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Discovery of original cistern at Elgin's 1846 Nancy Kimball House prompts a search for artifacts

While digging out the floors this week during the ongoing restoration of the Nancy Kimball House in Elgin, workers uncovered the 1846 house's original cistern. The discovery prompted Liz Marston of the Elgin Area Historical Society and Museum to contact the Illinois State Archaeological Survey's...

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EPA chief Pruitt lived in D.C. townhouse owned by lobbyist family for $50 per night

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's lease at a Washington townhouse owned by a lobbyist friend allowed him to pay $50 a night for a single bedroom -- but only on the nights when he actually slept there. White House officials are growing dismayed about the questions surrounding...

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Porter Moser, headed to Final Four as Loyola coach, deeply tied to his Naperville hometown

Over the last two weeks, John Joseph Albarran's life has centered on answering two questions: when is the next Loyola basketball game and where is he going to watch it. Like many people who grew up in Naperville in the 1970s and '80s, the Batavia man got caught up in March Madness and Loyola University...

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California judge rules coffee needs cancer warning label

A Los Angeles judge has determined that coffee companies must carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said Wednesday that Starbucks and other companies failed to show that benefits from drinking coffee outweighed...

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The natural next step in the Loyola story: NFL teams calling dibs on Sister Jean

I’m Snark Skywalker. I’m here to rescue you: There’s much about this year’s NCAA tournament we never could’ve imagined, starting with 11th-seeded Loyola reaching the Final Four. But up there in the sanity-defying department is the Twitter war between NFL teams fighting over Sister Jean. No lie....

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Kyle Schwarber’s defensive woes could mean more playing time for Albert Almora Jr.

The script could have played out any better Thursday for Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs. But after some of the developments during the Cubs’ 8-4 win over the Miami Marlins in the season opener, at least one trend may start to crystallize. After Schwarber sparked a three-run rally in the top of the...

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Yu Darvish and the Cubs look like the perfect match at the perfect time

One month into his Cubs career, Jon Lester had zero victories. He had one quality start. He had a 6.23 ERA. He had the burden of a $155 million contract, and he took the mound each time worrying about impressing his new teammates and trying to validate his front-office chums who made him the centerpiece...

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Loyola vs. Michigan: Key matchups and Final Four prediction

Loyola has been doubted at every step of the tournament. The No. 11-seeded Ramblers are Cinderella fan favorites but few believe they have another victory left in them against talented No. 3 Michigan in the Final Four. Loyola has proven skeptics wrong over and over. Can the Ramblers do it again?...

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2 dead, 1 wounded in seven minutes during West, South side shootings

Two men died and a third was taken to a hospital after separate shootings that happened less than 10 minutes apart Thursday afternoon, Chicago police said. Another two people were shot in Chicago Thursday and early Friday, officials said. The double homicide happened about 4:10 p.m. Thursday in...

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Chicago woman killed in climbing incident at Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin

A Chicago woman was killed Wednesday in a climbing incident at a state park in Wisconsin, authorities said. Savannah Buik, 22, was killed in a fall while rope climbing at Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, about 40 miles northwest of Madison, according to a press release from the Wisconsin Department...

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Three people robbed on Red Line train on North Side

Three people were robbed in separate incidents on a Red Line train early Friday on the North Side, Chicago police said. The robberies happened around 12:45 a.m. on a train that was traveling north from the North/Clybourn station at 1599 N. Clybourn Ave. in the Ranch Triangle neighborhood. A 22-year-old...

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Morning Spin: Gov. Rauner expecting to add another title: Grandpa

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin While he’s formally known as Illinois' chief executive, Gov. Bruce Rauner will soon add a new title: grandpa. Rauner said...

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Robberies spike in the Loop, other downtown areas in 2018; homicides drop

On a cold January weekend, a 52-year-old suburban man went with family and friends to see a matinee performance of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in the Loop. Afterward, several theatergoers hoping to catch a glimpse of the performers, maybe even get an autograph,...

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Before becoming face of Loyola Ramblers, Sister Jean helped women's college through 1970s student protests

Decades before Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt’s image was turned into bobbleheads and internet memes and etched into socks, she was among the administrators at an all-women’s college at a time when campuses were at the center of activism spurred by an overseas war and a fight for civil rights at home....

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West Loop penthouse loft: $1.4M

400 S. Green St. Unit 556 in Chicago: $1,400,000 Listed on March 7, 2018 This remodeled 3,000-square-foot corner loft features north and east facing views including the Willis Tower and the entire skyline of Chicago. Featuring luxury brand finishes such as Miele, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Fisher and Paykel...

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Opening day for garden season, it's seeding time at Vern Goers

March was still raw and cold on Thursday, but it was opening day of garden season. Because Thursday was seeding day at Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale. And Sandy Buboltz was busy. She tapped a packet of tiny tomato seeds out into a little aluminum box, tossed these with a handful of fine white...

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Sibling's party is real 'Risky Business'

Dear Readers: This week I am running topical "Best Of" columns while I'm on book tour, meeting readers of my memoir, "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things," which is now out in paperback. I'll be back next week with more answers and advice directed toward a fresh batch of dilemmas. Today's topic is...

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