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Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Biss, Pritzker clash over who's bigger Madigan ally; Kennedy sits out debate with bad back
Democratic governor candidates J.B. Pritzker and Daniel Biss clashed Wednesday night over who was more closely allied with House Speaker Michael Madigan as each sought to tarnish the other at a Downstate candidate forum.

Biss, a state senator from Evanston, contended Pritzker needed Madigan's "permission"...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Loyola clinches Missouri Valley title with 75-56 win over Southern Illinois
Loyola coach Porter Moser took the floor Wednesday night wearing the gray patterned blazer that brought good luck during the team's stunning early-season victory at Florida.

And his Ramblers took the court at Southern Illinois hoping to turn a "co-" into a "solo."

After clinching a share of the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Rev. Billy Graham, evangelist with worldwide following, dies at 99
Billy Graham, the evangelist whose eloquent oratory and passion for Jesus attracted a worldwide following and made him one of the most influential and best-known religious figures of his time, was found dead Wednesday at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99.

His death was confirmed by...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

'Strong person of interest' in shooting of teen over drive-thru dispute at Batavia Steak 'n Shake
A 17-year-old boy was shot in a Batavia Steak 'n Shake drive-through Tuesday by someone apparently unhappy with how long the teen took to order his food, police said Wednesday.

"The shooting appears to begin over the length of time it took the victim's vehicle to place a drive-through order and...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Twitter suspends thousands of suspected bots, angering Trump boosters
The social media service Twitter is believed to have suspended thousands of accounts for being automated bots, or for other policy violations, drawing outcry from fringe conservative media figures who lost followers in the move.

Many of these figures, such as pro-Trump host Bill Mitchell and white...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

McCarthy 'cover-up' accusations on Laquan McDonald case don't square with prior remarks
Potential challenger Garry McCarthy is sharpening his criticism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, accusing City Hall of a "cover-up" in the Laquan McDonald police shooting case and a subsequent "witch hunt" against Chicago's cops.

McCarthy stopped short of accusing Emanuel himself, but the former top cop's...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Syrian hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz outside Damascus; nearly 350 dead
Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Cubs hitters say they're ready now for Dodgers' high-pitch strategy
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed bewilderment when he learned reliever Brandon Morrow discussed how the Cubs were dissected in the 2017 National League Championship Series.

"He's already giving away our secrets?" Roberts said Tuesday with a tone of amusement.

But the Cubs' big weakness was...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Aurora area students stage walkouts to honor Florida shooting victims
One week after 17 people were killed at a Florida school, high school students across the Aurora area joined others nationwide in staging walkouts.

At noon Wednesday, students in Aurora, Oswego, St. Charles and Batavia walked out of class, seeking to remember those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Food truck owner hopes to take fight against Chicago to Illinois Supreme Court
A cupcake food truck owner who believes Chicago's regulations — including a rule requiring mobile vendors stay at least 200 feet away from bricks-and-mortar restaurants — are unconstitutional is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to take up her lawsuit.

If the state Supreme Court obliges, it will...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Graham's early ministry took hold in Chicago area, became a megaphone in Wheaton
As Americans mourned the death of the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday, most remembered him as a pastor with the ability to lead thousands to Jesus, take presidents under his wing and console a nation after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

But it was in the suburbs of Chicago where he learned how...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Students across U.S. stage walkouts to protest gun violence
In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week's deadly shooting in Florida.

The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for their...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Purists, get off the podium — Swaney's right to dream Olympic dreams
There's no shortage of Olympics purists who think Elizabeth Swaney's halfpipe run at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics should have her looking for a way to crawl under the halfpipe. Representing Hungary, Swaney lolled from one side of the halfpipe to the other, looking like someone who skis once...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Babysitter accused of critically injuring baby before leaving her in care of 7-year-old
A Hoffman Estates woman is accused of injuring an infant she was babysitting, causing permanent brain damage to the child.

Delfina Bautista was looking after her neighbor's infant daughter — as well as her own three children — on Friday when prosecutors said she began violently shaking the 5-month-old...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Sheriff: Deputies to begin carrying rifles on school grounds; teens storm Florida Capitol
The sheriff of the Florida county where a shooter killed 17 people at a high school last week has ordered all deputies who qualify to begin carrying rifles on school grounds.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Wednesday that the rifles will be locked in a patrol car when...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Blackhawks Ryan Hartman looking forward to trade deadline — in some ways
Ryan Hartman the hockey fan loves the NHL trade deadline.

Ryan Hartman the player, not so much.

"I've always enjoyed watching, seeing moves teams make around the league, kind of how the deadline works," the Blackhawks forward said. "I'll be … paying attention."

Until the time comes when his name...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Student gets felony charge after mistakenly bringing loaded gun to Griffith school: police
Police arrested an 18-year-old Griffith High School student Wednesday after he said he mistakenly brought a loaded handgun to school, authorities said.

On Wednesday morning, the Griffith High School student voluntarily went to the school's police resource officer and told him he had a handgun in...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

6 wounded in shootings on South, West sides
At least six people have been wounded in shootings on the South and West sides since mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to police.

Two women and a man were wounded in a shooting about 3:35 p.m. in the 300 block of East 51st Street in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, police said in...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Days after Parkland shooting, Illinois Democrats move toward licensing gun stores
Gun control advocates are renewing their push to require Illinois firearm stores to get state licenses, saying federal regulations do not go far enough to ensure sales are handled properly.

Legislation to license dealers cleared the state Senate last year, but stalled in the House amid fierce opposition...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky to return Olympic medal over failed drug test
Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky will give back his Olympic bronze medal after failing a drug test at the Pyeongchang Games, a spokeswoman for the Russian Curling Federation told state TV.

Krushelnitsky tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, which is believed to help blood circulation,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Cubs' Javier Baez can earn more plate appearances with plate discipline
The chances of Javier Baez getting as many as 600 plate appearances in 2018 will improve if Ben Zobrist needs more rest.

But perhaps a bigger factor will be if Baez can become a more polished hitter.

"He's at that point now (that) to get those 500 to 600 plate appearances, (he needs to) organize...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Man in custody after 2-year-old boy found dead in Little Village, his throat deeply cut
A man was arrested in Kankakee County after a 2-year-old boy was found dead, his throat deeply slashed, at a home in the Little Village neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Officers were called to the 2700 block of South Avers Avenue about 1:55 p.m. and found the child in a trash bag...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Trump hosts 'listening session' for students, parents in wake of Florida school shooting
Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Illinois voters could be asked in November about legalizing marijuana
Illinois voters could get a say whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana if lawmakers decide to put the question on November ballots.

A state Senate committee advanced the idea on Wednesday, but a ballot question would be non-binding. That means it would work like a statewide public...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Wonder Lake man gets 7 years for beating and raping woman
After crying on the stand and asking his victim for forgiveness, a 38-year-old Wonder Lake man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for beating and raping a woman he knew.

Bohdan Ostryzniuk pleaded guilty in November to felony criminal sexual assault and an amended criminal misdemeanor...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Wonder Lake man gets 7 years for beating and sexually assaulting woman
After crying on the stand and asking his victim for forgiveness, a 38-year-old Wonder Lake man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for beating and sexually assaulting a woman he knew.

Bohdan Ostryzniuk pleaded guilty in November to felony criminal sexual assault and an amended criminal...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

3 wounded in shooting in Bronzeville neighborhood
Two women and a man were wounded Wednesday afternoon in a shooting in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, Chicago police said.

The shooting happened shortly after 3:35 p.m. in the 300 block of East 51st Street, police said in a media notification.

A 44-year-old woman was shot in the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Man accused of fatally shooting the boyfriend of his children's mother
A 30-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting the boyfriend of his children's mother last week in Gary, records show.

Jason Ryan Burgess, of Gary, was charged this week with murder and attempted murder in connection with the shooting on Feb. 15, according to Lake County court records.

Officers...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Cubs manager Joe Maddon spreads responsibility to new coach Brian Butterfield
New Cubs coach Brian Butterfield was in the middle of his lecture on baserunning when manager Joe Maddon felt the need to chime in.

"That's your old Angels stuff," Butterfield replied.

Butterfield's response didn't rattle Maddon, who said he prefers to delegate authority to his coaches — especially...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Teen shot over drive-thru dispute at Batavia Steak 'n Shake
A 17-year-old boy was shot in a Batavia Steak 'n Shake drive-through Tuesday by someone apparently unhappy with how long the teen took to order his food, police said Wednesday.

"The shooting appears to begin over the length of time it took the victim's vehicle to place a drive-through order and...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

2-year-old boy found dead in Little Village, his throat deeply cut
A 2-year-old boy was found dead, his throat deeply slashed, at a home in the Little Village neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Officers were called to the 2700 block of South Avers Avenue about 1:55 p.m. and found the child in a trash bag on the kitchen floor, police said.

Police sources...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Rauner 're-evaluating' whether to move veterans out of Quincy home after more Legionnaires' cases
Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday his administration is re-evaluating whether to move residents out of the Quincy Veterans Home following new cases of Legionnaires' disease as his primary challenger continues to push him on the issue.

"Moving the veterans is an option that we've evaluated in the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Garrett Popcorn lands at Wrigley Field; free popcorn at Cubs event Thursday
Garrett Popcorn will pop into Wrigley Field this season as part of a new partnership with the Chicago Cubs, the company announced Wednesday.

Garrett will become the "Official Gourmet Popcorn Sponsor" of the lovable losers, as well as a team partner. That means the popcorn will be available at Wrigley...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Under pressure by judges, prosecutors to offer plea deals in controversial drug stash house cases
Under unusual pressure from federal judges, prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to offer plea deals to 43 men charged in drug stash house ripoff stings that have come under fire for alleged racial bias.

The ongoing plea negotiations — an about-face for the U.S. attorney's office — were revealed...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

'I'm pissed': Trump hears emotional students, parents in wake of Florida school shooting
Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen safety, students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect American schoolchildren from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently as raw...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Spent shell casing found at Kaneland High School
A spent shell casing found at Kaneland High School prompted the school to be put on "hold-in-place" status Wednesday afternoon.

A sweep of the building by Kane County sheriff's deputies and dogs did not turn up anything, including a weapon, sheriff's Lt. Patrick Gengler said in an email.

Gengler...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Ford ousts top exec over ‘inappropriate behavior'
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has ousted one of its top executives over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

North America President Raj Nair is leaving the company effective immediately, Ford said in a statement. His replacement has not yet been named.

Ford didn't say what behavior led to Nair's...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Angry teens swarm into Florida Capitol to demand new gun laws
A week after a shooter slaughtered 17 people in a Florida high school, thousands of angry teenagers swarmed into the state capitol on Wednesday, calling for changes to gun laws, a ban on assault-type weapons and improved care for the mentally ill.

The normally staid Florida statehouse filled with...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

DuPage man charged in murder-for-hire plot against parents said they stifled his plans to be a blacksmith: officials
A man charged in an alleged murder-for-hire plot against his parents said they were verbally abusive and were stifling his plans for a career as a blacksmith, according to DuPage County authorities.

Joshua Miceli, 23, appeared briefly in court Wednesday where his bail was reset at $3 million for...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Sinclair Broadcast will sell WGN-TV, New York station in bid to buy Tribune Media
Sinclair Broadcast Group plans to sell Chicago's WGN-TV and stations in New York and nine smaller markets to win federal approval of its proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media.

The Hunt Valley, Md.-based broadcaster outlined steps it will take to comply with national TV station ownership...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Niles North High School evacuated after bomb threat: officials
Niles North High School was evacuated near the end of the school day Wednesday as police investigated a possible threat against the school, Skokie police said through social media.

"Skokie police are working to determine the credibility" of the threat, police tweeted just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Death of 2-year-old boy in Little Village investigated as homicide
A 2-year-old boy was found dead in the Little Village neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, and police said they were investigating the case as a homicide.

Officers were called to the 2700 block of South Avers Avenue about 1:55 p.m. and found the child unresponsive, police said.

The nature of the boy's...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Naperville man convicted of forcing women into sexual servitude with beatings, death threats
A federal jury found a Naperville man guilty Wednesday of sweeping sex trafficking charges alleging he used death threats, beatings and other abuse to force nine women into sexual servitude dating to 2009.

The jury deliberated for about 12 hours over parts of two days before convicting Benjamin...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Chef and theater fan Rick Bayless gives $200K, pledges more
At the end of last year, 20 Chicago theater companies received a seasonal surprise: quiet $10,000 checks from the newly formed Bayless Family Foundation. The only significant condition? A willingness to discuss their future needs with the philanthropic arm of culinary impresario Rick Bayless and...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Cameron Payne feels Bulls' style this season fits his skill set better
Cameron Payne says the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, which he has broken three times and had surgically repaired twice, feels "pretty good" and "regular."

But injuries aren't what ended Payne's nine-game stint in the rotation last season after the Bulls acquired him from the Thunder in the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Former suburban deputy police chief admits to sexual assault of teen girl, is headed to prison
A retired suburban deputy police chief pleaded guilty Wednesday to the sexual assault of a teenage girl.

Alan Bokowski, 61, of Crystal Lake, was sentenced to 4½ years in prison after pleading guilty in McHenry County court to sexual assaulting a child between the ages of 13 and 17.

Bokowski spent...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Mayday called after firefighter overcome by smoke at South Side apartment fire
A mayday call was issued after a Chicago fire captain got separated from his company and was overcome by smoke at a South Side apartment fire Wednesday in the Bronzeville neighborhood, officials said.

It took a rescue team about three minutes "to get him out," according to Deputy Fire Cmsr. Bill...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

'The Wolves' is remarkable for being about true teenage girls, running in a pack
The Wolves are players on a fictional, under-17 girls soccer team, the scourge of their suburban league. But the play by Sarah DeLappe that created them isn't so much a work about the world's most beautiful game, notwithstanding some nods in that most worthy of directions, but an honest and sympathetic...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Democrat Chris Kennedy drops out of tonight's debate, citing back injury during morning workout
Democratic governor candidate Chris Kennedy will not participate in Wednesday night's debate in Springfield after he injured his back while exercising Wednesday morning, his campaign said.

Dr. Joseph Alleva, chief of the division of physical medicine and rehabilitation at NorthShore University...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

St. Charles students walk out to protest gun violence, support Florida school shooting victims
Dozens of St. Charles high school students walked out of class at noon Wednesday in response to last week's Parkland, Fla., school shooting that left 17 people dead, officials said.

Between 150 and 200 students from St. Charles East High School and 27 from St. Charles North left their buildings...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

‘I am not a crisis actor': Florida teens fire back at right-wing conspiracy theorists
Welcome, Parkland shooting survivors, to the ugly world of politics in 2018.

In the aftermath of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, some of the most powerful testimonies have come from the teenagers who survived the rampage. They have repeatedly detailed their harrowing experience...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

'This is not feminism': Jennifer Lawrence tells critics of her Versace dress to 'get a grip'
Jennifer Lawrence will wear what she wants to, gosh darn it.

"Get a grip people," she wrote Wednesday on Facebook. "Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!"

Lawrence's passionate post refers to a controversy surrounding an outfit she wore on Tuesday...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Here's your chance to vote AGAINST 'Ferris Bueller'
Here's your chance to vote for anything besides "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" for the No. 1 movie in our state's history! Or you can vote for Ferris. If you must.

The state we call home or, more formally, "Illinois," turns 200 on Dec. 3. To commemorate the Illinois bicentennial, and to circulate the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Naperville man convicted of forcing women into prostitution with violence, threats
A federal jury found a Naperville man guilty Wednesday of sweeping sex trafficking charges alleging he used death threats, beatings and other abuse to force nine women into sexual servitude dating to 2009.

The jury deliberated over parts of two days before convicting Benjamin Biancofiori of 14...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

OPRF students stage walkout to demand Congress address nation's 'broken' gun laws
Hundreds of Oak Park and River Forest High School students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday afternoon to demand that Congress enact stronger gun regulations.The walkout comes one week after 17 people were shot and killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. At noon Wednesday,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

OPRF students stage walkout to end gun violence: 'We've got to be that change'
Hundreds of Oak Park and River Forest High School students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday afternoon to demand that Congress enact stronger gun regulations.The walkout comes one week after 17 people were shot and killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. At noon Wednesday,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs; 300 dead since Sunday
Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Mayday called after firefighter hurt at South Side apartment fire
A mayday call was issued after a Chicago firefighter was injured at a South Side apartment fire Wednesday in the Bronzeville neighborhood, officials said.

The firefighter was taken to Stroger Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Shedd Aquarium's next big special exhibition to show life underwater shimmers with beauty


"Underwater Beauty" will be both the title and the ambitions of Shedd Aquarium's next big special exhibition, the aquarium planned to announce Thursday.



The exhibit, which will open May 25, will showcase extraordinary colors, patterns and movements from the world of aquatic creatures and will occupy...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Spent shell casing found at Kaneland High School; soft lockdown lifted
Kaneland High School in Maple Park was put on a soft lockdown Wednesday after a spent shell casing was found in a hallway.

Kane County Sheriff's officials said no weapon was found after a sweep of the building.

The soft lockdown was lifted Wednesday afternoon, and classes would be dismissed at...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Trump's attempt to strike 'ultimate' Middle East deal faces new setback
President Donald Trump once described the prospect of a peace pact between Israelis and Palestinians as the "ultimate deal," a foundational diplomatic breakthrough that could burnish his presidency and help restore America's standing in the world.

But the United States struggled at the United Nations...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Chicago-area high school students chanting 'save our kids' stage walkouts to demand action on gun violence
Refusing to let last week's fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla., become a sad memory without action to prevent further school violence, students across the Chicago area and nationwide are staging walkouts, organizing letter-writing campaigns and scheduling meetings with politicians to demand...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

First-class flights are the least of Scott Pruitt's sins
Trying to point out the mistakes, transgressions and failures of the Trump administration is like trying to load frogs into a wheelbarrow. For every one you get, a dozen get away. The latest example comes courtesy of Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt has gotten some...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

One firefighter hurt after 'mayday' called at South Side apartment building fire
One Chicago firefighter was taken to a hospital after a "mayday" call at an apartment fire in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side.

Crews were called to the apartment building in the 4300 block of South King Drive a little before 1:30 p.m. One firefighter was taken to Stroger Hospital...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol: 'Enough of thoughts and prayers'
Thousands of chanting students, including survivors of the Florida school shooting, rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday, demanding changes to gun laws and threatening to remove Republicans who refuse to address new gun-control measures.

A week after the massacre that killed 17 people, the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Man found not guilty at retrial of setting '95 Naperville fire that killed mother-in-law
A man being retried in the death of his mother-in-law in a 1995 fire in Naperville was found not guilty Wednesday morning in DuPage County court.

William Amor was convicted in 1997 of murder in the death of Marianne Miceli in the apartment they shared with Amor's wife. Amor had confessed to the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Awkward: Gary's mayor tells Axelrod she's not a fan of CNN
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has at least one thing in common with President Donald Trump: She can't stand CNN.

"If we stop watching it, it stops being news," Freeman-Wilson told an audience at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics about cable news' focus on constant conflict. "I...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol: 'We've had enough of thoughts and prayers'
Survivors of the Florida school shooting descended on the state's Capitol on Wednesday with one overarching message: It's time for action.

The students entered a gun-friendly political climate in Tallahassee, where lawmakers have rebuffed gun restrictions since Republicans took control of both...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Wicker Park's Volumes Bookcafe enlists authors, neighbors in fight for its life
In "You've Got Mail," the charming neighborhood bookstore is felled by the hulking, soulless chain store in a single, deadly swipe: Build across from little guy. Little guy folds.

For Volumes Bookcafe, the charming Wicker Park bookstore struggling to stay alive, it's near-death by a thousand cuts:

...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Police: Maryland officer shot, killed while intervening in domestic dispute
Authorities say a police officer has been fatally shot while intervening in a domestic dispute in Maryland.

The Prince George's County Police Department said in a tweet that officers responding to the initial shooting shot and killed the suspect.

The department says the shooting occurred Wednesday...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Crews used boats to help residents amid Midwest flooding
Crews used boats to help residents evacuate their homes in northern Indiana after rainstorms sweeping across the Midwest on Wednesday combined with melting snow to flood rivers, roads and other low-lying areas in several states.

The storm system starting pushed heavy rain, snow and ice into the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

In escort case, former exec pleads guilty to $5.8 million in company credit charges
A onetime Buffalo Grove business executive pleaded guilty Wednesday to racking up $5.8 million in unauthorized charges on his company's expense account to fund a lavish lifestyle with his escort-turned-girlfriend.

Scott Kennedy, 43, entered his plea to one count of wire fraud in a brief hearing...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Melania Trump's parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions on 'chain migration'
The parents of first lady Melania Trump have become legal permanent residents of the United States and are close to obtaining their citizenship, according to people familiar with their status, but their attorney declined to say how or when the couple gained their green cards.

Immigration experts...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Why does this student scream during Northwestern games? Her response: 'How could you not?'
You've probably never seen her. But if you've watched a Northwestern basketball game on TV or trekked to Allstate Arena, you've heard her.

She shrieks when the opposing team shoots free throws. And when it has the ball. And when the Wildcats score. And during timeouts. And perhaps in your dreams.

...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99
The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.

"America's Pastor," as he was dubbed, had suffered from cancer,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Car stolen in Lyons ends up in 3-car crash in Chicago; driver in custody after foot chase
A car stolen from west suburban Lyons ended up in a multi-vehicle crash in Chicago on Wednesday, police said.

The car was taken about 7 a.m. from in front of a house in the 4600 block of Hawthorne Avenue, Lyons police Officer James Keating said.

Half an hour later in Chicago, the vehicle was involved...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Bradie Tennell's fall lends insight into the rise of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir
Sometimes you can't see what truly sparkles and shines for all the sequins and rhinestones.

For those still obsessed with their hair and outfits, figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir's take on Bradie Tennell's short program to open NBC's prime-time Olympics broadcast Tuesday bears...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Move ice hockey to the Summer Olympics? That's Jack O'Callahan's idea.
You'd think for someone whose crowning athletic achievement took place during the Winter Olympics, suggesting moving ice hockey to the Summer Games would be blasphemy.

But that's exactly what Jack O'Callahan is doing.

The former Blackhawks defensemen and member of the 1980 U.S. gold-medal-winning...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Blackhawks sound less optimistic about Corey Crawford returning this season
Corey Crawford's 2017-18 season may have ended on Dec. 23 after all.

That's the last time the injured Blackhawks goalie appeared in a game. And though the team has remained optimistic he would return from what has been reported as a concussion-related ailment, coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Under pressure by judges, prosecutors offering plea deals in controversial drug stash house cases
Under unusual pressure from federal judges, prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to offer plea deals to 43 men charged in drug stash house ripoff stings that have come under fire for alleged racial bias.

The ongoing plea negotiations — an about-face for the U.S. attorney's office — were revealed...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

White Sox look ahead of schedule, but Rick Hahn still wisely sees need for patience
To the untrained eye, White Sox prospects Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert provided several did-you-see-that moments during batting practice Tuesday at Camelback Ranch, confirming their prodigious power and enormous talent.

To Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, a video junkie more interested...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Trump suggests supporters should pressure Sessions to investigate Obama's inaction on Russian meddling
President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the president's supporters should pressure Sessions to focus the investigation into Russian election meddling on President Barack Obama's administration.

Taking to Twitter, Trump said that the meddling...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Illinois Democrats, force Michael Madigan's hand
It's proper that House Speaker Michael Madigan acknowledges his failure to be a leader in the fight against sexual harassment and bullying in Illinois government and politics. It's also stunning, given his clenched grip on power and his reluctance to take responsibility for the state of this state....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Washington State's Mike Leach says new Bears strength coach Jason Loscalzo particularly good with linemen
Washington State football coach Mike Leach knew the word was out on his strength and conditioning coach, Jason Loscalzo, and figured an NFL team might come calling for him.

The Bears hired Loscalzo last week as their head strength and conditioning coach, a key figure in the organization's goal...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Florida shooting survivors meet lawmakers, demand action on guns: 'We're what's making the change'
Survivors of the Florida school shooting descended on the state's Capitol on Wednesday with one overarching message: It's time for action.

The students entered a gun-friendly political climate in Tallahassee, where lawmakers have rebuffed gun restrictions since Republicans took control of both...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

They left their slower teammate behind. Now their country's fans wants them banned.
Noh Seon-Yeong's tears have mobilized the hosts of the Pyeongchang Olympics, marring the Games for a nation that prides itself on sportsmanship and civility.

Noh, a long-track speedskater, cried in the infield of the Gangneung Oval Monday night after being humiliated by her teammates in the team...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

OPRF students' walkout part of effort to end gun violence, school officials say
Officials at Oak Park and River Forest High School said they have learned students are expected to walk out of school at about noon today "as part of a grassroots, nationwide, student-led effort to end gun violence."

It is part of the response to last week's mass shooting at a school in Florida,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

OPRF students expected to participate in walkout at noon today, part of effort 'to end gun violence,' school officials say
Officials at Oak Park and River Forest High School said they have learned students are expected to walk out of school at about noon today "as part of a grassroots, nationwide, student-led effort to end gun violence."

It is part of the response to last week's mass shooting at a school in Florida,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Anthony Rizzo on MLB teams wearing Stoneman Douglas caps on Friday: 'It's awesome'
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was pleased to learn that all 30 major-league teams will wear Stoneman Douglas High School baseball caps to honor the 17 people who died in a shooting last week at his alma mater.

"I think it's awesome," Rizzo said Wednesday, less than one week after he spoke at...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Stephen Colbert praises Parkland students' campaign for gun reform
Stephen Colbert would like to change the voting age.

"Until we do something about guns, you can't vote if you're over 18," he said Tuesday night on "The Late Show."

His quip references the campaigns for stricter gun control carried out by high schoolers in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Language Stars, which offered language immersion classes for kids, abruptly closes


Language Stars, a company that offered foreign language immersion classes and camps for kids, has abruptly closed.



Founded in Chicago in 1998, the company expanded throughout the suburbs and into the Washington, D.C., metro area, reaching 17 locations. A plan to expand nationwide earlier this decade...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Man is found not guilty at retrial of setting '95 Naperville fire that killed mother-in-law
A man being retried in the death of a his mother-in-law during a fire in Naperville in 1995 was found not guilty Wednesday morning in DuPage County court.

William Amor had been convicted in 1997 of murder in the death of Marianne Miceli in the apartment they shared with Amor's wife. Amor had confessed...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Even among Harvard MBAs, few black women ever reach corporate America's top rungs
In recent months, Corporate America's corner office has actually gotten a little less diverse -- not more -- when it comes to the number of African-Americans. With American Express chief executive Kenneth Chenault stepping down, there are just three black CEOs in the Fortune 500. And with the departure...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Bulls Q&A: Should David Nwaba be starting? What's Zach LaVine's maximum potential?
Cristiano Felicio and David Nwaba are starters and Cameron Payne is the primary backup point guard. And you have questions?

John Paxson is credible when he says putting Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne in the rotation is about seeing "what they have." The Bulls need to know. A few extra losses...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

GOP leaders to seek halt to Pennsylvania congressional map
Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature said Wednesday they will soon ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the imposition of new congressional district maps, two days after they were announced by the state's highest court.

House Speaker Mike Turzai said that later Wednesday he and his...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

What's in a $63,000 Ford F-150?
The 2018 Ford F-150 has just the right balance of capability, comfort and convenience to make you feel that what you want is what you need. That is the success story of America's best-selling vehicle for nearly four decades: to convince the market that want and need are the same.

I know I'm not...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

U.S. women win bronze in team pursuit to end speedskating medal drought
Mia Manganello crossed the finish line, glanced at the videoboard and let out a yell. She then grabbed hands with American teammates Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe, and the trio thrust their arms in the air.

The Americans had reason to celebrate Wednesday. They finally won a long-track speedskating...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Olympic bronze doesn't begin to tell the story of Lindsey Vonn, the greatest female ski racer of all time
Her body still functions, and because her mind has never changed, she can still will all that scar tissue down a ski hill at harrowing speeds. But this here is the end for Lindsey Vonn, at least in the Olympics. What it took to slide into the start gate Wednesday morning at Jeongseon Alpine Centre...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

WGN anchor told a Muslim blogger that she didn't 'sound like an American.' Her response went viral.
She's a hashtag; she's a meme. Chicago fashion blogger Hoda Katebi's response to a WGN-TV news anchor who told her that she doesn't "sound like an American" when she criticizes U.S. policy in the Middle East has been reported by media in Russia, England and Dubai. More than 10 million people have...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 21, 2018

Supreme Court sides with Chicago museums, prevents terrorist attack survivors from seizing artifacts
The Supreme Court is preventing survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack from seizing Persian artifacts at Chicago museums to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran.

The court ruled 8-0 Wednesday against U.S. victims of a Jerusalem suicide bombing. They want to lay claim to artifacts...



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