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Quarantined in the basement and away from his newborn, defensive end Jared Allen spent last week fighting the pneumonia that kept him out of his first game in seven years. Allen returned to practice Wednesday. He was limited but optimistic that he’d...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Let’s call Saturday’s game in Champaign against lowly Purdue what it is: a must-win situation for Illinois’ Tim Beckman. But this is obvious, right? Beckman is 9-20 since taking over the program and, far worse, 1-16 in Big Ten play. Enter the Boilermakers,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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The Cubs didn’t play a lot of (any?) meaningful games on the way to their second straight last-place finish and fifth consecutive losing season. But that didn’t stop them from piling up the headlines and head-scratchers. Five to remember: Manny the...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Corey Robinson knew Notre Dame had found a groove with its passing ­attack against Syracuse. The wide receiver just didn’t realize record run the team had embarked on. Quarterback Everett Golson completed a single-game school-record...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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When Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh made an ill-fated audible that turned into a momentum-turning interception and touchdown in a stunning 21-20 loss to the Vikings at the Metrodome in Week 5 of the 1992 season, Mike Ditka left no doubt who was to blame....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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If you’re not completely down on the Bears’ toy poodle of a defense, you’re either a Packers fan or blissfully detached from reality. Judging by the outrage and the massing in public squares, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is Public Enemy No....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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PITTSBURGH — Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Center Joakim Noah isn’t easily impressed. From labeling the Miami Heat “Hollywood as hell’’ a few years back to doing very little in promoting Cleveland as a hot destination spot, Noah’s comments are usually of the backhanded variety. That...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Brad Richards has posted 867 points in his 13-year NHL career, and about 41 percent of them have come on the power play. And most of those have come with him manning the point. So it’s not exactly a daring gamble that Joel Quenneville has put the veteran...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Panthers coach Ron Rivera raved about the Bears’ offensive weaponry, as most opposing coaches do during their weekly conference calls with Chicago media. But does the former Bears linebacker and defensive coordinator see an offense that’s clicking...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Defense attorneys in the illegal lobbying trial of C. Greg Turner have withdrawn allegations that state Sen. Donne Trotter accepted a $2,000 cash bribe as part of an FBI sting....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday expressed frustration with how long it is taking federal aviation officials to get the local air-traffic control system back to normal....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Five students at four different schools have come in contact with the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Teachers and staff at Hancock High School learned Wednesday morning that their Southwest Side school is expected to turn into Chicago Public Schools’ 12th selective enrollment high school....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday put a $2 million first-year price tag on his offer of free City Colleges tuition to Chicago Public School students who graduate with at least a 3.0 grade-point average — by assuming that 85 percent of them will get federal...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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The United Center’s 300 employees need more office space, so a new office building may go up in the eastern portion of the stadium’s parking lot, a spokesman said Wednesday....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has only one way to go. And he will go there. The defending NFL rushing champion is off to his worst start since his rookie year in 2009. He has 192 rushing yards through four games, and he has gone without a catch in...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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It was a rough start to October for financial markets Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping more than 200 points as investors reacted to a round of negative economic news in the U.S. and abroad....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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RICK TELANDER: There was Theo Epstein, three seasons into his task of making the Cubs and their ballpark relevant, telling us forcefully, “A message has been sent around the league. This place is going to get really interesting for a long time.’’...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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U.S. stocks sank in morning trading Wednesday despite a private survey that showed that U.S. businesses hired more workers than expected in September. Once again, economic weakness in Europe offset positive news from the U.S....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Tesco, one of the world’s largest food retailers, says U.K. authorities are conducting a full investigation after its half-year profit was overstated by $407 million....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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September sales won’t be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong. Most predict sales rose around 10 percent from a year ago....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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General Mills plans to cut between 700 and 800 jobs, the second time it’s trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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When Nebraska and Michigan State play in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday night, it’s a win-lose situation for the Big Ten. The Southeastern Conference and Pac-12 still offer numerous suitors for the College Football Playoff. The Big Ten, though, only...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The unveiling of Northeastern Illinois University’s “El Centro” building — that bright blue-and-yellow modern building that had Kennedy Expressway drivers gazing for months — brought out powerful Chicago politicians and alumni on Tuesday....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Major unions are pumping big money into a November ballot question about raising Illinois’ minimum wage which in reality is a political tool to energize Democratic voters who are also more than likely to vote for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD — Newly surfaced video of Republican Bruce Rauner obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows him telling conservative activists in Lake County last year that, as governor, he would have blocked Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The city unveiled a plan to boost the incomes for Chicago’s struggling cab drivers, but some drivers are upset that no fare hike is included. Rates have not been increased in nearly 10 years....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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A Northwest Side man accused of viciously stabbing his live-in girlfriend and 7-year-old daughter to death nearly decapitated his child and plunged a knife so deep into the girl’s chest, the blade came out of her back, Cook County prosecutors said....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The new quarterly filing with the State Board of Elections shows that “Chicago Forward” has added more than $1 million to its previous total of $1.35 million....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The offer to waive the $200-per-credit-hour fee for an associate degree — and use it as an incentive for CPS students to keep their grades up — is the latest in a series of steps by Mayor Rahm Emanuel toward his goal of making all CPS students “100...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD — Barbara Shaw, the one-time director of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, is a pivotal witness with firsthand knowledge of the preparation and rollout of the $54.5 million grant program that is under criminal investigation by...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Chicago pedicab owners have warned that they would be forced out of business by the city’s draconian plan to cap them at 200, permanently ban them from Michigan Avenue and State Street and keep them out of the Loop during rush hours. They may be right,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The union representing private custodians who clean Chicago Public School buildings said Tuesday it had told Aramark and CPS months ago that schools could not afford to lose 468 custodians and maintain the same level of cleanliness....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Closing arguments were delivered in Joliet Tuesday in the trial of the alleged ringleader of a 2013 double-homicide. Prosecutors had rested their case against Joshua Miner on Monday without calling a key witness — one of his co-defendants — to the...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday shows Quinn leads Rauner by a 44- to 42-percent spread, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The National Weather Service predicted that thunderstorms — perhaps packing lightning — will hit the Chicago area sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday night....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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His track record as a businessman should be the strong point of Bruce Rauner’s sales pitch for the governor’s office. Instead, it’s become possibly the greatest liability for the wealthy Republican nominee....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren’t going down without a fight. Salvador Perez singled down the left-field line with two outs in the 12th inning, allowing Christian Colon to score from...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Don’t try to tell Cubs president Theo Epstein that he and The Plan are now on the clock to produce big-league results heading into the front office’s fourth season in 2015. He started the clock on his own Tuesday when he said he expects the process...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Looking at the tiny, futuristic scale model of Wrigley Field and the surrounding area made me want to shrink to fly size, dive in and walk around. The model is in the back room at the Cubs’ main office on Clark Street, and team president Theo Epstein...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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I spend a significant chunk of my Monday and Tuesday ­afternoons watching, rewatching and grading the tape of the Bears’ most recent game. This week’s were the most unpleasant Monday and Tuesday I’ve spent in quite some time. Normally I’ll focus...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Brandon Marshall joked Tuesday that, by not speaking to the media Sunday, he was trying to “channel my inner Marshawn Lynch, and it didn’t work for me.” While appearing on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” he apologized for his silence after the...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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1st Down: Just when you think Jay Cutler has it all figured out, he reverts to his old ways. As a coach, what advice would you give him? First of all, the Bears played well, but they got behind. When that happens, you have to go into catch-up mode, and...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Don’t try to tell Cubs president Theo Epstein that he and The Plan are now on the clock to produce big-league results heading into the front office’s fourth season in 2015. He started the clock on his own Tuesday when he said he expects the process...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Patrick Kane spent some of his summer playing around in recreational leagues with old friends back in Buffalo. In one league, he had six goals and eight assists in three games, earning the vaunted Performax Hockey League title-game MVP to go along with...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Manny Ramirez in a Cubs uniform at Wrigley Field next season? Team president Theo Epstein didn’t rule it out Tuesday as he discussed one change the club plans to make to this year’s coaching staff. First-year assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The Bulls’ front office never has admonished coach Tom Thibodeau for the way he paces his team. And no player has complained to the media over the years about a heavy workload. Yet training camp opened Tuesday at the state-of-the-art Advocate Center,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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U.S. stocks ended slightly lower Tuesday, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index in the red for September....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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A national brain injury group says the proposed payout scheme for NFL concussion-related injuries is “deeply flawed.”
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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