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It’s a Twitter War: Doctors Clash with NRA Over Gun Deaths

Glenda O'Neal, mother of Dr. Tamara O'Neal, shows a photo of her family at their home in LaPorte, Ind., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Dr. O’Neal was one of the three people fatally shot Monday at Mercy Hospital. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune via AP)

The debate gained new urgency this week with the shooting death of Dr. Tamara O’Neal outside Mercy Hospital, as physicians argue shootings are a public health crisis that they must play a key role in trying to stem. 

Americans, Canadians Are Warned Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce

| Kristen Thometz
Romaine lettuce still sits on the shelves in the produce area of an Albertsons market Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Simi Valley, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo)

Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. Two people in Illinois have tested positive for this same outbreak strain. 

Deere Profit Soars as Company Lays Out Upbeat Outlook

(Reinhold Möller via Wikimedia Commons)

A boost in construction equipment sales drove profit higher for Deere & Co. in the fourth quarter, but the results fell short of Wall Street expectations.

Mercy Hospital Gunman Was Kicked Out of Chicago Firefighting Academy

| Matt Masterson
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, left, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel speak Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, during a news conference at the University of Chicago Medical Center after a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune via AP)

The gunman who fatally shot his ex-fiancee outside a Chicago hospital before killing two people inside the building was once kicked out of the city’s firefighting academy after threatening a female cadet, officials said Tuesday.

Prison Inmate Death After Run-In with Staff Ruled Homicide

This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Larry Earvin, a former inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt Sterling, Ill.(Illinois Department of Corrections via AP)

The death of an inmate following an “altercation with correctional staff” at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report.

Things to Know About Michelle Obama’s Book, Arena Tour

Michelle Obama, right, discusses her new book with Oprah Winfrey during an intimate conversation to promote “Becoming” at the United Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (Photo by Rob Grabowski / Invision / AP)

Oprah Winfrey joined Michelle Obama on Tuesday night at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, as she begins the tour touting the already best-selling “Becoming.” Here’s what to know about the tome and the tour.

New Exercise Guidelines: Move More, Sit Less, Start Younger

| Erica Gunderson
(Profivideos / Pixabay)

New federal guidelines stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. “Doing something is better than doing nothing,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University.

Chicago Loses Amazon Bid, HQ2 to be Split Between NY, VA

In this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, photo, a rusting ferryboat is docked next to an aging industrial warehouse on Long Island City's Anable Basin in the Queens borough of New York. (Mark Lennihan /AP Photo)

Chicago was one of 20 finalists vying for Amazon’s second headquarters. The company announced Tuesday it will be splitting its second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia. 

Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, T.I. to Judge Hip-Hop Competition Series

This combination photo shows rappers, from left, Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and T.I., who will work as judges in a new Netflix competition series looking for the next big hip-hop star. (AP Photo)

Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. will work as judges in a new Netflix competition series looking for the next big hip-hop star.

Lawsuit: Illinois Guard Shot by Police Had on Security Hat

Manny's Blue Room Lounge in Robbins on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune via AP)

A police officer fatally shot an armed security guard who was wearing a hat with “security” emblazoned across the front, says an attorney for the guard's family who filed a federal lawsuit.

Pabst Says MillerCoors is Trying to Put it Out of Business

In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Coors Light are stacked next to each other in a Milwaukee liquor store. (Ivan Moreno / AP Photo)

Pabst Brewing Company and MillerCoors are going to trial, with hipster favorite Pabst contending that MillerCoors wants to put it out of business by ending a longstanding partnership through which it brews Pabst's beers.

Michelle Obama Memoir is Next Pick for Winfrey Book Club

In this March 13, 2018, file photo, actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film “A Wrinkle In Time” in London. (Photo by Joel C Ryan / Invision / AP File Photo)

Michelle Obama's "Becoming," already expected to sell millions of copies, now has the official backing of Oprah Winfrey. Obama’s book tour begins Tuesday at the United Center, with Winfrey serving as moderator.

Michelle Obama Had Miscarriage, Used IVF to Conceive Girls

In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Michelle Obama participates in the International Day of the Girl on NBC’s “Today” show in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes / Invision / AP, File)

In her memoir, “Becoming,” Michelle Obama says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage and underwent in vitro fertilization to conceive her daughters. Her tour begins Nov. 13 at the United Center. 

Election Results Offer More Evidence of Urban-Rural Divide

Sean Casten takes questions at a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 about his win in the election. (Bev Horne / Daily Herald via AP)

Democrats did what was once unthinkable when they flipped two suburban Chicago congressional districts that had been held by Republicans pretty much since World War II.

Ballots Left Out of Election Day Totals in Illinois County

Lauren Underwood gives her victory speech Tuesday after winning the election for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.  (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

The updated results means 14th Congressional candidate Lauren Underwood carried McHenry County over incumbent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.

$841M Parking, Rental-Car Center Opens at O’Hare Airport

O'Hare Airport (N i c o l a / Flickr)

The ground transportation complex, called the Multi Modal Facility, took three years to build and was opened at a ceremony on Wednesday.

Johnson Calls for Firing of Rialmo for Fatal LeGrier, Jones Shooting

Superintendent Eddie Johnson files charges with the city's Police Board, recommending that Chicago police Officer Robert Rialmo be fired for shooting 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones. 

Cook County Judge Voted Out for First Time in Years

On Tuesday, Circuit judge Matthew Coghlan didn't receive the 60 percent of the votes that county judges need to keep their seats.

Democrats Seize House Control, But Trump’s GOP Holds Senate

Sydney Crawford, 84, left, of New York City, and JoAnn Loulan, 70, of Portola Valley, Calif., watch election returns during a Democratic party election night event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what’s left of the president’s governing agenda.

Cook County Sees First Cold-Related Death of the Season

A 52-year-old man was pronounced dead Saturday morning about 10 minutes after he was discovered on the city's far South Side.

Blackhawks Fire 3-Time Stanley Cup Winning Coach Quenneville

Chicago Blackhawks’ head coach Joel Quenneville speaks at a news conference July 21, 2017, during the NHL hockey team’s convention in Chicago. (G-Jun Yam / AP File Photo)

“This is certainly a very difficult decision,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “But I believe it is in the best interests of the Blackhawks organization.” 

Chicago Mayor Drops Plan to Sell Mural Worth Millions

“Knowledge and Wonder” by Kerry James Marshall (Chicago Public Library / Facebook)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped plans to sell a city-owned mural by local artist Kerry James Marshall. A Nov. 15 auction was expected to bring in more than $10 million for a major makeover at a library.

Kanye West Tweets He’s Dropping Politics, Writes Big Check

Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia speaks as Chance the Rapper, center, and Kanye West listen during a "pull-up" rally for Enyia on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Hip-hop megastar Kanye West told his Twitter followers that he was "distancing" himself from politics even as he sent a big check to boost a Democratic mayoral hopeful in his hometown of Chicago.

AP: Political Money in State-Level Campaigns Exceeds $2B

The story of money in politics doesn't stop with spending on races for Congress. Illinois has the second most expensive race for governor on record at $210 million so far. 

UK Village Resents Being Used in US Midterm Election Post

Republican congressional candidate Nick Stella posted an out-of-date photo of Jaywick Sands, England on Facebook. (Stella for Congress / Facebook)

A recent post on Facebook by Republican candidate Nick Stella used an out-of-date photo of a rundown neighborhood in a small coastal village in eastern England.