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  1. With an unpredictable bullpen and the return of star catcher Willson Contreras uncertain, the Cubs will load up in those areas when 25-man rosters can expand Sept. 1.

    Discussions started in the middle of August and are expected to be finalized soon.

    The importance of major-league promotions can't...

  2. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Aug. 14 that empowers counties across Illinois to dissolve layers of unnecessary government. Wouldn't you know it? One suburban government already laid plans to twist through a loophole and preserve itself.

    Taxpayers, you might want to pay attention to this heist,...

  3. Chicago aldermen went "into the future" Monday, calling for tight regulations on driverless cars and envisioning a time when the automated vehicles could be hacked and used as weapons or cost thousands of residents their jobs.

    Southwest Side Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, played a clip in City Council...

  4. Monday night's drawing for a VFW raffle whose prize money has swelled to more than $1 million has been called off for now, with organizers citing a legal snag.

    Organizers at the VFW Hall in little Morris, Ill., said they "did not get shut down" and will resume ticket sales and the drawing "as soon...

  5. There are places in the world so potentially volatile that the U.S. cannot leave them to the ebb and flow of geopolitics. The Korean Peninsula and the Middle East come immediately to mind. Afghanistan also belongs on that list — something President Donald Trump has finally come to realize, seven...

  6. White Sox players gathered in the home dugout at Guaranteed Rate Field at about 1 p.m., slipped on blue glasses and stared up at the sky.

    The 4:10 p.m. doubleheader between the Sox and Twins was well timed so that both teams had the opportunity to view Monday’s solar eclipse before settling into...

  7. Aurora aldermen are set to vote on hiring a law firm to handle prosecutions of drunken driving cases from within the city.

    The City Council will vote on a contract with the Law Offices of Kimberly M. DiGiovanni, LTD at the full council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers, City Hall,...

  8. The village of Fox Lake and police investigators from several agencies are named in a federal lawsuit filed by two men who claim they were falsely arrested and their constitutional rights were violated during the 2015 investigation into the suicide of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz.

    ...
  9. Twice as many Americans disapprove than approve of President Donald Trump's response to the deadly Charlottesville, Va., protests led by white supremacists that ignited widespread political backlash against the White House, although a majority of Republicans offer at least tepid support in a new...
  10. Kris Bryant spoiled us so much in his first two seasons that anything less than excellence no longer seems acceptable.

    Bryant led the National League in wins above replacement last year (8.4), according to Fangraphs.com, and was second in the majors to Mike Trout's 9.4. At 25, he already had an...

  11. A prominent Chicago real estate developer whose projects included Block 37 and the Streets of Woodfield was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine for bank fraud.

    Larry Freed, 54, president of Joseph Freed and Associates, was convicted last year on...

  12. Dental records may help identify a body found in an Aurora garage Friday as cleaners were preparing the property for new ownership.

    Without releasing further information, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said his office completed the autopsy on the body Monday afternoon. A forensic odontologist...

  13. Jorge Soler's career has not exactly been in the path of totality.

    Monday's eclipse naturally reminded us of the former Cub, whose career has been partially obscured since he was traded last December.

    If you recall, the Cubs traded Soler, 25, to the Royals for closer Wade Davis on Dec. 7.

    In Chicago,...

  14. The stars came out in the middle of the day, zoo animals ran in agitated circles, crickets chirped, birds fell silent and a chilly darkness fell upon the land Monday as the U.S. witnessed its first full-blown, coast-to-coast solar eclipse since World War I.

    Millions of Americans gazed in wonder...

  15. Thousands of Chicagoans stopped their activities to watch the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Erin Hooley, Phil Velasquez, Alexandra Wimley, Antonio Perez, Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

  16. The body of a woman has been found in the Baltic Sea near where a missing Swedish journalist is believed to have died on a privately built submarine, Danish police said late Monday.

    A female torso without legs, arms or a head was found by a passer-by, said the head of the investigation, Jens Moller...

  17. The clouds cooperated, the sun and moon delivered as promised and about 1,500 students saw a solar eclipse pass over the stadium at Hinsdale South High School in Darien.

    Before the students left their classrooms at about 1 p.m. and headed to the stadium, South principal Arwen Pokorny told them...

  18. Police said two boys from Chicago were taken into custody Monday morning after allegedly using a replica handgun during a carjacking that police said began in Oak Park.

    According to River Forest Deputy Police Chief James O'Shea, the carjacking occurred at around 8:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Home...

  19. Two Norridge establishments were recently cited in an underage liquor purchase operation involving the Norridge Police Department, with assistance from the Illinois State Police.

    Volunteers, ages 18 and 20, served as testers in the operation conducted on Aug. 11 for all Norridge liquor license...

  20. All games on WSCR-AM 670.

    Season series: Cubs 8-5.

    Tuesday: 6:10 p.m., WGN-9.

    RH John Lackey (10-9, 4.67) vs. RH Homer Bailey (4-6, 8.44).

    Wednesday: 6:10 p.m., CSN.

    LH Mike Montgomery (3-6, 3.64) vs. TBA.

    Thursday: 6:10 p.m., CSN.

    RH Jake Arrieta (13-8, 3.63) vs. RH Sal Romano (3-5, 5.32).

    Storylines:...

  21. The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.

    It was the second major collision in the past...

  22. Hammond police are requesting the public's help in identifying three men from a string of early Friday robberies that may have continued into East Chicago, a release said.

    The spree started at approximately 6:20 a.m. Aug. 18, when two hoodie-wearing men attempted to rob an 85-year-old man in the...

  23. A strong week for Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo resulted in him being named the National League’s player of the week.

    Rizzo became the second Cub to earn the honor by virtue of his .429 average, two home runs and 13 RBIs that helped his team go 5-2 on its recent homestand. A three-hit, five-RBI...

  24. The man who shot and wounded a judge outside a county courthouse before being gunned down by a probation officer was the father of a Steubenville High School football player who was convicted of rape in 2013, authorities said Monday.

    Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot at around...

  25. This time-lapse view of the solar eclipse from North Avenue Beach on Aug. 21, 2017, shows how the sky grew darker over downtown Chicago, a progression that was more gradual to observers in real time. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune)