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While some Chicago mayoral candidates don't like each other, a few have bonded on the 2019 campaign trail
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 20:10

Political debates often feature quips and barbs between candidates who are hostile toward one another and trying to derail their opponents’ campaigns.

But during a recent WTTW-Ch. 11 Chicago mayoral forum, candidates Paul Vallas and Willie Wilson drew attention when they started holding hands....


Kelly Knight Craft, Trump's next pick for U.N. ambassador, is a major GOP donor who believes 'both sides' of climate debate
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 20:00

President Donald Trump announced Friday evening that he will nominate Kelly Knight Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada and a major Republican donor, to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Craft is set to succeed Nikki Haley, pending Senate confirmation, and is Trump's second pick to...


Russell Beyer, killed in Aurora mass shooting, remembered as proud union rep whose favorite word was 'advocate'
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 20:00

Russell Beyer was a gentle giant who enjoyed having fun, his family said. He was a “die-hard, proud union guy,” his brother said.

They remembered Beyer at a music-filled funeral service Friday, one week after he was among those killed at a mass shooting at an Aurora warehouse and one day after...


5 takeaways from Cubs spring training, including Saturday's Cactus League opener — weather permitting
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 20:00

Here are five takeaways from Cubs spring training Friday:

1. Weather or not, the Cactus League season opens Saturday.

Despite persistent showers Friday, the Cubs are confident the rain will give way in plenty of time for Saturday’s Cactus League opener against the National League Central rival...


Man who prosecutor called 'the worst this country has to offer' gets 24 years in drug death of teen exchange student
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 19:55

A Downers Grove man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Friday for providing drugs that killed a 15-year-old foreign exchange student whom her Spanish parents called “our family princess” in victim impact statements.

Francis Emanuele, 38, admitted his failings before he was sentenced, but said...


Aurora mass shooter lost his gun license but kept his gun — as have thousands of other Illinoisans. Here's a look at what went wrong.
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 19:45

A series of systemic failures allowed convicted felon Gary Martin to purchase the gun he used to fatally shoot five co-workers and wound several police officers during this month’s warehouse shooting in Aurora, documents released by Illinois State Police show.

The agency provided a trove of law-enforcement...


'I have something else to offer besides a bat and glove': Veteran leader Ben Zobrist vows to be more assertive
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 19:30

Ben Zobrist thinks complacency might be too harsh of a word to describe the Cubs’ early playoff exit last season.

“I think we realize this is never something to take for granted,” Zobrist said Friday, his first day at spring training camp. “I don’t think anyone was necessarily (complacent). You...


With 'precariously' balanced budget plan, Pritzker 'punts' on difficult decisions, ratings agency says
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 19:30

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to use a host of new taxes as a “bridge to a stable fiscal future” that includes a graduated income tax is receiving poor marks from a Wall Street ratings agency.

Pritzker on Wednesday introduced a plan that relies on nearly $1.3 billion in new revenue from taxes on legalized...


Pritzker banking on $200 million from legal sports betting, but efforts to expand gambling have never been easy in Illinois
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 19:05

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is counting on $200 million in licensing fees from legalized sports wagering to help plug a $3.2 billion hole in next year’s state budget.

But years of failed efforts to expand gambling in Illinois suggest his plan is no sure thing.

In his first budget address Wednesday, the...


State senator seeks air quality testing at Lake County plants that emit carcinogens via letter to EPA, resolution
Publisher:  Vivelohoy
Friday, 22 February 2019 18:55

Joining a chorus of voices demanding air quality testing in Lake County areas near local two plants generating ethylene oxide emissions, state Sen. Melinda Bush on Friday sent a letter Friday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and introduced a joint resolution in the General Assembly calling...


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