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  1. Jon Burge, the disgraced Chicago police commander and felon whose sordid legacy of torture and other misconduct exacted an agonizing price from the city, has died in Florida at age 70, according to police union officials and a Florida funeral home.

    Details about his death were scarce as the union...

  2. A gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom Wednesday afternoon, shooting at police and others before an officer fired multiple shots at him, killing him.

    Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said Wednesday evening that a German Township police officer shot and killed...

  3. Now that the dust has settled from the McHenry VFW’s $7 million Queen of Hearts raffle, everyone involved can take a break — but officials expect the pandemonium to resume as soon as the next game begins.

    That’s because the next raffle will start off with a prize pot of around $3.4 million, more...

  4. President Donald Trump on Wednesday bluntly questioned the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a fellow high school student over 30 years ago, and Republicans warned the accuser the window was closing to tell her story before a confirmation vote.

    Trump's skepticism,...

  5. Over the past year, women across our country have bravely come forward to shed light on a culture that permits and facilitates harassment in the workplace. Because the sheer number of stories has revealed just how prevalent these problems are — from Hollywood to Wall Street and throughout politics,...

  6. The first gunshot wound shown in the darkened courtroom Wednesday traced an ugly red path across the top of Laquan McDonald’s head.

    Over the next two hours, Cook County jurors viewed on large video screens photos of all 16 entrance wounds from shots fired by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

    ...
  7. Josh Gordon arrived at a Patriots' team facility that was abuzz with excitement about what he could potentially bring to their depleted receiving group.

    There was also just as strong a sentiment in the building to keep any lofty expectations in check — at least for now.

    Gordon practiced with the...

  8. The last, smoldering bits of a rainbow banner that years ago hung at Resurrection Catholic Church in Avondale have been extinguished, but many, incensed by the banner’s burning, are hoping to turn up the heat on the man responsible for torching it, the Rev. Paul Kalchik.

    A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese...

  9. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday said she fired her chief of staff for engaging in “inappropriate behavior on his personal time,” a disclosure that came just ahead of a Thursday launch of her mayoral bid.

    Preckwinkle said she became aware Friday of an allegation against...

  10. Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke's murder trial continued Wednesday with testimony about the wounds Laquan McDonald suffered after being shot 16 times. Here are five takeaways from third day of testimony:

    1. Testimony is proceeding faster than some anticipated. The prosecution could rest as...

  11. Like every early morning, Alexis Aguilar, 29, a single mother from the North Side of Chicago, headed to the CTA Blue Line Addison stop for her commute to work. She usually gets on the “L” by 5:30 a.m. and is used to seeing homeless people sleeping on the train and in the station, she said.

    But...

  12. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not address President Donald Trump’s attack on his performance during a Waukegan appearance Wednesday and instead focused on promoting Trump’s support for police.

    Speaking to law enforcement officials at a police training conference in Waukegan, Sessions...

  13. An “unprecedented number of recent shootings” in Zion prompted an announcement by police and prosecutors Wednesday that a new effort is going to be made to zero in on high-crime areas in the city, according to a statement released by authorities.

    The Zion Police Department, the Lake County Sheriff’s...

  14. It was a small showing Tuesday for the 11th District Congressional candidates forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County at Aurora University where Republican challenger Nick Stella squared off against incumbent Democrat Bill Foster.

    Patricia Lackman of the League of Women...

  15. A heavily armed man opened fire on his co-workers at a Wisconsin software company Wednesday, seriously wounding three people before being fatally shot by police as employees ran from the building or hid inside, according to investigators.

    Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said officers shot the...

  16. Danny Trevathan couldn’t resist calling out the mistake on social media.

    During the “Monday Night Football” broadcast of the Bears-Seahawks game, Jason Witten, the longtime Cowboys tight end in his first season with ESPN, slipped a few times and mispronounced the Bears inside linebacker’s name...

  17. Matt Nagy felt better about his play-calling rhythm in the Bears’ 24-17 win over the Seahawks on Monday than he did in the season-opening loss to the Packers.

    Nagy was self-critical after the Bears blew a 20-point second-half lead to the Packers. He had second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky throw...

  18. Daniel Murphy joined the Cubs one day after they started their stretch of 30 consecutive days with a scheduled game, but he’ll receive a rest Wednesday night when they conclude their odyssey Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

    Murphy and fellow left-handed hitter Jason Heyward...

  19. The owner of a Texas company that is being sued by several states over its plan to disseminate blueprints for making untraceable 3D-printed guns is wanted on an arrest warrant over an allegation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.

    Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer...

  20. Wednesday was the last day of work for 107 employees at the Nokia campus in Naperville, bringing the total number of layoffs this year to at least 129 and putting the overall number since 2015 at 300 or more, a DuPage County official said.

    In August, Nokia notified the DuPage County Workforce Development...

  21. The 20-foot-tall letters spelling “T-R-U-M-P” on the city’s second-tallest building prompted Chicago aldermen four years ago to regulate the installation of large signs on office buildings.

    Now, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to tweak that ordinance to help secure a huge expansion by software firm Salesforce...

  22. The cases are strikingly similar: Two talented young women were stabbed to death by male strangers while doing athletic activities alone in normally safe parts of Iowa.

    But politicians who quickly expressed outrage about the immigrant suspect charged with killing runner Mollie Tibbetts have been...

  23. The Trail Blazers have announced a multi-year jersey sponsorship deal with Performance Health, a Warrenville, Ill.,-based company that manufactures products for the rehabilitation and sports medicine markets.

    A logo for the company's product Biofreeze will be featured on the left shoulder of Portland's...

  24. Preliminary autopsy results show that two people in their 70s found dead in their Elburn home over the weekend by police died of natural causes.

    Both victims appear to have died from cardiac incidents, Elburn police said in a news release. Police said they are still waiting on final autopsy results...

  25. The ultralow mortgage interest rates that fueled a revival of the housing market after the Great Recession are moving higher, posing a potential threat to the economic boom.

    The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, a popular one held by millions of Americans, is now at 4.6 percent, only slightly below...