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The Rev. John Smyth has been removed from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s ministry while it investigates accusations of sexual abuse against the longtime priest. 

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Chicago Building Department spokesman Gregg Cunningham says the agency will list the violations during a court hearing next week. 

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This June 13, 2008 file photo shows R&B singer R. Kelly arriving at the Cook County Criminal Court Building. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Kathy Chaney and Mary Mitchell, who are featured in a new Lifetime docuseries about R. Kelly, weigh in on the latest allegations against the R&B star.

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Evanston Township High School

Evanston police are investigating a local high school employee following allegations of “inappropriate contact” with at least two students.

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This June 13, 2008 file photo shows R&B singer R. Kelly arriving at the Cook County Criminal Court Building. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

The Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” has spurred renewed scrutiny of the R&B star after years of reports of alleged sexual abuse of underage girls.

State’s attorney says she was “sickened” by allegations made against singer

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In this June 30, 2013 file photo, R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta / Invision / AP, File)

The Cook County state’s attorney said she was “sickened” by recent allegations of sexual and physical abuse made against R&B star R. Kelly in a new televised docuseries.

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Lane Tech High School (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

A staff member at Chicago’s largest public high school has been removed following an allegation of inappropriate behavior involving a student. “We are taking this situation seriously,” the school’s principal wrote Friday in an email to parents.

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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.

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On Jan. 1, 2019, more than 250 new laws take effect in Illinois, changing rules related to gun control and public safety to animal welfare, education – and possibly your cellphone. We give you the rundown.

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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.

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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.” 

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There’s been a renewed focus on student sexual abuse after hundreds of cases within Chicago Public Schools came to light. But a new report finds that schools across the state aren’t doing enough to support abuse survivors.

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A Chicago Public Schools agency has received almost 500 allegations of student-on-student sexual violence since early September.

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Jose Vilchis (Will County Sheriff)

Jose Vilchis, who was charged in October with sexually assaulting a teenage gymnast in south suburban Channahon, now faces additional charges of criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse, according to a grand jury indictment.

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Jose Vilchis (Will County Sheriff)

More than two decades after first being accused of sexual abuse, a longtime Chicago-area gymnastics coach was arrested Monday on charges of sexually assaulting at least one teenage girl who trained with him in the far southwest suburbs. 

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Cardinal Blase Cupich appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 1, 2018.

The Catholic Church is struggling to deal with worldwide sex abuse scandals. And within its own walls, the church seems to be at war with itself.

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