Most Memorable Chicago Stories of 2011

With the year coming to a close, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to send us their picks for the top Chicago stories of 2011. Here’s a list of the most memorable, plus some additions from our staff.

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More From 2011

* Gov. Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty.

* David Bernstein and Noah Isackson investigated Chicago lawmakers and the quiet deals they make with local street gangs for political favors. (via @kurtfujio)

* Grant Achatz’s highly anticipated restaurant, Next, opened.

* Groupon went public.

* NBA named Chicago Bull Derrick Rose the MVP.

* Sears/CME tax breaks were signed into law, preventing both comapnies from leaving Illinois.

* EPA told Chicago to clean up the river.

* Charges were filed in the 18-year-old Tricia Pacaccio murder case. Her story from Chicago magazine’s Bryan Smith.

* Two Chicago Tribune reporters traveled to Mexico and located eight Chicago fugitives, revealing flaws in the justice system.




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