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  • Chicago restaurant group opens Aviary in New York CityChicago restaurant group opens Aviary in New York City

    The team behind restaurants such as Alinea, Next and the Aviary has launched its first project outside of Chicago, in New York City.

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  • South Loop gym raises money for Christmas gifts for needy kidsSouth Loop gym raises money for Christmas gifts for needy kids

    Fit-Results Chicago gym partnered with the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program to raise money for Christmas gifts for children in need.

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  • Something to Learn About Illinois History – Illinois AgricultureSomething to Learn About Illinois History – Illinois Agriculture

    Countdown to the Illinois Bicentennial Video #16: Something to Learn About Illinois History – Illinois Agriculture – by Abigail Kessler

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  • Man tied up, robbed in his Lincoln Park homeMan tied up, robbed in his Lincoln Park home

    A Chicago man was tied up and robbed Saturday afternoon in his Lincoln Park neighborhood home.

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  • Video: Phil Vettel reviews PortsmithVideo: Phil Vettel reviews Portsmith

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  • Man, 21, charged in stabbing of off-duty Chicago police officer - Chicago TribuneMan, 21, charged in stabbing of off-duty Chicago police officer - Chicago Tribune

    Chicago TribuneMan, 21, charged in stabbing of off-duty Chicago police officerChicago TribuneA South Deering man was charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the domestic stabbing of an off-duty Chicago police officer Friday on the city's South Side, authorities said. David Johnson, 21, turned himself in to police about 8 ...Chicago Police officer hurt in crash with stolen vehicle on South SideChicago Sun-Timesall 13 news articles »

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  • 7 Chicago officers given desk duty as cases linked to corrupt ex-cop are reviewed - Los Angeles Times7 Chicago officers given desk duty as cases linked to corrupt ex-cop are reviewed - Los Angeles Times

    Los Angeles Times7 Chicago officers given desk duty as cases linked to corrupt ex-cop are reviewedLos Angeles TimesSeven Chicago police officers who were once part of a crew led by a corrupt sergeant have been removed from their street duties while their conduct years ago is investigated. The decision to place the officers on desk duty came Thursday night, hours ...15 men exonerated in cases linked to corrupt Chicago cop - CNNCNN7 officers on desk duty as charges dropped against 15, cases linked to corrupt ex-cop reviewedChicago Tribuneall 39 news articles »

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  • 'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy in hospital with organ failure: spokeswoman - Chicago Tribune'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy in hospital with organ failure: spokeswoman - Chicago Tribune

    Chicago Tribune'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy in hospital with organ failure: spokeswomanChicago TribuneRELATED STORIES: David Cassidy, heartthrob star of 'The Partridge Family,' reveals he has dementia. Latest movie reviews. Check out the latest movie reviews from Michael Phillips and the Chicago Tribune. Latest album reviews. Check out reviews for all ...and more »

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  • Chicago restaurant group opens Aviary in New York City - WLS-TVChicago restaurant group opens Aviary in New York City - WLS-TV

    WLS-TVChicago restaurant group opens Aviary in New York CityWLS-TVSo even if you haven't been to the Aviary or the Office in Chicago, if you happen to be in New York City here near Columbus Circle and you want to check out what they're all about, they're open all day long since they're in a hotel, and you're going to ...

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  • Man, 21, charged in stabbing of off-duty Chicago police officerMan, 21, charged in stabbing of off-duty Chicago police officer

    A South Deering man was charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the domestic stabbing of an off-duty Chicago police officer Friday on the city's South Side, authorities said. David Johnson, 21, turned himself in to police about 8 hours after the attack, which took place in...

    Chicago Tribune / 3 h. 16 min. ago
  • Highlights: Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins – 11/18/17Highlights: Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins – 11/18/17

    Highlights – Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins – November 18, 2017 http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3427054/3427054_2017-11-18-220954.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3740.mp3 Boxscore | Recap

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  • A Look Back at the Blackhawks’ Outdoor GamesA Look Back at the Blackhawks’ Outdoor Games

    unable to retrieve full-text contentThe Chicago Blackhawks will take on the Boston Bruins in the 2019 Winter Classic, but before they do, we’re taking a look back at the team’s previous outdoor tilts. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • Man rubbed exposed genitals against woman at Orange Line station: ProsecutorsMan rubbed exposed genitals against woman at Orange Line station: Prosecutors

    A Harvey man is accused of rubbing his exposed genitals against a woman on crutches at the CTA's Orange Line station at Midway Airport, authorities said.The 34-year-old victim and her aunt had just exited an airport-bound train and had gotten on an escalator when David Brown followed behind them...

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  • Man tied up in North Side home invasionMan tied up in North Side home invasion

    CHICAGO - One North Side man told police he was foreced into his apartment by two attackers who then tied him to a chair. The incident happened shortly before 5 Saturday evening in the 900 block of West Wrightwood. The Victim told police he was approached by the two attackers and forced back into his apartment. Once inside, he says they tied him to a chair and robbed him. It's not clear if he was injured in the robbery. Police are still looking for the two men.

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  • Man rubbed exposed genitals against woman at Orange Line station: Prosecutors - Chicago TribuneMan rubbed exposed genitals against woman at Orange Line station: Prosecutors - Chicago Tribune

    Chicago TribuneMan rubbed exposed genitals against woman at Orange Line station: ProsecutorsChicago TribuneDavid Brown, 41, is accused of rubbing his exposed genitals on a woman on crutches on the Orange Line. (Cook County sheriff's photo). William LeeContact ReporterChicago Tribune. A Harvey man is accused of rubbing his exposed genitals against a ...

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  • After allowing shorthanded goal, Blackhawks finish power play with winning score - Chicago TribuneAfter allowing shorthanded goal, Blackhawks finish power play with winning score - Chicago Tribune

    Chicago TribuneAfter allowing shorthanded goal, Blackhawks finish power play with winning scoreChicago TribuneFew things in the Blackhawks season have been as mercurial, frustrating and head-scratching as their power play. For a chunk of this season, it was futile, which is baffling given the amount of skill the Hawks have on their power-play units. On ...Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Two UtahBlackhawk UpCorey Crawford shines again as Hawks continue dominance over PensChicago Sun-Timesall 47 news articles »

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  • BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights FestivalBMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

    Lights! Music! Magic! ABC 7 Chicago kicks off the holiday season nationwide with a LIVE broadcast of The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on its 26th anniversary Saturday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.

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  • Police chase results in injuries, man in custody on South SidePolice chase results in injuries, man in custody on South Side

    A person was in custody Saturday night after a police chase on the South Side, police said.

    ABC 7 / 4 h. 58 min. ago
  • Man, 32, charged in murder of Katie Kearns, of Mokena, who worked at Joliet barMan, 32, charged in murder of Katie Kearns, of Mokena, who worked at Joliet bar

    A 32-year-old Coal City man was charged in the death of a Mokena woman whose body was found in an SUV in Aroma Park Township in Kankakee County earlier this week.

    ABC 7 / 5 h. 9 min. ago
  • Chicago’s Chance the Rapper will host SNL tonightChicago’s Chance the Rapper will host SNL tonight

    Chicago's very own Chance the Rapper will make history tonight as the first rapper not signed to a record label to host "Saturday Night Live." Chance has performed on SNL as a musical guest before, but this will be his first time hosting the show. This week's musical guest will be fellow rapper Eminem. He will perform his latest single "Walk on Water," according to Newsweek. To get ready for the big show, Chance has been "dancing it out" with his SNL cast members. This week's episode will be broadcast tonight on NBC at 10:30 central time. You can learn more on NBC.com and watch Chance and Eminem's promo below. Chance the Host. @Eminem the Rapper. SNL live coast to coast this weekend. #ChanceOnSNL @chancetherapper pic.twitter.com/8jlLlxotOP — Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) November 17, 2017  

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  • Chicago Bulls LIVE – 11/18/18 – Host: Steve KashulChicago Bulls LIVE – 11/18/18 – Host: Steve Kashul

    Steve chats this week with Bulls play-by-play man Bill Wennington, Bulls TV Executive Producer Brad Seigal, Windy City Bulls Manager of Basketball Operations Jeff Field. Also, Chuck Swirsky joins the show for a talk with Horace Grant and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

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  • 2 seriously wounded in shootings on South, West sides2 seriously wounded in shootings on South, West sides

    Two people were wounded Saturday in separate shootings on the city's South and West sides, Chicago police said. The latest attack happened about 5:35 p.m. in the Robert Taylor Homes neighborhood in the 4600 block of South Federal Street, police said. A 28-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and...

    Chicago Tribune / 5 h. 19 min. ago
  • Bartender's boyfriend charged with first-degree murder in her death, bail set at $10 million - Chicago TribuneBartender's boyfriend charged with first-degree murder in her death, bail set at $10 million - Chicago Tribune

    Chicago Sun-TimesBartender's boyfriend charged with first-degree murder in her death, bail set at $10 millionChicago TribuneThe 24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns, missing since early Monday, was found dead in a rural part of Kankakee County during an overnight search, Will County sheriff's police said Thursday. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune). Alicia Fabbre, Vikki Ortiz ...Man charged with murder in Joliet bartender's deathChicago Sun-Timesall 76 news articles »

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  • Bartender's boyfriend charged with first-degree murder in her death, bail set at $10 millionBartender's boyfriend charged with first-degree murder in her death, bail set at $10 million

    A Coal City man has been charged with the shooting death of a 24-year-old New Lenox Township woman whom he had been dating recently, officials said. Will County authorities Saturday charged Jeremy Boshears, 32, with three counts of first-degree murder in the death of Kaitlyn Kearns. An arrest warrant...

    Chicago Tribune / 5 h. 27 min. ago
  • Officer among 2 injured after traffic stop in South ShoreOfficer among 2 injured after traffic stop in South Shore

    A Chicago police officer was among two people who were injured after a traffic stop Saturday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood. Shortly before 4:15 p.m., an officer attempted to curb a stolen vehicle in the 6800 block of South Jeffery Boulevard. Instead of stopping, the driver pulled away...

    Chicago Tribune / 5 h. 31 min. ago
  • Funeral services set for Richards High School teacherFuneral services set for Richards High School teacher

    The Richards and Shepard high school communities are mourning the loss of Lauren Lamaster, who taught social studies at both schools. Lamaster, 34, of Orland Park, died Wednesday. She recently had been suffering from an illness that was causing severe seizures, according to her Facebook posts. ...

    Daily Southtown / 5 h. 40 min. ago
  • 10 most dangerous places to drive for Thanksgiving10 most dangerous places to drive for Thanksgiving

    Tens of millions of Americans will hit the road for Thanksgiving, but their journey to celebrate the holiday is riskier than you might think.

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  • US threatens to close Palestinian office in WashingtonUS threatens to close Palestinian office in Washington

    Watch Video The Trump administration put the Palestine Liberation Organization on notice Friday that it will close the group’s office in Washington if the Palestinians don’t get serious about peace talks with Israel, State Department officials said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined the Palestinians have violated a rarely invoked provision in US law that calls for the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission if they act against Israel in the International Criminal Court, the officials said. The department asserts that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ran afoul of the law in September when he called on the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israel for war crimes against the Palestinians. “The secretary concluded that the factual record, certain statements made by Palestinian leaders about the ICC, did not permit (Tillerson) to make the factual certification required by the statute” to keep the PLO mission open, a State Department official said. In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Abbas said the Palestinians have asked the the ICC “to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people.” Saeb Erekat, a top PLO official and lead Palestinian negotiator, said the Palestinians have responded to Tillerson’s determination by warning they will end all contact with the Trump administration if it closes the US office. “This is the pressure being exerted on this administration from the Netanyahu government; at a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal, they take such steps which will undermine the whole peace process,” Erekat said in a statement to CNN. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a short statement calling the US decision “a matter of US law.” “We respect the decision and look forward to continuing to work with the US to advance peace and security in the region,” it said. The Associated Press first reported the news of Tillerson’s decision and the notification to the Palestinians. The threat to the Palestinians of losing their office in Washington could be a point of leverage for President Donald Trump as he seeks to coax the Palestinians to the table. The Israelis and Palestinians are not engaged direct negotiations, but Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, a senior aide charged with negotiations on Middle East peace, have been working to broker a peace deal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This month, the White House said officials are preparing a peace proposal which they intend to put forward at a unspecified time. They have provided no details about the proposal, but Kushner and Greenblatt have been shuttling to the Middle East region to meet with Palestinians, Israelis and Arab nations in hopes of securing a deal. Although the United States does not recognize statehood for the Palestinians, President Bill Clinton waived a 1980s-era law that barred them from having an office and allowed the PLO, which formally represents all Palestinians, to open a mission in Washington in 1994. President Obama allowed the Palestinians to fly the flag over their office, upgrading the status of their mission, in 2011. Congress added a provision to the law in 2015 requiring the shuttering of the mission if the Palestinians seek to “influence a determination by the ICC to initiate a judicially authorized investigation, or to actively support such an investigation, that subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians.” Before the change to the law, the president could keep the PLO mission open merely by certifying that waiving the ban on Palestinian representation in the United States was in the US national interest. The most recent certification period ended in November. Trump, meanwhile, could also waive Tillerson’s determination; the President now has 90 days to consider whether the Palestinians are engaged in “direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel” before making such a decision. However, the law does not specifically define what constitutes direct or meaningful negations. Even if Trump decides to close the office, a State Department official said the United States would not completely cut off relations with the Palestinians and is focused on bringing about a comprehensive peace deal. “We remain focused on a comprehensive peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians that will resolve core issues between the parties,” the official said in an email. “This measure should in no way be a signal that the US is backing off those efforts. Nor should it be exploited by those who seek to act as spoilers to distract from the imperative of reaching a peace agreement.”

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    A male victim reported being forced into his apartment and tied up before he was robbed Saturday afternoon on the North Side, Chicago police said. About 3:50 p.m., a male victim, whose exact age was not available, was forced by two suspects into his apartment in the 900 block of West Wrightwood...

    Chicago Tribune / 5 h. 46 min. ago
  • J.C. Caroline, former Bears player, Illini standout, dies at 84J.C. Caroline, former Bears player, Illini standout, dies at 84

    J.C. Caroline, a star Illinois running back in the 1950s who played for the Chicago Bears for a decade, has died. He was 84.

    ABC 7 / 5 h. 53 min. ago
  • Highlights: Northwestern vs. La Salle – 11/18/17Highlights: Northwestern vs. La Salle – 11/18/17

    Highlights: Northwestern Wildcats vs. La Salle Explorers – Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT – November 18, 2017 Boxscore | Recap  

    WGN Radio / 6 h. 10 min. ago
  • Million Dollar Lotto Ticket Sold On NW SideMillion Dollar Lotto Ticket Sold On NW Side

    CHICAGO (CBS) — A winning lottery ticket worth $1 million was sold this week on the Northwest Side. The Quick Pick ticket was sold at Cragin Fresh Market, 5958 W. Addison, according to the Illinois Lottery. It matched five numbers, 01 – 14 – 21 – 22 – 28, to win Tuesday’s “Mega Millions” drawing. Winners have up to a year from the original drawing date to claim their prizes. The store will receive a bonus of $10,000, or 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

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  • Church turns attention to the less fortunate before ThanksgivingChurch turns attention to the less fortunate before Thanksgiving

     Less than a week before we give thanks as a country, Holy Spirit Church came together to give away a full meal to those less fortunate, complete with peas, cranberries, cornbread and more. They gave away a hundred turkeys, and Marcia Egeston received one of them. She said it will help her family celebrate a well-deserved Thanksgiving. "I have 9 grandchildren, so they’ll be at my house for thanksgiving and I’m so happy because I haven’t seen them in a year in a half," Egeston told WGN. "This is what’s its all about. I mean, thanksgiving, holidays like this come around, we tend to forget about the families that can’t afford meals," Early Walker from W and W Towing said. In addition to the food, Holy Spirit Church also gave away an assortment of clothes, shoes, and jewelry to make things a little more festive. "People will come in, they’ll get their turkey, they can shop for whatever other things they want and if they see a shirt, a sweater or what have you, it’s for the taking," Bishop Larry Trotter from Holy Spirit Church said. You can learn more in the video above.

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  • Dangerous weather does not stop Chicagoans from going downtownDangerous weather does not stop Chicagoans from going downtown

       It was a gloomy, messy morning, with steady rain that shifted to snow, and there were multiple car crashes in Skokie Saturday. Still, the weather did not stop people from going to downtown. At Millennium Park, most everyone was dressed in winter gear from head to toe. There were people checking out the Bean and the glow of the city's Christmas tree.  Plus, it's the first weekend of the season that the Millennium Park ice rink is open, so people were lacing up their skates to hit the ice. See how pedestrians downtown were reacting to the weather in the player above.

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  • Rev. Jackson Family, Friends Rally At Rainbow PUSHRev. Jackson Family, Friends Rally At Rainbow PUSH

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Rev. Jesse Jackson’s family and friends said today at the weekly Saturday forum at Rainbow PUSH headquarters that he is a fighter and he’ll take on Parkinson’s disease. Rev. Henry Williamson, a past President of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, lauded the accomplishments of Rev. Jackson and asked for prayers. “We can be proud that he laid the foundation for Barack Obama to be elected President of the United States,” said Williamson. “Not one time but twice.” Jackson’s son Jonathan said his father was resting. “The Rainbow PUSH is strong. This coming Monday he’ll be meeting with the Michael J. Fox Foundation dealing with Parkinson’s,” said Jackson. “And he will use his energy and channel it to fight this disease as he has fought for everything that has hampered, thwarted mankind before.” RELATED: A Local Man’s Fight Against Parkinson’s Jackson who’s 76, announced yesterday in a statement that he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The diagnosis was made in 2015. Jackson said he’s been slow to grasp the gravity of the disease. His father also had Parkinson’s. Jackson, who’s 76, did not attend the forum. He said the good news is that the progression of the disease can be slowed with  diet, exercise and rest.

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  • Man found dead in cell at McHenry County JailMan found dead in cell at McHenry County Jail

    A 51-year-old man was pronounced dead Friday night after he was found unresponsive in a single cell at McHenry County Jail. According to a news release from the McHenry County coronr's office, the man was found unresponsive Friday during routine rounds. He was taken to Centegra Woodstock Medical...

    Chicago Tribune / 6 h. 35 min. ago
  • Increased security at Magnificent Mile Lights FestivalIncreased security at Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

      The Magnificent Mile's Lights Festival is the nation's largest evening holiday celebration, and with big crowds come big concerns. After high-profile attacks in the last several months, including the mass shooting Las Vegas and the truck attack in Manhattan, there is an increased police presence at the festival. Police officials have said public safety will be their top priority this year. The city's Office of Emergency Management Communications announced increased security including road closures on the side streets and snow plow trucks to block any potential vehicle attack on the crowd. The parade route is a straight shot down Michigan Ave from Oak Street to Wacker Drive. Once the Parade wraps up around 7:00 p.m, there will be a fireworks display on the river. Watch Chicagoans prepare for the parade in the player above.

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  • Bartender's Boyfriend Charged in Connection to Her DeathBartender's Boyfriend Charged in Connection to Her Death

    The boyfriend of a Joliet bartender who was found fatally shot in rural Kankakee County Thursday has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death, police announced Saturday.Photo Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office

    NBC Chicago / 6 h. 37 min. ago
  • Hot Cheetos turkey will spice up Thanksgiving dinnerHot Cheetos turkey will spice up Thanksgiving dinner

    Reynolds Kitchens posted a "Hot Turkey in an Oven Bag" recipe on their website, featuring a roasted turkey with a Hot Cheetos coating.

    ABC 7 / 6 h. 59 min. ago
  • Agri-Cast 11/18/17Agri-Cast 11/18/17

    Orion and Max discuss agriculture news of the week with expert guests. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3427014/3427014_2017-11-18-182014.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3775.mp3

    WGN Radio / 7 h. 2 min. ago
  • Mr. Fix-It Show: 11/18/17Mr. Fix-It Show: 11/18/17

    Lou is back to give more advice to homeowners, review a new product, talk to special guests, and more! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3427013/3427013_2017-11-18-181713.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3769.mp3

    WGN Radio / 7 h. 7 min. ago
  • New to Lou Too: High & MightyNew to Lou Too: High & Mighty

    This week’s New to Lou Too is High & Mighty wall hooks. Listen to hear what Lou and Lindsey think! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3427007/3427007_2017-11-18-180607.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3769.mp3

    WGN Radio / 7 h. 11 min. ago
  • Man dies after being found shot in driveway, Graylake police sayMan dies after being found shot in driveway, Graylake police say

    A 38-year-old man died early Saturday morning after being found shot in a Hainesville driveway in what police are describing as a domestic violence-related incident. Grayslake police were dispatched to 110 W. Big Horn Drive at 11:26 p.m. Friday, where the man was lying face down in the driveway...

    Chicago Tribune / 7 h. 21 min. ago
  • On the Road 11/18/2017: Robert Hight, Vince Welch, Martin Truex & MoreOn the Road 11/18/2017: Robert Hight, Vince Welch, Martin Truex & More

    This week on the show Dane talks to #78 Furniture Row Racing Driver, Martin Truex Junior to share excitement and preview on Nascar Monster Energy Cup Championship race at Homestead Miami Speedway. We talk to Vince Welch from Nascar on FOX talking truck series action and appeal, Cup series finale and the Super Bowl atmosphere at Homestead Miami Speedway this weekend! Robert Height joins Dane on the road to look back at one of the greatest seasons of all time in drag racing. Hear as Robert talks about Route 66 and his plans for the off season, plus his prediction for the Monster Energy Cup Championship. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3427003/3427003_2017-11-18-175403.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3747.mp3

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  • Mosque Brings Politicians, The Curious To WheatonMosque Brings Politicians, The Curious To Wheaton

    CHICAGO (CBS) — The curious came to get a inside look at a west suburban mosque. Hundreds of inquisitive neighbors filled the Islamic Center of Wheaton for today’s event. Omar Haqqani hopes people left the open house with a better understanding. “The whole idea behind having this event is to let them know who Muslims are, what Muslims believe in and what the faith is about,” says Haqqani. He says at times since 9-11, there has been mistrust of the Muslim community. Haqqani says he hopes this fosters friendships and clears up any confusion. 350 attended, including the lieutenant governor, mayor of Wheaton and two congressmen, treated to a tour, fun activities and delicious ethnic food.

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  • NHRA Funny Car World Champ Robert Hight Has It All!NHRA Funny Car World Champ Robert Hight Has It All!

    Robert Height joins Dane on the road to look back at one of the greatest seasons of all time in drag racing. Hear as Robert talks about Route 66 and his plans for the off season, plus his prediction for the Monster Energy Cup Championship. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3426993/3426993_2017-11-18-173733.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3747.mp3

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  • GRAPHIC: The Navy is apologizing after one of its pilots drew a ‘you know what’ in the skyGRAPHIC: The Navy is apologizing after one of its pilots drew a ‘you know what’ in the sky

      WARNING: Some viewers may find the photos in this story offensive. OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. — The Navy has had to apologize after one of its pilots had a little too much fun in the sky. KREM 2 reports multiple witnesses reached out to them, and these witnesses believe a Navy pilot’s skywriting was in fact male genitalia. “The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable,” Navy officials told KREM 2. The act has been condemned by multiple Navy officials, including Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker of the Naval Air Forces. “The American people rightfully expect that those who wear the Wings of Gold exhibit a level of maturity commensurate with the missions and aircraft with which they’ve been entrusted,” he told Buzzfeed News. “Naval aviation continually strives to foster an environment of dignity and respect. Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today.” Some pilots at NAS Whidbey did some sky writing today. https://t.co/9IsYvkX1za pic.twitter.com/Lm7kpMhKpY — Adam Gessaman (@adamrg) November 17, 2017 Some internet users are applauding the pilot’s efforts, however. “I appreciate the time, effort and resources needed to pull this off,”  Brett Fancher of North Okanogan County said on Twitter. So, somebody in the Omak/Okanogan area got in a plane and put this in the sky. I appreciate the time, effort and resources needed to pull this off. pic.twitter.com/AF6gF4UhF6 — Brett Fancher (@brettfancher) November 16, 2017

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  • Woman fought off knife-wielding attacker by hitting him with her phone: Lake Forest policeWoman fought off knife-wielding attacker by hitting him with her phone: Lake Forest police

    A woman was able to fight off a knife-wielding attacker in Lake Forest Friday night by striking him in the head with her cell phone, Lake Forest police said. The victim said a man with a large kitchen knife approached her shortly before 5:20 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Western Avenue, according...

    Chicago Tribune / 7 h. 51 min. ago
  • Vince Welch With Full NASCAR Weekend in Miami!Vince Welch With Full NASCAR Weekend in Miami!

    Vince Welch from Nascar on FOX talking truck series action and appeal, Cup series finale and the Super Bowl atmosphere at Homestead Miami Speedway this weekend! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3426992/3426992_2017-11-18-173132.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3747.mp3

    WGN Radio / 7 h. 52 min. ago
  • Martin Truex Jr. is Ready To Make History at Homestead!Martin Truex Jr. is Ready To Make History at Homestead!

    #78 Furniture Row Racing Driver, Martin Truex Junior joins Dane “On The Road” to share excitement and preview on Nascar Monster Energy Cup Championship race at Homestead Miami Speedway and latest with the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3426989/3426989_2017-11-18-172229.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3747.mp3

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  • Blackhawks to play in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame StadiumBlackhawks to play in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium

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  • Tennessee OBGYN still practicing after admitting to sex with patientsTennessee OBGYN still practicing after admitting to sex with patients

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  • Downtown Street Closures For Mag Mile ParadeDowntown Street Closures For Mag Mile Parade

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  • Cops warn of armed robberies on the South SideCops warn of armed robberies on the South Side

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  • ‘Tis The Season: Package Thefts Caught on Camera, Neighbors Say‘Tis The Season: Package Thefts Caught on Camera, Neighbors Say

    unable to retrieve full-text contentSome neighbors are fed up and they say if they can’t get justice they can at least get even. Michelle Relerford reports.

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  • Chicago's Longface builds on Radiohead's dreams for alt-rockChicago's Longface builds on Radiohead's dreams for alt-rock

    It's hard to calculate the number of woeful musicians who count Radiohead as a direct influence, but the ones who are actually able to capture the unnerving quality of the UK group's alt-rock in their own voice are few and far between. Chicago's Longface get that ricocheting melodies and roller-coaster falsetto can only go so far; that it takes a sense of direction, a little bit of guts, and a lot of individual personality to be anything more than a derivative of their influences.

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  • Cutting Costs During The HolidaysCutting Costs During The Holidays

    CHICAGO (CBS) — You may be spending a lot of money on things you don’t really need. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker shows you how some little changes can lead to big savings. ‘Tis that time when keyboard clicks turn into holiday gifts. That $99 Amazon Prime membership offers free shipping, but… “With most online retailers if your order is more than $25 then you’re getting free shipping anyway,” says Kevin Brasler, Executive Editor of Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook magazine. Prime may be worth it if you take advantage of all the other perks like books, music and videos. For about  $100 investment you could get rid of the monthly rental fee on your cable bill. “Buy your own wireless router or modem,” suggests Brasler. Patty Dyjak did it. “We saved probably only $20 or $30 but it was still $20 or $30 bucks,” she says. And, look closely at that care tag in your clothes. Only take them to the cleaners if it says Dry Clean Only. “If it just says dry clean, well that’s a suggestion,” says Brasler. Hand wash it instead. It could really pay to take a look at those tags. People who use dry cleaners pay $500 to $1,500 a year on the service.

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  • Fighting The Battle Against Parkinson’s DiseaseFighting The Battle Against Parkinson’s Disease

    CHICAGO (CBS) — He’s spent half a century on the front lines, fighting for civil rights. Now, Reverend Jesse Jackson is fighting a very personal battle against Parkinson’s disease. Jackson made that announcement today. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov talked with one man about how the disease has changed his life. 54-year-old Jim Kroeger is five years into his fight with Parkinson’s disease. He was diagnosed on December 16, 2013. “I remember it very well. It’s etched in my brain like your birthday or the day you got married,” he says. But Kroeger, an avid weight lifter, refused to let Parkinson’s consume him even as symptoms like stiffness and lack of mobility increased. “That’s what tends to breakdown for people with Parkinsons,” he says. “Your brain tells you to do something but the body doesn’t respond.” Kroeger says exercise has helped, something Reverend Jesse Jackson says he is embracing after announcing his battle with Parkinson’s. “For me a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression,” Jackson says in a statement. “I have several patients who are older and have had the disease for 20, 30 years and are still walking and able to communicate,” said Dr. Leo Verhagen of Rush University Medical Center. Kroeger believes it best to push fear aside. “You need some patience, you need some understanding and you need the will to fight and you need hope.” Reverend Jackson is 76-years-old and says he noticed signs three years ago and was diagnosed two years ago. You can find more information about Parkinson’s by clicking the link.

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  • Package Thefts Caught on Camera, Neighbors SayPackage Thefts Caught on Camera, Neighbors Say

    Some neighbors are fed up and they say if they can’t get justice they can at least get even.

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  • 'Tis The Season: Package Thefts Caught on Camera, Neighbors Say'Tis The Season: Package Thefts Caught on Camera, Neighbors Say

    Some neighbors are fed up and they say if they can’t get justice they can at least get even. Michelle Relerford reports.

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  • Billboard Urges Convict’s Release In ’95 MurdersBillboard Urges Convict’s Release In ’95 Murders

    (CBS) — Perhaps you have seen the sign: “Free Matt Sopron.” It’s off Stevenson Expressway near the Harlem Avenue exit. So, who is he? Where is he? And why are people trying to free him? CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports. To get answers, you have to head nearly five hours south to Menard Correctional Center, where 41-year-old Matt Sopron has spent nearly half of his life in prison. Johnson recently spoke to Sopron by phone. He says he can’t figure out why he’s behind bars. It started in 1995 when members of the Almighty Popes gang gunned down two teen girls in a van. Police arrested several suspects, including Billy Bigeck. Matt Sopron, also a member, wasn’t arrested until nine months later. Why does Sopron think he’s the guy that’s going down for this? “Well, Bigeck brought my name up,” Sopron tells Johnson. Bigeck and two others — John Gizowski and Bryan O’Shea — named him as the gang leader, claiming he ordered the hit on the van. Sopron’s prior record didn’t help. “I got convictions such as gang activity and graffiti and minor assaults,” Sopron says. Pat Walsh defended Sopron. “I felt like we won every day at trial. I think we showed that the witnesses had lied,” Walsh says. “We were devastated, but we never believed it. Never,” the inmate’s mother, Patricia Sopron, says. Since his conviction, three witnesses have recanted their testimony. Bryan O’Shea first approached Walsh in 2000 to change his story. “It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life, hands down, but the best thing I’ve ever done was come out with the truth,” O’Shea says. He says he lied on the stand after being coerced by the assistant state’s attorney. “So, he’s scrambling the brains in my head so the second I say a lie he goes, ‘Oh great, now we’re getting to the truth’,” O’Shea says. In a 2001 affidavit, Gizowski testified he “never witnessed Matthew Sopron or anyone else give any orders to shoot or hurt anyone.” And in notes Pat Walsh took in a 2016 interview, Bigeck says his testimony at trial “wasn’t true, it was a lie.” Johnson tracked down former Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Cassidy. Cassidy declined comment, other than to say it’s not true he threatened the witnesses so that they would testify against Sopron. Sopron has appealed three times and has another appeal forthcoming. His family remains hopeful that one day he will leave prison. Patricia Sopron said she believes it will happen. “The truth will be seen. And, that’s what he lives by, and as a result he’s given us strength,” she says. In the past few months, two other men convicted in the shooting have told attorney Walsh that Matt Sopron had nothing to do with the murders, including the actual shooter. Sopron’s case is now being reviewed by Cook County’s Conviction Integrity Unit.

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  • Community Alert Issued For North Side RobberiesCommunity Alert Issued For North Side Robberies

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are warning about a group of robbers attacking people. Here you see three of the suspects, but there could be up to four of them. In a community alert, police say the criminals push or punch the victims before robbing them. Then they take off on foot. The group has already struck three times this month. On Delaware, Chestnut and Huron, in River North and the near North Side. Police say people should always be aware of their surroundings and if confronted by an assailant to remain calm. Police ask that people provide specific information to authorities, including to remember any unique physical characteristics like tattoos, scars, acne, etc. Anyone with any information on the suspected robbers is asked to contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.

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  • Orland Park could see more than $460,000 from video gambling, study saysOrland Park could see more than $460,000 from video gambling, study says

    A recently completed study on the economic impact of allowing video gambling in Orland Park estimates the village could realize more than $460,000 in annual tax revenue. Separately, a recent poll conducted by the village shows that, among the liquor license holders who would be eligible to host...

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  • Chicago Welcomes Its First Art Book FairChicago Welcomes Its First Art Book Fair

    The inaugural Chicago Art Book Fair , which opened last night, takes place in an odd setting. Spread across two floors of the Chicago Athletic Association - a luxury, Venetian Gothic hotel that overlooks Millennium Park - the fair is bisected by a game room, bar, and study area that harken back to the building's origins as a gentlemen's club.

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  • Stagg music student composes complete piece for wind symphony bandStagg music student composes complete piece for wind symphony band

    Jason Kazin has long known music to be his passion. But the senior at Stagg High School in Palos Hills realized this past summer it could also be therapeutic. Kazin, 18, was in the midst of already doing the seemingly unimaginable — composing a complete musical piece for his school's elite concert...

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  • 6th Congressional District No Longer Leans Solely Republican6th Congressional District No Longer Leans Solely Republican

    WATCH LIVE Blindspot The team chases a deadly bomber who is terrorizing Manhattan; Jane uncovers a shattering secret. NEWSLETTERS Receive the latest local updates in your inbox The rating for the 6th Congressional District moves from leaning Republican to Toss Up by the non-partisan Cook Political Report. The rating for the 6th Congressional District moves from leaning Republican to Toss Up by the non-partisan Cook Political Report. The 2018 6th District election is considered one to watch as Democrats nationally focus on what they see as flippable districts. The Cook Political Report notes “Roskam has been a party loyalist since 2006, narrowly losing a bid for GOP whip in 2014.” For the Democrats, the leading candidate in terms of campaign cash is Democrat Kelly Mazeski with $343,000. Roskam however has $1.35 million in the bank. Today Mazeski received the endorsement of two Democratic Illinois Congresswomen: Cheri Bustos and Jan Schakowsky. There are eight Democrats who are gathering petitions to run in the primary to face Roskam. Published 6 hours ago Get the latest from NBC Chicago anywhere, anytime

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  • New List Picks Best Chicago-Area Restaurants For GroupsNew List Picks Best Chicago-Area Restaurants For Groups

    It’s one of the most dreaded questions of the holiday season: Where should our group make reservations for dinner? OpenTable helps with the answer with its new list of 100 Best Restaurants for Groups in America. “The list of honorees is based on an analysis of 10,000,000-plus reviews of more than 25,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners,” the online restaurant-reservation service wrote. And hallelujah, 17 spots in the Chicago area made the cut! The diners have spoken; here are all the local eateries that made the list.

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  • Chance the Rapper Brings His Comedy Chops to ‘SNL’Chance the Rapper Brings His Comedy Chops to ‘SNL’

    Chance the Rapper isn’t ashamed of his love for Drake and reveals that he wrote three sketches for his “Saturday Night Live” hosting turn, including one co-written by Atlanta creator Donald Glover. (Published Friday, Nov. 17, 2017) Fans watching this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” could see an extra special treat from host Chance the Rapper. The Chicago hip-hop star revealed on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon Thursday that he came prepared for his big hosting gig with five sketches written. Three of those sketches, one with the help of Donald Glover, have made it to the show’s dress rehearsal. “I wrote three sketches that will make it into the show,” he said. “Well, they’ll make it to dress rehearsal, so they could get pulled, Lorne Michaels could pull them last minute. But hopefully, as of right now, I got three sketches in the show.” Fans of Chance already know him for his musical talent, but it appears the rapper also some comedy talent if his sketches do in fact make it into the show. This will mark Chance’s first time hosting “SNL,” but the rapper will also be the first unsigned artist to host the show. “Hosting is a whole different thing,” he told Fallon. “I got in on Monday and I’ve just been in New York every day writing with the cast and meeting everybody. It’s a crazy feeling. I love it.” Chance has been appearing in promos for this week’s set all week, including one where he hosts a dance party with the cast and another with Leslie Jones and rapper Eminem, who will perform as the musical guest Saturday. In one of the promos, Eminem says he thought he was “the rapper” for the night. “Oh I should probably change my name,” Chance, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, says. Eminem and Jones then proceed to come up with new ideas for Chance’s name. Among them are Chance Encounter, Chance the Poet, Chance the Triple Threat or Chancer the Dancer. “Saturday Night Live” airs Saturday at 10:30 p.m. CT. on NBC. Published 5 hours ago

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  • Charges Filed in Connection With Joliet Bartender’s DeathCharges Filed in Connection With Joliet Bartender’s Death

    The search for a missing woman turned into a murder investigation after police say they found the body of a 24-year-old woman, and investigators have trained their gaze on a local motorcycle gang. NBC 5’s Charlie Wojciechowski has the latest. (Published Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017) The boyfriend of a Joliet bartender who was found fatally shot in rural Kankakee County Thursday has been charged in connection with her death, according to the Will County Sheriff’s office.  Jeremy Boshears, 32, of Coal City, was charged with concealment of a homicidal death in the shooting of 24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns, the sheriff’s office said. A warrant was issued for his arrest and bond was set at $250,000, according to authorities.  “This morning, Sheriff’s detectives met with the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office in order to determine that probable cause was met for the arrest of Boshears,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.   Boshears’ attorney could not immediately be reached for comment and the Will County State’s Attorney’s office said additional charges could still be filed in the case.  Authorities said they believe Kearns had met Boshears four weeks ago while working at Woody’s Bar in Joliet. She had been in a dating relationship with him for the past two weeks, officials said.   The news comes one day after the Will County Sheriff’s office served a search warrant in the Joliet clubhouse of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, officials revealed. A spokesperson confirmed the warrant was in connection with the homicide of Kaitlyn Kearns, a 24-year-old Mokena woman who was found dead in Kankakee County Thursday morning.  The sheriff’s office said a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee belonging to Kaitlyn Kearns was found in a rural part of Kankakee County during an overnight search. There, they say the 24-year-old’s body was found dead in the back of the car with a single gunshot wound to the head.  Police said Kearns “was the intended target of this homicide,” adding that authorities don’t believe there is any threat to the public.  An autopsy was being conducted along with further toxicology and lab results, police said.  Kearns, 24, was last seen after midnight early Monday morning at Woody’s Bar, located in the 1000 block of East Washington Street, friends say. She never made it home – where she lives with her father and sister – from her shift, Kearns’ friends said, and has not contacted anyone or posted on social media since. Calls to her phone went straight to voicemail, they added, and she didn’t shown up to shifts at Woody’s or her other job at a restaurant in Orland Park on Monday or Tuesday. Police said Kearns was reported missing Tuesday.  Friends added that it was out of character for Kearns to go missing, as she’s often in communication with friends and family and has a dog that she likely wouldn’t abandon. She was last seen driving a gray 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with a Chicago Cubs World Series sticker on the rear window, her friends said, asking anyone with information to contact local authorities. Authorities are asking anyone with information surrounding her death to call sheriff’s investigation division (815) 727-8574 or sheriff’s dispatch center (815) 727-8575.  Published 5 hours ago

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  • Ice Ribbon, Millennium Park Rinks Open in ChicagoIce Ribbon, Millennium Park Rinks Open in Chicago

    Winter temperatures have already hit Chicago on a few occasions this month, but the city will be getting another taste of the season as ice rinks are beginning to open up. The famous ice rink at Millennium Park, situated in the shadow of the iconic Cloud Gate (okay, the Bean) will open on Friday night in conjunction with the lighting of Chicago’s Christmas tree. Admission to the rink is free, with skate rental available for $12 Monday through Thursday and for $14 Friday through Sunday. The park will be open noon to 8 pm during the week, from noon to 10 pm on Fridays, and beginning at 10 am on weekends, according to the City of Chicago. The Maggie Daley Park ice skating ribbon will also be opening on Friday, with free admission available for those wanting to skate. Rental rates for skates are the same as Millennium Park, with $12 rentals during the week and $14 rentals on weekends. For people wanting to skip the lines so they can get skating, Fast Passes are available at the ribbon. $40 will get a person skates and a locker, while a $90 package is available that comes with skates for two, lockers, tumblers of hot chocolate, and fast passes to get onto the ribbon. The park will be open from noon to 8 pm Monday through Thursday, and will be open until 10 pm on Fridays. Saturday the park will be open from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sundays will feature skating from 10am to 8pm. More information on skate rental prices, special holiday hours, and more is available on the city’s website.  Published 3 hours ago

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  • Bank Security in Auburn Gresham Has Some Feeling ‘Targeted’Bank Security in Auburn Gresham Has Some Feeling ‘Targeted’

    Customers at the Auburn Gresham Fifth Third branch were greeted by a security guard Friday morning–but the bank was met with an ultimatum. Residents say there is usually just a set of locked glass doors and a warning keeping them from entering if they are wearing anything made of metal. “It was a shock to me because I didn’t feel welcome, I felt like I was being targeted, and I was being targeted to get my own money,” customer Sharon Miles said. The doors incorporate a metal detector. You enter, get scanned, then an operator decides if you can pass. “This bank is concerned my constituents are going to rob them when they are robbing my community of their dignity,” said Ill. Sen. Jacqueline Collins of the 16th District. Rev. Michael Pfleger came to the branch to issue an ultimatum Friday. “We are giving them until the end of December to remove these doors, or we are calling people in Chicago to take their money out of Fifth Third Bank, and tell them if you don’t respect us then we are not going to keep our money in your banks,” Pfleger said. But Fifth Third says there have been five robberies or attempts at this branch in the last five years and the doors are being installed for safety. “It protects everybody inside the bank, it protects our clients, our customers and our employees,” said bank spokesman Andrew Hayes. But customers like Carlos Nelson, of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, say the enhanced security specifically at the Auburn Gresham bank and not at other branches is disheartening. “It’s not about the people at Fifth Third Bank, its about this situation that we have to experience each and every day,” he said. Published 3 hours ago | Updated 57 minutes ago

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  • CPD Had Ample Warning of Allegations Against OfficersCPD Had Ample Warning of Allegations Against Officers

    In the wake of Thursday’s mass exonerations of 15 individuals who said they were framed by rogue police officers, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson suggested the department had limited knowledge of those...

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  • South suburban men get lengthy prison terms for string of cellphone store holdups around MidwestSouth suburban men get lengthy prison terms for string of cellphone store holdups around Midwest

    Two south suburban men have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their role in a string of armed cellphone store robberies in the Chicago area and around the Midwest, according to the U.S. attorney's office in southern Indiana. Jeffrey A. Kemp, 41, of Dolton, was sentenced to 32 years and...

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  • Will County sheriff seeks to limit 'frivolous' inmate information requestsWill County sheriff seeks to limit 'frivolous' inmate information requests

    Will County Sheriff's officials want a state law to curb what they consider "frivolous" lawsuits and requests for information filed by inmates at the county jail. Deputy Christine Miller, who serves as one of the Freedom of Information Act officers for the sheriff's department, said she receives...

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  • Bank Security in Auburn Gresham Has Some Feeling 'Targeted'Bank Security in Auburn Gresham Has Some Feeling 'Targeted'

    Customers at the Auburn Gresham Fifth Third branch were greeted by a security guard Friday morning--but the bank was met with an ultimatum.

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  • Foodie Friday – November 17, 2017 – Fairmont ChicagoFoodie Friday – November 17, 2017 – Fairmont Chicago

    Fairmont Chicago stops by the Steve Dahl Show for this edition of Foodie Friday! Executive Chef Sean Curry showcases his Thanksgiving Day dishes, including Apricot & Sausage stuffing, Turkey, cranberries, potatoes & gravy and of course pumpkin pie!

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  • Irmer hosts fundraiser for 25th District Representative runIrmer hosts fundraiser for 25th District Representative run

    As her grandmother and mother look on, Illinois House of Representatives 25thDistrict candidate Adrienne Irmer enjoys a moment as she kicks off her campaign with a fundraiser at the Litehouse Grill, 1660 E. 53rd St., Thursday, Nov. 16. – Marc Monaghan By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Staff Writer Southside resident Adrienne Irmer hosted a campaign kick-off fundraiser at Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1660 E. 55th St., on Thursday night Nov. 16, to publicly announce her run for State Representative of the 25th District of Illinois. “I’m running for office because I love the people of Illinois,” Irmer said. “Dr. [Cornel] West said, paraphrasing, you have to love the people if you are going to lead the people and if you ever think you are going to save some people you have to serve some people first.”  Irmer received strong endorsements from Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and her mother Peri Irmer, president and chief executive officer of the DuSable Museum. ” What I see in this young lady here and what I have heard from her is the…fire in the belly to get things done,” Hairston said. “[And] to understand and learn how things work and not be fooled and not be tricked into falling for the same ole same ole. This young lady…has proven to me that she has the commitment to go down to Springfield.” Hairston told Irmer, “You will be filling a void of almost 40 years, bringing new ideas and we welcome that and all I ask of you is that you continue to do your best to represent everybody and I know you can do it so I’m “All In For Adrienne.” Illinois House of Representatives 25th District candidate Adrienne Irmer listens as 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston announces her support for Irmer during Irmer’s campaign’s kickoff fundraiser at the Litehouse Grill, 1660 E. 53rd St., Thursday, Nov. 16. – Marc Monaghan Irmer, who said she’s spent her entire adult life in the field of service, said if elected she would go down to Springfield, Ill., to fight for the communities of the 25th District that haven’t had a voice for “way too long.” The 25th House District includes Hyde Park, Kenwood, South Chicago, South Shore, East Side and Woodlawn. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) Democratic Majority Leader, who currently occupies the post, announced in September that she would not seek another term. Irmer also said that in her quest to help the people of the 25th District, she would go down to Springfield to fight for families, fair education for public schools that need it the most and for the environment. “We have air quality control monitors right now in Illinois that are not being monitored because [President Donald] Trump said ‘we don’t need that,’ Irmer said. Irmer said that if the community doesn’t fight for every seat in the house or if the community doesn’t fight to have a voice, they would have families that would continue to be left behind in risk of losing their healthcare. Irmer also said that when it comes to the issues of healthcare for the poor, Trump believes that its a privilege and not a right for people to have free healthcare, and that the community should be alarmed that this is a local fight. After Irmer made her speech to a large crowd of people that included residents, supporters, lawyers, professionals, and dignitaries, she announced to the crowd that she’s preparing herself for the 2018 Democratic Primary for State Representative of the Illinois’ 25th House District in the month of March. Illinois House of Representatives 25th District candidate Adrienne Irmer thanks her “Love Army” as she kicks off her campaign with a fundraiser at the Litehouse Grill, 1660 E. 53rd St., Thursday, Nov. 16. – Marc Monaghan “Leader Currie has blazed a trail for women in Illinois Democratic politics and I hope to honor her progressive legacy in this key legislative seat,” said Irmer told the Herald in a previous interview. “As we move the 25th District forward, it is important that we elect a representative who knows the issues most important to all constituents of the 25th. I will do everything in my power to protect our diverse communities from the ruinous [Governor Bruce] Rauner and Trump agendas.” A graduate of Kenwood Academy High School, Irmer has been a passionate champion of social causes for over 16 years. Her professional work has crossed vital sectors, including public health and safety, education, and infrastructure, as well as electoral campaigns at all levels of government. Irmer recently served as the Legislative Coordinator for the Cook County Bureau of Asset Management. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from MIT in 2004 and was a National Urban Fellow in 2014. Irmer also received an MPA and previously served as Special Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Beverly Hills, Calif. The post Irmer hosts fundraiser for 25th District Representative run appeared first on hpherald.com.

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  • The SECC to host Small Business Saturday kick-off eventThe SECC to host Small Business Saturday kick-off event

    By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) in collaboration with Downtown Hyde Park will kick off a  “Small Business Saturday” event on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to help steer shoppers to support small businesses. According to a statement by the SECC, shoppers are encouraged to take advantage of special discounts while being entertained with free refreshments, chances of winning up to $100 dollar gift certificates, and live music by Chicago’s own Low End Theory Drum Ensemble and DJ Kwest_On. “It’s up to us to support our favorite neighborhood shops, restaurants, and businesses,” said Wendy Walker Williams, executive director of the SECC. “When our residents spend their hard-earned dollars with local small businesses, the entire community wins.” Williams said that the event would be held in five mid-south side Chicago neighborhoods including Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn. Williams also said that the kickoff event will take include the following locations: Skidoe’s Café and Grill at 10 a.m., 235 E. 51st St.; Pearle Vision at 11 a.m., 1200 E. 53rd St.; Jojayden Shoes & Accessories at 11:30 a.m., 1457 E. 53rd St.; The Connection at noon, 4321 S. Cottage Grove Ave.; Alyce Shoe Lyfe at 2 p.m., 6431 S. Cottage Grove Ave.; and Carver 47 Café @ Little Black Pearl at 3 p.m., 1060 E. 47th St. The event will be sponsored by Bank of America and PNC Bank and supported by the 51st Street Business Association, City of Chicago Business Affairs Consumer Protection (BACP), Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC) and the SECC Business District Improvement Program. The SECC’s, Small Business Saturday kick-off event is designed to encourage neighborhood residents to shop locally and with small businesses.   For more information on the SECC Small Business Saturday kickoff event, contact the South East Chicago Commission at 773-324-6926 or visit www.secc-chicago.org.   j.phillips@hpherald.com The post The SECC to host Small Business Saturday kick-off event appeared first on hpherald.com.

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  • Mt. Carmel open houseMt. Carmel open house

    By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Mount Carmel High School, 6410 S. Dante will host an open house on Sunday, Nov. 19. The 100-plus-year old, all-male Catholic high school prides itself on college readiness and its curriculum that attracts students from across the city and in Northwest Indiana. Parents and prospective students will have the opportunity to tour renovated classrooms at the school. Guests will also engage in small group presentations that will highlight the advantages of all-male education, technology as a tool for success, financing a Catholic education, McDermott-Doyle program, Mount Carmel’s honors program, student activities and preparing for college, said Mt. Carmel in a written release. The open house will begin at 11 a.m on Sunday, Nov. 19 in Mount Carmel’s Convocation Center. “Mount Carmel is at the center of so many cultural and academic opportunities,” said President Ned Hughes ’70 in a written statement. “We are excited to invite and encourage families from throughout the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana to campus and see all Mount Carmel has to offer for learners of all levels and backgrounds.” The placement test at Mt. Carmel takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2. Eighth-grade students may only take the placement test at one Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Chicago. For more information about Mount Carmel, contact Bill Nolan, Director of Admissions, by phone at 773-324-1020, ext. 265 or by email at bnolan@mchs.org. t.hill@hpherald.com The post Mt. Carmel open house appeared first on hpherald.com.

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  • Dolton schools paid for board member to get 2-day grant training, hired her for $110K grant-writing jobDolton schools paid for board member to get 2-day grant training, hired her for $110K grant-writing job

    Dolton Riverdale School District 148 paid for a sitting board member to attend a two-day grant-writing workshop in September and then appointed her to an unadvertised $110,000 grant-writing-focused position the following month, records show. The district paid for Lisa Davis-Smith, who resigned...

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  • Man whose mother's severed remains found in Lincoln Park lagoon is indicted in her murderMan whose mother's severed remains found in Lincoln Park lagoon is indicted in her murder

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  • Will County approves $551 million budgetWill County approves $551 million budget

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  • Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson’s diseaseJesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

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  • Wow Bao installing a concierge and total automation in newest eateryWow Bao installing a concierge and total automation in newest eatery

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  • Connected To Chicago (11-18-2017)Connected To Chicago (11-18-2017)

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  • American Airlines names finalist vendors to supply new uniformsAmerican Airlines names finalist vendors to supply new uniforms

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  • Here's how Baker McKenzie profits from offshore tax systemHere's how Baker McKenzie profits from offshore tax system

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  • Wise up: Government budgets in Illinois are not balancedWise up: Government budgets in Illinois are not balanced

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  • Mary Kramer is named group publisher of Crain's Chicago BusinessMary Kramer is named group publisher of Crain's Chicago Business

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  • Chicago Defender Presents 2017 “Newsmakers Awards”Chicago Defender Presents 2017 “Newsmakers Awards”

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  • 2 armed carjackings reported in Near North, Lincoln Park2 armed carjackings reported in Near North, Lincoln Park

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  • Police: 2 teens dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Chicago homePolice: 2 teens dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Chicago home

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  • 2 teenage boys killed, at least 3 other people wounded in separate attacks on South, West sides2 teenage boys killed, at least 3 other people wounded in separate attacks on South, West sides

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  • 5 things to do this weekend in Chicago5 things to do this weekend in Chicago

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  • Vanille Patisserie shop to host grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in DecemberVanille Patisserie shop to host grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in December

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  • Local artists to sell work at annual art open houseLocal artists to sell work at annual art open house

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  • Kenwood Academy High School to host food driveKenwood Academy High School to host food drive

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  • Slowik: Debate over rezoning, shuttering of truck terminal near Lemont was 'politicized,' operator saysSlowik: Debate over rezoning, shuttering of truck terminal near Lemont was 'politicized,' operator says

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  • Chicago-made 'Thrill Ride' keeps 10-year-old's spirit aliveChicago-made 'Thrill Ride' keeps 10-year-old's spirit alive

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  • A smart oven even a dummy could masterA smart oven even a dummy could master

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  • #MeToo: State Politics and Accountability of Sexual Harassment#MeToo: State Politics and Accountability of Sexual Harassment

    What do you do when someone uninvitingly invades your personal space with their presence or with their words? For many both women and even men, it is a feeling that unstraps you emotionally and psychologically, leaving a person wondering ‘What did I do wrong?’ ‘Was it something I said to allow this form of harassment or abuse?’ PHOTO: Mary L. Datcher/The Chicago Defender As children, we have been taught to trend thin with precaution against strangers. Today, we still teach our children to yell ‘Stranger, danger!’ when they are in fear of someone attempting take them against their will. But how do we teach our kids as they transition into adulthood to speak up and let your voice be heard? One of the main reasons is most cases of sexual harassment and assault in the work environment come from individuals, we’re familiar with—a co-worker, a supervisor or a client. The latest wave of women and men stepping forward from the Harvey Weinstein fallout has flipped the script on a culture that has become embedded in many industries across the board. The California Legislative General Assembly opened Pandora’s box of public wrongdoing which triggered multiple boxes becoming unhinged including the open letter by a female staffer accusing House chamber leader of sexual harassment who has since resigned his leadership role. The Me Too movement started 10 years ago by Tarana Burke, a Black woman who wanted to let others know of her experience of sexual assault to can create a safe place of discussion and prevention. So, when actress Amber Anderson, one of 79 alleged victims of Weinstein used, the #MeToo hashtag—it sparked the fuel to many victims standing on the platform of solidarity–‘what do I have to lose?’ In Springfield, it was only a matter of time when the match would light under someone’s bottom, exposing a behavior that has become all too familiar in the political realm. What was uncovered was 27 complaints filed by people who had experienced some form of on-the-job harassment or inappropriate behavior. All 27 complaints laid dormant for almost two years without an Inspector General. An office which investigates complaints involving State legislators and ethical practices—it’s also a position which is monitored by the General Assembly. Within the last two weeks, there have been immediate steps to prevent another public scandal revolving around inappropriate behavior among government staffers, public officials and lobbyists. Last week’s bill status of HB4148 which approves a special hotline in place for complaints and HR0687 which creates the Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment. Senator Heather Sterns Senator Heather Sterns (D-Chicago) says, “The legislation items that passed didn’t apply in the State Employee and Ethics Act. There was no discussion at all on sexual harassment as being something that should be or not something we should be participating in having a policy rather than a requirement which in this case is included in the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act,” said Sterns. “So, the law we passed, assuming Gov. Rauner signs it is would make that a requirement.” Sterns says this would include sexual harassment training but doesn’t feel it’s sufficient enough regarding how serious these allegations are from the complaints. “We know there’s a lot of sexual harassment but not much is being reported and it’s hard to think you’re going to report when the structure that is set up to report is that you’re reporting it to an entity that reports to the legislators which may be the one you’re having the problem with,” she says. The apprehension is real for women who are working as a subcontractor for an agency or the few who own their own lobbyist agency to step forward and those are state administrators. Knowing how difficult the decision is to encourage more people to step out, Senator Sterns adds. “I’ve certainly felt there is a lot of apprehension around it. You have real power dynamics going on and there are a lot of staffers and lobbyists who are concerned if they go forward. It could harm their ability to move up or get their legislation passed if they’re making a complaint.” Senator Toi Hutchinson Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) joins Senator Sterns along with other women in the Senate. “At the time, sexual harassment was not an express violation of the code. Which means that any of the 27 complaints probably don’t say sexual harassment. There are some other ethics complaints or if they did, it wasn’t ‘harassment claim’.” Hutchinson says because of these complaints were filed prior to the law passed, the new Inspector General wouldn’t be able to take action. Filling the Inspector General’s role was a challenge in itself. “The inability for the state to move in any direction and the political gridlock on top of it. You’ve got to have both parties agree and they had three people who were asked that all turned it down. The political breakup of the commission on who that would be,” she explains.  “There are no active complaints, meaning there are no active complaints until someone investigates it. If there is no one to investigate it then there’s no active complaints. I think all of that ‘ridiculousness’ contributes to a big old perfect storm,” says Hutchinson. As the president of the National Conference of State Legislators which is a bipartisan organization comprised of legislators from 50 states including both Democrats and Republican members, Senator Hutchinson understands this is an ongoing problem in other legislatives houses. She says, part of her role is to listen and collaborate with her colleagues across the aisle to find a solution to the rising complaints of sexual harassment. Outside of California and Illinois; similar open complaints have included Oregon, Florida, South Dakota, Massachusetts and Wyoming. Follow Mary L. Datcher on Twitter

    The Chicago Defender / 2 d. 16 h. 28 min. ago more
  • #HeToo: A Male’s Story of Survival#HeToo: A Male’s Story of Survival

    If you have been recently perusing social media and blog sites, there is a good chance that you have encountered “#MeToo.” The hashtag, created by social activist Tarana Burke and popularized on Twitter by famous actress Alyssa Milano, is a call for women to publicize their survivor stories of misogyny and rape culture to challenge both. Since this call, many of Hollywood’s notable men have been exposed as engaging in sexual predatory behavior and as rapists. Chicago State University student Omar-Karim Strong But “#MeToo” has not empowered only women. Chicago State University student Omar-Karim Strong, 40, recently posted a Facebook status detailing his survivor story that was caused by the hands of a schoolmate. “What inspired me was going on Facebook and seeing all these stories,” said Strong. “I should share my story. I’m at a point where I feel that my story needs to be heard. I’m not riddled with shame to tell it.” Strong’s story stems from a history of traumatic childhood experiences. At the age of 13, before the incident, his soon-to-be abuser constantly bullied him. The violator, a child himself, would feign kindness to Strong in order to continue violent behavior. Strong described his younger self as viewed as “weak” and “too kind” by other kids growing up on the West Side of Chicago. Strong says, “It was about power. As I look back on my experiences with this guy, his bullying, it was all about power. I was 13 when it happened. He had me in the hallway of the building that I grew up in. He was trying to gain some control over me, some type of power. He asked me to proceed to…but I said no. But then I was threatened with physical harm. I was extremely afraid. Instead of being dead, I went ahead and did it even though I didn’t want to.” Strong’s story broadens the general scope of #MeToo narratives. Strong is male and an adolescent abused him.  Today, much of the conversation on sexual violence ignores boys harming boys. Strong believes that more male victims do not come forward because of how society views gender. “We’re viewed as big, strong, and tough,” says Strong. “That’s not even the reality. We look at men and boys as these hardened steel machines––that we’re invincible to situations like these. I grew up in an era where this was seen as invalid.” According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives but only 63 percent of victims report their rape to authorities. For Strong, disclosing his story was a challenging thought; he waited 10 years, when he was in college, before revealing his assault. “It was just really heavy on my mind. The first person I told was a college roommate. I had an intention on just getting it out there,” details Strong. Survivors of sexual violence may suffer a variety of traumas stemming from the event. Strong says rape not only caused him to have anxiety during sexual intercourse for years, but it also pushed him to seek solitude in isolation. “I stayed to myself and was very distrusting of those around me. For years, I had trouble taking down the wall I built around myself.” #MeToo has stretched beyond a social media trend. For people like Strong, it is a cathartic symbol that enables impacted voices to be heard loudly. With media empowering new stories everyday, Strong hopes men do more work to decrease sexual violence. “There needs to be more dialogue. Everyone talks about gun violence but not this. Men need to listen and know that there are resources out there. I think it’s a process. Society is a work in progress. People still have these stigmas that force others to stay silent.”

    The Chicago Defender / 2 d. 16 h. 37 min. ago more
  • Tax rewrite too important to rush through, GOPTax rewrite too important to rush through, GOP

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  • Designers tap into a lucrative market: Single menDesigners tap into a lucrative market: Single men

    Beer fridge in bedroom? Check. TV in kitchen? Check. Nearly a third of the U.S. population now lives alone. Enter the man-cave designer.

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  • Could dockless bike share disrupt Chicago?Could dockless bike share disrupt Chicago?

    The latest development in the shared-mobility boom may soon arrive in Chicago, sparking concerns about street clutter, equity, and Divvy disruption. The Seattle-based Twitter feed Dockless Bike Fail hilariously showcases the downside of dockless bike sharing, one of the newest developments in the shared-mobility boom. With this technology, customers can use a cell phone app to locate and access cycles distributed around a city and secured with built-in locks.…

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  • How to help a woman who’s never had an orgasmHow to help a woman who’s never had an orgasm

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  • Mars Wrigley considering moving candy headquarters to New JerseyMars Wrigley considering moving candy headquarters to New Jersey

    “Short and sweet,” is probably the best way to describe the short-lived hub that Mars Wrigley Confectionery promised Chicago would become, in light of Tuesday’s news that the company is considering moving 200 jobs to New Jersey for $30 million in tax credits. Mars Wrigley Confectionary — the conglomeration of a chocolate and a gum-candy empire — is considering locating its U.S. headquarters to Newark and Hackettstown, where the company is considering upgrading existing facilities, according…

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  • Downstate hate: A history of the bitter, nearly 200-year rivalry between Chicago and the rest of IllinoisDownstate hate: A history of the bitter, nearly 200-year rivalry between Chicago and the rest of Illinois

    The animosity between Illinois's largest city and its smaller towns is almost as old as the state itself. On an Amtrak platform in Springfield, I met that rarest of Illinoisans: a woman who divides her time and her loyalties between downstate and Chicago.…

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  • The South Side Community Arts Center Recognized As National TreasureThe South Side Community Arts Center Recognized As National Treasure

    At a recent press conference held within the historic confines of the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC), 3831 S. Michigan Ave., the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the Bronzeville landmark for what it truly is — a national treasure. Since its dedication in 1941 by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the SSCAC has served as a beacon of African-American art, culture, poetry in Chicago for more than 75 years. The SSCAC is the sole art center to consistently remain open out of 100 from President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration Arts Project Initiative. Legendary artists such as Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Gwendolyn Brooks—the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize—and Life magazine photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks have all walked the halls of the SSCAC throughout its existence. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit that works to preserve historic sites, is no stranger to Chicagoland. In years past the NTHP recognized the Pullman National Monument, the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, and the Prentice Women’s Hospital as national treasures. Barb Pahl, senior vice president of NTHP, said the national treasure designation is the NTHP’s highest honor of which there are less than 100 current sites. She said NTHP’s goal is to work alongside the SSCAC to ensure the building and its works are preserved and restored in addition to work to promote the SSCAC to a broader audience. She said NTHP will now move forward to ensure the SSCAC is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The Center’s distinguished role in Chicago and across the country is why I am proud to say today that the South Side Community Arts Center is our newest national treasure,” said Pahl. “This designation means that we believe that the South Side Community Art Center is a part of our nation’s history book and must be saved and live on to be a source of inspiration for this generation and the next. The South Side Community Arts Center stands at the center of our work to identify and preserve the places that tell the often overlooked stories of African Americans and their many cultural contributions to our nation’s fabric.” Twyler Jenkins, co-president of the board of directors at the SSCAC, a board member for five years, said the NTHP’s national treasure designation has been two years in the making. She said the board is working on what the future of the SSAC will look like moving forward, including thoughts of expansion, development of a capital campaign, and strategic planning for the foreseeable future. She said the designation brings greater interest and exposure not only locally but internationally. “We certainly want to become a jewel that is on the South Side of Chicago and throughout the World,” said Jenkins. “What Margaret Burroughs and the other founders did when they founded this organization 76 years ago was unprecedented, and for us to still be here is still unprecedented so I think what this day does is allow us to continue that legacy.” Jenkins stated firmly that there’s value in preserving Chicago’s African-American art and culture. She noted while a good deal of work may be ahead, the board is ready to take on the challenge. “We can’t allow this to be taken away from us, we can’t allow this story to not be around to tell our future generation, we can’t allow this to be lost in any shape, form, or fashion and not only the building but the archives,” said Jenkins. The impact of the SSCAC goes beyond its history and now to the next generation of artists. Masequa Myers, executive director of SSCAC, said because of art’s ability to impact the lives of young people, the SSCAC is relevant and will continue to be relevant now and in the years ahead. “Art speaks from the heart, art opens up the lines of communication, and we know that art can heal,” said Myers. Alreona Phillips, a student at Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville, now in her second year in the Teen Talk Theater program facilitated by After School Matters held at the SSCAC, demonstrates the landmark’s future on the next generation of artists. Initially, Phillips said she wasn’t aware of the historical relevance the SSCAC, but she has recently become more  familiar. The Chatham native said she likes to act and was the assistant director of a play, “Faith,” last year. Phillips said the SSAC provides a space where she and the youth in attendance can be themselves. She acknowledged the encouragement she’s received from the SSAC to push herself to be the best she can be. “Yes, we have ourselves but you need people to come along and people of our color to show you that your color doesn’t mean anything… your race, sexual orientation, gender, or your age don’t mean anything; if you want something, you can do it,” said Phillips. “You actually want to go out and create things, and being here I’ve wanted to create my own foundations and my own clubs and groups to help other people.” Phillips said she has recruited multiple friends from her high school who frequently visit the SSCAC for a variety of events. For more information about the South Side Community Art Center, visit sscartcenter.org/. For more information about the National Trust for Historic Preservation, visit savingplaces.org/we-are-saving-places#.WgS8T_lSzIU.  

    The Chicago Defender / 3 d. 16 h. 35 min. ago more
  • It’s Never Too Early to Bring Your Child to the DentistIt’s Never Too Early to Bring Your Child to the Dentist

    Everybody knows that children don’t like to go to the dentist, but since kids are having dental work done at much younger ages nowadays, some dentists are just as terrified to work with these little humans. Approximately one in five Americans has at least one or more untreated dental cavities right now, and unfortunately that number includes many children. Thanks to some parenting issues and increased access to sugary snacks, kids are starting to develop problems with their teeth at a much younger age. In fact, children can start getting cavities as soon as their very first tooth comes in. According to Oral Health, children start teething after six months of being born, which is immediately when their regular visits to the dentists should begin. Dr. Simon Reeves, a dentist and parent who focuses on proper oral hygiene, is frequently asked by other parents when they should bring their children to the dentist. “As soon as possible or as soon as the first tooth comes through the gums,” Dr. Reeves said. The Sacramento Bee reports that to many dentists, operating on children who are 20 months old seems far too young, but it’s actually on the later side. “People think that children are afraid of dentists, but really it’s that dentists are afraid of children,” said Pamela Alston, dentist and director of the Eastmont Wellness Center in Oakland. In order to narrow the gap in infant dental care, new programs will have to be implemented to help train dentists on how to properly deal with these fragile patients. Roughly 70 dentists will learn over the next three years how to persuade infest into cooperating during dental exams, in addition to helping parents protect their children’s teeth against plaque and cavities. It’s up to parents to help their children fight off these painful cavities and keep their teeth healthy and strong. Roughly 90% of U.S. homes regularly indulge in a delicious ice cream snack, which is fine, but if that becomes more common, everyone inside the household — especially the young children — will be at risk of major dental issues. Here are some great tips to keep in mind as a parent when protecting your young kids’ teeth: Avoid all those sugary snacks — From the time your child is an infant until they grow up and move out, you should never give them too much candy or sugary treats. Although having a piece of candy here or there is fine in moderation, but don’t make it a habit. Help them brush every single tooth — Help you children brush their front teeth and their back ones, too. When your child grows up to become a toddler, he or she will likely brush their front teeth but neglect the back ones — don’t let that happen. Make the dentist fun — Hopefully your family dentist will actually help you out in this department. Your child will never want to go to the dentist if they are boring, scary, and harmful. Find ways to have fun on the trip to and from the dentist so your child will learn to love these regular trips. Don’t wait until your child already has dental issues to visit the dentist. As soon as the adorable first tooth comes in, call the family dentist!

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  • The Fourth Annual African Fashion Week Brings Culture to LifeThe Fourth Annual African Fashion Week Brings Culture to Life

    Christianah Ajanaku, AFW founder and director The 4th Annual African Fashion Week (AFW) celebrates the latest and freshest African inspired styles starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Christianah Ajanaku, AFW founder and director, said she was inspired to launch the event and brand under the same name to shine a spotlight on African music, art, and of course, fashion. She said she noticed in recent years African fabrics were represented in fashion shows in Los Angeles and New York City, which prompted her to do the same in Chicago. Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, Ajanaku’s family moved to the United States in 1996, but not before she was able to gain an appreciation for the designs, colors, and fabrics she first encountered as a youth. “Growing up I was surrounded by fashion,” said Ajanaku. “I was surrounded by colors, different materials that are not common here like the ankara. Coming to America, we lost a little bit of that, those materials aren’t readily available.” Producing AFW is not Ajanaku’s only job as she also works as a professional recruiter. She said juggling her two professions in years past became so daunting that she had to take days off of work leading up to the week of events to personally attend to events. This year, the AFW fashion show and the new fashion show wrap party will be the only events held for the week. She estimates more than 200 people will be in attendance at the show. She said while this year’s AFW does not currently have sponsors, she would “love” to secure several at the local, national, and international levels. She credited several members of her team for lending a hand. “We had a couple events throughout this whole year and now we are doing something different so we’re hoping to grow, and as we grow, it will turn into a full-blown week of production,” said Ajanaku. Social media has been one of Ajanaku’s best tools in which she has used to bring AFW to life. She said social media has served as a great source for how she’s been able to find the pieces to put the show together. She said in instances where prospective designers wanted to participate in the show, they were taken through a vetting process to determine if their collection fit the vision of AFW for that year. She said she selects designers to be in the show via social media, through word of mouth, and from past experiences. “I am constantly looking for designers because I am constantly looking for an opportunity to showcase their work,” said Ajanaku. “A lot of our designers are up and coming designers which I like. That way AFW gives them an opportunity to showcase their talent and showcase their style.” Models selected to walk in AFW are most commonly selected by the designers themselves through casting calls, said Ajanaku. However, some are discovered via social media, too. Both men’s and women’s clothing will be featured in this year’s fashion show. The designers this year are: Binta Sagale, RogueBear, RuvaAfricWear, and ILAVA. ILAVA is particularly unique due to its mission to empower women and inspire change throughout the World through its lifestyle brand, according to its website. Ajanaku said she plans to return home in the near future and secure more designers to participate in AFW events to come. To learn more about Binta Sagale and shop, visit bintasagale.com/, To learn more about RuvaAfricWear and shop, visit ruvaafricwear.com/. For more information about ILAVA, visit myilava.com/about. Ultimately, Ajanaku said she wants to end the fashion “drought” that appears to be in Chicago. She said she wants to expand AFW to include international designers and put Chicago on the map. For more information about AFW Chicago the brand or the upcoming fashion show, visit facebook.com/AFWChicago/.  

    The Chicago Defender / 7 d. 16 h. 30 min. ago more
  • NBA Star Kevin Johnson’s Company Removes Mural of Black Men Killed by Sacramento PoliceNBA Star Kevin Johnson’s Company Removes Mural of Black Men Killed by Sacramento Police

    A mural of remembrance for seven Black men killed by police in Sacramento, California, was painted over by a development company owned by former NBA player Kevin Johnson, Sacramento News and Review reported. The mural was painted on the side of the Guild Theater in Oak Park, a Sacramento neighborhood that has been plagued by gentrification efforts. Community members sent a letter to St. Hope Development Company complaining about the desecration of the community’s memorial. Community members said each victim’s face was covered with splotches of red paint that looked like blood. Doug Johnson visited The Guild Theater in Oak Park, where the building's owners ordered that a mural https://t.co/v81DaJxpfF — Sacramento TV News (@SacramntoTVnews) November 5, 2017 Johnson, the former mayor of Sacramento, founded the St. Hope Development Company and charter school system to revitalize areas of the city hit hardest by racist practices of redlining and the city’s neglect. However, residents say that the newly remodeled apartments are pricing them out of the community they’ve lived in for generations. St. Hope’s president, Tracy Stigler, played coy. She told Sacramento News that the mural was removed because they didn’t know it was a memorial. However, “#Rest in Power” was painted right about the victims’ heads. Stigler also told reporters that the mural looked like vandalism. She didn’t feel the same way about a nearby supper club covered with a more abstract mural that residents believe was commissioned to cover the neighborhood’s blight and attract more white residents. Beneath that mural, a resident wrote: “Gentrify 101: Make it hip! (Fuck that).” Black Lives Matter organizers have planned to protest the removal on November 18th. SEE ALSO: Gentrification Displaces District Of Columbia’s Longtime Black Residents, Study Finds Gentrification Shaping Entrepreneurship In Harlem Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Weighs In On Education Reform: “Parents Have To Have Choices” [ione_media_gallery src="https://newsone.com" id="3478918" overlay="true"]

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  • Illinois progressives turn attention to down-ballot racesIllinois progressives turn attention to down-ballot races

    With state and county elections looming next year and city elections the year after, some 200 progressive activists met last weekend for the annual convention of United Working Families, an independent political organization. Their aim: to chart a course redirecting the political process toward the interests of working people. They face daunting challenges. The state’s Democratic establishment seems intent on doubling down on insider politics to nominate a gubernatorial candidate, giving an unpopular incumbent Republican a clear shot at reelection despite no real record of accomplishment, a troubling far-right agenda, and no apparent interest in actually governing. Locally, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is maneuvering masterfully to prepare for the 2019 election. And despite a wave of Democratic Party gains in other states on Tuesday, activists warn of limiting the party’s appeal to opposing Trumpism and Republican attacks on health care. UWF argues that progressive candidates who promote a positive agenda are needed. UWF, whose members include progressive unions and small, ward-based IPOs, wants to recruit “young people, working people, and people of color” from within its coalition to run for office on issues that draw “bright lines” with establishment candidates, said executive director Emma Tai. Ultimately, the aim is to challenge “the corporate dominance of the two-party system” and score wins on policies that benefit “the many, not the few,” Tai added. “We are up against a bipartisan consensus that appeases and enriches the wealthiest while the rest of us suffer,” she said in opening remarks at the convention. She cited support from Gov. Bruce Rauner and Emanuel for a $2 billion “tax giveaway” to Amazon for its proposed second corporate headquarters, while Chicago public schools were closed in record numbers and massive unemployment is endemic in black communities. Hundreds of thousands of residents, mainly African Americans, are moving out. “These things aren’t inevitable facts of nature,” she said. “Those who wield political power are clearing the city for Amazon and their rich friends.” The prospective “battle of the billionaires” shaping up in the governor’s race doesn’t reflect UWF’s values, said Katelyn Johnson, executive director of Action Now, one of UWF’s constituent organizations. (Rauner is likely to face either Chris Kennedy or J.B. Pritzker, both wealthy, in the 2018 election). So UWF will focus on recruiting and supporting movement candidates for down-ballot races, building grassroots leadership that is “sorely lacking in this state’s Democratic Party, she said. Local races can serve to “educate and energize the electorate,” she said. Seeing candidates who speak forthrightly on real issues can give voters a sense of possibility and purpose, she added, and turnout will help the entire ticket, particularly the effort to defeat Rauner. Many people UWF talks to when going door-to-door “are so frustrated with the political process that they don’t want to vote at all,” Johnson said.  “That’s a dangerous situation.” UWF will also participate in issue campaigns to put elected officials on record about the concerns of working-class voters, Tai said.  On Saturday, following large breakout sessions with lots of debate over issues and strategy, the convention endorsed three main issues for a pared-down agenda: a “massive public sector jobs program” to curb violence in low-income neighborhoods; rent control; and free education from birth to college. Long-term, UWF wants to “take elections out of the hands of the consultant class and put them in the hands of the people,” said Tai.  Next year’s elections are part of that building process, and Tai said a progressive slate of down-ballot candidates in 2018 will help “build a foundation for a robust challenge to the status quo [in Chicago] in 2019.” That’s likely to mean supporting challengers to Emanuel, but also focusing on expanding the Progressive Caucus in the City Council.  “At the city level, our goal is to operate as an opposition party that can challenge this monolithic political establishment,” Tai said. “If we had less of a one-party system in Chicago, things would be a lot better.”

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  • A metal detectorist makes a living helping Chicagoans find lost jewelryA metal detectorist makes a living helping Chicagoans find lost jewelry

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  • Chicago Star Scholarship Shines For StudentsChicago Star Scholarship Shines For Students

    In a few short months West Englewood native Alisha Tuff will be transferring from Kennedy King College with one degree in pursuit of another free-of-charge thanks to the Chicago Star Scholarship of City Colleges of Chicago. Launched only a couple of years ago by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Star Scholarship offers students who graduated from a Chicago Public School with a 3.0 GPA and test well in math and reading tests an opportunity to earn an associate degree at a City of Chicago college for free including tuition and books. Tuff, 20, a graduate of Chicago Bulls College Prep, is Alisha Tuff, a current student at Kennedy King College, is poised to transfer to Lindenwood University thanks to the Chicago Star Scholarship. a Phi Beta Kappa honors society student who intends to major in physical science at Lindenwood University when she transfers. She said her goal is to work in professional sports to help rehabilitate injured athletes. To say Tuff has had an eventful start to her academic career would be an understatement. She said she’s attended several colleges in the past where one was too far away from home and another in Missouri was forced to close its doors before she returned home to attend KKC. Proximity played a role in Tuff’s decision to attend KKC as it was close to her home, she said. Additionally, she said the professors she spoke to seemed more engaged with her academic success than those at other institutions. She has since become an advocate for some students to attended community college first before heading to a four year university. “Going to a community college in my opinion helps you prepare for a four year university,” she said. “I think some people shouldn’t jump into a four year university not knowing how to handle themselves and then end up dropping out of school.” Tuff said she plans to visit Lindenwood’s campus in the near future. She said the school’s administration, distance from home, and success rate among alumni moving forward in the physical science field made all the difference. Finances played a role in Tuff’s decision to attend a City Colleges of Chicago institution. She said her mother, a single parent, is already her older sister, 22, with her education. “Me having the ability to do well in school, work hard, push myself has taken the burden off of my mother of trying to pay for two kids in school at the same time,” said Tuff. The current administration in place at Kennedy King College believes that it is offering prospective students a great opportunity for an education with an enviable price tag. Craig Lynch, interim president at KKC, said part of the enrollment process to the college includes a discovery conversation about what a prospective student’s intentions are in order to determine the best route forward. “If their goal is to transfer we want to start to help them make smart choices about the courses they need to take to achieve their degree goals and then we make sure that they get to the transfer center so they can understand what it takes to successfully matriculate into those four year opportunities,” said Lynch. Kenyon Douglass, director of Transfer Services at KKC, expressed her confidence in the quality of education KKC especially when factoring in the cost of attending local schools within the Chicagoland area. She called CCC “trail blazers” for not just partnering with DePaul University, Loyola University, Northwestern University but with universities beyond the Chicago, Illinois or even Midwest markets and for making sure students stay on track to adhere to the guidelines necessary to eventually transfer. “Many parents may have income that they can afford a Roosevelt University and pay the $32,000 but if a student came to City Colleges and had that 3.0 GPA they’re able to receive their education here for free which means they’re cutting the cost of their bachelor’s degree by 50 percent,” said Douglass. “I have to reiterate coming to City Colleges, any of our City Colleges, allows students to still receive a quality education.” Douglass said students have three resources at their disposal to ensure a smooth transfer process including herself along with the staff at the transfer center, a student’s academic advisor, and the transfer specialist at the prospective school. She said some KKC students visit their prospective schools on Spring Break to get a feel for where they will be heading. “We’re trying to make sure that students are making the best informed decisions in regards to the courses that they are taking but also have the wrap around services in regards to having a contact person there,” said Douglass. More than 40 percent of KKC students that earn their bachelor degree transfer to a four year university, according to Douglass. KKC is helping to facilitate students’ transfer goals. During the month of November the transfer center will be giving 10 minute in-class presentations, said Douglass. She said too that universities partners like Governors State University work one-on-one with prospective transfers on a weekly basis. She said some schools bring their admissions teams and offer on-the-spot admissions to their university. To learn more about the Chicago Star Scholarship visit http://www.ccc.edu/departments/Pages/chicago-star-scholarship.aspx. To learn more about City Colleges of Chicago’s transfer program visit http://www.ccc.edu/departments/Pages/Transfer-Resources.aspx.  

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    The new “Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism” seeks to ensure self-driving vehicles do cities more good than harm. The National Association of City Transportation Officials held its annual conference in the Loop October 30 through November 2, drawing some 800 leaders, planners, and advocates. Workshop topics included "Designing streets for kids," "Breaking barriers to cycling," "Introducing empathy into the public process," and "Bringing racial and social equity into transportation planning."…

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  • Jordan Brand and Little Black Pearl Students Team Up for T-Shirt Design ContestJordan Brand and Little Black Pearl Students Team Up for T-Shirt Design Contest

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  • Obama library heightens debate over promise and peril of developmentObama library heightens debate over promise and peril of development

    Seven years ago, Jeanette Taylor moved from the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville three miles south to Woodlawn. Her Bronzeville unit was going to be rehabbed, the rent tripling. She needed a more affordable neighborhood. Now Taylor fears her family may be uprooted again. In 2021, the Obama Presidential Center, an estimated $500 million library campus devoted to the 44th president, is slated to open in nearby Jackson Park, a stroll from Lake Michigan. This story is a partnership with The Atlantic’s CityLab. “The minute they announced the Obama Library was coming here, I was like, ‘What am I going to do?’” says Taylor, whose fears about the economic impact of the center are echoed by others in Woodlawn. The angst over a library celebrating the nation’s first black president may seem puzzling to people who don’t live in Chicago. After all, the city—and the South Side, in particular—is very much Obama country. In 1985, a young Barack Obama arrived in the city as a community organizer. Michelle Obama grew up in a South Side neighborhood. The OPC is anticipated to bring a major jolt of investment to that part of the city: According to the Obama Foundation, the center will have a $339 million economic impact during construction, and $177 million annually from the three-building campus once it opens. But as the project advances, fear of gentrification in a community that is already uneasy about an encroaching University of Chicago to the north has ignited a debate among residents and others about the benefits of the center to Woodlawn. Will it be the villain in another tale of dislocation and gentrification?  Or will it be a national model for how residents can play a significant part in developing a center that welcomes innovative businesses and improves the lives of its neighbors? The OPC, whose plans were first revealed in May, is the first such presidential library to be sited in an urban, predominantly black neighborhood, increasing the stakes both for the community and the former president. The center will occupy the northwest section of the 543-acre park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Besides the library itself, which will house a digital archive of Obama’s non-classified records, the center will include a museum, meeting spaces, restaurants and a garden. Obama and his advisers stress its importance as a much-needed catalyst for community renewal. Woodlawn’s population is now at about 24,150, according to a 2015 Census snapshot by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. While that’s a daunting drop (in 1960 the area held 81,279 residents, according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago), there have been recent signs that the community is rebounding, no doubt in part due to the upcoming library. The real estate website Redfin picked Woodlawn as the city’s second-hottest neighborhood for 2017. The debate over the center has revealed sometimes-conflicting hopes for a pocket of the city that is still shedding the residue of disinvestment, racism and poverty. For Taylor, education organizer for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, it’s important to take a stand against displacement of black residents. For activists like Naomi Davis, it could be the last chance to build a walkable village for African-Americans, reminiscent of the Queens, New York neighborhood where she was raised. For academics like Janet Smith, it’s vital to make the center accountable through a community benefits agreement. And for longtime neighborhood power brokers such as the Rev. Byron Brazier of Apostolic Church of God and the Rev. Leon Finney Jr., founder of the Woodlawn Community Development Corp., it’s an opportunity to provide wisdom gleaned from years of efforts  to revitalize their neighborhood. Uneasy neighbors: Woodlawn and the University of Chicago Photo by Marc MonaghanObama Library South Side CBA Coalition members camp out on the sidewalk outside Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on Sept. 13, 2017. The Obama Foundation was having a public meeting there the following day. Taylor is part of a task force pushing for a community benefits agreement (CBA), a legal document that guarantees neighborhood involvement in development projects. Such agreements have worked successfully in urban neighborhoods from Los Angeles to New York City. One recent example: In 2008, the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team built an arena in the Hill District, a neighborhood that was once the city’s black cultural center. The CBA for the project defined wage requirements and required developers to commit to $8.3 million in neighborhood improvements, including a grocery store and youth center. But the Obama Foundation is opposed to a CBA. In previous public comments, the former president said that a community benefits agreement can be a “useful tool” when for-profit developers are involved, but maintained that, as a nonprofit, “We are bringing money to the community.” Instead, his foundation recently announced a search for a “diversity consultant” to enforce minority contracting and hiring. Taylor casts a jaundiced eye at the prominent players in the presidential center saga, particularly the University of Chicago, which will run programs with it. “How many times have we been played about everything that comes to this community that’s supposed to be for us, that’s not supposed to push us out?” says Taylor, who attend Mollison Elementary School in Bronzeville. Photo by Max HermanWoodlawn resident and Kenwood Oakland Community Organization organizer Jeanette Taylor fears that the Obama Presidential Center will stir gentrification in her neighborhood. The Obamas have considerable history with the University of Chicago. They own a home in Kenwood, a neighborhood of elegant mansions and low-rise apartment buildings just north of the university where Obama taught constitutional law for almost a decade before he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. Michelle Obama joined the university’s medical center staff in 2002. She was vice-president for community and external affairs when she resigned in 2009, shortly before her husband’s inauguration. But the university’s reputation among South Side communities is decidedly mixed. In “Making the Second Ghetto,” historian Arnold R. Hirsch documents the university’s support of restrictive covenants, designed to limit the number of blacks living near it. Hirsch and other researchers unearthed previous university efforts to keep development inside its Hyde Park boundaries, while economic life was sucked from adjacent Woodlawn. “There’s been a long history of people from Woodlawn not trusting the University of Chicago,” says Dominic Pacyga, urban historian and retired professor from Columbia College Chicago. “The university was the boogeyman.” In an email, University of Chicago spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus didn’t directly address the university’s history with Woodlawn or its position on a CBA, but touted the university’s support for affordable housing and economic development through its Office of Civic Engagement and work with groups such as the nonprofit developer Preservation of Affordable Housing. The UChicago Local initiative also works to match area business owners with contracts at the university and its medical center and unemployed and underemployed South Side residents with jobs. The university was also criticized by neighbors to the north. In 2003, Bronzeville residents accused the university of “stealing” the famed Checkerboard Lounge, once owned by blues legend Buddy Guy and frequented by the likes of Junior Wells and Muddy Waters. At the time, university officials said they were trying to preserve blues on the South Side by offering the club space in Hyde Park. The club closed permanently in 2015. While the university’s intentions can be debated, some saw this incident as another example of its heavy hand in attempting to control the culture and future of the area. The other finalist for the Obama Center, Washington Park, sits on the western edge of the university’s campus. City planners looked at it as part of its bid for the 2016 Olympics, ultimately awarded to Brazil. “If I was Obama, I would have picked Washington Park,” said Pacyga, who lives on the South Side. “You have the El there and you’re closer to the Dan Ryan [Expressway]. He speculated that the university’s input may have pulled the project to Jackson Park. “It might have been a more ideal spot because it’s under their control.” Getting promises in writing  Photo by José Alejandro CórcolesActivist Naomi Davis stands in Jackson Park, the future site of the Obama Presidential Center, which she sees as a chance to develop the neighborhood into a walkable village. In 2010, lawyer and community organizer Naomi Davis moved to Woodlawn with her organization, Blacks in Green, or BIG. It gained influence and publicity by ensuring Englewood residents were fairly compensated when Norfolk Southern Railway expanded it rail yard station; helping to develop green landscaping for Chicago Housing Authority properties and creating a map of West Woodlawn properties that were vacant, for sale or targeted for demolition. “I was looking for a neighborhood like the one I grew up in,” she said, describing her motivation to start BIG. She loves the idea of villages within a city and realized that African-American communities “where you could walk to work, walk to shop, walk to learn, walk to play, had gone extinct in my lifetime.” She is focused on preserving and re-energizing Woodlawn, determined that it not go the way of other Great Migration legacy communities such as Harlem that experienced major gentrification. During the summer, when Davis was not in one of the many community gardens in her neighborhood, she could be found at meetings for a community benefits agreement. The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Southside Together Organizing for Power, Bronzeville Regional Collective, Prayer and Action Collective and the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, also support a CBA. Recently, two large union locals joined the coalition, the Chicago Teachers Union and Service Employees International Union Health Care Illinois/Indiana. For Davis, the logic behind a CBA is simple: “If we don’t have a system for recording what people promised, holding them to account for it, then what if they don’t do what they said they were going to do?” A firm, specific jobs commitment is crucial, according to Janet Smith, co-director and associate professor at the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “You put in writing a percentage, so that it’s fair to everyone,” Smith elaborated. “You not only get people employed, but you think even further back.” “What are they doing now to make sure that people in the community can even get employed?” she asks, adding that job training should be preparing workers for positions building and staffing the center. An economic assessment by the Obama Foundation predicted the presidential center will generate close to 5,000 jobs during construction and about 2,500 jobs after the center opens. The assessment projects an economic impact of $3.1 billion from construction through the center’s first decade. Smith, a consultant to the CBA network, said residents are smart to be leary of the University of Chicago and the city as watchdogs for neighborhood priorities. In addition to employment and education, she advocates exploring other economic mechanisms in a CBA, including rent stabilization and property tax relief so longtime homeowners don’t get hit with soaring bills as housing values rise. A project as large as this one raises moral as well as economic questions, she said. “If it happens in such a way that my taxes go up or my rent goes up and I can’t afford to stay,” Smith said, “then that’s wrong.” Two views on community benefits agreements Photo by Max HermanLongtime Woodlawn resident William Hill is concerned that the effects of the Obama Presidential Center but isn’t sure that a community benefits agreement is the solution. Artist William Hill lives in the house where he grew up with his parents and grandparents, down the street from Brazier’s Apostolic Church. He is not so sure a CBA is a good idea, even though he shares  advocates concerns about gentrification and displacement. He said some CBA proponents have brought a bitter and divisive tone to his community. Hill is active in 1Woodlawn, an outgrowth of organizing work at Apostolic Church, which Brazier took over the 18,000-member church from his legendary father, Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, in 2008. “Woodlawn was creating its own plan before the [Obama] library got here,” Brazier said. He is quick to note that the church’s efforts in the area have deeper roots than those of some CBA advocates. But the congregation is also geographically dispersed now. Brazier cites two initiatives to redevelop the community—the Network of Woodlawn, a community development collaborative that started in 2012, and 1Woodlawn, launched in 2015. Both focus on safety, education, and health issues, and both could be used to push for neighborhood priorities in future development. He advocates using neighborhood power to negotiate with developers, including the University of Chicago. The community’s clout could be used to push for property tax and rent relief, similar to the objectives of CBA proponents, he added. “The Obama Library is not a developer,” he said. “They’re not going to build one commercial strip. They’re not going to rehab or change one building. They’re not going to do anything (outside the library’s boundaries).” So while a CBA is being planned and negotiated, he said, “the [alderman] is meeting with real developers.” Davis contends that the stakes for Woodlawn and other communities in the Obama Presidential Center district are so high that nothing less than a CBA should be accepted. “We know that we want family-supporting wages, that we want these vendor contracts, that we want parity in public investment dollars, that we want ownership of the land,” she said. The most recent entry into this crowded field of community engagement players is a still-unnamed nonprofit that started last spring with $250,000 from the Chicago Community Trust, a local foundation that also helped fund 1Woodlawn. Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a basketball pal of Obama, and Sherman Wright, managing partner of marketing communication and advertising firm Ten 35, are co-chairs of this 25-person entity, which is designed to ensure the struggling communities surrounding the center benefit from new investments. Some neighborhood activists, however, see it as an attempt to placate them, or even silence their voices. Davis is also a member of this new committee, chosen by the Obama Foundation, the University of Chicago, the Obama Presidential Center and other stakeholders. She says she’s well aware of community champions who have been co-opted elsewhere—and she vows that she will not waver from her commitment to a CBA. “They understood what they were getting.”

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  • In the MIX: #Metoo Hits Home, The Obamas Brings Out HeavyhittersIn the MIX: #Metoo Hits Home, The Obamas Brings Out Heavyhitters

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Even though Jackson had had his hand reached out, I had no idea that he would touch me in a sexual way. I did what most women in an uncomfortable position do: I giggled.” Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. A representative for Jackson released a short statement on his behalf: “Although Rev. Jackson does not recall the meeting three years ago, he profoundly and sincerely regrets any pain Ms. Young may have experienced.” Unfortunately, similar stories shared by other professional women among men of Rev. Jackson’s stature will be brought up because this behavior is more common than taking a sip of wine. The General Assembly has not filled the vacant spot of Inspector General for nearly three years, while 27 complaints of sexual harassment have sat there, according to Sen. Karen McConnaughay. Senator Ira Silverstein resigned last week from his role after a female lobbyist testified about his ongoing and unwelcomed advances. 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Well, let us “open” the door so you can return to her and your kids. Is this a way for men to act– as if a woman wants to sleep with them? This behavior is not at a club or on a street corner—this is coming from “grown ass” men who feel entitled because of their position, or social or financial standing. Why have people waited so long to come out the woodwork with their stories? Because all it takes is one individual to have the courage to stand up and let the “cards fall where they lay.” There would be no Rosa Parks without the social activism of Ida B. Wells and there would be no Ida B. Wells without the strength and fearlessness of Harriett Tubman. As much as the Black community upholds our women as the backbone of our households—what are we teaching our young girls when we ignore bad behavior from our men or men in general? The suggestive talk, the longer than usual back rubs, and passive aggressive punishment when we don’t give in. Men should be our protectors, not our aggressors, but instead we are their protectors—sometimes protecting them from accountability. Aaron Goldstein, a Democratic candidate running for Illinois Attorney General, released a statement regarding his disappointment for the Cook County Democratic Party’s decision in not endorsing him, but he also lashed out about gender discrimination. He noticed, “After each candidate spoke to the Party, there was an opportunity for the Committeemen to ask questions. There are two women in the race, Sharon Fairley and Nancy Rotering. Only the women were asked if they would drop out of the race if they were not endorsed.” He points out that 84 percent of the Cook County Democratic Party are men. Although the party has endorsed Senator Kwame Raoul as their choice for Illinois Attorney General—it still sparks questions on how tough females have it on every level in government. 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I was very impressed by Waithe who attended both days of the summit and took time out to talk to everyone who approached her. Her approachability was infectious and her pride for her hometown is equally so. We can’t wait for the debut of the Showtime series “The Chi,” executive produced by Waithe and Common. Sign of the Times Growing up in Chicago, as a club kid who loved partying at underground House music parties—the South Loop was often our afterhours playground. From Sauers, the new Music Box, The Clique, Tiki Room, Chic Ricks and in the last few years the defunct Shrine nightclub. It’s not surprising to us at the area’s incredible real estate boom from the McCormick Place convention center’s increased expo traffic, the additional hotels and the Wintrust Arena—home of DePaul’s and the WNBA basketball teams. It would be great additional revenue streams leading to the local businesses around West of Michigan Ave. and South of Cermak Rd. 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Burrell Communication’s marketing manager Dave Jackson; Detroit’s favorite DJ Earl ‘Mixxin’ McKinney on Nov. 10. Chicago’s own chief of House music David Risque; Hitt Men DJs co-founder Kaspa Smith; Aruba Tommy Reginald Bennett and DJ Jaytoo brings the noise Nov. 11. Edna B. McDowell and George McDowell In Memoriam Our prayers and condolences goes out to Barbara ‘Bam’ McDowell, who lost her father George McDowell, Jr.  Bam is highly regarded as one of the music industry’s own and currently serves as the music director for both WPWX-Power 92 and WSRB-Soul 1063 in Hammond, In. Mr. McDowell passed away on Oct. 31 at 93. He is survived by his daughters Barbara A. McDowell and Gladys Johnson of Arkansas. Like so many Black Southerners, George McDowell relocated to Chicago from Marianna, Ark., where he began a fresh start. He worked for several years as a truck driver and had been retired for nearly 40 years. A South Side resident, he worked part-time as a janitor at Artis Lounge—the familiar and friendly South Side pub– before he officially retired several years ago. Homegoing services will be held Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at Evans Funeral Home at 6451 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60636 The wake: 10-11 a.m. and services held from 11 a.m.-12pm. Follow Mary L. Datcher on Twitter      

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    Data storage facilities are constantly being built to accommodate the incomprehensible amount of data being created every millisecond of the digital age. In fact, due to the rising bandwidth requirements and shift toward wireless systems, the enterprise network equipment market is projected to hit $30.6 billion by 2020. Chicago is just one city that will soon see an expansion of T5 Data Centers, which provides various computing environments for businesses. T5 Chicago has officially announced the initiation of its second phase of the construction process. The power density of a data center is 100 times more than that of a large commercial office building and is equivalent to nine small sized shopping malls of Wal-Mart size. T5 Data Centers is no exception; the building is highly secure and will total 208,000 square feet upon completion. Located in Elk Grove Village, the second phase of T5 Data Centers’ expansion involves improving both data capacity and security. It will eventually be able to deliver two megawatts of capacity in what the Daily Herald calls “one of the most premier data center markets in the country.” Still, this isn’t the only technology-related expansion Chicago has seen in recent years. The entire area is still experiencing a huge spike in demand from both local and regional businesses. Also on board are cloud providers hoping to adopt more hybrid cloud solutions. When all is said and done, T5 hopes to serve as a secure and private data center solution that “provides secure private data halls in a concurrently maintainable and fault tolerant design.” David Horowitz, vice president of sales and marketing for T5 Data Centers, said in a statement that the current demand coming from corporate enterprises seeking space for data centers in Chicago are continuing to grow, but the market still has a very limited supply. Horowitz also noted that vacancy rates are stagnant around 5%, giving T5 the unique ability to provide a high-caliber solution for data storage needs, giving customers total control of their IT infrastructure. Finally, Horowitz made it clear that the two primary components of a successful data center are network and power. “Network and power continue to be the life blood of a data center. We originally chose this location because of the robust fiber network and resilient utility infrastructure in Elk Grove Village. Beyond the initial data center, our adjacent site can accommodate another 170,000-square-foot, 16 megawatt facility to support future growth.” T5 Chicago is a Tier III center located at 1441 Touhy Avenue in the Elk Grove Village of Chicago. With 24/7 on site guards, two-factor authentication, biometric access, and more, it’s safe to say that the center — and all the data it holds — will truly be secure as possible.

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  • Closing South Chicago YMCA continues neighborhood divestment trendClosing South Chicago YMCA continues neighborhood divestment trend

    South Chicago residents have been seeking a meeting with officials of the YMCA of Metro Chicago since Sept. 6, when the organization announced that it would close the local Y within two months. The Y closed this week. But residents are still pressing for a meeting to find some way to keep programs intact and the facility available for community use. A YMCA spokesperson said CEO Richard Malone has been “in conversation” with Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th Ward), and would meet with her later this month to discuss “next steps” for engaging the community. Yet activists say the meeting with Garza was only arranged after they showed up at the YMCA’s downtown office to press their demands. “It’s really disrespectful that after 90 years in this community, you give us two months notice, and only after the decision has already been made,” said Julia Hunter, a former Y member and part of the Concerned Citizens to Keep the South Chicago YMCA.  “It hurts me, this level of disrespect for the community.” At stake are recreation facilities, services for families, a youth violence prevention program, and 101 units of senior housing. “They never came to the community to see what could be done” to save the Y, said Hunter. Metro Chicago YMCA spokesperson Aileen Torman said a steady decline in membership and $3 million in needed improvements forced the closure. The facility, located at East 91st Street and South Commercial Avenue, has had $700,000 in work done since 2011, she said. “Our challenge, and that of all nonprofits, is to serve our communities with the highest quality services, making the best use of the donations and limited resources available,” Torman said. “In South Chicago, the obstacles to maintaining an economically sustainable fitness center operation were simply insurmountable.” But Theophilus Reed, who lives in the senior housing, feels the community “should have gotten a heads-up a lot earlier, because there are many people who would want to partner with the Y to do whatever it takes to keep it open.” Residents say communication about the shut-down was confusing. Members who asked about a rumor that the Y would close were told it was untrue, up to the day it was announced online, said Danielle Richards, who helped organize Concerned Citizens. Many people weren’t immediately aware of the Y’s online announcement, and it seemed to imply that youth programs would continue at the Y, and the senior housing complex would “continue to operate.” Later, YMCA officials said they were looking for another site to host the youth programs. And in a meeting with senior residents on Sept. 19, officials said the building would be sold. The seniors “are very concerned about what happens if they don’t get a buyer,” said Richards.  “They’re very concerned about being displaced.” Meanwhile, a Head Start program was cut this summer; Torman said only 13 of 40 slots were filled. Organizer Amalia Nieto Gomez said there’s certainly a need for early learning programs in the community. “There hasn’t been any transparency about what’s going on,” said Nieto Gomez, executive director of the Alliance of the Southeast, a coalition of Southeast Side community groups. “It’s hard for us to know what to do to keep the programs if we don’t know what the challenges are.” The Concerned Citizens group organized a petition drive and collected 1,600 signatures to keep the Y open.  On Tuesday, they took the petitions downtown and asked to present them to CEO Malone. They were told he wasn’t available, and still got no response to their meeting request. Photo by Julia HunterConcerned Citizens to Keep the South Chicago YMCA bring over petitions of over 1,000 signatures to the YMCA Metro Chicago’s downtown office and ask for a meeting with CEO Richard Malone on Oct. 31, 2017. That was the day the Y closed. Nieto Gomez said that the Concerned Citizens still want a community meeting to discuss prospects for keeping Y programs in the neighborhood, preserving the senior housing, and maintaining access to the fitness center. Reed cites the old South Shore Y, which the Chicago Park District took over in 1991. Reed sees a pattern, with other programs “kicked out one by one, starting with Silver Sneakers for the seniors. They kept [their plans] under wraps to minimize the pushback.” That’s not unlike the approach to closing the Austin YMCA in 2012: The Metro YMCA stopped making improvements and shut down programs, as well as closing the pool.  The loss of membership and participation became the reason for the shut-down. Reed said the fitness center at South Chicago was “always being used,” and Hunter said she used the facility in the morning to avoid crowds later in the day.  Reed added that the pool and exercise facilities were “invaluable” for him and other senior residents. He swam three times a week. “It helps with my arthritis,” he said, and there’s no other indoor pool nearby. The closest Y, where members were referred, is the South Side Y at East 63rd Street and Stony Island Avenue—almost five miles away, in Woodlawn. Once a thriving working-class neighborhood, South Chicago was hit hard when the steel mills closed a generation ago.  Losing a community anchor like the YMCA is a serious blow.  Reed sees it as part of a “systematic disinvestment in the entire neighborhood.” Other YMCAs have disappeared from working-class communities. The New City Y on the North Side was sold for $54 million in 2007, as the area, near the former Cabrini Green public housing complex, was undergoing redevelopment. The Roseland Y was sold in 2005 and turned into affordable housing.  The Washington Park Y closed in 2003. The YMCA provides vital programs to many communities that desperately need them.  The Concerned Citizens in South Chicago offer the Y an opportunity to go beyond that, to actively partner with the residents who depend on their services, and to share in the decision-making that impacts vulnerable communities. (UPDATE: In an email statement after publication of this column, YMCA spokeswoman Torbin wrote that the South Chicago Y’s youth violence program “is staying and expanding to serve even more youth”; that the Y “will continue managing” senior housing if a federally-approved buyer cannot be found; and that the closing was announced “through mailed letters, emails, the member newsletters, website and social media, and on-site notices” and via calls and emails to “stakeholders in the community.”)  

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  • When SPH invites DTMFA . . .When SPH invites DTMFA . . .

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  • How Chicago cab drivers were relieved of liability for dooring crashesHow Chicago cab drivers were relieved of liability for dooring crashes

    A rule change removed a requirement for curbside dropoffs. Bike advocates say the amendment endangers cyclists. Taxi doorings can happen to anyone on a bike, including yours truly.…

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  • Chicago’s Amazon HQ2 bid offers money for nothing, TIFs for freeChicago’s Amazon HQ2 bid offers money for nothing, TIFs for free

    Rahm and Rauner promise to shower Jeff Bezos with tax breaks and real estate. As city and state officials head into the next phase of their courtship of Amazon and its second headquarters, Mayor Rahm and Governor Rauner are starting to resemble the pitchmen from those Celozzi-Ettleson Chevrolet commercials that appeared on late-night TV back in the 1980s.…

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  • Why the Obama library needs a community benefits agreementWhy the Obama library needs a community benefits agreement

    For the first time since the 2016 election, former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail recently to court voters for Democratic candidates. Sadly, at the same time, he’s been letting down his own earliest Chicago supporters. The let-down came during a recent public meeting about the Obama Presidential Center, planned for the South Side in historic Jackson Park. Speaking via video, Obama dismissed the idea of a community benefits agreement to ensure that jobs and economic development sparked by the center benefit those of us who already live in the community. Brushing aside an idea that has gained traction among thousands of black residents raises questions about Obama’s commitment to low-income and working-class black families–and frankly, the validity of the Obama Foundation’s leadership summit that the former president is hosting here on October 31st. From the moment the president announced the location, our community expressed overlapping perspectives: general excitement and extreme concern. Excitement because of what the center could bring in terms of quality-of-life improvements; and extreme concern about ramping up the relentless gentrification that has helped force some 200,000 black Chicagoans out of the city since 2000. Given Chicago’s troubled racial history and Obama’s strong relationship to the city, we need a written guarantee that the partners developing his library will invest in bettering our lives, not accelerating our departure. While Obama urged residents to “trust” him, we have good reason to want his assurances in writing. Our betrayed trust in Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was so highly endorsed by Obama, has left us disappointed and distrustful of the former president. City policies started by former Mayor Richard M. Daley and accelerated under Emanuel have demolished public housing, transformed affordable housing into market-rate condominiums and jump-started investment in infrastructure and amenities to attract affluent newcomers. Take historic Bronzeville. A two-bedroom apartment here rents for $1400—out of reach for many working families. So many schools have closed that parents had to stage a hunger strike to save the last open-enrollment, neighborhood high school. Promises to create quality, affordable housing have fallen short. Not surprisingly, many former residents have fled to the suburbs, northwest Indiana or even the Quad Cities in Iowa. Residents of Bronzeville, South Shore, Woodlawn, Washington Park and other neighborhoods formed the Obama Center Community Benefits Coalition and have heard overwhelming support for the idea among thousands of people. The Obama Foundation, however, has done everything it could to avoid respectful engagement with the coalition. They formed a “shadow” community group, with several members who have questionable reputations in our community. They passed us off to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th Ward), who has refused to support the coalition in public meetings. We as black Americans are being purged from major American cities, and this disruption of our lives, political power and history is met with a deafening silence from our first black president. Finally, after we staged a sleepover in front of the Hyatt Hotel the day before the September 15 public meeting, the foundation agreed that one of our representatives could ask the first question when President Obama appeared via Skype. When she asked why he didn’t support a benefits agreement, he responded that they are often viable solutions—but not in this case.  He said community groups would scramble for contracts, and implied any agreement would lead to abuse. He told the adoring crowd of hundreds to trust him, and that he would make sure that residents were supported. It is deeply disappointing that he chose a condescending, “we know better than you” response to a coalition of reputable, community-based groups. This tone was like fingernails on a chalkboard and I, unannounced, approached the mic so that our representative would not be alone.  A short but necessary argument ensued between me and the former president. I am a proud member of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Chicago’s oldest black-led, grassroots community group, and he needed to know we are not scrambling for contracts. We seek an ordinance protecting residents’ interests. We need assurances and accountability in writing, not just verbal promises. The irony is, we want to trust him. One of my (now 8-year old) son’s first phrases was “Barack Obama.” As black people, we wholeheartedly supported President Obama.  I shed a tear at an election party in 2008, and marveled at how he and the first lady moved with such grace and dignity in a Washington that did not support him because of the color of his skin. He was my state senator. He spoke at the 2003 convention of KOCO, where I was then board president, as he was running for the U.S. Senate. From that moment, we rejoiced at his ascension to leader of the free world. Unfortunately, the people who supported him the most, not only in Chicago but in cities like Detroit, Philadelphia, Oakland, Newark, and New Orleans, continue to suffer through state-sanctioned, manufactured misery and the sabotage of community institutions. We as black Americans are being purged from major American cities, and this disruption of our lives, political power and history is met with a deafening silence from our first black president.  We pay taxes, too. The return on that investment should not be removal, but the support that every American should expect from their government. A CBA for the Obama Presidential Center can be a model for other cities of how to invest in, not expel, working-class and low-income families.  This would be change we can believe in.

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  • What To Know About Financing Your Workers Compensation CaseWhat To Know About Financing Your Workers Compensation Case

    When you have an accident at work, the financial logistics can feel more burdensome than your actual injury. Filing a workers’ compensation claim and hiring legal help to do so may be overwhelming, but with the right knowledge, you can keep all details organized while you seek the compensation you deserve. While about 85% of workers’ comp claims are due to slips and falls, there are plenty of reasons to file a claim. No matter how you were injured at work, this guide will provide some simple advice for financing your situation. How is my employer’s workers’ comp insurance calculated? While workers’ compensation laws vary between states, most companies are required to have some sort of coverage in place. And there is usually a formula to calculate this coverage. The following factors are considered: Payrol Per $100 Classification Rate Experience Modifier (MOD) The classification rate of the business analyzes the risk of employee job function, and the MOD measures the company’s workers’ compensation experience. So, these three factors together will determine how much your business is paying to accommodate for the risk of your job. If calculated properly, your employer should have enough insurance to cover your claim. How can I handle my legal costs? Even though your employer’s insurance should be able to cover your injuries, this does not mean that the insurance company will readily fulfill your claim. This is why many employees hire a lawyer to help with their situation. Unfortunatly, this comes with certain costs. If you can’t afford to pay your legal fees through your savings or line of credit, you do have the option of taking out a workers’ compensation settlement loan. Since a lawsuit may take months or years to complete, you may consider taking out a loan to provide some cushion for the time being. Depending on your specific case, you may be entitled to different types of loans. Your lawyer may have more information on this option. How can I expect to receive my benefits? Most of the time, workers’ compensation benefits are paid in specific time increments. This varies based on where you live, your employer, and the type of case you are handling. For example, you may receive your payments weekly if your injuries are severe and you are unable to return to work in the near future. While fractures are easily treated in four out of five urgent care centers, that does not mean your injury will heal quickly. Your payments will depend on the specific severity of your case, and you may be eligible for time loss compensation and temporary total disability. Ask your lawyer and insurance company for more information on this. Remember that the best way to navigate your workers’ compensation case is to work closely with your lawyer and ask plenty of questions. With this diligence, you can earn the compensation you deserve and avoid a significance financial setback as a result of your injury.

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  • What humans can learn from bees, according to Chicago’s bicycling beekeeperWhat humans can learn from bees, according to Chicago’s bicycling beekeeper

    "Beekeeping teaches you to let go of the black-and-white world and participate in the natural world, which is not predictable," says Bike a Bee founder Jana Kinsman. Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford.…

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  • A longtime Playboy editor on working for Hugh HefnerA longtime Playboy editor on working for Hugh Hefner

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  • For some youths, ‘minor’ offenses lead to major sentences in adult prisonFor some youths, ‘minor’ offenses lead to major sentences in adult prison

    Cases threaten to undermine Illinois’s efforts at juvenile justice reform. This story was originally published by ProPublica.…

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  • Rahm's budget speech filled with whoppers and half-truthsRahm's budget speech filled with whoppers and half-truths

    The mayor did what he does best: avoid reality and praise himself. It's just a coincidence that Happy Death Day hit movie theaters not long before Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled his 2018 budget with a big speech before the City Council. The film is a grisly Groundhog Day in which a college student wakes up over and over again to the same day that culminates in her getting murdered.…

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  • How the City of Chicago Plans to Attack Their Rat ProblemHow the City of Chicago Plans to Attack Their Rat Problem

    Chicago residents are well aware of the major rat problem plaguing the city, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking a stand to make a difference. Emanuel recently announced that he will be adding reinforcements to combat the ongoing rat problem that the city deals with on a daily basis. He said during his 2018 budget proposal earlier in October that he intends to add five more rodent control crews to their already 30-crew Department of Streets and Sanitation’s Bureau of Rodent Control fleet. He also plans to provide $500,000 for the funding of additional black garbage carts. According to the Chicago Tribune, the 10,000 additional garbage carts would be heavy-duty and hold 96 gallons of waste. The carts would be used to keep trash out of rodents’ reach. So far this year, 23,400 carts have been requested to be replaced after being lost or stolen. More than 10,000 garbage carts have been fixed since January 2016. Rats tend to gravitate toward any garbage cart that is broken or has a spillover of garbage. The average American will throw away 600 times the amount of their adult weight in garbage during their lifetime. That’s a lot of garbage for the rats to have access to if they come across broken or overflowing carts. Mayor Emanuel talked about the new anti-rodent plan in a press release. “These critical investments in rodent control and garbage carts allow us to continue to provide the best possible service on behalf of residents,” Mayor Emanuel said. According to the Chicago Sun Times, this new plan would be paid for by the savings that were generated from the switch to a garbage collection grid system. Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams said that each rodent complaint would be handled within five days of it’s making. So far this year, the city had fielded 39,000 rat abatement requests. “The rodent battle will only benefit from the investment in garbage carts which helps ensure that residents can swap out any damaged carts for a new or refurbished one in a timely manner,” Williams said regarding this matter. City leaders hope this addition and change will significantly decrease the number of rats that roam the Chicago streets.

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  • S.C. Johnson To Aquire Method, Which Manufactures Soap In PullmanS.C. Johnson To Aquire Method, Which Manufactures Soap In Pullman

    S.C. Johnson recently announced that is has signed an agreement to acquire Method and Ecover. These consumer brands are part of the San Francisco-based home care company People Against Dirty. “Method and Ecover have a strong tradition of innovation and delivering on consumers’ needs,”Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson said in the press release. “They are a great complement to SC Johnson’s trusted lineup of iconic brands.” According to the company press release, the deal will need to clear U.S., U.K., and German regulations, but S.C. Johnson is unable to release the details of the acquisition. Belgium-based Ecover makes eco-friendly cleaning products, according to Chicago Tribune. But Chicagoans may be more familiar with soap company Method; the company opened a factory in the Pullman community in 2015. About one-third of the world’s soap is used in the United States, and Method brought some of this production to Chicago. According to Chicago Tribune this move was part of the redevelopment of Pullman Park. A Walmart opened in the area shortly before the Method factory, but the soap manufacturing plant was a significant push for economic development, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives President David Doig said in a statement to Chicago Tribune. “[Method has] done a great job in hiring from the neighborhood,” he said. “They’ve really taken a lot of efforts to provide job training, so I think we’re hopeful S.C. Johnson will keep that tradition going.” According to Chicago Tribune, city and state funding build the $30 million factory, and People Against Dirty employs about 90 people there. Since the opening of the plant, other initiatives have sprouted to bolster area development and create jobs. Gotham Greens, a New York City company, opened a rooftop farm above the Method Factory. Chicago Tribune reports that Whole Foods Market will open a distribution center in Pullman later this year.

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  • Construction Workers Break Ground on Elevated Pedestrian PathConstruction Workers Break Ground on Elevated Pedestrian Path

    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.

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  • Anti-Puppy Mill Law Upheld in Chicago Federal Court RulingAnti-Puppy Mill Law Upheld in Chicago Federal Court Ruling

    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.

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  • Are Millennials and Baby Boomers Destined To Compete in Real Estate Market?Are Millennials and Baby Boomers Destined To Compete in Real Estate Market?

    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.

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    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.

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  • The Ongoing Battle Between Children and Dentists: What Can Be Done?The Ongoing Battle Between Children and Dentists: What Can Be Done?

    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.

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