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Bolingbrook Man Gets 19 Years in Prison for Having Sex With Underage Boys

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Posing as an escort online, a suburban man convinced underage boys to send him pornographic images of themselves, then used those images to blackmail some of his victims into having sex with him. 

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Illinois Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

A Connecticut-based opioid pharmaceutical manufacturer used deceptive marketing practices to increase prescriptions for its painkillers, according to a lawsuit filed by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.

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Boeing Cutting Production Rate of Troubled 737 Max Jet

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In this March 27, 2019, file photo taken with a fish-eye lens, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane sits on the assembly line during a brief media tour in Boeing's 737 assembly facility in Renton, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

The company said starting in mid-April it will cut production of the plane to 42 from 52 planes per month so it can focus its attention on fixing the flight-control software that has been implicated in two deadly crashes.

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In this March 27, 2019, file photo taken with a fish-eye lens, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane sits on the assembly line during a brief media tour in Boeing's 737 assembly facility in Renton, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Timmothy Pitzen’s Grandmother Hopes Hoax Will Generate New Leads

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This undated photo provided by the Aurora, Ill., Police Department shows missing child, Timmothy Pitzen. (Aurora Police Department via AP)

The grandmother of a boy who went missing in 2011 from Illinois said she believes her grandson is still alive and hopes publicity surrounding a hoax will generate new leads.

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This undated photo provided by the Aurora, Ill., Police Department shows missing child, Timmothy Pitzen. (Aurora Police Department via AP)

Illinois Raises Smoking Age to 21

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Beginning on July 1, Illinois will join California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine and Washington, D.C. in banning tobacco sales to those under 21.

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Pritzker Signs Bill Paving Way for Sale of Thompson Center

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The James R. Thompson Center has been controversial since it landed in the Loop in 1985. Now, a new layer of controversy has been added to the building’s history: its potential sale.

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Clinicians Hopeful About Future Food Allergy Treatments

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Food allergies are on the rise, affecting 32 million Americans. Yet local clinicians are optimistic about future treatments, including one that could soon receive FDA approval.

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Report on Ethiopian Crash Ratchets Up Pressure on Boeing

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In this March 14, 2019, file photo a worker walks next to a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

The findings from the Ethiopian government provide the clearest link yet to a similar crash involving the same Boeing model plane in the waters off Indonesia in October. All 346 on board the two flights died.

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In this March 14, 2019, file photo a worker walks next to a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Renée Fleming: The Diva and Her Gowns

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High-end designers have always been eager to dress the superstar soprano for both stage roles and concert performances. Renée Fleming tells us about those one-of-a kind creations.

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What Keeps Chicago Mayor-Elect Lightfoot Awake at Night?

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Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot speaks with WTTW News on Friday, April 5, 2019.

“I worry about our children growing up with so much trauma and fear. I worry about that a lot,” Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot said during a one-on-one interview Friday with WTTW News.

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Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot speaks with WTTW News on Friday, April 5, 2019.

Man Charged With Making False Statements After Abuse Claim

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This undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be long-missing Illinois boy Timmothy Pitzen was charged Friday with making false statements to authorities.

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This undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP)

The Week in Review: Mayor-Elect Lightfoot Prepares to Take Charge

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Lori Lightfoot secures a historic election. City Council moves to the left. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx faces more heat. And the Cubs’ bullpen implodes.

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Web Extra, The Week in Review: Emanuel’s Term Winds Down

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Paris Schutz and guests discuss the loose ends in the final weeks of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s term, including the Lincoln Yards TIF and the new police and fire academy.

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Police Release Video of Driver Striking Squad Vehicle

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Two Chicago police officers are in stable condition after their squad vehicle was struck overnight by an alleged drunk driver who ran a red light in the Lakeview neighborhood.

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Chicago Theater: 5 Shows to See in April

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Melody Angel and Melissa DuPrey in Court Theatre’s production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Was Enuf.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

This spring season, Chicago theaters are in full bloom. Theater critic Hedy Weiss recommends new shows on Chicago-area stages, from fun musicals to serious dramas.

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Melody Angel and Melissa DuPrey in Court Theatre’s production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Was Enuf.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Chicago’s Top Cop Eddie Johnson on Smollett, Mayor-Elect Lightfoot

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference Tuesday, March 26, 2019, after prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. (AP Photo / Teresa Crawford)

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson weighs in on the Jussie Smollett investigation, and how he’ll work with Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot.

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference Tuesday, March 26, 2019, after prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. (AP Photo / Teresa Crawford)

South Side Home Movie Project Aims to Fill in Historical Gaps

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Candace Ming exhibits footage with a donor at the Five Year Anniversary Bash at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, October 7, 2017. (Courtesy South Side Home Movie Project)

A South Side native watches her long-forgotten home movies for the first time in 35 years. What was on them – and how the viewing was made possible.

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Candace Ming exhibits footage with a donor at the Five Year Anniversary Bash at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, October 7, 2017. (Courtesy South Side Home Movie Project)