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The National Weather Service said it received 23 tornado reports in the Midwest, with most in Iowa. About 60 miles west of Des Moines, multiple people were killed by a tornado that leveled a small town, officials said. Responders are still counting the number of fatalities.

Raydell Lacey, in her Chicago home on April 30, 2019, started Not Before My Parents after her daughter was slain. Her grandson was also killed in a 2016 shooting. The organization's mission is to help parents cope with losing a child to violence.

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Raydell Lacey in her Chicago home on April 30, 2019. Lacey started the organization Not Before My Parents after both her daughter and grandson died due to violence. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

Lacey had spent years trying to prevent others from experiencing the trauma and grief that follows a life cut short by violence because she, like many others, had lived through it. She lost her daughter Elonda Lacey in a 1994 slaying. Read more here.

GM now plans to add plug-in hybrids to its North American lineup to meet federal regulations that take effect in 2027. Read more here.

One area the Bears have not made many additions since last season ended is the defensive line, and the Tribune’s Brad Biggs has received multiple questions in his weekly Bears mailbag about possible interest in six-time Pro Bowl end Calais Campbell, who remains unsigned. Read more here.

You can take advantage of the beginning of Chicago’s festival season with celebrations devoted to wings, beer or mole, dig into platters of barbecue or sip frozen cocktails on a rooftop. Read more here.

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The families said in a statement that they also agreed a $2 million settlement with the city, under which city leaders promised higher standards and better training for local police. Read more here.

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