“Everyone knows him because of his glasses. He’s the kid.” Campaign volunteer Ava Gal gestured to William “The Kid” Guerrero, the 21-year-old artist running for a council seat in the 12th Chicago Police District. It was 6 PM on a Friday night in early February, and Guerrero’s supporters waited for guests to arrive at his […]
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Mayor Lightfoot vows to change the city from the ways of Rahm.
Let’s make a deal
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