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Over Monday, cars slowed as they passed a darkened Bolingbrook home, where a scrap of police tape hung from a fence and a latex glove left on the lawn offered clues about the tragedy that had struck inside the night before.
Police had already moved quickly to arrest a 17-year-old suspect and clear the gruesome scene, but as word spread of the triple homicide that killed a man and two girls in the quiet suburban neighborhood Sunday night, neighbors and family shared their shock and devastation.
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Esmeralda Hernández is a lifelong resident of Little Village, but she chose to work at the polls in Pilsen on election day. She campaigned for incumbent Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, 25, and chose not to vote in his own ward’s councilor election.
Residents of Little Village say they feel invisible, and that translated at the polls where the 22nd Ward recorded a 23% voter turnout as of March 1, one of the lowest in the city.
Chicago mayoral candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas rolled out more endorsements as they continue to stomp on black political support.
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The dueling announcements signal an intense rush between Johnson and Vallas to secure support from elected officials and other leaders in Chicago’s Black community. They also reflect the ways in which the black political establishment’s support could splinter in the upcoming election, write Alice Yin and Gregory Pratt.
For the second year in a row, Gov. JB Pritzker is proposing the state spend tens of millions of dollars on a witness protection program that went unfunded for the first nine years of its existence.
Eight months since the long-neglected initiative secured its first funding, however, no witnesses have been moved and only about $67,500 of the $30 million approved by the General Assembly last spring has been spent, primarily on staff-related expenses.
Who will win the Big Ten Tournament? It could be almost anyone after a crazy season like this, writes Paul Sullivan.
The Big Ten has never had a season like this, with no clear standouts aside from regular-season champion Purdue, which went 11-0 against non-conference foes and got off to a 22-1 start behind player of the year favorite Zach Edey.
An elementary school is sprouting on the prairie west of Champaign.
It’s a first for Illinois, and it comes at a time when elementary schools are seeing a surge in popularity — watercolor and bread-baking classes in line with hobbies that launched the pandemic — while also trying to become more inclusive of crafts from marginalized communities.