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Want to see World Series at Wrigley? It will cost thousands

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Fans hoping to see the Cubs play in the World Series for the first time since 1945 are finding a seat could cost them more than what their grandparents paid for their houses. The euphoria from Saturday night’s victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers gave way Monday to the realization that history doesn’t come cheap. Box seats on ticket-selling sites such as StubHub were $50,000 and up, with one seller asking $100,000 for a seat and another asking for just…

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Dan Coats says Donald Trump hasn’t made up his mind on VP

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The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign ahead of the Republican and Democratic national conventions (all times EDT): 1:30 p.m. Indiana Sen. Dan Coats says Donald Trump hasn’t made up his mind about who to select as his running mate. Coats told The Associated Press Wednesday that he spoke with Gov. Mike Pence late Tuesday — one of the names on Trump’s shortlist of potential running mates — and Pence told him there’s still no decision. “I think he’s the…

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Marco Rubio, John Kasich fight to keep their hopes alive

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Republicans Marco Rubio and John Kasich are fighting for their political futures Tuesday, desperate for wins in their home states of Florida and Ohio to keep their White House hopes alive and complicate Donald Trump’s path to the nomination. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is hoping to keep rival Bernie Sanders from building new momentum in the Midwest. With more delegates up for grabs than almost any other day in the primary calendar, Tuesday’s contests afford Trump and Clinton the chance…

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Illinois set to hire former Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith to lead program

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The slow start. The bad finish. All the penalties. The eight wins in two seasons. The wasted money in free agency. Evidently, the University of Illinois wasn’t paying attention to any of it. The Illini are set to hire former Tampa Bay Bucs‘ head coach Lovie Smith, who was dismissed after his team’s 6-10 finish this season. Illinois fired coach Tom Cubit in anticipation of the move on the first day of new athletic director’s Josh Whitman’s tenure. Smith did…

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Chicago Tribune editorial on SB 6: Florida’s bold move

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The debate over SB 6 continues to attract national attention. Today, the Chicago Tribune weighs in with an editorial in favor of the reforms created by SB 6. An excerpt: Florida finished fourth in the first round of Race to the Top, the Obama administration’s challenge grant intended to spur reform. That’s one spot ahead of Illinois. In its Race to the Top application, Florida said participating school systems would base layoffs more on teacher effectiveness than on seniority. Now…

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Over 5% of Illinois Republicans vote for anti-semitic birther Andy Martin

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Do you remember Andy Martin? He’s the Internet crank who is infamous for being the source of the phony claim that President Obama is not an American citizen. Martin is also a raving anti-semite who once called a judge “a crooked Jew”. Well, Martin is also a perennial candidate in Illinois elections and he was on the ballot Tuesday night in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate. He got 5.1% of the vote. That wasn’t enough to win, of course,…

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