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  1. Javier Baez’s right heel feels good enough for him to return to the lineup Wednesday night as the Cubs face the Phillies.

    Baez didn’t start the last two games because of a bruise, but he delivered a pinch-hit game-winning single Tuesday night.

    The Cubs placed left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno...

  2. Chicago police SWAT officers shot and killed an armed man who threatened to shoot himself during a confrontation on the south end of the University of Chicago campus Wednesday morning.

    The incident began around 10:45 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of East 61st Street, with the armed man’s father...

  3. People strolling along the Chicago River this summer might spot an unfamiliar watercraft navigating the North Branch.

    In an effort to attack the river’s pollution, Urban Rivers, a Chicago-based environmental nonprofit, plans to dispatch a remote-controlled, trash-collecting robot — Trashbot — near...

  4. The first signs are showing that Jebens Hardware is closing after serving customers in Blue Island for 143 years.

    Store manager Judy Tuma said the store no longer restocks items, and empty pegs appear on shelves in some places. Inventory liquidation begins May 29, she said, and the store will be...

  5. In an unusual turn, a man on trial in Cook County for one of Chicago’s grisliest killings in recent history took the witness stand Wednesday and declared his innocence.

    Leaning forward with his hands clasped in front of him, Kamel Harris spoke in quiet, calm tones as he described 2-year-old Kyrian...

  6. The students sit in a semicircle at Kennedy-King College in Englewood. They listen, take notes, sometimes laugh, sometimes nod in agreement as the teacher goes over ways to talk people out of violence.

    Their first real test will come in the weeks ahead, when violence typically spikes with the arrival...

  7. Chicago police plan to beef up patrols of CTA trains and buses beginning Memorial Day weekend to handle the expected large groups of youths traveling to the downtown area this summer.

    Eddie Johnson, retained as police superintendent by new Mayor Lori Lightfoot, confirmed Wednesday that more than...

  8. One area of Clarendon Hills scheduled for summer roadwork and the installation of concrete ribbons/curbs won’t be receiving either after petitions from residents were deemed sufficient by the village to block a special taxing district.

    Clarendon Hills has been using funds from special service areas...

  9. Photos from the Bears OTA practice at Halas Hall on May 22, 2019.

  10. Michigan has looked to the past to move into the future.

    According to reports Wednesday, the Wolverines have hired Juwan Howard, one of the school’s all-time best players, to replace coach John Beilein, the program’s winningest coach.

    Howard, a Chicago native and former All-America forward, was...

  11. Virtual reality technology will be used to help in training Chicago police officers on how to deal with people experiencing mental health episodes.

    The pilot program will be folded into the department’s crisis intervention training that became mandatory for officers as part of the federal consent...

  12. R. Scott Falk, a mergers and acquisitions specialist who helped clients with deals worth tens of billions of dollars in his 30-year career with Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis, was chairman of the Chicago Humanities Festival and a former chair of the Chicago and Northern Illinois Red Cross.

    “Scott’s...

  13. A Metra train hit a pedestrian Wednesday afternoon in Tinley Park, officials said.

    The incident, which happened at 12:50 p.m. near 80 Avenue , caused incoming and outgoing trains to the area to be halted, officials said.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

  14. Malcolm Ewen’s first foray into a life in the theater was in his hometown of Winnetka, in a middle school production of “The Hither and Thither of Danny Dither.” He played the role of God.

    “Malcolm always liked to say it was downhill from there,” said his sister, Camilla Durbin, on Wednesday....

  15. 839 W. Hutchinson St. in Chicago: $4,500,000

     

    Listed on Jan. 23, 2019

     

    This northside estate is located in the Hutchinson Historic District of Buena Park and was designed by famed architect George W. Maher. With five bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths, the prairie-style home also features...

  16. A man and woman who initially told police they were engaging in a prostitution transaction changed their story once it became evident they were being arrested, police said.

    According to a police report, the pair later told Country Club Hills officers they were trying to get police to give the woman...

  17. Every day Dave Martinez meets the media before the Nationals game. He's always the same. He's in a genuinely good mood, like somebody invited him to a big-league ballgame, and being just a big kid, he can't imagine anything more fun to do with his day. The smile lines crinkle around his eyes when...

  18. Looking to close a $10.2 million budget gap, the Hammond School Board voted Tuesday to close Columbia, Lafayette elementaries and Miller preschool, plus cut up to 150 staff.

    The 4-1 vote was confirmed during a meeting at Clark High School’s cafeteria in the city’s Robertsdale section. Trustee Carlotta...

  19. NASCAR announced a $2 billion merger agreement with International Speedway Corp. on Wednesday, an aggressive move to gain control of key racetracks and set itself up for sweeping changes that could save America's most popular racing series.

    The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

    ...
  20. The new owners of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed cottage in north suburban Glencoe have formally requested permission to tear down the 106-year-old home, a village official confirmed Wednesday.

    Wright, widely considered America’s greatest architect, designed the Sherman Booth Cottage, a flat-roofed,...

  21. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, in an effort to assure passengers, vowed to be aboard the airline’s first flight on a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft begin flying again.

    Regulators around the world grounded the 737 Max in March after the plane was involved in deadly crashes...

  22. President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report.

    Democrats said the walkout seemed scripted....

  23. Argo Community High School postponed its graduation ceremony scheduled for Tuesday night after two juveniles were arrested for making threats on social media, according to police and school officials.

    The first threat was made Sunday on Snapchat and read, “For those who think I’m scared I myself...

  24. Even as the chance of the temperature hitting its highest so far this year went down Wednesday afternoon, forecasters warned the that danger of severe thunderstorms hitting more of the Chicago area overnight was increasing.

    If it were to get to 81 degrees, it would be the warmest day of 2019, said...

  25. If the man charged with murder in the stabbing death of Hinsdale actor Andrea Urban testifies in his own defense, DuPage prosecutors can introduce evidence of his past criminal convictions, a judge ruled Wednesday.

    Judge Brian Telander granted a prosecution motion that would allow the introduction...