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"14 Ernie Banks Medal of Freedom White House" by White House photographer

The public memorial for Cubs legend Ernie Banks will be held on Wednesday in downtown Chicago. A statue of Banks will stand at Daley Plaza from Wednesday until Saturday.

Banks died Friday from a heart attack at the age of 83. He was a Baseball Hall of Famer, two-time National League MVP, and the first African-American to play for the Cubs, where he spent his entire major league career.

USPS Braces For Yearly Rush

Dec 15, 2014
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The U.S. Postal Service says today will be its busiest mailing day of the year, with more than 8 million cards, letters and packages processed in the Chicago area. 

USPS says it’s delivering seven days a week, including Christmas Day. To ensure delivery by Christmas, materials must be sent by next Saturday.

Chicago Aldermen Voting On City Minimum Wage

Dec 2, 2014

Chicago aldermen are expected to vote on raising the minimum wage today. But Illinois lawmakers might not let Chicago go as high as it wants. The debate over the minimum wage in Springfield is two-fold. One - is what is the appropriate minimum wage for Illinois. And two - is whether the City of Chicago should have a higher minimum wage than the rest of the state. Steve Brown is a spokesman for the Democratic Speaker of the House. He says leaders are trying to see if there’s support for letting Chicago set its own rate. But for now - the Speaker isn’t showing his cards. 

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to pre-empt state action on local minimum wages. 

The City Council is planning special meetings to raise the city's minimum wage to 13 dollars an hour. A work force committee will meet today and a special council meeting is on Tuesday.

Officials are worried business groups will push for Springfield legislation that prohibits municipalities raising their minimum wage higher than the state's.

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The head of the Magnificent Mile Association says things will start ramping up later this morning on Michigan Avenue.

But John Chikow says once they do - the area will be packed with shoppers until 8 tonight.

“You can’t buy freshly popped Garrett popcorn online, you can’t go to tea online. So shopping on the Magnificent Mile is as much about family traditions as it is about efficiency of shopping.”

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Jane Byrne was Chicago's first and only female mayor. Her daughter Kathy says her mother died Thursday at a hospice in Chicago at age 81.

Immigrant rights groups say Illinois needs to improve its program for issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. The program started last December.

When Illinois created a special drivers license for people without permission to be in the country, supporters said it would make the roads safer. In order to get one, an applicant has to have auto insurance and pass a driving test.

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Screening for the Ebola virus begins today at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Customs and health officials will take temperatures of passengers from three West African countries. They will use no-touch thermometers to try to halt the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands.

Customs officials say about 150 people travel daily from or through west African countries to the U-S. Almost all of them land in New York, Chicago, Newark, Atlanta or Washington, D.C.

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A private university in Chicago became the first in the nation to treat video gamers like athletes.

Thirty-five Robert Morris University students are now practicing in a classroom with 100-thousand dollars in gaming electronics and paraphernalia. Their scholarships are for the game League of Legends.

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"Star Wars" creator George Lucas has picked Chicago over San Francisco as the future site of his museum of art and movie memorabilia.

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