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Republican congressional candidate Nick Stella posted an out-of-date photo of Jaywick Sands, England on Facebook.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A recent post on Facebook by Republican candidate Nick Stella used an out-of-date photo of a rundown neighborhood in a small coastal village in eastern England. 

Drunk Baggage Handler Falls Asleep in Hold, Flies to Chicago

Police say a baggage handler told them he was drunk when he fell asleep in a cargo hold and flew from Kansas City to Chicago.

Son Says He Killed Parents, Bodies Found in Illinois River

These undated photos released by the Peoria County Sheriff's Office show Susan Brill de Ramirez, left, and Antonio Ramirez Barron. (Peoria County Sheriff's Office via AP)

The bodies of a college professor and her husband have been recovered from a river in central Illinois and their 21-year-old son has been charged with first-degree murder.

Winfrey, Witherspoon Among Guests On Michelle Obama Tour

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)

Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” comes out Nov. 13 and her tour begins that night at Chicago’s United Center, with Oprah Winfrey serving as moderator.

Shoppers May Face Hard Choices Again on Health Marketplaces

Jodi Smith Lemacks, left, works with her son, Joshua, in their home in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Lemacks is nervous about changing or losing her job because that could mean cutting off her son Joshua from heart specialists he’s seen his entire life. (Steve Helber / AP Photo)

Insurance shoppers likely will have several choices for individual health coverage this fall. The bad news? There's no guarantee they will cover certain doctors or prescriptions.

Trump Calls Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack ‘Evil’ Anti-Semitism

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at a rally Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro. (Andrew Harnik / AP Photo)

President Donald Trump mourned the dead and forcefully condemned anti-Semitism after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead. But faced with another national tragedy, he did not long turn his focus away from the midterm elections or himself.

Democrats Try to Retake Illinois District Won Over by Trump

The candidates for Illinois’ 12th District seat in the November 2018 election, from left: incumbent GOP Rep. Mike Bost, of Murphysboro; and Democrat Brendan Kelly, of Swansea. (Belleville News-Democrat via AP)

How Brendan Kelly and Democrats running in other largely rural, blue-collar districts fare in November could determine whether the party wins the 23 seats it needs to take control of the House next month.

Chicago Man Accused of Threatening Sen. Flake Ordered to Arizona

In this Oct. 2, 2018 file photo, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. participates in an interview at The Atlantic's “The Constitution in Crisis” forum in Washington. (AP Photo / Cliff Owen, File)

A Chicago man accused of threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake because he was "tired" of the Republican "interrupting" President Donald Trump will face federal charges in Arizona.

Kanye West Makes Cameo Showing for Chicago Mayoral Hopeful

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)

Fresh off his bizarre Oval Office visit with President Donald Trump, hip-hop megastar Kanye West drew a crowd when he joined a Democratic mayoral hopeful and Chance the Rapper in a sidewalk appearance on Chicago's South Side.

Judge Found Not Guilty of Bringing Gun to Chicago Courthouse

(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

A judge who was caught on video apparently dropping a handgun in a Chicago courthouse has been acquitted of carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area.

Caterpillar Has a Big 3Q, But Wall Street Senses Pessimism

In this July 24, 2017 file photo, a Caterpillar excavator rests at a housing construction site in North Andover, Mass. Caterpillar Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo / Elise Amendola, FIle)

Caterpillar beat most profit and revenue expectations in the third quarter, but company shares were punished Tuesday when Wall Street sensed some pessimism in the company's outlook, which remains unchanged.

Mega Millions Players Would Spend $1.6B on Bills, Charity

Annette Gray, left, from Valley Stream, N.Y., buys lottery tickets on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in New York. The estimated jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions drawing has soared to $1 billion. Gray said it's about "a dollar and a dream, but I spent ten today." (AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews)

With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S., dreaming of how they would spend the money should they beat the astronomical odds of winning.