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THE QUIET MAN: Bears head coach Lovie Smith doesn’t shout or otherwise show emotion, which may be why Chicago fans haven’t warmed to him. But being the anti-Ditka has its advantages Read more
For some state lawmakers, supporting prisoners' requests for transfers can be a routine constituent service—or a valuable trump card. PLUS: Prime movers—ten Illinois legislators who logged the most recorded inquiries on behalf of prisoners—and the gang members they've helped Read more
LAWBREAKERS, LAWMAKERS: In some parts of Chicago, violent street gangs and pols quietly trade money and favors for mutual gain. The thugs flourish, the elected officials thrive—and you lose. A special report. Read more