Budget airlines flew an est. 1.2 billion passengers, 30 percent of global total in 2017

CHICAGO: ‘Serial stowaway’ Marilyn Hartman unfit to stand trial, judge rules

CHICAGO — The “serial stowaway” accused of sneaking onto a jet and flying to London without a ticket is unfit to stand trial, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday after examining evaluations from two doctors….

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Facebook BANS ALL ads for cryptocurrencies $FB #Fintech

Why nobody complained when the Obama campaign bought Facebook user data $FB

Remember the breathless speculation less than a year ago about whether Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would run for president? That was then. Oh, how the mighty Zuck’s image has fallen amid scandalous revelations about the…

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‘Chicago Fire’ actress DuShon Monique Brown dies at 49

CHICAGO — DuShon Monique Brown, an actor best known for her performances on the NBC show “Chicago Fire,” died Friday at a hospital in suburban Olympia Fields, Ill., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said….

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The Illinois House passes two major bills on gun control

Dallas-Fort Worth soon to overtake Chicago as nation’s 3rd largest metro area

DALLAS — The Dallas-Fort Worth region, once again, added the most new residents of any metro area in the country — roughly 400 per day, or a total of 146,238, over the year that ended…

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Garry McCarthy, former chief of police fired by Rahm Emanuel, announcing run for Chicago mayor

CHICAGO — Calling it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save “a great American city,” former police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Wednesday he will run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fix an economy that fosters inequity, tamp…

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Dick Vitale ends up insulting @ESPN in LaVar Ball rant

Sister Jean, Loyola’s ‘international celebrity,’ adjusts to burgeoning popularity #MarchMadness

On a sunny day between opening-round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Dallas, Loyola’s 98-year-old team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, planned to go for a simple lunch down the street. “We couldn’t…

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West Side shooting is Chicago’s 100th homicide of the year

CHICAGO — A fatal shooting on the West Side over the weekend was the 100th homicide of the year in Chicago, a milestone reached nearly a month later than the last two years, according to…

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Candidates for Illinois governor spend $65.7 million on primary TV ads

CHICAGO — Like Chicago’s downtown on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, a river of green has flowed through TV sets ahead of Tuesday’s primary vote, as candidates for Illinois governor have spent tens of millions of…

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Teen shot outside northside @Domino’s in Chicago: ‘A bullet flies 5 feet from you’

CHICAGO — A worker in a Domino’s Pizza shop on Chicago’s Far North Side heard gunfire behind him and turned just as the glass front door shattered. “You always hear this stuff happens,” the worker…

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The world's largest asset manager BlackRock pressures US gun industry

Chicago teachers are lining up for free concealed carry gun lessons

A suburban Chicago gun range is offering free concealed carry classes for teachers and reports that training slots are filling up quickly. On Target Range & Tactical Training Center in Crystal Lake, Ill., announced Tuesday…

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The Illinois House passes two major bills on gun control

CHICAGO: J.B. Pritzker’s 100’s of millions of secret offshore holdings revealed

CHICAGO — J.B. Pritzker has offered a simple response when Democratic and Republican rivals attack his family’s use of offshore banking to avoid taxes on its immense fortune: The trusts were set up in the…

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Chicago judge finds ATF drug stash house stings distasteful but not racially biased

CHICAGO — In a ruling with potentially national consequences, the chief federal judge in Chicago ruled Monday that the controversial drug stash house stings run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives…

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Cheers: Hoosiers celebrate resumption of Sunday alcohol sales

HIGHLAND, Ind. — John Trelo remembers how big a drag buying booze in Indiana was on a Sunday before he moved to Florida 30 years ago. It was the same deal each time: You’d have…

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Jesse Jackson Jr. to judge: let me sell my $2million home, cant live on $128k

Jesse Jackson Jr. says the wolves are at his door. And his taxpayer-funded $125,000 in annual workers’ compensation and disability payments isn’t enough to maintain the lifestyle his estranged wife and fellow ex-con Sandi Jackson…

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in Chicago: The Mystery of @realDonaldTrump’s next tweet ‘makes it interesting’

CHICAGO — You might not have any idea what President Donald Trump is going to tweet next about rival world leaders, but then neither does the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. “It…

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IL gov. Bruce Rauner drinks chocolate milk to affirm his commitment to diversity LOL

IL gov. Bruce Rauner drinks chocolate milk to affirm his commitment to diversity LOL

CHICAGO — In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity. “It’s really, really good,” Rauner said after taking a sip…

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A unseasonably warm weekend in Chicago leaves 6 dead, 21 wounded

CHICAGO — Six people were killed and 21 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the weekend, including three people who ran onto a CTA bus after being shot and a man who was…

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CHICAGO: Man douses passenger with liquid on a crowded southbound Red Line train, then set car on fire

Chicago Police: Group of 5 men are robbing commuters in Loop subway pedestrian tunnels

CHICAGO — A group of young men has surrounded and robbed people in downtown subway pedestrian tunnels at least three times in recent weeks, according to Chicago police who have released surveillance photos of four…

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