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Tate: Chalk up Cubs' win as greatest

Cease the arguments. There’s no doubt.

Wednesday night’s epic 8-7 triumph by the Cubs is undeniably the “greatest baseball game ever played.” Period.

Actually, there have been thousands of comparable extra-inning thrillers over the decades. But with a century-plus buildup of Cubs frustration, nothing quite stacks up with this World Series Game 7.

Jim Dey: That's the ticket, Cubs fans, courtesy of Mr. Max

Interested in seeing the Broadway hit "Hamilton" on Saturday night in Chicago?

Mr. Max has plenty of tickets for sale, and he is starting to have doubts about whether he'll sell them.

"I've got 60 tickets for Saturday. But I wonder if anyone wants to see it," he said. "There's only one game in town right now — the Cubbies."

Tate: Cubs look set for great present, future

Cubs fans are baring their souls and investing tears — plus family savings, if you purchase via Stubhub — into their erstwhile Lovables this week.

Dey: Judges' affair something for voters to remember

Love is supposed to be a many-splendored thing — but it's not always.

One exception to that general rule is being played out in McLean County, where Scott Drazewski is running uphill in a battle to retain his circuit judgeship.

Chief Justice wants to see high court at UI

CHAMPAIGN -- If Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman has her way, proceedings for the state's highest court could happen on the University of Illinois' campus.

The Danville native has taken the Supreme Court's proceedings on the road throughout the state, something she hopes continues after her term as Chief Justice ends next month.

Partisan court blocks Independent Map Amendment

CHICAGO — A divided Illinois Supreme Court narrowly ruled Thursday that a voter referendum seeking to change how Illinois draws political boundaries is unconstitutional, making it ineligible to appear on the November ballot.

Rauner signs 'Gabby's Law' at emotional ceremony

URBANA — In an emotional ceremony Thursday morning, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed "Gabby's Law," a bill named in honor of a 5-year-old Monticello girl who died four years ago after a tick bite went undetected and developed into sepsis.

Area bull takes top prize at state fair

SPRINGFIELD — LF Fullback had an outstanding day at the Illinois State Fair on Friday.

The 2-year-old was named Grand Champion Charolais Bull. Dave Leffler, who raised the bull from a calf on his farm near Gibson City, said LF Fullback also placed high last year, as reserve champion.

This bull is huge — Leffler estimates 2,500 pounds, which is heavy for the breed.

Judge upholds Blagojevich’s 14-year prison term

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence on corruption counts, setting aside pleas for leniency by the former Illinois governor’s wife and daughters during his resentencing.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said it’s an “unfortunate reality” that Blagojevich’s innocent family members are made to suffer the consequences.

Call to action: Bell gifted to church

MAHOMET — The gawkers began to gather on Dunbar Street just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, eyes (and cellphone cameras) trained on the sky.