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  1. Standing at a fence surrounding a newly constructed shelter for migrant children in southwest Texas, Chicago activist Tania Unzueta watched Wednesday as buses rolled through the arid landscape and into a tent city at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    In the past week, hundreds of protesters like Unzueta...

  2. Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so.

    Throughout American history, during times of war and unrest,...

  3. After hearing powerful testimony from two young women who said they were sexually abused by teachers they trusted, angry Illinois lawmakers thanked them for their courage, then turned on Chicago Public Schools officials, excoriating the district for failing to protect and support students.

    “How...

  4. Jon Lester carried a heavy load Wednesday for a short-staffed pitching corps.

    And a willing Lester came through, throwing a season-high 119 pitches in leading the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers.

    “At that point, what’s 15 or 20 more pitches?” said Lester, who didn’t need to convince manager...

  5. Tempers flared and emotions boiled over Tuesday night during a tense exchange over racial and ethnic differences in Blue Island.

    Police escorted a man from the city council chamber after an hour-long public comment session that turned raucous at times.

    The council, after meeting in executive session...

  6. The owner of a mansion used to film a Gov. Bruce Rauner ad mocking a J.B. Pritzker property-tax cut also benefited from a sizable reduction in the home’s assessment after an appeal in Lake County, records show.

    The Republican governor’s campaign team used a Lake Forest mansion owned by Jeffrey...

  7. Chicago police Officer Robert Rialmo stepped in front of a jury Wednesday and sliced the air with an aluminum baseball bat, re-enacting his account of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier’s actions before the officer fatally shot him in 2015.

    The officer’s multiple demonstrations of the alleged bat swing...

  8. President Donald Trump did the right thing Wednesday by reversing course to address an immigration crisis. He issued an executive order to end his administration’s inhumane practice of separating children from their parents at the southern border.

    Nearly 2,000 children had been sent alone to shelters...

  9. The attorney for the family of a critically wounded teen left unattended by paramedics said Wednesday he believes the boy could have lived if responders "did what they were supposed to do."

    “It’s hard enough losing your child in such a mindless act as a shooting,” Nenye Uche told reporters Wednesday....

  10. For the second straight year, the Bulls appear to be thinking big for Thursday’s NBA draft.

    Last year’s franchise-changing trade of Jimmy Butler has been followed by the Bulls closely monitoring the draft-day status of big men Marvin Bagley III and Mo Bamba, league sources said.

    While trading up...

  11. President Donald Trump fails to understand that he represents all Americans, not just his strongest supporters. And it might be the reason he has repeatedly attempted a bargaining gambit that failed each time.

    The maneuvers he tried to pull off for health care, the “Dreamers” and family separation...

  12. They work as private tutors and soccer coaches, as waiters, grocery clerks and ride-share drivers.

    Across the country, 18 percent of teachers earn income outside the classroom, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report released Wednesday. The finding comes from a nationally...

  13. An official with Health and Human Services says the more than 2,300 children separated from their parents at the border as a result of a zero-tolerance policy on illegal crossings won't be immediately reunited with their families.

    Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the department's Administration for...

  14. A Wisconsin man was sentenced to more than 19 years in prison after driving to Munster, Ind., to meet a 10-year-old girl in a child sex tourism investigation.

    Denton Jerome, 32, of Doylestown, Wis., pleaded guilty to one count of attempted sex trafficking of a minor, according to a release from...

  15. Rick Renteria’s 15th career ejection was about as low-key as they get.

    The White Sox manager was tossed in the middle of the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 12-0 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field, after Yoan Moncada struck out looking on Corey Kluber’s 3-2 pitch that looked like it was low and...

  16. The NBA draft is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable in years.

    Beyond the uncertain futures of superstars LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard, which could come into play via the trade market, the wild-card status of top prospects such as Michael Porter Jr. and Trae Young threaten mock drafts...

  17. Buffalo Grove officials announced Wednesday they are challenging a decision to award a full line-of-duty death pension to the widow of a 51-year-old Buffalo Grove firefighter, arguing not enough evidence exists that his fatal colon cancer was related to his work.

    The full pension award for Kevin...

  18. When Homewood-Flossmoor athletic director Dan Vosnos recently began the hiring process for a new baseball coach, he had a specific type of candidate in mind.

    “We want the next coach to be someone who is going to energize the community and attract kids to our program,” Vosnos said. “A coach kids...

  19. A former Community Unit School District 308 superintendent has been fired from his Arkansas school district post after an allegation of sexual harassment.

    Matthew Wendt, who left the Oswego-based District 308 in 2016 for a superintendent job at a school district in Fayetteville, Ark., was fired...

  20. The White Sox boarded a plane from Cleveland to Chicago with one small bit of good news Wednesday evening.

    They don’t have to return to Cleveland for nearly three months.

    The Indians swept the Sox for the second time this season at Progressive Field, rather handily demonstrating the chasm that...

  21. One of the biggest names in entertainment is coming to Naperville’s Ribfest.

    Pitbull headlines the Navistar Main stage July 5 at the annual festival in Naperville’s Knoch Park. The 31st annual Ribfest runs from July 4-7. Hours are from 12-10 p.m.

    Mary Howenstine, director of Marketing for Ribest,...

  22. Chicagoans will soon see television ads depicting McDonald’s Happy Meals as a vehicle for abusive chicken welfare practices.

    The 30-second commercial — paid for by the Humane Society of the United States in a seven-figure ad campaign in the Chicago market — calls McDonald’s children’s meals “Unhappy...

  23. Three people have been arrested in connection with a rooftop break-in that occurred at Ridgewood High School in Norridge earlier this month, police said.

    Norridge Police Sgt. Brian Loughran said a police investigation and school security camera video determined that three people used exterior pipes...

  24. When the Justice Department inspector general’s report revealed that former FBI Director James Comey had used a personal email account to conduct official business, Hillary Clinton claimed vindication. “But my emails,” she tweeted.

    Yes, Madam Secretary, your emails.

    In fact, the overlooked bombshell...

  25. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over "credible" allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church announced Wednesday.

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