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<p>The sun rises over the Chicago skyline on Jan. 28, 2014. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images</p>

What time does Chicago get to work?

The median Chicagoan begins work at 8:02 a.m., according to data from the American Community Survey.

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Northlight Theatre: An asset for Chicago and the North Shore

Northlight Theatre has been an integral part of the Chicago theatre scene for four decades. During its 40-year history, Northlight Theatre has...

Megan Elizabeth Goldish's work as an assistant state's attorney on victims rights and domestic abuse and child abuse cases was a big selling point during her judicial campaign. | File

Goldish employed new formula in judicial upset

Evanston Democrats have pretty much been able to dictate the outcome of the local subcircuit judicial races in the past.

The Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program event was held April 19 at Evanston Township High School. | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media

City job fair targets young people

Evanston Township High School College and Career Coordinator Beth Arey had a job April 19. Her task was to give students before her, some with hands folded, the confidence to...

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Evanston residents participate in 2014 Boston Marathon

Boston hosted runners and spectators for the 2014 Boston Marathon, which marked the one-year anniversary of the bombings.

<p>In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker dumps soil into a bag in Whiting, Ind. Crews for oil giant BP worked &nbsp;to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected about a half-mile section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said. &nbsp;| &nbsp;AP Photo/The Times, Jim Karczewski</p>

Great Lakes threats demand regional approach, leaders say

State and local environmental leaders this week said they must push a regional approach as the best way to tackle issues threatening the Great Lakes. U.S. Congressman Brad...

Interior view of the Compassionate Care Foundation marijuana grow facility, Monday July 22, 2013,  in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, where seedling plants were recently transplanted. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Michael Ein) ORG XMIT: NJATL101

5 things you should know about marijuana in Illinois

Read some recent stories about medical marijuana in Illinois.

People sort through albums at Vintage Vinyl in Evanston on Record Store Day. | Mark Lawton/Sun-Times Media

‘Record Store Day’ sees music-lovers seeking vinyl

A line of people stood waiting at the register of Val’s halla Records in Oak Park the morning of April 19, most with records in their hands. Records have been making a comeback...

<p>Woman gets a mumps, measles, and rubella immunization. &nbsp;| &nbsp;AP Photo/Telegraph Herlad, Jeremy Portje</p>

Mumps cases on the rise in Illinois

There have been 65 cases of mumps reported across the state so far this year.

<p>Youth boxing in Lake County. | Mark Ukena/for Sun-Times Media</p>

Top photos of the week: All about sports

We'll be featuring some of the best photos from the area each week. This week, check out the top pictures featuring area athletes.

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