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Expectations will rise for Loyola next season

As Loyola left the Final Four court Saturday night in disappointment, coach Porter Moser hugged Christian Negron, a freshman forward who played sporadically in 17 games. He told Negron, “Your offseason starts when we get back.” Moser told freshman Lucas Williamson he’ll be following in senior Ben...

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Steven Bochco: The old cop shows left us satisfied. 'Hill Street Blues' left us heartbroken.

In his 2016 autobiography, Steven Bochco, who died Sunday after a battle with cancer, describes the episode of "Hill Street Blues" that he considered among the best. It was "Trial By Fury," the first episode of Season 3, and it illustrates how different the television show was than any that had...

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'Angry one minute, full of sorrow the next': Aurora area residents remember MLK assassination

Some were school-age kids, living in the segregated South and deeply affected by the racism they experienced. Others were adults, settled into their jobs and personal lives here in the Chicago area. No matter what their age or where they were living, local African-American residents have vivid...

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The richest Americans get a $33,000 tax break under the GOP tax law. The poorest get $40.

The Republican tax law passed last fall will give the richest 1 percent of Americans an average personal income tax break of about $33,000, while the poorest Americans will receive an average personal income tax break of $40, according to a new study published this week by nonpartisan analysts....

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Reader Fan Mail: Huppke finds out that he's still an idiot

It has been a while since I dipped into the Reader Fan Mail bag, which I keep tucked away in a damp, moldy cave guarded by a foul-tempered and severely constipated troll. So it’s time to to share some of the great thoughts that have been piling up, and answer a few inquiries from those who truly...

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10 dreamy summer lake houses to book now

It may not seem like it now — with temps stubbornly hovering in the 30s — but Summer is less than three months away. According to vacation home booking site HomeAway.com, most summer rental homes are booked April 1. Which means it's time to start planning.  Lucky for Illinoisans, we needn't travel...

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NBC's 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live' shouldn't have worked. Here's why it did

The pop star raised his hands, striking a messianic pose from the stage as the adoring crowd strained to touch the edges of his flowing robe. A savior greeting his disciples. Singer John Legend didn’t have the presence of a theater performer, but he did know how to command a venue full of fans,...

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Police: Woman on CTA bus stabbed in head by a stranger

A woman on a Chicago Transit Authority bus traveling in the heart of The Loop’s Magnificent Mile was stabbed in the head by a woman she’d never seen before, officials said Monday. About 10:15 p.m. on Easter Sunday, police were called to the 600 block of North Michigan Avenue for a report that a...

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LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 4/2/18

Today's Birthday (04/02/18). Prosperity grows in shared accounts this year. Envision your perfect scenario. Lay the groundwork carefully for rollout this summer. Household upgrades this summer prepare for family fun and romance. Obstacles with a group project resolve for beautiful professional...

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Calm down about the condom challenge, grown-ups

I’m not saying you shouldn’t talk to your kid about the dangers of snorting a condom up your nose and pulling it through your throat. If your child seems particularly suggestible and tends to take advice from YouTube stars, by all means. Have that talk. But a little perspective, please, before...

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'Walking Dead': 5 thoughts recapping Season 8, Episode 14

“Everybody turns,” Morgan shouted several times in Sunday’s “The Walking Dead” episode. He was talking about zombification — “turning” — as the explanation for his mantra that “I don’t die!” But that simple aphorism played out in different, poignant ways for different characters throughout an episode...

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Early growing pains — 41 strikeouts vs. Marlins — for Cubs batters

Despite facing an inexperienced Marlins team, the Cubs could manage only a split of their four-game series at Marlins Park. Here are some observations: The batters are still experiencing growing pains This eventually will be cured, but a 7-for-47 performance cannot be pinned completely on the Marlins’...

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Yeah, it's early, but the Cubs offense is already back to its inconsistent ways

The Cubs came out of their first series having left 42 runners on base. Now, to be fair, counting extra innings, the Cubs have played almost one more full game than most teams, and we’re talking only one weekend. But still, they left 42 runners on base in Miami. Their offense has gone eight runs,...

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An 'angry and disgusted' Charles Barkley unloads on Donald Trump and his supporters

Charles Barkley is weary. He was never a fan of Donald Trump's, even before the election, but now he's tired of "this turmoil every single day — the tweeting, the hiring and firing." In an interview with David Axelrod on CNN's "Axe Files," Barkley was angry with those voted for Trump, saying that...

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Maine Township attorney resigns, citing 'disagreement and controversy' on divided board

Maine Township’s longtime attorney is cutting professional ties with the township, citing disagreements among board members and his own unease with being “put in the middle” of the board’s two factions. Dan Dowd, the township’s Des Plaines-based attorney for more than 25 years, tendered his resignation...

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Villanova's Jalen Brunson is a very serious person. Seriously.

At one point during a 25-minute interview session Sunday, the national player of the year paused and reminded listeners, "I actually have a personality." He stressed that he does, at times in his life, have fun. He does, either simultaneously or otherwise, joke around. Jalen Brunson - the 6-foot-3,...

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Trump calls for border legislation using 'nuclear option'

President Donald Trump continued to rage over immigration Monday, calling on Congress to pass border legislation using the "Nuclear Option if necessary." Trump tweeted that the U.S. must build a border wall, but argued that "Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!" He also said that a...

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5 thoughts from baseball's opening weekend: Home runs, ties and box scores

Five thoughts from the opening weekend of the baseball season: 1. Box scores are back Oh sure, they were around in spring training, hiding in plain sight on an agate page near you. But with all those minor leaguers playing, and closers pitching in the fourth or fifth innings, and the starters pitching...

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District 113 releases portion of closed session meeting minutes on 'student incidents'

A portion of a closed-door meeting in Township High School District 113 in late February dealt with statistical data on student incidents, which is not a permitted exception to the state’s Open Meetings Act generally requiring that public business be discussed in public. The school board on March...

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China raises tariffs on U.S. pork, fruit in trade dispute

China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of U.S. pork, apples and other products Monday in an escalating dispute with Washington over trade and industrial policy. The government of President Xi Jinping said it was responding to a U.S. tariff hike on steel and aluminum. But that is just one...

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Turkey, Russia deepen ties amid troubled relations with West

Ties between Russia and Turkey are growing closer than ever, as Russia runs into widespread diplomatic fallout from the poisoned spy scandal and Turkey's relations with its Western allies worsens over human rights issues and its military operations against Kurdish militia in Syria. Russian President...

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Why Chicago shouldn’t ban body armor

For every human problem, it’s been said, there is a solution that is clear, simple and wrong. The Chicago City Council, unfortunately, has embraced one of those. In February, Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot while trying to detain a suspect outside the Thompson Center. The felon...

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50 years ago, Chicago’s West Side burned after MLK’s death. Some neighborhoods never recovered.

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A much-improved O'Hare. ETA: 2026

Chicago politics is so colorful that even the history of infrastructure is dramatic. Mayor Richard M. Daley bulldozed Meigs Field in the middle of the night and notoriously sold off the city's parking meters. Now comes Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $8.5 billion plan to update O'Hare International Airport....

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Parents disagree on whether three kids are enough

Dear Amy: My wife and I have three beautiful children. I am ready for a vasectomy, but my wife does not want to permanently close the door on having more children. I have tried communicating my feelings and desire to move on to the next phase of life, as we raise the children we have. I have no...

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