astros 4-2 at Miller Park.

A look at the division race:

1. Cardinals...

Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Kevin Hart's wife says he's ‘going to be fine' after car crash
Comic actor Kevin Hart's wife says he's "going to be just fine" following a weekend car crash that left him with a major back injury.

Eniko Hart was questioned by a TMZ reporter while visiting him at the hospital Monday. She gave no details beyond that assurance, and the actor's press representatives...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Cubs Q&A: Does Anthony Rizzo's swing cause back problems? Do the Cubs use virtual reality hitting tools? Why rely so much on home runs?
The Tribune's Mark Gonzales answers your Cubs questions.

Can Anthony Rizzo's recent back problem be traced to the emphasis on launch angle when he's at the plate? I'm not a doctor, but I would think that dropping down like he does with his rear leg only increases the stress on his back. — Chris...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Fantasy football Week 1 lineups: Start Chris Carson and sit Aaron Jones
Go ahead and forgive yourself.

Someone on the waiver wire (or even worse, your bench) is going to go berserk in Week 1, and you'll miss out on those points. The season debut — and even Week 2 — can be full of flukes, so don't beat yourself up about missed opportunities.

And don't go chasing lottery...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

The ‘fast and feast' diet works for weight loss, but its long-term effects are unknown
Tired of that spare tire?

Low-calorie diets work, but can be difficult to follow. A much simpler approach to losing weight might be to just stop eating every other day.

It's called alternate-day fasting (ADF). As the name implies, you starve yourself by fasting one day and then you feast the next,...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

15-year-old killed near Austin home dreamed of playing for White Sox: ‘I see the little boy, and I remember that forever'
Three years before his death, Davantae Jackson was walking the manicured grass of the White Sox ballpark, in awe of his opportunity to practice at the storied field.

Known as "Lefty" for his left-handed pitch, the 12-year-old was there with his team from the Garfield Park Little League, a program...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

After 99 seasons of mediocrity at quarterback, can Mitch Trubisky rewrite Bears history? ‘Let's go.'
The gleam in Mitch Trubisky's smile is even brighter than usual. The bounce in his walk is undeniable. Trubisky's "What's up?" nod followed by a handshake and half-bro hug comes with added vigor.

And why shouldn't this be the case?

The quarterback has just come from center stage at the Bears100...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Can Mitch Trubisky be the one to rewrite Bears history after 99 seasons of franchise mediocrity at quarterback?
The gleam in Mitch Trubisky's smile is even brighter than usual. The bounce in his walk is undeniable. Trubisky's "What's up?" nod followed by a handshake and half-bro hug comes with added vigor.

And why shouldn't this be the case?

The quarterback has just come from center stage at the Bears100...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Labor and delivery units are closing at Chicago-area hospitals. Here's why.
Glass-walled nurseries brimming with newborns and beds filled with exhausted mothers were once standard parts of any community hospital.

But that may be changing as community hospitals grapple with a number of factors outside of their control while trying to manage their bottom lines.



Over the...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 3, Bronko Nagurski
The word "legend" does not carry the weight it once did.

Taken literally, it applies only to figures who were larger than life. Paul Bunyan, for instance, created the Great Lakes so his blue ox, "Babe," could have suitable watering holes. Or so the story goes.

John Henry won a hammering contest...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Dubai to curb pace of construction projects as prices fall
Dubai's ruler issued a directive on Monday that would curb the pace of new real estate construction projects as property prices fall and the sheer scale of developments threatens to outstrip demand. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered the creation of a committee to study the needs of...

Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Da story behind Da Bears — and how the sausage-eating, Mike Ditka-obsessed, Chicago-aggrandizing Super Fans are still part of Chicago sports today












Brett Favre is late.

The Hall of Fame quarterback is running behind after his visit with the Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., so Robert Smigel and George Wendt have time to kill while they wait for him to jet to Chicago.

The duo is in the back of a motorhome near the Waldron parking deck outside...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

As students return for a new school year, new education-related laws hit the books
As students head back to school, several new education-related laws are hitting the books, and even more will take effect within the year. Some deal with curriculum material; others attempt to address teacher shortages; at least one involves medical marijuana. Here's a look at some of the new rules.

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Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

New law requires Illinois schools teach contributions of gay, transgender people: ‘It is past time children know the names of LGBTQ pioneers'
When Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago this spring, the city's school district put together a lesson guide with ideas and resources for teaching about her inauguration — without explicitly referencing her sexual orientation.

"Chicago made history by electing our first African-American...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Daywatch: A challenger for Kim Foxx, the first day — ever — at Englewood STEM High School, and other things to know to start your day
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Good morning, Chicago. Here are some of the top stories...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

From David Montgomery to Khalil Mack: 5 Bears players to watch in 2019
With four first-team All-Pro players and four additional Pro Bowlers returning in 2019, the Bears have intriguing players up and down their roster.

But here are five of the most important to watch as the team tries to make a Super Bowl run this season.

1. Khalil Mack Mack doesn't just want to be...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

2 people alleged to have stolen alcohol from a Northbrook grocery store: Police
The following items were taken from Northbrook Police Department reports and releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

DUI

Christopher Cervantez, 34, of the 1000 block of Hawkinson Avenue, Galesburg, was charged on August 24 with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Northwestern looks awful in a season-opening 17-7 defeat to Stanford: ‘This was a really disappointing loss'
All that prep time. All those secrets.

And for what?

Northwestern's offense was atrocious in its opener Saturday at Stanford. Both quarterbacks, five-star transfer Hunter Johnson and fifth-year senior TJ Green, made crucial mistakes. The offensive line, under the tutelage of new assistant Kurt...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

The Bears 53-man roster is set — for now. Here's a detailed breakdown plus analysis from our team of reporters.
The Bears set the first version of their 53-man roster by Saturday's 3 p.m. deadline.

It will evolve throughout the season, sometimes daily. And, as general manager Ryan Pace established in his first four seasons, it could change as early as Sunday's waiver-claim period.

For now, though, here's...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Take a look back at a century of Chicago Bears uniforms, including 97 years of orange and blue (and 3 of red and gold)
When the Bears host the Vikings Sept. 29, the team will wear spirited throwback uniforms from 1936 with striped jerseys and helmets and socks straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. 1936 wasn't a championship year, however, it was a rare standout season for uniforms. Across the century of what the Bears...

Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Teen charged in Edgewater Beach attack
A 17-year-old was charged with felony aggravated battery after a late Monday attack in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood left a man in critical condition, according to a Thursday night news release.

The boy, who was positively identified as the offender who battered the man, was arrested shortly...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Sasha Obama will begin college classes at the University of Michigan next week
When the Obama daughters left Chicago for the White House, their parents were — in between stump speeches and Cabinet appointments — focused on getting them to make their beds every day, set their own alarm clocks and manage a $1-a-week allowance. Bedtime was 8 p.m.

Now, former President Barack...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Park Ridge surveys residents on support, opposition to marijuana businesses
A new, online survey will give Park Ridge residents an opportunity to share their level of support or opposition to recreational marijuana businesses operating within the city.

The survey, which is available through the city's website, www.parkridge.us, asks respondents to indicate whether they...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 9, Dan Hampton
Dan and Matt Hampton were playing in the yard of their family's farm one 1960s afternoon in Cabot, Ark.

Shooting bottle rockets at each other was among the rambunctious brothers' favorite pastimes, so that day's activity was not out of the ordinary.

Dan climbed above the boys' treehouse and began...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

‘Ooooh, the skulduggery!': Inside the world of Steve McMichael, still one of the most colorful and beloved characters from the 1985 Bears
Steve McMichael reaches across the table for a handful of Mongo nachos, plopping a mound of corn chips, beef, queso and olives onto his plate and taking a moment to catch his breath. If the wooden chairs at McMichael's Romeoville sports bar were equipped with seat belts, now might be a good time...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

5 things about chef Musa Dagdeviren you may not have learned on Netflix's ‘Chef's Table'
You may have seen chef Musa Dagdeviren on the Netflix series "Chef's Table" and followed his beautiful obsession to save traditional Turkish food. Maybe you've been lucky enough to visit Dagdeviren's original kebab shop in Istanbul, or his ambitious restaurant Ciya Sofrasy, where he serves dishes...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Elmwood Park, River Grove police reports: cell phone stolen from panhandler as he begged
The following items were taken from area police department reports and releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

Elmwood Park

Graffiti/Criminal trespass

Two walls of a construction site in the 00 block of Conti Parkway were spray-painted on Aug. 8.

The overhead garage door of...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Expunging marijuana convictions: What you need to know
As part of the legalization of retail marijuana sales next year, new state law provides for wiping out low-level convictions and arrests for marijuana possession.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to qualify to have their public records erased for cases involving cannabis misdemeanors...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Family finances: A break on inherited IRAs could disappear
The SECURE Act recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is full of retiree-friendly provisions. But one way lawmakers plan to pay for them is by killing off the "stretch IRA." This estate-planning tool allows non-spouse heirs to inherit an IRA and "stretch" withdrawals over their life...

Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in 'Joker'
Joaquin Phoenix is having a hard time defining the Joker, but then again, he doesn't really want to. The actor spent eight months exploring how a struggling stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck becomes Batman's antagonist, the villain with a chilling laugh and a love of chaos. Preparing for the...

Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Fun mixes with faith at Lauretana Italian festival
The annual religious feast of Maria Santissima Lauretana, which takes place in Niles, attracted up to an estimated 9,000 people to the south side of Golf Mill Shopping Center over the four days of the feast during Labor Day weekend.

"This is in honor of the Blessed Mother, our patron saint from...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

Ask Amy: Aspiring lawyer rests his case
Dear Amy: My brother and I are both in our young 20s and are still living at home. I am getting my Master's degree and my brother has recently decided that he would like to study for the LSAT and attend law school.

He has never much liked school, nor spent much time studying, but he has decided...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 03, 2019

2019 Equity Jeff nominations are in: Porchlight and Paramount are tops, Goodman and Chicago Shakes are mostly snubbed
Porchlight Theatre Company, long a favorite of the Joseph Jefferson Committee, had another banner year in the Jeff nominations, scoring a formidable 17 nominations and seeing virtually its entire season of work on the most-admired list. The Paramount Theatre in Aurora also had much to celebrate,...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Rick Renteria gets ejected again as the White Sox drop their 7th straight, 11-3 to the Indians
White Sox starter Ross Detwiler had a short night.

And so did manager Rick Renteria.

The Sox manager was ejected in the fifth inning of Monday's 11-3 loss to the Indians in front of 16,149 at Progressive Field.

It was the Sox's seventh consecutive loss, matching their longest such streak of the...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

NL Central tracker: Cubs remain 3 back of the Cardinals, maintain 2½-game wild-card lead
The Cubs ended a 24-inning scoreless drought Sunday, and it helped them keep pace with the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central.

The Cubs won the opener of a two-game series against the Mariners on Monday, riding a five-run seventh inning to a 5-1 victory at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Barrington police make drug possession, DUI arrests
The following items were taken from Barrington Police Department reports and releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

DUI

Johanna L. Olsen, 24, of the first block of Shaddle Avenue, Mundelein, was charged Aug. 15 with driving under the influence, possession of cannabis, speeding...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Northbrook officials brew up new ‘Friday Night' event
Northbrook officials have brewed a new idea for a community event that they anticipate beer lovers and non-beer lovers alike can enjoy.

The inaugural "Friday Night Flights" takes place Friday at the Techny Prairie Park and Fields, said Madeline Farrell, assistant to the village manager.

The event...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Week 1 preview: Breaking down all things Bears-Packers, including the Matt Nagy-Mitch Trubisky partnership, in the Bear Download podcast
Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast.

Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play

The NFL regular season is here, and Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are basking in the glow of Bears-Packers. They dive into the power struggle between new Green Bay coach...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Week 1 preview: Breaking down all things Bears-Packers, including the Matt Nagy-Mitch Trubisky partnership, on the Bear Download podcast
Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast.

Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play

The NFL regular season is here, and Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are basking in the glow of Bears-Packers. They dive into the power struggle between new Green Bay coach...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Will the White Sox call up Luis Robert? The team will announce September promotions Tuesday.
The White Sox Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte saw its playoff hopes end Monday with a loss to Norfolk.

Now the wait begins to see which players the Sox call up.

Sox manager Rick Renteria said an announcement will be made Tuesday. But he cautioned that "not many" players will be joining the Sox.

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Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Cubs hope their 5-run 7th inning to beat the Mariners 5-1 gets them rolling in the right direction
The Cubs offense has teased fans with occasional outbursts this season only to fall into funks that are largely to blame for the team's three-game deficit in the National League Central.

So it's understandable that manager Joe Maddon controlled his optimism after Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Charles Tillman and his rowing partner arrive exhausted but elated after their trek across Lake Michigan for charity
Charles Tillman and Jacob Beckley docked their row boat and stretched out on a pier at 31st Street Harbor for a few minutes, completely exhausted.

Family, fans and Tillman's former Bears teammates Jerry Azumah and Anthony Adams cheered their arrival and waited for them to join them on deck, but...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Cubs newcomer Brad Wieck is getting results with his nasty new curveball
Mariners left-handed hitter Kyle Seager bent over Monday as a pitch from Cubs left-handed newcomer Brad Wieck came toward him.

But Wieck's curve broke sharply over the plate for a called third strike. Wieck then continued to flash his polished pitch to retire the side in order in the ninth inning...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Column: Bears express optimism about their tight ends despite more questions than evidence
The Bears could find themselves where they left off last season, at least in terms of their tight ends, when the season kicks off Thursday night against the Packers.

Trey Burton has what general manager Ryan Pace described as a "minor groin strain," one the team says is not related to the sports...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

White Sox hope to snap their 6-game skid with Ross Detwiler on the mound against the Indians
The White Sox last played the Indians on June 2, and won 2-0 to get within one game of the .500 mark with a 29-30 record.

A lot has changed since then.

The Sox are 16 games under .500 (60-76) as they begin a four-game series Monday against the Indians at Progressive Field.

The Sox have lost six...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Cubs end their scoreless drought with 5-run inning to beat the Mariners 5-1
The Cubs' offensive frustration reached a new low after six innings Monday, but timely hits from Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber sparked a five-run seventh inning that paved the way for a 5-1 comeback win over the Mariners at Wrigley Field.

A patient and appreciative crowd roared after Rizzo ripped...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

5 things we heard from Bears coordinators, including the kicking competition ‘paying dividends' and accounting for Trey Burton's potential absence
Bears coordinators spoke with the media Monday as their units prepared for the season opener against the Packers.

Here are five things we heard.

1. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said he is "really proud" of the Bears' process to find a kicker. Bears coach Matt Nagy named Eddy Pineiro the...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

'Ready to get this thing rolling': Here's what Ryan Pace had to say about Eddy Pineiro's outlook, Trey Burton's injury and Bears roster cuts
Bears general manager Ryan Pace chatted with media at Halas Hall on Monday to wrap up the preseason and look ahead to a season that features the highest expectations of his five-year tenure.

"The vibe in the building right now, I would say, is excitement and focus, ready to get this thing rolling,"...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

‘So. (Bleeping). Ready': A year after his dazzling Bears debut, Khalil Mack can't wait for the Packers to get to town
It has been seven months, three weeks and six days since Khalil Mack last hit an opponent in an NFL game. Which would explain why Mack leaned his head back Monday afternoon, smiled widely and, in his chill but emphatic way, offered this proclamation.

"So. (Bleeping). Ready," Mack said.

You're welcome,...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Illinois running back Mike Epstein is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in the opener
Illinois running back Mike Epstein will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury Saturday in the opener against Akron, coach Lovie Smith said Monday.

Epstein hung a towel over his head and covered his face as he was carted off the Memorial Stadium field after a hit.

It's the latest...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Illinois running back Mike Epstein out for the season with a knee injury
Illinois running back Mike Epstein will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury Saturday in the season opener against Akron, coach Lovie Smith said Monday.

Epstein hung a towel over his head and covered his face as he was carted off the Memorial Stadium field after a hit.

It's...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Michael W. Gonzalez, engineer, co-founder of Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation, dies




Michael W. Gonzalez founded an engineering firm in Chicago and also co-founded the nonpartisan and nonprofit Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation, which provides scholarships to college students.

"He took (the foundation) very seriously, and had such a commitment to the Latino community,"...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Football notebook: Fenwick ‘in a good spot' after opening win
Friday's game was an ideal start for the Fenwick football team, which is hoping to turn the page in 2019.

The Friars defeated Curie 45-14 at Triton College after jumping out to a huge early lead. Fenwick (1-0) led by 24 points after one quarter and 31 points at halftime.

But coach Gene Nudo said...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

100 greatest moments in Chicago Bears history
100 greatest moments in Chicago Bears history

Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Cubs expect Yu Darvish to start Saturday but are mindful of his increased workload this season
Adbert Alzolay was promoted Monday from Triple-A Iowa, but the Cubs insisted the arrival of one of their top prospects should be interpreted as insurance in the event Yu Darvish can't make his next start Saturday against the Brewers.

"It's always going to be what's best for the pitcher, so we thought...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Super Bowl or bust? 5 Bears storylines to watch in 2019
The Bears haven't made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since Lovie Smith's 2005 and 2006 teams.

But after Matt Nagy's group broke an eight-year playoff drought in his first season as coach, a return to the postseason — and a deeper run — is expected around Chicago for 2019.

Here are five storylines...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Javier Baez is out of the Cubs lineup with a sore left thumb — and he could sit tomorrow too
Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (sore left thumb) won't start Monday at Wrigley Field against the Mariners.

Manager Joe Maddon intimated Baez could also sit Tuesday night if the soreness doesn't subside.

Addison Russell will start at shortstop, with Robel Garcia at second base.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Debra Messing fires back at Trump after Twitter feud
"Will and Grace" star Debra Messing blasted President Donald Trump Sunday, criticizing his focus on her tweets in the midst of a mass shooting and a large hurricane.

"So! I woke up this morning to my phone notifications going crazy. I got scared. I thought "Oh NO! Don't tell me there is a 3rd mass...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Comedian Kevin Hart injured in Southern California car crash
Actor-comedian Kevin Hart has been injured in the crash of a vintage muscle car in the hills above Malibu.

A California Highway Patrol collision report says the 40-year-old Hart was a passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that went off Mulholland Highway and rolled down an embankment around 12:45...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Column: This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for American democracy
This is no time to be on the sidelines.

Stacey Abrams: Stand up and be counted. "I do not want to serve in the Senate," says the hugely popular former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

Steve Bullock: Stand up and be counted. "My talents are best suited" to an executive role, says Montana's...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Jazz Fest review: A new band makes history and lights up festival's finale
The 41st annual Chicago Jazz Festival made music history on Sunday evening, quite a way to end this year's unusually strong event.

On paper, Latino-America Unida - in its first public appearance - looked promising, thanks to its distinctive personnel: Each musician would represent a different facet...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

3 takeaways from the Cubs-Brewers series, including Javier Baez's surprise leadoff move and Yu Darvish's forearm issue
Here are three takeaways from the Cubs-Brewers series, where Milwaukee won two of three at Wrigley Field.

1. Javier Baez leading off is either brilliant or crazy. Lost in the hub-bub over Ben Zobrist's return was the surprising move by manager Joe Maddon to insert Baez into the leadoff spot Sunday.

...

Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Notre Dame QB Ian Book has never gotten a speeding ticket — and why that's (mainly) a good thing as the Irish open the season tonight at Louisville
You probably don't know the role Josh Ott played in Brady Quinn's college career. That's OK. Not many do.

Ott was a terrific linebacker for Boston College in 2000-03. He tormented Notre Dame in the 2002 game, recovering a fumble and taking home a pick-six. And in 2003, a second straight Eagles...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Column: Matt Nagy is the difference-maker for the Bears offense. We'll finally get to see the real thing beginning Thursday night.
After an uneven training camp and a nonexistent preseason, it's time for the unveiling of what should be a more potent Bears offense Thursday night against the Packers.

Without even a small sample size of preseason action to evaluate — quarterback Mitch Trubisky was on the field for three snaps...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

College football Week 1 wrap-up: Jalen Hurts tops our ranking of the transfer QB debuts. And is this the year running backs retake the Heisman race?
The story of Week 1 was freshman quarterbacks.

Three of them led victorious comebacks Saturday from double-digit deficits, capped by Bo Nix rallying Auburn past Oregon in the marquee game of the day. Earlier, North Carolina's Sam Howell threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to upend South Carolina,...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

How Matt Nagy blended success, failure and an epic offseason itinerary into his message to the 2019 Bears
Matt Nagy used both hands to clutch his gold NFL Coach of the Year trophy once his right hand was free. It was only natural to shake hands first with the men who presented it to him, Joe Namath and Barry Sanders.

No big deal. Just a couple of Hall of Famers and a washed-up Division I-AA quarterback...



Chicago Tribune
Sep 02, 2019

Matt Nagy's balancing act: How the Coach of the Year blended success, failure and an epic offseason itinerary into his message to the 2019 Bears
Matt Nagy used both hands to clutch his gold NFL Coach of the Year trophy once his right hand was free. It was only natural to shake hands first with the men who presented it to him, Joe Namath and Barry Sanders.

No big deal. Just a couple of Hall of Famers and a washed-up Division I-AA quarterback...



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