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6 dead, including shooter, and 5 officers wounded in attack at Aurora manufacturing firm

6 dead, including shooter, and 5 officers wounded in attack at Illinois manufacturing firm.

By Chicago Tribune

February 15, 2019

Six people, including a gunman, died in a shooting at a manufacturing firm in a Chicago suburb Friday afternoon, and five officers were struck by gunfire, officials said Friday.

Polar bears at the zoo will love the arctic weather, but other Chicago animals could face fight for survival

Pops Getz, a penguin chick named by a zoo donor, poses Wednesday, April 11, 2018 while watched by Alex Zelazo, lead bird keeper at the Brookfield Zoo. Pops is a Humboldt penguin born this year

By John Keilman, Chicago Tribune

January 29, 2019

The brutal cold expected to descend upon Chicago this week could be deadly for many animals that live outdoors, but experts say it's likely that the populations of everything from stray cats to stink bugs will escape lasting damage.

Patti Blagojevich ‘speechless’ convicted chicago cop’s sentence is shorter than her husband’s, sends flare to Trump on social media

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich delivers a statement with his wife, Patti, at his side, on his last full day of freedom at his home on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Chicago, Ill.

By Lisa Donovan, Chicago Tribune

January 22, 2019

Patti Blagojevich compared on social media Friday the controversial sentencing of former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke with the lengthier prison sentence given to her husband, imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Pritzker inaugurated as Illinois governor, cementing Democrats’ control of state government

Governor J.B. Pritzker waves after being sworn into office by Judge James Snyder at the Bank of Springfield Center Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Springfield, Ill.

By Mike Riopell, Chicago Tribune

January 14, 2019

Democrat J.B. Pritzker became Illinois' 43rd governor Monday, acknowledging the challenges the state faces and saying "our abdication of responsibility must end."

Lawmakers likely to let Pritzker give agency heads 15 pay raises, replace Illinois Tollway board members

J.B. Pritzker declares victory with running mate Juliana Stratton in the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 on election night at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago, Ill. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Mike Riopell, Chicago Tribune

January 7, 2019

"Many critical positions -- including those that protect our safety and security -- no longer have competitive salaries, and we are moving to bring them in line with their peers around the country to attract talent," Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said in a statement.

Dick Durbin says he’s running for Senate re-election in 2020, unofficially

Sen. Dick Durbin answers a question Friday, April 21, 2017, during a town hall meeting in the university's Lesar Law Building. About 140 people came to hear the senator discuss national, regional and state issues. (Bill Lukitsch | @lukitsbill)

By Niels Lesniewski, CQ-Roll Call

January 5, 2019

"I'm raising money and trying to lose a few pounds," Durbin said in the interview. "And that's a good indicator that I'm looking forward to 2020."

Postal Service to suspend delivery Wednesday as part of National Day of Mourning for Bush

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Joint services military honor guards stand next to the flag-draped casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush on the Lincoln catafalque during a memorial service at the Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 3, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By By WGN-TV, Chicago

December 4, 2018

The United States Postal Service will suspend service on Wednesday, Dec. 5 as part of the National Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner concedes to Democrat J.B. Pritzker in Illinois governor race

JB Pritzker takes a selfie during a College Democrats conference at the University of Illinois, April 21, 2018. (Isabel Miller | @IsabelMillerDE)

By Mike Riopell, Stacy St. Clair and Jeff Coen, Chicago Tribune

November 6, 2018

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has conceded his re-election bid to billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker, the Hyatt hotel heir's victory likely putting his party in near total control of state government by limiting the governor to a single term.

Candidates for Illinois governor are split over marijuana legalization despite popular support

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker attend a televised debate at the NBC studios in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune

October 25, 2018

In supporting marijuana legalization, Illinois gubernatorial challenger J.B. Pritzker could usher in a change that affects everything from criminal justice to public health to the economy if he's elected. In taking a decidedly more skeptical view, incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner may appeal to his base...

Flu killed more Americans last season than car crashes and drug overdoses. But Chicagoans can protect themselves

The CDC is urging people to act now, just before the October start of the 2018-19 flu season, and get vaccinated. (Arturs Budkevics/Dreamstime/TNS)

By Ese Olumhense, Chicago Tribune

October 4, 2018

Last flu season was the most deadly in years and Chicago public health advocates are urging residents to get vaccinated.

The midterm elections are coming — here’s a cheat sheet to get you through

From left, candidate J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, candidate Kash Jackson, and candidate State Sen. Sam McCann attend a televised debate at the NBC studios in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Ese Olumhense, Chicago Tribune

September 26, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections are fast approaching, and despite all the politicking and punditry, you likely have a few questions: What are the midterms? Who is running? How can I vote?

New SIU department focuses on ‘social determinants of health’

SIU School of Medicine Dean and Provost Jerry Kruse responds to a presentation, next to SIUC Student Trustee Brione Lockett at the SIU Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in the Meridian Ballroom at SIUE. (Jeremy Brown | @JeremyBrown_DE)

By Dean Olsen, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.

September 25, 2018

Informing medical students about the social and economic hardships that can influence the health of patients and intervening to alleviate those problems are primary goals of a new department at Springfield's Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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