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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.

State lawmakers are considering whether school board members in Chicago should be elected — as they are in all other Illinois school districts.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to a federal appeals court in his increasingly desperate attempt to keep filmmaker George Lucas from building his museum in another city. 

The wife of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas says opposition to a Chicago lakefront museum by a parks advocacy group has prompted a search outside the city for a site.

Surveillance video shows more than a dozen people doing nothing to help a Chicago bartender as he is attacked, left unconscious on the street and accidentally run over by a taxi.  Marques Gaines later died at a hospital.

The sheriff who oversees one of the nation's most crowded jails has voluntarily released video showing half a dozen incidents of excessive force by deputies at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

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Health officials in Chicago say last summer's deadly outbreak of meningitis in gay and bisexual men is continuing with two new confirmed cases.

The leader of Chicago's Task Force on Police Accountability is calling the panel's 200-page report on issues facing the Chicago Police Department a "blueprint for long-lasting change."

A Chicago City Council panel has voted to temporarily change the selection process for police superintendent.  That way Mayor Rahm Emanuel can avoid the usual procedures and appoint a longtime member of the department as its next leader. 

Dozens of Chicago residents are taking in feral cats in an effort to rid their homes and neighborhoods of rats.  The Tree House Humane Society launched its Cats at Work program in 2011 after the nonprofit's feral cats cleared out a Cicero business's rat problem. Now there are 500 feral cats involved in the program, with a waiting list of two to four weeks to adopt them.

A Chicago doctor is accused of diagnosing patients with physical or mental conditions to bypass parts of the testing required for U.S. citizenship.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down another attempt to control the cost of government pension benefits.

This time it was Chicago city employees and retirees whose pensions were being targeted. The retirement system for one set of workers is projected to be insolvent in about a decade.

In 2014, the Illinois General Assembly changed the rules, but in Thursday's 5-0 ruling, the Supreme Court found that unconstitutional.

Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey spoke with his colleague Amanda Vinicky about the decision.

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The City of Chicago will have to find a Plan B to address its severely underfunded pension funds. The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday struck down the city’s proposal to reduce retirement benefits for some employees.

If this sounds familiar - last year the Supreme Court struck down an attempt by the State of Illinois to address its underfunded pensions.

The City of Chicago also has its own pension-funding issues.

City attorneys warned justices without changes, those funds will run out of money in about a decade.

The Barack Obama Foundation, which is leading the effort to build the Obama Presidential Library, has opened an office in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Chicago police reports show an officer gave two different accounts of what happened leading up to his fatal shooting of a bat-wielding college student and the student's neighbor.

Chicago Public Schools has filed a lawsuit against its former CEO seeking more than $65 million in damages and civil penalties after she pleaded guilty to helping steer millions of dollars in no-bid contracts in return for kickbacks.

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Jason Gonzalez stands out among all the longshot candidates who have dared to try to unseat powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Madigan has handily won his southwest side Chicago district every two years for almost four decades.

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A week from Tues., Illinois voters will have their chance to help determine who is the next President of the United States. And those candidates are planning last minute campaign stops here.

Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have each been in Illinois recently, to beseech voters for their support.

Trump is returning to Illinois Friday. During his last visit to the state, he stopped in Springfield. 

Chicago Public Schools has announced district employees will be required to take three furlough days without pay during the current fiscal year.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's Navy Pier will open its new, taller Ferris wheel on May 27.   

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said Wednesday the opening will kick off Navy Pier's centennial celebration.

 The new 196-foot Ferris wheel will stand 49 feet taller and fit up to 180 more passengers per ride than the previous attraction, which opened in 1995 and was removed in January. The replacement also will have temperature-controlled gondolas, padded seats, TV screens and speakers.

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The alcohol maker Beam Suntory has announced that it will move its global headquarters to Chicago from suburban Deerfield by the end of next year.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The alcohol maker Beam Suntory has announced that it will move its global headquarters to Chicago from suburban Deerfield by the end of next year. 

The spirits company says it will move more than 450 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart. It is the latest company to leave the Chicago suburbs for the city. 

Chicago gun violence on the rise

Mar 1, 2016

Gun violence in Chicago is way up this year. IPR’s Patrick Smith reports.

According to Chicago Police Department statistics, 43 people were murdered in February and 187 people were shot. That brings the total murders so far this year to 95 - almost twice the number in the first 60 days of 2015. A police spokesman says the level of violence in the city is unacceptable. He blamed most of the shooting on gang conflicts. In response, police say they’re deploying 100 newly trained sergeants and increasing gang interventions.

Nine patients who had lung transplants at Loyola University Health System are part of a 20-member team joining Chicago's "Hustle up the Hancock"

One of the nation's most crowded jails may get relief later this year with the opening of a 24-hour triage center in Chicago where police can take people experiencing psychiatric or substance-abuse crises. 

A former religious services worker at the U.S. Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago has received two years of probation for violating several security measures, including letting inmates use his cellphone to make calls.

A federal judge says she's unhappy that a suburban Chicago terrorism suspect is still in jail awaiting trial nearly four years after his arrest in an FBI sting.

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A project manager for the British developer who owns the massive Old Main Post Office in Chicago says he won't just let the city take over the vacant and deteriorating structure.

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