Every 10 years, after data from the U.S. Census Bureau is reported, Chicago alderman use that information to consider re-mapping the city’s 50 wards.

The disappearance of Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old who on social media was chronicling her cross-country ride across the United States with her fiance, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, has captivated the country.

Few things in life seem normal right now, so when things do feel normal, or somewhat so, it’s important to appreciate them.

Shootings on the Dan Ryan Expressway and Interstate 57 hit close to home—and citizens deserve action from authorities as well as peace of mind.

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Classes are back in session at many local schools, and the fall sports season is underway for high schools.

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The sorrow is palpable throughout the city after the shooting death of Chicago Police Department (CPD) Officer Ella French on Aug. 7.

People seeking the secret to success will frequently encounter a popular adage: “Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.”

The Beverly Art Walk is back, and while concerns about COVID-19 remain substantial, such events provide optimism—and boost the local economy.

The second phase of the 111th Street streetscape project in Mt. Greenwood is set to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2023.

As life returns to normal, or nearly normal, it is refreshing and inspiring to see the many local fundraisers being held, either for the first time or in a return after a one-year hiatus.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021, whether it’s graduates from kindergarten, elementary school, high school, college or graduate school.

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Some positives have occurred during the pandemic, as hard as they might be to appreciate sometimes.

The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) hosted a meeting on May 20 to discuss the idea of having the Chicago Park District install a dog park in Beverly/Morgan Park.

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Citizens of the United States received great—if not surprising—news on May 13 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear facemasks in most places.

A local business owner recently donated $2,000 worth of “The Bucks Stay Here” gift cards to four local businesses—as well as another $500 to a business not participating in the promotion. Businesses were instructed to treat their customers, a pleasant surprise that they happily welcomed.

With her election on April 6 as mayor of Evergreen Park, Kelly Burke has again demonstrated her devotion to public service.

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The video showing the shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo at the hands of a Chicago Police Department officer has been released, viewed and scrutinized by probably almost everyone in this city.

True to his word, President Joe Biden recently rolled out his plan to “build back better.”

As media coverage of the trial of Derek Chauvin began on March 29, many people were thinking about police officers.

After the wonderful job they did last week hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea and his staff are to be commended.

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The debate about speed cameras has popped up again after Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a plan to lower the threshold for speed-camera tickets to 6 mph.

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Despite commendable efforts by U.S. House managers during the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, some U.S. senators found sufficient cover in the issue of jurisdiction and voted on Feb. 13 against convicting him.

Starring in a commercial for Jeep during Super Bowl LV, Bruce Springsteen poignantly urged Americans to meet each other halfway, calling for a “Reunited States of America.”

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As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, officials with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are working on an agreement that will get students back in the classroom.

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President Joe Biden’s inauguration was not only moving; it was the most consequential of our lifetime.

The First Amendment grants Americans freedom of speech, and it states the government can’t censor its citizens. However, it doesn’t prohibit censorship from other entities.

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A law named in honor a local first responder who died in the line of duty is back in the news after a traffic accident on a city expressway.

One year ago, few people, if any, envisioned 2020 ending with a pandemic shutting down businesses and people wearing facemasks in public places.

Christmas and other winter holidays are right around the corner, and there are plenty of ways to give back and make the lives of others a little easier.

The bad news Bears—fool us once, shame on you. Fool us for 30 years, shame on us.

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