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Blog posts December 2018

Michelle Obama Is Proof That Black Women Can Become More Than Their Wildest Dreams

“Yes I’m black. Yes I’m a woman. Yes I grew up working-class. How dare someone say I don’t love my country, that I don’t belong.”

Those words rang out in Chicago’s United Center Stadium as thousands of black women and girls listened to former first lady Michelle Obama discuss her life …

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A Swanky and Massive New French Restaurant Debuts Downtown in the Loop

The owners of Cochon Volant Brasserie today unveil their fifth Chicago restaurant, a new two-floor French restaurant in the Loop. Taureaux Tavern will eventually feature a 78-seat patio that will stay open all year and covered by a pergola. That patio will debut later this year, but the 288 seats in…

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Chicago police union cuts ties with Dan Herbert, lawyer for Jason Van Dyke

Just over a month after Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder, leaders of the union that represents most of the department’s rank-and-file officers apparently are unhappy with his lawyer.

The board of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 has voted to no longe…

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Chicago man charged with hate crimes in Lombard

A Chicago man is being held in DuPage County on $50,000 bail after being accused of hate crimes toward three black men and a Hispanic man.

Ranferi Basilo, 32, is charged with two counts of felony hate crimes and misdemeanor charges of aggravated assault using a deadly weapo…

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Real Estate in Brief: Moms are moving to more affordable markets, rent hits new highs and more

by Morgan Mereday

A new Zillow analysis found that women with a newborn searched for homes in a market where houses cost $11,500 less than their previous market, whether or not they moved with a partner or family member. For so…

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Live Illinois Election Results

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Illinois Statewide General Election Results

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Weird, Weird West

Charlaine Harris has an almost preternatural ability to build a cosmos, and she's done it again with her latest book, the start of a new series: An Easy Death. Set in an alternate reality where FDR was assassinated and the Romanovs escaped the Bolsheviks, this rip-roaring western is full of violenc…

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What Happened To The East Chicago Residents Forced Out By Pollution?

Curious City has received several questions about pollution in East Chicago, Indiana — the location of one of the largest cases of lead exposure in U.S. history. A couple of months ago, we answered a question about how pollution has impacted East Chicago residents. In this episode, we answer a dif…

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DoBi Is Done for the Moment — Share Your Thoughts on the Pilot Via a CDOT Survey

On Monday Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago will be using part of a $2.5 million grant from former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charitable foundation to expand bike-share to all parts of the city, WTTW reported. It’s not clear whether making that happen with involve expanding t…

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The NFC North race is now down to only the Bears and Vikings

The NFC North race is now down to only the Bears and Vikings originally appeared on

And then there were two.

The race for the NFC North crown shrank Sunday night as the Minnesota Vikings held off the Green Bay Packers to essentially eliminate Aaron Rodgers and Co, from a possible …

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