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  1. The City Council’s Finance Committee on Wednesday authorized a settlement to the family of a man who died in police custody amid claims the $1.2 million payment amounted to “hush money” for gang members. -[Summarize this news]

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  2. Alejandra is going on six years sober after nearly three decades of drug use. After getting clean, she landed a full-time job and found a new apartment where she raises her two sons. But for immigration authorities, her redemption story seems irrelevant — -[Summarize this news]

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  3. ICYMI: A commander left the unmarked car running Wednesday morning while he ran in to buy lunch at the restaurant, according to Robbins spokesman Sean Howard. While the commander was inside, two females got in and drove off, Howard said. -[Summarize this news]

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  4. “We haven’t had a store in our community for six years,” one shopper said. “This is a fantastic achievement to have a supermarket back in our community.” -[Summarize this news]

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  5. With recreational marijuana set to become legal in the state in 20 days, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Fox said she was calling for the convictions to be wiped out in the interest of justice, calling the expungements Wednesday “the first of many.” -[Summarize this news]

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  6. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit is investigating. -[Summarize this news]

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  7. Three former patients at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital contracted the lung infection within 12 months of their respective visits to the medical center, the Illinois Department of Public Health said. -[Summarize this news]

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  8. RIP — Former Gary, Indiana, Mayor Richard Hatcher, who became one of the first black mayors of a big U.S. city when he was elected in 1967, has died. He was 86. -[Summarize this news]

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  9. A judge ordered an attorney’s cellphone impounded Friday after he was allegedly seen confronting a witness in a sex case against his client and recording her with his phone inside the Leighton Criminal Court Building. -[Summarize this news]

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  10. In each incident, someone was able to get into the apartment and steal property from inside, Chicago police said. -[Summarize this news]

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  11. Longtime City Hall spokesman Bill McCaffrey was fired Friday after raising ethical concerns with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office. -[Summarize this news]

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  12. She parked it on the left shoulder, then tried to run across the expressway to reach her family, who were waiting in another vehicle on the right shoulder. -[Summarize this news]

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  13. How many moving parts and unsolved variables surround the Cubs’ self-described efforts this winter to maintain a competitive roster while acquiring enough long-term players to extend their window? writes — -[Summarize this news]

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  14. Sunday will mark the 200th meeting in the NFL’s oldest — and, given the circumstances, closet — series. The Packers lead 98-95-6 after winning 14 of the last 17 regular-season meetings. They also lead in scoring, but only by 45 points, 3,409-3,364. -[Summarize this news]

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  15. A 59-year-old man found dead last month in in the South Loop has been confirmed as Cook County’s eighth cold-related death of the season. -[Summarize this news]

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  16. A woman who lives in the home managed to scare off the burglars, who ran away when they heard her, police said. -[Summarize this news]

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  17. Here is the list of the top 15 albums of the decade as determined by The Associated Press — -[Summarize this news]

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  18. Without the Packers, the Bears would drift aimlessly, just another pro sports team wandering the blanched entertainment desert, searching for meaning in life and dirt. writes — -[Summarize this news]

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  19. Detectives are investigating a 13-year-old boy as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a nurse last month in Little Village. -[Summarize this news]

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  20. Important legislation — and even the minor stuff — should not be decided by a handful of aldermen on a committee while everybody else plays hooky. -[Summarize this news]

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