The shelter employee who claimed the dog was stolen no longer works there and faces a charge of falsifying a police report. #IllinoisPatch

The CEO of the South Suburban Humane Society says a staff member fabricated a story about a bulldog taken at gunpoint.

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This was a fun time and a joy to watch the bride and groom walk around, enjoying the cars and the people.
St. Charles East wins boys regional baseball title

The 66-year-old suburban woman somehow made it through O'Hare security — again — and boarded a flight to London without a ticket. She was previously caught trying to sneak onto flights to Hawaii six times in 2014, and did time for a 2016 stowaway incident. #IllinoisPatch

Marilyn Hartman, 66, slipped by airport security without a passport or boarding pass earlier this week, Chicago police claim.
Mark G. Lewis will now be sentenced on March 2.


VIDEO: The Chicago point guard is out indefinitely with a concussion after a scary spill following a dunk in Wednesday's game.

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Organizers estimate this year's attendance surpassed last year's by about 50,000 people. #IllinoisPatch

UPDATED: "This is more than a moment; this is a movement," City Clerk Ann Valencia told the crowd Saturday.

State health officials have asked Jimmy John's to remove sprouts from the menu until the investigation is complete. #IllinoisPatch

The infections are part of a "multi-state salmonella cluster."

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The "March to The Polls" steps off at noon. Patch will bring you live updates.

Patch will bring you live updates on the 2018 Chicago Women's March: March To the Polls.

Relive the glory of the 1985 Bears at a theater near you.

" '85: The Greatest Team in Football History" will screen for one night only at select Chicago theaters at the end of January.

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The '80s rockers announced their "colossal co-headlining" tour on Friday. #IllinoisPatch

The '80s rock superstars will team up for a Chicago show this summer as part of their North American tour.
For an average $300,000 home, an estimated $854 would pay for a full year of city services.

Everything you need to know if you're heading out to tomorrow's Women's March (or looking to avoid it). #IllinoisPatch

Find out what you need to know before attending the downtown event, which hopes to draw attention to the upcoming elections.