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Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Aurora shooter should not have had a gun due to felony conviction, but state law failed to stop him
Gary Martin should have given up his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson in 2014 when the Illinois State Police finally found out about a decades-old felony conviction, authorities said Saturday.

But he was somehow allowed to keep it. On Friday, that's the gun Martin used to kill five people, and wound...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

The Aurora victims' stories: Intern's 1st day on the job, a family patriarch, 'incredible' dad, Mississippi State fan
A student at Northern Illinois University was on his first day as a human resources intern at the Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora on Friday when he was killed, one of five victims who police say were gunned down by plant worker Gary Martin.

Aurora police Chief Kristen Ziman confirmed at a news...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Portage begins leadership transition after Mayor James Snyder's bibery conviction, ouster
Evidence that James Snyder had served as the city's mayor for seven years was rapidly disappearing Friday morning at Portage City Hall.

His portrait in the lobby had been taken down, leaving just a nameplate. His city-issued Ford Explorer sat in a parking lot behind the building, surrendered Thursday...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Aurora's 'Cross Man' travels the country honoring lives lost to gun violence. Now he's doing it in his hometown.
As Greg Zanis puts the finishing touches on the most recent of the tens of thousands of crosses he's made in his Aurora garage for shooting victims across the country, he sighs.

So much of what the "Cross Man" does seems almost routine. Fielding calls from the national media. Talking to the families...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

'It's an honor': Veteran lefty Cole Hamels is taking his new leadership role seriously
Cole Hamels admitted he had thoughts about becoming a free agent shortly before the Cubs picked up his $20 million team option in November.

"In this current market, I hope I did everything I possibly could to make sure all 30 teams would want me, that I'm desirable," Hamels said Saturday. "And...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Trump's declaration of national emergency hit with first lawsuits
A day after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency — in an attempt to circumvent Congress and redirect taxpayer money to fund 230 miles of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border — the designation has been beset with political and legal challenges.

Democrats painted Trump's declaration...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Vigil to be held Sunday for Aurora shooting victims
A prayer vigil for victims of the Aurora workplace shooting and their families is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday in front of the Henry Pratt Co. building at 401 S. Highland Ave.

The vigil is being sponsored and conducted by the Aurora Prayer Coalition, area churches and Crosses for Losses, and...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Timeline of the Aurora warehouse shooting
Aurora's warehouse shooting left five employees dead, six officers injured and many families grieving in the span of 95 minutes.

Eight SWAT teams, 25 to 35 agencies and between 200 and 300 police officers responded, Deputy Chief Keefe Jackson said.

From the first 911 call to confirmation the alleged...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Newborn antelope at Brookfield Zoo
Valentino, a male African antelope was born on Valentines Day at Brookfield Zoo. 



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

5 takeaways from Cubs spring training Saturday, including Joe Maddon reinforcing his support for Addison Russell
Here are five takeaways from the fourth spring training workout for Cubs pitchers and catchers:

1. A return to baseball?

Manager Joe Maddon admitted off-the-field matters, including Addison Russell's 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy and racist emails...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Chicago police want to question 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett after questioning and releasing 2 brothers
Chicago police said Saturday they have reached out to the attorney for "Empire" star Jussie Smollett because they still want to speak to Smollett after releasing two brothers they had been questioning about a reported attack against the actor.

Twelve hours after calling them "possible suspects,"...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

If Manny Machado signs with the White Sox, he instantly would become Chicago's best player, according to these rankings
Javier Baez is the best Major League Baseball player in Chicago — for now.

The Cubs middle infielder, who finished second to the Brewers' Christian Yelich for the National League MVP award last season, is No. 29 on MLB Network's "Top 100 Right Now" rankings for 2019. According to MLB.com, the network's...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

If Manny Machado signs with the White Sox, he'd instantly become Chicago's best player, according to these rankings
Javier Baez is the best Major League Baseball player in Chicago — for now.

The Cubs middle infielder, who finished second to the Brewers' Christian Yelich for the National League MVP award last season, is No. 29 on MLB Network's "Top 100 Right Now" rankings for 2019. According to MLB.com, the network's...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Amazon paid no federal taxes on $11.2 billion in profits last year, according to group's analysis
Amazon, the e-commerce giant helmed by the world's richest man, paid no federal taxes on profit of $11.2 billion last year, according to an analysis of the company's corporate filings by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a progressive think tank.

Thanks to a variety of tax...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

The Aurora victims' stories: An intern at his first day on the job and a family patriarch beloved by his neighbors
A student at Northern Illinois University was on his first day as a human resources intern at the Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora on Friday when he was killed, one of five victims who police say were gunned down by plant worker Gary Martin.

Aurora police Chief Kristen Ziman confirmed at a news...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Aurora shooting updates: Gunman opened fire after being told he was losing job, police say
An employee opened fire at an Aurora manufacturing plant Friday shortly after a meeting in which he was terminated from his job, authorities said.

Police said the suspected gunman, Gary Martin, 45, was in illegal possession of the gun used in the attack that killed five other employees and wounded...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

5 takeaways from Eloy Jimenez's first week of White Sox camp, including one teammate calling him 'the Babe Ruth of our generation'
Teammates rave about Eloy Jimenez's bat speed, mature approach at the plate and eagerness to make people laugh.

Another quality came through Saturday as White Sox manager Rick Renteria answered questions at an outdoor podium — thoughtfulness.

Jimenez was walking nearby in his spikes, creating the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

5 takeaways from White Sox spring training, including Eloy Jimenez's first week of camp
Teammates rave about Eloy Jimenez's bat speed, mature approach at the plate and eagerness to make people laugh.

Another quality came through Saturday as White Sox manager Rick Renteria answered questions at an outdoor podium — thoughtfulness.

Jimenez was walking nearby in his spikes, creating the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

White Sox at spring training
Photos of the White Sox at spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., before the 2019 season.



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Editorial: The Aurora shooter had a gun because a system designed to protect us failed
We can't know what was going on in the mind of the 45-year-old man who killed five men and injured six others, including five police officers, in a horrific mass shooting at an Aurora factory Friday.

But we do know what was in his hand.

And now we know it was there because a system designed to...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Gary Martin, gunman in Aurora shooting, had history of threatening behavior
The gunman who killed five people in an Aurora factory before dying in an exchange of gunfire with police had a history of threatening behavior and carried a gun he should not have had.

"You think you know people but you don't," said Mary McKnight, who lived next door to Gary Martin in Acorn Woods...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

The victims' stories: An intern from NIU on the job his first day; a family patriarch beloved by his Oswego neighbors
A student at Northern Illinois University was on his first day as a Human Resources intern at the Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora on Friday when he was killed, one of five victims who police say were gunned down by plant worker Gary Martin.

Aurora police Chief Kristen Ziman confirmed at a news...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

State trooper hurt during car chase, foot pursuit after carjacking in Dolton
An Illinois state police trooper was injured pursuing a suspect who allegedly stole a vehicle out of Dolton early Saturday morning, police said.

They said the trooper located a vehicle about 3 a.m. at 43rd and LaSalle streets in Chicago that matched a description of one that was involved in an...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

2 in custody after gunfire erupts at Walmart parking lot on West Side, 1 injured running for cover
Two people are in custody after gunfire between two vehicles erupted in the parking lot of a West Side Walmart, where a woman injured her ankle attempting to run for cover Saturday afternoon, fire and police officials said.

Shortly before 12:25 p.m., occupants of two vehicles began shooting at...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Ken Nordine, 98, dies. Chicago creator of word jazz, with a 'voice that could give you the chills'
Before you read the words written below about the life and times and accomplishments of a man named Ken Nordine, who died Saturday at his North Side home at the age of 98, it would be a good idea for you to listen to whatever you can find here www.wordjazz.com.

What you will discover is the one-and-only...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Ken Nordine, 98, dies. Creator of word jazz, with a 'voice that could give you the chills'
Before you read the words written below about the life and times and accomplishments of a man named Ken Nordine, who died Saturday at his North Side home at the age of 98, it would be a good idea for you to listen to whatever you can find here www.wordjazz.com.

What you will discover is the one-and-only...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Ken Nordine, Chicago creator of 'word jazz' who had a voice that 'could give you the chills,' dies at 98
Before you read the words written below about the life and times and accomplishments of a man named Ken Nordine, who died Saturday at his North Side home at the age of 98, it would be a good idea for you to listen to whatever you can find at www.wordjazz.com.

What you will discover is the one-and-only...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Minor league baseball team bans peanuts and Cracker Jack from stadium
Kerry Adamowicz hoped that a meeting with Hartford Yard Goats officials might lead to a few peanut-free days or maybe a peanut-free section at the team's Double-A baseball stadium, so her son and other children with food allergies could enjoy a game.

The team decided to go a bit further.

The Double-A...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Gov. Pritzker picks Aurora state Rep. Chapa LaVia to head Department of Veterans' Affairs
Newly-elected Gov. J.B. Pritzker was searching for a person to lead the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, and found who he was looking for in state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora.

Chapa LaVia's new job is pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate. If she is approved, she said she will...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Aurora shooting victim Trevor Wehner, an NIU student, was on his first day as an intern for Henry Pratt Co.
A student at Northern Illinois University was on his first day as a Human Resources intern at the Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora on Friday when he was killed, one of five victims who police say were gunned down by plant worker Gary Martin.

Aurora police Chief Kristen Ziman confirmed at a news...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Crosby: In wake of mass shooting, Aurora tragically takes its turn in the national spotlight
It was early afternoon on Friday. And I'd just put the finishing touches on my weekend column when the news — through local sources and social media — started coming in fast and furious.

Officers down. Civilians shot. Active shooter. SWAT teams on the way. The story was live. It was ever-changing....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Police identify 5 victims in mass shooting at Aurora plant; gunman in illegal possession of firearm
Police on Saturday identified the five deceased victims of a mass shooting at an Aurora manufacturing plant and released more information about the gunman, who also died in the attack.

The victims were identified as Clayton Parks, of Elgin; Trevor Wehner, of Dekalb; Russell Beyer, of Yorkville;...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Updates from Cubs spring training: Reliever Tony Barnette is pleased with his recovery from a lat injury
The Cubs are back at Sloan Park for spring training on Saturday. Check back for updates

8:40 a.m.: Tony Barnette fully healed from lat injury

New reliever Tony Barnette raved about his health after missing the final three months of 2018 with the Rangers because of a lat injury.

"Everything is rebounding...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Cubs reliever Tony Barnette is pleased with his recovery from a lat injury
The Cubs are back at Sloan Park for spring training on Saturday. Check back for updates

8:40 a.m.: Tony Barnette fully healed from lat injury

New reliever Tony Barnette raved about his health after missing the final three months of 2018 with the Rangers because of a lat injury.

"Everything is rebounding...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Police identify 5 victims in mass shooting at Aurora plant
More information, including the identities of victims, was released Saturday morning about the shooting at an Aurora manufacturing plant on Friday that left five people dead and five police officers wounded.

Law enforcement authorities held a news conference at 10:30 a.m. in Aurora.

Police and...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

White Sox teammates call Eloy Jimenez ‘the Babe Ruth of our generation' and ‘a future superstar'
Michael Kopech calls him "the Babe Ruth of our generation."

Tim Anderson put it like this: "He's gonna be a superstar. All eyes are on him."

They're talking about Eloy Jimenez, the 22-year-old an outfielder who made a mockery of Triple-A pitching last season (.355 average, .597 slugging percentage).

...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Brawl between Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers mars 1979 Daytona 500
Richard Petty won the race. Who won the fight?

The 1979 Daytona 500 title may have gone to The King, but it is most memorable for the infield brawl between Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers, Donnie and Bobby. The tussle came after Yarborough and Donnie Allison wrecked while running 1-2 on...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Cops expected to release more information this morning about mass shooting at Aurora plant that left 5 dead and 5 cops wounded
More information is expected to be released Saturday morning about the shooting at an Aurora manufacturing plant on Friday that left five people dead and five police officers wounded.

Law enforcement authorities are scheduled to hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. in Aurora.

Police on Friday said...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

In historic first, ex-cardinal defrocked by Vatican over child sexual abuse
The Vatican on Saturday said it had defrocked ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, leveling a historic penalty against a onetime church power broker and former archbishop of Washington after the church found him guilty of sexual abuse.

It is the most significant abuse-related punishment given to a onetime...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Trooper injured during early morning pursuit on Dan Ryan, 1 in custody
An Illinois State trooper suffered minor injuries during a vehicle pursuit early Saturday morning on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side, Chicago police said.

The chase ensued about 3:10 a.m. at 47th Street on the Dan Ryan in the local northbound lanes, and ended about five minutes later...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Cubs reliever Junichi Tazawa expected to arrive Monday
Free-agent reliever Junichi Tazawa is expected to arrive Monday at the Cubs' spring training camp.

Tazawa, who signed a minor league contract two weeks ago, has been delayed by visa issues in his native Japan.

Tazawa, 32, has pitched for the Red Sox, Marlins and Angels during a nine-year career,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Felon caught with large amounts of narcotics when pulled over with flat on Near West Side
A convicted felon was arrested again Thursday after he was found with large amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and thousands of pills when he was pulled over by authorities on Chicago's Near West Side, according to police.

Four felony narcotics charges were filed against the man, Pawel...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Bruno Ganz, star of 'Downfall' and 'Wings of Desire,' dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor best known for dramatizing Adolf Hitler's final days in 2004's "Downfall," has died. He was 77.

Ganz died at his home in Zurich on Friday, his representatives told media outlets. The cause of death was reportedly colon cancer.

In addition to delivering one of the definitive...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Photos: Midwinter Festival - Day 1
Hosted on February 15-17, Pitchfork's Midwinter Festival features performances by more than 30 acts, musician-designed sound installations and premieres of original tunes that draw inspiration from the museum's collection.



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

'I'm a showman': The 2020 NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago gives Zach LaVine a chance to Be Like Mike
Zach LaVine couldn't let the three-year anniversary of his epic Slam Dunk Contest with Aaron Gordon pass without acknowledgement.

"Time flies. Best Dunk Contest of our generation. Rematch one day? @youngheirgordon" LaVine posted on his Instagram account Wednesday .

How about at the United Center...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Employees at company accused of bribing doctors rapped, danced around a giant bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug.

The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of wealthy...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Uptown model railroad club chugs along, but faces uncertain future because of Park District renovation plans
On the North Side of Chicago, a little boy looked out on a neighborhood scene. A car had crashed into a fire hydrant, water spurting out, the lights on a police car flickering.

And then a nearby train caught his eye.

The boy, significantly bigger than the hydrant and the car, was one of a few dozen...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Money and manpower could decide Chicago's tight mayor's race
Chicago's mayoral race is careening into its home stretch, and a couple of well-worn political truths are in play: Bill Daley's big fundraising edge could enable him to carpet the airwaves with ads pushing his message, and Toni Preckwinkle's key union backing gives her a formidable ground game...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Is it OK for restaurants with a mostly white clientele to play rap songs that use the N-word? This man says no.
Several weeks ago I was in a North Side coffeehouse, trying to ignore the usual hodgepodge of music blaring from the speakers, when a rap song came on.

It made me stop and listen. Over and over, it used the racial epithet we euphemistically call "the N-word," and with each repetition I felt more...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Wake up, Chicago: The race for mayor is this close
Chicago talks a lot about corruption, but Paul Vallas does something about it with that reform broom of his.

At least he does in his "Clean Sweep" campaign ad, when he sweeps the political machine and the dirty money that goes with it out of City Hall.

A crowd of children and their parents cheers...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

We can't blame Tiffany Van Dyke for trying, but her husband is just another convicted felon.
There is no doubt in my mind that Tiffany Van Dyke's tears are genuine. Her fear for her husband's safety in prison is rational. Police officers don't fare well behind bars.

This week, we learned that Jason Van Dyke was transferred from the Illinois Department of Corrections to a federal prison...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Day one of Pitchfork's Midwinter fest, with tunes at the Art Institute: 'But it's so much money.'
With its inaugural night in the books, taste-making music platform Pitchfork and the Art Institute of Chicago's collaborative, curated event Midwinter is now in full effect through Sunday.

Just don't call it a music festival.

Announced in November 2018, Midwinter was billed as an " unprecedented...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Ask Amy: In-laws' habit creates toxic smokescreen
Dear Amy: My in-laws have recently relocated to a town approximately seven hours away. They are very excited about retirement and about their new home, and they are hoping that we (along with other family members) will visit often, including over holidays.

They used to live closer to us, and when...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Hutton: Munster native Hal Morris addresses home-run conundrum, wants hitters to go old school
Eventually, Hal Morris says, major league hitters will stop trying to overload on homers.

Morris, a 1983 Munster graduate, played 13 seasons with the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers.

He has some opinions about the swing-from-the-heels style that has been...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 16, 2019

Blackhawks playoff tracker: 3 points out of wild-card spot with 24 games to go
The idle Blackhawks lost a point but gained in a way as well on Friday night in the race for the second wild-card position in the Western Conference.

The Wild, holders of that coveted spot, lost to the Devils 5-4 in overtime, gaining a point but squandering an opportunity for two. The Devils, whom...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Aurora mass shooting: 6 dead, including gunman, and 5 officers wounded in attack at Illinois manufacturing firm
Six people, including a gunman, died in a mass shooting at a manufacturing firm Friday afternoon, and five officers were struck by gunfire, officials said.

Authorities confirmed the shooter, Gary Martin, 45, was killed in a shootout with police. Police said he was a 15-year veteran of Henry Pratt...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Lauri Markkanen scores 21 points in the Rising Stars game, but U.S. beats World 161-144
Lauri Markkanen impressed for the World team with 21 points, but Kyle Kuzma's 35 points led the U.S. to a 161-144 win in the Rising Stars game Friday night during All-Star weekend.

Markkanen, the second-year Bulls forward, shot 9-for-17, including 3-for-7 on 3-pointers, with six rebounds in the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Aurora shooting
Six people, including a gunman, died in a shooting at a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora on Friday afternoon, and five officers were struck by gunfire, officials said.



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Federal judge issues gag order in Roger Stone case
A federal judge on Friday placed some limits on what President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone and his lawyers can say publicly about his criminal case in the special counsel's Russia probe.

But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson stopped short of imposing a broad ban on public...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Round & round: H-F loses in rematch to Bolingbrook, but RJ Ogom sees bright future
During the best of times Friday night, Homewood-Flossmoor had a championship swagger in its SouthWest Suburban Blue showdown against Bolingbrook.

Junior forward RJ Ogom, for one, was feeling it.

Losing by 23 points in the first go-around? A forgotten memory.

"We knew from the jump that they weren't...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Brothers released in reported attack on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett — 12 hours after police called them 'possible suspects'
Chicago police late Friday released two brothers they had been questioning about a reported attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, saying they were no longer considered suspects.

"Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Paul Manafort, ex-Trump campaign chairman, faces up to 24.5 years in prison, according to court filing
Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could spend up to 24.5 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday.

Court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office reveal that Manafort faces possibly the lengthiest prison...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Former Band of Bohemia chef 'allowed to resign' from new job amid controversy over treatment of women
On Monday, celebrated Chicago chef Ian Davis went to court to fend off accusations of improper behavior toward women. Seeking protective orders against two women, Davis described being labeled a "sexual predator" by one former co-worker who had complained to Band of Bohemia, the Michelin-rated...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Optimism returns to Normal as electric truck startup Rivian gains traction
When the Mitsubishi plant closed in July 2015 after years of dwindling production, the mood in downstate Normal was decidedly somber. The sprawling factory, once the city's largest employer, went dark, leaving 1,100 people out of work and many fearing it would end up as a massive hole in the ground.

...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

King Cole: Griffith's Cole Cervantes prevails in OT in first round of state wrestling meet
INDIANAPOLIS — The clock ticked down under 10 seconds in the third period, but Griffith senior Cole Cervantes still wasn't worried.

"I knew that I wasn't going to get tired and he was," Cervantes said. "If I can get near the end of a match and it's close, it's my match every time."

Cervantes, ranked...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

How Trump came to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall after months of frustration
President Donald Trump knew that lawmakers were unlikely to ever give him the billions of dollars he wanted to build a wall on the southern border, so in early 2018, he gave aides a directive: Find a way to do it without Congress.

It was hardly an easy assignment. The White House had some flexibility...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Trump and the Magna Carta
In 1215, a group of English nobles took their king prisoner to prevent him from doing what President Donald Trump just did: taking and spending the people's money without the consent of the people's representatives.

That's the bottom line of Trump's declaration of emergency to build his wall.

We...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

'Dark money' fund spends over $700K in TV ads against Bill Daley in Chicago mayor's race
In the biggest third-party advertising blitz of the Chicago mayoral campaign, an independent political committee that isn't required to disclose its donors is spending $714,000 on television ads against Bill Daley.

With his high name recognition and a field-leading war chest of more than $7.2 million,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Aurora's mass shooting: More families join 'a group that should not exist yet continues to grow'
And now, an Illinois addition to the list of mass shootings that agonize all Americans on somber anniversaries — and that agonize survivors and the families of victims every day of the year. This week already had delivered anniversaries of the Northern Illinois University shooting in 2008, and...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Alarmed by cancer-causing ethylene oxide pollution, Gov. Pritzker orders shutdown of Sterigenics in Willowbrook
Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration on Friday banned Sterigenics from using ethylene oxide at its Willowbrook sterilization plant, responding to an intense public outcry about toxic air pollution that left surrounding neighborhoods with some of the highest cancer risks in the nation.

The state's...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Hours before Aurora mass shooting, former mayors met in Chicago to discuss strategies to reduce gun violence
Just hours before a mass shooting in west suburban Aurora, five former mayors gathered Friday in Chicago to discuss efforts to reduce gun violence in their cities and what Chicago can learn from them.

Led by former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who now is managing partner of a Chicago-based...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Alarmed by cancer-causing ethylene oxide pollution, Gov. J.B. Pritzker orders shutdown of Sterigenics in Willowbrook
Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration on Friday banned Sterigenics from using ethylene oxide at its Willowbrook sterilization plant, responding to an intense public outcry about toxic air pollution that left surrounding neighborhoods with some of the highest cancer risks in the nation.

Pritzker,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Aurora mass shooting updates: 6 dead, including gunman, and 5 officers wounded in attack at Illinois manufacturing firm
Six people, including a gunman, died in a mass shooting at a manufacturing firm Friday afternoon, and five officers were struck by gunfire, officials said.

Authorities confirmed the shooter, Gary Martin, 45, was killed in a shootout with police. Police believe he was an employee at Henry Pratt...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

In test of presidential powers, Trump declares national emergency to get $8 billion for border wall
Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall by exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers that is certain to draw stiff legal challenges.

...

Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Here's a look at other workplace shootings that have occurred in the Chicago area
An alleged gunman is dead after authorities said he shot and killed five people and injured five police officers at a manufacturing facility in Aurora Friday. Here's a look at other workplace shootings that have occurred in Illinois:

ArrowStream, Chicago, July 31, 2014 • One dead, plus the gunman,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Village of Lynwood sued over $1.2 million in late insurance payments
A municipal self-insurance association has filed suit against Lynwood, claiming the south suburb is more than $1 million behind on its annual risk management service fees.

The Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association, a cooperative that provides insurance coverage to municipalities...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

9/11 victim fund will cut payouts by up to 70 percent as claims surge: 'We recognize that this is horribly unfair'
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund plans to cut future payouts in half — and in some cases, by as much as 70 percent — as it struggles with a surge of new claims from those who have gotten sick and the families of those who have died, officials announced Friday.

The fund was opened by...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Addison Russell and the Cubs are under the microscope for all the wrong reasons
The Cubs kicked off apology week Friday at Sloan Park, where Addison Russell appeared before the media for the first time and accepted responsibility for his actions that led to a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball domestic violence policy.

Next on tap is Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

5 takeaways from Cubs spring training: Brad Brach's suspicions about free agency, Joe Maddon holds coaching class
Here are five takeaways from the Cubs' third workout for pitchers and catchers Friday:

Algorithm equals collusion?

Newcomer Brad Brach admitted to the free-agent process being "stressful" before he agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million contract with the Cubs that included an option.

A wise-cracking...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

What we know now about the Aurora mass shooting
Six people died --- including the gunman --- in a workplace shooting at a manufacturing firm Friday afternoon, and five officers were struck by gunfire, officials said Friday. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman confirmed the shooter, Gary Martin, 45, was killed in a shootout with police. Police...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Yes, Chicago should keep trying to woo Amazon
Suddenly, Chicago may be back in the running as the site for one of Amazon's two new headquarters. The questions now are, do we want it, and how much?

Do we want it? Of course we do. For lots of reasons, including those 25,000 high-tech jobs. There shouldn't be any debate about this.

But how much...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Payless ShoeSource closing all of its remaining stores in U.S. and Puerto Rico
Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year.

The Topeka, Kansas-based chain said Friday it will hold liquidation sales starting Sunday and wind down...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Aurora shooting updates: 6 dead, including gunman, and 5 officers wounded in attack at Illinois manufacturing firm
Six people, including a gunman, died in a shooting at a manufacturing firm Friday afternoon, and five officers were struck by gunfire, officials said.

Authorities confirmed the shooter, Gary Martin, 45, was killed in a shootout with police. Police believe he was an employee at Henry Pratt Co. in...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Shock as gunman kills 5 at Aurora plant: 'I've seen it on the news happening someplace else. But never here in Aurora.'
This is an evolving story, click here to visit our live blog for the latest details.

A gunman killed five people at a manufacturing firm Friday afternoon in Aurora, and five law enforcement officers were struck by gunfire, officials said Friday.

Authorities confirmed that the gunman, Gary Martin,...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Cubs' Addison Russell addresses domestic violence suspension: 'I am not proud of the person I once was'
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell admitted Friday to the "hurt" and "pain" he caused his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, that resulted in a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.

"I don't want to get into any specifics, but what I do want to say is I am accountable...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Undecided in Chicago? It's time to play 'Survivor' and start voting candidates off the mayoral island
With just a little more than a week until Election Day, the latest polling shows "undecided" still way out in front in the 14-candidate Chicago mayor's race. Are you among the 19 percent (plus or minus the 4 percentage point margin of error) who haven't yet made up their minds, according to the...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Aurora shooting updates: 4 officers injured, suspect dead at manufacturing firm, sources and officials say
An active shooter reported Friday afternoon at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora is dead, law enforcement sources said.

City of Aurora Director of Communications Clayton Muhammad said that four officers were injured in the shooting, and are recovering.

A fifth officer was injured responding to the incident...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Judge overrules Libertyville in land-use lawsuit, grants housing project on Archdiocese of Chicago property
A Lake County judge has overruled Libertyville officials' decision in 2017 to deny a 148-house development on property at the former Mundelein Seminary.

The decision Friday by Lake County Judge Michael Fusz now allows the Catholic Bishop of Chicago and its contracted buyer to proceed.

The ruling...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Michael Avenatti, at Cook County courthouse, says he believes R. Kelly will be indicted soon
High-profile attorney Michael Avenatti said Friday he believes charges are imminent against R. Kelly after giving Cook County prosecutors a tape purportedly depicting the R&B musician having sex with an underage girl.

Avenatti spoke to reporters after he and a high-level Cook County assistant state's...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Juror from Portage mayor's bribery trial: 'No one thought he was not dirty'
For the jury that convicted former Portage Mayor James Snyder, the decision was "obvious" on two guilty verdicts but reasonable doubt led to one not guilty verdict.

Erin Guerra, one of the Snyder jurors, talked about what went into the four women and eight men of the jury finding the now former...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Snyder juror: 'No one thought he was not dirty'
For the jury that convicted former Portage Mayor James Snyder, the decision was "obvious" on two guilty verdicts but reasonable doubt led to one not guilty verdict.

Erin Guerra, one of the Snyder jurors, talked about what went into the four women and eight men of the jury finding the now former...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

John P. Kelly, firefighter and popular Lincoln Park bar owner, dies
If anyone was ever part and parcel of the Lincoln Park community, it was John P. Kelly, a jovial city firefighter who was the longtime proprietor of the storied pub that bears his family name.

He lived his entire 82 years on the same block, just a short jaunt from Kelly's Pub on Webster Avenue....



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Crawford, a soft-coated wheaten terrier from Naperville, wins best of breed at Westminster dog show
Crawford returned from the Super Bowl of dog shows with new ribbons to add to his collection.

The 4-year-old male soft-coated wheaten terrier, registered under the American Kennel Club name of J'Adores Stanley Cup Toews At Raelyn, was able to fetch plenty of recognition this week at 143rd Westminster...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

2 dogs rescued from Glencoe apartment fire
Two dogs were rescued by Glencoe emergency responders Friday in an apartment fire that remains under investigation, authorities said.

The Glencoe Department of Public Safety responded to a report around 11:30 a.m. Friday morning of smoke showing and a possible structure fire in a third floor apartment...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Slater Koekkoek has a distinctive name. More plays like he had Thursday will grab Blackhawks fans' attention even more
Go ahead and laugh at Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek's name. You won't be alone.

You can even get in line behind at least two members of the Koekkoek family.

"I don't have Twitter, but my sister sent me some funny things that people said (Thursday) night about my last name," Koekkoek said...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

You already can grab lunch without talking to a cashier. Will a higher minimum wage in Illinois prompt more automation?
If you're the anti-social type, automation has made life a bit easier.

You can grab lunch, groceries or movie tickets without interacting with cashiers. Check into your hotel room without stopping at the front desk. Retrieve the goods you ordered via touch-screen kiosk or mobile app from a locker...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Their wrongful convictions tossed, 19 sue Chicago, corrupt cop: 'This case illustrates what the code of silence is'
Octayvia McDonald was 17 and pregnant when she was first arrested by disgraced Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts and his crew while visiting relatives at the now shuttered Ida B. Wells housing complex.

It was May 2005 and McDonald was with her sister visiting an aunt, when officers stormed into...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

Aurora shooting updates: 4 officers injured, suspect dead in incident at manufacturing firm, sources and officials say
An active shooter reported Friday afternoon in Aurora is dead, law enforcement sources said.

Dozens of area police officers responded to Henry Pratt Co., officials said, a manufacturing firm located in an industrial park in the Chicago suburb.

A city spokesman told WGN that four officers were injured...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

5 takeaways from White Sox spring training, including Tim Anderson's leadership and Yolmer Sanchez's dancing
Five takeaways from Friday at White Sox camp:

1. A quiet camp can be a good camp.

While the Cubs deal with Addison Russell and Joe Ricketts fallout, the Sox have enjoyed a stress-free camp. And thus far, injury-free.

"They all look good: the ‘B' group, the ‘A' group," manager Rick Renteria said...



Chicago Tribune
Feb 15, 2019

WGN's Dina Bair relists Georgian-style Wilmette home for $1.34 million
WGN-Ch. 9 news anchor and reporter Dina Bair on Feb. 7 relisted her five-bedroom, Georgian-style house in Wilmette for $1.345 million.

Bair has been with WGN since 1994 and currently anchors WGN's midday newscasts. She also serves as the station's medical reporter.

Bair paid $750,000 in 2011 for...



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