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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.

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.

Clinton visits Chicago to win support of black voters

Feb 17, 2016

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton is in Chicago today trying to win support among black voters.  Clinton stood in front of a group of mostly black Chicagoans with Geneva Reed- Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland who was found dead in a Texas jail cell last year after a traffic stop.

The city of Chicago is asking a judge to lift an order barring "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from starting construction on a $400-million museum along Chicago's lakefront while litigation plays out.

A Chicago man has won a $1-million verdict in a lawsuit that accuses police of rigging a photo lineup to ensure he would be wrongly identified as an armed robbery suspect. 

Art lovers have a chance to spend one starry night in Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom for only $10.  The Art Institute of Chicago decorated a one-bedroom apartment to look like Van Gogh's painting of his bedroom in the south of France. 

Chicago improv troupe Second City is opening a school focusing on comedic filmmaking and naming it after late writer-director-actor Harold Ramis.

FBI data shows Illinois has recorded 38 gun-related domestic violence homicides since 2006, but the number is likely higher because the data is incomplete. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the upcoming delivery of almost 800 new stun guns will ensure that every police officer will have access to a Taser, following a series of high-profile fatal shootings in the city.

A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400-million museum along Chicago's lakefront.

The owner of the Chicago Tribune is receiving a $44-million cash infusion from a Chicago investor with a stake in the rival Sun-Times.

The Chicago-area's Metra commuter railroad says it will miss a 2018 deadline for installing safety technology on all routes.

U.S. customs agents in Chicago have seized 43,000 hoverboards they have deemed counterfeit.  The hoverboards, discovered during an inspection at a warehouse, had been shipped from China. 

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter Jr. say the city plans to buy 20 to 30 more all-electric buses in the next few years.  The Chicago mayor says the effort marks his commitment to protecting the environment. 

U of I approves tuition rate freeze

Jan 21, 2016

University of Illinois Trustees have unanimously approved freezing tuition rates for the second straight year for in-state freshman.  

A Chicago Public Schools official says the district will lay off some of its central office staff on Friday.  The announcement comes a day after Republican legislators called for a state takeover of the financially troubled school district. 

A protester attempting to draw attention to the death of a teenager at the hands of Chicago police disrupted a U.S. Conference of Mayors news conference in Washington.

An ex-vice president at Chicago's former red light camera vendor says he gave more than $14,000 in gifts to a then-Chicago official on trial for allegedly taking bribes to steer red-light camera contracts.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen is recommending that trustees freeze tuition for a second straight year for instate freshmen.

Chicago-area Democratic leaders have thrown their support behind a challenger to embattled Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, who has been facing heavy criticism over her office's handling of alleged police misconduct cases.

Prosecutors in Chicago have vacated charges against a man who has served nearly a decade in prison on a drug case.

The attorney for a former Chicago official on trial for allegedly taking bribes to bring red light cameras to the city says his client is innocent because he did not have the power to do so.

A group of Chicago ministers are calling for a boycott of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's annual breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.