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Trotter Cites Legal Trouble in Ending US House Run

    (AP) — An Illinois state lawmaker who was a frontrunner to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he's ending his candidacy because he doesn't want the felony gun charges he faces to detract from the district's important issues.

    Donne Trotter was arrested Dec. 5 when security screeners at O'Hare International Airport found an unloaded

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    Ride the CTA Tonight for a Penny

      CTA ride

      The Chicago Transit Authority continues its tradition of offering penny rides on New Year's Eve, a night notorious for alcohol consumption and late-night partying, reports Kristin Callahan from NBC Chicago.

      In the past, the one-cent rides have been available from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. This year, they run from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. The agency reminds riders

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      Man's Body Found in Roseland Alley

        Roseland Shooting

        CHICAGO — Police say a man found dead in a Roseland alley is the victim of homicide, reports DNAinfo.com.

        Devante Watts, 19, of the 10700 block of S. Langley, was found unresponsive in an alley on the 500 block of East 109th Street with a gunshot wound to the head, said Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

        The Cook County medical examiner's

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        Illinois Dragging Its Feet on Huge Pension Problem

          Illinois Pensions

          (AP) — Illinois, a state with a reputation for political wheeling and dealing, backroom handshakes and 11th-hour bargains, is dragging its feet on the one deal needed to solve its biggest crisis in a generation.

          Lawmakers will convene again the first week in January in hopes of fixing the nation's worst case of underfunding state employees'

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          Chicago Demolishes More than 250 Vacant Buildings

            (AP) — The city of Chicago has demolished more than 250 vacant buildings this year in an effort to eliminate potential gang hangouts in high-crime neighborhoods.

            Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Thursday the demolitions are part of a joint initiative between Chicago police and the city's Department of Buildings.

            The city has focused on vacant

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