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Population decline now reaching into suburbs

After years of modest growth, Chicago and most suburbs have seen declining population in the last two years. Decreases were sharpest in the Cook County suburbs closest to the Chicago. Towns including Rosemont, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect and even Hoffman Estates experienced declines of a full percent or more during the past two years. Full Story

Lester: Suburban lawmaker says he knew Comey as precise, methodical

State Rep. Scott Drury remembers ousted FBI Director James Comey — who taught him in a seminar years ago — as precise, methodical and committed to his agency. "I believe if he was true to his word as he was talking to us, that he wants the Department of Justice above all to come out looking good," Drury said. Full Story

Authorities: Bloomingdale murder suspect was researching cops as they closed in

DuPage County investigators say Jeffrey Keller must have been feeling the heat on the morning of Jan. 14, 2015, as he was researching the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force — the very team that was closing in on him for the murder of Bloomingdale’s Nate Fox. Full Story

Employee who accused Kane County chairman of intimidation gets six-figure separation deal

Kane County officials have agreed to a six-figure separation agreement, with a number of additional sweeteners, for a former employee who filed a federal complaint against county board Chairman Chris Lauzen for intimidation tactics. Full Story

Lawsuit claims ‘excessive’ questioning led to Naperville North student’s death

The family of a Naperville North High School student who died by suicide after being questioned at school about potential wrongdoing has filed a lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages from the school district and the city of Naperville. Full Story

Schaumburg Pie Five Pizza Co. store closes

Only one Pie Five Pizza Co. location remains open in the Chicago suburbs — a new location in Oak Brook — after another franchisee who sued the company decided to shutter his Schaumburg store. Full Story

GOP candidate for US House charged with assaulting reporter

The Republican candidate in the nationally watched election Thursday for Montana’s sole congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground. Voters decide in the special election whether Republican Greg Gianforte or Democrat Rob Quist will fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department. Full Story

Barenaked Ladies to play Naperville’s Last Fling

The band Barenaked Ladies is set to perform in Naperville on Sunday, Sept. 3 during the Last Fling Labor Day weekend festival. Full Story

May says she’ll ‘make clear’ to Trump that leaks in Manchester bombing must stop

British indignation over alleged American leaks of investigative material related to the Manchester bombing will likely create a charged environment Thursday when British Prime Minister Theresa May meets later with President Donald Trump. Full Story

Teen shot to death by brother was Maine West student

The 15-year-old Des Plaines teen accidentally shot to death by his 10-year-old brother Saturday was a student and basketball player at Maine West High School, where crisis counselors were made available to students and staff, officials said Wednesday. Full Story

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