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Barack Obama's presidential library on Chicago's South side will be designed by a New York architectural firm that designed the David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.  The Barack Obama Foundation announced that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects has been chosen for the library that will be built near the university where Obama once taught constitutional law. 

The minimum age in Chicago for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products goes up to 21 at the end of the week.   The city joins about 170 local jurisdictions around the country that have made the change, including New York City and Boston. Health advocates have pushed the policy to discourage teenagers from starting a harmful habit.

Hillary Clinton Blasts Trump at Chicago Luncheon

Jun 27, 2016

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wasted no time attacking her Republican rival Donald Trump during a speech in Chicago this afternoon at McCormick Place.   Clinton spoke before the Women’s Luncheon for the Rainbow Push Coalition.

"Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas says Chicago won't be home to his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.  Lucas Museum officials say it will no longer consider Chicago as a potential site for the museum because of an ongoing federal lawsuit from a parks advocacy group. Instead, museum officials say the museum will be located in California.

A judge in Chicago has agreed to release former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds from jail as he awaits trial on misdemeanor tax charges.  Today's ruling requires the Illinois Democrat to wear an electronic-monitoring device so authorities can keep tabs on him. 

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Amtrak is making plans to unveil improvements at Chicago's Union Station, including the new Metropolitan Lounge.  The $7 million-dollar lounge opens to the public on Monday. Customers will be greeted by Amtrak customer service representatives who will check their baggage and later help them board their trains. 

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Chicago's City Council has approved rules to address complaints that short-term rental companies like Airbnb are turning residential buildings into virtual hotels and party hotspots.  Council members passed the measure after weeks of debate and a compromise that failed to fully satisfy critics on either side.

Chicago has approved less restrictive regulations on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft after the city council member who crafted the rules dropped an insistence on fingerprint background checks.  The City Council passed the measure after months of debate and intense lobbying by the companies. 

Transgender people in Chicago will be able to use a public bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity under an ordinance passed by the city's aldermen.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the change in Chicago's human rights ordinance closed a legal loophole that could "inadvertently" allow restaurants, hotels and other "public accommodations" to discriminate against transgender people. 

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Lil Rel Howery of NBC's "The Carmichael Show" has been arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.  The 36-year-old Chicago comedian was arrested Sunday night after a collision involving a car in which he was riding. Chicago police say that when the other driver called 911, Howery punched him in the face. 

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Don't call it Tribune anymore: The newspaper company has officially changed its name to Tronc. The company behind the Chicago Tribune is shedding its name to rebrand as a high-tech journalism company as it tries to avoid being bought by USA Today owner Gannett Co.  Tronc stands for Tribune online content.  

The head of the Chicago Park District says demands from a group suing to block "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas from building his museum on Chicago's lakefront are "outrageous."

A Chicago City Council committee has advanced plans to increase regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.  The proposal requires similar regulations on Uber and Lyft drivers as taxi drivers, including fingerprinting as part of a criminal background check. Drug tests and city debt checks would also be required. 

Federal authorities have arrested 331 people in six Midwest states including Illinois and Indiana as part of a sweep targeting immigrants living illegally in the U.S. previously convicted of crimes and other immigration violators.

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The coordinator for Chicago's upcoming gay pride parade says organizers will hire dozens more off-duty police officers than they did last year after city officials asked them to beef up security in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida.

Chicago Public Schools says that high levels of lead in water have been found at 11 more Chicago elementary schools.  The district says high lead levels have been found at the schools. Test results from many other buildings haven't yet come in.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there's "a lot more work to do" on transparency as the city publicly released information about 100 cases of alleged police misconduct.

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In 2012, Chicago closed half its mental health clinics and the state closed three mental health centers. Since then, hospital psychiatric ER visits have doubled.

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A rash of shootings on Chicago area expressways has authorities promising that they will keep an especially close eye on the roadways on the Memorial Day weekend. 

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A judge has approved a settlement over the copyright to photos shot by a Chicago nanny dating back to the 1950s and profiled in an Oscar-nominated documentary.  Vivian Maier took more than 150,000 photographs during her spare time in Chicago and New York.

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The head of Chicago Public Schools says the district has "reached the point of no return" and faces severe cuts without "equal" funding from the state.  Schools CEO Forrest Claypool led hundreds of teachers, parents, and students in a rally in Springfield seeking more state funds for Chicago's schools. The district faces a $1 billion deficit next school year.

The TSA is concerned that new leadership of passenger screening at Chicago O'Hare won't make long checkpoint lines won't go away.  The Transportation Security Administration ousted its head of security operations Kelly Hoggan after reports that thousands missed flights because of lengthy wait times.

Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been named to the board of directors for the museum that "Star Wars" director George Lucas hopes to build along Chicago's lakefront.

Chicago police say they have arrested nearly 100 alleged street gang members and 40 others on weapons and drug trafficking charges in an effort to combat the city's gun violence.  Officials announced the arrests, saying they took place over the past two days with the assistance with federal law enforcement agencies.

TSA officials in Chicago say there’s something airline passengers can do to help reduce long wait times.   Passengers in Chicago and nationwide are growing increasingly frustrated over spending hours in line to get through security.  TSA spokesman Mark Howell says part of the problem is low staffing and the high number of passengers.

A Chicago-area man suspected of taking part in the killing of a teenager who was beaten and shot before his body was set on fire has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. 

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Four Chicago aldermen think the city should privatize security at O'Hare and Midway airports after recent extremely long waits to get through security.  The aldermen say the Transportation Safety Administration has failed to retain sufficient personnel. They say the TSA's Screening Partnership Program allows airports to use qualified private contractors to screen passengers and baggage under federal oversight.

The debate over regulating short term home rentals through companies like Airbnb has come to Chicago.  A City Council panel heard testimony on a proposal to limit the number of units rented per building, require city registration, and impose a surcharge to pay for homeless services. 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he hopes the City of Chicago wins in a lawsuit over the placement of the George Lucas museum.  Lucas chose Chicago in 2014 over sites in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A state review board has approved a $269 million expansion proposal from the University of Chicago Medical Center that includes an adult trauma center.

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