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Vigil held for Skokie teens; two Niles North seniors shot, one killed

Friends, relatives and neighbors gathered for a vigil Monday night, a day after two Niles North High School students were shot, one fatally, in Skokie. Sunday night’s shooting claimed the life Maxwell Gadau, 17, of Skokie, a popular senior and athlete at Niles North. The …


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Video shows Rauner opposing Medicaid expansion last year

SPRINGFIELD — Newly surfaced video of Republican Bruce Rauner obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows him telling conservative activists in Lake County last year that, as governor, he would have blocked Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid.

Thunderstorms early Thursday could disrupt O’Hare, Midway flights


The National Weather Service predicted that thunderstorms — perhaps packing lightning — will hit the Chicago area sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday night.

Rauner’s biggest strength proving to be greatest weakness: Mihalopoulos


His track record as a businessman should be the strong point of Bruce Rauner’s sales pitch for the governor’s office. Instead, it’s become possibly the greatest liability for the wealthy Republican nominee.

CPS students with good GPA could get free ride to City Colleges


The offer to waive the $200-per-credit-hour fee for an associate degree — and use it as an incentive for CPS students to keep their grades up — is the latest in a series of steps by Mayor Rahm Emanuel toward his goal of making all CPS students “100 percent college-ready and 100 percent college-bound.”

Northeastern Illinois University unveils flashy new building on NW Side


The unveiling of Northeastern Illinois University’s “El Centro” building — that bright blue-and-yellow modern building that had Kennedy Expressway drivers gazing for months — brought out powerful Chicago politicians and alumni on Tuesday.

Man held without bond in stabbing death of girlfriend, daughter

A Northwest Side man accused of viciously stabbing his live-in girlfriend and 7-year-old daughter to death nearly decapitated his child and plunged a knife so deep into the girl’s chest, the blade came out of her back, Cook County prosecutors said.

Union: CPS was warned that janitor job cuts could cause problems


The union representing private custodians who clean Chicago Public School buildings said Tuesday it had told Aramark and CPS months ago that schools could not afford to lose 468 custodians and maintain the same level of cleanliness.

Big labor investing in turnout for Quinn, Illinois Democrats

Major unions are pumping big money into a November ballot question about raising Illinois’ minimum wage which in reality is a political tool to energize Democratic voters who are also more than likely to vote for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats down the ticket.

New poll shows Quinn with 44-42 advantage over Rauner

The Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday shows Quinn leads Rauner by a 44- to 42-percent spread, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Parents in Joliet double-murder vow to see justice done


Closing arguments were delivered in Joliet Tuesday in the trial of the alleged ringleader of a 2013 double-homicide. Prosecutors had rested their case against Joshua Miner on Monday without calling a key witness — one of his co-defendants — to the stand.

Lawyer: Key witness to answer questions from panel probing NRI


SPRINGFIELD — Barbara Shaw, the one-time director of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, is a pivotal witness with firsthand knowledge of the preparation and rollout of the $54.5 million grant program that is under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors.

Emanuel super PAC rakes in $2.4 million since late June


The new quarterly filing with the State Board of Elections shows that “Chicago Forward” has added more than $1 million to its previous total of $1.35 million.

Pedicab operators say city rules putting brakes on their business


Chicago pedicab owners have warned that they would be forced out of business by the city’s draconian plan to cap them at 200, permanently ban them from Michigan Avenue and State Street and keep them out of the Loop during rush hours.

They may be …

City plan bolsters cabdriver income — without raising fares


The city unveiled a plan to boost the incomes for Chicago’s struggling cab drivers, but some drivers are upset that no fare hike is included. Rates have not been increased in nearly 10 years.

Emanuel prods sister agencies to mandate $13-an-hour wage


Four weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order requiring city contractors and subcontractors to increase the “living wage” for employees to $13 an hour. Now, he’s pressuring all local government agencies under his control — CTA, CHA, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, City Colleges and Public Building Commission — to follow his lead.