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CHICAGO (AP) - A joint news investigation has found that deadly blood infections persist in Illinois' understaffed nursing homes.

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Democrat J.B. Pritzker is spending the final days of his campaign for Illinois governor defending his attachment to offshore trusts and companies. The Chicago Tribune recently detailed that Pritzker, or his associates, own several offshore companies in the Bahamas. Their assets are not subject to U.S. taxes unless they’re moved into the country.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is endorsing fellow Democrat J-B Pritzker for Illinois governor.

That’s even though Pritzker is taking heat for how he talked about African-Americans in a secretly-recorded phone call with Rod Blagojevich.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says "no private business was conducted on public property" when he met with a former business partner at the Executive Mansion in May 2015.
 
But the Republican didn't answer directly Monday. The Chicago Tribune editorial board asked whether discussion with Harreld "Kip" Kirkpatrick included disbursing $67 million from a 2011 investment with Rauner.  
 
That's key because Rauner promised when elected in 2014 that he would have no day-to-day dealings with investment decisions.
 

Jurors in a lawsuit against the city of Chicago have concluded that a police officer shot his friend in the head after a night of heavy drinking in 2010 and awarded the victim $44.7 million.  

A for sale sign has been put on the Chicago Sun-Times, and the company that operates rival Chicago Tribune has announced it is interested in owning the newspaper.  Chicago-based Wrapports LLC announced it has agreed to enter into discussions with tronc Inc. after failing to interest other media companies in acquiring the Sun-Times. 

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A newspaper investigation found more than a thousand cases of abuse and neglect of Illinois adults with disabilities placed in private group homes. The Chicago Tribune says its investigation revealed mistreatment inside Illinois' taxpayer-funded group homes and their day programs, with staff failing to provide basic care while regulators conceal harm and death with secrecy and silence.

The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth for the U.S. Senate, arguing that incumbent Republican Mark Kirk is unable to fully do the job after recovering from a stroke.

The newspaper said Friday that "due to forces beyond his control, Kirk no longer can perform to the fullest the job of a U.S. senator."

Kirk spokesman Kevin Artl called it "a low-blow and cheap shot" that's "not based on fact or reality."

Kirk, Duckworth Face Off In First Debate

Oct 3, 2016

Mark Kirk and Tammy Duckworth faced off in their first debate today. One key point of contention between the U.S. Senate candidates was how many more of those debates they’ll be doing. Kirk says he’ll do four debates, including today’s midday meeting at the Tribune’s editorial board. 

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NEW YORK (AP) - Tribune Media has completed the sale of several real estate assets, including the Tribune Tower in Chicago.

The Chicago-based company announced last month that it was selling the 1925 neo-Gothic tower to CIM Group. The sale is part of Tribune Media Co.'s ongoing efforts to sell its entire $1 billion real estate portfolio.

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The iconic Tribune Tower on Chicago's Michigan Avenue will have a new owner.   Los Angeles-based CIM Group has agreed to buy the tower for up to $240 million. The deal, expected to close by September's end, was announced by Chicago-based Tribune Media Tuesday. 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is apologizing for saying half of Chicago public school teachers are “virtually illiterate.”

Rauner made the comments in an email five years ago, when he was still a private citizen interested in improving education. He was discussing a teacher evaluation system, but worried it would be attacked in a city where "50% of principals are managerially incompetent and half of teachers are virtually illiterate.”

Rauner apologized today.

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Don't call it Tribune anymore: The newspaper company has officially changed its name to Tronc. The company behind the Chicago Tribune is shedding its name to rebrand as a high-tech journalism company as it tries to avoid being bought by USA Today owner Gannett Co.  Tronc stands for Tribune online content.  

The owner of the Chicago Tribune is receiving a $44-million cash infusion from a Chicago investor with a stake in the rival Sun-Times.

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers is offering buyouts to employees. Tribune Publishing announced the "Voluntary Separation Program" in a memo to employees. The memo says the newspaper publisher needs to reduce costs. The company has been in turmoil after the firing of Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner in early September.

ACLU taking DCFS to court

Feb 16, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking Illinois’ child welfare system to court for not effectively monitoring children in its care.

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Lawmakers who say red-light cameras are dishonest and do nothing to make driving safer are pushing for a ban of the recording devices in communities across Illinois.

IL DCFS to get a new director

Jan 7, 2015

Illinois’ child welfare system will have a new director under Governor-elect Bruce Rauner.