|Cubs take on Dodgers at Wrigley Field in NLCS Game 3ABC 7 / 16 min. ago more|
The 2017 National League Championship Series comes to Wrigley Field for the first time Tuesday night. Chicago Cubs fans hope the team can turn it all around!
|CTA pushing victim identifies suspected attacker in courtCLTV / 28 min. ago more|
CHICAGO — A man who was pushed onto the CTA tracks in August, identified his suspected attacker in court. Ben Benedict pointed out 34-year-old Chad Estep. He says he was waiting for a train at the CTA’s Washington Blue Line station on August 1, when he was pushed from behind onto the tracks. Benedict testified the two did not know each other and had not exchanged words. Police revealed that there is surveillance video of the attack. Estep is charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery.
|Community Rally After Teacher’s Murder Cut Short After InfightingCBSlocal.com / 36 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — Arguments over the appropriate response to the fatal shooting of a teacher over the weekend derailed a community rally Monday night in Rogers Park. Chicago police organized the event at Morse and Glenwood, near where Cynthia Trevillion was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday night. At least 300 people showed up. The meeting started with encouragement from the police for residents to sign up for block clubs, attend beat meetings, and support “positive loitering” – a tactic in which residents gather at a specific location to send a message to criminals that it belongs to the community. One of the founders of the movement was heckled during his comments, from a woman who called the “positive loitering” tactic racist. Community rally Rogers Park organized by police after death CPS teacher interrupted periodically by shouts against police. @WBBMNewsradio pic.twitter.com/AOQCWwHGE9 — Nancy Harty (@newsnance) October 17, 2017 Supporters yelled back at those interrupting – telling them to be quiet and saying the tactic has helped clean up the neighborhood. Glen Brooks, director of public engagement for the Chicago Police Department, tried to quell the fighting. “We are not going to shout each other down. We don’t have to agree,” he said. CPD meeting after death of CPS teacher ends in shouting over proper response. pic.twitter.com/TQXVg3hgVT — Nancy Harty (@newsnance) October 17, 2017 One thing both sides seemed to agree on is that the answer to growing violence in Rogers Park can’t come from police. Brooks said the only way to get rid of troublesome people and businesses is through support from the community. Rogers Park resident Megan Selby called the meeting absurd, and said it didn’t represent the true makeup of the neighborhood. “Why is it that people of color didn’t show up more? It’s not because they’re not here. It’s because there are cop cars surrounding this neighborhood that went up and down the streets beforehand with their sirens on, alerting people that this meeting was going to happen. How many people of color are going to feel safe here?” she said. Residents of Rogers Park come to mtg to learn about response to fatal shooting. pic.twitter.com/O9WI8aJlAw — Nancy Harty (@newsnance) October 17, 2017 CeaseFire worker Ralph Edwards said he understands why people were upset. “When one person gets killed in Rogers Park or Uptown, we need this same platform for everybody, and when somebody puts a platform here due to skin color, it profiles people,” he said. Ald. Joe Moore (49th) said there are plenty of ways for residents to help without involving police, such as mentoring a child, joining a parent safety patrol, or becoming a court advocate to support victims of violence in court. Jim Ginderske, who ran against Moore years ago, was among those who yelled, saying the police and politicians only want to solve the immediate crisis and not the problems that lead to it, such as closing a nearby mental health center and disinvestment in local public schools. “They talk about positive loitering. There were people all over this street the other night. Somebody pulled up and fired 25 bullets into that crowd. Positive loitering is not going to solve these issues,” Moore said he wished the meeting had ended differently, but feels that people got the message. “I’m disappointed that there are a few individuals who seem to believe that their free speech is more important than other people’s free speech, but that’s alright. I think the message came through that people need to become more involved,” he said. The community rally came a day before Trevillion’s funeral. Family and friends were set to gather for a memorial for the late teacher at 10 a.m. at Christian Community Church in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. Trevillion, a teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School in Rogers Park, was shot and killed while walking to dinner with her husband Friday evening. Investigators organized the rally in response to Trevillion’s murder, and sought community input on how to respond to recent gun violence in the area. A teenage boy was critically wounded when he was shot in the back only a few blocks away 30 minutes before Trevillion was killed. Police said there have been several other incidents in the neighborhood in the past few months. “We hear about things going on, but this was a big one, and it’s an area that has really been fixed up, and people are trying to make business to work, and we just feel bad. We just want to be able to help,” Rogers Park resident Denise Ellis said. A larger celebration of Trevillion’s life has been planned for Saturday afternoon at the Waldorf School.
|Allstate Kid of the Week: Megan B.WGN Radio / 54 min. ago more|
Our Allstate ‘Kid of the Week,’ Megan B., is a total rockstar! On December 30, 2015, Megan was diagnosed with stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma cancer; a rare form of cancer with a frightening prognosis. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411732/3411732_2017-10-17-081732.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3792.mp3 She is currently undergoing a second round of chemo, radiation and surgery at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. Throughout this grueling battle Megan’s amazing attitude and warrior’s strength has become legendary and inspirational. While waging her own fight, Megan has become very focused on her mission to bring awareness to, and find a cure for, childhood cancer. She founded the Megan Bugg Concert Series to benefit cancer, and organized toy drives for fellow cancer patients at Lurie’s. Recently, she teamed with the company Ivory Ella (www.ivoryella.com/collections/featured-charity) to design and create her own collection of items; specifically created to benefit childhood cancer, raise money to support research, and bring awareness to childhood cancer. Check out the following link meganbuggsjourney.wordpress.com to read more about Megan’s journey, lovingly chronicled by her dad, Kent.
|17-year-old charged as an adult in shooting of 2-year-old nephewCLTV / 1 h. 1 min. ago more|
DECATUR, Ill. — A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 2-year-old. In addition to the murder charge, Zachary Pherigo is charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon in the death of his nephew, Justin Lee Murphy Jr. A Macon County Circuit Court judge on Monday ordered Pherigo held in lieu of $500,000 bond. According to Decatur police, the toddler was shot Saturday when he and Pherigo were playing “cops and robbers.” They allege Pherigo was holding a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun to the boy’s side as part of the game when he pulled the trigger. Authorities say Pherigo contended he didn’t know the weapon was loaded. Assistant Public Defender Steve Perbix was appointed to represent Pherigo. Perbix did not comment on the case. State’s Attorney Jay Scott refused to comment on what facts led him to file the first-degree murder charge against Pherigo.
|New protests after Catalonia secession leaders jailedWGN-TV / 1 h. 3 min. ago more|
BARCELONA, Spain — Protesters were gathering for a fresh round of demonstrations in Barcelona Tuesday to demand the release of two leaders of Catalonia’s pro-independence movement who were jailed in a sedition probe. A Madrid judge on Monday provisionally jailed Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, the leaders of grassroots organizations Catalan National Assembly and Omnium Cultural. The judge ruled they were the orchestrators of massive demonstrations Sept. 20-21 in Barcelona that hindered a police operation against preparations for the Oct. […]
|'The Daily Show' in Chicago dishes deep on the city - Chicago TribuneGoogle News / 1 h. 4 min. ago more|
Chicago Tribune'The Daily Show' in Chicago dishes deep on the cityChicago TribunePresident Trump, the host said, has been playing to that same bias with his complaints about Chicago being allegedly worse than Afghanistan and his assertion that he met a Chicago motorcycle cop who said he could fix things here in a couple of days.The Daily Show kicks off Chicago week by calling bullshit on Trump's race-baiting Chicago-bashingAV ClubTrevor Noah, in Chicago, thinks he knows why Trump and Fox News single the city out for gun violenceThe Week MagazineTrevor Noah Probes Chicago Murder Rate To Kick Off 'The Daily Show' Windy City WeekDeadlineNewsweekall 33 news articles »
|There’s a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans — but no one knows how to get on itWGN-TV / 1 h. 11 min. ago more|
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and is bed-ridden. He’s waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now he can’t even get the oxygen he needs. There is help available for the 18-year-old — right offshore. A floating state-of-the-art hospital, the USNS Comfort, could provide critical care, his doctor says. But nobody knows how to get […]
|Beloved Teacher Killed in Drive-By Shooting Laid to RestNBC Chicago / 1 h. 13 min. ago more|
On any other Tuesday, Cynthia Trevillion's students would be attending her class on Chicago's North Side. But on this Tuesday, they are remembering the beloved teacher at her funeral.
|2 Wicker Park stores struck by smash-and-grab burglarsABC 7 / 1 h. 16 min. ago more|
Thieves smashed their way into two different stores Tuesday morning on Chicago's Northwest Side, police said.
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|7 Wounded In Monday Shootings Across ChicagoCBSlocal.com / 1 h. 19 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — Seven people were wounded in shootings Monday across Chicago. The day’s latest shooting happened about 11:50 p.m. in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. A 29-year-old man told investigators that he was walking in the 8000 block of South Ingleside when someone in a blue Buick fired shots, striking him in the left leg, according to Chicago Police. He later showed up at Jackson Park Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. About 20 minutes earlier, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. He told investigators he was walking about 11:30 p.m. on the sidewalk in the 3400 block of West Huron when he heard gunfire and felt pain, police said. He later showed up at Norwegian American Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the right ankle. His condition was stabilized. About 8:50 p.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the head in the 200 block of North Mason in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where police initially said he was pronounced dead, but then said the man was revived and in critical condition. A 25-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to the side, leg and arm about 7:15 p.m. in the 5000 block of West Roscoe in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition stabilized. At 5:58 p.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the left arm in the 4700 block of West Lake in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. He was taken in good condition to Stroger Hospital. At 3:06 p.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the buttocks in the 5900 block of West Madison in another Austin neighborhood attack, police said. He was listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital. The day’s first shooting happened minutes earlier in a separate incident in Austin. At 3:01 p.m., a 20-year-old woman was in the 700 block of North Pine when a dark-blue SUV drove by and someone inside fired shots, police said. The woman was shot in the upper body and taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was in good condition. Monday’s gun violence followed a weekend in which eight people were killed, including a 64-year-old woman who was struck by a stray bullet, and at least 11 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
|Trio Charged With Vehicle Burglary, Underage Drinking In ElginCBSlocal.com / 1 h. 22 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — A man and two minors were charged with burglarizing vehicles and underage drinking Saturday night in northwest suburban Elgin. Authorities were called about people breaking into vehicles at 8:09 p.m. in the 400 block of Arlington Avenue, according to a statement from Elgin police. A witness chased the suspects and kept dispatchers updated about their location. Officers arrived and took one person into custody while two others tried to run away, but were apprehended a short time later, police said. Alejandro Morales (Credit: Elgin Police) The suspects were identified as 18-year-old Alejandro Morales and two juveniles, police said. All three were charged with a felony count of burglary and misdemeanor counts of illegal possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor and resisting/obstructing an officer. Morales, who lives in Elgin, is being held at the Kane County Jail on a $10,000 bond, police said. One of the juveniles was released to a parent’s custody while the other was taken to the Kane County Youth Home. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
|Funeral today for Chicago teacher as police continue to hunt for gunmanCLTV / 1 h. 30 min. ago more|
CHICAGO -- Funeral services take place today for a Chicago teacher killed in a drive by shooting. Friends, family and activists rallied in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood on Monday, following the death of Cynthia Trevillion. She was walking to the CTA "L" stop on Morse Friday night, when someone in a passing car began shooting at a group of teens. Trevillion was struck in the head. Mourners paid tribute to the Waldorf school teacher at her wake earlier in the day. Police are pouring over surveillance video trying to catch her killer. No one is in custody.
|Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/17/17WGN Radio / 1 h. 39 min. ago more|
On October 17th, 2017 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization comes out today US Chamber of Commerce hosts Tech Nation President Trump meets with the Greek Prime Minister at the White House National Association of Home Builders shares the October housing market index http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411716/3411716_2017-10-17-073216.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D5454.mp3
|Police Search For Armed Robbers In NapervilleCBSlocal.com / 1 h. 39 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding three armed suspects that robbed a business Sunday night in west suburban Naperville. Officers responded at 11:26 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery at the business in the 600 block of North Route 59, according to Naperville police. The suspects displayed a silver and black semi-automatic handgun and stole cash, cigarettes, keys and a cell phone, police said. It appears they arrived on foot, before running away. Surveillance image of three people wanted for robbing a business in Naperville on Oct. 15, 2017. (Credit: Naperville Police) An employee at the business suffered a minor injury during the robbery, but did not seek medical attention, police said. The suspect who displayed the handgun was described as a black male, standing between 5-foot-9 and 6-foot with a heavy build, police said. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with lettering on the front, pajama style pants with a pattern on them, white shoes and a black mask. Another robber was described as a black male, between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-3 with a thin build, police said. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black pants with a white stripe going down the side, white shoes and a white plastic mask. The third suspect was described as a black male, standing between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-3 with a heavy build, police said. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white stripes on the shoulder, black pants, tan-colored shoes and a black mask. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 and ask for the Investigations Division. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
|The Opening Bell 10/17/17: “Beautiful But Also Usable” Digital Accessibility with The NerderyWGN Radio / 1 h. 40 min. ago more|
The Nerdery is one of the unspoken heroes of the technological development in Chicago and all across the Midwest. Steve sat down for a long form conversation with Adam Jones (Director of Technology at The Nerdery) to pluck his perspective about Chicago’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2, but the importance of digital accessibility in today’s technological world along with how to stay up to code on the new accessibility laws. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411714/3411714_2017-10-17-073214.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3910.mp3
|Chicago Cubs' Furriest Fans Show Their PrideNBC Chicago / 1 h. 40 min. ago more|
Chicago Cubs fans come in all shapes and sizes -- and sometimes even with four legs.Photo Credit: ladygolfer21
|Son charged in father’s death after fight over gang signs89 WLS-AM / 1 h. 42 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say a 33-year-old man killed his father after they argued over gang signs the son had drawn inside their Chicago apartment. The Chicago Tribune reports prosecutors say Carlos Duarte admitted he choked his father until he stopped moving, then punched him and smashed his father’s head five or six times with a 50-pound dumbbell. He’s charged with first-degree murder. A judge on Saturday ordered Carlos Duarte held without bail, due largely to the gruesome nature of Sylvester Duarte’s death. Duarte’s death was discovered Thursday when one of his co-workers called his daughter to say Duarte hadn’t picked him up for work. The woman went to the apartment where she found her father unresponsive in the bathtub. Carlos Duarte didn’t appear in court for Saturday’s hearing. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer to comment on his behalf. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
|String Of Burglaries Reported In South ShoreCBSlocal.com / 1 h. 47 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are warning South Shore residents about a recent string of burglaries in the South Side neighborhood. The burglars forcibly entered apartments through their rear doors or side windows and took property from inside, according to a community alert from Chicago Police. The burglaries happened: • about 4:45 a.m. Sept. 4 in the 7500 block of South Colfax; • about 10 a.m. Sept. 5 in the 7500 block of South Kingston; • about 11 a.m. Sept. 17 in the 7800 block of South Essex; • about 8:20 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 2400 block of East 79th; • about 7:05 a.m. Sept. 19 in the 7700 block of South Phillips; • about 7:45 a.m. Sept. 19 in the 7800 block of South Saginaw; • about 3 a.m. Sept. 23 in the 7800 block of South Essex; • about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the 7800 block of South Essex; and • about 1 p.m. Oct. 5 in the 2500 block of East 78th. The burglars were described as black males between 15 and 18 years old, police said. They carried backpacks and have been wearing hooded sweatshirts. Anyone with information on the burglaries should contact Area South detectives at (312) 747-8273. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
|Chicago chiropractor kept practicing after license revoked, state allegesChicago News / 1 h. 55 min. ago more|
Months after Nicholas LeRoy lost his chiropractor license in 2016, an investigator for the state of Illinois made an unannounced visit to his West Town office. There, the investigator found LeRoy's license in a glass case behind a receptionist's desk and removed it from its frame.
|Emanuel may opt to raise 911, Uber taxes, setting aside council ideasChicago Tribune / 1 h. 57 min. ago more|
While a new City Hall email shows Chicago aldermen floated numerous ideas to raise taxes to close a 2018 budget hole, it’s two tax hikes not on the list that are far more likely to be part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new spending plan. One is a $1.10-a-month increase in the 911 emergency services fee...
|Man falls to his death at London House hotel in LoopChicago Tribune / 2 h. 2 min. ago more|
A man fell to his death from a high-rise Loop hotel Monday afternoon, according to Chicago police. The man, 44, fell from the 20th floor of the London House on East Wacker Drive and landed on a 6th-floor roof around 3:30 p.m., authorities said. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 3:48 p.m.,...
|Secret to amazing chocolate chip cookies? Bang themWGN-TV / 2 h. 11 min. ago more|
MINNESOTA – “It’s all in the pan-bang,” baker-blogger Sarah Kieffer says of her unusual chocolate chip cookies. The Minnesota baker’s not-so-secret recipe had already been circulating on Instagram when the New York Times tested it out, and after the Times covered it, it went viral. Kieffer detailed her technique after food writer Julia Moskin became intrigued by the attention the funny-looking cookies—”as wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder”—were getting online. She assumed the “mutant” cookies copied […]
|Chicago named the rat capital of the country for the third consecutive year, and other news - Chicago ReaderGoogle News / 2 h. 12 min. ago more|
Chicago ReaderChicago named the rat capital of the country for the third consecutive year, and other newsChicago ReaderPest control company Orkin has named Chicago as the rat capital of the U.S. for the third year in a row. Orkin made its determination based on the number of rat treatments ordered for residential and commercial properties in the Chicago area from ...
|Trump says he’ll talk Bannon out of some races89 WLS-AM / 2 h. 12 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says his former White House adviser Steve Bannon is doing what he “thinks is the right thing” but he will try to talk Bannon out of seeking primaries against some Senate Republicans. The president was asked Monday asked about Bannon’s attempt to unseat certain Senate Republicans who are aligned with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The president says, “Steve is doing what Steve thinks is the right thing.” But he adds that he has a “fantastic relationship” with Republicans in the Senate. McConnell said in the Rose Garden that it’s important to support Republicans who can win in November. He says, “winners make policy and losers go home.” Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
|Eddie Olczyk's return to broadcast booth while battling cancer will be 'great for the soul'Chicago Tribune / 2 h. 12 min. ago more|
Eddie Olczyk, who has been absent from Blackhawks TV and his national announcing duties while undergoing treatment for colon cancer, looks to be back behind the microphone this week for a pair of games. "I'm day to day," he said by phone Monday. "But then aren't we all day to day in the big picture?"...
|'This is a block you can stand on.' Teen's shooting rattles South Austin neighborsChicago Tribune / 2 h. 15 min. ago more|
John and his sister jumped to the floor of their South Austin apartment Monday night, crouching down low until the thuds of the gunshots abated. When it seemed safe, they carefully stepped outside with their aunt, mother and small, furry Shih Tzu, abandoning the television show they had been watching...
|Cubs bring NLCS back to Wrigley Field for Game 3 tonightCLTV / 2 h. 26 min. ago more|
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs play the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in Game 3 of the NLCS. The Cubs are down two games, but will they take Game 3? Being at home with a day of rest can only help. Since losing two games in LA, ticket prices have dropped for Game 3 tonight. On StubHub, there are listings for Game 3 under $100 — less than half the price of when the Cubs clinched last week. Game 4 on Wednesday is even cheaper. But the Cubs in the NLCS is still a hot ticket with fans hanging onto hope the defending champions can win three straight at home. Dodgers fans have trickled into town, anxious for a sweep. For those hoping to be here to witness a potential comeback against the dodgers like last year, the Better Business Bureau is warning about ticket scams. Counterfeits are out there so only buy from trusted vendors. Watching the series this week will steal some sleep from a lot of people with the 8 p.m. start times. That will mean a lot of weariness and perhaps less productivity — but of course, fans hope the Cubs will make it worth it. Game 3 is schedule at 8 p.m. tonight at Wrigley Field.
|Victim of CTA pushing identifies suspect in court as his attackerChicago Tribune / 2 h. 49 min. ago more|
Seconds after Ben Benedict was shoved onto the tracks of a CTA station in the Loop, he says he turned around and saw a man pointing at him. But on Monday, it was Benedict who was pointing as he identified Chad Estep in a Cook County courtroom as the stranger who shoved him onto the tracks in the...
|Morning Spin: Rauner to start borrowing $6 billion today - Chicago TribuneGoogle News / 3 h. 10 min. ago more|
Chicago TribuneMorning Spin: Rauner to start borrowing $6 billion todayChicago TribuneWelcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin. Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration will go to the bond market on Tuesday ...
|Chicago chiropractor kept practicing after license revoked, state alleges - Chicago TribuneGoogle News / 3 h. 10 min. ago more|
Chicago TribuneChicago chiropractor kept practicing after license revoked, state allegesChicago TribuneMonths after Nicholas LeRoy lost his chiropractor license in 2016, an investigator for the state of Illinois made an unannounced visit to his West Town office. There, the investigator found LeRoy's license in a glass case behind a receptionist's desk ...and more »
|Mural honors Belvidere man who played in 1933 World Series89 WLS-AM / 3 h. 12 min. ago more|
BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois community has unveiled a new mural honoring a local resident who played in the 1933 World Series. The Rockford Register Star reports the Boone County Arts Council unveiled the mural downtown Belvidere on Saturday. It honors Fred Schulte, who played with the Washington Senators. He hit a 3-run home run to tie Game 5 against the New York Giants. The Giants went on to win the series. Schulte also played for the St. Louis Browns and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He died in 1983 at age 82. Among those who attended the unveiling was Schulte’s daughter, Barbara Anderson. She says the whole family was “very excited.” Boone County Museum of History director Anna Pivoras says the museum’s sports room will soon include an area dedicated to Schulte. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
|Lottery Players Favor Unholy Digits On Friday The 13thCBSlocal.com / 3 h. 12 min. ago more|
(CBS) — So many people thought Friday the 13th was going to be lucky, the Illinois Lottery had to stop selling a certain number combination for its Pick Three game. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports. The Pick Three combination so many people were willing to take a chance on last Friday was 6-6-6. Friday the 13th is associated with bad luck. The number 666 is associated with Satan. “I couldn’t tell you if it was because of Friday the 13th,” Illinois Lottery Spokesman Jason Schaumburg says. The lottery had to cut off sales so that the agency didn’t exceed its liability limit. “When a number combination reaches to where we’d have to pay $3 million in prizes, sales would be cut off,” Schaumburg says. The cutoff happens more frequently than you might think. Schaumburg says maybe once or twice a week the lottery has to cut off sales to a combination of numbers because it’s so popular — meaning, that liability limit of $3 million has been reached. Pick Three is drawn twice daily, and ticket buyers can add a “Fireball” option to increase their chances of winning. Last Friday’s winning combinations were 3-0-6 (Fireball 5) and 4-6-0 (Fireball 9), according to the lottery’s website.
|WEATHER: Abundant sunshine thru the week89 WLS-AM / 3 h. 42 min. ago more|
By Weather Channel Meteorologist Scott Lawrimore Tomorrow|Mainly sunny. High around 70F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow night|Clear skies. Low 48F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Wednesday|Abundant sunshine. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 50s. Thursday|Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s. Friday|A few clouds. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 50s. Saturday|Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 60s. Sunday|Chance of showers. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 50s. @ 2017 WLS-AM News
|Joe Maddon Doesn’t Care If You Disagree With HimChicago Press Release / 4 h. 5 min. ago more|
Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows he’s received some harsh criticism for his bullpen choices in Game 2 against the Dodgers – and he doesn’t care. Maddon defended his decision to not use All-Star closer Wade Davis Monday and went so far as to turn the backlash on those who disagreed with him, particularly on Twitter. “First of all, social media – the moment I start worrying about that, I really need to retire,” Maddon said at a news conference. Social media lit up the moment John Lackey trotted out of the bullpen with a runner on second and two outs in the ninth inning of the tied game – and the outrage only grew after Justin Turner subsequently smashed a three-run walk-off homer to give Los Angeles a 2-0 series lead. Chicago Cubs’ Furriest Fans Show Their Pride Specifically, fans were confused and some even furious that the skipper went with veteran starter Lackey – who prior to Sunday, had never pitched on back-to-back days in his entire career – over Davis, seen warming up in the bullpen. But Maddon stood by his choice, insisting that Davis was an option for one inning, and one inning only. “That was all predetermined last night. Again, Wade was not warming up to come into the game. Wade was just probably testing his arm at that point,” Maddon said. “We had talked about it before the game, up and in. For those that aren’t involved in Major League Baseball or professional baseball in general, when a guy’s thrown too much it’s very important to not dry hump him, as the saying goes: Get him up and then put him back down and then bring him back in later. So I wasn’t gonna do that,” he continued. “Wade knew that going into the game, it was going to be with the save. We caught the lead, he’s in the game. So whatever the narrative is, it’s really a false narrative. He was not coming into that game until we grabbed the lead. He was not going to pitch more than three outs. That’s it.” Cubs Fans Display Spooky Fandom for Halloween Davis was called to the mound early against the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS, delivering seven outs for the save – a feat that Maddon said limited his capabilities on Sunday. “Listen, this guy just did yeoman kind of work – I love that word – in Washington and was not prepared to go more than three outs. I don’t understand why that’s difficult to understand,” Maddon said. “And furthermore you have to also understand it wasn’t the last game of the year, or the second to the last game of the year. It was about winning eight more games. All these things are factors,” he added. And for the Twitter critics and sportswriters alike, Maddon had one final thought. “I really hope that y’all understand that social media doesn’t count, at all. Twitter doesn’t count at all. And really, as sportswriters you should do a better job than relying on Twitter to write a story, quite frankly.” The Cubs will face the Dodgers for Game 3 at Wrigley Field Tuesday night. Published at 10:09 PM CDT on Oct 16, 2017 | Updated at 10:14 PM CDT on Oct 16, 2017
|7 injured in city shootings, including 4 in spate of attacks near South AustinChicago Tribune / 4 h. 17 min. ago more|
Seven people were injured in city shootings on Monday -- four of them in or near the South Austin neighborhood. Most recently in the spate of South Austin shootings, a 19-year-old man was critically injured in a shooting around 8:50 p.m. in the 200 block of North Mason Avenue on the West Side,...
|Patti Goes All In with the All-In Fest, Comedian Paul Farahvar, Animals Affected in Puerto Rico, and ‘What’s Paul Eating?!’ | Full Show (Oct 16th)WGN Radio / 5 h. 12 min. ago more|
Tonight on Pretty Late! (Oct 16th) Comedian Paul Farahvar rides side car as Patti Goes ‘all in’ with the All-In Fest! David Halpern (Managing Partner with Four Entertainment Group) and Jess DeBacco (Assistant GM at aliveOne) discuss the upcoming ALL-IN Fest which is taking over the “Music Mile” here in Chicago this upcoming Thursday and Friday (Oct 19th and 20th)! Then, resident WGN Radio animal expert, Steve Dale joins us to discuss what has been happening to the animal population affected in Puerto Rico. And finally, we bring you another exciting episode of ‘What’s Paul Eating?!’ – where Patti and the crew take listener calls to try and guess what type of food Paul Farahvar is eating for fabulous prizes. All this AND more on Pretty Late! Listen to the full podcast right here: http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411682/3411682_2017-10-17-034522.128.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3777.mp3 Love the show? We want to hear from you!! Message us at: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | WGN SHOW PAGE | ITunes Or reach out to Producer Michael for guest info and inquires: TWITTER
|7 wounded in Monday shootings across Chicago - Chicago Sun-TimesGoogle News / 5 h. 26 min. ago more|
7 wounded in Monday shootings across ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesA 29-year-old man told investigators that he was walking in the 8000 block of South Ingleside when someone in a blue Buick fired shots, striking him in the left leg, according to Chicago Police. He later showed up at Jackson Park Hospital, where his ...and more »
|'Dancing with the Stars' brings the magic of Disney to the ballroomABC 7 / 7 h. 33 min. ago more|
The 10 remaining couples on "Dancing with the Stars" performed to Disney classics as one pair received the season's first perfect score.
|The Carry Out 10-16-17: “The Bears did everything they possibly could to lose that game to a team that was doing the exact same thing”WGN Radio / 8 h. 28 min. ago more|
The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include President Trump saying Congress is working on a short-term solution to healthcare, Chinese officials saying their space station will crash to earth, the Cubs losing the first two games of the NLCS to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Bears getting a big win against the Ravens and Orkin naming Chicago the “rattiest” city in the United States. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411660/3411660_2017-10-17-003700.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Live from Studio 435: Sunshine BoysWGN Radio / 8 h. 35 min. ago more|
The terrific Chicago-based trio Sunshine Boys join Justin in Studio 435 to talk about how the band came together, how their individual styles meld well together, the interesting way they came up with their band name, the collaborative nature of the Chicago music scene, using crowdsourcing to fund their music, their eagerly anticipated debut record, “Blue Music,” and their upcoming show at Martyrs’. The trio also perform a few songs including “Billy Boy,” “Schoolyard Bully” and “Tripping Through Time.” http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411659/3411659_2017-10-17-003459.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Bears Insider Adam Hoge: “The Bears don’t win that game without Mitch Trubisky”WGN Radio / 8 h. 39 min. ago more|
It’s time for another episode of “Monday Evening Quarterback! Tonight, Justin and WGN Bears Insider Adam Hoge break down the Bears thrilling 27-24 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Adam and Justin talk about the defense finally getting some takeaways, the continued improvement of Kyle Fuller, the dominant play of Danny Trevathan, why the Bears ran the ball so much, the promise shown by Mitchell Trubisky, the mistakes made by the special teams and what we can expect as the Bears get set to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411656/3411656_2017-10-17-003056.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|The Download with Justin Kaufmann Full Show 10-16-17WGN Radio / 8 h. 42 min. ago more|
We have a marvelous show to start the week! On tonight’s episode of The Download, the great writer Dave Eggers chats about his wonderful career and about receiving the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Award, Bears Insider Adam Hoge breaks down the Bears thrilling victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori talks about her career and the current production of “Fun Home,” playing at the Victory Gardens Theater and we end the show in Studio 435 with some terrific music courtesy of the Chicago-based trio Sunshine Boys! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411654/3411654_2017-10-17-002554.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Chicago, Once A Bikeshare Innovator, Squeamish About The Next Level - ForbesGoogle News / 9 h. 10 min. ago more|
ForbesChicago, Once A Bikeshare Innovator, Squeamish About The Next LevelForbesChicago had a new mayor and a progressive new transportation director, both fresh from D.C., in 2012 when it decided to launch Divvy, its city-owned bikeshare system. Since then the Divvy system has seen more than 10 million rides on 5,800 bikes tied ...and more »
|Chicago Once Again Tops List of Rattiest Cities In USNBC Chicago / 9 h. 14 min. ago more|
A recent Orkin report ranked Chicago among the most rat-infested cities across the nationPhoto Credit: AP
|Rogers Park Residents Meet After Teacher Fatally ShotNBC Chicago / 9 h. 16 min. ago more|
Three days after a beloved Chicago teacher was killed in a drive-by shooting, her loved ones continue to pay their respects as police and community members prepare to hold a meeting Monday night about violence...Photo Credit: Dick Johnson
|What You Need to Know Before Heading to Cubs GamesNBC Chicago / 9 h. 23 min. ago more|
As the Chicago Cubs look to take the lead from the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field for their first home games of this series, plenty of fans will flock to the city to see the action unfold live.Photo Credit: Getty Images
|Chicago teacher fatally shot in Rogers Park remembered during visitationABC 7 / 9 h. 45 min. ago more|
Family, friends, students and colleagues gathered Monday to remember a Chicago Waldorf School teacher who was fatally shot while walking to dinner with her husband last week in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood.
|‘Zombie Frap’ possibly coming to Starbucks in time for HalloweenWGN-TV / 9 h. 50 min. ago more|
Not crazy about the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks? The coffee giant may have another beverage for customers to try this season. The Zombie Frappuccino is rumored to come to the coffee shops just in time for Halloween. The drink is said to be a blend of green apple caramel powder and pink powder, topped with pink whipped cream to resemble brains. Starbucks hasn’t said anything officially about the new drink but word is leaking out from baristas on social […]
|Police: Man killed in fall from LondonHouse hotel in LoopABC 7 / 9 h. 50 min. ago more|
Police said a man was killed after he fell from a high floor of the LondonHouse hotel in the Loop Monday afternoon.
|2 Investigators: Rusted Light Poles ‘Very Worrisome’CBSlocal.com / 9 h. 52 min. ago more|
(CBS) — Lauren Lammy is nervous about the rusted light poles in her Old Town neighborhood. Her car was smashed by one that also fell across LaSalle Street. Fortunately, she was not in the car when it happened. “If that would have happened in rush hour, who knows what would have happened to someone else,” Lammy tells 2 Investigator Dave Savini. The incident with her car happened in August 2016. More than a year later, the 2 Investigators found more problem poles along the same stretch of road. “That’s exactly how mine looked,” Lammy says of a distressed light pole. Dangerous conditions exist in other neighborhoods, too. A pole fell on a teen last year as she headed to school in Hyde Park. Also in Hyde Park, the 2 Investigators found scores of rusted poles, many around the University of Chicago campus; Savini notified police. Dr. Sammy Tin, a metallurgical expert from IIT, says many poles are in dire need of maintenance and repair. “I see corrosion to different degrees,” Tin says. Of one pole, he says: “This is very, very worrisome.” In 2015, the 2 Investigators exposed hundreds of other city light poles with rusted out holes. The city made repairs then. “They should definitely be out here checking,” Lammy says. She says she reported the dangerous light poles to city. But nothing happened for nearly a year – and after the 2 Investigators began making inquiries. Lammy says the damage to her car totaled $3,500, but she is not getting a penny from the city. The Chicago Department of Law said it does not have to pay because no one reported the pole was rusted out before it fell. The Chicago Department of Transportation said as part a new program, it will be assessing every city light pole. If you see a problem light pole, you should call 3-1-1 to report it.
|Joe Maddon Doesn't Care If You Disagree With HimNBC Chicago / 9 h. 57 min. ago more|
Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows he’s received some harsh criticism for his bullpen choices in Game 2 against the Dodgers – and he doesn’t care.
|‘Fun Home’ co-creator and Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori: “Chicago audiences understand theater in a different way”WGN Radio / 10 h. 12 min. ago more|
Tony Award-winning composer and Broadway star Jeanine Tesori joins Justin to talk about her amazing career, what drew her to musicals, how she first came to work on the musical “Fun Home,” the process of taking someone else’s words and putting them into music, the amount of time it takes to get a production to an Off-Broadway stage, how “Fun Home” pushed the boundaries of musicals, consistently being amazed at the power of music, what it is like to work on a project that may never see the light of day, how theater is a team sport, the competitive nature of professional theater, the intimacy of seeing a live theater performance and the current production of “Fun Home” at Victory Gardens Theater. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411574/3411574_2017-10-16-194214.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Rogers Park Community to Meet After Teacher Fatally ShotChicago Press Release / 10 h. 25 min. ago more|
Three days after a beloved Chicago teacher was killed in a drive-by shooting, her loved ones continue to pay their respects as police and community members prepare to hold a meeting Monday night about violence in the Rogers Park neighborhood. A memorial stands just steps from where 64-year-old Cynthia Trevillion was shot and killed near the Morse CTA Red Line station on Friday. Those who knew her said teaching was Trevillion’s passion. “She was able to see in the child what was holding them back from learning,” said Rev. Ann Burfeind of the Christian Community Church in Rogers Park, where a wake and vigil were held for Trevillion’s loved ones to say their goodbyes. Trevillion was in the 6900 block of North Glenwood at around 6:30 p.m. when a vehicle drove up and someone inside opened fire, according to police. Trevillion was shot in the head and neck, authorities said, and taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital where she was pronounced dead just before 7:20 p.m. Chicago police said Trevillion was not the intended target of the drive-by shooting. “We all kind of looked at each other froze,” said Melodie Johnson, who witnessed the shooting. “And then guy came running around the corner and said somebody’s died.” Her husband John Trevillion said they were on their way to dinner with friends, walking to catch the train just steps from their home when shots rang out. John Trevillion said he heard what sounded like firecrackers and quickly dropped to the ground before seeing that his wife had been hit. Married 29 years, he described Cynthia Trevillion as “an extremely generous soul.” Both teachers, the couple moved from her home state of Michigan to Chicago roughly 15 years ago and have worked at the Chicago Waldorf School ever since. Cynthia Trevillion taught middle school math, according to the school’s website, and recently became an education support specialist, helping children who needed extra guidance in the classroom. Some of her students came together at a candlelight vigil Saturday night. The impact of the loss was deeply felt at both her school and the greater Rogers Park community. The same night Cynthia Trevillion was killed, a 15-year-old boy was shot about a mile away, leaving many area residents concerned. “It could have been me. It could have been me. I feel sorry for her husband,” said neighbor Marshall Jenkins. In response to the violence, Chicago police and community leaders including 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore planned to hold a community meeting where the shooting happened Monday night at 7 p.m. Published 5 hours ago | Updated 4 hours ago
|Chicago Riverwalk Flooding Hits Businesses’ Bottom LineChicago Press Release / 10 h. 25 min. ago more|
Businesses that depend on the Chicago River expressed concern after heavy rainfall over the weekend resulted in a loss of customers and profit. The entire Chicago area saw record rainfall on Saturday, with flooding impacting most of northern Illinois and even overtaking the city’s Riverwalk. Water flowed over the downtown tourist hotspot, shutting down restaurants and cafes at a critical time when they are collecting their last revenue before winter. Chicago Riverwalk Floods Amid Heavy Rain For many, Monday marked the third day with no business. Wendella boat tours hasn’t been able to operate since Friday because the water level is too high, with every inch counting on the Chicago River. The water must recede “about 8 inches until we can clear this bridge but that’s only clearing it. But in order to safely pass under it, we need another 2 beyond that,” Wendella Director of Marine Operations Mike McElroy said Monday. “Right about the time we needed it the most which is on the weekends, it shut us down,” McElroy added. Meanwhile, potential customers from all over the world have been turned away. “Of course I’m disappointed. And I talked it up. I was like, you have to do this. And now we’re not doing it,” said Joshua Bullock, visiting Chicago from Los Angeles with a friend. Your Weather Photos: Oct. 14 Storms The historic weekend rainfall also cut off restaurants along the Riverwalk. “All hell broke lose,” said Maria Visto-Perez, the manager of Tiny Tapp & Cafe. “The water kept continuously rising. Rats were starting to come up out of their nests.” Chicago’s Finest Tours estimated that the company has already lost thousands of dollars. “We’re getting close to the end of the summer season, we’re not going to be able to make up this money. That is devastating,” said tour guide Cindy Cooper. While the water has receded, several inches of mud remain on the Riverwalk that the City continues to work to clean. “I was excited to see it,” tourist Asher Feigenbaum said. “It’s a beautiful area but it’s covered in mud so I can’t go down there.” Although businesses have been impacted by the weather, the City said the Riverwalk was designed for this kind of event, engineered to withstand floods and the portion of the structure that remains closed was expected to reopen Tuesday. Published 4 hours ago
|'The Daily Show' in Chicago dishes deep on the cityChicago News / 10 h. 37 min. ago more|
With his first of four "Daily Shows" from Chicago this week, Trevor Noah presented America with a more nuanced version of the Windy City than it has been seeing lately. Not that he is a particular fan of that nickname, the host said during an opening monologue Monday evening that was all about the temporary relocation of the New York-based Comedy Central show to the Athenaeum Theatre on the North Side.
|Chicago submits bid for Amazon's HQ2, accompanying jobs and investment - Chicago Sun-TimesGoogle News / 10 h. 43 min. ago more|
Chicago Sun-TimesChicago submits bid for Amazon's HQ2, accompanying jobs and investmentChicago Sun-TimesChicago's Old Main Post Office could provide an ideal branding opportunity for Amazon's second North American corporate headquarters. The above is a Sun-Times photo illustration of how "wrapping" the building with an Amazon logo might look. Chicago ...Chicago and Illinois submit bid for Amazon's HQ2Chicago TribuneChicago submits formal bid to be home of Amazon's HQ2WQAD.comall 15 news articles »
|Blackhawks to air 24 games in Spanish - Chicago TribuneGoogle News / 10 h. 44 min. ago more|
Chicago TribuneBlackhawks to air 24 games in SpanishChicago TribuneOne "Goaaalllllll!" practically is as good as another, which is how Spanish-language WRTO-AM 1200 has come to carry two dozen Chicago Blackhawks games this season. The Blackhawks are poised this week to formally announce the expanded schedule of ...and more »
|Down and Distance: The Victory FormationWGN Radio / 10 h. 50 min. ago more|
Jarrett and Ernie discuss the Bears win over the Baltimore Ravens. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411624/3411624_2017-10-16-221324.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3758.mp3
|In Rogers Park, 'a great deal of sadness' after fatal shooting of popular teacher - Chicago TribuneGoogle News / 11 h. 2 min. ago more|
WLS-TVIn Rogers Park, 'a great deal of sadness' after fatal shooting of popular teacherChicago TribuneRogers Park community members gather at the intersection of Glenwood and Morse avenues on Oct. 16, 2017, where Cynthia Trevillion, 64, was shot in the head and killed while walking near the Morse Red Line station on Oct. 13. (Lou Foglia / Chicago ...Chicago teacher fatally shot in Rogers Park remembered during visitationWLS-TVBeloved Math Teacher Killed During Chicago Gang ViolenceBreitbart News8 Killed, 11 Wounded In Weekend Gun ViolenceCBS Chicagoall 33 news articles »
|In Rogers Park, 'a great deal of sadness' after fatal shooting of popular teacherChicago Tribune / 11 h. 7 min. ago more|
Three days after the fatal shooting of a 64-year-old math teacher in Rogers Park, several hundred residents gathered around the Morse Avenue “L” station, summoned by community leaders and hoping for answers. "There's a great deal of sadness and a little bit of shock because the community, for the...
|Suspect Attacks Woman In BurbankCBSlocal.com / 11 h. 7 min. ago more|
(CBS) — A southwest suburban woman who was forced to the ground Tuesday by a man trying to sexually assault her started screaming, scaring off the attacker. The 24-year-old woman was walking home from work about 7:45 p.m. when she was put in a bear hug and thrown to the ground near the intersection of 81st Street and Sayre Avenue in Burbank, according to Burbank police. This is the suspect Burbank police say attacked a woman. (Burbank Police) When he began trying take her pants off, she started screaming, police said. He quickly got off her and ran away north. The woman, “visibly shaken,” was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to police. Police on Monday released a sketch of the suspect, whom they described as a black man about 24, about 5-foot-7 and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information should call Burbank police at (708) 924-7300. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire copy; Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
|Chicago Riverwalk to reopen Wednesday after weekend floodingABC 7 / 11 h. 21 min. ago more|
The Chicago Riverwalk will reopen Tuesday following weekend flooding due to heavy rains.
|Police warn cab drivers of multiple armed robberies in South ShoreChicago Tribune / 11 h. 42 min. ago more|
Authorities are warning taxi cab drivers about a series of armed robberies that have happened in the South Shore neighborhood. According to a community alert, police have responded to at least three such incidents, all within South Shore. In the robberies, multiple men are picked up and upon...
|Eddie Olczyk's return to broadcast booth while battling cancer will be 'great for the soul' - Chicago TribuneGoogle News / 11 h. 58 min. ago more|
Chicago TribuneEddie Olczyk's return to broadcast booth while battling cancer will be 'great for the soul'Chicago TribuneThe former player, coach and occasional horse player and NBC racing reporter who grew up in suburban Chicago isn't ready to return to announcing full-time, as biweekly chemotherapy sessions are taxing his system. But he expects broadcasting to be a ...and more »
|Justice Elena Kagan talks about life on the Supreme Court during Chicago appearanceChicago Tribune / 12 h. 2 min. ago more|
The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia forced the remaining eight members of the nation’s highest court to work harder toward compromise, Justice Elena Kagan said Monday during a speech at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. In an hourlong appearance before law students and high-profile...
|THE MORNING AFTER: The first #MitchMomentCLTV / 12 h. 6 min. ago more|
BALTIMORE – For just a moment, and it’s a bit hard, put on the blinders when it comes to the Bears nearly 70 minutes of football on Sunday. They did some great things – got a trio of turnovers, two interceptions, a “Pick Six” and a 167 yard rushing game by Jordan Howard. There were some bad things too, like giving up a 77-yard punt return and surrendering 11 & 14 point leads. For this game against Baltimore for the Bears, there is just one play that stands out. It was just a for a first down, but it counted for so much more than that in the grand scheme of this day and the future as well. Call it the first #MitchMoment. This is a #MitchMoment: Under pressure, hits Kendall Wright for a first down. Impressive throw, catch. #Bears pic.twitter.com/PIVx3qqcUX — Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) October 15, 2017 It was overtime and the game still tied at 24 with the next score of any kind bringing and end to an unusual contest. Just inside Ravens’ territory, the Bears faced a 3rd-and-11 that would either set themselves up for a long field goal or force a punt that could leave the team in a tie. Dropping back to pass, Trubisky got heavy pressure in the pocket and was forced to step up quickly. Unaffected by the rush, Trubisky evaded one defender in front of him and off the back foot threw down the field. It was high enough and in the right place to find the leaping Kendall Wright, who came down with the football at the Baltimore 23-yard line. First down Bears, and left Connor Barth in a better position to make that eventual game-winning field goal. “The offensive line gave me some time, and I had to buy some time myself,” said Trubisky of the third-down throw. “I saw Kendall over the middle, and he was open. He made a heck of a catch. and we made it happen.” So why this play? Why not a halfback option pass by Tarik Cohen that’s another example of Dowell Loggains’ offensive creativity that’s shown up with Trubisky? Or perhaps Adrian Amos’ impressive catch then run for a 90-yard interception return for touchdown? Howard’s 53-yard run did the most damage on that game-winning drive, pulling the Bears into reasonable scoring position from the shadow of their own goal line? This moment tops them all because of what it meant for the past, present, and even the future for the franchise. Seem a little dramatic, just listen. Traditionally moments like what happened on that 3rd-and-11 would result in a negative play for the Bears. The wrong read would be mad, the quarterback would be sacked, the ball would get picked off, or if the pass got out it would be dropped. Completing such a throw under duress, in itself, was a pleasant change of pace. In the moment it provided a bit of redemption for Trubisky, who in a critical moment in a tie game the week before threw an interception when pressured in the pocket on a final drive. It led to the game-winning field goal by the Vikings, but the change of the outcome led to one for the Bears and the quarterback’s first victory. For the future, the play itself points to the shining potential of Trubisky. On target passes like that one weren’t on every throw against the Ravens on Sunday, but there were on a few that counted. The touchdown toss to Dion Sims was on the move and landed right in the tight ends hands, just as the third down completion was to Wright. “He’s a different kind of guy. He’s a baller. He gets better every week, and nothing bothers him,” said Wright of Trubisky. “The team didn’t make nearly as many mental errors this week because of his patience.” It also helps the team and fans do the same. One #MitchMoment down, with hopefully scores of more to come.
|Best-selling author Dave Eggers: “Chicago is the middle of the middle and the heart of the heart”WGN Radio / 12 h. 12 min. ago more|
The great author, editor and publisher Dave Eggers joins Justin to talk about his wonderful career, growing up in Lake Forest, attending the University of Illinois, being a part of an incredible legacy of Chicago writers, how he has diversified his writing, the importance of challenging himself to try new things, the amount of research that goes into each project, his work with 826 National and receiving the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Award. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411576/3411576_2017-10-16-194716.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio
|Teen crash deaths in Illinois drop by half since '07, graduated licenses creditedChicago Tribune / 12 h. 27 min. ago more|
The number of teen driving deaths in Illinois last year was less than half of what it was almost a decade earlier, according to figures the Illinois secretary of state released Monday. In 2016, 76 teens were killed in Illinois car crashes involving a driver ages 16 to 19. That is more than 50 percent...
|Grown-Up Trick-or-Treating, Haunted Mansion Show and More Take Over Chicago This HalloweenChicago News / 12 h. 40 min. ago more|
When October rolls around, our minds are on a one set track for pretty leaves falling, all things pumpkin, and of course... HALLOWEEN! If you are looking to spend your spook-filled holiday visiting a haunted house for the umpteenth time or sitting on your couch watching re-runs of Hocus Pocus and Michael Myer's Halloween eating candy corn, it is time to switch it up! From grown-up trick-or-treating to a haunted mansion theatre performance, Chicago has rounded out the best Halloween events for you to attend this year.
|Celebrate National Pasta Day with Chicago's Best Italian RestaurantsChicago News / 12 h. 40 min. ago more|
October 17 is National Pasta Day! There's no shortage of Italian restaurants in Chicago , so we've rounded up some of the best to help you decide where to celebrate. Whether you like rotini or ravioli, you're sure to find your perfect place for pasta.
|Chicago makes its official bid for Amazon HQ2Bizjournals.com / 12 h. 46 min. ago more|
Chicago is now officially in the running to land Amazon’s second North American headquarters. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner said today in a joint statement that the Chicago area has officially submitted its bid for Amazon’s HQ2. The bid was submitted electronically on Monday, the first day of the four-day window where Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is accepting bids. The announcement lacked specific details on Chicago’s bid, but called the overall economic impact of Amazon’s HQ2 “unprecedented.”…
|Police probe possible link between Orchard Road fatal crash, Aurora shootingsChicago Tribune / 12 h. 56 min. ago more|
Two men died and three others were taken to hospitals after two cars collided with a semitractor trailer Monday at the Orchard Road Interstate 88 overpass, Kane County sheriff's officials said. Investigators are looking into whether the collisions are related to two Aurora shootings reported between...
|Police release sketch of Burbank sexual assault suspectWGN-TV / 13 h. 10 min. ago more|
BURBANK, Ill. — Police have released a sketch of a man they said tried to sexually assault a woman in Burbank. Police said a 24-year-old woman was walking home from work around 7:45 p.m. on October 10 near 81st and Sayre Avenue when she was approached from behind by a unknown man. The man placed her into a bear hug and threw her onto the ground. She tried to fight off the offender and as he started to take her […]
|2 Dead In Kane County WreckCBSlocal.com / 13 h. 14 min. ago more|
(CBS) – A fatal crash near Aurora Monday may be connected to a car chase and gunfight, authorities say. Authorities say a GMC Envoy and a Jaguar, both traveling at fast speeds, crashed into the trailer of a turning semi-tractor on Orchard Road and Interstate 88 around noon. The 23-year old driver of the Envoy was pronounced dead at the scene. A 24-year-old passenger in that car later died at the hospital, and a third person in the car has life-threatening injuries, authorities say. The truck driver and the person behind the wheel of the Jaguar reportedly have minor injuries. The Kane County Sheriff’s Department says there were reports of cars chasing and shooting at each other in the area before the crash. The office is working with Aurora police. Anyone with information on the shootings should call Kane County Sheriff’s Investigators at (630)-444-1103 or Aurora Police Investigations at (630) 256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000.
|East Chicago pipe bomb suspect from Munster set to appear in federal court TuesdayChicago Tribune / 13 h. 32 min. ago more|
A Munster man accused of mailing a pipe bomb that exploded at the East Chicago post office and injured an employee there last month, as well as making threats to another person, is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday. Eric Krieg, 45, of Munster, was charged last week with the knowing possession...
|Aurora police hold mother of boy critically injured in retention pond crashChicago Tribune / 13 h. 33 min. ago more|
A 31-year-old Cicero women is in custody in connection with a Sunday morning retention pond crash that left her son in critical condition, police said Monday. The six-year-old boy, who was in the water for at least a half hour before his rescue, continues to receive treatment at a Chicago hospital,...
|Water main break cancels classes at Rich EastDaily Southtown / 13 h. 40 min. ago more|
A water main break in Park Forest Monday forced the cancellation of afternoon classes at Rich East High School, an announcement on the district's website stated. The school experienced a loss of water pressure and no available drinking water as a result of the break, according to a letter sent...
|Chicago Riverwalk Flooding Hits Businesses' Bottom LineNBC Chicago / 13 h. 42 min. ago more|
Businesses that depend on the Chicago River expressed concern after heavy rainfall over the weekend resulted in a loss of customers and profit.
|Police Warn Of BB Guns Being Shot At CTA Buses On South SideCBSlocal.com / 13 h. 44 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are warning South and Far South side residents of people shooting BB and pellet guns at CTA buses traveling in the Avalon Park, Greater Grand Crossing and Riverdale neighborhoods. People used BB or pellet guns to shoot at windows of CTA buses while in transit, according to a community alert from Chicago Police. The incidents happened: – About 10:10 p.m. Oct. 5 in the 7900 block of South Chicago; – About 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the 7900 block of South Perry; – About 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the 7900 block of South Dorchester; and – About 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the 13220 block of South Ellis. Anyone with information should contact Area South detectives at (312) 747-8273. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
|Orland Park spelling bee attracts area residentsDaily Southtown / 13 h. 45 min. ago more|
A poet might think it fitting that a champion of a spelling bee would win with the word "approbation," which means approval or praise. Appropriately, Steve Lange, a 61-year-old pastor from Orland Park, received heaps of approbation after he won the 39th Annual Orland Park Open Spelling Bee on Sunday...
|Are Drug Companies Playing A Role In The Opioid Crisis?CBSlocal.com / 13 h. 50 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — Amid the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history, accusations accuse pharmaceutical companies, and even U.S. Congress, of fueling the opioid crisis. A joint 60 Minutes-Washington Post investigation reveals many drug addicts feel betrayed by their doctors. “This made the whole crack epidemic look like nothing,” said Joe Rannazzisi, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official. Rannazzisi told 60 Minutes that drug companies are knowingly shipping to suspicious doctors and rogue pharmacies practically unchecked. A pharmacy in Kermit, West Virginia, for example, which is a town of 392 people, ordered more than nine million hydrocodone pills over a span of two years. “They were just drug dealers in lab coats,” Rannazzisi said. Peter Bensinger, a DEA administrator to three presidents, said, “That doesn’t make any sense. There is no legitimate need to have millions of very dangerous pills go to very small cities and hamlets.” Bensinger says the agency’s mission is to protect Americans from such highly addictive opioids, but adds that that mission has been thwarted by an act of Congress. RELATED: Statement Poll Reveals New Statistics on Illinois’ Opioid Epidemic | Kankakee County Sues Drug Companies Amid Opioid Crisis | $1M Grant Going Towards Research To Fight Opioid Crisis | Aldermen Seek Coordinated Effort To Combat Opioid Crisis Legislation backed by powerful drug companies stripped the DEA’s enforcement powers just as the opioid epidemic was peaking. Dennis Pagach, who was prescribed painkillers for a bad back, is now being treated for addiction at Chicago’s Haymarket Center. He says fighting his addiction is an everyday battle. “I had a good paying job, I had a family, and I lost everything to this,” he said. Pagach was encouraged to try more pills. “I just wasn’t educated by the doctors because, I believe, the doctors are in it with the pharmaceutical companies to make money.” Bensinger says the legislation must be rolled back to stem the opioid crisis, adding, “It’s now a number one danger. But the number of overdose deaths are 10,000 going to 20,000, and that’s just unacceptable.” Attorneys general across the country, including Lisa Madigan in Illinois, are investigating several opioid manufacturers for unlawful marketing practices.
|Church newsDaily Southtown / 14 h. 1 min. ago more|
Alsip The Lighthouse Church: 4501 W. 127th St. — Pastor Dan Willis and Linda Willis will be honored for 40 years of service at a Founders Day Weekend celebration. A free Gospel Extravaganza will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. The Brown Sisters, Janet Sutton and Voices of Acme, Pastor Daniel Smith and New...
|Shrine of Christ receives acceptance in national grant programHyde Park Herald / 14 h. 2 min. ago more|
By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., is one of 17 congregations nationwide that was selected into a national grant program spearheaded by the National Fund for Sacred Places, a program under Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant program supports capital building projects at historic houses of worship. The national fund will offer planning grants, professional services, and capital grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to no more than 50 congregations over four years. About 220 congregations applied for acceptance into the program. The program launched last year with grants totaling $14 million from Lilly Endowment, an Indiana-based organization. The Shrine will use the funds to complete phase one of development work following a fire that engulfed the over 90-year-old church two years ago. The fire destroyed the roof, causing it to cave in. Preservationists and area residents prevented the building from being demolished after the fire. “Because of the National Fund, we will be able to complete the roof installation on this Chicago landmark,” said Shrine Rector Canon Matthew Talarico in a written statement. “It’s the first step in getting us home in the Shrine building.” The final grant amount will be determined upon the completion of the technical support portion of the program that includes training and project consultation. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of this major preservation effort, a project to save a building rooted deeply in historic Catholic architecture,” said Chad Martin, director of the National Fund in a written statement. “The story of the Shrine re-enlivening this sacred place as an asset for the community and persevering despite two major fires in recent years is important for Chicago and for the country.” email@example.com The post Shrine of Christ receives acceptance in national grant program appeared first on hpherald.com.
|South Side Pie Challenge returns to HPNC for sixth yearHyde Park Herald / 14 h. 5 min. ago more|
By EVAN HAMLIN Herald Intern On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, will host the sixth annual South Side Pie Challenge. The challenge will feature a pie bake-off, live music, coffee and activities for kids. The event will take place at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Now in its sixth rendition for 2017, the contest has raised more than $13,000 for Hyde Park and Kenwood hunger programs since 2012. The event brought in $4,000 last year, and featured 54 pies. Organizers hope to cap pies at 60 for this year, or around 15 per category. “This is a contest we keep small and local because we want to make sure every pie gets a professional assessment and we want to highlight south side home bakers and businesses,” said Julie Vassilatos, one of the organizers for the event. “We would have to radically restructure if we wanted to have an event with several hundred pies. By utilizing a smaller format, we have more folks coming to eat pie, which is great.” Amateur bakers are invited to take part in the challenge. Pies can be entered into four categories: fruit, cream, nut, and sweet potato/pumpkin. A team of eight hospitality professionals will deliver the verdict on the baked goods. The entry fee for the contest is $25, and contestants can enter into any or all of the categories. Two identical pies count as one submission, and bakers can submit once into whichever categories they like. “Every year I love to see what people bring to us – they really do bring their best and it is a wonderful experience to be in a setting like that,” Vassilatos said. “One thing I like about the pie challenge is that folks make connections with each other – through pie,” Vassilatos said. “I also look forward to raising several thousand dollars for the Hyde Park/Kenwood Hunger Programs. And I always look forward to seeing people’s pies and hearing their stories. They have the greatest stories.” This year, the contest will host a pastry class for kids as part of the organization’s community building effort. The class is incorporated into the festivities by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, on of the event’s sponsors. Teams are encouraged to enter the contest as well. Evan Robinson, a Hyde Park resident who appeared on Master Chef Jr. will be one of the judges at this year’s event. Robinson will join other highly qualified judges in handing down rulings for the best pies this year. “I always love to see the judges at work – they know things like whether a pie was baked on a stone or if it had vinegar or vodka in the crust, whether or not there is corn starch in the fruit filling, all these mysterious things an ordinary pie-eating person would scarcely be aware of. It is amazing to watch them quietly at work applying their expertise.” More information about the organization and this year’s event can be found on www.southsidepie.com. Additionally, those looking to volunteer at the event can find more information by visiting http://southsidepiechallenge.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=24610. firstname.lastname@example.org The post South Side Pie Challenge returns to HPNC for sixth year appeared first on hpherald.com.
|Program Helps Adults With Disabilities Find Jobs They LoveNBC Chicago / 14 h. 24 min. ago more|
Teaching Together Chicago offers paid internships for adults with disabilities within Chicago Catholic Schools. Interns receive job training and mentoring to help them secure employment.
|Police: Dogs that attacked boy in Aurora euthanized; owner finedChicago Tribune / 14 h. 30 min. ago more|
Both dogs that attacked and seriously injured a 10-year-old boy Friday have been euthanized, and Kane County Animal Control is testing both for rabies, officials said Monday. The dogs, both pit bulls, were euthanized about 10:50 a.m. Monday at Aurora Animal Care and Control, police said. The 20-year-old...
|Chicago Ranks At The Top Of The ‘Rattiest Cities’ ListCBSlocal.com / 14 h. 32 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — Just in time for Halloween, the rats are out wandering the city. For the third consecutive year, Chicago ranks at the “rattiest city” on Orkin’s ‘Top 50 Rattiest Cities’ list. In fact, service calls in Chicago are up 32 percent. “It does surprise me. Chicago has quiet a number of conducive conditions of its own and a lot of opportunity for improvement,” said Orkin Entomologist and Technical Director of Orkin’s Midwest Region, John Kane. “Chicago certainly has a lot of mice and rat pressure. We have a lot of square mileage spread out and we also have quiet a lot of alleys in which we put our garbage.” New York is a close second, followed by Los Angeles and San Francisco, he said. Kane said as the weather gets colder, unwanted pests like mice and rats look for food, water and shelter to survive the winter. “Rats and mice begin looking for warmer, more insulated places to get through the winter, and these too often happen to be our homes or businesses,” Kane said. “Rodents like to chew on wood and electrical wires, increasing the fire danger behind your walls and potentially damage to your home. “Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter, while mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime. Even if they can’t find an opening, they can often chew their way in.” Mayor Emanuel has proposed spending an additional $1.5 million next year to get rid of rats. The rankings are based on the number of rodent treatments the company performed from Sept. 15, 2016 – Sept. 15, 2017, including both residential and commercial treatments. Orkin’s full list of the Top 50 Rattiest Cities include: 1. Chicago 2. New York 3. Los Angeles 4. San Francisco – Oakland 5. Washington, DC 6. Philadelphia 7. Detroit 8. Baltimore 9. Seattle – Tacoma 10. Dallas – Ft. Worth 11. Denver 12. Minneapolis – St. Paul 13. Cleveland – Akron 14. Atlanta 15. Boston 16. Hartford – New Haven 17. Portland, OR 18. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale 19. Indianapolis 20. Houston 21. Milwaukee 22. Pittsburgh 23. New Orleans 24. Cincinnati 25. Richmond – Petersburg 26. Sacramento – Stockton 27. Kansas City 28. Charlotte 29. Norfolk – Portsmouth – Newport News 30. Buffalo 31. Columbus, OH 32. St. Louis 33. Raleigh – Durham 34. Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo 35. San Diego 36. Albany – Schenectady 37. San Antonio 38. Tampa – St. Petersburg 39. Rochester, NY 40. Nashville 41. Champaign – Springfield – Decatur 42. Greenville – Spartanburg 43. Memphis 44. Phoenix 45. Syracuse 46. West Palm Beach 47. Orlando – Daytona Beach 48. Madison 49. Flint – Saginaw 50. Green Bay – Appleton
|After Court Declines to Hear Appeal, Bonnie Liltz Speaks OutNBC Chicago / 14 h. 33 min. ago more|
A chronically ill Schaumburg mother who pleaded guilty in the death of her severely disabled daughter is preparing for the possibility of having to return to prison.Photo Credit: NBCChicago.com
|Cleanup Continues On Flooded Chicago RiverwalkCBSlocal.com / 14 h. 57 min. ago more|
(CBS) – Cleanup continues along Chicago’s Riverwalk, which was closed because of flooding along the Chicago River. CBS 2’s Ed Curran reports. The Riverwalk is the city’s newest gem, but too much river left not enough walk this weekend, after record rains brought the river to a height that even saw tour boats suspend operations. Monday morning, the water taxis and tour boats were moving again. Barricades didn’t stop some people from visiting small parts of the Riverwalk that had recovered. In many spots, the walkway is still coated with slippery river sediment. At City Winery, workers attacked the muck with power washers and carted away debris left by the retreating river. The river came within inches of the indoor restaurant area. The city announced plans to reopen the Riverwalk Tuesday and said the area was designed with durable materials to bounce back from flooding. “The Riverwalk functioned as intended during the flood event ensuring a quick and easy clean up so visitors can get back to enjoying all the Riverwalk has to offer,” a news release said.
|Mayor Emanuel’s 2018 Budget: Spending On SafetyCBSlocal.com / 14 h. 57 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (CBS) — Bigger phone bills and more expensive theater tickets are both part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new plan to pay for his 2018 budget. Emanuel visited the Englewood Police Department Monday to shine a light not only on increased police resources, but also on increased results, touting 130 fewer shootings in the neighborhood than last year. “In the last eight days, not a single shooting in this district, not one!” In 2018, the mayor plans to spend even more on safety: $27 million on CPD police reform for enhanced training and community policing $5 million on new hiring $100 million on police overtime — up $20 million from this year — with heightened oversight, after revelations about abuse “We are monitoring our budgeting of overtime,” said CPD’s First Deputy Kevin Navarro. “We’re putting in swiping within the next month — that’ll be a process that starts out at headquarters, and we are monitoring our spending very closely right now.” Another safety item: $80 million for school security, which is money Chicago Public Schools then won’t have to spend. “Shifting it back over to the city, this is going to free up money for CPS to put into the classroom,” said Bobby Otter, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. But some taxes and fees will go up, including a nine percent amusement tax — up from 5 percent — on music and theater in big venues. This hike is supposed to raise nearly $16 million. The 911 tax will also get a boost to $5 per month — up from $3.90 — to produce $140 million. “After the property tax increase, we’re seeing less nickel and diming because so much of that revenue that the city needed to help pay for the pensions is coming in through the property tax increases,” Otter said. In regards to the issue of public safety, Mayor Emanuel also noted 82 new Chicago Police officers hit the streets Monday, which is part of a steady stream on the way. Around 100 new cops will be sworn in every month from now until April — 700 cops overall. This is part of the plan to hire nearly 1,000 new officers by the end of 2018.
|Payton Presser: Running game and takeaways get Bears their 2nd winWGN Radio / 15 h. 1 min. ago more|
It wasn’t a pretty one, but the Bears came out of Sunday with their second win of the season, topping the Ravens 27-24 in overtime. Most of my focus during the game was on Mitchell Trubisky and his development. But all three phases were on display for various reasons. It feels like the Bears always have the deck stacked against them this season. But they weathered the storm Sunday to grind out a victory. The Bears get a much-needed and hard-earned win. Time to jump into my takeaways from Sunday’s game in Baltimore. Trubisky Second Start “You see a young QB that still has a way to go.”Even though Sunday was Trubisky’s second NFL start, there were still some firsts for him, including his first road start and first time having a short week to prepare. The rookie had an outing similar to his Monday night debut. There are flashes of competency when you watch Trubisky. But you see a young QB that still has a way to go. It’s all part of his evolution as the signal caller. Trubisky once again didn’t have eye-popping numbers, finishing his day 8 of 16 for 113 yards and 1 touchdown. His biggest improvement from the Vikings game was taking care of the football and with no interceptions. I was pushing for Trubisky to play because he gives the Bears the best chance to win with his ability to extend plays, which he illustrated by stepping up in the pocket, locating Kendall Wright and throwing a beautiful pass for 18 yards to set up the game-winning field goal. That was a signature moment for the rookie QB. The touchdown pass to Dion Sims was also solid because of the pressure he encountered. He did what he does very well: keeps his eyes downfield and makes plays. Trubisky also threw the ball away when things weren’t there. He made progress yesterday in his second start. Listen, there are still a bunch of things in his game he will have to refine. But the rookie showed me that he is ready to take his high and lows as a NFL QB. With a lack of weapons at the wideout position, Trubisky is doing the best he can. The running game was key for the rookie as he leaned on Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen to move the chains. Eventually the Bears will have to toss the rock around a little more and I think that will come in time as Trubisky gets more and more acclimated to the feel and speed of the game. Running the ball “Ground and pound is the key to the Bears having any success this season.”I tweeted before the game that Jordan Howard needed 20-plus carries if the Bears wanted a chance to win the game. Let’s just go with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains creeping on my timeline because the Bears controlled the ground game. Not only did Howard get his touches, but Cohen got his as well. What made it possible was the Bears never had to play from behind in Baltimore and stuck to their game plan. Howard had 36 touches for 167 yards, with his biggest play of the day coming when he put the team on his back with a monster 53 yard run in overtime. Howard is the guy that makes the Bears offense successful. Not only did the Bears running backs run the rock, they helped out in the passing game as well. In the 2nd quarter, Cohen received the toss from Trubisky, pulled up and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Zach Miller in the end zone. I give props to the Bears offense for being able to run the ball even though the Ravens knew that would be the recipe for the Bears to win. Ground and pound is the key to the Bears having any success this season. Keep calling for that same recipe week in and week out until Trubisky progresses and the Bears will have a chance to win every week. Just put 24 & 29 in and let them spin. Simple as that. Put some respect on the Bears defense “You better respect the Bears defense.”The Bears defense came into Sunday’s game with three takeaways for the entire season and they doubled that on Sunday with three against the Ravens. Before the regular season started, the Bears defense was who I said needed to be the rock of this team. They would have to not only create turnovers, but they would have to turn them into points somewhere down the line. The Bears defense held the Ravens to just 291 yards of total offense. Ravens QB Joe Flacco had 180 yards through the air and was sacked 3 times, while giving up 2 interceptions. Bryce Callahan recorded the first interception of the day and the first of the Bears season on an amazing diving catch which set up Cohen’s touchdown pass to Miller. Then Adrian Amos’ had his first career interception and run-back for a touchdown. They also got another turnover when Christian Jones forced a fumble, recovered by Danny Trevathan. The defense did what I expected them to do from the start of the season on Sunday. It says something about a defense that has lost some key pieces due to injury. The Bears defense never asks, “Why us?” They just use the next-man-up mentality and move forward. As a Bears fan, I’m proud of how Kyle Fuller and Adrian Amos have bounced back this season. Both guys were left for dead before the season started and, due to injuries on the defensive unit, they have been able to play and shine. It was really good having Trevathan back in the lineup on Sunday. No matter what his numbers look like, he’s a difference maker and the QB of the Bears defense. This unit is nowhere near a finished product, but I think it opened eyes around the league. The biggest thing I walked away with after the game on Sunday was: You better respect the Bears defense. Misses “Special teams is the unit that gets forgotten about until it almost costs you the game.”The Bears had their share of misses yesterday. The special teams gave up a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 96-yard kickoff return late in the third quarter to cut the Bears’ lead to 17-10. Special teams is the unit that gets forgotten about until it almost costs you the game. Jeff Rodgers has his hands full to get things right moving forward. Another issue that seems to be a constant is the shotgun snaps by Cody Whitehair. Thankfully, Trubisky is athletic enough to recover bad snaps. To his credit, Whitehair is still getting settled at center with the early injuries to the offensive line. But he has to be better and I know he can be better. “With Aaron Rodgers’ injury, the NFC North is wide open.”In the NFL, wins are hard to come by, so any chance you get to walk away with one is a success. That’s the case for the Bears who have struggled to put full games together this season. Sunday taught me a lot about the fight in this team. Things started off good for John Fox’s team but they would leave the door open for the Ravens to come back into the game. The Bears didn’t panic in crunch time. They fought and clawed their way to their second win of the season. The lapses this team has at times are mind boggling. But it’s something that I’ve come to expect with John Fox-coached teams. Even with that being said, they cut down on the penalties that have hurt them the past few weeks which gave them a chance for a victory. This season is all about growth for me. Seeing this team win more games than they did the year before, watching guys that were written off before the season become viable contributors to this team, and seeing a young QB get his first road win all make me happy and really gives me hope. With Aaron Rodgers’ injury, the NFC North is wide open. With the Bears schedule, I will enjoy my Bears victory Monday and I hope you’re enjoying yours. Till next time. #BearDown Jarrett Payton www.jarrettpayton.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/paytonsun Facebook: www.facebook.com/paytonsun
|2 dead, 3 injured in Aurora crash, may be related to two shootingsCLTV / 15 h. 5 min. ago more|
AURORA, Ill. -- Two men died and three others were injured after a two cars slammed into a semi-truck in Aurora and police said it may have started with a nearby shooting. Police said two vehicles were speeding down Orchard Road, near I-88 when they slammed into a semi-truck. Aurora police are working closely with the Kane County Sheriff’s Department to piece this all together. They said it’s possible two shootings and the crash are all related. Faabin Elizondo has lived on the quiet corner of Morton and Indian Trial for nearly three years. “I was at work she called me and said there were a lot of cops outside and then she called me again saying the house got shot,” he said. He hurried home to find a bullet hole in his front window. Fortunately, his wife wasn’t in the room so no one was hurt. “We don’t know what was going on there’s a lot of stuff going through your head,” he said. Police said they received two separate reports of shots fired between two cars. Police said the first shooting was around 11 a.m. on Konen Aveue near Arlene Street in unincorporated Kane County. Another shooing happened around 11:45 a.m. on Nantucket and Durham near Indian Trail. Both reports involved vehicles chasing each other and shots being fired, police said. Police said that nothing was hit in regards to the Konen Avenue call. According to Aurora Police, two homes, one in the 1200 block of Morton Avenue and one in the 800 block of Old Indian Trail sustained gunfire damage but there were no injuries. Mario Clark lives across the street from where one of the shootings happened. He says he missed it by minutes. “They said the shooting happened around 11:40, I left around 11:37 I saw the accident up there too so it was just a coincidence,” he said. He’s talking about this horrible crash on orchard road, over interstate 88. Police said the drivers of the crash were speeding down Orchard Road, when they slammed into a semi-truck turning onto the street. The driver of the Jaguar walked away with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the GMC Envoy, 23-year old Christopher Shaw, died at the scene. The passenger, 24-year-old Devonte Bouchee, later died at the hospital. Another man in the car is still fighting for his life. No one is in custody.
|New University of Illinois school to grant full scholarships89 WLS-AM / 15 h. 11 min. ago more|
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The first class of students to be accepted to the University of Illinois’ new medical school will receive about $200,000 worth of free tuition. The News-Gazette reports that the Carle Illinois College of Medicine has received approval to begin recruiting its first class of 32 students for the fall of 2018. Each student will receive full four-year scholarships funded by donors. Dr. King Li is the medical school’s dean. He says the school has already raised enough funding to cover 15 scholarships. Li says the scholarships will be used to lure students, in part because the school will collect applications later than other medical schools. The school won’t get provisional accreditation until its first class reaches the second year. Full accreditation would be given when the inaugural class is in its final year. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
|The John Williams Show Full Podcast 10.16.17: Chicago Cubs and Bears, Lake County gun raffle, Jane Addams Resource CorporationWGN Radio / 15 h. 52 min. ago more|
The weekend brought a loss by the Chicago Cubs and a more shocking win by the Bears. Sam Panayotovich joins John to analyze the execution of both games. Then, John asks you for your thoughts on a gun raffle taking place in Lake County, IL just weeks after a shooting that killed 58 people, and injured more than 500. Finally, Jane Addams Resource Corporation is granted a gift to continue serving those in need of a job with the appropriate training. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411488/3411488_2017-10-16-171728.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3
|Center in Palos Park logs more space for art classesDaily Southtown / 15 h. 52 min. ago more|
The Log Cabin Center for the Arts in Palos Park has long has a misleading name. Though it's always been an arts destination, it was actually comprised of two log cabins until a 2008 construction project added a third log cabin to accommodate the Center's growing art programs. Nearly a decade later,...
|'Shameless' stars arrive in Chicago to film scenes for Season 8Chicago News / 15 h. 59 min. ago more|
Emma Kenney, who plays teen mom Debbie Gallagher, posted a picture Sunday of her lunch at Public House in River North. She and co-star Ethan Cutkosky, a Chicago-area native, arrived by private plane Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.
|Join Chicago Activists in Their Fight Against a $95 Million Police Training AcademyChicago News / 15 h. 59 min. ago more|
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|Joe Maddon compares MLB plate collision rule to overturned soda tax, and other Chicago newsChicago News / 15 h. 59 min. ago more|
Joe Maddon argues a call with an umpire during the National League Championship Series game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Saturday. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon compared the MLB plate collision rule to Cook County's overturned soda tax over the weekend.
|Chicago incentivizes abusive policing through overtime policyChicago Reporter / 16 h. 4 min. ago more|
Inspector General Joe Ferguson recently released yet another audit documenting how the Chicago Police Department has created perverse economic incentives for officers to arrest people and mismanaged hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. It is yet another government report detailing how CPD’s culture of corruption and lack of effective oversight targets Chicago’s black and brown communities through both over-policing and under-resourcing. During the two-and-a-half-year time period examined by the Inspector General, CPD paid out $225.5 million in overtime that cannot be accounted for because of coding errors. This may sound like a minor data tracking issue. But it’s significant because officers can only accumulate overtime pay for specific situations, like attending court hearings, working special events or an “extension of tour.” CPD’s inability to track the reasons for overtime payouts undoubtedly helps facilitate a practice known as trolling–the most troubling abuse documented in the report. Officers engage in trolling when they actively seek “traffic, disorderly conduct or other violations at the end of a shift” or when they “make an arrest at the end of a shift as a result of escalating a situation which would have been in the officer’s discretion to dismiss.” Why do officers troll? Because if an officer makes an arrest after her shift was scheduled to end, she’ll get a bigger paycheck. Under most circumstances, officers will make “one and one half times” their regular hourly rate when they accumulate trolling-related overtime. CPD brass acknowledged to the Inspector General that officers do in fact make arrests just to get paid. Yet CPD has done nothing to end this practice. Trolling does not just result in millions of wasted tax payer dollars—it also inflicts an incalculable human toll. An arrest can be life-destroying. Even a bogus arrest when charges are later dropped can stay on a person’s record, and could result in job loss, eviction from public housing and other negative consequences for people arrested and their families. Convictions from these bad arrests—even for relatively minor offenses— have even more serious negative effects on a person’s ability to work, live and exist free from police harassment and surveillance. As has been well documented, people who interact with CPD officers aren’t just at risk of false arrests and bad convictions; they also risk physical assault and death. The January 2017 U.S. Department of Justice report on its investigation of the CPD contains multiple examples of officers escalating incidents, abusing and taunting community members—including children, women and people living with mental illness. The DOJ report notes that “officers provided no justification for the level of force they used or why they did not attempt to resolve these situations with common de-escalation techniques.” The Inspector General’s latest report may have filled in some blanks for us. CPD officers are not just motivated to escalate situations because of their disregard for the humanity of black and brown people; they are also trying to fatten their wallets and bring home that overtime bank. CPD’s scandalous use of overtime pay to incentivize arrests and other abusive officer-community interactions, and to further drain city coffers of funds that should be used to strengthen our communities, is at its core a story of race and racism. Chicago’s predominantly white police force has—and has had—a financial incentive to arrest almost exclusively black and brown people. Not only that, but there are staggering opportunity costs when CPD wastes millions while the city starves our public schools, cuts community mental health services and underfunds recreation opportunities and other interventions that are proven to reduce reliance on police and prisons. Grassroots efforts that work at reducing gun violence, like the community-building efforts of MASK (Mothers Against Senseless Killing), are forced to fight for every penny, even though the work that they do ends violence. In contrast, the City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have empowered CPD with a blank check to execute strategies that impose violence on our communities. What can be done to counter this waste and abuse? One answer can be found in the work of the #No Cop Academy Campaign, a coalition of community organizations throughout Chicago that has banded together to stop the proposed $95 million new training academy for CPD. The coalition asserts that “We demand a redirecting of this $95 million into Chicago’s most marginalized communities instead. Real community safety comes from fully-funded schools and mental health centers, robust after-school and job- training programs, and social and economic justice. We want investment in our communities, not expanded resources for police.” The Inspector General’s audit demonstrates that the No Cop Academy campaign is right on point. CPD has no business hiring hundreds of additional officers or spending $95 million on a new training academy when it has directed the resources it has in ways that are so deeply racist, corrupt and counter to public safety.
|Developers try again with upscale apartments in Tinley ParkDaily Southtown / 16 h. 4 min. ago more|
After Tinley Park trustees this summer rejected a proposal for a controversial upscale apartment complex, developers submitted revised plans. While the original iteration called for 144 apartment units in two buildings, the new plan, submitted to the village earlier this month, calls for the same...
|Jane Addams Resource Corporation: A free job skills programWGN Radio / 16 h. 10 min. ago more|
Jane Addams Resource Corporation Vice President Regan Brewer and JARC Graduate Lisa Urbina joins John to talk about how Lisa has employed the skills obtained at JARC. Those skills include financial training, closing on a home and more. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411479/3411479_2017-10-16-165719.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3
|Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to speak in Chicago89 WLS-AM / 16 h. 12 min. ago more|
CHICAGO (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to speak at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will speak this afternoon about her time on the nation’s highest court. Her interviewer will be the founder of the law school’s Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States, Carolyn Shapiro. Kagan will also take questions. The 57-year-old is among three female justices and one of its four reliably liberal justices. She’s spoken recently about compromise on the court and about how it took her months to learn the mechanics of the job because she hadn’t previously been a judge. Then-President Barack Obama picked the former Harvard law school dean as the first female solicitor general in 2009. He nominated her to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens in 2010. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
|Eddie Olczyk expected to be on the call for two Blackhawks games this week: ReportCLTV / 16 h. 29 min. ago more|
CHICAGO – This week, Blackhawks fans will get a chance to hear one of their favorite announcers on the call as he continues his fight against cancer. According to a report in USA Today, Eddie Olczyk will call the Blackhawks’ game against the Blues in St. Louis on NBCSN Wednesday with play-by-play announcer “Doc” Emrick. In the report, it also says that he will join longtime partner Pat Foley for the call on the Blackhawks-Oilers game on WGN that Thursday night. Eddie Olczyk returning to @NHLonNBCSports booth Wednesday; will work as health allows. https://t.co/YCg2urwOfF — Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) October 16, 2017 Olczyk took a leave of absence after announcing that he was diagnosed with Colon Cancer this summer. He has already undergone treatments that are expected to last six months. During the Blackhawks’ second game of the season against Columbus, Olczyk was in attendance and joined Foley in the broadcast booth during an intermission.
|Why Cubs’ Team Plane Diverted En Route to Los AngelesChicago Press Release / 16 h. 45 min. ago more|
A day before the Chicago Cubs were due to take on the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS Saturday night, the team’s plane was diverted en route to Los Angeles. A spokesman told NBC Chicago on Friday morning the plane was routed to Albuquerque because of an ill family member on the flight. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed to the Chicago Tribune the family member was pitcher Jose Quintana’s wife. An initial USA Today report noted Quintana’s wife, Michel, experienced an irregular heartbeat on board, forcing the plane to land. Quintana stayed in Albuquerque while his wife was treated at a local hospital, according to USA Today. Maddon described the flight as “raucous” and praised his players for their empathy and understanding during the diversion. After the diversion, the plane’s pilot was out of allotted hours to fly and the team was left waiting for a new pilot, the spokesman said. They departed once again for LAX soon after, and Quintana and his wife arrived in California late that night. Published 5 hours ago | Updated 4 hours ago
|Police Reports Reveal New Details in Teen’s Freezer DeathChicago Press Release / 16 h. 45 min. ago more|
Hours after the medical examiner ruled the death of a Chicago teen found in a hotel freezer an accident, police revealed a woman connected to the incident has multiple warrants issued for her arrest. Patrick Fazio reports. (Published Friday, Oct. 6, 2017) The mystery surrounding the death of a Chicago teen, whose body was found in a suburban hotel freezer last month, has led to numerous conspiracy theories on social media as those following the case were left with unanswered questions -even after her death was ruled an accident. Now, newly-released police reports have revealed new details in the ongoing investigation that continues to puzzle many. Jenkins’ death has drawn national attention since she was found in a freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont on Sept. 10. Protesters gathered outside the hotel on multiple occasions in the days since to demand more transparency in the investigation and to call on a federal investigation. Jenkins left her home near the United Center at 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 to go to a party in a room of the Crowne Plaza, police said. Jenkins’ sister last heard from her via text message about 1:30 a.m. Jenkins was last seen by her friends at a party on the ninth floor of the hotel in the early hours of Sept. 9 and she was reported missing later that afternoon. Surveillance footage from the hotel captured Jenkins’ final moments, showing the teen stumbling through the hotel and into a restricted kitchen area. But the footage but does not show how Jenkins ended up in a freezer, where her body was discovered the next day. Rosemont police have released nine video clips showing Jenkins walking through the hotel in the hours before her death. She can be seen walking unsteadily through the hotel’s kitchen before disappearing around a corner, though none of the released footage shows her entering the freezer. Jenkins died from hypothermia due to cold exposure in a walk-in freezer and alcohol and topiramate intoxication were “significant contributing factors,” the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. No sign of any date rape drugs were found after toxicology tests, the office said. Police have said they conducted 44 interviews and generated 127 reports related to the investigation as of Oct. 6. But what was inside those reports remained unseen – until now. The Chicago Tribune reports newly-released police documents show people with Jenkins on the night of her death told officers the teen was at a party in Room 926, where she drank heavily and wandered off after her friends left her in a hallway while they searched for her cell phone and keys. Almost immediately after Jenkins’ death was reported, social media erupted with theories surrounding what happened. A Facebook Live video purportedly taken from the hotel room that night became the center of several theories surrounding the case. The police reports show officers tried to track down people who social media users were targeting as suspects at the time, the Tribune reports. Among the theories was one from a woman who said she saw Jenkins at a party the night of her death. The woman claimed one of Jenkins’ acquaintances was part of a “blood gang” and may have accepted as much as $200 for her death. During their questioning, police asked a friend of Jenkins’ about the speculation the teen was “sold for $200,” adding that a reference to that number could be heard in the Facebook Live video. The officer added that others had noted the sound of someone saying “help me” in the live footage. The friend said Jenkins was concerned she might have to pay a $200 fine for not having a parking ticket in the hotel’s lot, and said the sound “help me” may have come from a Chief Keef song playing in the background. One person at the party that night told police Jenkins wasn’t “acting like her usual self,” the Tribune reports. The woman told officers Jenkins seemed sad, but would also periodically dance and then sit back down. Partygoers told police they weren’t concerned about Jenkins’ disappearance at first because they assumed she had left the party with someone else. In a series of text messages obtained from the reports, the Tribune says someone wrote that Jenkins was drunk and missing. Another person responds with, “Find Kenneka. I can’t believe ya’ll lost her.” The first person replies by saying they searched the hotel from “top to bottom.” Jenkins was found inside the walk-in freezer within a walk-in cooler in the kitchen. At the time, she was lying face down on her side with one shoe off and a small cut on her left foot. The report does not note any other indication of trauma. An inspection of the freezer revealed it was self-closing and would latch shut, but could be reopened with the push of a white, circular handle. The Tribune reported the detective who inspected the freezer said it appeared that mechanism was working properly shortly after Jenkins’ death. Why exactly the freezer was on at the time remains unclear. An employee reportedly said it was being leased to a group opening a restaurant in the building. The last time anyone besides Kenneka appeared on the motion-sensored surveillance footage was Aug. 30. Still, hours after the medical examiner ruled the death of the Chicago teen an accident, police revealed a woman connected to the incident has multiple warrants issued for her arrest. Published 4 hours ago | Updated 3 hours ago
|Chicago Cubs’ Furriest Fans Show Their PrideChicago Press Release / 16 h. 45 min. ago more|
unable to retrieve full-text contentChicago Cubs fans come in all shapes and sizes — and sometimes even with four legs. Photo Credit: ladygolfer21
|Bill Murray Helps Couple Announce Pregnancy at Cubs GameNBC Chicago / 16 h. 47 min. ago more|
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|Trump claims he and McConnell are ‘closer than ever before’89 WLS-AM / 17 h. 11 min. ago more|
By Lauren Fox and Dan Merica President Donald Trump said Monday he feels “closer than ever before” to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man he’s publicly criticized for his handling of the GOP agenda and on whom the President is relying for getting a legislative accomplishment in the first year of his term. “We have been friends for a long time,” Trump said from the White House Rose Garden with the Kentucky Republican at his side. “We are probably now, despite what we read, we are probably now, I think, at least as far as I am concerned, we are closer than ever before and the relationship is very good. We are fighting for the same thing, we are fighting for lower taxes, big tax cuts, the biggest tax cuts in the history of our nation. We are fighting for tax reform as part of that.” Trump’s comments followed a lunch meeting with McConnell, and come after the President’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has pledged to wage a war on the Republican establishment and cited the Senate majority leader by name. Trump said that he would try to talk Bannon out of declaring war on “some” of his primary targets saying, “I’m going to see if we can talk him out of that, because I think they’re great people.” McConnell responded to Bannon’s criticism by citing past Republican primary challengers who failed to make it into the Senate and stressing his relationship to Trump. “We are together totally on this agenda to move America forward,” McConnell said. Just before sitting down to lunch with McConnell earlier Monday, Trump said he understands the frustration behind Bannon’s mission. “We are not getting the job done,” Trump said after a reporter asked him about comments Bannon made at the Value Voters Summit in Washington on Saturday. “And I am not going to blame myself, they are not getting the job done. We had health care approved, and then you had the surprise vote by John McCain. We have had other things happen and they are not getting the job done and I can understand where Steve Bannon is coming from.” The Trump-McConnell meeting comes as pressure on the Senate intensifies to pass tax cuts and give Trump at least one major legislative victory before the end of the year. The Senate will move this week to pass a budget, the first step in its effort to overhaul the tax code. On Saturday, Bannon further grilled the GOP establishment and called out McConnell by name. “It’s not my war, this is our war and y’all didn’t start it, the establishment started it,” Bannon said. He added, “Right now, it’s a season of war against a GOP establishment.” McConnell and Trump’s relationship has been fraught ever since the Senate failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in July. Over the August recess, Trump publicly bemoaned McConnell’s leadership. Trump successfully ran for president by demeaning his enemies and rallying his base to deride his opponents. Those habits have followed him to the White House, and McConnell has regularly been that punching bag. “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done,” Trump tweeted in August. “Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!” McConnell has declined to publicly respond directly to the President, instead telling reporters that he isn’t a fan of the “daily tweets.” “I’ve been pretty candid with him and all of you that I’m not a fan of the daily tweets,” he said earlier this year. Trump’s own aides, many of whom are tasked with working with Congress to turn Trump’s campaign promises into legislation, have privately lamented that the President’s attacks against members of his own party — most importantly McConnell — have made it more difficult to win over skeptical lawmakers. Last week, some conservative outside groups, including the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks, called on McConnell and other leaders in the Senate to step aside. Even rank-and-file members say that McConnell’s in a tough position if he cannot find a way to convince a majority of Senate Republicans to back a tax cut proposal. McConnell can only lose two Republican senators and still pass a bill. “If we don’t cut taxes and we don’t eventually repeal and replace Obamacare, then we’re going to lose across the board in the House in 2018. And all of my colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” over the weekend. “It will be the end of Mitch McConnell as we know it.” The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
|The Steve Dahl Show – October 16, 2017 – Sample89 WLS-AM / 17 h. 12 min. ago|
|Cubs Fans Display Spooky Fandom for HalloweenNBC Chicago / 17 h. 12 min. ago more|
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|Recently on Sirott and Murciano – 10/16/201789 WLS-AM / 17 h. 47 min. ago more|
Bob and Marianne chat with John Davies about his film A City At War: Chicago narrated by Bill Kurtis, and Andy Crestodina the co-founder and strategic director of Orbit Media Studios, plus more!
|Round Lake Park traffic stop leads to over $3M worth of marijuana89 WLS-AM / 18 h. 12 min. ago more|
More than $6 million worth of marijuana was discovered in a storage unit by Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach police during a search on Friday. | Round Lake Park Police Dept.(ROUND LAKE PARK) The arrest of a Mexican man for driving without a valid license and a fake passport led north suburban police to drug busts that yielded over 600 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $3 million. Jose Avila-Zumadio, 32, of Guadalajara was stopped for a moving violation about 4:15 p.m. Oct. 7 near Route 134 and Fairlawn in Round Lake Park, according to Round Lake Park police. Jose Avila-Zumadio | Pound Lake Park Police Dept. He was eventually arrested for not having a valid license, and while police were inventorying his vehicle, they found 3.25 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $15,000, and about $1,900 in cash, police said. Avila-Zumadio, who had a forged Mexican passport, was then charged with felony counts of possession of cannabis, possession with intent to deliver, and forgery, police said. An investigation into Avila-Zumadio’s activities led to the execution of simultaneous search warrants on Friday by police from Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach and a Lake County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. An AR-15 rifle with extended magazine and several boxes of ammunition were found when during a search of a storage unit suspected of containing marijuana on Friday in Round Lake Park. | Round Lake Park Police Dept. Those searches turned up nearly 600 pounds of cannabis, with a street value of about $3 million; an AR-15 rifle with advance sighting and a loaded 30-round magazine; three boxes of 20 rounds of ammunition; and $6,861 in cash in a storage unit in Round Lake Beach, police said. Maria T. Villa-Mauleon, 30, of the 400 block of Meadow Green in Round Lake Beach was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class X felony; possession of cannabis over 5,000 grams, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a weaon with a valid FOID card, unlawful possesssion of ammunition, and child endangerment, police said. Maria T. Villa-Mauleon | Round Lake Park Police Dept. Villa-Mauleon is being held at Lake County Jail on a $1 million dollar bond, while Avila-Zumadio is being held on $500,000, police said. The investigation continues. © Copyright 2017 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved.
|Sen. Dick Durbin: Democrats can lose to Trump if they ‘overdo it’ by being too liberal89 WLS-AM / 18 h. 48 min. ago more|
By Andrew Kaczynski Sen. Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, said in a radio interview Sunday that his party could lose to President Donald Trump in 2020 if they “overdo it” and become too liberal. The Illinois senator was asked on a local Chicago radio program about comments made by Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos, which the host characterized as a warning to fellow Democrats that if the party becomes too liberal, they would give Trump another term. “We need to be balanced,” Durbin said on “Connected to Chicago” on WLS-AM on Sunday. “She’s right about that. And as downstater like her, I understand she represents a challenging district. We don’t give up on our values, but we better be sensitive too that there are people with more moderate views, and people who may disagree with some parts of the Democratic platform as they as they are presented. We’ve got to be open to that possibility.” “So you could lose it by being too liberal?” asked the host. “You can,” Durbin said. “I think you can overdo it. We have to really appeal to that sensible center. It’s a thin stripe now. It used to be a lot wider stripe, but it’s an important and determining factor in most elections.” Durbin added that he doesn’t count Trump out and that the 2016 election showed that “if you take (Trump) for granted, he’ll beat you.” The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
|Sears stock drops as key investor exits boardBizjournals.com / 18 h. 56 min. ago more|
Sears Holdings' biggest outside shareholder announced on Monday he will exit the board, causing the company’s stock to slide almost 14 percent. Bruce Berkowitz will depart his seat on Oct. 31, according to the company. He has served as a board member since early 2016. “I want to thank Bruce for his long-term commitment and investment in Sears Holdings,” Sears CEO Edward Lampert said in a statement. “His leadership, guidance and counsel as a board member have been invaluable to our company." Sears…
|Police Reports Reveal New Details in Teen's Freezer DeathNBC Chicago / 18 h. 56 min. ago more|
The mystery surrounding the death of a Chicago teen, whose body was found in a suburban hotel freezer last month, has led to numerous conspiracy theories on social media as those following the case were...
|GE picks new transportation unit chief, will be based in ChicagoBizjournals.com / 19 h. 17 min. ago more|
General Electric Co. on Monday named Rafael Santana as the new CEO of GE Transportation, filling a role left open by the recent shakeup of high-level executives at GE. Santana is a 17-year GE veteran who was most recently president and CEO of GE in Latin America. He'll take over the new role on Nov. 1, when current GE Transportation CEO Jamie Miller becomes GE's chief financial officer. Santana will be based out of Chicago, the headquarters of GE Transportation. “Rafael has deep roots in GE…
|Jackson Township board opposes 25 million-square-foot Northpoint warehouse proposalDaily Southtown / 19 h. 35 min. ago more|
Opposition to a proposed 2,200 acre warehouse development is gaining momentum, as Jackson Township officials recently unanimously passed a resolution claiming it would be "detrimental" to the area. Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development has proposed to invest $1.2 billion into the Compass Business...
|Obama Makes Surprise Stop at Youth Class in ChicagoNBC Chicago / 20 h. 1 min. ago more|
President Barack Obama dropped by unannounced Saturday at the first "Obama Foundation" training day in Chicago. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
|Former wrestler running for Illinois Governor89 WLS-AM / 20 h. 11 min. ago more|
By John Dempsey, WLS-AM News (CHICAGO) A former pro-wrestler who was known as “The Illustrious One”, is running for Illinois Governor. Jon Stewart is a candidate for the Libertarian nomination, hoping to follow in the footsteps of former wrestler Jesse Ventura, who served as Governor of Minnesota. Stewart told “The Big John and Ramblin’ Ray Show” on WLS, that he is upset about not being invited to an upcoming candidate’s forum in Mount Prospect on October 18th, especially since it is being held in a banquet hall run by his wife Joann. The Daily Herald ABC 7 forum is sponsored by the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, and is for Democratic Party candidates only, but Stewart told WLS that inclusion for third party candidates is vital if the public is ever to get different views on the issues. “Something that I was warned about a couple of months ago, that you can have the greatest ideas in the world, but you might get shut out. That’s one thing Jesse Ventura always said. He said he won the Governor’s race if he could debate em’, he could beat em’. And if they’re not going to let me debate and especially if I get the nomination and I can’t debate em’ on T.V., you know, I just continue to circle the drain on this.” Stewart is battling for the Libertarian nomination against Matt Scaro and Kash Jackson. @ 2017 WLS-AM News
|Why Cubs' Team Plane Diverted En Route to Los AngelesNBC Chicago / 20 h. 29 min. ago more|
The Chicago Cubs' plane was diverted en route to Los Angeles Friday morning because of an ill family member on the flight.Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images
|Chicago Bulls Live – 10/14/2017 – John Paxson, Bobby Portis, Doris Burke, Fred Hoiberg, Robin Lopez, and Zach Lavine join Steve Kashul on the very first ‘Chicago Bulls Live’ for the 2017-2018 season.89 WLS-AM / 20 h. 32 min. ago more|
John Paxson, Bobby Portis, Doris Burke, Fred Hoiberg, Robin Lopez, and Zach Lavine join Steve Kashul on the very first ‘Chicago Bulls Live’ for the 2017-2018 season.
|United Airlines flies Cubs from D.C. to L.A. in unexpectedly dramatic fashionBizjournals.com / 20 h. 43 min. ago more|
United Airlines' somehow manages to find itself in the middle of dramatic situations — even when they are least expected. Indeed, there was high drama aplenty aboard the United Airlines chartered Boeing 767 in the very wee hours of Friday morning as the plane carried the joyful Chicago Cubs from Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. across the country to Los Angeles. The long transcon trip was precipitated by the Cubs' dramatic game five victory over the Washington Nationals…
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United Airlines is helping promote basketball in China, where the airline is trying to convince tens of millions of residents to fly United to the United States and beyond. In United's capacity as the official airline of the 2017 world champion Golden State Warriors, the airline flew the team earlier this month to China for two exhibition games in Shanghai and Shenzhen, part of the NBA's Global Games China outreach program. The Golden State exhibition game in Shanghai, which has become a booming…
|Obama makes surprise visit during pilot training day at Gary Comer Youth CenterHyde Park Herald / 21 h. 50 min. ago more|
Obama makes surprise visit during pilot training day at Gary Comer Youth Center By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Young people from across the Chicago area gathered Saturday at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., for a one-day training event hosted by the Barack Obama Foundation. As the last session of the day wrapped up, participants were greeted by surprise, former President Barack Obama, in the flesh. The room erupted with applause as Obama walked onto the stage. Obama joined 175 young people toward the tail end of the one-day session in what he referred to as a reverse townhall, where he asked teams of young people about an issue they identified within communities and gave them steps on how to address it. The purpose of the training event is to teach young people “how to put ‘civics’ into action, use their own story as a powerful tool for change, and become more active in shaping their communities,” said the foundation in a previous article in the Herald. After leaving the White House, Obama said he considered what could he do that would be most impactful in the next phase of his life. “The best way for me to have an impact is to train the next generation of leaders so that I can pass the baton and all of you can make change in your communities, in the country and the world,” Obama said. The OPC, will be more than a building or a museum it “will be a living, working center for engagement — an ongoing project for the community and world to shape what it means to be an active citizen in the 21st century,” said the foundation in a previous article in the Herald. Ashton Edwards, a resident of Auburn Gresham; Chynna Hampton, a Bronzeville resident; and Jenna McDonnell of McHenry, Ill., presented varying issues within communities involving financial literacy, food deserts, and college readiness. Obama provided feedback and assisted them in mapping solutions related to their topics. To Edwards’ group who were looking to develop financial literacy classes for communities in need, Obama said, “Once you’ve identified the problem and the solution then the next step is [to identify] who makes decisions.” He also encouraged participants to consider programs in the community that are already working within their area of focus. Former President of the United States Barack Obama made a guest appearance and spoke with the crowd during the Obama Foundation’s first pilot training day in Chicago at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., Saturday, Oct. 14. This one-day experience taught young people how to put civics into action, use their own story as a powerful tool for change, and become more active in shaping their communities. – Spencer Bibbs “Sometimes we don’t take the trouble to do an inventory, to figure out what resources are already there that maybe we’re not using as much we should,” Obama said. The event on Saturday was the first of three pilot training sessions or one-day experiences. The next round of training will be held next month in Boston and Tempe, Ariz. There were 452 applicants for the training with 46 percent from the south side, 26 percent from the north side, 14 percent from the west side and 14 percent from the suburbs. Saturday will also serve as a model for the foundation as it hosts its next round of training days. “Giving young people the opportunity to tell their own stories and understand the power of their story it makes a difference you can feel the energy in the room,” said Michael Strautmanis, vice president of Civic Engagement at the Obama Foundation. “We learned what works and so we’re going to take these lessons on to the other trainings that we’re going to do.” The foundation forged partnerships with local organizations in each community that will help design and lead the training. The community-based organizations also assisted the foundation by recommending applications from young people for participants and peer advisors. Partner organizations for the training day on Saturday include Mikva Challenge, Facing History and Ourselves and Narrative4, the organizations helped to develop curriculum for the training pilots. Also featured at the event was a community engagement fair consisting of local organizations such as Chicago Cares, Chicago Food Depository, Chicago Office of the City Clerk, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Votes, Contexture Media Network, Donda’s House, Horizons for Youth, Improve It, Kuumba Lynx, My Block My Hood My City, The Peace Exchange, Tutoring Chicago, Year Up, and Young Chicago Authors. The training days build upon a wave of programming for the season for young people and civic leaders including, The Obama Foundation Summit, Obama Foundation Fellowship, and the integration of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance into the Obama Foundation later this year. On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, the Obama Foundation will welcome civic leaders from the city, the U.S. and the world to join the former president and Michelle Obama. The two-day event will be held in Chicago and provide an opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas, explore solutions, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world. email@example.com The post Obama makes surprise visit during pilot training day at Gary Comer Youth Center appeared first on hpherald.com.
|Grubhub to deliver to hungry Facebook usersBizjournals.com / 23 h. 47 min. ago more|
Grubhub has partnered with Facebook in a deal that allows hungry social media users to order food via the Facebook app and website. The deal isn’t exclusive to the Chicago-based food ordering service. Facebook said it struck deals with EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow and Olo. The Menlo Park, California-based social media firm will also work directly with Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa Johns and Panera for online orders. “From local spots to national chains, Facebook connects…
|Elderly man robbed, elderly woman assaulted just blocks apart in LansingCLTV / 1 d. 0 h. 29 min. ago more|
LANSING, Ill. -- Police in the south suburbs have issued a warning after two elderly people were attacked in their homes. A man was beaten and a woman was sexually assaulted. Both victims live in the same neighborhood in Lansing, and gave the same general description of the robber. A man approached a woman around 10:30 a.m. Sunday as she was pulling into her garage near 171st and Greenbay Ave. The man demanded her money, and then forced her back into her home where he assaulted her. He ran away with several pieces of her jewelry. “This is an old lady. Leave her alone. Leave everybody alone. Why does this have to happen now?” Rush Mares, a neighbor, said. Mares said her neighbor has lived on the street for 60 years. “She’s always been able to get in her car and come and go as she pleases, she still drives, but she does have a cane – she does have a hard time walking,” she said. Police said the man may have preyed upon that vulnerability. Police said a robber fitting the same description approached a man Thursday morning at his garage near 171st and Lorenz Avenue -- just one block west and one week after Sunday's incident. The robber demanded the man's money and phone, and forced him into his house in search of more money and then ran off. "One block over from us. He was beaten – just beaten up. He’s got a broken ankle and a couple other things wrong with him," Mares said. Police describe the man as a black male in his 30s with short hair, approximately 5’09”, medium build, wearing dark clothing. Detectives are looking for neighbors who have security cameras in place that may have captured the robber on video. Lansing police asks anyone with surveillance video or other information to call detectives at 708-895-7150.
|Elderly man robbed, elderly woman sexually assaulted in LansingDaily Southtown / 1 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago more|
Just one block away and days after an elderly man was robbed in his Lansing home, an elderly woman reported she was robbed and sexually assaulted by a man as she pulled into her garage Sunday morning. The woman told police she arrived home in the 17100 block of Greenbay Avenue in the south suburb...
|Support staff on strike at Palatine school districtCLTV / 1 d. 1 h. 53 min. ago more|
PALATINE, Ill. -- For the first time, support staff at a Palatine school district are on strike. More than 450 union members which include nurses, secretaries and clerical work at Community Consolidate School District 15 said the district left them no choice. The union members have finished up on the picket line for Monday but they’ll be back Tuesday. With each step on the picket line, members of the Educational Support Personnel Association, or ESPA, hope they are step closer to a contract. “We love the kids we love what we do we are anxious to get back to work for a fair contract,” Jennifer Elkins, classroom aid, said. Union leaders and the Palatine school district negotiated for 12 hours before the union gave them their final offer. “We had a counter offer ready and they decided to walk to out,” Scott Thompson, palatine superintendent, said. The main sticking points include a retirement benefit the union wants to maintain after it expired in their last contract along with what the union said is a modest pay increase. “I think 2.5 percent for a group that largely starts off making 11 dollars an hour is a humble request,” Elkins said. The district said the retirement benefit isn’t in the best interest of tax payers. They also believe they are within a percentage point of what the union is asking for money wise. So the district wonders why the union decided to strike. “I think this is more of a political statement than a negotiations problem So far, the strike hasn’t been a problem for the parents of the 12,000 Palatine students. The district is keeping schools open and moving non-union staff members to help fill the gaps left behind by striking secretaries, nurses classroom aides and other support staff. They said if parents choose to keep their children at home, it will be counted as an excused absence. “We are going to do the best we can put our best foot forward and monitor and evaluate and take it from there,” Matt Barbini, assistant superintendent, said. Parents are just hoping both sides can find a way to comprise and get a contract signed quickly. Read the full statement from the school district.
|Bridge over Cal Sag Channel to close for 2 monthsDaily Southtown / 1 d. 17 h. 39 min. ago more|
Starting Monday, the Cicero Avenue bridge over the Cal Sag Channel will close to traffic for two months for repairs, according to Crestwood police. Alternative routes are east on 135th Street to Pulaski Road, north to 127th Street then west to Cicero Avenue, and Cal Sag Road west to 127th then...
|Palos Hills man charged in Bridgeview fatal shootingDaily Southtown / 1 d. 19 h. 35 min. ago more|
Prosecutors charged a Palos Hills man with first-degree murder on Saturday in connection with the shooting death of a man in Bridgeview, police said. Howard Strepek, 56, of the 10700 block of Meadow Lane, was scheduled to appear Sunday in Cook County bond court. Strepek is accused of shooting 55-year-old...
|Mayor Emanuel Announces Down Payment on Police ReformChicago News / 1 d. 19 h. 59 min. ago more|
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the City's proposed investment in public safety reform. More than $27.4 million in the Mayor's proposed budget will be devoted to police reform.
|Breast cancer survivor sews 'piece of my heart' into pillows for patientsDaily Southtown / 1 d. 22 h. ago more|
On the day she was discharged from the hospital in September of 2011, breast cancer survivor Annie Heidelburg was handed a small pillow intended to comfort and protect the area around the surgical incision. Heidelburg, who had just endured a mastectomy to remove Stage 4 cancer, said that pillow...
|Obama Surprises Chicago Students During Civic Engagement WorkshopThe Chicago Defender / 1 d. 22 h. 54 min. ago more|
Students from Chicago who participated in a program organized by Barack Obama’s foundation, received a surprise visit from the former president himself on Saturday evening, the Chicago Tribune reports. Former President Obama makes surprise appearance at his foundation’s first program initiative for youths https://t.co/zq8VBEL956 pic.twitter.com/51jvyx35Yh — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) October 15, 2017 Nearly 175 participants, who gathered at the Gary Comer Youth Center in Greater Grand Crossing for the Obama Foundation’s Training Day program, got the opportunity to hear Obama speak about the importance of making an impact in their local communities, the news outlet writes. When he entered the room, the youths—whose ages ranged from 18 through 24—greeted him with excitement. “The reason I wanted to come by is because this is the first of what we’re calling field days,” he said, according to the source. “When I left the White House, I thought to myself, ‘What’s the single thing I could do to be most impactful in the next phase of my life?’” He added that one of the ways to push his legacy forward is to dedicate himself to coaching the next generation of leaders. Obama observed the participants’ presentations, which highlighted community problems and discussed ways to solve them. Prior to his visit, the students spent the entire day in workshops on civic engagement and pressing issues, such as affordable housing, health care, and education. A majority of the students were from Chicago’s South Side. The workshop was the first program initiative under his organization. The Chicago Tribune reported that in late October, the foundation will host a summit for global leaders. Chance the Rapper, Gloria Estefan and other artists are slated to perform during the two-day event. Obama’s Presidential Center is slated to officially open in 2018. SOURCE: Chicago Tribune SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama Inspires With Words Of Wisdom In Boston Speech Chicago Coalition Pushes Obama Foundation For Jobs [ione_media_gallery src="https://newsone.com" id="3358541" overlay="true"]
|Here's Why Stop Signs Are RedChicago News / 1 d. 23 h. 41 min. ago more|
I know what you're thinking. What is this dummy trying to accomplish here? Of course, I know about stop signs.
|Parking meter mistake puts cash back in Cubs fans' handsChicago News / 2 d. 3 h. 26 min. ago more|
Crews change signage at meters in the 3300 block of North Clark Street on April 3, 2017, to reflect the game day surge pricing around Wrigley Field. Crews change signage at meters in the 3300 block of North Clark Street on April 3, 2017, to reflect the game day surge pricing around Wrigley Field.
|Restaurant openings: Pizza, poke and Pop's Italian Beef & SausageChicago News / 2 d. 7 h. 19 min. ago more|
A Jewish baseball museum, deli-style food and a staff made up of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities come together at Milt's Extra Innings . The restaurant, south of Milt's BBQ for the Perplexed, will be offering certified kosher food like deli meats, salads, and a prepared food section where customers can package up food to take home and reheat.
|Flood Advisory for a good portion of the Chicago area until Sunday morningChicago News / 2 d. 11 h. 15 min. ago more|
Roads covered in Hoffman Estates near the intersection of Higgins and Golf Roads. Also reports of street flooding in St. Charles.
|Teen girl missing from Albany ParkChicago News / 2 d. 15 h. 23 min. ago more|
Haley Linkous, 14, was reported missing from the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, police said. Haley Linkous, 14, was reported missing from the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, police said.
|Inspector general's report alleges nepotism, political influence in south suburban sanitary districtDaily Southtown / 2 d. 18 h. 31 min. ago more|
A south suburban sanitary district whose board and administrators were admonished in a July inspector general's report for waste, mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duty contends that the report, while instructive for updating district policies, was largely overblown. The trustees, administrator...
|Got a sweet tooth? Celebrate National Dessert Day Oct.14The Chicago Defender / 3 d. 1 h. 7 min. ago more|
We all love a delectable treat! Celebrate National Dessert Day on Saturday, October 14 with great deals at your favorite sweet spots. Please read all coupon details and call your local store to make sure the offer is eligible for your location. Baskin Robbins – Check out these great deals: Free scoop when you download the Baskin Robbins App (Excludes waffle cones) New for fall: get a small Cappuccino Blast for $2.99 through October Ben & Jerry’s – Free Ben & Jerry’s factory tour! BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – $3 Pizookies October 3-15. (Offer not valid for Pizookie Trio or Pizookie Party Platter. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.) Blain’s Farm & Fleet – Up to 50% off Blain’s candy and snacks (begins 10/5) Bruster’s – Check out these great deals: Free baby cone for children under 40 inches Free doggie sundae when you bring your dog with you into your neighborhood store Carrows Restaurants – Free dessert just for joining the Carrows e-Club”:/carrows-restaurants/#offer_id=2489128 Cheddar’s Casual Café – Free Dessert with Entree Purchase Coco’s Bakery – October pie sale $8.99 signature pies, $9.99 seasonal pies available at participating locations. Cold Stone Creamery – Get 2 creations for the price of 1 just for joining My Stone Cold Club. (Please note it may take up to 24 hours to receive your BOGO email) Friendly’s – 25% off your next visit + free ice cream on your birthday when you join Friendly’s BFF Club Godiva – 25% off mint chocolate chip dessert truffles Great American Cookies – See the savings with these sweet deals: 10 regular cookies for $10.99 (at participating locations, offer ends November 15). $3 off your next purchase with sign up and download of their new app Krispy Kreme – Get a free doughnut when you join their email club. Long John Silver’s – “New Hostess Deep Fried Twinkies for $.99”, available only for a limited time. MaggieMoo’s – Check out these great deals: Free ice cream, reward points and coupons when you sign up for the email list Slab Happy Hour: $1 off all shakes M-F, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Marble Slab Creamery – Get free ice cream just for downloading the Slab Happy Rewards App or signing up for the email list Max & Erma’s – Get 6 free cookies when you sign up to become a Good Neighbor Rewards member. Olive Garden – Get a free appetizer or dessert when you join the e-Club and buy 2 adult entrees Red Lobster – Free appetizer or dessert when you sign up for emails Red Mango – Free $5 gift card with $25 gift card purchase for Club Mango members. (In store only) TGI Friday’s – Free appetizer or dessert when you join Friday’s rewards Courtesy of Offers.com
|A transformational event for Chicago? Amazon 'could be it.' Chicago Business / 3 d. 5 h. 12 min. ago more|
As Chicago puts the finishing touches on its bid for Amazon's second headquarters, observers assess the stakes—and the odds.
|Will County presents freight plan to feds, seeks fundsDaily Southtown / 3 d. 8 h. 24 min. ago more|
Will County officials wasted no time in presenting their Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan to legislators in Washington D.C., in hopes of securing funds for road improvements. The plan, officially adopted by the county board last month, details freight movement now and in the future, and...
|1 dead in Bridgeview shooting: officialsDaily Southtown / 3 d. 10 h. 4 min. ago more|
Police are investigating the shooting death of a 55-year-old man Friday, Bridgeview officials said. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as Jerzy Milewski, of the 6600 block of 92nd St. in Oak Lawn. Police department spokesman Ray Hanania in an email confirmed Milewski...
|D148 school board member resigns to take newly created $110K district jobDaily Southtown / 3 d. 11 h. 55 min. ago more|
A Dolton Riverdale School District 148 board member resigned her seat this week to accept a newly created administrative position in the district that pays six figures. Lisa Davis-Smith, who was elected as a write-in candidate this April, was hired as the district's director of state and federal...
|Jackson Park designated as Landslide site by the Cultural Landscape FoundationHyde Park Herald / 3 d. 13 h. 24 min. ago more|
By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Jackson Park is one of 13 sites across the U.S., designated as a Landslide site by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) through Landslide, its annual thematic compendium of threatened and at-risk landscapes that was unveiled on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Cultural Landscape Foundation is a Washington D.C. – based non-profit that educates and engages the public to make shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards. “Landslide 2017: Open Season on Open Space,” focuses on nationally significant sites of all sizes throughout the U.S. that are protected under the Antiquities Act and those “threatened by confiscation, development, energy and resource extraction, and other incompatible uses,” said TCLF in a news release. There are two significant threats to Jackson Park, according to the TCLF, the Obama Presidential Center and the proposed merger of the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses, as well as the proposed above ground-parking proposal. “Approximately 21 acres have been confiscated for use by the Obama Presidential Center, a privately operated facility; up to five more acres across the street in the neighboring Olmsted and Vaux-designed Midway Plaisance are being sought for a 450-car above-ground parking structure,” said TCLF in a written statement. The thirteen sites that were chosen for Landslide this year were selected from more than 200 applications. Other selected sites include from Greenacre Park in Midtown New York City, Civil War-era Fort Negley Park in Nashville, Tenn., and the Boundary Waters wilderness area in northeastern Minnesota. As well as the Rhode Island State House Grounds (Rhode Island), Battery Park City (New York), James River (Virginia), Discovery Park and Other Seattle Parks (Washington), Sanctuary Woods (Milwaukee, Wis.), Coyote Valley (San Jose, Calif.), New Orleans Parks and Open Space System (Louisiana) and Boston Common (Boston, Mass.) “Open space is too often treated as a void, absent any cultural significance and waiting to be filled,” said TCLF’s President & CEO Charles A. Birnbaum in a news release. “This can lead to incompatible uses ranging from resource extraction to development, and outright confiscation of parkland held in public trust, which threatens park equity and equal access for all.” The Antiquities Act dates back to 1906 and gives the President the authority by presidential proclamation to create national monuments on federal lands to preserve natural, cultural or scientific features. In April, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Interior to review all 27 monuments over 100,000 acres since 1966. In August Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke recommended “a change in the management at ten monuments, including the reduction in size of four monuments and two marine sanctuaries. Six monuments would not be affected and the status of the remaining eleven sites has yet to be determined, said the TCLF in a news release. The foundation believes the recent action could “open up the nationally significant monuments to logging, mining, and other uses that could prove damaging.” Since its first issue in 2003, Landslide has highlighted 300 at-risk, parks, gardens, horticultural features, and working landscapes. Once a site is designated as a Landslide it is monitored by TCLF. The Landslide also features illustrative narratives about each site and informs residents on what they can do to help protect and preserve the sites. For more information about “Landslide 2017: Open Season on Open Space” visit https://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/landslide2017/index.html firstname.lastname@example.org The post Jackson Park designated as Landslide site by the Cultural Landscape Foundation appeared first on hpherald.com.
|U. of C.’s freshmen class largest in school historyHyde Park Herald / 3 d. 13 h. 26 min. ago more|
By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.), released admissions data this week for the Class of 2021. There are 1,735 new first-year students making the Class of 2021, the largest incoming class in school history. U. of C. received 27,694 applications this year and accepted 8.7 percent. The number of admitted students who chose to attend U. of C. reached 72 percent, “making it among the highest such rates in the nation,” said U. of C. in a public announcement. “It’s a joy to introduce students to the incredible opportunities at the University of Chicago, and to help them navigate this exciting time in their lives,” said James G. Nondorf, vice president for Enrollment and Student Advancement and dean of College Admissions and Financial Aid in a written statement. “It’s especially gratifying to see the vast potential in these incoming students, and to know they will find countless avenues for growth here.” According the announcement, 20 percent of students benefit from its Odyssey Scholarship Program, which offers comprehensive support and career development opportunities for low-income students and first generation students. U. of C. this year announced that it would expand the program. A part of the expansion of the Odyssey Program included eliminating student loans from need-based financial aid packages for all students who are eligible for need-based aid, as well as removing application fees for students applying for financial aid. Odyssey Scholars are offered a guaranteed funded internship the summer after their first year and lifelong professional development opportunities. U. of C. also saw an increase in enrollment of students from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and a 56 percent increase in full-tuition scholarships for outstanding CPS students. email@example.com The post U. of C.’s freshmen class largest in school history appeared first on hpherald.com.
|Try-Me’s Café hosts grand opening on University of Chicago campusHyde Park Herald / 3 d. 13 h. 29 min. ago more|
By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Staff Writer Try-Me’s Café, 969 E. 60th St., held its grand opening on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the School of Social Service Administration building (SSA) on the University of Chicago campus. The café is run by Lawrence Hall, a youth and family services organization, and has a menu that consists of salads, wraps, bagels, and coffee from Metropolis, a high-end coffee roaster that the café sources are from. “Phenomenal,” said Daymond Hayes, program manager of Try-Me’s Café about the group’s grand opening. “Proud to see the youth carry out the event from the development stages to actually executing it. It made me very proud.” The café is an expansion of Lawrence Hall’s culinary arts program, aimed at mentoring and training youth with real work experience. The café originally held its soft opening back in April, as youth crew members employed by the café underwent training throughout the summer in preparation for its fall grand opening. The store hours are Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The café is closed on weekends. For more information visit ssa.uchicago.edu. firstname.lastname@example.org The post Try-Me’s Café hosts grand opening on University of Chicago campus appeared first on hpherald.com.
|Trump Weakens Obamacare: 3 Things Black Folks Need To KnowThe Chicago Defender / 3 d. 17 h. 17 min. ago more|
In his unending effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act—President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation—Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that effectively begins the long process of repealing and replacing the hard-won measure. Here are three things to know: 1.The Affordable Care Act is still the law The executive order, not buttressed by law, stops about $7 billion in subsidies or scheduled payments to insurance companies that help lower deductibles for low-income customers, according to The New York Times. Source: David Hume Kennerly / Getty 2. People Of Color will be most impacted by the order While it’s unclear how the measure will shake out, people of color gained health care coverage after the passage of the Affordable Care Act. For Hispanics, the uninsured rate dropped from 41.8 percent to 30.3 percent. For African Americans, the uninsured rate dropped from 22.4 percent to 12.1 percent, according to Talking Points Memo. The biggest risk is for consumers, who buy their own insurance, according to The New York Times: “[i]nsurance companies, faced with the news about the subsidies going away, will drop out of the market for next year. Their contracts allow them an out if subsidy policy changes.” Source: asiseeit / Getty 3.What it means for Medicaid recipients None of these changes directly affect Medicaid recipients, according to The Times. Source: Gregor Schuster / Getty Consumers will know more about the effects of the order within weeks, The Times writes, but changes “are unlikely to be completed before the end of the year.” Click here to find out more about the impact of the executive order SOURCE: The New York Times, Talking Points Memo SEE ALSO: Megyn Kelly’s Poor Ratings Add To NBC’s Regret For Ousting Tamron Hall Slavery Simulation Game Sparks Outrage At Phoenix Elementary School [ione_media_gallery src="https://newsone.com" id="3746931" overlay="true"]
|Finally, Chicago has a really cool guidebook for tourists and residentsBizjournals.com / 3 d. 17 h. 33 min. ago more|
Chicago tourist guidebooks, let's face it, are a dime a dozen. And most aren't really that informative or illuminating as they tick off the obvious places any clueless tourist — and even some locals — might want to check out, including Wrigley Field, the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. Just to name a few. But the newly-published "111 Places In Chicago That You Must Not Miss" (Emons Press, 240 pgs., $19.90) is different. It is the coolest Chicago guidebook I've ever seen. And…
|From VR offices to diversity software, Techstars Chicago startups hit the stage for demo dayBizjournals.com / 3 d. 17 h. 38 min. ago more|
Techstars Chicago, a competitive, three-month startup accelerator program, held its annual demo day Thursday night, where the program’s 10 startups each shared their concepts with fellow techies and investors. Troy Henikoff, the co-founder of Techstars Chicago, kicked off the night, sharing Techstars Chicago’s story and how it’s grown since launching in 2009. Techstars, housed inside startup incubator 1871, has produced successful local tech companies like Wise Apple, Jiobit and SpotHero. “We’re…
|This Chicago online tuxedo startup wants to help dress your groomsmenBizjournals.com / 3 d. 18 h. 17 min. ago more|
Over the last few years, several startups have popped up aiming to help couples plan their weddings, assisting them with everything from coordinating outfits to booking venues. And now another local startup, The Groomsman Suit, can be added to the list. The e-commerce suit and tuxedo shop, which originally launched in New York in 2016, relocated to Chicago this summer. Founded by Diana Ganz and Jeanne Foley, the startup advertises that their suits and tuxedos, designed for groomsmen in weddings,…
|United Airlines family says goodbye to the Queen (of the Skies)Bizjournals.com / 3 d. 18 h. 57 min. ago more|
United Airlines' Boeing 747, a.k.a. the Queen of the Skies, is getting what increasingly looks to be the biggest, longest and most emotional send-off ever accorded a commercial aircraft being retired from service. Given the plane's considerable heft, to say nothing of its storied history, what else could one have expected? Already United's Queen has flown a farewell trip from Chicago. The Queen's final international flight is scheduled from Seoul to San Francisco later this month, to be followed…
|How Terlato is getting its groove back Chicago Business / 3 d. 20 h. 5 min. ago more|
When the wine importer lost its largest brand, Santa Margherita, two years ago, it was a huge blow. Since then it has set out to ensure one company can't have that sort of effect on it again.
|Corrections Chicago Business / 3 d. 20 h. 42 min. ago more|
For the Oct. 9 MBA Guide and a Sept. 11 chart.
|Chicagoans may pay twice to bail out the same nukes Chicago Business / 3 d. 20 h. 44 min. ago more|
Illinois' decision to slap a surcharge on all electric bills to keep open two Exelon-owned nuclear plants has led to a regional effort to compensate unsubsidized companies via—you guessed it—higher electric bills.
|There's room at these inns—despite the tourism rush Chicago Business / 3 d. 20 h. 48 min. ago more|
Chicago's half-decade boom in downtown hotel room supply has boosted competition for hospitality dollars—and not everyone is enjoying the same spoils of the record tourism numbers.
|How Toni lost the pop tax war; lessons for Rahm Chicago Business / 3 d. 20 h. 50 min. ago more|
County Board President Preckwinkle managed to turn a sin tax into an embarrassing political defeat. There's a message here for other pols. Are you listening, Rahm Emanuel?
|More power bailout talk in Springfield Chicago Business / 3 d. 20 h. 51 min. ago more|
Illinois' second-largest power generator says it needs financial help from the state, much as Exelon did last year when it obtained subsidies for two nuclear plants.
|If Rauner doesn't regret this veto, he should Chicago Business / 3 d. 21 h. 50 min. ago more|
When it comes to paying down its bill backlog, Illinois is the land of billion-dollar guesstimates. It doesn't have to be that way. But a recent, cynical move by the governor hasn't helped.
|Why Chicago needs—and deserves—Amazon's HQ Chicago Business / 3 d. 22 h. 25 min. ago more|
Through our admittedly rose-colored glasses, an Amazon headquarters in Chicago looks like a win-win for everyone, including the neglected populations Democrats say they want to help.
|Louis Carr’s “Dirty Little Secrets” Conference Seeks to Empower MenThe Chicago Defender / 4 d. 0 h. 16 min. ago more|
Chicago-born “Renaissance Man” Louis Carr seeks to change the culture for men in Chicago through his multi-layered men’s conference entitled, “Louis Carr Presents: Dirty Little Secrets | Men Only Edition,” at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 N. Saint Clair St., on both Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct.14. Media guru, Louis Carr Alhough Carr’s day job is president of Media Sales at Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks, his resume is littered with other credits such as author, motivational speaker, among others, according to his website. He explained the genesis of the potentially annual conference came from the feedback he’s received from individuals he’s encountered during his book signings and speaking engagements. He said because everyone is looking for solutions within their lives, he decided to offer men an opportunity to address a select number of topics. He said the planning for the conference began in earnest in February/March. He said the conversations had throughout the two-day conference will be “nothing but real.” A few of the speakers Carr said will be in attendance at the conference are: Dougie Fresh, Hip-Hop pioneer, Daymond John, FUBU founder, Chris Gardner, business owner among many prominent speakers. Carr said he’s been “blessed” to have dodged any significant road bumps while going through the planning process for the conference. He said during the early stages of the planning process, he couldn’t recall conferences geared towards men outside of the church. He shared that he may host the conference in other cities in the years to come. “I think it’s important that many voices are heard and that they come from many different perspectives,” said Carr. “Each one of us has our own personal journey and through that journey we all learn something that we can share. I don’t want this to be just about me. I’m hoping by the end of the day that people come out of this event with a bigger vision for themselves, their families and their communities with an improved skill set as to how to execute that.” Despite his accomplishments and acclaim, Carr is not removed from his roots; in fact, he said he currently resides in the Kenwood/Hyde Park community. The Lane Technical College Prep HS alumnus said he wanted to bring “energy” and “excitement” to the city through the conference. Among the topics he intends to address directly are how to navigate corporate America, how to grow and sustain business, how to save and invest money, relationship dynamics, fashion do’s and don’ts, and more. Carr said on Oct. 14 he intends to host a “hope” luncheon for nearly 100 African American and Hispanic young men in high school where he will give them the opportunity to meet and speak with successful people across multiple fields. The costs of tickets for the conference ($350) come for good reason, according to Carr. He said while he’s cognizant of the price tag, conferences like his are costly and that he’s not seeking to make a profit. He said he’s offered discounts to students, non-profit organizations, 100 Black Men of Chicago, and Urban League. Currently, slightly more than 200 people have signed up for the conference, said Carr. His message to any naysayers of the event is to find their vehicle to improve the lives of men. He said his formula isn’t the only successful idea. He hopes that event attendees will network with one-another to gain lasting value from the conference long after its conclusion. Individuals interested in attending the Louis Carr Presents: Dirty Little Secrets | Men Only Edition conference, can purchase tickets here: eventbrite.com/e/louis-carr-presents-dirty-little-secrets-men-only-edition-tickets-36560991911/
|Would United Airlines really acquire JetBlue? Chicago Business / 4 d. 2 h. 42 min. ago more|
An influential airline analyst is stirring the pot with a note positing a combination of United Continental and JetBlue. There's a better way for United to expand its domestic network.
|The Most Innovative Companies Chicago Business / 4 d. 5 h. 12 min. ago more|
Every business can be reinvented. This year's ranking is especially wide-ranging, from software and manufacturing to insurance and consumer products. Dig in.
|Construction Workers Break Ground on Elevated Pedestrian PathSkyline Newspaper / 4 d. 13 h. 5 min. ago more|
With a market share of around 10%, the United States is the second largest construction market worldwide. But the new project that just broke ground in Chicago, which is well known for elevated trains, aims to connect many towns through an elevated pedestrian path, according to Curbed Chicago. The 312 RiverRun pedestrian path is part of a winding ‘network’ of running paths that opens new doors for Chicago residents. In a recent survey by Urban Land Institute, 50% of respondents said that walkability is either the top or a high priority in where they would choose to live, and this path, which will extend across 95 acres, will help the neighborhoods of North Center, Irving Park, Avondale, and Albany Park travel by foot much safer and easier than was previously possible. Like the famous High Line in New York City, the new pedestrian path could even become a major attraction for residents and visitors alike. In addition to enhanced walkability, the 95 acres of 312 RiverRun will allow for the increased support for every athletic activity currently supported by the Chicago Park District. This includes fitness center, tennis courts, softball fields, playgrounds, wheelchair accessible baseball fields, an indoor ice skating rink, the mountain bike/BMX trail, boat houses, an outdoor pool, and more. “Investing in bike and pedestrian paths are an essential part of making our communities greener and healthier,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). “The Riverview Bridge will connect vibrant neighborhoods and give residents across the city safe and convenient access to some of Chicago’s world class parks and recreational opportunities. This project is a great example of what can happen when local, state, and federal officials work together to improve transportation infrastructure.” The construction of 312 RiverRun began with the groundbreaking of Riverview Bridge, which extends over Chicago River’s North Branch and underneath the Addison road bridge. The newer bridge will serve as a brand new connection for runners, cyclists, and pedestrians alike in the paths in California Park to the north and Clark Park to the South. The new Riverview Bridge, which will reach more than 1,000 feet long and 16 feet wide when construction is finished, will be the longest pedestrian river bridge in the city of Chicago. With an elevation of more than 18 feet, it has the ability to accommodate recreational boaters as well. Its specific access points remain unobstructed, which eliminates the demand for residents to cross major streets, ultimately making the city safer. Epstein Global is the design team behind the construction of the Riverview Bridge. As a Chicago engineering firm, they also designed Midway Airport’s redevelopment in addition to both the south and west expansions of McCormick Place Convention Center. The construction of 312 RiverRun is expected to be finished by the end of next year.
|Democratic Candidate Ameya Pawar Drops From Illinois Governor’s RaceThe Chicago Defender / 4 d. 14 h. 9 min. ago more|
Alderman Ameya Pawar has officially dropped out of the Illinois governor’s race. The 47th Ward alderman ran a solid platform addressing racial disparity, social injustice and fighting for fair economic empowerment among the middle class. Bringing on Cairo mayor, Tyrone Coleman as his running mate for lieutenant governor in late August was considered the first multicultural pairing to run for the state’s highest public office. Pawar, the son of Asian Indian immigrants was the first American Indian gubernatorial candidate to run for Illinois governor. Mayor of Cairo, Tyrone Coleman and Ameya Pawar PHOTO: Mary L. Datcher Democratic gubernatorial candidates respond to Ameya Pawar’s pulling from the race. Daniel Biss: “Ameya Pawar ran an incredible campaign that elevated the effects of systemic inequality on working families. Illinois and the Democratic Party are better for it, but we still have a long way to go. Good candidates are being pushed out of races by big money and insiders. If you care about democracy, this should be unacceptable. “As a father, I know how tough campaign life can be. Thanks to Charna and Sigalit for sacrificing so that Ameya can serve the people of Illinois. And thank you to Ameya’s supporters for the energy and commitment they’ve shown to progressive politics this year. Ameya, you’ve been a friend for years, and I’m especially proud to call you a friend this year. Today is hard, but I hope you’re proud of the campaign you’ve run.” Chris Kennedy: “Ameya Pawar is a committed public servant motivated by social justice. We thank him for giving voice to the people of Illinois who have been left behind by a failed government that benefits a wealthy and well-connected few. Ideas and solutions from a thoughtful, progressive leader like Alderman Pawar are critical to the future of our state. We should all be disappointed in a system where money is driving people out of politics and, in turn, silencing conversations that drive change.” Ameya Pawar speaks at CTU Our Revolution gubernatorial forum, Oct. 8 at CTU Training Center. PHOTO: Mary L. Datcher JB Pritzker: “I want to thank Ameya Pawar for being a part of this race and running a positive campaign focused on our party’s progressive values,” said JB Pritzker. “Ameya made the race for our state’s highest office a real conversation about the issues that affect all Illinoisans—increasing public school funding, providing universal child care and paid family leave, creating jobs through investing in infrastructure, and reforming our criminal justice system. With his running mate, Mayor Tyrone Coleman, this was a ticket that focused on how we can lift up communities from Chicago to Cairo.” There are currently seven Democratic candidates remaining in the race for primary victory; Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy, Robert Marshall, Alex Paterakis and JB Pritzker.
|Subsidizing Amazon won’t pay off for Illinois taxpayersChicago Reporter / 4 d. 19 h. 43 min. ago more|
At a forum last Sunday, Democratic gubernatorial candidates expressed a range of skepticism about the use of public subsidies to attract Amazon’s so-called second corporate headquarters. “It’s really encouraging,” commented Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, a policy resource center that tracks corporate subsidies nationally. LeRoy got his start working with labor and community groups in Chicago, fighting plant closings in the 1980s. He was encouraged to see politicians “showing an awareness of Amazon’s impact on existing retailers” and calling for no subsidies or limited subsidies. Their position, he said, reflects what he calls “Site Location 101”–that is, the impact of public subsidies on a business’s decision to build or expand facilities is “marginal to nonexistent.” Subsidies have little impact because state and local taxes amount to 2 percent of the cost of doing business, LeRoy said, citing IRS reports. The remaining 98 percent of costs cover what he calls “business basics” – workforce quality, real estate and construction costs, utilities, logistics – and these can vary significantly among different localities. Small differences in those costs dwarf any potential tax relief. The problem is that spending more on corporate subsidies translates directly into spending less on education, infrastructure, and public safety, as research cited by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows. Those are the kinds of public investments that help all businesses and boost the entire economy of the state or city, said Ellen Shepard of the economic development consulting group Community Allies. The state and city have limited economic development resources and should be targeting them most effectively for the widest impact, she said. Indeed, the Illinois Economic Policy Institute reported that with corporate tax subsidies replacing broader public investment, “numerous studies…conclude that business incentives actually reduce employment in an area.” At Sunday’s forum, the candidate described as the most sympathetic to Amazon was J.B. Pritzker. And even he called for ensuring that “we are truly getting a payoff for taxpayers” and a real return on the investment. By that standard, subsidies directed at single corporations don’t measure up. Especially the biggest deals. Good Jobs First has looked at corporate incentive “megadeals” – those worth more than $50 million – and found that the average cost-per-job of attracting a corporate headquarters was $233,268. At that level of spending, the group found, “taxpayer losses are guaranteed.” Job training programs, which typically cost less than $10,000 per job, are a much better investment of public resources, the group found. The Policy Institute studied the state’s corporate incentive programs, including smaller deals, and found that Illinois spends $288 million a year to support an average of 1,723 jobs, at a cost of $167,000 per job. Investing that much in infrastructure would have created more than twice as many jobs. Investing it in public schools would have created 6,100 jobs. Unfortunately, our Mayor Rahm Emanuel and our Governor Bruce Rauner are anticipating tough reelection campaigns. And they would like nothing more than to stand with Jeff Bezos of Amazon at a press conference announcing a deal for “as many as” 50,000 jobs–a number that is almost certainly inflated. And Amazon, a $136 billion corporation with an impressive track record of winning public subsidies (particularly in Illinois) and a lousy reputation as an employer, sits back and watches a “frantic bidding war” running up the size of the subsidy for whatever site is selected. It’s a sideshow, since the site will be chosen based on business fundamentals, but it forces struggling cities and states to throw piles of money at Amazon. There are two questions: How many billions of dollars do we really want to give Amazon? And would we be better off spending that money on basic public services that help everyone?
|Best Memories? Win A Pair of Chicago Bulls Tickets For Opening WeekThe Chicago Defender / 4 d. 23 h. 30 min. ago more|
Chicago Bulls fans have a chance to win one pair of tickets to the opening week. Post your most memorable Chicago Bulls experience on our facebook page and the best story chosen will win tickets to see the Bulls play against the Atlanta Hawks on October 26 at the United Center. The winner of the pair of tickets will be announced on October 20. Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Bulls The Bulls are introducing several new ticket offerings for fans this season: Family Days – The team will debut four Family Days this season featuring Family Packs, which include a ticket, hot dog, soda, and chips for $25. The four Family Days will be held on games with early 2:30 p.m. tipoffs – November 26, January 15, January 28, and April 1 – with special interactive activities designed for fans of all ages. Military Mondays – All eight Monday home games this season will be “Military Mondays” and will feature specially-priced tickets for active duty and retired service men and women. These special offerings will also be available on the Bulls’ Veterans Day game on November 10. Bulls Student Pass – The new Bulls Student Pass will be launched this season and offer exclusive, last-minute tickets to college students in the area. On game day mornings, the Bulls App will send deals directly to fans signed up for the Student Pass and allow for ticket purchase and delivery entirely on their phones. For an entire schedule of the Chicago Bulls 2017-2018 season: http://www.chicagobulls.com
|Fighting Back: What Chicago groups are doing to combat domestic violenceThe Chicago Defender / 5 d. 0 h. 15 min. ago more|
Dozens upon dozens of Chicagoans are working tirelessly to support, protect, counsel, and ultimately save the lives of both victims and survivors of domestic violence as they face an uphill battle. In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Defender sought out local individuals who work tirelessly to provide services, resources, assistance, and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence. The United States’ Department of Justice defines domestic violence as: “..a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.” But what does a survivor of domestic violence look like? Debra Pogrund Stark, professor of law and founder/director of Family Law & Domestic Violence Clinic at the John Marshall Law School, asked attendees of the day-long 5th Annual Domestic Violence Clinical Advocacy Program Conference to answer that very question as she juxtaposed two pictures of music icon Rihanna. One picture of Rihanna was of the superstar at a police station after she was viciously attacked by then boyfriend R&B superstar Chris Brown prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards followed by a separate image of the star with flawlessly applied make-up on the red carpet. Stark contended that the two women were one in the same and that domestic violence survivors are more prevalent in our society than we realize. Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic Stark said she founded the Family Law & Domestic Violence Clinic at the John Marshall Law School to provide comprehensive support and services to survivors of domestic violence. She said the clinic attempts to cover all the barriers domestic violence survivors face in these areas: Orders of protection Divorce/parent protection cases Employment protection Housing protection Debt relief Federal income tax liability relief Immigration law Estate planning Criminal self-defense cases Crime/victim compensation For more information about the Family Law & Domestic Violence Clinic at the John Marshall Law School, visit jmls.edu/clinics/domestic-violence/attorneys.php. “Our clinic is probably the only one in the country that covers 10 practice areas for domestic violence survivors,” said Stark. “We work with domestic violence service organizations that provide risk assessment and safety planning to the clients so that it’s safe for them to exercise their rights. We try to exercise their rights in a way that promotes their safety.” Stark said in order to work for the clinic an individual is required to be a student at the school in their second or third year. Clients must be victims of domestic violence who were referred through one of the clinics’ more than 10 agencies that it partners with in respect to domestic violence along with an intake form to notate the areas they need legal counsel. Stark said while she’s aware the clinic can’t help everyone, they make a true effort to “help deeply” those they can. She said last semester the clinic helped more than 30 individuals who typically needed assistance in two to three areas of law. She said 12 new students each semester address the needs of the clinic’s clients after they’ve been trained by their professors and always under the supervision of one of the clinic attorneys. Life Span Ish Faith Orkar Ish Faith Orkar, a staff attorney for Life Span, an agency that provides comprehensive services for women and children who face domestic violence and sexual assault, was among the attendees at the domestic violence conference. She said she was drawn to attend the conference because of her desire to learn more about domestic violence. She said she has been working at Life Span for nearly two years. To learn more about Life Span, visit life-span.org/. Orkar values her work calling it a “privilege” to serve people in this area of their lives. She said it’s important that women know they have affordable options to pursuing and achieving safety. “It’s really rewarding work to be part of and it’s also very humbling,” said Orkar. “Our survivors are extremely strong and courageous, all of them.” Unfortunately, people don’t recognize the warning signs involved with domestic violence, Orkar noted. She said typically people become aware of domestic violence behaviors after they’re already invested. She said based on many societal stereotypes involving appearance, education, and social economic factors, some people are viewed to be more likely to be domestic abusers than others. “The reality is people who engage in acts of domestic violence want power and control and those are two factors that you cannot see from the outside,” said Orkar. “Whether or not someone is going to be an abuser or abusive in their relationship is unfortunately something survivors discover after the fact.” The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reported an Illinois fact sheet that supports Orkar’s claim. In 2014 only nearly 65,800 intimate partner incidents were reported in Illinois; however, the report asserts that number is much smaller than the true number of incidents. Nationwide, the NCADV reports 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience a form of physical violence from an intimate partner. Orkar said women of all races and ethnicities ultimately must maintain their same lives despite all of what they must endure due to domestic violence. However, she said that most African-American women have the feeling of not being able to catch their breath in their day-to-day lives. “I think particularly in the African-American community what you’re going to find is women who might struggle with feeling empowered in several areas of their lives so maybe at work they might feel like they’re not being heard or respected or promoted or recognized for their contributions as readily as people who are not minorities, and when they go home and they’re feeling further isolation or verbal abuse or being made to feel that they’re worthless, it sort of compounds the stress levels in their lives,” said Orkar. On a day-to-day basis Orkar said she encounters survivors at various stages of the assistance process. She said that when she counsels her clients who have not yet left an abusive relationship, one of her goals is to focus on “safety planning” to keep her clients safe. She said it’s important for survivors to have a support system including counseling, resources and more. “I think what people don’t understand is leaving a relationship is a multi-step process and it’s definitely not something that happens quickly or instantly, and even if a survivor makes the decision to leave, the after effects of that [abuse] last a really long time,” said Orkar. Navigating all domestic violence cases in court is not straightforward. In particular, domestic violence where the abuse is not physical but rather emotional or financial is especially hard to litigate, according to Orkar. She said domestic violence is even being extended to persons facing immigration uncertainty. “Abuse comes in so many various forms and being able to clearly tell your story to a criminal justice or civil justice system can be so challenging to survivors,” said Orkar. But how can one help their loved one(s) they suspect or can confirm are in a relationship plagued by domestic violence? Offering continuous support to victims of domestic violence or even suspected victims of domestic violence is the best way to help, said Orkar. She said it’s important to follow the lead of the survivors as they know what’s best for them. “The most important thing is to not tell a survivor what to do or tell them what you think they need but certainly be there and let them know that with whatever they do need you’re ready to help them,” said Orkar. Looking beyond October, Orkar said increasing the comfortability and transparency around discussions surrounding domestic violence would go a long way toward putting an end to it. She said silence around the issue can be one of the most damaging impediments to survivors. She added that throughout society individuals should be more vocal about domestic violence awareness, acknowledge it as a problem, and actively seek ways to address it. “[These conversations] need to happen at home around the dinner table, it needs to happen in the schools in terms of how people treat each other and what’s defined as a healthy relationship, and certainly in government and the legislature when we’re talking about policies and how they may or may not affect survivors of domestic violence,” said Orkar. Metropolitan Family Services One group of women who are domestic violence survivors is reclaiming their power by helping others in similar situations. Elena Calafell, clinical program manager, Metropolitan Family Services (MFS), told the Defender a group of their former clients decided to obtain 40 hours of domestic violence training as well as leadership and community engagement training in order to give back to the community with Metropolitan Family Services’ assistance. She said the self-directed group hosts support groups on a weekly basis on self-care, immigration laws, raise awareness about domestic violence, and more. “They’re very empowered to do for their community and that’s also a part of domestic violence,” said Calafell. The group’s name, Alas Con Valor, which roughly translates from Spanish to English as “brave wings,” is comprised mostly of Hispanic women, however, any and everyone is welcomed to join, according to Calafell. She said the group hosts weekly meetings at their Midway office, 3843 W. 63rd St., to discuss various topics. The Midway office services the Englewood, West Englewood, Chicago Lawn, West Lawn, and Clearing communities, according to its website. “One of the things that happens with domestic violence is willful intimidation and power and control, and what happens is perpetrators of domestic violence use isolation, precisely, willfully so they can have more power and control over the victims,” said Calafell. “So for these survivors to have a time and space in which they can network with other women who have gone through this thing who are already in stages where they are already empowered is really important because they don’t feel as isolated anymore.” Calafell offered statistics on the demographics her company assists based on MFS’ FY ’17 report. The report stated MFS offered services to 1,573 women and 126 were children. She said according to MFS’ department of evaluation, 30 percent or roughly 513 clients were African American. She also stated that domestic violence is the leading injury for women even if you combine car accidents, mugging, and rapes. She added too that domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness in families. “We all should be involved in ending domestic violence and putting remedies to end domestic violence and to keep supporting services and survivors of domestic violence to keep sending the message that it is a crime,” said Calafell. To learn more about the services the Metropolitan Family Services offers, visit metrofamily.org/community-centers/midway/default.aspx.
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|Obama Foundation Announces Additional Information on Inaugural SummitThe Chicago Defender / 5 d. 4 h. 11 min. ago more|
Summit to include civic leaders, artists, and business leaders in main stage sessions, and breakout sessions on a diverse range of topics Today, the Obama Foundation announced additional information on the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago on October 31 and November 1. The Foundation will welcome approximately five hundred civic leaders from around Chicago, the United States, and the world for a two-day, immersive event. During this inaugural Summit, young leaders will come together for a hands-on exchange of ideas to inspire and empower participants with tools to create positive change in their communities. Summit participants will attend five main stage sessions with talks on topics ranging from motivating young people to choose a civic path to technology’s role in creating equitable and inclusive communities. Main stage sessions will be open to pre-credentialed media and livestreamed on Obama.org/Summit. Artist, Theaster Gates The Summit will also include breakout sessions, providing attendees with the opportunity to dive deeper into these topics, engage directly in conversation, and learn new skills. Breakout session topics range from communicating across differences to art and culture’s role in creating productive cities to understanding race in relation to one’s civic identity. Select breakout sessions will offer details on the Foundation’s upcoming programs and initiatives, and provide participants with an opportunity to give input and help shape the Foundation’s path forward. An initial selection of main stage speakers and breakout facilitators includes: His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales; Matteo Renzi, Former Prime Minister of Italy; Whitney Kimball Coe, Director of the National Rural Assembly; Hamdi Ulukaya, humanitarian and Founder of Chobani; Bahia Shebab, artist; Brian Alexander, journalist and author; Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Obama Presidential Center architects; Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Laboratorio para la Ciudad; Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University; Elizabeth Alexander, poet and author; Theaster Gates, artist. The Summit will also feature social spaces for attendees to interact and share ideas in an informal setting. The spaces will include local and international art, immersive digital experiences connecting attendees to locations around the world, and participatory installations. Summit participants are civic leaders with backgrounds in diverse sectors. The Foundation has highlighted participants including: Sheldon Smith, founder of the Dovetail Project; Emily May, co-founder of the People’s Supper and Hollaback; and Trisha Shetty, Founder and CEO of She Says. The Foundation will continue to feature participant stories in a video series through the Summit. The Foundation received over 20,000 applications through Obama.org to attend the Summit. “The Obama Foundation Summit will bring together young community leaders from Chicago, across the country, and around the world to share ideas about how to inspire and equip people and communities with the tools to make positive change. We look forward to welcoming them to Chicago and delving into the important dialogue about how best to foster and empower civic engagement,” said David Simas, Chief Executive Officer of the Obama Foundation.
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|Police Arrest White Thugs In Hate Crime Attack Of 66-Year-Old Black ManThe Chicago Defender / 5 d. 15 h. 24 min. ago more|
In what appears to have been a random attack, two White supremacists assaulted a 66-year-old Black man and fired a gun at his home in Spokane, Washington, The Spokesman-Review reports. Spokane police arrested 32-year-old Jason Edward Cooper and Donald Prichard, 36, on Monday night and charged them with first-degree assault and malicious harassment of the victim, Norris Cooley. The Spokesman-Review reported that the police said Cooper and Prichard attacked their victim, who was a neighbor, because of the color of his skin. Elections have consequences –> Hate crimes have risen dramatically in the Trump era. My latest https://t.co/T6H8SiZnYS via @shareblue — Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) September 18, 2017 READ MORE: Study Confirms Hate Crimes Have Increased During Trump Era Cooley was cleaning his garage at around 11 p.m. when the alleged assailants started shouting at him. “Ni**er, you don’t deserve to be breathing White man’s air,” Cooley recalled one of them saying. Cooper and Prichard entered Cooley’s garage. One of them punched him in the face and pulled out a revolver, threatening to kill him. Cooley then went into his house, and 20 minutes later he heard gunfire. According to the news outlet, Cooper’s girlfriend told investigators that he’s a white supremacist. Her daughter added that he’s a “skinhead” who has a “dislike for colored people.” The daughter also recalled hearing the two men boasting to her mother that they knocked “out the ni**er.” “Sadly, we have been here before,” Phil Tyler, a former president of the Spokane branch of the NAACP, told the news outlet. “These types of acts are meant to threaten and place fear in the minds of our citizens, our neighbors, our friends. We cannot and will not tolerate these acts.” SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review SEE ALSO: Congressional Black Caucus Presses Trump Administration On Hate Crimes ‘Shut Up, Slave:’ White Man Charged With Hate Crime For Assault At Chicago Starbucks [ione_media_gallery src="https://newsone.com" id="3478918" overlay="true"]
|GET THE LOOK: Kelly Rowland Is A Blue Velvet WonderThe Chicago Defender / 5 d. 16 h. 10 min. ago more|
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|How prisons inflate white voting power in downstate IllinoisChicago Reporter / 7 d. 19 h. 37 min. ago more|
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in one of its most anticipated cases, Gill v. Whitford. The subject of the case – gerrymandering. A practice of manipulating district boundaries to control political results, gerrymandering has been a part of American electoral politics since the early 1800s. The practice inflates the votes of some citizens at the expense of others. News reports and analyses focused on the potential swing vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Few, however, are talking about another type of gerrymandering that makes some votes count far more than others. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, prison gerrymandering highlights the ways that an overgrown prison system undermines democracy. Prison gerrymandering counts incarcerated populations as residents of the often rural localities in which they are confined. These inflated population counts are then used as a basis for creating electoral maps. The Supreme Court justices are considering the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting in Gill v. Whitford. Leaders of the state legislature redrew the electoral map in secret; the bill passed along partisan lines. The effects were immediate, shaping the outcome of the 2012 elections. Although the state’s Republican Party received only 49 percent of the statewide vote, it gained 60 percent of the state Assembly’s seats. So, how is this related to prison gerrymandering? According to The Sentencing Project, the nation’s prison population has grown 500 percent over the past four decades. Largely because of institutional discrimination, like the “War on Drugs” waged in “inner-cities” of America, the incarcerated are disproportionately blacks and Latinos from urban spaces. However, the prisons built to accommodate the growth in incarceration have most often been built in rural spaces, otherwise predominantly white and conservative. The boom of mass incarceration, as prison policy analyst Tracy Huling argues, created demand for a boom in rural prison construction. The recent report we co-authored with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy documents the broad reach of prison gerrymandering in Illinois and its clear violation of democratic principles and racial justice. In Illinois, about 90 percent of the prison population of 50,000 is incarcerated outside of Cook County, even though Cook County accounts for three out of every five prisoners. This spatial mismatch is a consequence of political decisions about prison growth. All of the state’s prisons built after 1941 are located at least 100 miles from Chicago, and the average distance between Chicago and a state prison is more than 200 miles. Where are prison populations in Illinois concentrated? These counties have proportional prison populations that are at least 10 times the state average. Data: Census 2010 This is the spatial story of Chicago and Illinois. And this story is a racial one as well. While seven out of 10 incarcerated by the state identify as black or Latinx, about 95 percent of the prison population is located in counties that are overwhelmingly white. Of the 10 counties with the highest percentage of prison residents, for example, eight of them had general populations that were at least 85 percent white. When lawmakers use census counts like these to draw electoral districts without regard for prison gerrymandering, the effects are clear. White votes in downstate Illinois are inflated at the disproportionate expense of folks of color in the Chicago area. These political decisions don’t just punish individual voters convicted of crime. They punish whole communities, even those innocent of any wrongdoing. Crime victims who disproportionately reside in urban areas are more likely to have their collective political power deflated from diminished voting blocs as a result of prison gerrymandering — adding not only insult to injury but injury to injury. There’s a simple solution to the problem of prison gerrymandering: Count inmates as residents of their home communities, not their prison cells. But this methodological flaw is unlikely to be corrected prior to the 2020 Census. And no other federal action can be expected at the current political moment. Therefore, the onus is on state and local governments to make change. In Illinois, there is reason to be hopeful. On Jan. 11, 2017, State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford introduced House Bill 205 — otherwise known as the “No Representation Without Population Act.” It calls for the Illinois Department of Corrections to collect data on inmates’ place of legal residence outside their prison cells, so that population counts and redistricting efforts can be adjusted accordingly. Our hope is that the legislature adopts this bill or one just like it. The cornerstone of the democratic governance, “one person, one vote,” very well depends on it. The 10 counties with the highest percentage of incarcerated populations and their racial profile: Data: Census 2010
|Anti-Puppy Mill Law Upheld in Chicago Federal Court RulingSkyline Newspaper / 10 d. 22 h. 36 min. ago more|
A Chicago law prohibiting pet stores to sell puppies obtained from puppy mills has been upheld in a federal appeals court. The federal court found that the city’s policy goals, including reducing financial support to these large mill-style breeders, are legitimate governmental concerns. This ruling was made at the same time California Governor Jerry Brown began looking at a bill that is trying to achieve this, for the first time, at the state level. The court dismissed claims from pet stores that the law went against the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. A string of similar rulings by other federal courts went against the claims of Congressmen Steve King, R-Iowa, and Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., whose bills attempt to get rid of state and local rulings that protect animals from cruel practices. The Congressmen have implied that the laws they’re trying to purge are unconstitutional. These Congressmen have also consistently voted against efforts to strengthen rules and regulations against horse slaughter, aggressive confinement of farm animals, and other animal welfare standards. Countering the allegation that these laws are unconstitutional, federal courts have found that these state and local laws are well within their rights to regulate the sale of animals and animal products, as well as the conditions in which said animals were raised. In Illinois and Texas, federal courts upheld the right of states to prohibit horse slaughter and the sale of horsemeat for human consumption. It was ruled that these states did not act in conflict with federal meat inspection laws. California’s law banning the sale of force-fed foie gras has been reinforced, stating that under the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act, force-feeding is not an “ingredient requirement”. Under this law, California has the right to regulate activity it deems cruel to animals, especially geese, ducks, and chickens, which Americans consume 90 pounds of every year. Overall, approximately half of the 11 federal courts of appeals have ruled in at least one case by approving states’ rights to ban products of animal cruelty. These courts are sending a message to opposers, saying proposals to strip states of their animal cruelty prevention rights is a threat to the Constitutional system.
|The racist roots of the right-wing agenda gripping IllinoisChicago Reporter / 11 d. 18 h. 33 min. ago more|
Facing a revolt within his own party, and with a record of budget gridlock and little else, Gov. Bruce Rauner just announced he is running for re-election. What record will he run on? In three years, he’s achieved precisely none of the items on his Turnaround Agenda. By my count, he has one major accomplishment, maybe two by the November 2018 election. In both, he’s a bit player in a bigger national drama. I’m talking about the scholarship tax credit program – appropriately dubbed “neovouchers” – that recently passed in Springfield, and the lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court that would weaken public employees’ unions. Historian Nancy MacLean, formerly of Northwestern University and now at Duke, sheds light on the background and context of these two issues. Both are priorities for the right-wing libertarian movement, whose tremendous and frightening growth she delineates in her book, “Democracy in Chains.” [MacLean is a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award in non-fiction.] MacLean gave a talk last week for Chicago Teachers Union members, and I later I spoke with her at CTU’s office. “I’m really concerned because this movement is trying to undermine public education in this country, including higher education, and they’re not honest about what they’re doing and why,” MacLean said. MacLean’s book focuses on the vast network financed by right-wing billionaire Charles Koch and the strategy it developed under the guidance of a previously obscure southern libertarian economist, James Buchanan. Buchanan argued that politicians and their constituents would never be voluntarily weaned from relying on government programs. So cutting government would require a stealth program to undermine faith in public programs (as they’ve done quite effectively with Social Security) and install legal and ultimately constitutional limits on popular initiatives. Koch adopted this strategy enthusiastically. Using Buchanan’s ideas, MacLean said, Koch has “launched this audacious bid to transform our government and institutions that has many elements,” including voter suppression, “radical gerrymandering” and “privatization as a strategy to alter power relations.” In this state, the Koch network is represented by the Illinois Policy Institute, part of the Koch’s State Policy Network. Before he became governor, Rauner donated a half million dollars to the Institute, and he recently replaced top staff in his administration with Institute personnel. Another Koch-funded network, the American Legislative Exchange Council, provided the language for the scholarship tax credit. Vouchers for private religious schools are unconstitutional in Illinois, and vouchers are not particularly popular here. But the tax credit scheme accomplishes the same goal, and the term “scholarship tax credit” has a virtuous ring to it. The program provides a hefty tax credit to anyone donating up to $1 million for scholarships to public or private schools. It’s a back-door scheme to divert public funds to private education, just like vouchers. “What we see is a group of people that is so determined to reach a goal that they know most of the population won’t support, that they’re willing to use white supremacy, whether they personally believe it or not.” – Nancy MacLean Like anti-union right-to-work laws, vouchers were first introduced in the South as a way of blocking racial integration. As MacLean details, after the Supreme Court ruled school segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, southern states instituted tuition subsidies for students of newly-spawned private “segregation academies.” Libertarians enthusiastically backed the idea. They shared with the segregationists an analysis that exalted state’s rights and property rights, an analysis that had served southern elites since the days of slavery. For the libertarians, it was a step toward their goal of eliminating the public school system. “What we see is a group of people that is so determined to reach a goal that they know most of the population won’t support, that they’re willing to use white supremacy, whether they personally believe it or not,” MacLean said. For his part, Rauner seems to be motivated above all by hostility to unions, and to the Chicago Teachers Union in particular. But his recent opposition to school funding reform as a “Chicago bailout” clearly played to downstate racial animus, not to mention his opposition to equal funding for the school system with the largest number of students of color in the state. “Tax credits, vouchers, charter schools, they’re all part of a right-wing program to chip away at public education,” said Donald Cohen, longtime privatization watchdog at In the Public Interest. Meanwhile, Cohen’s organization has argued, privatization schemes like charter schools actually result in increased racial segregation. The Koch network is also driving a lawsuit initiated by Rauner to challenge the right of public employee unions to collect fees from non-members to cover the costs of administering contracts that non-members benefit from (but not the costs of political activity). Rauner first issued an executive order barring the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees from collecting the fees, then filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce it, but a court ruled he had no standing. The Illinois Policy Institute’s legal arm, the Liberty Justice Center, then found a state worker to act as a plaintiff, and the Koch-funded Right to Work Foundation is supplying additional legal muscle. As internal documents published by the Guardian in August showed, the State Policy Network is pushing a national campaign to “defund and defang” public sector unions. When Rauner talks about the lawsuit as an effort to protect “First Amendment rights” of union members, he’s following the network’s talking points: “Be pro-worker, not anti-union….Don’t rant against unions.” Rauner has been considerably more forthcoming in less public venues, such as the Hoover Institute. There, he acknowledged the lawsuit has “nothing to do with the budget, nothing to do with reform,” but is intended to “change the power structure.” MacLean points out that Koch involvement in anti-union activity goes back a generation. When Charles Koch’s father founded the Wichita chapter of the John Birch Society in 1958, its first project was promoting right-to-work legislation. And, she argues, the lawsuit reflects the Buchanan strategy: Work to undermine the institutions that allow people to demand that government do more to address society’s problems, but don’t be upfront about it. What’s scary is how successful they’ve been, especially at the state level, which flies under many people’s radar. Their ultimate goal, MacLean said, is a constitutional convention that would pass a set of amendments reflecting their agenda: requiring voter ID and restricting early voting; limiting the power of the judiciary; allowing states to nullify federal laws; and strictly capping the federal budget, so it would have no way to respond to economic recessions. Clearly, our governor is not entirely on board with this plan. He’s signed automatic voter registration and pushed redistricting reform, ideas that are definitely not on the Koch agenda. He supports protections for immigrants and abortion rights. That’s caused him some problems. But Rauner’s core mission, which is his economic agenda, is right in line with the larger movement. And his attempt to use his millions to dominate the political system, and foist on the state a program that leaves behind working people and people of color, is completely in the spirit of Koch and Buchanan. Rauner will have many millions of dollars to shape an alternative reality during the governor’s race. The Democratic establishment may help that along by promoting its own wealthy candidate with ethics or public perception problems and no notable program except opposing his opponent. That formula didn’t work out so well in the last presidential election.
|Does the North Branch Industrial Corridor Modernization Plan spell the end of the Hideout?Chicago Reader / 12 d. 16 h. 8 min. ago more|
Development in Chicago often drives out longtime residents. Now it’s threatening a different kind of resident: a beloved cultural institution. It was a gloriously sunny afternoon as the Hideout's annual block party kicked off late last month. Beer was flowing, hot dogs were being grilled, and bands played into the night.…
|Critical Mass is still crazy after all these years—but is the bike ride still relevant?Chicago Reader / 12 d. 16 h. 28 min. ago more|
Twenty years after the influential monthly bike rides launched, Chicago is a far more bike-friendly city. All manner of bikes were represented when about a thousand cyclists convened on Daley Plaza on the evening of September 29 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chicago's monthly Critical Mass ride.…
|Guy: My girlfriend wants to be her roommate’s sex slave—and I like itChicago Reader / 13 d. 4 h. 12 min. ago more|
Dan Savage advises a young man whose girlfriend is masturbating with her roommate's dirty panties, and more. Q: I'm a 22-year-old straight male dating a 23-year-old woman. This is by far the most sexual relationship I've been in, which is great, except one part is freaking me out: I recently "caught" my girlfriend masturbating with her roommate's panties.…
|Public universities increasingly out of reach for Illinois’ low-income studentsChicago Reporter / 14 d. 18 h. 46 min. ago more|
In 1991, I was admitted to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. My mother worked as a telephone operator and didn’t have the money to pay the $3,000 in yearly tuition. But the cost wasn’t a barrier for me, because I was considered a low-income student and qualified for financial aid. After the grants and scholarships, I had to come up with just $186 – money I made by working summers as a van driver – and was deeply grateful that my college education was virtually free. With my degree, I became a Chicago Public Schools teacher and lifelong educator, and I entered the middle class – in large part, because of those grants and scholarships. But as I look around today in Illinois, I see that the path that allowed me to attend college is no longer open to other low-income students. In 2017, a student with the same economic profile that I had as a teenager would owe about $13,000 per year. Put simply, a public university education in Illinois is no longer the on-ramp to the middle class. A dizzying array of statistics illustrates this disturbing trend. Our public colleges and universities are meant to be engines of upward economic mobility, but too often are unable to lift up low-income and first-generation students. In fact, the chances of a low-income student actually graduating from college today are only marginally better than they were 30 years ago. A large percentage of these students are African American and Latino. For these students of color, Illinois’ system of higher education reinforces racial inequality, prevents social mobility and widens the chasm between the haves and have-nots. While a staggering number of high school graduates have been leaving the state to attend college elsewhere (Illinois ranks second to worst in the nation for net outward migration of college freshmen, according to 2014 data), many low-income students don’t have that option. Instead, a dismaying number are being pushed out of the system entirely and being denied pathways to college. Consider these statistics from our new report that paints a picture of the crisis in Illinois higher education: –Between 2011 and 2015, African American undergraduate enrollment in two-year and four-year public institutions dropped 25 percent. –The cost of attending our public universities has risen dramatically over the years, with average in-state tuition and fees ranking as the fifth-highest in the nation in fiscal year 2016. Yet Illinois was one of just four states that actually cut funding for higher education over the last two fiscal years, by a whopping 68 percent. –Those cuts left more than 160,000 low-income students–about half of all those eligible–without much-needed state tuition grants in 2016. The impact on students of color was significant, since more than half of black and Latino undergraduates at public universities rely on those grants from the state’s Monetary Award Program. RELATED: Students of color take biggest hit in Illinois higher education funding crisis Last week marked our launch of a series of round-tables with education leaders and stakeholders, to share the new report with its dismaying statistics, and to help move our state toward effective policy solutions. Without such drastic action, Illinois will never reach the ambitious target set by leaders and policymakers: To have 60 percent of working adults hold a degree or credential by 2025. There’s real evidence of programs that work toward that goal. Colleges and universities across the country, and some progressive states, are making college more affordable by funding scholarships, offering free tuition, and streamlining transfers for students moving from community college to four-year colleges and universities. Students who attend a community college for their first two years can save substantially on overall college costs. Governors State University, for example, offers a dual degree program and scholarship for qualifying students who are enrolled full-time at Chicagoland community colleges and who transfer to Governors State. The City Colleges of Chicago STAR Scholarship Program, which provides free tuition to college-ready Chicago Public Schools students—many of them undocumented–has since forged a partnership with 20 area colleges and universities to streamline transfers and provide scholarships for transfer students. And the College of Lake County Promise Program provides funding for college-ready low-income students living in the community college district who have unmet financial need. We need more programs like these that marshal resources in a coordinated effort. Most critically, however, Illinois must increase state investment in financial aid for low-income students, and in funding for higher education in general. Making college affordable and removing unnecessary barriers to completion is essential to the economic, social and civic health of our state. The time is now to develop a bold plan for higher education equity in Illinois. Nothing less than the livelihood and happiness of generations of Illinois residents depend on us getting this right.
|For a blind climber, ascending walls is ‘moving meditation’Chicago Reader / 19 d. 10 h. 57 min. ago more|
“For that brief moment, nothing else in the world exists,” Shawn Sturges says. Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is Shawn Sturges, 31, blind climber.…
|For Mormon missionaries, spreading the gospel by bike is all about practicalityChicago Reader / 19 d. 11 h. 42 min. ago more|
LDS Church "elders" and "sisters" use pedals to proselytize, with Jesus as their copilot. Some folks ride bicycles in Chicago for exercise, while others do it to reduce their carbon footprint.…
|‘What is the appropriate amount of side boob?’Chicago Reader / 19 d. 12 h. 12 min. ago more|
Dan Savage answers this and other burning questions from a live appearance in San Francisco. I had a blast hosting Savage Lovecast Live at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. Audience members submitted questions before the show, and I consumed a large pot edible right after the curtain went up and then raced to give as much decent sex advice as I could before it took effect.…
|Forrest Claypool messed with the wrong aldermanChicago Reader / 19 d. 12 h. 33 min. ago more|
The brownnosing Chicago Public Schools CEO gets “dunked on” after questioning the honesty of tough-as-nails Tenth Ward alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at the recent closed-door City Hall meeting in which Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool pretty much called Tenth Ward alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza a liar.…
|Are Millennials and Baby Boomers Destined To Compete in Real Estate Market?Skyline Newspaper / 24 d. 15 h. 19 min. ago more|
The rate of homeownership for first-time home buyers is at a historically low rate nationwide. But with the help of remodeling and forward-thinking Millennials, this statistic is slowly rising. Last year, first-time home buyers made up 35% of all home buyers. This was up from an all-time low rate of 32% in 2015, but it is still a decrease from the historical average of 40% over the past several decades. Some housing experts blame this trend switch on heavy personal debt loans, high home prices, and lower incomes for Millennials that are just starting out in corporate America. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all the Millennials’ fault, however, According to CNBC, competition for housing is soaring because Baby Boomers are spending more time in their suburban homes than the generations before them. This action is shrinking the housing market, so even when Millennials finally are able to afford a home, there are slim pickings to choose from. And the problem just balloons from there. Millennials are competing for homes in a market marked by extremely low supply, which puts them at a disadvantage compared to financially stable Baby Boomers. As a result, many Millennials have nowhere to go but back to their parent’s house in efforts to save even more money. That’s right. This circle of real estate confusion circles back to Millennials having to move into their parent’s home because of the increasingly competitive housing market, which is a result of Baby Boomer parents who won’t move out of the very home their kids are moving back into! Sounds confusing, doesn’t it? It is, and it’s not getting any simpler. The good news is that there are a lot of cities with emerging real estate markets that are slowly but surely making room for Millennials. The online real estate database company Zillow surveyed nationwide metro areas on their friendliness to first-time homebuyers and they found that the southeastern U.S. is the best place for Millennials looking to buy cheap, build equity, and remodel homes. Zillow ranked cities nationwide on a bunch of different criteria: affordability, forecasted growth on home values, reductions in list prices, and inventory. They found that the best markets were overwhelmingly in the south, with cities like Memphis, Orlando, Jacksonville and San Antonio being among the top cities that are the most accessible markets for first-time homebuyers. There are also some cities in the north, like Rochester, New York which boasts a cheap median value home of just $132,000. Indianapolis is another one, with 13% of their home listings seeing price drops, and experts anticipate a 3% increase in values over the next 12 months. What’s more is that all of these cities pose a hopeful change for Millennials once they buy their homes. More first-time home buyers are remodeling, as per data from home improvement giant Home Depot. Home Depot’s Chief Financial Officer Carol Tome explained to Business Insider that America’s largest home improvement store served 424,000 first-time home buyers looking to remodel in the second quarter of the year. This is the highest on record since 2005. She believes that all this extra money that’s being spent on remodeling is boosting the housing recovery that the Baby Boomers are slowing down. “So that is good news. Why? Because first-time homebuyers tend to buy homes that need repair and remodel … we anticipated this happening with millennials coming into an age where they start to form families, children, or pets or whatever their family unit might look like” Tome explains. “They’re moving into homes, which bodes very well for us and to your point, it extends the recovery.” While Tome didn’t explain how much each Millennial spent on home repairs, on average a homeowner will spend between 1% and 4% of the home’s value annually on maintenance and repairs. For now, Millennials have more money to spend, and Baby Boomers are looking to save money by staying put. Today in America, four out of five homes use asphalt shingles, but in many parts of the country homes of all kinds are seemingly impossible to find. Until housing supply increases, the increasingly competitive market is making it hard for young Millennials to buy starter homes. And as Millennial home buyers go, so goes the national housing market. Just another day in the world of real estate.
|Vision Zero makes inroads on the west sideChicago Reader / 25 d. 12 h. 31 min. ago more|
In response to criticism of Chicago's traffic fatality prevention plan, CDOT is now gathering community input. Recently Slow Roll Chicago, a group that promotes biking on the south and west sides, called for more black and brown input on Chicago's Vision Zero traffic fatality prevention plans.…
|The anti-Balbo movement gains momentum in the City CouncilChicago Reader / 25 d. 12 h. 38 min. ago more|
Aldermen move forward with an ordinance to remove tributes to Italo Balbo, a henchman of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Despite backlash from members of the local Italian-American community, Chicago aldermen are proceeding with their proposal to rename Balbo Drive and move or modify the Balbo Monument, memorials to a henchman of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.…
|Fall Fitness Ideas To Keep Your Family On Track This SeasonSkyline Newspaper / 25 d. 14 h. 14 min. ago more|
Now that the weather is cooling down and the kids are heading back to school, it may be harder to find time to get your daily dose of exercise — especially once the days start getting shorter again. But by encouraging physical activity early on, your kids will embrace fitness as a lifelong habit. Just because your family is a little busier these days doesn’t mean you have to give up a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of our favorite fitness tips that’ll make the seasonal transition more active and more fun. Hiking Hiking is the number one activity to partake in while camping, but you don’t have to set up a tent to do it. If you live an area that boasts beautiful fall foliage, there’s no better way to appreciate it than a family hike. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that this year will be particularly perfect for leaf-peeping. Research nature trails in nearby towns and plan a weekend day to take a hike and look at the leaves. You can even take a day trip or a long weekend to the East Coast or somewhere in the Midwest to disconnect from technology and take in the vibrant colors the season brings. Biking Spring and summer may be more associated with bicycle weather, but those golden fall days can be ideal for hopping on your bike. People who participate in outdoor activities spend over $10 billion a year on bicycling gear and accessories, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to embrace cycling. Before the ground freezes, take your bicycles out for a spin around the neighborhood or through town. Just make sure to talk to your kids about safe bicycling practices at length first. Family Walks Even if your family isn’t particularly athletic, you can still enjoy everything fall has to offer and get some great exercise. Take a walk around the block after dinner or make walking to the park part of your Saturday morning routine. If you have dogs, this can be a great way to keep them active and encourage everyone to participate. To keep things interesting, you can play “I Spy” games or create mini-scavenger hunts along the way. This can also teach your kids about nature at the same time they’re getting their physical activity! Turn Workouts Into Games As mentioned above, you can incorporate small games into your physical activities — or you can make physical activities into games themselves. You can use ordinary playing cards to encourage the kids to work out (drawing the eight of spades, for example, might mean everyone needs to do eight crunches). You can turn this into a friendly competition or even use it to pass the time during TV commercials. There are even apps that can help you to throw a dance party right in your own living room. Whether you’re stuck indoors on a rainy day or just want to break up the monotony in the backyard, you can let your kids know that working out doesn’t have to be boring. Ditch the Gym This advice may not seem sound on the surface, but this doesn’t mean you should always work out at home. Instead, look for specialized fitness centers that will appeal to the entire family. Roller rinks, skating rinks, recreational centers, climbing wall facilities, and indoor trampoline centers can allow your family to get a ton of exercise without realizing it. They’ll be too busy having fun! These kinds of facilities are popping up all over, so if you have some in your area, take advantage. You can even let the kids bring a friend to double the fun. It’s not always easy to start a new fitness routine from scratch, especially if your kids are reluctant to get off the couch in the colder months. But by making exercise more accessible and exciting, you can help lay the foundation for lifelong healthy habits. When both you and your children are making better choices, you’ll be able to enjoy your time together and truly appreciate the changing seasons.
|The Ongoing Battle Between Children and Dentists: What Can Be Done?Skyline Newspaper / 25 d. 14 h. 26 min. ago more|
Dental care is one of the most important aspects of life. As a parent, one of your major responsibilities is to keep your children’s teeth healthy and strong for as long as you can until it’s time for them to grow up and care for themselves. Hopefully, after years of proper dental care, your kids will develop an appreciation of their own for having healthy teeth. There aren’t too many kids in the U.S. or on planet earth, for that matter, that actually enjoy going to the dentist. Because children are afraid of those bi-annual trips to the dentist, it’s up to you as parents to help them get over their fears of dental care. Teach Your Kids About Proper Dental Hygiene The best way to get relinquish their fears of the dentist is to teach them how to properly take care of their teeth in the first place. If your child has poor teeth, they will likely need major dental procedures performed every time they go to the dentist. That would make anyone fear the dentist. Ensuring that your kids are taking care of their teeth from an early age, however, will result in seamless trips to the dentist that end with a bright smile and possibly a lollypop! Beware of What Foods and Drinks You’re Letting Your Kids Consume When it comes to keeping your kids’ teeth strong and avoiding these major procedures, consider rewarding your kids for excellent dental hygiene; but only buy food and drink products that won’t cause too much damage (avoid soda, energy drinks, potato chips, and candy). Also, teach them proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing habits, and be careful about how you talk to your kids about dental care — especially in relation to tooth decay. “Tooth decay is the most prevalent disease of childhood,” said Courtney Chinn, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist in New York City and associate professor at New York University College of Dentistry. “[Tooth decay is] five to eight times more common than asthma. It can interfere with a child’s ability to eat, sleep, speak properly, learn, or pay attention in school.” Consult With Dental Professionals If your kids are in need of serious dental help, your only option is to visit a trusted family dentist. If your kids are terrified of visiting the dentist, consider dental sedation treatment methods at first until they are more comfortable with each visit. As dental professionals have gained advanced training in the proper ways to employ and monitor the use of pediatric dental sedation, its practice has become much more widespread. Currently, there are approximately 250,000 pediatric dental sedations performed each year. According to My Republica, sedation dentistry is a great way to help kids deal with their fears of experiencing pain while at the dentist. “NO2 is a harmless gas that patients are sometimes required to inhale during treatments. It is also known as laughing gas and it reduces mild pains that patients experience during dental treatments,” said Dr. Sneedha Mainali, a pediatric dentist and graduate from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. As long as you’re regularly monitoring your child’s dental care habits, visiting professional dentists, and not buying unhealthy products, your kids will likely have strong teeth and a happy smile for years.
|Medicare Cards Undergoing Major Makeover To Protect Senior Citizens’ IdentitiesSkyline Newspaper / 25 d. 21 h. 19 min. ago more|
Chicago seniors who are enrolled in Medicare benefits should be aware: according to NBC Chicago, medicare cards are “getting a makeover to fight identity theft.” Six in 10 Americans say that Medicare is working well. Seniors are the most likely to say the program is successful, with eight in 10 saying it serves seniors well. That being said, identity theft is a growing problem in many parts of the country, and the elderly are among the most targeted. “Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 and older for medical identity theft,” Medicare chief Seema Verma told The Associated Press. “We are committed to preventing fraud.” Seniors can expect their new cards to no longer list their Social Security numbers. Instead, each beneficiary will be sent a new card in the mail containing an identification number that is unique to them. The initiative is just one part of the government’s ongoing effort to transition more than 58 million beneficiaries in addition to their family members. Hospitals, insurance companies, pharmacies, doctors, and state governments will also be affected. The government has a goal of early April to start sending out new and improved Medicare cards. Furthermore, Congress has set a concrete deadline of 2019 for all beneficiaries to have received their new identification cards. One major objective is to equip seniors with the knowledge to defend themselves against potential identity theft threats. They should be reminded that their current cards can compromise their information if they become lost or stolen. Furthermore, the government cited approximately 2.6 million identity theft cases involving senior citizens in 2014 alone, which is up by half a million from 2012. Verma recalled one woman who reported her Medicare card as stolen. She then received a replacement and thought no more of it until two full years later. The woman learned she may be arrested because the person who stole it used her identity in order to obtain opioids. Incidents like that, and many more, are the main impetus behind the government’s initiative. In addition to providing a plethora of medical benefits, many beneficiaries also receive medically necessary equipment, such as assistive mobility devices, which are used by approximately 6.8 million Americans. Beneficiaries should also be aware that Medicare has designated a website that allows them to check the status of their new card. Additionally, instructions will be mailed with each new card telling beneficiaries to destroy their old cards to protect themselves. New cards, however, can be used immediately. Meanwhile, beneficiaries have also been instructed to stay vigilant about their identity. AARP fraud prevention expert Amy Nofziger says criminals can attack more frequently during transition periods such as these. “If anyone calls you to say you need to pay for your new Medicare card, it is a scam,” she said. “If anybody is calling you and asking you to verify your Social Security number in order to issue your new Medicare card, it is a scam.”
|When the nice lady has a penis . . .Chicago Reader / 27 d. 4 h. 12 min. ago more|
Dan Savage advises a straight guy encountering a “mental block” after learning the woman he’s been seeing is transgender, and more. Q: I am a 35-year-old straight guy. I met a nice lady through the normal methods, and we hit it off and have grown closer.…
|The Plan for Transformation has transformed Chicago’s built environmentChicago Reader / 27 d. 12 h. 39 min. ago more|
Over the last decade, photographer David Schalliol has been diligently documenting the demolition and reconstruction of the city’s public housing. Selections from the series are now on display as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. In the aughts, it was possible to observe the past and future of U.S. public housing policy on the same Chicago block.…
|The Amazon HQ2 deal could sell Chicagoans down the riverChicago Reader / 27 d. 16 h. 28 min. ago more|
If city and state officials are successful in their effort to persuade the behemoth online retailer to build a second headquarters here, Chicagoans can all expect to pay big. It seems like only yesterday, but nearly ten years have passed since the day I was talking politics on a radio show and an editor from a competing paper made a confession that almost sent me to the floor.…
|Oakbrook Terrace Crash Results In DUI Charges For Both DriversSkyline Newspaper / 28 d. 19 h. 24 min. ago more|
According to the Chicago Sun Times, a crash in west suburban Oakbrook Terrace has resulted in the charging of both drivers with DUI and one with a felony. DuPage County Prosecutors say that the first driver, Sean Maroney, 20, was driving toward the wrong way toward oncoming traffic. The Ohio resident was driving on Roosevelt Road when he collided head-on into the vehicle of the other driver, whose identity has been revealed as 25-year-old Molly Paige. Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Not only were both drivers allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, but Paige had three other passengers in the car. Everyone involved in the crash was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before his or her first arrest, and as a result of this unfortunate incident, Maroney was charged with a felony aggravated DUI. Paige was charged with a misdemeanor count of DUI, according to officials. Last Wednesday, Maroney was ordered to be held in lieu of $150,000 by Judge Michael Reidy. The same day, State’s Attorney Robert Berlin issued a statement once again communicating that this DUI incident — and ones just like it — are “100% avoidable.” “People have got to learn that if you have been drinking, don’t think you are all right to drive. Call a taxi or call a friend — you’ll thank yourself the next morning,” Despite this incident and Chicago’s current DUI rates, a study last year by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists showed that Chicago DUI rates are about half the size they were at their highest: about 6,896 back in 2005 down to about 3,315 in 2015. “Maybe public awareness over the last 20 years with ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ is finally hitting home,” said Bob Cebrzynski, president of the alliance’s board of directors. “Maybe Uber has something to do with it,” he added. “Maybe Lyft has something to do with it.” In addition to increasing the number of roadside stops and raising awareness of the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, the biggest cause for the drastically lower rates seem to reflect the change in social attitudes. Rita Kreslin, the group’s executive director, explains, “over the last three decades, progress has been made to help eliminate the devastation caused by impaired driving in Illinois. While frustratingly slow, many lives have been saved. Focused efforts and cooperation of law-enforcement agencies, traffic-safety advocates and communities have helped to prevent crashes and save thousands of lives.” The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists was founded in 1982 by actual victims of drunken driving incidents. The Illinois activist group has been charged by the state to conduct these annual studies for the past 26 years due to funding from a grant from the Department of Transportation.
|Over 80% Of Hypoallergenic Moisturizers May Contain Allergens, Study FindsSkyline Newspaper / 28 d. 23 h. 11 min. ago more|
For those with skin allergies, finding the right products can be a tricky process. But with a quick scan of the ingredients on a hypoallergenic label, you can generally make a well-informed purchase. Or can you? A study by Northwestern University published in JAMA Dermatology found that many popular skin moisturizers that were labeled as “hypoallergenic” or “fragrance free” often were not. Northwestern Now reports that the study involved the top 100 best-selling moisturizers from Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Target. The researchers found that 45% of the products labeled “fragrance free” had a botanical ingredient or a fragrance cross reactor, according to Northwestern Now. They also found that 83% of products labeled “hypoallergenic” actually have a potentially allergenic ingredient. For those with skin allergies, this could come as an unwelcome surprise. Household allergy sufferers generally know what makes them sneeze and itch their eyes. Some need to be wary of mold. And with 2,000 dust mites lurking on one ounce of carpet, others needs to up their house cleaning. In situations of mislabeled ingredients, however, there is little people can do to safeguard their sensitive skin. So, who is responsible for providing this detailed ingredient information? First author Steve Xu, resident physician in dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told Northwestern Now that companies may need to form closer ties with dermatologists. “If manufacturers did list all the ingredients, their labels would be 75 pages,” he said. “As it stands now, patients have a challenging time making an informed decision by glancing at the back of the bottle. Our study highlights that and aims to make that search easier on consumers by informing dermatologists.” Researchers also found that “dermatologist-recommended” products were generally not that different from their competitors. They were, however, $0.20 more per ounce than the other products, according to the study. “We looked into what it means to be ‘dermatologist-recommended,’ and it doesn’t mean much because it could be three dermatologists recommending it or 1,000,” Xu said. As for the products that did make the cut, researchers found that 12% of the studied products were free of North American Contact Dermatitis Group allergens. The top three products that were both affordable and safe for skin were Ivory raw unrefined shea butter, Vaseline original petroleum jelly, and Smellgood African shea butter, according to Northwestern Now. To find their ideal products, Xu says that consumers need a change in mindset. “We could recommend a moisturizer that has no allergy risk and is affordable and effective, but if the patient doesn’t like it, it’s a wasted recommendation,” he said. “We need to program into our minds to think differently and strike that fine balance between safe ingredients and user preference.”
|Chicago Restaurants, Startups Try To Make Impact In City That Loves Meal DeliverySkyline Newspaper / 33 d. 15 h. 50 min. ago more|
Annual sales in the restaurant industry may have reached $783 billion in 2017, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is flocking to their local eateries. In fact, nearly 20% of 2016 survey respondents said that they use a food delivery service at least once a week, and millennials spend 44% of their food dollars eating out — much of which gets eaten up by services like GrubHub and Seamless or quick service restaurants. To compete in a market that’s based more on convenience with every passing year, Chicago dining establishments and food-related startups are finding they have to be a bit more creative than ever before. When customers can’t find their favorite food spot on their delivery app of choice, they may end up spending their money elsewhere. Although delivery made up only 3% of all restaurant transactions this past year, customers ate in sit-down restaurants just 37% of the time. In contrast, 39% of customers opted for carryout, and 21% of all restaurant transactions were made at the drive-thru. In response, many area restaurant owners have had to take a crash course in the latest technology. On top of that, some have had to redesign their establishments — from food prep lines to expanded waiting areas — to account for the increasing demand for takeout. The average home kitchen in the U.S has around 25 feet of counter space, but some businesses have had to design new, separate kitchens just for mobile orders. In Chicago, Duck Duck Goat added a quick carryout option, Duck Duck Ta Go, just four months after they opened their initial establishment. The “Ta Go” portion has its own small kitchen and offers dishes that aren’t available on the regular menu. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a restaurant group with dozens of outlets to its name, recently opened a takeout- and delivery-only spot, Seaside’s, in Lincoln Park. Now that takeout is moving away from the bar area and into the main lobby of many locations (or even outside), restaurant layouts are being adjusted accordingly. Heat lamps and to-go shelving is in; cash register space is out. But some restaurants are steadfast in their belief that delivery isn’t for them. And some, like Smoque BBQ in Irving Park, have been forced to give in due to the increasing customer demand to provide more takeout options. Around 40% of their transactions were already attributed to takeout orders, but they’ve begrudgingly started offering delivery now through Caviar, another food delivery service. “We were getting a lot of pressure from customers,” co-owner Barry Sorkin told the Chicago Tribune. “This is how people get food now, whether we like it or not … We were still uncomfortable, but [Caviar takes delivery] seriously, and there’s a degree of professionalism.” The fact that Caviar places limits on their delivery zones and uses thermal bags to keep food hot doesn’t hurt, either. Still, some consumers may not want to deal with food delivery services yet are too tired to cook a big meal. Tovala, a Chicago-based startup, promises a solution in the form of a tech-friendly oven and meal preparation subscription service, combined. The oven steams, broils, and bakes food (either the meals obtained through the company’s weekly subscription service or the consumer’s own dishes) until it’s fully cooked and ready to enjoy. The smart oven costs $399 and the three-meal subscription service is $36 a week — but if you crunch the numbers, you might find it’s a bargain, depending on how much you normally spend on food in a given week. Regardless of whether the smart oven catches on, it’s likely that consumers (especially younger ones) are going to continue to seek out convenient and delicious ways to eat. In other words, restaurants will need to stay on their toes and keep adapting if they want to stick around.
|Gov. Rauner Signs Automatic Voter Registration into LawSkyline Newspaper / 34 d. 23 h. 10 min. ago more|
In August, Governor Bruce Rauner signed State Bill 1933, making Illinois the latest state to implement some form of automatic voter registration. Under this new law, which takes effect immediately, Illinois citizens will be automatically registered to vote when they register or renew their driver’s license. The bill is similar to the one that Rauner vetoed a little more than a year ago. At the time, Rauner feared that automatic voter registration opened up the door for voter fraud, a concern that most experts say is totally unfounded despite its hold on the political Zeitgeist in the past few years. Since then, Democrats have worked to make the bill more palatable for the Republican Governor, especially as political pressure from grassroot activist campaigns mounted. “We retooled parts of this plan based on suggestions from both sides of the aisle. There’s no plausible reason Gov. Rauner shouldn’t sign it the moment it lands on his desk,” State Senator and co-sponsor of the Bill Andy Manar (D) said in a statement in May, according to Huffington Post. And as it would happen, they succeeded. “This is good bipartisan legislation and it addresses the fundamental fact that the right to vote is foundational for the rights of Americans in our democracy,” Rauner said during the bill signing ceremony in Chicago, as reported by The Washington Post. “We as a people need to do everything we can to knock down barriers, remove hurdles for all those who are eligible to vote, to be able to vote.” Proponents of the bill are celebrating. They believe that it will help to reduce the barriers to civil engagement, thereby enabling more people to take part in the electoral process. Critics, on the other hand, still believe that automatic voter registration bills are problematic, in part because they feel it can lead to potential voter fraud, but also because they feel it is a governmental overreach. In 2015, Oregon was the first state to sign a law for automatic voter registration. Like the Illinois bill, the DMV was central to their plan. As of 2015, 218 million of the nearly 245 million American adults had a driver’s license. That means the DMV database has important information like social security and citizenship status for 89% of the entire population, making it an ideal agency to handle voter registration. Since then, the law has been deemed a success, with more than half of all registered voters participating in the 2016 election, according to the New York Times. The United States has a complicated history with voting rights. Over the past two and a half centuries, voting rights have spread beyond landholding white men, always marching towards greater inclusion. In 1920, women won for themselves the right to vote after a long campaign of suffrage. Americans of color were granted the right fifty years earlier in 1870, but oppressive measures during the reconstruction and Jim Crow era made it near impossible for many African Americans to exercise the right to vote. That changed with the passing of the Voting Rights Act the year after the Civil Rights act passed, banning discrimination in public facilities. And while there might still be a great deal of controversy and speculation over voting rights, bills like SB1933 keep progress moving forward.
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