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Past articles by Dave:

Incumbent concedes Chicago mayoral election

Tuesday marked the end of a tumultuous campaign for one of America's most powerful mayoral offices. → Read More

R. Kelly sentenced to 20 years in Chicago case

All but one year will be served concurrently with a 30-year prison term Kelly is already serving from a 2021 sex trafficking conviction in New York. → Read More

Chicago mayoral race enters final stretch

The election is seen as a referendum on policing, public investment and incumbent Lori Lightfoot herself. → Read More

‘That’s not our jurisdiction’ – Illinois counties wash their hands of water pollution concerns

Oil refineries are dumping metal pollutants into Illinois waters - and local authorities say they're powerless to stop them. → Read More

Illinois prosecutor drops remaining criminal charges against R. Kelly

The Cook County prosecutor said she believes justice has already been served against the disgraced singer, given his federal convictions in both New York and Chicago. → Read More

Chicago airport security guards are not cops, Seventh Circuit rules

The ruling is the latest of several failed attempts by airport security officers in the Windy City to get their law enforcement status back. → Read More

Chicago mayoral candidates square off in televised debate

The 90-minute debate between Chicago's nine mayoral candidates was centered mostly on the topics of crime and public safety. → Read More

Illinois gun rights advocates sue to block assault weapon ban

The Illinois State Rifle Association has threatened litigation against the assault weapon ban since before the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved it. → Read More

Chicago federal prosecutor to resign after overseeing initial Biden documents probe

John Lausch, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, will soon be leaving his position after leading an initial investigation into classified documents found at a private Biden think tank office in Washington. → Read More

Illinois lawmakers approve statewide ban on assault weapons

The ban also extends to the sale, purchase and manufacture of extended ammunition magazines. → Read More

Seventh Circuit hears debate on guns in home day cares

Two foster parents who want to keep loaded handguns in their house are challenging an Illinois restriction on firearms in home day care centers. → Read More

Illinois judge finds elimination of cash bail unconstitutional

A county judge sided with dozens of state's attorneys who argue abolishing cash bail violates the separation of powers between Illinois’ Legislature and its judiciary. → Read More

Burst pipes, power outages: Great Lakes region recovers as winter storm rolls on

The winter storm affecting most of the continental U.S. has left thousands of Midwesterners dealing with icy repercussions. → Read More

Sixth Circuit sides with anti-abortion group in fight over Kentucky abortion clinic’s ‘buffer zones’

The Sixth Circuit ruled that the city of Louisville cannot enforce a 10 foot anti-harassment zone around the clinic's entrance. → Read More

Federal judge blocks two campaign finance rules in Illinois

The rules apply to donations to judicial candidates. → Read More

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker faces GOP challenger Darren Bailey in first televised debate

Leading up to the election on November 8, the two gubernatorial candidates traded blows over crime and taxes. → Read More

Seventh Circuit considers whether airport security guards count as law enforcement

Chicago approved the revocation of law enforcement status for security guards at the O'Hare and Midway airports in 2017. An appeals panel is now weighing whether the move violated the guards' due process rights. → Read More

R. Kelly found guilty on child porn charges in Chicago federal trial

Whatever sentence the 55-year-old Kelly receives in Chicago will be added on top of the 30 years he got in Brooklyn federal court for a 2021 sex trafficking conviction. → Read More

Closing arguments begin in R. Kelly Chicago trial

After more than a month of witness testimony, attorneys in R. Kelly's second federal trial have begun wrapping up their cases. → Read More

R. Kelly accuser delivers tearful testimony in Chicago trial

With former R&B star R. Kelly's federal trial in Chicago deep into its second week, one of his ex-girlfriends gave emotional testimony on Thursday. → Read More