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    President Obama’s immigration plan getting mixed reactions

    President Obama’s new immigration overhaul could benefit up to five million people. The president wants to give parents of American citizens, or legal residents, a chance to avoid deportation. The conditions are living in the U.S. for over five years, passing a background check, and paying taxes. It does not grant citizenship or help anyone who recently entered the country illegally. But even those who would benefit from it have some mixed feelings. Local immigration activists watched the President at […]

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    Former Ebola patient gets new engagement ring

    When Texas nurse Amber Vinson contracted Ebola, most of her belongings were destroyed out of fear of contamination. But now one of those items is being replaced. Vinson was planning her wedding when she was diagnosed. Her engagement ring was incinerated as a precaution. “My jewelry box being on my nightstand was one of those things that got destroyed,” said Vinson. “I was kind of speechless. I had no understanding of why some things were there and some things were […]

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    Mayor Emanuel wants Rauner to raise minimum wage, extend income tax

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Illinois Governor Quinn, are pushing to raise the minimum wage. Quinn wants to raise it to $10 an hour before he leaves office in January, but he might not have the votes. Governor-elect Bruce Rauner says he supports raising the minimum wage as long as it comes with changes that help businesses pay them. Emanuel wants to know what those are. “I don’t know what those are, I don’t know what that is,” Emanuel […]

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    Lollapalooza repair bill exceeds $260,000

    Chicago’s Grant Park is nearly repaired from the beating he took from three days of Lollapalooza. The Chicago Park District will bill the event’s promoter C3 Presents for $260,544. That’s about $6,000 less than what was estimated. The money goes toward soiling, sodding, seeding, and aeration. Not only did the park have thousands of people, but there was also rain. Most of the damage was at Hutchinson and Butler fields where the headliners played. About ten trees, and some sod, […]

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    Madigan office finds Rauner’s voicemail days after election

    Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner may have called House Speaker Michael Madigan after all. Rauner will be the state’s first republican governor in 13 years. After he defeated Governor Pat Quinn in the election Tuesday, he told a crowd of supporters, “I placed two very important phone calls. I called Speaker Madigan. I called [Senate] President [John] Cullerton, and I said to them ‘This is an opportunity for us to work together.’” Cullerton’s office said his aide did talk to one […]

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    Cubs franchise worth $2 billion?

    The Ricketts family is already enjoying a huge return on their investment in the Cubs and Wrigley Field. The Sports Business Journal estimates that the Cubs franchise is worth close to $2 billion. That would be more than double of what the Ricketts paid in 2009. The Cubs’ increased worth is based on what the team expects to make when it re-negotiates its broadcasting rights in 2020. That can boost the team’s revenue even more. “Sports teams sell not for […]

  • Tribune poll: Quinn & Rauner in dead heat

    A new poll by the Chicago Tribune says the Illinois Governor’s race is closer than ever. The poll involves 800 registered voters who were surveyed October 16 through October 21. Republican challenger Bruce Rauner was behind in the polls in September. But this latest poll gives him 45 percent of the vote. Governor Pat Quinn has 43 percent. That two percent gap is within the poll’s margin of error. The race could get decided by voters looking elsewhere. Libertarian candidate […]

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    WATCH: SO SWEET! Utah Jazz sign 5-year-old boy with leukemia for a day

    The NBA’s Utah Jazz signed a new basketball player, but it doesn’t matter that he doesn’t quite measure up. The Jazz held a press conference to announce that 5-year-old J.P. Gibson was an honorary member of the team. They even had a one day contract for him to sign, in crayon. J.P. is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “He’s been fighting cancer longer than he has not been in his little life,” said J.P.’s mother Megan Gibson. “I wish it was […]

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    VIDEO: Mother shames her hooky-playing teen by following her to class

    A mother in Wyoming used a camera and social media to get her daughter to stop ditching school. Jeannie Crutchfield posted a three minute video of her following her daughter to school. “I told you. I warned you,” Crutchfield is heard telling her daughter, Ricki, in the school hallway. “What’s wrong? Don’t you want to tell your friends why I’m here?” “So guess what I’m doing Ricki? We’re going to go to class, and we’re going to hold hands and […]

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    Pictures of suspected Gold Coast robbers released

    Chicago Police released surveillance photos of four people suspected of stealing watches from a store in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Several watches were stolen from the Bentley store, at 834 N. Rush Street, Saturday afternoon. Police say the two men broke into a display cabinet and grabbed several watches, while the two women provided cover. Police describe both men as of East Indian descent between 50 and 60 years, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet. One man weighed between 185 and 200 […]


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