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Gunman Gets 84-year Term in Hadiya Pendleton Murder

In this Aug. 23, 2018 file photo, defendant Micheail Ward appears just before closing arguments during the trial for the fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune /Pool, File)

Cook County Judge Nicholas Ford handed down the sentence to 24-year-old Micheail Ward on Monday, five months after Ward was convicted of murder and aggravated battery in the killing of Hadiya Pendleton.

Bears Hire Pagano as Defensive Coordinator to Replace Fangio

Chuck Pagano at the Baltimore Ravens training camp on Aug. 20, 2009. (Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons)

The Chicago Bears rode a dominant defense to the NFC North championship in a breakout season. They hope to keep it going with a new coordinator.

Vic Fangio Leaves Bears to Become Broncos’ Head Coach

In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio walks to the field before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

The Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio replaces Vance Joseph, who was fired on New Year's Eve as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Sears Gets Another Reprieve From Liquidation

Sears received another lifeline Tuesday when the company's chairman and largest shareholder promised to line up the necessary financing to keep the struggling department store chain afloat.

Oreo-Maker Mondelez Moving Suburban Headquarters to Chicago

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Mondelez says it signed a 15-year lease on a five-story office building under construction in the Fulton Market neighborhood that it expects to occupy in 2020.

NFL Rules Cody Parkey’s Missed Field Goal Was Blocked

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) watches as he misses a field goal in the final minute during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Video showed Philadelphia's Treyvon Hester tipped the ball, which bounced off the upright and hit the crossbar.

Longtime Lawmaker Lou Lang Resigns House Seat

Lou Lang (Chicago Tonight)

The 69-year-old from Skokie has joined the lobbying firm Advantage Government Strategies.

Chicago Organizer Picked to Finish Raoul’s State Senate Term

(Robert J. Peters / Facebook, Credit: Jackie Pai)

Robert Peters, a Chicago political and community organizer, has been appointed to the Illinois Senate to finish the term of Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul.

Pope Urges US Bishops to Heal Divisions, Repair Trust

In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis, right, salutes Chicago Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Alessandra Tarantino / AP File Photo)

Pope Francis is encouraging U.S. bishops meeting near Chicago to unify as the Roman Catholic church deals with a “crisis of credibility” stemming from the clergy sex abuse scandal.

Police: Homicides in Chicago Down by Nearly 100 in 2018

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Preliminary numbers indicate that homicides in Chicago fell last year, though the total again eclipses the number of homicides in Los Angeles and New York combined, according to data released Tuesday.

Bears Keep Vikings Out of Playoffs with 24-10 Win

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks to throw a pass over Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Bruce Kluckhohn / AP Photo)

Fueled by that relentless defense and 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns by Jordan Howard, the Bears beat the Vikings 24-10 on Sunday for their first sweep of Minnesota since 2011.

Origin of Virus That Hobbled Newspapers Still Unclear

Delivery trucks are parked outside the Los Angeles Times Olympic Facility in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. A computer virus hit the newspaper printing plant in Los Angeles, and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the country. (AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes)

The origins of a suspected computer attack that disrupted the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing newspapers remained unclear Sunday after causing delivery delays.

New Drone Owners Urged to Learn the Rules of the Air

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The Illinois Department of Transportation wants people who found brand new drones under the tree on Christmas morning to know that their new toys come with state and federal regulations that have to be followed.

Warrant Issued in Chicago Cabbie’s Death, Suspect in China

An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for a man in the death of a cabdriver who died after being kicked in the head during a traffic altercation, but Chicago police say the man went to China.

Australian Trader Pleads Guilty to ‘Spoofing’ in Chicago

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (liz_noise / Wikimedia Commons)

An Australian commodities trader has pleaded guilty to manipulating market prices by placing orders in the millions of dollars on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, then canceling them within milliseconds so that he could sell smaller orders at a profit.

Chicago Women’s March Canceled Amid National Claims of Anti-Semitism

Crowds gather in Grant Park on Jan. 20, 2018 for the March to the Polls. (Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

Organizers cited logistical issues in canceling next month’s Women’s March in Chicago as the national movement continues to face accusations of anti-Semitism. 

Tourists Dismayed That Lincoln Home Closed by Government Shutdown

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield (Daniel Schwen / Wikimedia Commons)

The ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government has prevented visitors from touring Abraham Lincoln’s former home in Springfield. 

Appellate Court Sides With Chicago on Tobacco Tax Ordinance

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After clearing a legal hurdle, the new Chicago ordinance will raise the prices of cigars, self-rolled tobacco and chewing tobacco. 

Ryan Expressway to Obama Expressway? Ryan Family Says No

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A suggestion by Chicago mayoral candidate Bill Daley to rename the Dan Ryan Expressway after former President Barack Obama has drawn criticism from the Ryan family. 

Chicago Police Seize More Than 9,600 Illegal Guns in 2018

The Chicago Police Department says the illegal gun seizures are part of a strategy that has helped significantly reduce the number of homicides, robbery and other violent crimes in 2018.

Man Says He Found Gun that Led Chicago Cops to Train Tracks

Edward Brown (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

Edward Brown, 24, was ordered held on $200,000 bond Thursday during his first hearing since he was charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Chicago Archbishop to Have Leading Role in Sex Abuse Reforms

Archbishop Blase Cupich (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP File Photo / Pool)

Cardinal Blase Cupich expressed regret for “our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse” in a statement responding to the attorney general's report.

Illinois AG Finds 500 More Catholic Clergy Accused of Abuse

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying, “The preliminary stages of this investigation have already demonstrated that the Catholic Church cannot police itself.” 

Planned Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel Clears Final Hurdle

This July 19, 2002, file photo, shows the Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac from Mackinaw City, Michigan. (Carlos Osorio / AP File Photo)

A proposal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes cleared its final hurdle Wednesday, gaining approval of a Michigan panel created a week earlier. 

Man Charged After Train Deaths of 2 Chicago Police Officers

Edward Brown (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

Edward Brown is facing two felony weapons charges in connection with the deaths of two Chicago police officers who were struck and killed by a commuter train while they were chasing him.