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Appeals Court Skeptical of Mike Bost’s Case to Stop Ballot Counts After Election Day

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The Illinois State Board of Elections building is pictured in Springfield. (Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois)

A panel of federal judges seemed skeptical of legal arguments made on behalf of Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, who claims Illinois’ law allowing counting of mail-in ballots for two weeks after an election is in violation of federal law.

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The Illinois State Board of Elections building is pictured in Springfield. (Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois)

It’s Increasingly Difficult for Bilingual Parents to Raise Bilingual Children, Research on Chicago Spanish Speakers Finds

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Research shows it’s becoming harder for bilingual speakers to raise bilingual children — but also points to factors that can improve opportunities for Spanish development.

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Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, March 28, 2024 - Full Show

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An effort to require the mayor’s office to publicly track how many migrants are evicted from Chicago shelters. A new poll shows Donald Trump’s support is growing among Latino voters. And exploring the role the Spanish language plays in Latino culture.

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‘This is a Beautiful Way to Meditate’: Little Village Pastor Reflects on Stations of the Cross

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Inside Good Shepherd Church in Little Village. (WTTW News)

On Friday, many Catholics will gather for the annual Stations of the Cross ceremony to mark Good Friday ahead of Sunday’s Easter holiday.

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Inside Good Shepherd Church in Little Village. (WTTW News)

Key City Panel Advances Measure to Require Officials to Track Evictions From Chicago Migrant Shelters

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The former industrial building at 2241 S. Halsted St. that has been converted into the city's largest shelter. (WTTW News)

The measure set for a final vote by the full City Council on April 17 would require officials to detail how many people are evicted from city shelters every week. In addition, officials must report on the type and number of complaints filed by shelter residents twice per month, according to the proposal.

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The former industrial building at 2241 S. Halsted St. that has been converted into the city's largest shelter. (WTTW News)

Eileen O’Neill Burke’s Lead Narrows Again Thursday to 1,623 Votes in Cook County State’s Attorney Contest

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Eileen O’Neill Burke and Clayton Harris III. (WTTW News)

The gap between the two candidates has been essentially unchanged for the past 48 hours.

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Eileen O’Neill Burke and Clayton Harris III. (WTTW News)

New Book Celebrates Chicago’s Black Culture and Influence

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Author and journalist Arionne Nettles appears on “Black Voices” on March 27, 2024. (WTTW News)

Chicago native Arionne Nettles pens a love letter to Chicago in her newest book titled, “We Are the Culture: Black Chicago’s Influence on Everything.”

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Author and journalist Arionne Nettles appears on “Black Voices” on March 27, 2024. (WTTW News)

Man Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder in a Series of Stabbings in Rockford

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Christian Soto, 22, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in a frenzied stabbing rampage that killed four people in a matter of minutes in Rockford.

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What Efforts to Expand Access to Sickle Cell Treatment Could Mean for Illinois Patients

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File photo of a person getting a blood transfusion. (WTTW News)

Sickle cell disease affects about 5,000 people across Illinois — and it’s mostly impacting Black communities. While gene therapies have emerged to treat the disease, high costs can limit access.

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File photo of a person getting a blood transfusion. (WTTW News)

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Beloved Gorilla Matriarch, Bana, Has Died

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Bana was a great mother, Lincoln Park Zoo officials said. Here she's pictured with son Djeke in 2019. (Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo)

The 29-year-old gorilla was diagnosed with congestive cardiac failure in early March and after an “abrupt decline” in her condition, “the difficult decision was made to euthanize her,” zoo officials said.

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Bana was a great mother, Lincoln Park Zoo officials said. Here she's pictured with son Djeke in 2019. (Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo)

Cook County Courts Have Seen ‘Mostly Smooth’ Transition After Elimination of Cash Bail, New Report Finds

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Leighton Criminal Court Building (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

According to findings from the Civic Federation and the League of Women Voters of Cook County, the Pretrial Fairness Act has worked as intended during the first six months of its implementation.

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Leighton Criminal Court Building (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, March 27, 2024 - Full Show

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Gentrification concerns in South Shore as Obama Presidential Center construction continues. Efforts to increase access to sickle cell disease treatment. And a new book celebrates Black Chicago’s influence.

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South Shore Voters Endorse Calls to Expand Protection From Gentrification Sparked by Obama Presidential Center

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Nearly 80% of voters in two precincts of the 7th Ward endorsed a referendum asking whether Ald. Greg Mitchell and Mayor Brandon Johnson should support “a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) ordinance to prevent the displacement of renters, condo & home owners in South Shore in light of the impact of the Obama Center and growing development in the area.”

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Eileen O’Neill Burke’s Lead Widens Slightly Wednesday to 1,637 Votes in Cook County State’s Attorney Contest

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Eileen O’Neill Burke and Clayton Harris III. (WTTW News)

For the first time since Election Day, Eileen O’Neill Burke widened her lead slightly over Clayton Harris III as election officials in Chicago and suburban Cook County counted ballots. The gap between the two candidates has been essentially unchanged for the past 24 hours.

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Eileen O’Neill Burke and Clayton Harris III. (WTTW News)

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, Democrats’ VP Pick in 2000, Dead at 82

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No Labels Founding Chairman and former Sen. Joe Lieberman speaks in Washington on Jan. 18, 2024. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana, File)

Lieberman died in New York City on Wednesday due to complications from a fall, the statement said. He was 82.

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No Labels Founding Chairman and former Sen. Joe Lieberman speaks in Washington on Jan. 18, 2024. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana, File)

Chicagoans Should Vote on Using Taxpayer Money for Bears and White Sox Stadiums, Ex-Gov. Quinn Says

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A rendering of a White Sox stadium at The 78 site with additional development. (Credit: Related Midwest)

Should the former governor succeed, a nonbinding referendum would ask Chicago voters on Nov. 5: “Shall the people of Chicago provide any taxpayer subsidies to the Chicago Bears or the White Sox in order to build a stadium or a real estate development?”

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A rendering of a White Sox stadium at The 78 site with additional development. (Credit: Related Midwest)

Shedd’s Rescued Otter Pup Has a Newly Announced Name and It’s a Nod to His Small-Town Roots

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Say hello to Seldovia, Shedd Aquarium’s rescued otter pup. (Heidi Zeiger / Shedd Aquarium)

The rescued otter pup, now nearly 6 months old, was named in honor of his Alaskan roots.

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Say hello to Seldovia, Shedd Aquarium’s rescued otter pup. (Heidi Zeiger / Shedd Aquarium)