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Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Al's Beef is selling 80-cent Italian beef sandwiches to celebrate a juicy gift from the Chicago City Council
Al's Beef is celebrating its 80th year in business with a juicy discount: 80-cent Italian beef sandwiches Thursday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Beef fans can visit the Al's main location at 1079 W. Taylor St. in Little Italy or any of the eight franchise locations around the Chicago area. As...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

TripAdvisor claims Alaska has better pizza than Chicago... Um?
TripAdvisor, where random people rate everything from hotels to helicopter rides, just released a list of the top pizzerias in the country. And the winner is located in — wait for it— Boston? Regina Pizzeria, which has been open since 1926, is definitely a surprising pick for the top spot. (Joseph...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Can the Bears beat the Patriots on Sunday? Check the numbers.
Here's a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to face the Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday (noon, CBS).

Against the Dolphins 950: Yards of offense by the Bears in their last two games. Against the Buccaneers and Dolphins, they had 10 touchdowns, 11 pass plays of 25 or more yards...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Read Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2019 Budget Address as prepared for delivery
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Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers his final budget address for Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will lean on cost cutting, property tax district surpluses and personnel savings to avoid broad tax and fee increases in his election-year budget plan while paying for increased spending for the Chicago Police Department consent decree, youth mentoring, new police technology...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Two men face charges in shooting of 2 Will County deputies who were serving warrant in Joliet
Two men are scheduled appear in court Wednesday afternoon on charges connected to the shooting Tuesday night of two Will County sheriff's deputies who were serving a warrant in a drug case at a home in Joliet, authorities say.

The two men were taken into custody after they tried to flee from the...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Laura Ditka, prosecutor in Penn State child abuse case, dies at 55
Laura Ditka, the lead prosecutor in the child abuse case involving officials at Penn State, has died. She was 55.

The Allegheny County district attorney's office tweeted Tuesday that Ditka died unexpectedly. No cause of death was given.

The DA's office called her "an extraordinary public servant...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

For Fred Hoiberg, this could be his last chance to prove he can coach the Bulls
To remove any ambiguity, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg met with Jabari Parker the day after demoting the $20 million hometown hero to a reserve role.

Hoiberg spelled out the importance of Parker to this Bulls season whether the enigmatic forward comes off the bench, as is likely, or starts. Whether...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Tornado activity on rise in Illinois, other states, says study led by NIU professor; more people at risk by 'eastward shift'
Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River, including Illinois, and farther east, a new study shows.

Scientists aren't quite certain why.

Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi,...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Notre Dame's midseason report card: Offense, defense, special teams, coaching
Notre Dame won its first three games largely on the strength of its experienced defense.

Coach Brian Kelly realized the offense needed a spark.

A quarterback switch, with Ian Book replacing Brandon Wimbush, has elevated the offense and made the fourth-ranked Irish (7-0) a legitimate College Football...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Christian Yelich calls Manny Machado a 'dirty player.' Machado says he is just playing baseball.
Manny Machado is not making many friends this postseason, and the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop does not seem to mind.

In the 10th inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 win on Tuesday night, Machado was running through first base when his left foot hit the leg of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar,...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Bulls Q&A: Will Fred Hoiberg's offensive vision finally come true? Is there potential for a 'point forward'?
There's one day before the Bulls' regular-season opener. Do you know where your win prediction is?

I'm excited about this team, even with the Lauri Markkanen injury. There's going to be nights where they struggle as young teams typically do. There are going to be other nights where they allow a...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

No winning Mega Millions ticket; jackpot climbs to $868 million
No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the estimated jackpot climbs to $868 million.

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $667 million prize Tuesday night. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Two Will County sheriff's officers shot while serving search warrant in Joliet; 2 suspects in custody
Two Will County sheriff's deputies were shot Tuesday night while serving a search warrant in a drug case at a home in Joliet, police said.

Two suspects were taken into custody after they tried to flee from the scene, Will County Sheriff Deputy Chief Dan Jungles said.

The deputies were treated at...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

New Cubs hitting coach Anthony Iapoce is close friends with former Cubs hitting coach John Mallee
Anthony Iapoce doesn't owe his entire coaching career to John Mallee, but the bond that started as a player-coach relationship in the Brewers organization 22 years ago developed into a mutual passion they have shared with other organizations.

"We would sit and talk like two friends trying to get...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Give ramen a rest — try these Asian noodle soups instead
I know what you want. You want a list of the best ramen in Chicago. After all, it's our month of "Craving: Noodles" here at the Chicago Tribune, so a tidy list of the best ramen joints wouldn't be out of line. But I can't give you that. Sure, there are some very good bowls out there, but I'm still...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Lake Forest approves $100,000 for enhanced Metra Milwaukee District North service
The Lake Forest City Council approved spending at least $100,000 to increase afternoon rail service on Metra's Milwaukee District North line, hoping the move draws people from Chicago to come work in the north suburban area.

Aldermen voted 6-1 at the Oct. 1 City Council meeting to contribute $50,000...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Exploring food, music and more in the Motor City — without a motor
Early last year, Chicago lost a culinary star to Detroit.

Chef Thomas Lents, who earned a two-Michelin-star rating while working at Sixteen at Trump International Hotel & Tower, was offered a position as executive chef at the Apparatus Room, a restaurant within the Detroit Foundation Hotel.

A fan...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Suspects in disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi linked to Saudi security services
Three days before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in the United States earlier this year for a nationwide tour, another Saudi traveler who identifies online as a member of the Saudi Royal Guard also arrived in Washington, D.C., passport records show. His stay overlapped with that...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Explosive device kills 18, injures dozens at vocational college in Crimea
Russian officials said an explosive device killed at least 18 people and injured at least 40 others Wednesday at a vocational college in Crimea and called it a possible terrorist attack.

Yet Russian news media reported that at least some of the victims died in an attack by an unidentified gunman...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Two Will County sheriff's officers shot while serving search warrant in Joliet
Two Will County sheriff's officers were shot Tuesday night while serving a search warrant at a home in Joliet, authorities said.

The deputies were trying to break down the door of a building in the 200 block of Richard Street around 8:30 p.m. when one of them was shot in the back and the other...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Bears Q&A: Do future opponents have a template for slowing the pass rush? Why has Jordan Howard fallen out of favor?
Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Do future opponents now have a template on how to mitigate Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks' pass rush? — Rich B., Fort Myers, Fla.

No. It's not like the Dolphins did anything previous opponents did not try. They just did it better and in the case of Mack...



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Oct 17, 2018

Manny Machado: Do the Cubs want to spend $300M on a guy who won't always hustle and plays dirty?
Quick, someone tell Manny Machado that playing dirty and refusing to hustle is no way to go through baseball.

That's especially true when you're going to ask teams, such as the Cubs, for hundreds of millions of dollars in free agency.

If the last two games of the NL Championship Series are an indication,...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Netflix soars as blistering subscriber growth restores faith
Netflix is growing faster than even its most bullish fans on Wall Street predicted, soothing doubts about its global prospects and sending its already-stratospheric stock higher.

After a stumble with its previous results, the world's largest paid online TV network added far more subscribers than...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

More than 20 hurt when CTA bus hits pole on South Side
More than 20 people were hurt when a bus slammed into a pole in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side Wednesday morning, according to fire officials.

The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. at 71st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

At least one...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Explosive device kills 13, injures dozens at Crimean college
An explosive device killed 13 people and injured at least 50 others at a vocational college in Crimea Wednesday in what Russian officials called a possible terrorist attack.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement that the blast at the college, in the city of Kerch in eastern...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Newly published files confirm plan to move Assange to Russia
Julian Assange: Hacker. Journalist. Diplomat? Newly released Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a political counselor to the country's embassy in Moscow. But the 47-year-old...

Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

'Halloween' review: It takes a granny (Jamie Lee Curtis) to get tough on Michael Myers
At this point in 2018, a movie featuring three generations of victimized women squaring off against a predatory male is destined to find an audience. Nostalgia and catharsis; splatter and sisterhood. The new "Halloween" couldn't miss even if it were set on Arbor Day.

It's a fairly engrossing bit...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

'Hello Dolly': Betty Buckley talks dogs, dance shoes and the perils of following Bette Midler
When the national tour of Jerry Zaks' hit Broadway revival of "Hello, Dolly!" arrives in Chicago next week, Betty Buckley will play the starring role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, the matchmaker with the most-est. Chicago is the tour's third engagement; Buckley talked about her assignment from Cleveland,...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

'Hello Dolly': Who would dare rain on Betty Buckley's new parade?
When the national tour of Jerry Zaks' hit Broadway revival of "Hello, Dolly!" arrives in Chicago next week, Betty Buckley will play the starring role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, the matchmaker with the most-est. Chicago is the tour's third engagement; Buckley talked about her assignment from Cleveland,...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Which Big Ten coaches could survive going 0-12? Here's a ranking.
The USA Today story popped onto our Twitter feeds Sunday: "Nebraska would owe Scott Frost as much as $26 million if the school decides to terminate …"

The reaction was universal: Get real. Are Aaron Rodgers' buyout figures coming next?

The story, though, made me wonder: Which Big Ten coaches could...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Which Big Ten football coaches could survive going 0-12? Here's a ranking.
The USA Today story popped onto our Twitter feeds Sunday: "Nebraska would owe Scott Frost as much as $26 million if the school decides to terminate …"

The reaction was universal: Get real. Are Aaron Rodgers' buyout figures coming next?

The story, though, made me wonder: Which Big Ten coaches could...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Police investigating whether missing mail carrier Kierra Coles met with foul play
As more time passes without word of the whereabouts of pregnant mail carrier Kierra Coles, Chicago police detectives are looking into whether the 26-year-old woman met with foul play, officials said.

With a more than $28,000 reward offered, the Chicago Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Roscoe Village donates tree, bench to help parents fulfill final wish of DePaul student who died rock climbing
DePaul graduate Savannah Buik simply would have adored the 12-foot tulip poplar tree and granite boulder bench that Roscoe Village residents bought to honor the math student, activist and burgeoning social media star, her mother, Nina, said.

On a recent sunny morning, as schoolchildren shared sidewalk...



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Oct 17, 2018

Christina Aguilera review: Hitting Chicago to reclaim her throne as vocal queen
It has been more than a decade since Christina Aguilera has graced a Chicago area stage, but she more than made up for any lost time on Tuesday for the first date of her two-night stint at Chicago Theatre.

The two-hour set touched on all points of the powerhouse singer's career, showcasing her...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Mueller said to be ready to deliver key findings in Trump-Russia probe
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.

Specifically, Mueller is close...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Manny Machado called a 'dirty player' by Christian Yelich after benches clear in Game 4 of NLCS
Manny Machado has stepped into trouble again, causing at least one opponent to call him "a dirty player."

Both benches cleared after the Los Angeles Dodgers' star shortstop clipped the back leg of Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar while running out his groundout Tuesday night in the 10th inning...



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Oct 17, 2018

Astros under scrutiny in sign-stealing controversy during ALCS
Major League Baseball acknowledged Tuesday night after Game 3 of the American League Championship Series that it had investigated an incident three nights earlier, in which a Houston Astros employee was spotted in the camera well adjacent to the Boston Red Sox dugout at Fenway Park and reportedly...



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Oct 17, 2018

'It is right next door': Wisconsin community in shock over couple's slaying in early morning hours
Tom and Joan Smrekar woke up early Monday to the sound of two gunshots, seconds apart. Joan Smrekar looked at the clock by her bed. It was 12:31 a.m.

"Those two shots were so loud," Tom Smrekar said Tuesday.

Joan Smrekar said she initially didn't think anything of it.

"We hear people hunting,"...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

For the Illinois House
Republicans gained some traction in the Illinois House in 2016, picking up four seats and depriving Speaker Michael Madigan of a Democratic supermajority. The chamber now has 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans. Do you want the GOP to have more chairs at the table on tax hikes and spending? Would you...



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Oct 17, 2018

LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 10/17/18
Today's Birthday (10/17/18). Money comes easily this year. Invest time and energy into domestic renovation and repair. Shared accounts receive an unplanned bonus. Family fun this winter comes before a group challenge. Summer lights up your career before household changes present new possibilities....

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Oct 17, 2018

Here's how Chance the Rapper's endorsement of Amara Enyia for mayor hurts Toni Preckwinkle
In a crowded field of Chicago mayoral candidates, what happened to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was absolutely devastating.

Chance the Rapper, the famous Grammy-winning hip-hop artist from Chicago, stood before a crowd at City Hall on Tuesday and endorsed West Side activist Amara...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Morning Spin: Physicist U.S. Rep. Bill Foster says Trump has 'inability to understand the importance of science'
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.

Topspin Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville, a physicist, hit back at President Donald Trump's contention in a "60 Minutes"...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Old-school Chicago election season: A surge in requests for mail-in ballots not seen since WWII
Could the midterm elections signal a return to snail mail? In Chicago politics, which is all sorts of old-school, maybe.

Local election officials said requests for mail-in ballots in Chicago and some suburbs have surpassed 2014 totals already, and residents still have two weeks to apply to vote...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

A professor's tweets teach us what the 'radical' Sears catalogue says about our racial past
At lunchtime Monday, shortly after he heard that the once-mighty Sears company was filing for bankruptcy, Louis Hyman thought, "Huh, I should write some stuff down."

Hyman, a historian of capitalism who teaches at Cornell University, spent 10 minutes or so typing out a Twitter thread that began...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Barrington Hills estate on gated grounds: $959,000
2 Longmeadow Drive in Barrington Hills: $959,000

Listed on Aug. 29, 2018

Featured spaces of this home include a screened porch, two brick patios, a pool, a spa and a guesthouse with a fireplace, a kitchenette and a full bathroom. The main house features four levels accessed by an elevator. The...



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Oct 17, 2018

Your Facebook feed is wrong, the flu shot won't make your child sick: 5 things to know about the flu vaccine for children
The groups have membership counts ranging from three to more than 33,000.

Some of these Facebook users live in Chicago, but others come from as far away as Australia. They are united under one banner, their many posts illustrate: a push against vaccinating themselves and their children to ward...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 17, 2018

Illinois ACT scores show dramatic gain, but fewer students are taking the test
Illinois high school students posted the highest average ACT score in at least nearly three decades, but that achievement is tempered by the tremendous drop in the number of students who took the test.

Illinois high school students in the graduating class of 2018 posted an average composite score...



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Oct 17, 2018

Gorillaz review: A dance party for end times at United Center
It was the most introspective of dance parties. In front of a boisterous United Center crowd Tuesday and leading a 13-member incarnation of his part-virtual, part-real band Gorillaz, Damon Albarn played the role of a survivor. "Hello, is anyone there?" he cried, as if walking through the aftermath...



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Oct 17, 2018

Ask Amy: Wedding's a year away but nightmare has begun
Dear Amy: My daughter is getting married in a year. The wedding is a long way off, but the nightmares are already beginning.

My daughter isn't the problem, but my mother is! When I got married my mother informed me it was NOT my wedding but a celebration she was putting together and therefore she...



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Oct 17, 2018

Canada to pardon pot possession as it legalizes marijuana
The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less after Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace Wednesday.

A senior government official said those with a record will be allowed to apply for a pardon....



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Oct 17, 2018

Trailing in polls, Beto O'Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate
Democrat Beto O'Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism on Tuesday and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate race that's become one of the nation's most closely watched.

During...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Chris Sale back with Red Sox, tells manager Alex Cora he's 'good enough' to go
Chris Sale is back with the Boston Red Sox and says he feels well enough to pitch. Whether he'll start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series remains to be seen.

Sale returned to the team Tuesday in Houston after being hospitalized for a stomach illness. The club hasn't specified the ailment or treatment,...



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Oct 16, 2018

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox at NU talk: Trump 'is not being kind with nobody'
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox repeated his frustrations with the Trump administration during a speech at Northwestern University on Tuesday night, saying Trump's persistence in his plan to build a wall at the border and his anti-immigration rhetoric have strained relations.

"I've been an...



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Oct 16, 2018

Task force: Murder charge for Evanston man after attempt to steal gun in Lindenhurst
Two men went to a Lindenhurst man's home to buy a weapon early Tuesday, but a struggle broke out that resulted in the gun seller shooting one robber after being beaten with a hammer, and the other was charged with murder in connection with the death, according to the Lake County Major Crime Task...



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Oct 16, 2018

Metra to replace collapsed wall on Route 45 bridge near Libertyville, lanes to close for a month
Repairs to a Metra bridge near Libertyville will leave northbound lanes of Route 45 closed for a month starting Thursday morning, according to the transit agency.

The retaining wall portion of the bridge collapsed during the overnight hours between Sept. 3 and Sept 4 following intense rains. The...



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Oct 16, 2018

How 'The Conners' wrote off Roseanne
Thanks to a combination of a wildly public meltdown, ABC's subsequent "wait and see!" publicity effort, and just plain morbid curiosity, the question of how "The Conners" would deal with Roseanne Barr's exit from the new spinoff has been the biggest of the fall TV season.

Of all the reboots and...



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Oct 16, 2018

Suspect in custody in Lindenhurst homicide
A suspect was in custody Tuesday evening in connection with a fatal attempted robbery, and charges were expected to be filed later Tuesday night.

Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said officials had a suspect in custody and charges of first-degree murder and armed...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Semi rollover snarls traffic on Interstate 94
Rescue personnel responded to a semi-tractor trailer carrying unknown substances that rolled over after coming down the ramp off of Route 120 and Interstate 94 near Gurnee late Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Gurnee Fire Department, the call came in at 4:42 p.m. for a truck carrying an unknown...



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Oct 16, 2018

'Shameless' cast returning to Chicago next week to film Season 9 scenes
The cast of "Shameless" is slated to return to Chicago to film scenes for Season 9 next week.

Filming is expected to last from Oct. 22-30. The Showtime dramedy about a dysfunctional Chicago family is shot in the Los Angeles area, but the cast typically comes to Chicago to film exterior scenes twice...



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Oct 16, 2018

Election officials: Illinois National Guard will help if state election systems hacked
The Illinois National Guard has put its cybersecurity experts on standby in case the state's voting infrastructure is hacked ahead of the Nov. 6 election, officials said Wednesday.

Getting the National Guard involved mirrors similar efforts in other states and is part of election officials' response...



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Oct 16, 2018

Police investigating whether missing mail carrier met with foul play
As more time passes without word of the whereabouts of a pregnant mail carrier, Chicago police detectives are looking into whether the 26-year-old woman met with foul play, officials said.

With a more than $28,000 reward offered, the Chicago Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

11 tragic TV show deaths
We sometimes get attached to TV characters after watching their lives unfold in front of our eyes, sometimes for years. That's why it can be pretty sad when they die on their respective shows. Sometimes it is by request of the actor and other times the story called for it. Here are 11 tragic TV...



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Oct 16, 2018

Were the Bears' defensive struggles Sunday just a blip? Tom Brady and the Patriots will help the evaluation
Bears safety Eddie Jackson said he is "100 percent" certain Sunday's second-half defensive performance in a 31-28 overtime loss to the Dolphins was a "blip," an outlier that doesn't change what the unit ultimately will be this year.

That sentiment will be put to a true test Sunday at Soldier Field,...



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Oct 16, 2018

Abandoned Preckwinkle security SUV held campaign materials promoting now-State's Attorney Kim Foxx
The vehicle used "nearly exclusively" by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's security chief, found abandoned the morning after the 2016 election, contained campaign materials promoting her former chief of staff, who is now the state's attorney, newly released photos show.

Cook County...



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Oct 16, 2018

'Pass-first guy' Tyler Ulis eager for opportunity with hometown Bulls
Tyler Ulis has experienced both ends of the NBA spectrum.

The Marian Catholic graduate, signed to a two-way contract by his hometown Bulls on Monday, averaged 7.6 points over two seasons with the Suns, who averaged 22.5 victories. And then he went through all of Warriors training camp before the...



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Oct 16, 2018

New video shows off-duty Chicago police sergeant shooting teen from vehicle
Video released on Tuesday shows an off-duty Chicago police sergeant opening fire from his vehicle and shooting and wounding an apparently unarmed teen as he stood on a sidewalk in front of a home in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability...



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Oct 16, 2018

Pedestrian struck by Metra train in West Hinsdale
A pedestrian was struck late Tuesday afternoon by an inbound Metra train near the West Hinsdale Metra station, leading to a temporary stoppage of all inbound trains on the busy BNSF line.

No information on the pedestrian or their condition was immediately available.

Metra reported inbound trains...



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Oct 16, 2018

Hinsdale woman in critical condition after being struck by Metra train
A 25-year-old Hinsdale woman was in critical condition Tuesday night after being struck by an inbound Metra train while in a motorized wheelchair at the West Hinsdale station, Hinsdale police said.

Deputy police chief Thomas Lille said the incident occurred at 5:06 p.m. at the Stough Street crossing....



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Oct 16, 2018

Cell service in downtown Naperville could improve with new antenna
Installing a new cell antenna on the roof of downtown Naperville's Main Street Promenade could improve service for Verizon customers, according to a proposal the city's Planning and Zoning Commission will consider Wednesday.

Verizon is requesting a deviation to allow for the roof-mounted antenna...



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Oct 16, 2018

Waukegan culvert replacement uncovers issues with second nearby culvert
Emergency work to address a collapsing 114-year-old culvert beneath Washington Street in Waukegan has uncovered problems with another nearby culvert, this one under Water Street.

The Waukegan City Council upped its contract with Campanella & Sons, Inc., Monday evening by $100,000 to repair the...



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Oct 16, 2018

Trump says Saudi Arabia being blamed for missing journalist is another case of 'guilty until proven innocent'
President Donald Trump Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the situation to the allegations of sexual assault leveled...



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Oct 16, 2018

Don't forget to say you will vote for the best Tweets of the Week
To receive an email alert when the Tweet of the Week poll goes live, go to the Trib's newsletter subscription page to sign up. Instructions: Click the box next to each tweet that amuses you -- no limit to the number of choices. Voting closes Friday at noon Chicago time. Winner is published in the...

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Oct 16, 2018

Petite pianist delivers powerful, passionate performance
Esther Nyberg may be small in stature, but she delivered a gigantic performance Saturday night at Unity Lutheran Church during the second of four free classical concerts in the True Unity Classical Concert series being given through November.

The Chicago native's high level of skill and passionate...



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Oct 16, 2018

Elgin man carjacked on Chicago's Gold Coast: ‘My body hurt and, honestly, my heart hurt'
An Elgin man who stopped to take a break in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood after dropping off a ride-share passenger was carjacked last week by three men who sped off in his three-year old car.

Scott Barnes said the theft happened about 9:10 p.m. Oct. 9 in the 200 block of East Delaware Place...



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Oct 16, 2018

Environmental activist sees glimmers of light in dark news about recycling
The latest news about recycling has been discouraging.

The Associated Press reported Oct. 10 that the global market for recycled consumer waste has collapsed, shuttering hundreds of processing facilities and leaving many municipalities paying to dispose of paper, plastic and other household recyclables...



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Oct 16, 2018

Police found evidence that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at Saudi Consulate, Turkish official says
Police searching the Saudi Consulate found evidence that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed there, a high-level Turkish official said Tuesday, and authorities appeared ready to also search the nearby residence of the consul general after the diplomat left the country.

The comment by the Turkish...



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Oct 16, 2018

Lovie Smith: 'Sometimes divorce is good' — Illinois tight end Louis Dorsey says he is leaving the team
Illinois tight end Louis Dorsey announced Monday night that he is transferring from the program.

"I'm thankful for my opportunities to play here at the University of Illinois," he tweeted. "Unfortunately I have decided it is in my best interest to transfer and continue my career elsewhere. Thank...



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Oct 16, 2018

Lovie Smith: 'Sometimes divorce is good' Illinois tight end Louis Dorsey says he is leaving the team
Illinois tight end Louis Dorsey announced Monday night that he is transferring from the program.

"I'm thankful for my opportunities to play here at the University of Illinois," he tweeted. "Unfortunately I have decided it is in my best interest to transfer and continue my career elsewhere. Thank...



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Oct 16, 2018

Death toll rises to at least 26 across the South after Hurricane Michael blamed for 16 deaths in Florida alone
Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South.

The scope of the storm's fury became clearer after nearly...



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Oct 16, 2018

USA Gymnastics interim president Mary Bono resigns after anti-Colin Kaepernick tweet
Mary Bono's tenure as the interim president of USA Gymnastics is already over.

Bono, who was appointed to the position Friday, resigned Tuesday after an ugly first weekend marred by criticism for a controversial tweet about Colin Kaepernick.

Shortly after the announcement that Bono would replace...



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Oct 16, 2018

Sheriff and election opponent clash over release of information in Lake County jail death
Democratic Lake County sheriff candidate John Idleburg criticized incumbent Republican Mark Curran Tuesday, saying Curran's refusal to turn over video evidence in the death last month of a Lake County jail inmate forced the Lake County Coroner's Office to subpoena the information, a claim the coroner's...



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Oct 16, 2018

Home burglary case solved quickly thanks to new crime lab, East Dundee police chief says
A drop of blood left at the scene of an East Dundee residential burglary last month was used to pin down a suspect in a quick case turnaround that can be attributed to the village's decision to use a new crime lab for evidence analysis, Police Chief George Carpenter.

The suspect, currently being...



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Oct 16, 2018

Jason McLeod interviews with Giants as Cubs brace for front office moves
The Cubs were eliminated from the postseason two weeks ago, but their front office personnel remains in demand.

Jason McLeod, who was instrumental in drafting first-round picks Albert Almora Jr., Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ, has interviewed for the vacant general manager's position...



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Oct 16, 2018

Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker break the record for spending on an Illinois governor's race
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker have combined for record spending of $207.4 million in their bids for the state's top office, including nearly $120 million in advertising since their campaigns began last year, new state finance records showed.

Just in the past...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Real Talk: Despite agonizing overtime loss, Bears still making significant progress on their climb
After a three-game September winning streak lifted the Bears into first place and spread playoff visions across Chicago, Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Dolphins quickly changed the mood. The Vikings and Packers both won to tighten the NFC North race. And the nine-time defending AFC East champion...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Trump could be the most honest president in modern history
Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don't get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he "enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history" (actually they are the eighth-largest) and that "our economy is the strongest it's...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

'Real Housewives' star Erika Jayne is a bold state of mind, the belief that women — everyone — should live out loud
In cable network Bravo's arsenal of binge-worthy television, no franchise is quite as captivating as "Real Housewives." And on its Beverly Hills edition, there's never been anyone like Erika Girardi aka Erika Jayne, the no-nonsense, full glam, electro-pop mistress she unleashed just over a decade...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

A prosecutor schools Melania Trump on 'hard evidence'
Dear Melania,

I'm in the middle of preparing my gluten-free dinner but I've been wanting to write you ever since I saw you in a TV interview with ABC News.

You were talking about all the sexual assault stuff that has been interrupting my regular shows for the past few weeks.

Melania, when you said,...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

5 things to know about self-proclaimed 'political strategist' Chance the Rapper
When Chance the Rapper announced Monday he would "hold a press conference regarding Chicago mayoral election," his fans were doing front flips — and trying to figure out what, exactly, he was up to.

The Chatham born-and-raised rapper and rising civic leader — from a family with political clout...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Chance the Rapper: 5 things to know about his growing political footprint
When Chance the Rapper announced Monday that he would "hold a press conference regarding Chicago mayoral election," his fans were doing front flips — and trying to figure out what, exactly, he was up to.

The Chatham born-and-raised rapper and rising civic leader — from a family with political clout...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

October is optimal time to get a flu shot, experts say
October is the ideal time to get an influenza vaccine before the flu season hits, medical professional suggest.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot this season to prevent contracting the highly contagious respiratory illness caused...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren tries to reclaim her Native American roots, but Trump isn't done with them yet
Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to reclaim her Native American heritage, but President Donald Trump doesn't appear to be done with it yet.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who has been behaving like someone who is seriously considering a presidential run, surprised the political world on Monday by...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Comings & Goings: Carson's to resume operations in Evergreen Park
Merrillville, Ind.-based DirectBuy will reopen the closed Carson's store at Evergreen Plaza sometime before the holiday shopping season kicks off, Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton said.

Sexton had remained hopeful that the Carson's in Evergreen Park would reopen even when the chain closed its...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Chance the Rapper brings his star power to a long-shot campaign, backing Amara Enyia for Chicago mayor
Chance the Rapper extended his social activism into the race for Chicago's next mayor Tuesday, endorsing little-known candidate Amara Enyia amid the crowded field of 15 candidates running in the February election.

The 25-year-old star rapper, who was born Chancellor Bennett, said he was backing...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Despite no contract extension, Bobby Portis vows to stay with Bulls — and stay the same player
On Nov. 1, 2014, the day after he and the Bulls failed to reach agreement on a rookie contract extension, Jimmy Butler had a message for the few reporters inside the locker room before a road game.

"Yeah, get your mic closer," Butler said. "People say I'm chasing money when that's not it. Because...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

The Bill Clinton dilemma that won't go away
There's a particular hell we are all dragged back to with nearly every thoughtful #MeToo conversation, and that hell is Bill Clinton. Whether he was an abuser. Whether he was just a horndog. Whether women can still support him (Do they still support him? Which women? Support how?).

On Sunday morning,...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Saudi prince denies knowing fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia's crown prince is denying knowledge of what happened to a Saudi journalist who went missing after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, saying answers will be coming "shortly."

Trump tweeted Tuesday after a phone call with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Save-A-Vet could lose East Dundee building as housing if code problems aren't addressed, village board says
East Dundee officials are still grappling with whether to allow a veteran's organization to continue living in the village-owned property at 408 Barrington Ave., once used as a water treatment plant.

Currently, a veteran and his service dog are residing at the house through the village's partnership...



Chicago Tribune
Oct 16, 2018

Disabato: Eight local teams on the bubble with 4-4 records need to win to get in for the football playoffs
The offseason conditioning.

The summer camps.

The 7-on-7 competitions.

The grind of practice every day.

All with the aim of qualifying for the playoffs.

For eight local teams with 4-4 records, the chance to experience playoff football comes down a win-or-turn-in-your-equipment ultimatum heading...



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