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From Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Chris Fusco: As a trusted news source in one of the most competitive m
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From Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Chris Fusco:
As a trusted news source in one of the most competitive media markets in the country, we at the Chicago Sun-Times pride ourselves on our ability to keep thriving amid a turbulent media landscape.
Like you, our readers, we worked our tails off last year, breaking big stories, transforming our digital experience, beefing up our Saturday content and successfully partnering with a variety of media organizations.
Here are a few highlights, followed by links to some of our best stories of the year.
• We broke the biggest local political news story of 2019 with the revelation that a Chicago alderman had been secretly recording his fellow politicians for federal authorities for at least two years, including the city’s most powerful alderman and the speaker of the Illinois House.
• In May, we became the first newspaper in the country to move its website to Vox Media’s Chorus platform. The result is a faster web experience that reflects the look and feel of the Sun-Times journalism that has been a vital part of Chicago since 1948. 
• Our video and podcasting projects, often in conjunction with news partners, drew steady listenership and viewership. They include “Motive,” a collaboration with WBEZ/Chicago Public Media; “The Ben Joravsky Show,” a partnership with the Chicago Reader; “The Fran Spielman Show,” our City Hall reporter’s vibrant look at city politics; “The Best Movies of the Decade,” featuring Richard Roeper and WGN radio’s Roe Conn, and “Halas Intrigue,” a Bears football podcast with a companion newsletter.
Speaking of sports, we added a reporting position to cover the Chicago Sky, the city’s WNBA franchise, and launched Sports Saturday, a new edition that has been a game changer for Saturday readership. 
• And then there’s our colorful Murals and Mosaics database and story page, which showcases public art throughout the city and region.
This only scratches the surface of our journalism in 2019, with much more to come in 2020. In the meantime, thank you for readership, and enjoy reading our best work of last year.

Rev. Leon Finney Jr.'s free fall
If you’ve lost a treasured item in Lake Michigan, who you gonna call? Yohei Yamada.
A town's pride: This little steel city in Ohio forged Chicago’s next mayor
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Suburban Chicago gynecologist’s strange death has left a Texas-sized mystery
Why the Chicago teachers strike lasted so long — and became so bitter
The Navy told him he served long enough to get his kids free college. Its math was 6 days off.
Trash, permit violations and mud: why some Chicagoans hate ‘Windy City Rehab’
As Bears legend Mike Ditka nears 80, he is shaken, not deterred
How opioid addiction took over my mother's life
How close the Cubs came to losing Javy Baez and why he plays the game the way he does
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