Tag Archives: Chicago

Just Reelected Dem Rep Unveils Bid For Chicago Mayor

Courthouse News reports: Democratic Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García announced he was entering the 2023 Chicago mayoral race on Thursday, less than 48 hours after winning reelection to his seat in Illinois’ 4th Congressional District. García is one of several progressives challenging Democratic incumbent Lori Lightfoot, whose relationship with the city’s nascent left has steadily soured since she took office in …

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Gunfire Disrupts Another Youth Baseball Game [VIDEO]

Chicago’s CBS News affiliate reports: Nearly two dozen gunshots rang out Thursday afternoon within easy earshot of a freshman baseball game in progress at St. Rita of Cascia High School on the Southwest Side. As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, Gamechanger app video shows the baseball game between the St. Rita Freshman Mustangs and Marmion Academy in progress when …

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Jussie Smollett Released From Jail Pending Appeal

The Associated Press reports: Jussie Smollett was released from jail following six nights behind bars after an appeals court agreed with his lawyers that he should be free pending the appeal of his conviction for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack. The former “Empire” actor walked out of the Cook County Jail on Wednesday surrounded by security. …

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White Nationalists Crash Chicago Anti-Abortion March

The Insider reports: Anti-abortion demonstrators confronted the far-right group Patriot Front members who wanted to attend a March for Life rally in Chicago on Saturday. In videos posted on social media, the white supremacist group members can be seen at the march in their signature khaki pants, navy blue jackets, baseball caps, and face coverings. Many also wore shin pads …

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Chicago Schools Close After Teachers Refuse To Work

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Chicago Public Schools classes are canceled Wednesday as the Chicago Teachers Union voted to refuse in-person work, defying district plans because of post-holidays COVID-19 concerns. The cancellation came despite a last-minute proposal from city leaders that introduced improved testing and safety measures but wasn’t enough to avoid upending in-person schooling for about 290,000 students at non-charter …

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BREAKING: Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Counts

The Associated Press reports: The jury in Jussie Smollett’s trial reached a verdict Thursday afternoon on charges that the former “Empire” actor orchestrated a fake attack on himself, then lied to Chicago police about it, courthouse staff said. It was expected to be read aloud in court later Thursday. The jury deliberated for just over nine hours Wednesday and Thursday …

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Jussie Smollett Testifies “There Was No Hoax” [VIDEO]

NPR reports: Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett denied Monday that he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself in downtown Chicago, testifying at his trial that “there was no hoax.” Smollett said he wrote the $3,500 check for nutrition and training advice from one of the brothers, Abimbola Osundairo, while he was going to be out of town, not as …

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Jury Selection Begins In Actor Jussie Smollett’s Trial

Chicago’s ABC News affiliate reports: Jussie Smollett’s trial began Monday nearly three years after the former “Empire” actor reported he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago. The actor is facing charges for what authorities say was a fake attack. Smollett told police he was walking home early in the morning back in January of 2019 when …

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Jussie Smollett To Face Jury Trial Next Month [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Jussie Smollett will face a Chicago trial jury starting in late November, after a judge denied his latest motion to dismiss disorderly conduct charges arising from an alleged hoax hate crime he reported in 2019. During a mostly behind-closed-doors virtual hearing in Chicago Friday, Judge James Linn allowed one of the newest members of Smollett’s sprawling team …

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Hospital Forced To Give Dewormer: Patient Got Worse

The Chicago Tribune reports: A Libertyville hospital that was ordered to let a COVID-19 patient receive the controversial medication ivermectin fought back in court Tuesday, saying the woman’s heart rate plunged after she received a “mega dose” of the drug, and that further use could lead to more health problems. The woman’s attorneys disputed that, saying the staff at Advocate …

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Chicago’s Pride Parade Canceled For Second Year

Chicago’s ABC News affiliate reports: Chicago’s 2021 Pride Parade has been canceled. In May, organizers announced the parade would be held October 3. The parade, traditionally held on the last weekend in June, was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. In May of 2021, organizers announced the parade would be held on Oct. 3. From Chicago Pride’s website: To …

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Chicago Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate For Everyone

From the city of Chicago: The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that it will re-institute a face mask mandate for all indoor public settings as the average number of new daily cases of COVID-19 in Chicago surpasses 400. All individuals aged 2 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask as …

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Chicago Mayor Pleads For Calm After Body Cam Video Appears To Show Police Killed Unarmed 13 Year-Old

USA Today reports: The mayor appealed for calm Thursday as the city released body-camera videos of last month’s fatal shooting of Adam Toledo, 13, by a Chicago police officer –an incident that appears to show his hands in the air as he was shot. According to one officer’s body-cam video, the officer pulls up in a car, gets out, pushes …

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Hospital Exec Quits In Trump Vax Line-Jumping Scandal

Block Club Chicago reports: One of Loretto Hospital’s top executives resigned Wednesday night after Block Club revealed people at three businesses he had close ties with were vaccinated early with doses from the West Side hospital. Loretto Hospital’s Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Chief Operating Officer Dr. Anosh Ahmed in a unanimous vote Wednesday, according to a news …

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Hospital Loses Vax Access Amid Line-Jumping Inquiry

Block Club Chicago reports: The city has cut off Loretto Hospital’s supply of first doses for coronavirus vaccinations amid controversy over who it’s vaccinating. Loretto Hospital — a small hospital meant to serve the West Side — is under scrutiny for vaccinating ineligible workers at Trump Tower and for its chief operating officer, Dr. Anosh Ahmed, telling people he vaccinated …

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Chicago Trump Tower Jumped COVID Vaccine Line

Block Club Chicago reports: Trump Tower somehow vaccinated its staff members against coronavirus — and the city’s health department is looking into what happened. A vaccination provider came to the luxury tower — which serves condo residents and hotel guests — last week to vaccinate staff through an event organized by tower management, multiple sources told Block Club. Hotel and …

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Chicago Bars/Restaurants Allowed Some Indoor Service

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s health team officially gave the green light Saturday for restaurants and most bars across Chicago and suburban Cook County to invite customers back inside for indoor service. A day after officials said both regions were “on track” for limited reopening, the city and Cook County suburbs saw their coronavirus infection rates improve for …

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Chicago Mayor Issues New Stay-At-Home Advisory

Chicago’s WGN reports: Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a stay-at-home advisory for the City of Chicago that will go into effect starting Monday, Nov. 16. The mayor’s announcement Thursday comes in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city. “If changes are not made by Chicago residents, businesses, and visitors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the …

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Chicago Lifts Downtown Bridges After Night Of Looting

CBS Chicago reports: Streets and bridges are being closed as downtown Chicago is shut down amid looting and unrest Monday. All bridges are being raised along the river throughout The Loop. Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management announced street closures throughout areas in the Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast and South Loop. CTA bus and train service to The Loop has been …

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White Sox Fan Buys 100 Cutouts Of Himself For Stands

Patch Chicago reports: Paul Garrett hasn’t missed a season-opener at Sox Park since 2005, which not only kicked off a magical championship season for the Chicago White Sox, but that also began a run of 14 years that Garrett and his family have spent cheering on Chicago’s South Side Major League Baseball franchise in their home ballpark. So when the …

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