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  • Don Tracy of Springfield picked as new Illinois Republican Party chairman.

  • If you think it’s cold now, Chicago, just wait. Because Mother Nature is just getting, er, warmed up.

  • Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

  • The Illinois Republican Party issued a mild rebuke to Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, saying it disagreed with his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump as it sought to focus on picking a new chairman who could unify the party.

  • Inmates at a St. Louis jail set fires, broke out windows and threw things from fourth-floor windows Saturday.



  • A Chicago man was killed and at least four other people were wounded in a shooting early Saturday at a hotel in west suburban Bloomingdale, where at least 100 people were partying on two separate floors with no security on staff, police said.

  • A man is dead after being shot while breaking up a fight between two other men including the gunman, who then crashed into a squad car on the Northwest Side while fleeing the murder scene Friday night.

  • A Northwest Side man who posed outside of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Capitol attack last month has been formally charged with felonies by federal prosecutors for his alleged role in the insurgency.

  • Search COVID-19 cases in Illinois by ZIP code

  • As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe countries — and states in the U.S. — are dealing with wave and wave of illness. As hot spots shift, these charts will be updated daily with new totals.

  • With vaccinations underway across the U.S. and world, Illinois is still in the first phase of its program. Here’s where the state stands.

  • As the pandemic continues, the Tribune is tracking Illinois deaths, cases, test results and more here.

  • Illinois’ lagging COVID-19 vaccination numbers have become political fodder in the national finger-pointing over the slow rollout.

  • In Chicago, a blue city and famous union town, brawling with the teachers union can be a politically fraught prospect for mayors — and it’s one they mostly have tried to avoid, as much as failing to plow during a snowstorm or putting ketchup on a hot dog in public.

  • As one of Cook County’s authoritative voices on the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Rachel Rubin spent nearly all of 2020 crafting mitigation policies as the virus claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives. In December, she lost both of her parents to the disease within two weeks.

  • Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

  • The updated proposal now calls for preschool and elementary students to return between Tuesday and March 1.

  • Former President Donald Trump’s hotel along the Chicago River violated state environmental laws by sucking in massive amounts of water without a valid permit, a Cook County judge ruled in a decision made public Friday.

  • The university said its many community members “are upset about allegations of harassment and discrimination within our Cheer Team.”

  • The boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago saw its first COVID-19 fatality this week when an instructor died from causes related to the virus.

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  • A city bar has been cited for COVID-19 safety violations after more than 40 people, a maskless group that apparently included Chicago police officers, gathered last month in the bar’s back room, according to city records.

  • Relatives of a mother and her four daughters killed in a fire in their Des Plaines home were expected to arrive in Chicago Friday from Mexico after obtaining humanitarian visas to be able to attend the family’s funeral.

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  • Snow-covered roads, harsh winds and barely double-digit temperatures greeted Chicago-area residents Friday morning, as an Arctic air mass expected to persist through the next week gripped much of the Midwest.

  • An online survey by the Tribune found that many people have been frustrated trying to get a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

  • A 17-year-old boy who was arrested Thursday morning is facing murder charges after a fatal shooting outside a Rogers Park CTA station in September.

  • Bond was reduced Friday from $500,000 to $300,000 for a motorist who prosecutors mistakenly last month said was nearly six times over the legal limit of alcohol during a Vittum Park car crash that killed a 12-year-old girl.

  • A Morton Grove woman has been charged with attempted murder after authorities said she stuffed her newborn baby in a trash can after giving birth inside the Glenview nursing home where she was employed.

  • Owner Stephanie Hart plans to use the windfall to help facilitate her shipping operations, sending her cakes nationally.

  • Federal officers seized nearly $100,000 worth of erectile dysfunction pills Thursday from a man at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Customs and Border Protection officials said Friday.

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  • A new daily high of 74,965 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Illinois Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of vaccinations to 1,231,418, public health officials announced Friday.

  • A Chicago Police officer now faces attempted first-degree murder charges in connection with an off-duty shooting which allegedly involved him firing at another man and then lying about how the confrontation unfolded.

  • A supervisor at a West Side veterans hospital has been charged in U.S. District Court in an alleged $1.7 million kickback scheme to steer supply purchases to a south suburban company.

  • The Kane County Health Department had been turning away pregnant and lactating women. One health worker said she felt a “sense of shame and judgment.”

  • A Chicago man who was shot at while trying to steal a man’s car in December has been tied to a carjacking and attempted carjacking in Niles that occurred just three weeks later, police said.

  • “Based on the facts and circumstances obtained thus far, this is being investigated as a murder-suicide,” according to the release.

  • Convicted felon who brought up a load of weapons from Georgia caught on tape selling a pistol to an undercover informant, according to federal charges made public Friday.

  • Here’s where Illinois’ 11 regions stand on the key metrics that would prompt the state to restrict activities to contain an outbreak.

  • CPS and CTU are under pressure to reach a deal by Wednesday to avoid another reopening delay — or a strike.

  • A business jet with two people inside slid off the end of a runway Thursday night at the Chicago Executive Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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  • The owner of a sprawling former Marshall Field’s warehouse complex is in preliminary discussions with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration to create a film production campus that would create hundreds of jobs in Chicago.

  • As an Aurora man mourns the loss of his wife in a deadly house fire, he is thankful their three children are alive due to the quick thinking of their 9-year-old son.

  • Lake Michigan experienced its second lowest January for average amount of ice cover last month.

  • The hunger strike comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development take a closer look at city and state actions benefiting Reserve Management Group.

  • “Our parents want to know what’s going on and … we need to get a deal done today,” the CPS chief said.

  • A group of alderman and union officials on Thursday demanded the city of Chicago move public library workers up the vaccine line, arguing they should be considered front-line essential workers. The advocates in a news release said those city employees must be instated in the current phase 1b of vaccine rollout. They said at least 51 Chicago Public Library workers have gotten COVID-19 and 33 branches have closed due to positive cases. Six locations closed multiple times, according to their statement.

  • U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was one of 11 Republicans to cross party lines Thursday and support Democrats in stripping GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her House committee assignments in a rebuke to her controversial past statements supporting false conspiracies and violence against politicians.

  • The Chicago area is bracing for a one-two winter punch, with accumulating and blowing snow, followed by bone-chilling temps.

  • Prosecutors again ask for higher bond for Kenosha protest shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, saying he thinks “rules do not apply to him”

  • Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

  • Illinois Gaming Board gives preliminary approval to Rockford Hard Rock casino despite investigation of lead developer’s prior deal

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  • A Boston-based flutist lost a $22,000 flute made of gold and silver on the Blue Line. He got it back nearly a week later.

  • Three South Side aldermen called Thursday for the Postal Service to fix big delays in mail delivery. Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, who represents part of the 60636 ZIP code in West Englewood, said residents are going two to three weeks without getting mail, a problem that dates back nearly a year to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • A man in his 30s died and an 80-year-old woman was critically injured after a residential building fire late Wednesday in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, police and fire officials said.

  • About 80,000 COVID-19 vaccines that will be redirected from long-term care facilities to CVS Health stores won’t be distributed in the Chicago area, the pharmaceutical chain said Thursday. Instead, the vaccines will be given to seniors and front-line essential workers downstate.

  • It was not a shock and the silver lining is that it gives people and businesses on Western Avenue in the Beverly neighborhood a chance to make some alternative plans for March 14, when the South Side Irish Parade was scheduled.

  • Two friends were wounded during a shooting that started outside a University Village bar and ended on the Dan Ryan Expressway late Wednesday.

  • A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after Chicago police say he was identified as the person who took a 33-year-old man’s vehicle at gunpoint in November.

  • A 29-year-old Chicago man fatally shot a 19-year-old man in October as he tried to take an Uber from a Humboldt Park neighborhood party on the block where the older man lived, prosecutors said.

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