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Elon Musk's Boring Company will build and operate O'Hare Express

Chicago - The Boring Company, owned by visionary billionaire Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame, has been chosen to build and operate an elusive high-speed rail line between downtown Chicago and an expanding O’Hare International Airport.

Chicago man exonerated after 22 years in prison

Chicago - A Chicago judge on Monday declared innocent a man who spent 22 years in prison for murder, and vacated his conviction, as part of an official review of past cases possibly tainted by police misconduct.

Review: Jeff Coffey shines on liberating new single 'Got to Get Away' Special

Former Chicago lead singer Jeff Coffey has released his new solo single, "Got to Get Away" via the record label SmokeTree Records.

Former Chicago lead vocalist Jeff Coffey discusses new solo album Special

Jeff Coffey, former lead singer and bassist of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Chicago, chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming solo album.

Chicago to embark on co-headlining 2018 tour with REO Speedwagon

Wantagh - Acclaimed rock group Chicago will be embarking on a co-headlining tour in North America this summer with REO Speedwagon.

Nick Panczyszyn opens up about 'Bad Boys Live' in Chicago Special

Chicago - Male entertainer Nick Panczyszyn chatted with Digital Journal about being on the popular Chicago male revue "Bad Boys Live."

Op-Ed: Chicago puts on best live concert of 2017

Out of 282 concerts that this music journalist was privileged of reviewing this year, Digital Journal selected acclaimed musical group Chicago as the best live concert experience of 2017.

Las Vegas shooter booked Chicago hotel during Lollapalooza

Chicago - Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock had booked a hotel room in Chicago during the hugely-popular Lollapalooza music festival, it emerged Thursday, raising the prospect he had been planning a large-scale attack for months.

Las Vegas shooter booked hotel during Lollapalooza: report

Chicago - The gunman who carried out the worst mass shooting in recent US history had booked a Chicago hotel overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival in August, the website TMZ reported Thursday.

Review: Chicago marvelous at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk Special

Brooklyn - On October 1, iconic rock group Chicago performed at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York.

Review: Chicago puts on best live rock concert of the summer of 2017 Special

Wantagh - The summer of 2017 was a great time for concerts in New York, especially rock shows. Chicago performing at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island was by far the best live spectacle.

Chicago introducing smart city technology

Chicago - Chicago faces a huge problem when any new construction involves digging within the city. Chicago was incorporated in 1837 and many records of the network of underground pipes is hopelessly outdated.

Review: Chicago inspirational at Jones Beach, celebrates 50th anniversary Special

Wantagh - On July 28, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago performed at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, for an excellent turnout, and their show was simply "inspirational" and phenomenal.

Review: The Doobie Brothers bring rock and soul to Jones Beach Theater Special

Wantagh - On July 28, The Doobie Brothers performed at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, where they shared the stage with Chicago.

Interview: Chicago's Keith Howland discusses Chicago summer tour Special

Wantagh - Long-time Chicago guitarist Keith Howland chatted with Digital Journal about Chicago's upcoming concert at Jones Beach in New York.

Holiday weekend leaves more than 100 gunfire victims in Chicago

Washington - The United States celebrated Independence Day with a long weekend of barbecues and fireworks, but in violence-plagued Chicago more than 101 were hit by gunfire, with 14 dying of their wounds, the Chicago Tribune said on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: A Fan makes documentary of Wrestling in U.S. — his first film Special

Chicago - Wrestling fan and now documentary film maker, Ryan Blake was pleased to see the movie "American Wrestler - The Wizard," which as covered by this reporter had a special local premiere-showing in Petaluma, CA this past May 5th.

New US writers museum puts modern spin on literary history

Chicago - At Chicago's newly-opened American Writers Museum, Jack Kerouac's biographer tells an audience how the Beat Generation's bible was inspired by the author's deep affection for his country.

Chicago — Shootings leave six dead and 26 wounded over weekend

Chicago - A "brazen act of gang violence" left two people dead and eight others wounded Sunday afternoon in Chicago's Southwest Brighton Park neighborhood while they were attending a memorial service for a person murdered in the same area earlier in the day.

Chicago and Portland join in U.S. Clean Energy Revolution

On Sunday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his city was going to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. Not to be outdone, the next day, Portland, Oregon committed to a plan to go to 100 percent renewables by 2035.

Interview: Justin Michael opens up about Chicago 'Dreamboys' Special

Performer Justin Michael from Chicago "Dreamboys" chatted with Digital Journal about his experience in male entertainment.

Led Zeppelin 2-The Live Experience to perform at The Paramount

Huntington - Led Zeppelin 2-The Live Experience will be playing at The Paramount in Huntington on March 19 as part of the venue's tribute series.

Federal probe slams 'pattern of excessive force' by Chicago police

Washington - A year-long federal investigation into the Chicago police force has identified a pattern of abuse and excessive force, especially in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday.

Obama heads to Chicago for farewell speech

Chicago - Barack Obama travels to Chicago for his farewell speech Tuesday, returning to the town where his meteoric rise to become America's first black president all began.

Hate crimes charges over live-streamed Chicago assault

Chicago - Prosecutors in Chicago charged four black suspects with kidnapping and hate crimes over the assault of a mentally disabled white man shown live on Facebook, as the attackers hurled obscenities about whites and Donald Trump.

Four arrested after video shows assault of Chicago man

Chicago - A disturbing video circulated on social media showing a young Chicago man apparently tied up and being assaulted by four people.

After bloody year in Chicago, no clear path forward

Chicago - For a few days in December, no one was shot dead in Chicago. In most US cities, that would be the norm. In the Windy City, where blood has stained the streets all year, it's an aberration.

Chicago has bloody Christmas weekend with 41 shootings, 11 dead

Chicago - During what is supposed to be a season of peace and joy for Christians around the world, the city of Chicago saw 41 shootings with 11 deaths, seven of them on Christmas day this year.

Review: Cullen scores the biggest laughs in zany Dickens spoof Special

Toronto - Charles Dickens’ works are so often viewed as boring, stuffy and antiquated these days, many don’t realize that his contemporaries actually saw him as a master of high and low comedy. Old Boz himself might even have enjoyed “Twist Your Dickens”.

After bloody year, Chicago looks to tougher gun laws

Chicago - On a recent evening on Chicago's southwest side, an all-too-familiar scene unfolds: within sight of the Windy City's iconic downtown high-rises, dozens of police officers swarm. A 21-year-old man has been shot outside his home.
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Reds captain Torsten Frings (left) made his return to squad after missing five weeks with a hamstring injury. He started in the backline instead of his usual midfield position and made a costly mistake in the first minute leading to a Chicago goal
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