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Have your own Pride Parade: Take our tour of 17 Chicago LGBTQ landmarks

There’s no Chicago Pride Parade due to the pandemic. So this Pride Month we put together this list to highlight some key places and events in the city’s gay life and history.

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‘Poncho’ no longer walks the streets of the South Suburbs — and he is missed

He was ours. Our local wanderer, our friend, our neighbor, our guy, our dude.

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Ex-CPS principal who turned around tough Fenger High explains why cops don’t belong in schools

Liz Dozier significantly improved a violent, under-performing South Side school. Here’s why she thinks there are better ways to create a safe school environment than having police in Chicago’s schools.

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The hottest spectator sport in America: Watching Biden choose a running mate

The former vice president knows what the political sages say about that: "First, do no harm."

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Harvey looks to finish what Jake and Elwood started

Forty years after site’s Blues Brothers stardom, Harvey prepares to offer it to developers.

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Chicago’s minimum wage rising Wednesday to $14 amid pandemic. For some, it won’t be enough.

The minimum wage in the city goes up starting Wednesday. But fast-food workers say the bump in pay still won’t provide financial stability.

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‘They go, we go’: With Bryant, Rizzo batting 1-2 this season, there’s no better slogan for Cubs

It sure beats the heck out of the Cubs’ leadoff slogan last season: "You stink, we sink."

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Music execs urged Christina Aguilera to change name because it was ‘too ethnic’

"I’ve been fighting for my last name my whole life."

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Illinois announces 15 additional coronavirus deaths, lowest one-day total since March

Not since March 30 has the state recorded so few COVID-19 deaths on a single day.

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As Bulls voice Chuck Swirsky sees it, there's always something worth saying

If you follow Swirsky on Twitter, you’ve likely noticed by now that he uses the platform not for self-aggrandizement, not as a bully pulpit, but rather as a warm, heartfelt hug. Here’s why.

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Statue savvy? Play to (not) win big prizes!

At some point, crisis after crisis has to make us all a little loopy. Today might be that point.

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World leaders, stars unite at event aimed at fighting virus

Global Citizen said its summit with world leaders had raised $1.5 billion to help COVID-19 efforts in poor countries, along with a promise of 250 million doses of a vaccine for those nations if one is successfully developed.

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Summer may decide fate of leading shots in vaccine race

The U.S. is set to open the largest trials — 30,000 people to test a government-created shot starting in July, followed about a month later with another 30,000 expected to test a British one.

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When a juvenile justice diversion center does more harm than good, close it

The purpose of JISC was to keep kids who screw up, but mostly just need help, from getting sucked into the juvenile justice system. It hasn’t worked out that way.

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Armed robberies reported on Near West Side

In each case, two men or teenage boys approached a victim, displayed or implied they had a handgun and demanded the victim’s property, police said.

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Chicago outdoors: Chicago River shoes mystery, suburban sandhill family, TV bass viewers, drunk boaters

The mystery of shoes along the Chicago River during the pandemic, a suburban sandhill crane family, big TV numbers for the return of the Bassmaster Elite Series and a warning on drunk boating are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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3 shot in Austin drive-by

They were outside with a group of other people in the 500 block of North Menard Avenue when someone fired at them from a passing vehicle, according to Chicago police.

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Dear Abby: I’m hurt that neighbors didn’t thank me for my thank-you

A restaurant card presented in gratitude for acts of kindness has not been acknowledged, and now the giver wants no more acts of kindness.

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Former county health chief: Racism common factor in deaths in ’95 Chicago heat wave, COVID-19

Dr. Linda Murray, former chief medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health, was a doctor serving public housing residents when one of the deadliest heat waves in U.S. history hit Chicago. On the 25th anniversary of the disaster, she sees the same root causes fueling the same racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths.

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Man killed in Austin shooting

He was shot in the back and face and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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Man killed, 3 hurt in Douglas shooting

The men were shot at a large gathering in the 3100 block of South Rhodes Avenue, police said.

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Girl, 8, grazed by bullet in Englewood home

She was sitting on a couch when the stray bullet came through the window and grazed her on her head, according to Chicago police. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in fair condition.

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Cellphone store owner hit with gun charge after deadly Humboldt Park shootout

Nour Abedrabbo, the owner of a US Mobile store, was charged with possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number after allegedly shooting and killing a man who robbed his store Thursday, according to prosecutors.

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Red Stars fall to Washington Spirit in their NWSL season opener

Morgan Brian-Gautrat’s goal not enough for Red Stars

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1 fatally shot at Breonna Taylor protest park in Kentucky

Reports of shots fired at Jefferson Square Park came in around 9 p.m., Louisville Metro police said in a statement, followed by calls that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department was performing life-saving measures on a male who died at the scene.

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More fresh salad kits recalled at Jewel-Osco, Aldi, Walmart; here’s the list

According to the FDA, all of the recalled salads were manufactured by a Fresh Express production facility in suburban Streamwood.

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Coronavirus live blog, June 27, 2020: Illinois announces 26 additional deaths, 786 new cases of coronavirus

Here’s what we learned about how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois. Follow here for live updates.

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Dump the Duke? Leaders push to remove John Wayne name, statue from California airport

Leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Party are pushing to drop film legend’s name, statue and other likenesses from the county’s airport because of racist and bigoted comments

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Biden slams Trump over reported bounties placed on U.S. troops

Joe Biden is sharply criticizing President Donald Trump over a report that he says, if true, contains a ‘truly shocking revelation’ about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops and stand up to Russia .

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Music execs urged Christina Aguilera to change name because it was ‘too ethnic’

"I’ve been fighting for my last name my whole life."

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Coronavirus spikes force Pence to cancel some political events in Florida, Arizona

Pence will still travel to those states, but will meet with governors and their health teams rather than campaign events.

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Mississippi moves to strip Confederate image from its flag

Lawmakers are taking steps to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

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As coronavirus cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps.

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Illinois announces 26 additional deaths, 786 new cases of coronavirus

Saturday’s numbers remained steady with those seen over the past few weeks, indicating that Illinois continues to avoid the pandemic spikes currently sweeping through many southern and western states.

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Governors face mixed messages, competing voices as reported coronavirus cases rise

With reported coronavirus cases rising rapidly in many states, governors are getting lots of advice on how to respond.

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Princeton to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from public policy school

The school has announced plans to remove the name of the former president from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name.

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Milton Glaser, legendary graphic designer, creator of ‘I ♥️ NY’ logo, dies at 91

Milton Glaser, the designer who created the "I ♥️ NY" logo and the famous Bob Dylan poster with psychedelic hair, has died on his 91st birthday.

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Young novice protest leaders help drive US wave of dissent

While many of the newly minted organizers around the country are first-time protesters, others have been leading similar efforts for years. Eva Maria Lewis, 21, is an activist in Chicago who has been speaking out since she was 16.

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How Paul Goodman’s Zoom workouts kept the Blackhawks in shape during quarantine

Despite a slew of obstacles, the Hawks’ strength and conditioning coach still found a way to lead his players through necessary workouts all spring long.

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Coronavirus live blog, June 26, 2020: Raindrops, reps and relief on first day of Illinois’ Phase 4 reopening

Here’s what we learned about how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois. Follow here for live updates.