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The mayor proposes to exclude marijuana sales in the Loop. A proposed ban on e-cigarettes leads to a testy debate in City Council. Climate change prompts a massive walkout. And the Cubs’ playoff hopes are on life support.

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A sexual harassment report puts new scrutiny on Springfield. Bombastic former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh mulls taking on Trump. A teachers union trip to Venezuela causes uproar. And the Cubs close an otherwise strong week with a blowout loss.

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Four cops fired over an alleged cover-up. A life sentence for a former U. of I. student. A war of words between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Five casino locations are unveiled. And the Cubs are red hot.

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A federal judge OKs construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. Mayor Lori Lightfoot stares down the police union. A stunning admission in the trial of Brendt Chrisetensen. And: the scooters are coming.

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Texts raise questions about Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s involvement in the Jussie Smollett case. The final aldermanic votes have been tallied. And a lawsuit seeks to stop the Lincoln Yards project.

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Jussie Smollett is cleared of all felonies, leaving the mayor and police superintendent livid – and the Cook County state’s attorney under fire. And in election news, a new poll shows a lopsided race for mayor.

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Mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot, left, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle participate in a televised forum on NBC 5 Chicago on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The two will face off in a runoff election April 2, 2019. (Courtesy of NBC 5 Chicago)

Sparks fly in the first mayoral runoff forum. Courts deliver bad news for politicians and R. Kelly. Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock beats his charges. And the Lincoln Yards development nears a full City Council vote. 

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Charges for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Accusations, missteps and big money in the run-up to election day. A disturbing revelation about the Aurora mass shooter. And Manny Machado disses Chicago.

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Chicago mayoral candidates Susana Mendoza and Toni Preckwinkle are leading the crowded race, says a new poll. Two Chicago police officers are killed in the line of duty. And the Bears are headed to the playoffs. 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017 and March 14, 2018, respectively.

With less than 12 hours left before polling places open, it’s time for a recap of the races to watch in Illinois. Carol Marin and guests take a last look at some of the hottest.

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More candidates mull a run for Chicago mayor while others remove themselves from the race. An agreement on a federal consent decree is reached. And Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke opts to have a jury trial. 

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Prosecutors seek to hold Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in contempt of court. What impact will the highly anticipated case have on Mayor Emanuel’s re-election campaign? And is Cubs manager Joe Maddon on thin ice?

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Democrats and Republicans tee off at the Illinois State Fair. Two high-profile trials grip the city. Elon Musk’s O’Hare express project is shrouded in secrecy. And the Cubs early playoff atmosphere.

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The fatal shooting of a South Shore barber sparks outrage and protests. Could the Trump-Putin summit reshape the local political landscape? And Chance the Rapper is now an emerging media mogul.

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The political fallout caused by the viral video showing a Cook County Forest Preserve officer not helping a woman being harassed.

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The Supreme Court deals a major blow to public sector unions. Chicago Public Schools launches a new office to handle sexual abuse allegations. And the Cubs struggle on the road.

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