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  1. “Lasers are on,” the tour guide announces. “You can blaze.”

    As beams of light shoot across the inside of the minibus, passengers take their cue to pull out marijuana joints and pipes and light up. A haze of smoke fills the bus, and a dozen smokers generously trade hits with each other.

    Minutes...

  2. In some ways, the state of Chicago’s race for mayor boiled down to a single moment in a televised debate Wednesday night when Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot were given the opportunity to ask each other a question.

    Trailing in recent days...

  3. A former Schaumburg police officer who pleaded guilty to involvement in a drug ring but is seeking to have his conviction vacated has alleged that authorities lied to a grand jury to obtain a search warrant.

    Terrance O’Brien is serving a 24-year prison sentence but began seeking to have his record...

  4. Illinois House Democrats are laying out four potential paths for legalizing sports betting in the state, with options ranging from creating a limited number of licenses for existing casinos and horse tracks to allowing gamblers to place bets wherever lottery tickets are sold.

    Democratic Gov. J.B....

  5. Bradley drew one of the toughest first-round matchups in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006.

    The 15th-seeded Braves (20-14) will need to replicate the magic of that Sweet 16 run to get past Michigan State on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. The second-seeded Spartans (28-6) present a...

  6. I’ve just taken a good, long hit on the Kasshish pipe, and now my eyes are finally open to the wisdom of Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

    Kasshish makes you see reality, but it also gives you the munchies, so if you don’t mind, I’d very much like a plate of “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat,”...

  7. Indicted South Side Ald. Willie Cochran is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday morning to a federal corruption charge after backing away from a previous deal with prosecutors in November.

    If U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso accepts the plea agreement, Cochran would become Chicago's 30th alderman...

  8. A dozen or so police officers gather once every month in the basement of an office building and talk — about handling holidays with families, about nightmares so bad they are reluctant to share a bed at night.

    Most of the officers were involved in a shooting while on duty, and here they share stories...

  9. The Blackhawks have made it official: They will be heading to Europe to open the 2019-20 season against the Flyers on Oct. 4 in Prague.

    The game will be played at Prague's O2 Arena, which also was the site of the 2008-09 NHL opener between the Rangers and Lightning. It has a capacity of about 18,000.

    ...
  10. Dear Amy: My 7-year-old son has recently discovered Michael Jackson. I am having a hard time with it. Considering the child-molestation allegations against Jackson, it’s hard to constantly hear his music being played by my child.

    My son’s interest is at the point where for his recent birthday friends...

  11. President Donald Trump on Wednesday escalated his unrelenting attacks on the late senator from Arizona and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, who even in death has remained one of Trump's top targets for criticism as fellow Republicans have repeatedly begged him to stop.

    In a five-minute...

  12. With Otto Porter Jr. sidelined by a right shoulder injury and Zach LaVine a late scratch with a right thigh bruise, the Bulls started their 21st lineup Wednesday against the Wizards.

    The new-look lineup, which featured Antonio Blakeney’s first career start, changed Kris Dunn’s role again as it...

  13. Here are four takeaways from Cubs’ spring training Wednesday:

    1. Yu Darvish rebounds from his blister, but the Cubs remain uncertain about his first start.

    Darvish played catch without any problems involving the blister on his right ring finger. Darvish is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday...

  14. It is no secret that a lot of African-American church folks believe that homosexuality is a sin. They can pull out their Bible and immediately show you the passage where God said so himself.

    So it would not have taken a rocket scientist to predict that in a Chicago mayoral runoff, where one of...

  15. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dominates the headlines each week. At 78, her power and political influence has earned her respect and admiration. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the subject of two newly released films, is an icon at 86. Glenn Close, 72, received a standing ovation when awarded...

  16. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice last year came out with an analysis of the effects of the state's legalization of retail sales of marijuana since it went into effect in 2014. It found teen use had not increased, but hospital visits and fatal accidents associated with marijuana use increased....
  17. If you checked the White Sox’s Twitter page Wednesday afternoon for the big Eloy Jimenez news out of Arizona, you might have seen a photo of a plate of sweet potato fries smothered in Hershey’s syrup and Nutella.

    No, that wasn’t it, although nothing gets fans as excited for opening day at Sox Park...

  18. Activists plan to demonstrate Thursday outside the Chicago office of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle regarding a proposed power plant in Glenwood.

    Plans for the natural gas-fueled power plant have sparked opposition from many residents who believe the facility will be a major source...

  19. Proponents of a bill that would allow a Gary casino to move to a land-based location lauded the proposal for its economic development potential but opponents say it would “destabilize” the Northwest Indiana’s gaming industry.

    The Indiana House of Representatives’ Public Policy Committee heard testimony...

  20. A 20-year-old Northwestern University pre-med student charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old student was released Wednesday after posting the cash portion of a $50,000 bond, law enforcement officials said.

    Scott Thomas, 20, a Northwestern freshman from Bernardsville, N.J., is charged with...

  21. As it probably should have done a year ago when it first overhauled its daytime lineup, WSCR-AM 670 has carved out a solo noon-to-2 p.m. weekday slot for nighttime stalwart Laurence Holmes.

    The move, coinciding with a new contract for Holmes, is effective with the start of Cubs season on March...

  22. Chicago adventurer Alexander Pancoe has traveled to some of the most desolate places on Earth and scaled mountains with fearful body counts. But the most danger he has faced in his quest to achieve the Explorers Grand Slam, a feat that involves scaling the highest mountain on each continent and...

  23. The heaters won’t just be coming from Reynaldo Lopez’s arm this summer, based on some new menu items given at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday.

    The White Sox, through vendors Levy Restaurants and Delaware North Sportservice, have added Buffalo chicken fries, Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich, spicy...

  24. A fake cow that is the target of a lawsuit by a congressman is having its moment.

    The Twitter account "Devin Nunes' cow," which professes to be "hanging out on the dairy in Iowa looking for the lil' treasonous cowpoke," has more than 455,000 followers as of Wednesday afternoon, a dramatic increase...

  25. Little more than two months after his inauguration, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker is drawing mixed reviews from state residents, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.

    At the same time, the poll found deep disapproval...