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An Army veteran wounded in 2005 has belatedly received a military award. 

Chicago's police board is delaying disciplinary proceedings for four officers accused of filing false reports in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Whatever discipline the officers face will wait until after the trial of the officer charged in the shooting. 

A medical school in Chicago is launching a new center to study tissue regeneration and stem cell biology. 

Members of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, the union representing teachers at city's charter schools, have voted to join the Chicago Teachers Union.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to reduce county jail crowding by granting bail relief to non-violent offenders. 

Ex-inmates have appeared in Chicago federal court, not to face charges, but to receive certificates for completing a program that helps one-time convicts reintegrate into society.

Chicago plans to dedicate a nine-story mural to blues music legend Muddy Waters before the city's annual blues festival this weekend.

A union representing hundreds of Chicago taxi drivers wants the city to ease vehicle restrictions, waive a tax and eliminate a fee to help what they call a struggling industry.

At least two incidents of drones found near a Chicago-area airport have prompted alerts and warnings.

A Chicago hotel and restaurant workers union has created a cell phone ringtone that's meant to curb arrest and deportation of immigrants.

Authorities have hailed a northern Illinois man a hero after he jumped through the open window of a moving car to save the driver, who was having a seizure. 

An exhibition of two of Chicago's great creations will officially open Friday at the Illinois State Museum. The exhibition is called "Kings and Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago." The exhibit runs through Aug. 19.

A search is on for $500,000 in jewelry stolen from a traveling artisan attending a suburban Chicago arts show. Police in St. Charles are saying the stolen jewelry included gold and silver, as well as rubies and emeralds.

Volunteer organizations around Illinois will be getting more than $15 million in federal grant money. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin of Illinois announced that the additional funding for 16 Illinois-based AmeriCorps organizations will come from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Officials in the Chicago suburb of Naperville say repairs to a 160-foot-tall tower that houses a carillon could cost upwards of $3.8 million. An assessment released of Moser Tower found that the tower's structural steel is beginning to corrode, its precast concrete is cracking and the concrete's mortar joints are facing deterioration. Officials say repairs will be needed in the coming years.

Lawmakers Approve School Funding Formula

Jun 1, 2017

Illinois lawmakers this week approved a measure that would overhaul the state’s inequitable school funding formula.  It passed with Democratic support, and one Republican.  Michael McAuliffe is the only Republican in the statehouse who represents a part of Chicago, the city’s northwest side.  The GOP has labeled every proposed change to the funding formula as a bailout for Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord is a poor attempt to pit environmental protection and economic growth against each other.   Emanuel says that is a false choice. He adds Chicago has proved jobs can be created while reducing a carbon foot print and the city will continue to do both.

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Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is getting $60 million in federal funds for runway construction and other improvements. The first grant of $40 million will help kick off the construction phase of Runway 9C/27C, including utilities and pavement work. The $648.5 million runway is expected to open in 2020, with construction being completed in three phases.

A Chicago jail has started offering gourmet Italian pizzas to inmates.  For the past few weeks, inmates have been able to order a pizza made by fellow inmates in a fancy $16,000 pizza oven.  It's part of a training program designed to give inmates skills that can land them jobs when they are released. Inmates pay no more than $7 per pizza.

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New Census figures show Chicago has lost population for the third consecutive year as other major U.S. cities gained population.  Population estimates find that Chicago lost 8,638 residents between 2015 and 2016. However, the city remains the nation's third-largest city with 2.7 million residents.  Chicago trails behind New York with 8.5 million residents and Los Angeles, which has 4 million residents.

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Chicago has launched a campaign hailing the contribution of immigrants amid a harder line taken by President Donald Trump on immigration issues.  The campaign is called "One Chicago." Its stated aim is to assure immigrants they're welcome in the nation's third largest city. 

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Officials of a 30-year-old housing agency, originally intended to stop white flight in northwest Chicago, say it's seeing renewed interest, partly due to anxiety about a proposed apartment complex.  The Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program launched in the 1980s. It allows members to get property appraisals and pays for shortfalls when owners sell their houses, as long as they lived there at least five years.

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Protesters urging Illinois lawmakers to agree on an annual state budget stepped off on a 200-mile march to Springfield.  The March to Springfield got underway at noon Monday. Organizers say marchers range in age from 23 to 90. They left the James R. Thompson state office building in Chicago's Loop. 

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A University of Illinois at Chicago report examines "pervasive" racial inequalities in the city when it comes to housing, economics, criminal justice and health care.  The 184-page report looks at three groups which each make up roughly one-third of Chicago's population: blacks, whites and Latinos. 

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The appetite for legal firearms is on the rise in Chicago, even as demand appears to wane nationally.  Illinois State Police say the number of firearm owner identification applications in Chicago doubled from about 19,600 in 2014 to nearly 39,000 last year.  It's on pace to surpass that this year.

Authorities say 24-year-old Chynna Stapleton of Chicago has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly slamming an 18-year-old into a tree with her car after an argument. 

Pigs may soon fly in Chicago. That's if a massive piece of installation art gets approval to take off. The idea was inspired by the album Animals by Pink Floyd, which itself was influenced by George Orwell's "Animal Farm," political fable critical of inequitable social structures like class.

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New Illinois tourism figures show about 110 million tourists from around the country visited the state last year, a more than 1 million increase compared to 2015.  Eighty three percent of visitors came for leisure and 17% came for business. 

A Chicago-based federal appeals court is looking into allowing TV cameras to cover some of its proceedings. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could join state high courts and several federal appellate courts in permitting live broadcasts.

Eight maximum security inmates at Cook County Jail in Chicago have been charged with aggravated arson after they allegedly set fire to their uniforms last month.

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