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  1. Under a canopy of twinkling lights, among a sea of festive statues of elves and snowmen and angels and Disney characters, sits Santa Claus's giant sleigh.

    And from 7 to 9 p.m. daily to Dec. 23, Santa will be sitting in it, waiting to greet anyone and everyone.

    It's not the North Pole but, turn...

  2. Republicans solidified support for their major overhaul of the nation's tax laws Friday, securing endorsements from wavering senators as they pushed to muscle their bill through Congress next week and give President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory.

    Republican Sens. Marco Rubio...

  3. A man already suspected in two Chicago bank robberies this week robbed two more banks, both in the Loop, Friday morning, according to the FBI.

    The man is suspected of robbing two Chase bank branches two blocks from each other within less than half an hour Friday morning. In each of the robberies,...

  4. Longtime Lake Forest City Manager Bob Kiely said Thursday that in a quest to get an Amtrak stop on the city's west side, nearly $200,000 in city funds was paid to a lobbying firm without City Council approval.

    Several City Council members said last week they had only recently learned of the expenditures,...

  5. One person was killed in a four-vehicle crash Friday morning on eastbound Interstate 88 in western Kane County near Sugar Grove, according to Illinois State Police.

    The crash involved two Illinois Tollway maintenance trucks, a pickup truck and a passenger car, said Master Sgt. Brian McKinney. McKinney...

  6. Patients who receive prescriptions for opioid painkillers at some Chicago-area hospitals might soon walk away with an additional prescription — for a drug meant to help them if they overdose.

    In January, west suburban hospital system Edward-Elmhurst Health plans to start recommending its doctors...

  7. Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau's leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime.

    Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation,...

  8. Stopped in traffic as snow began to fall at dusk on Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach, Bryan Ross glanced at the top of a street lamp. And then he said he got goose bumps.

    A snowy owl had landed there, right in front of Hobby Lobby and Pep Boys.

    "This is a lifer for me," Ross wrote on Facebook where...

  9. High school basketball player Malik Onyeali, who had been prevented from competing after transferring from a Catholic school to Chicago Public Schools for financial reasons, has finally been cleared to play, his parents and coach said.

    Onyeali, an 18-year-old senior, took the floor for Hyde Park...

  10. R.I.P.

    AOL's Instant Messenger service was finally erased from the internet on Friday after the company made the announcement in October that Dec. 15 would be the chat platform's last day on earth.

    Long gone are the days where parents would mandate time limits on teens' internet usage as you messaged...

  11. A Morton, Ill., man who authorities said sent threatening emails to public officials, including Lombard’s police chief and two DuPage County judges, was sentenced Friday to 2 years of probation and time served.

    In a negotiated plea, James Brasfield, 45, admitted guilt in DuPage County court to...

  12. Abruptly reversing a controversial legal move, lawyers for the city of Chicago announced Friday they would not seek to sue the estate of a teen shot to death by a police officer.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday the legal gambit would have been “callous.”

    The change of heart was announced about 20...

  13. This month, bitcoin, the digital currency launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, hit a record price of $17,428.42 per coin. It got its own futures market at a traditional brokerage firm, and it even earned a joke in a recent "Saturday Night Live" sketch. Perhaps because of its complicated technical...

  14. President Donald Trump has again invoked Chicago when discussing violence, but this time, he underestimated how bad the problem has been.

    The president, who began singling out the city for its stubborn crime problem during his campaign, was speaking to graduates at the FBI’s national academy Friday...

  15. It’s not a good sign when you discover that everybody in a diversity workshop thinks the same way.

    I signed up for a one-month online workshop advertised as skill-building for white women who want to be “allies and advocates” for women of color. It’s a hot topic right now, framed as “intersectionality”...

  16. Mortgage lender Guaranteed Rate allegedly owes one of its former employees, who has been recognized as one of the top loan producers in the country, more than $2 million in compensation, according to a lawsuit filed by the former employee.

    Joseph Caltabiano, the former vice president of mortgage...

  17. Again sportscaster Ben Finfer is looking for work. Again Twitter figures in the story. This time the station is ESPN’s WMVP-AM 1000. This time the tweeting was his own.

    “I’m officially done at ESPN,” Finfer said in a Facebook post Friday announcing his immediate ouster. “From what I understand...

  18. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 has been revealed and the winner is . . . "Youthquake."

    Confused? You may not be the only one.

    The word is defined as meaning "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions of influence of young people." It represents...

  19. Despite controversy surrounding a recent eighth-grade history assignment requiring students to draw cartoons about Hitler, Woodland School District 50 officials announced Thursday night they support the teacher's choice in assigning it.

    District officials met in a closed session Thursday night...

  20. The year that began with one Resistance is being capped by another.

    Eleven months after January's Women's March on Washington - in which protesters proclaimed their opposition to President Donald Trump under the rubric "the Resistance" - the new "Star Wars" film is featuring more top-line women...

  21. Brewery ownership is a long game.

    What seems like a fun career and bringing joy to the masses quickly gives way to grueling 12-hour workdays, untenably low salaries and brewing beer in 400-square-foot basements.

    Such was the case for Spiteful Brewing, which debuted in 2012 at the perfect time:...

  22. New reporting from the Huffington Post and Politico suggests Paul Ryan is on his way out of the House — perhaps leaving at some point during the current Congress, but at any rate before the next one convenes in January 2019.

    Whether those reports turn out to be true or not, Ryan has never appeared...

  23. Officials with the Salvation Army are urgently looking for volunteer bell ringers to work at dozens of northwest suburban red kettle collection sites, which, they say, have been understaffed this holiday season.

    Volunteers can sign up anytime to ring the bell outside businesses and greet shoppers...

  24. Two months ago, Netflix did something extremely rare - it actually released a bit of viewer data about its shows.

    The streaming service famously keeps its ratings a closely guarded secret, so this particular study - about the most quickly binge-watched shows in the first 24 hours after their release...

  25. Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 likely will be giving superintendent Don White a check for $51,000 to cover terms of a separation/settlement agreement.

    The District 181 Board approved the agreement in October, and White's hiring as superintendent for Mokena Elementary District...