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Meet the (possible) mayor: Jesús "Chuy" García

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Jesús "Chuy" García at the 79th Street Red Line station. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

As part of our ongoing series to show a fresh side of this year's mayoral hopefuls, today we present our Q&A with U.S. Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García.

The candidate: García has worked in local politics and community organizing since the 1980s.

More people are moving out of Chicago

Data: NAR analysis of USPS data; Chart: Axios Visuals

People aren't moving to big city centers to big city centers like Chicago as they used to, even as employers ramp up calls to return to the office, reports Axios' Sami Sparber.

Why it matters: Affordability is still drawing folks to cheaper and less populous areas, particularly those in the booming Sun Belt.

Monica Eng
19 hours ago - News

Help in Cook County is just three digits away

Table: Axios Visuals

Cook County officials recently unveiled the new 211 hotline that lets callers access guidance on social services for seniors, health care, child care, substance use, utilities and more.

Why it matters: The hotline makes access easier but also adds to a growing list of three-digit numbers that can be hard to keep straight.

Meet the (possible) mayor: Brandon Johnson

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Chicago mayoral candidate and Cook County commissioner Brandon Johnson. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

As part of our ongoing series to show a fresh side of this year's mayoral hopefuls, today we present our Q&A with Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson.

The candidate: Johnson represents the West Side of Chicago on the Cook County Board. The progressive candidate is the son of a pastor and one of 10 siblings.

Justin Kaufmann
Feb 7, 2023 - Sports

On this day: The rise of Air Jordan

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Michael Jordan attempts a dunk during the Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 7, 1987 at Seattle Center Coliseum. Photo: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

On this day in 1987, Michael Jordan proved he could walk on air.

The budding superstar was a participant in the slam dunk contest in Seattle and, among other superhuman spectacle dunks, won the trophy by dunking from the free-throw line.

Sami Sparber
Feb 6, 2023 - News

Chicago rents are still high, for now

Data: Moody's Analytics; Table: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Rent is still getting pricier in Chicago, but renters are faring better here than in much of the U.S.

Driving the news: In the fourth quarter of 2022, the average asking rent in Chicago was $1,830, up 8.2% from a year earlier, per economic research firm Moody's Analytics.

Meet the (possible) mayor: Willie Wilson

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Mayoral candidate businessman Willie Wilson attended a recent candidates forum. Photo: Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

As part of our ongoing series to show a fresh side of this year's mayoral hopefuls, we present our Q&A with Willie Wilson.

The candidate: Wilson, a Chicago businessman, ran for mayor in 2015 and 2019. He also ran for president in 2016 and the U.S. Senate in 2020.

Chicago Bulls face uncertainty at trade deadline

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DeMar DeRozan reacts during the game against the LA Clippers at United Center last week. Photo: Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday. With the Bulls languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race, NBA analysts believe they may be sellers.

State of play: The Bulls are 25-27, a far cry from where they were this time last year.