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List of top baby names in Illinois includes Noah, Olivia

List of top baby names in Illinois includes Noah, Olivia

The most popular baby names in Illinois last year? Noah and Olivia. The Social Security Administration has released Illinois' top five boys and girls names for 2017. For boys, the top five were: Noah,
After being cleared in fatal shooting, Chicago cop fired for lying about unrelated arrest

After being cleared in fatal shooting, Chicago cop fired for lying about unrelated arrest

A Chicago police officer cleared in a controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed teen has been fired along with another veteran officer for lying about the circumstances of a domestic violence arrest
Teens need summer jobs to learn important life skills. Too bad they're not getting them.

Teens need summer jobs to learn important life skills. Too bad they're not getting them.

As the school year draws to a close and fewer teens plan to spend their summers scooping ice cream, carrying golf clubs and working other hourly jobs, parenting and career counseling experts say
Graduate students are carrying a picket sign for the middle class

Graduate students are carrying a picket sign for the middle class

I should have realized I wasn’t fooling anyone, least of all my wife, by saying I just wanted a quick look at the picket line on Columbia University’s campus. We were vacationing in New York when its
'The Rideshare Guy' offers tips to Uber, Lyft drivers

'The Rideshare Guy' offers tips to Uber, Lyft drivers

One day, while driving for a ride-hailing company, Harry Campbell was stopped at a red light when all three of his passengers stripped to their underwear, got out of the car, ran around the outside
What is doxxing, and why is it so scary?

What is doxxing, and why is it so scary?

It’s almost a given that you have personal information available online. Beyond social media and online discussion boards, there are public records of property ownership and voter registration, as
Pot meets kettle when 2 women tussle for control

Pot meets kettle when 2 women tussle for control

Dear Amy: I am dating a guy who is close to 50. He has a son (age 11) and a daughter (13). My kids are grown and on their own. His ex-wife is very obnoxious and loud. She tries to be very organized
Morning Spin: Lightfoot says mass shootings shouldn’t take focus off Chicago violence

Morning Spin: Lightfoot says mass shootings shouldn’t take focus off Chicago violence

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 Chicago mayoral
Have you heard ...?  A meditation on sounds that are going extinct

Have you heard ...? A meditation on sounds that are going extinct

A few weeks ago, @BubblesnBooze posted this on Twitter: “Whenever I think I’m still young, I remember there’s a whole generation of people who don’t know what a dial tone sounds like.” This got me to
Faithful death penalty opponents decry governor’s proposal

Faithful death penalty opponents decry governor’s proposal

Jeanne Bishop doesn’t know which she finds more offensive about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to reinstate the death penalty for mass killers and people who murder law enforcement officers: that, as
Stephen Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

Stephen Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

Stephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points with five 3-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past the Houston star as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro wins reelection amid charges of irregularities

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro wins reelection amid charges of irregularities

Venezuela's pro-government electoral council declared President Nicolás Maduro the winner of Sunday's election after a vote condemned internationally as the fortification of a dictatorship. This
Starbucks now allowing people to sit in cafes, use restrooms even if they don't buy anything

Starbucks now allowing people to sit in cafes, use restrooms even if they don't buy anything

Starbucks is now allowing people to use its restrooms and sit in its cafes and patios even if they do not buy anything. The coffee giant on Saturday announced its new policy, which says that
Man faces murder charges in North Carolina restaurant crash that killed daughter, daughter-in-law

Man faces murder charges in North Carolina restaurant crash that killed daughter, daughter-in-law

A man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a steak and seafood outlet in North Carolina on Sunday, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law who had been seated inside the restaurant with other family
China is winning Trump's trade war

China is winning Trump's trade war

It was easy to miss the U.S.-China trade statement that the White House released Saturday, right in the midst of royal wedding mania. But it's hard to hide that China looks as if it's winning
Border Patrol agent detained two U.S. citizens at Montana gas station after hearing them speak Spanish

Border Patrol agent detained two U.S. citizens at Montana gas station after hearing them speak Spanish

A Montana woman said she plans to take legal action after a Border Patrol agent detained and questioned her and a friend - both U.S. citizens - after overhearing them speak in Spanish at a gas
Giuliani says Mueller investigation could end by Sept. 1

Giuliani says Mueller investigation could end by Sept. 1

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came
Bail denied for man suspected of hit-and-run on West Side

Bail denied for man suspected of hit-and-run on West Side

A Woodridge man was denied bail Sunday on charges that he fled the scene of a traffic accident in March that paralyzed a pedestrian who had been walking in a South Austin crosswalk. Chicago police
‘Westworld’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Akane No Mai’ and the introduction of Shogun World

‘Westworld’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Akane No Mai’ and the introduction of Shogun World

Each week William Lee and Nina Metz recap and discuss the second season of “Westworld,” which airs Sundays on HBO. Note: Spoilers ahead Maeve and her team finally make their way into the heart of
Police response to Texas school shooting remains unclear

Police response to Texas school shooting remains unclear

Santa Fe High School had conducted active shooter drills, armed police officers patrolled the hallways and students went through a scare in February after a false report of a campus gunman. But in the