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Chicago Fire’s Near West Side Training Facility Clears Key City Hurdle

The project planned for 24.2 acres of vacant land at the form ABLA Homes site could go before the City Council on Wednesday.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Washington Park Mass Shooting Kills 2, Wounds 7, Police Say

The victims, all adults, were shot after a fight broke out between two groups in the park, police said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Fatal West Loop Hit-And-Run Was Intentional, Police Say As West Suburban Man Charged With Murder

Joseph Verdone, of suburban Hillside, was arrested Tuesday. Police said he drove onto the sidewalk early Sunday in the West Loop, hitting and killing 22-year-old Enrique Martinez.

West Loop

Lightfoot Creates Casino Community Council After Neighbors Push To Negotiate With Bally’s

The committee comes after neighbors slammed the process under which the $1.7 billion casino was approved and as neighbors push to help shape the casino campus.

West Loop

City Has ‘Plan B’ If Bears Decide To Leave Chicago, Lightfoot Says

Lightfoot didn't say what those backup plans entail, though she's hinted at bringing another NFL team to Chicago or redeveloping Soldier Field and the surrounding area for concerts and other uses.


Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza Won’t Seek Reelection After 2 Terms Representing Southeast Side

Sadlowski Garza is the ninth sitting council member resigning or retiring. She is the first Chicago Teachers Union member elected to City Council.

South Chicago, East Side

Chicago Police Officer Dies By Suicide, At Least The 4th Since July, Officials Say

The officer's death comes as the police Department and Supt. David Brown face increasing scrutiny for how officers' mental health and days off are treated.


Chicago Bears To Reveal Arlington Heights Stadium And ‘Entertainment District’ Plans Next Week, Reports Say

Bears officials said their "transit-oriented, mixed-use entertainment district" would be "one of the largest development projects in Illinois state history."


Here’s A Full List Of City Council Seats Likely Up For Grabs In 2023

Several alderpeople are resigning, retiring or running for mayor, guaranteeing some City Council seats will change hands, while other seats have already flipped this year. Here's a running list.


River North Road Rage Stabbing Leads To Murder Charges

A witness told the Sun-Times the Tuesday night stabbing occurred after two drivers got out of their cars and began scuffling with each other in the street.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Ald. Leslie Hairston Won’t Seek Reelection After 24 Years Serving Hyde Park

Hairston is the fifth City Council member retiring in 2023. "For more than 30 years, I have held jobs serving the public and it is time for me to look at the next chapter of my life," she said in a statement.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Ellis Lakeview Residents Sue Landlord After Years Of Complaining About Filthy, Dangerous Apartments

The Kenwood tenants organized for nearly two years to force the landlord and ousted property manager to address complaints about mice infestations, faulty plumbing and other issues.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

North Center’s Ribfest Is Back This Weekend For The First Time In 3 Years

Ribfest kicks off Friday afternoon, serving up racks of ribs and sides from 20 food vendors. There also will be live shows and a kids section with activities and bounce houses.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

2 CPS Teachers Won’t Be Fired After District Accused Them Of Encouraging Students To Protest General Iron

The Chicago Board of Education voted to retain the Southeast Side teachers after CPS officials sought to fire them. Instead, the board gave them a warning.

South Chicago, East Side

Green Day Playing Chicago’s Metro After Lollapalooza Set

The show will take place at 11 p.m. Friday at the Metro. Tickets go on sale Wednesday online only.


Hank DeZutter, Journalist Who Championed Neighborhood News And Profiled Barack Obama In 1995, Dies At 80

DeZutter co-founded the Chicago Journalism Review and the Community Media Workshop, which is now known as Public Narrative.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Danny Davis Holds Off Strong Challenge From Activist Kina Collins For 7th District Seat In Congress

Anti-gun activist Kina Collins, 31, gave the 80-year-old congressman a fight.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Infant Girl Fatally Shot In South Shore

The baby, reported to be 5 months old, was inside a car when someone from inside another car opened fire, shooting her and a 41-year-old man, according to police.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

How Chicagoans Can Help People In Nearby States (And Here) Access Safe Abortions

Illinois clinics are gearing up for an influx of out-of-state patients — and need your help.


Man Charged With Handcuffing, Raping Woman In Vacant Home For 3 Days: ‘Straight Out Of A Horror Movie,’ Prosecutors Say

The woman was rescued after a community organizer passing by the house heard her screams and called police.

Roseland, Pullman
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