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Incredibly cool photos of the "Blood Moon" eclipse last night. http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-photos-20140415/
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SPRINGFIELD — A Democratic lawmaker from Aurora apologized again today for racial remarks she made on the Illinois House floor during a charged discussion of a bill to regulate charter schools.
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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pushing pension changes that would reduce cost-of-living increases, raise the retirement age and require government workers to pay more, sources told the Tribune.
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The Chicago firefighters union leadership has reached a tentative agreement with City Hall on a new contract that will reportedly include an 11 percent raise over five years.
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A Christian high school hopes to keep its doors open by moving to northwest Indiana, a decision that has upset some parents and alumni who want the school to stay in the south suburbs.
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Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner went after each other on education issues during their first debate before an audience of teachers today.
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Sen. Angus King who caucuses with the Dems, will decide after midterms whether to switch sides.
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I'm the Chicago Tribune's reporter on the Greatest Beat on Planet Earth, Illinois government and politics, where Obama rose, Ryan and Blagojevich fell, and the legislature is run by Madigan.
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I have covered five governors, a mayor named Daley at City Hall, a guy named Obama and hundreds of good, bad and crooked pols along the way. Picked up a variety of awards for breaking, investigative and in-depth coverage, and somehow got honored with placement in EIU and UIS halls of fame. Please send tips to RLong@tribune.com.
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James A. Tidwell, 1948-2014
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James A. Tidwell could lead a barbershop chorus and a detailed, in-depth discussion on the First Amendment. A voracious reader, he was licen

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Thibodeau lauds Anthony as Bulls look to clinch third seed
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NEW YORK -- It's pretty simple: Win out and 50 victories and the Eastern Conference's third seed belong to the Bulls .

Parents seek answers on unsolved deaths: Any communication ... is good c...
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Parents of children who were homicide victims gathered Saturday at a South Side church to meet with Chicago police and county prosecutors to

Former aide to Obama pal Whitaker pleads guilty
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SPRINGFIELD --- The one-time top aide to former state public health chief Dr. Eric Whitaker pleaded guilty today in a $400,000 federal bribe

Quinn out for blood in 1st bout with Rauner
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Watching Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn with Republican Bruce Rauner in their first debate late last week before the Illinois Education Associati

Elite Street: Former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano sells west Lakeview home
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Former Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano has severed his final real estate tie with the Chicago area with a big loss, unloading

Pakistani judge throws out attempted murder case against baby
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LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani judge threw out charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby on Saturday, lawyers said

High-rise sprinkler bill stalls in Illinois House
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A bill that would change the rule-making process to mandate sprinklers and other fire safety measures in residential high-rises has stalled

State's new fleet of squad cars not on road
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Row upon row of brand-new squad cars sit in a parking lot not far from the state fairgrounds in Springfield, waiting to be driven out onto s

Obama names budget chief as new health secretary
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President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday,

Suburban firefighter accused of having child porn
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A veteran Schiller Park firefighter has been arrested on child pornography charges after authorities seized his laptop computer at the fireh

Quinn, Rauner scrap on education in first debate
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Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner went after each other on education issues during their first debate before

Ikea investing in Illinois wind farm
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Home goods giant Ikea is building a wind farm in downstate Illinois large enough to ensure that its stores will never have to buy a single k

Illinois lawmaker apologizes for racial comment
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SPRINGFIELD — A Democratic lawmaker from Aurora apologized again today for racial remarks she made on the Illinois House floor during a char

Preckwinkle pension plan: cut benefits, workers pay more
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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pushing pension changes that would reduce cost-of-living increases, raise the retirement age

CPS to increase school budgets
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While Chicago Public Schools officials continue to say there will be a budget crisis until pension reform is achieved, the district Wednesda

Emanuel, firefighters reach contract deal
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The Chicago firefighters union leadership has reached a tentative agreement with the City of Chicago on a new contract, union President Thom

Stretches of Stevenson, Lake Shore Drive and Skokie Highway slated for s...
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A severely deteriorated stretch of Interstate Highway 55 in DuPage and Cook counties would be resurfaced, along with a portion of Lake Shore

Illinois House approves Emanuel pension changes
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SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel ’s partial city pension overhaul passed the House today as Speaker Michael Madigan ’s Democrats got enough