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Tribune reportersSPRINGFIELD — The bright hopes for a new political beginning that often accompany the inauguration of an Illinois legislature will be overshadowed by awkwardness Wednesday when Gov. Rod Blagojevich oversees the swearing-in of a Senate that will...
Chicago Tribune correspondentIn this periodic series, the Tribune examines the nation’s enduring struggles over race. For most of Jesse Jackson's life, his trademark declaration — "I am somebody!" — has been self-evident. But not so much anymore. The rise of...
TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) - A Southbury man is facing criminal mischief charges, accused of slashing the tires of a car whose driver beat him to a parking space at the Westfield Trumbull mall. Forty-seven-year-old James Meeks was arrested Friday...
Tribune staff reporterRev. Bill Hybels opens his eyes at dawn, rolls out of bed and lands on his knees. For 10 minutes, he says, he kneels in prayer, thanking God. That one-on-one time came more easily three decades ago, when Hybels was an evangelist working outside the...
Tribune staff reporterThe persistent drip, drip, drip of scandal at City Hall has taken a serious toll on Mayor Richard Daley, eroding his support, cutting sharply into his popularity and making him potentially vulnerable to a challenge by U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,...
Tribune staff reportersGrammy Award-winning musician R. Kelly was arrested at his home near Orlando Wednesday following the return of a 21-count indictment in Chicago charging the R&B artist with child pornography stemming from a tape in which he allegedly has sexual...
Tribune staff reportersAfter spending a night in a Florida jail, R&B musician R. Kelly regained his freedom Thursday afternoon, posting the required 10 percent of a $750,000 bond in connection with child pornography charges brought by Chicago authorities. The 35-year-old...
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Tribune staff reporterA politically risky proposal to overhaul the way the state funds public schools appeared all but dead Friday as its chief legislative sponsor said he didn't have enough votes to pass it. After summoning thousands of school advocates to Springfield to put...
Tribune staff reporterFrom wealthy big-city enclaves to middle-income Downstate communities, homeowners would see a 20 percent increase on average in their combined property and state income tax bills if Illinois overhauls how it pays for public schools, a Tribune computer...
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