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Throughout the day Monday, cars slowed as they passed a darkened Bolingbrook home, where a scrap of police tape hung from a fence and a latex glove left out on the lawn offered clues of the tragedy that had struck inside the night before.
Police had already moved quickly to detain a 17-year-old suspect and clear the horrifying scene, but as word spread of the triple homicide that killed a man and two girls in the quiet suburban neighborhood Sunday night, neighbors and family shared their shock and devastation.
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Esmeralda Hernández is a lifelong resident of Little Village, but she chose to work at the polls in Pilsen on Election Day. She campaigned for incumbent Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, 25th, and opted not to vote in her own ward’s aldermanic election.
Little Village residents say they feel invisible, and that translated at the polls where the 22nd Ward recorded a 23% voter turnout as of March 1, one of the lowest in the city.
Chicago mayoral candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas rolled out more endorsements as they continue jostling over Black political support.
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The dueling announcements portend an intense rush between Johnson and Vallas to secure endorsements from elected officials and other leaders in Chicago’s Black community. They also reflect the ways the Black political establishment’s support may splinter in the coming election, writes Alice Yin and Gregory Pratt.
For the second year in a row, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is proposing the state spend tens of millions of dollars on a witness protection program that went unfunded for the first nine years of its existence.
Eight months since the long-neglected initiative secured its initial funding, however, no witnesses have been relocated, and only about $67,500 of the $30 million approved by the General Assembly last spring has been spent, primarily on employee-related expenses.
The Big Ten never has had a season quite like this one, with no clear standouts aside from regular-season champion Purdue, which went 11-0 against nonconference foes and got off to a 22-1 start behind Player of the Year favorite Zach Edey.
A folk school is budding in the prairie west of Champaign.
It’s a first for Illinois, and it comes at a time when folk schools are seeing an uptick in popularity — classes on watercolor and bread baking aligning with pandemic-launched hobbies — while also seeking to become more inclusive of craftwork from marginalized communities.