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Knowles: Rep. Robin Kelly tackles pregnancy-related deaths

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One of my great-nieces celebrated a birthday this month. When she was born 16 years ago, she helped sustain my family during an extremely difficult period. In the hours following her birth, her mother suffered life-threatening pregnancy…

Democratic lawmaker says she resigned Cook County sheriff post because she felt pressure from Madigan allies

A Democratic state lawmaker has resigned from her part-time job at Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office, saying she felt pressured to leave after speaking out about how claims of sexual harassment were handled at the Capitol. Rep. Kelly…

Morning Spin: FOP president says slow contract talks behind planned protest, 'It's very frustrating at times'

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham previewed the…

Former Chicago Ald. Marion Volini, who pushed for Edgewater designation, dies at age 83

Former Ald. Marion Volini, who helped remake the Edgewater neighborhood and served as a key ally to Mayor Harold Washington, has died. She was 83. Volini was the 48th Ward alderman from 1978 to 1987, during which she helped Edgewater…

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Voters set to choose nominees in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas

Four states cast ballots Tuesday as the 2018 midterm elections take shape. Voters in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky hold primaries, while Texans settle several primary runoffs after their first round of voting in March. Some noteworthy…

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Lots of buzz about Manny Machado, but Cubs have bigger issues

In reminiscing about the 2016 World Series, manager Joe Maddon noted the Cubs nearly went to the Fall Classic three consecutive seasons. “We have raised the bar, and it’s wonderful,” Maddon said. “The word ‘pressure,’ I think that’s…

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Vegas Golden Knights are four wins from the NHL’s 'Miracle On Ice'

The Vegas Golden Knights won a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights. This is as NHL as it gets. A year ago, this team didn’t even have a team, and now this team will have a chance to win sports’ toughest trophy…

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McDonald's workers block headquarters and chant, 'We can see your greedy side'

About 150 cooks and cashiers blocked the entrance Monday to McDonald's headquarters in Chicago, protesting what they call unfairly low pay at one of the world's largest fast-food chains. "McDonald's, McDonald's - you can't hide," they…

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Supreme Court deals defeat to workers' rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated 25 million non-unionized employees. With the…

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After being cleared in fatal shooting, Chicago cop fired for lying about unrelated arrest

A Chicago police officer cleared in a controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed teen has been fired along with another veteran officer for lying about the circumstances of a domestic violence arrest almost five years ago. In a unanimous…

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Deterioration at old Kendall County jail requires urgent action, Yorkville officials say

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Yorkville officials have recommended an immediate partial or total demolition of the Old Kendall County jail at 111 W. Madison St. in the city’s downtown if a full renovation of the site isn’t done quickly. Meanwhile, preservation…

Texas school shooting survivors face a 'spiritual war zone'

The graduating seniors of a Houston-area high school where 10 people were gunned down last week have had a terrifying insight into the world that awaits them, a district attorney prosecuting the capital murder case said at a ceremony in a…

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Chicago baseball saw four exciting starts this weekend, but Yu Darvish's meant the most

Debate which weekend pitching performance meant the most for Chicago’s baseball teams until Steve Stone runs out of wisdom, but everyone can agree that back-to-back starts on both sides of town carried great significance for the Cubs and…

Yes, President Trump, there is a difference between HIV and HPV. Here's a handy tipsheet

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In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump famously declared that “nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.” At the time, he was talking about health insurance. But perhaps he was also thinking about two potentially life…

Monday, May 21

Morning Spin: Lightfoot says mass shootings shouldn’t take focus off Chicago violence

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Chicago mayoral contender Lori Lightfoot says the killings at a Santa…

Sunday, May 20

Illinois lawmakers vote to let kids take medical marijuana in school

The Illinois Senate’s overwhelming vote to allow sick students to take medical marijuana in school sends the proposal to Gov. Bruce Rauner for a decision on its fate. The state Senate voted 50-2 to allow students who qualify for medical…

Saturday, May 19

Twin takes stand, recounts how brother came to his aid before being slain

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The 15-year-old twins were so close-knit that when Demacio Bailey had basketball practice one Saturday afternoon in late 2014, brother Demario tagged along on the walk to their South Side high school even though he wasn’t on the team.…

Trump nominates his Illinois campaign finance chair as ambassador to Belgium

Ron Gidwitz, a mainstay of Republican politics and Chicago civic life who served as Illinois finance chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 White House bid, was nominated Friday by the president to serve as U.S. ambassador to Belgium. Gidwitz, 73,…

Rauner appoints key Democratic ally and Madigan foil to $70,000 job

Gov. Bruce Rauner has quietly appointed a former Democratic state lawmaker who repeatedly bucked House Speaker Michael Madigan on several key issues to a $70,000 job. The governor named former state Rep. Ken Dunkin of Chicago to a post on…

As plans for Obama Presidential Center move forward, questions on housing linger

When longtime Woodlawn resident Sharon Payne stood before the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday to comment on plans for the Obama Presidential Center, she told them she was worried about the center’s impact on housing costs. She’s too…

Friday, May 18

Witness: Chicago police officer punched 2 in bar, said he wouldn't get arrested because he was a cop

After he punched two men at a bar in December, Chicago police Officer Robert Rialmo told a witness that he wouldn’t be arrested for the fight because he was a cop, the witness told police and disciplinary investigators. At the time of the…

Amid heated debate, city approves plan for Obama Presidential Center

After more than seven hours of emotional and passionate testimony from hundreds of residents, community activists and elected officials, the Chicago Plan Commission voted overwhelmingly to approve the Obama Presidential Center on Thursday…

Madigan sets up vote on Rauner death penalty plan, creating political minefield

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan agreed Thursday to allow a vote on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s controversial plan to reinstate the death penalty and expand the waiting period to purchase firearms, creating a political minefield Democrats…

Northwest Side affordable housing project fails to get state tax credits

A controversial Northwest Side affordable housing plan failed again this week to qualify for state tax credits, imperiling a project that has sparked a heated debate over whether opponents are trying to keep minority residents out of the…

Thursday, May 17

Judge blocks city's bid for separate trials in fatal police shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones

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A Cook County judge has denied a bid by city of Chicago lawyers to hold separate civil trials over the 2015 police shooting of a bat-carrying teen and an innocent bystander. The lawsuits stemming from Officer Robert Rialmo’s shooting of 19…

'Things could have gone much worse': Charges filed against ex-student accused of exchanging gunfire with cop at Dixon High School

A school resource police officer is being lauded as a hero for intervening when a former student at Dixon High School opened fire Wednesday morning near the school gym where students were gathered for a graduation rehearsal, authorities…

Public bathrooms become clandestine epicenter of opioid crisis

It was just before 2 a.m. when Catherine Altop, a 32-year-old woman with a history of drug problems, entered the bathroom at a south suburban White Castle restaurant, locked the door and injected herself with fentanyl-tainted heroin. Hours…

Morning Spin: Rauner spends another night at Quincy veterans home

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Facing continued criticism over his handling of Legionnaire’s disease cases at the…