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  • Logan Square fire displaces several, including kidsLogan Square fire displaces several, including kids

    A fire that broke out Monday night on Chicago's Northwest Side left several people displaced, including children.

    ABC 7 / 8 min. ago
  • IL lawmakers to explore state policies for bitcoinIL lawmakers to explore state policies for bitcoin

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have formed a subcommittee to explore state policies over decentralized digital currencies like bitcoin. Rep. Mike Zalewski of Riverside will chair the subcommittee. Zalewski tells the State Journal-Register that his goal is to understand whether a digital currency would be a worthy investment or a risky gamble. He says he hopes the subcommittee can create a policy that puts consumers first.     Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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  • Trump says his words on immigration were misrepresented by 'Senator Dicky Durbin'Trump says his words on immigration were misrepresented by 'Senator Dicky Durbin'

    President Donald Trump lashed out at Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday, taking to Twitter to say Illinois’ senior senator “totally misrepresented what was said” at a meeting on immigration during which Trump was accused of using vulgar language to describe certain countries. Trump said...

    Chicago Tribune / 14 min. ago
  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 1/16/18Associated Bank Market Outlook: 1/16/18

    On January 16, 2018 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: Citi Group, United Health Care report earnings today Empire State Manufacturing Survey is out today Tomorrow Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs report earnings Tiffany has it’s holiday sales numbers out tomorrow as well http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452949/3452949_2018-01-16-075049.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D5454.mp3

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  • The Opening Bell 1/16/18: The Future of Cars is Ready. Legislation Is Holding us Back.The Opening Bell 1/16/18: The Future of Cars is Ready. Legislation Is Holding us Back.

    This week marks the beginning of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, where the major auto makers around the world convene to set the tone for the year ahead. Steve took a deep dive into the show by kicking things off with Dale Buss (Contributor at Forbes & Chief Executive Magazine) by looking at the tone of the show. Nik Miles (President of the Northwest Automotive Press Association) then shared some of breakout brands of the show this year including the car, SVU, & truck of the year.   http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452947/3452947_2018-01-16-075047.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3910.mp3

    WGN Radio / 21 min. ago more
  • Democrat Kennedy calls Republican Ives' gun crime solution ignorant and stupidDemocrat Kennedy calls Republican Ives' gun crime solution ignorant and stupid

    Democratic governor contender Chris Kennedy abruptly left a candidate forum Monday, criticizing Republican candidate Jeanne Ives for what he called “ignorance and stupidity” after she said Chicago’s gun violence could be solved if more fathers stayed in the home. The controversy came when Ives,...

    Chicago Tribune / 22 min. ago
  • Gospel star Edwin Hawkins, known for 'Oh Happy Day,' diesGospel star Edwin Hawkins, known for 'Oh Happy Day,' dies

    Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit "Oh Happy Day" and as a major force for contemporary inspirational music, died Monday at age 74.

    ABC 7 / 23 min. ago
  • 75 women have been strangled or smothered in Chicago since 2001. Most of their killers got away.75 women have been strangled or smothered in Chicago since 2001. Most of their killers got away.

    More than 10 years have passed, but Margaret Gomez’s family members still look for the man they believe strangled the 22-year-old and left her in a muddy lot in the shadow of the Stevenson Expressway. They don’t expect to find him but feel it’s something they must do. That and pray. “Lately, I...

    Chicago Tribune / 27 min. ago
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    Watch the latest ABC7 AccuWeather forecast.

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  • 4 South Carolina officers shot after domestic violence call4 South Carolina officers shot after domestic violence call

    A man shot and injured four law enforcement officers late Monday and early Tuesday near a South Carolina home, a sheriff’s spokesman said, after deputies initially were called there for a complaint of domestic violence. The man suspected of firing the shots, Christian Thomas McCall, was injured in a shootout with officers near the home outside the city of York, ending a nearly six-hour ordeal in which the officers were looking for or trying to capture him, York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said. The wounded officers — three York County sheriff’s deputies and one York police officer — were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, including two by helicopter, Faris said. The officers’ names and conditions weren’t released. McCall, 47, also was taken to a hospital; information on his condition was not released. “We could really use your prayers and thoughts for those officers right now,” Faris said at a news conference early Tuesday. Sheriff’s deputies initially went to the home outside York, a city of about 7,000 people roughly 12 miles south of the North Carolina state line, after 10 p.m. Monday, after someone called authorities to say a male was hitting a female there, Faris said. The suspect, McCall, left the home on foot before deputies arrived, Faris said. While the deputies were there, McCall fired a gun from somewhere near the home, hitting one of the deputies, Faris said. More officers arrived and searched near the home. Shortly after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, McCall fired again, and officers returned fire, Faris said. McCall, as well as two deputies and the York officer, were injured in that shootout. Faris did not release any information about the female who allegedly had been hit.

    WGN-TV / 32 min. ago more
  • Slippery Tuesday Commute Possible As Snowfall Continues Across Chicago AreaSlippery Tuesday Commute Possible As Snowfall Continues Across Chicago Area

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Drivers should use caution traveling on snow-covered roads as scattered snow showers and sub-zero windchills are expected to continue affecting the Chicago area throughout Tuesday. More than three inches of snow had fallen over the Chicago area by midnight Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. It continued throughout the morning, coating roads with a fresh layer of snow ahead of the rush-hour commute. Up to two additional inches of snow could fall over the city area throughout Tuesday, mostly before noon, according to a Winter Weather Advisory issued for Cook and Lake counties. After that, the snowfall should travel into parts of northwest Indiana, where a winter storm watch is in effect through Tuesday night. The weather service warned of hazardous conditions on snow-covered roads throughout the snowfall. An elevated cold risk is in effect for the area lasting until Thursday, according to a hazardous weather outlook from the weather service. A high of 24 degrees is forecast for Tuesday with windchill values as low as 4 degrees below zero. At night, temperatures could reach a low of 10 degrees with windchills as low as minus 2 degrees. Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high of 21 degrees, according to the weather service. That sunshine and warmth should continue through the end of the week with Thursday reaching a high of 32 degrees and Friday reaching a high of 38 degrees. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2018. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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  • More Snow Possible as Parts of Chicago Area Under Winter Weather Advisory - NBC ChicagoMore Snow Possible as Parts of Chicago Area Under Winter Weather Advisory - NBC Chicago

    NBC ChicagoMore Snow Possible as Parts of Chicago Area Under Winter Weather AdvisoryNBC ChicagoOvernight snow coated roads once more for the morning rush hour Tuesday, but even more accumulations were possible by the afternoon for some parts of the Chicago area. Both Lake and Cook counties in Illinois and Lake County in Indiana were under a ...Snow showers, sub-zero windchill expected to continue into TuesdayChicago Sun-TimesWinter weather advisory for Chicago area warns of snow, slippery roads and excessive coldChicago Tribuneall 665 news articles »

    Google News / 37 min. ago more
  • More Snow Possible as Winter Weather Advisory ContinuesMore Snow Possible as Winter Weather Advisory Continues

    Overnight snow coated roads once more for the morning rush hour Tuesday, but even more accumulations were possible by the afternoon for some parts of the Chicago area. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

    NBC Chicago / 39 min. ago
  • Video from the scene: Four officers shot in South CarolinaVideo from the scene: Four officers shot in South Carolina

    Four officers were shot and wounded in the early morning hours of Jan. 16 in York County, South Carolina, near Charlotte. The suspect has been taken into custody, WSOC reports.

    ABC 7 / 44 min. ago
  • Danica Patrick confirms she’s dating Packers QB Aaron RodgersDanica Patrick confirms she’s dating Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Danica Patrick’s heart is racing for Aaron Rodgers. Patrick, a Chicago Bears fan, confirmed Monday she is dating the Green Bay Packers quarterback. “Yes, Aaron and I are dating,” Patrick told The Associated Press. Rodgers split from actress Olivia Munn in 2017 after three years of dating. Patrick in late November ended a five-year relationship with fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Patrick and Rodgers have been linked romantically since the start of the new year, right before Patrick began promoting her new fitness book. She told the AP the two first met at the 2012 ESPY Awards and that despite her allegiance to the Bears, “I told him a long time ago I’d always root for him as a player. “Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team,” she added. “Take out the word ‘probably.’ Now I’m going to cheer for the whole team.” Patrick is shifting her career off the race track and into the business of her personal brand. She’d like to close her racing career by competing at next month’s Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, a farewell she’s dubbed “The Danica Double.”

    WGN-TV / 45 min. ago more
  • Pair Charged With String Of Residential Burglaries In RiversidePair Charged With String Of Residential Burglaries In Riverside

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Two people were charged with burglarizing a series of homes last week in west suburban Riverside. About 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, a resident reported that his home in the 100 block of North Delaplaine Road had been burglarized, according to Riverside police. The burglars forcibly broke in through the rear of the home and stole cash and jewelry. The following day, officers responded at 2:13 p.m. to a call of a suspicious male walking in the driveway of a home in the 300 block of Downing Road, police said. They didn’t locate the male, but it was ultimately determined that the suspects unsuccessfully attempted to burglarize a home in the block. About five hours later, a homeowner reported that the power at his home in the 400 block of Selborne Road had been shut off when someone tried to break into his garage, police said. The suspects unsuccessfully tried to kick down a rear door, and didn’t gain access to the home. Detectives later spotted a person matching the description of the suspect from the unsuccessful burglary in the 300 block of Downing Road, police said. Vincent A. Lamanna, 21, of Brookfield, was then stopped in the 400 block of Kent Road and held for questioning, police said. He was found with a pipe with a small amount of crack residue. Vincent A. Lamanna (left) and Laura L. Sandora (right) are charged with a series of burglaries in Riverside, Illinois. (Source: Riverside Police) While in custody, Lamanna offered information about two females who were also involved in the burglaries, police said. On Friday, 46-year-old Laura L. Sandora, of Westchester, and another female were arrested at a Westchester home. All three suspects confessed to their roles in the burglaries, police said. Lamanna was charged with two counts of residential burglary and single counts of criminal trespass to property and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. He is being held at Cook County Jail on $50,000 bond. His next court date was set for Wednesday. Sandora was charged with two counts of residential burglary and single counts of possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Information about her bond and next scheduled court date wasn’t immediately known. Sandora’s vehicle, which was used in the commission of the robberies, was also seized by police. The other female was not charged by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office because she didn’t enter the homes that were burglarized, police said. During the crime spree, the burglars were reportedly homeless, police said. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2018. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

    CBSlocal.com / 54 min. ago more
  • Illinois students creating video games for social goodIllinois students creating video games for social good

    CHICAGO (AP) — Students at DePaul University in Chicago are creating video games that raise awareness for mental illnesses and other afflictions. The Chicago Tribune reports that students at Deep Games Laboratory in DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media are working on projects that address bullying, help those with anxiety overcome their fears and teach sickle cell anemia patients ways to stay healthy. Associate professor Doris Rusch says the games would ideally be used alongside counseling from a mental health professional, but provide an option that may be less daunting and more accessible. Psychiatrist Dr. Nina Vasan of Stanford University says no studies have yet proven that video games are effective treatment on their own, but they can present a new method to reach patients who have mental health afflictions.  Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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  • Syrian family reunited in Chicago awaits green cards - Chicago TribuneSyrian family reunited in Chicago awaits green cards - Chicago Tribune

    Chicago TribuneSyrian family reunited in Chicago awaits green cardsChicago TribuneThe Haj Khalaf family, whose story the Tribune has chronicled over the past year, is one of an estimated 180 Syrian refugee families who have relocated to the Chicago area since 2015, according to the Syrian Community Network, a Chicago-based nonprofit ...

    Google News / 1 h. 38 min. ago
  • Illinois high schools test different, often controversial, approach to education - Chicago TribuneIllinois high schools test different, often controversial, approach to education - Chicago Tribune

    Chicago TribuneIllinois high schools test different, often controversial, approach to educationChicago TribuneProviso is one of 10 school districts chosen statewide to pilot competency-based learning, a concept born in the 1960s at the University of Chicago. The theory then and now is that students should learn on their own timetable and receive individualized ...and more »

    Google News / 1 h. 41 min. ago more
  • Families of Murdered Indiana Teens Appear on ‘Megyn Kelly’Families of Murdered Indiana Teens Appear on ‘Megyn Kelly’

    unable to retrieve full-text content The families of two teenage girls murdered in Indiana last February are holding out hope the killer will be found. Fourteen-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams disappeared along a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana on February 13. Their bodies were found a day later. Monday, members of both families appeared on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” The mother of Abigail Williams said she believes the suspect is a stranger to their community.

    Chicago Press Release / 3 h. 1 min. ago more
  • 8 injured in city shootings8 injured in city shootings

    Eight people were wounded in city shootings between Monday and Tuesday mornings, authorities said. In the most recent attack, a man and a woman were shot in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, police said. The man, 22, and the woman, 24, were stopped...

    Chicago Tribune / 3 h. 17 min. ago
  • April Reign of #OscarsSoWhite speaks on Martin Luther King, Aziz Ansari’s Alleged Misconduct, Dobie Maxwell “Monkey In The Middle”, Comedian Paul Farahvar and Tell Me Something Good! | Full Show (Jan 15th)April Reign of #OscarsSoWhite speaks on Martin Luther King, Aziz Ansari’s Alleged Misconduct, Dobie Maxwell “Monkey In The Middle”, Comedian Paul Farahvar and Tell Me Something Good! | Full Show (Jan 15th)

    Tonight on Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez (Jan 15th) Comedian Paul Farahvar rides side car as we welcome April Reign the creator of #OscarsSoWhite to discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on today’s world.  Comedian Dobie Maxwell shares a riviting story of how he nearly escaped being thrown in the slammer by the police after one of his best friend’s robbed a bank and fled to Vegas.  Find it all in his new book: “Monkey In The Middle”.   And finally, we take listener calls for our nightly segment, Tell Me Something Good! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452900/3452900_2018-01-16-035600.128.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3777.mp3 Love the show?  We want to hear from you!!  Message us at:  FACEBOOK | TWITTER | WGN SHOW PAGE | ITunes Or reach out to Producer Mike Heidemann for guest info and inquires:  TWITTER

    WGN Radio / 4 h. 13 min. ago more
  • Emma McKee | Aka the Stitch Gawd, about the first time she cross-stitched, how she found her community, and how she works on a barter-only systemEmma McKee | Aka the Stitch Gawd, about the first time she cross-stitched, how she found her community, and how she works on a barter-only system

    The Cornerstore spoke with Emma McKee, aka the Stitch Gawd, about the first time she cross-stitched, how she found her community, and how she works on a barter-only system. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452897/3452897_2018-01-16-033737.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D6851.mp3  

    WGN Radio / 4 h. 28 min. ago
  • April Reign of #OscarsSoWhite speaks on Martin Luther King Jr.April Reign of #OscarsSoWhite speaks on Martin Luther King Jr.

    April Reign the creator of #OscarsSoWhite joins Patti Vasquez to discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on today’s world. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452881/3452881_2018-01-16-011721.128.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3777.mp3 Love the show?  We want to hear from you!!  Message us at:  FACEBOOK | TWITTER | WGN SHOW PAGE | ITunes Or reach out to Producer Mike Heidemann for guest info and inquires:  TWITTER

    WGN Radio / 6 h. 53 min. ago more
  • The Carry Out 1-15-18: “It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day in America, a day to reflect on community and spirit or buy a new mattress”The Carry Out 1-15-18: “It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day in America, a day to reflect on community and spirit or buy a new mattress”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include President Trump saying he’s not a racist, Chris Kennedy walking off stage after Republican State Rep. Jeanne Ives gun violence comment, gymnast Simone Biles saying she was sexually abused, the Sunday morning talk shows discussing President Trump’s alleged racist remarks, the Bulls beating the Miami Heat in a Monday matinee, the Bears retaining Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio, the Bears receiving a lot of positive press for the hiring of Matt Nagy, the Minnesota Vikings beating the Saints in a thriller, the Blackhawks starting their bye week after getting walloped by the Red Wings and Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan passing away. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452876/3452876_2018-01-16-010316.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio

    WGN Radio / 7 h. 7 min. ago more
  • Martin Luther King Jr. photographer Bernard Kleina reflects on Dr. King’s lasting impact on ChicagoMartin Luther King Jr. photographer Bernard Kleina reflects on Dr. King’s lasting impact on Chicago

    Housing activist and Martin Luther King Jr. photographer Bernard Kleina joins Justin to discuss his memories of marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago, how he ended up documenting Dr. King and other civil rights leaders, Dr. King’s involvement in the fair housing movement, how Dr. King was treated when he came to march in Chicago, the fight for open housing, what the Fair Housing Act actually does, the impact of the Chicago Freedom Movement and what makes his photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stand out. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452874/3452874_2018-01-16-004814.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm to 11 pm on @WGNRadio

    WGN Radio / 7 h. 14 min. ago more
  • Wedding Band Lost in Grocery Bag Returned to OwnerWedding Band Lost in Grocery Bag Returned to Owner

    A northwest Indiana grocery clerk lost her most precious possessions--her wedding band and engagement ring.

    NBC Chicago / 7 h. 20 min. ago
  • Political analyst Chris Robling: “President Trump was caught saying things that folks in his position should not be caught saying”Political analyst Chris Robling: “President Trump was caught saying things that folks in his position should not be caught saying”

    It’s Touché time! Political analysts Chris Robling and Dave Lundy are back to argue about the top political stories making news this week including President Trump’s alleged racist remarks in a closed door meeting, the ongoing fight over immigration and DACA, the political ramifications over the Hawaii missile alert mishap and the possibility that we see a government shutdown. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452873/3452873_2018-01-16-004613.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm to 11 pm on @WGNRadio

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  • Live from Studio 435: Sports BoyfriendLive from Studio 435: Sports Boyfriend

    Eileen Peltier aka Sports Boyfriend, joins Justin in Studio 435 to talk about making music in Chicago, how she assembles a song, her process of recording music, how she figures out what songs to perform live, the differences between playing with a band and playing solo, how she has evolved as a musician, the artists that have influenced her and her upcoming show at Schubas as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival. Sports Boyfriend also sing a few songs including  “That’s a Novelty,” “I Only Leave My House to Dance with You” and “Jasmine in the Summer.” http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452872/3452872_2018-01-16-004312.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm to 11 pm on @WGNRadio

    WGN Radio / 7 h. 27 min. ago more
  • The Download with Justin Kaufmann Full Show 1-15-18The Download with Justin Kaufmann Full Show 1-15-18

    We have another great show for you this evening! On tonight’s episode of The Download, political analysts Chris Robling and Dave Lundy debate the top national political stories making news this week, housing activist and Martin Luther King Jr. photographer Bernard Kleina talks about the impact Martin Luther King Jr. had on Chicago and the fight for fair housing, Squirrel Nut Zippers co-founder Jimbo Mathus chats about his career and show tomorrow night at SPACE in Evanston and we end the show in Studio 435 with some amazing local music from Sports Boyfriend! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452869/3452869_2018-01-16-003709.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm to 11 pm on @WGNRadio

    WGN Radio / 7 h. 30 min. ago more
  • Families of Murdered Indiana Teens Appear on 'Megyn Kelly'Families of Murdered Indiana Teens Appear on 'Megyn Kelly'

    The families of two teenage girls murdered in Indiana last February are holding out hope the killer will be found. Fourteen-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams disappeared along a hiking...

    NBC Chicago / 7 h. 33 min. ago
  • Rodman Arrested For DUI: PoliceRodman Arrested For DUI: Police

    Former Bulls star Dennis Rodman could be facing jail time, after being arrested for DUI in Southern California, over the weekend. The Newport Beach Police Department says Rodman was pulled over late Saturday for...Photo Credit: Getty Images

    NBC Chicago / 7 h. 36 min. ago
  • Museum Week Gives Illinois Residents Big DiscountMuseum Week Gives Illinois Residents Big Discount

    This is a great week to explore Chicago's museums. For nine days in January, you can take advantage of discounted admissions and special exhibits at the city's top museums. Illinois residents receive up to...Photo Credit: NBC 5 Chicago

    NBC Chicago / 7 h. 39 min. ago
  • Hidden GPS tracker leads to arrest in Lakeview East bank robberyHidden GPS tracker leads to arrest in Lakeview East bank robbery

    A GPS tracking device slipped into a wad of cash helped authorities arrest a man in connection with a Lakeview East bank robbery on Sunday, court records show. Sidney Hassell, 64, of Mississippi, was charged in connection with the robbery of TCF Bank inside a Jewel-Osco at 3531 N. Broadway Street...

    Chicago Tribune / 8 h. 17 min. ago
  • As Mirotic awaits trade fate, Bulls beat the Heat to win their third-straight gameAs Mirotic awaits trade fate, Bulls beat the Heat to win their third-straight game

    CHICAGO – Indeed, No. 44 took the court for the Bulls on Monday. There was an outside chance that he wouldn’t. Before the Bulls’ matinée with the Heat, Mirotic became one of 16 players in the league to be eligible for a trade. Since he’s played so well since his return to the team in December, there was a shot that the forward could go the minute he was available. That didn’t happen. Mirotic was in full uniform at the United Center, focused for the time being on the Bulls’ somewhat surprising winning ways. “I didn’t talk to them,” said Mirotic when asked if he had any contact with Bulls’ front office once he became eligible. “Probably my agents are talking. I don’t know so far what is going on. I know my name is going to be there. But I’m doing my job, I’m sure they’re doing their job, and we’re both going to do what is best for the team.” Right now that would appear for Nikola to remain in Chicago, since the Bulls came into Monday 13-7 since he returned to the lineup in early December when the squad was floundering with a 3-20 record. But Bobby Portis’ punch to his face during practice that kept him out of the lineup the first 23 games sealed his desired ticket out-of-town long before he led the Bulls to some success. But for the moment Mirotic is still in Chicago, and on Monday he made his contributions to yet another Bulls victory. It wasn’t a perfect performance off the bench by any means – registering a -17 rating – but his 18 points contributed to a 119-111 victory that extended the Bulls’ winning streak to three games. In truth, the biggest contributions in this triumph came from those in the starting lineup. It begins with Zach LaVine, who upped his production to 18 points in his second 20-minute stint in the Bulls’ lineup. His four-point play at the end of the first half gave the Bulls a seven-point lead going into the break, then Justin Holiday pushed it up to 19 later in the third when he knocked down a three-pointer to add to his game-high 25 points. “I give the credit to my teammates, they found me when I was open,” said Holiday of his strong effort. “I was hot and they continued to give me the ball, so obviously that goes to them as well.” Lauri Markkanen would be the man to come through late when the Heat got the lead down to five in the final two minutes. His three-pointer with 1:08 to play pushed the lead back out to eight, and then Markkanen ended any hopes of a comeback with a late hoop-and-foul to add to his 17 on the night. It makes it seven-games over .500 with Mirotic in the lineup, showing the glimpse of hope that exists with this team with everyone on the floor. “You get healthy with Niko and David (Nwaba), and now Zach into the picture, to have a full complement of players and a full roster,” said head coach Fred Hoiberg. “A big part of this is having the right mentality and sacrificing for your teammate which our guys have really bought into and accepted the role that’s been given to them.” For now, of course. Mirotic’s time with the team is ticking with the official clock started on Monday.  

    CLTV / 8 h. 32 min. ago more
  • Good Samaritan takes off boots, gives them to homeless man on CTA trainGood Samaritan takes off boots, gives them to homeless man on CTA train

    An act of kindness by a good Samaritan is getting a lot of attention on social media.

    ABC 7 / 8 h. 36 min. ago
  • Home invader attacks woman in West Chicago - WLS-TVHome invader attacks woman in West Chicago - WLS-TV

    WLS-TVHome invader attacks woman in West ChicagoWLS-TVA 70-year-old woman was attacked during a home invasion Monday morning in unincorporated West Chicago. (WLS). Sun-Times Media Wire. Monday, January 15, 2018 10:26PM. WEST CHICAGO, Ill. --. A 70-year-old woman was attacked during a home invasion Monday ...Police seek suspect after elderly woman attacked in West Chicago homeWGN-TVall 4 news articles »

    Google News / 8 h. 41 min. ago more
  • Snow Showers, Sub-Zero Wind Chills Expected To Continue Into TuesdaySnow Showers, Sub-Zero Wind Chills Expected To Continue Into Tuesday

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Drivers should use caution traveling on snow-covered roads as scattered snow showers and sub-zero wind chills are expected to continue affecting the Chicago area overnight and into Tuesday. Moderate, scattered snowfall is expected to continue falling Monday night, with temperatures reaching as low as 9 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Wind chills are expected to dip as low as 7 degrees below zero as wind gusts up to 20 mph push through the area. About 8:30 p.m., the weather service warned of hazardous conditions on snow-covered roads. On Tuesday, more flurries could move through the Chicago area before noon, the weather service said. A daytime high of 21 degrees is in the forecast, with wind gusts expected to reach as high as 15 mph. At night, temperatures are expected to drop to around 2 degrees, with wind chills plummeting to as low as 11 degrees below zero. An elevated cold risk for the Chicago area was expected to remain in effect until Thursday, the weather service said. In addition, parts of northwest Indiana will remain under a winter storm watch until Tuesday night. Snow began falling Sunday evening, with 2.8 inches recorded at O’Hare International Airport by 5:50 p.m., the weather service said. There were 3 inches recorded at Midway International Airport by noon. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2018. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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  • Squirrel Nut Zippers co-founder Jimbo Mathus: “We were completely caught off guard when our sound took off and became a part of an era”Squirrel Nut Zippers co-founder Jimbo Mathus: “We were completely caught off guard when our sound took off and became a part of an era”

    Jimbo Mathus, co-founder of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, joins Justin to talk about his career, what he remembers about touring for their breakthrough record, “Hot,” how their sound took off and became part of the alternative music scene of the late ’90’s, how growing up in a family of musicians influenced the Squirrel Nut Zippers sound, the process of putting together the current Squirrel Nut Zippers lineup, their forthcoming record, “Beasts of Burgundy” and their show tomorrow night at SPACE in Evanston. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452735/3452735_2018-01-15-174735.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3795.mp3 Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm to 11 pm on @WGNRadio

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  • Strep Bacteria Forces Student Into Life-Threatening BattleStrep Bacteria Forces Student Into Life-Threatening Battle

    A high school student is fighting for her life at an Illinlois hospital after bacteria from strep throat made its way into her bloodstream. Patrick Fazio reports.

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  • Medical Mannequins Talk Back to StudentsMedical Mannequins Talk Back to Students

    It was a busy day at Advocate Condell Medical Center. Students from the area got a chance to get some hands-on experience with mannequins that blink, talk back and even have a heart beat. Anayeli Ruiz reports.

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  • 3 men shot on South Side, police say3 men shot on South Side, police say

    CHICAGO – Three men were injured after a shooting on the city’s South Side on Monday, according to police. The shooting happened Monday evening near 42nd and Michigan Avenue. The fire department said a 24-year-old was shot in the leg. A 17-year-old was hit in the arm and a 26-year-old was shot in the hand. All of the men are in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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  • Stranger on Red Line Gives Man Winter Boots Off his FeetStranger on Red Line Gives Man Winter Boots Off his Feet

    It only took a brief moment for a stranger on a Red Line train to leave passengers “floored,” but for Jessica Bell, that moment changed everything.Photo Credit: Jessica Bell

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  • California Couple Charged With Locking Up Their 13 ChildrenCalifornia Couple Charged With Locking Up Their 13 Children

    CHICAGO (CBS) — 13 siblings, aged 2 to 29, were rescued Monday from a California home where they were found chained to beds and malnourished, police say. The discovery was made when a 17-year-old girl escaped the residence in Perris, California on Sunday and called 911 from a cellphone she found in the home, police said. She told police that her parents were holding her and her siblings captive. Authorities said they discovered “children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings” with little food and water. The victims who were rescued by police. (Photo: CBS News) The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were shocked to learn that seven of the victims were adults between the ages of 18 and 29. David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, were arrested at the scene and each charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment. They are each being held on $9 million bail. David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49. (Photo: CBS News) Police said the victims were transported to the police station to be interviewed and were given food and water after they told deputies they were starving, CBS News reports. The six children and seven adult victims were transported to a local hospital and admitted for treatment. How 13 young people could be held captive in a home without raising suspicions is under investigation. The New York Times is reporting David Turpin received approval from the state of California to run a private school in his home. A statement from the sheriff’s department said the parents were “unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner.”

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  • Thinking About Investing In Bitcoin?Thinking About Investing In Bitcoin?

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Bitcoins: You can’t touch or hold them, but one today is worth $14,000. So, how are they used, and should you invest? CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker took a closer look at how fortunes are being made with the digital currency. Jimmy Couch, a software developer, spends bitcoins using what appears to be any other debit card. In actuality, it’s full of the cryptocurrency. “I can use it pretty much anywhere. I’ve bought a few things. I’ve gone to bars with friends, and I bought a round of drinks,” he said. Prior to that, however, Couch first had to buy bitcoin. You can do that by going to online sites, such as Coinbase, entering your credit card or bank information, and voilà. Do the same thing through an app, and your phone becomes your bitcoin wallet. You can also use cash at a bitcoin ATM. “For as little as one dollar, you can insert up to $2,500 per transaction,” according to Marc Grens, owner of DigitalMint, a Chicago bitcoin startup. Just put in the cash and the bitcoin appears in your digital wallet ready to spend. “There’s over 200,000 legitimate online sources which individuals can go to a checkout and use bitcoins as a form of payment,” Grens said. Sites from Craigslist to Expedia and NewEgg allow you to purchase furniture, hotel rooms or laptops. When you check out, look for the bitcoin option. Anthony Palermo, for example, is selling his Melrose Park house, and he’s accepting bitcoins. How many depends on the current value of bitcoin, but Palermo wants at least $320,000 worth. If he sells it for bitcoins, he plans to hang on to it. “If I end up holding the currency, and it increases in value, it’s like an instant investment,” he said. But is bitcoin a good investment? The digital currency started 2017 at $1,006 and skyrocketed to $19,891 by mid-December. Jim Sinegal, an analyst for Morningstar, said he thinks it’s a very difficult asset to value. “A bitcoin right now is worth only what someone else is willing to pay for it. It’s like a piece of artwork or a classic car,” she said. “When I initially started buying bitcoin, it was worth about $5,” Couch said, who bought 200 at that time. So, he must be a millionaire, right? Wrong. He sold them all when bitcoin hit $10. You can convert bitcoins into cash through a wire transfer or an ATM. Still riding the roller coaster, Couch has a six-figure portfolio, and checks the price first thing every morning. “I find it exciting. Mostly because I have made not a life changing amount, but a significant amount,” he said. “If it goes up even higher I want to be a part of that.” To prevent hacking, experts advise you store most of your bitcoin offline in a special USB-like device, called a cold wallet.

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  • Man’s attempt to hold in sneeze lands him in hospital with ruptured throatMan’s attempt to hold in sneeze lands him in hospital with ruptured throat

    ENGLAND – If you are about to sneeze — even if you are in a quiet place — doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the hard way and had to spend two weeks in the hospital due to his resulting injury. That’s according to a case report with the cringe-inducing title “Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck.” The report was published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports. According to the report, this “previously fit” man pinched his nose and kept his mouth closed during a “forceful” sneeze. He later told doctors he immediately felt a popping sensation in his neck. He didn’t notice any problems right away, but a couple of hours later he felt pain in his throat and neck. When it became swollen and his voice changed, he took himself to the hospital. “This 34-year-old chap said he was always trying to hold his sneeze because he thinks it is very unhygienic to sneeze into the atmosphere or into someone’s face. That means he’s been holding his sneezes for the last 30 years or so, but this time it was different,” case report author Dr. Wanding Yang said. She works in the department of ear, nose and throat at at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Initially, doctors saw swelling in his neck and when they examined the soft tissue they heard popping and crackling. Yang said that meant there were air bubbles getting into the man’s muscles and deep into his tissue. Scans confirmed the problem. The tests showed actual streaks of air in the retropharyngeal region and extensive surgical emphysema in the neck anterior to the trachea. In other words, by trying to hold in his sneeze, he actually blew a small hole in his throat. “Luckily, it was a very small perforation,” Yang said. “He didn’t need any operation.” When you sneeze, it’s your body’s protective reflex to get rid of an irritant that has gotten into your nose. With a sneeze, a significant amount of air pressure builds up in the lungs and forces its way through the nasal cavity to get rid of that irritant. A sneeze can propel mucous droplets at a rate of 100 miles an hour. If you hold a sneeze back, that pressurized air will need to go somewhere. In this case, it injured the tissue in the man’s throat. In past cases, doctors have also seen a stifled sneeze cause sinus problems, middle and inner ear damage, ear infections and a ruptured ear drum. The patient was given antibiotics and had to be fed through a tube, which was removed after seven days. His symptoms got better while he rested and gradually he was able to eat soft food. This kind of sneezing injury is unusual, according to the report. Doctors have seen patients with similar injuries after coughing heavily or after vomiting forcefully. “It is a rare injury that we would more likely see with trauma, like if someone were to be in a car accident or was injured with a gunshot or knife, or if they swallowed something sharp,” said Dr. Adam M. Klein, who did not see the British patient and was not involved in the study. Klein is the director of the Emory Voice Center and chief of the division of laryngology in the department of otolaryngology. Klein said if you are worried about spreading germs with your sneezes, rather than hold it in, the best thing to do to avoid injury is to let it out. If you don’t have a tissue, sneezing into the crook of your elbow, rather than onto your hand, is “a good practice.” The good news for this patient is that there was no permanent damage. Doctors did advise the man not to pinch his nose closed for future sneezes and they advise others to heed the same advice. “Halting sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous maneuver,” the report recommended. It “should be avoided, as it may lead to numerous complications.”

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  • Snowy day in Chicagoland a " now cold temps settle inSnowy day in Chicagoland a " now cold temps settle in

    Accumulating snow showers will continue over northeast Illinois Monday night, gradually shifting into northwest Indiana before ending later Tuesday night. Lake-effect snow showers will likely shift into northwest Indiana Tuesday impacting Lake and Porter counties where additional accumulations may occur, especially in Porter County where a Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for Tuesday-Tuesday night.

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  • Chris Kennedy Walks Off Stage During ForumChris Kennedy Walks Off Stage During Forum

    Gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy left the stage during a forum on Monday after State Rep. Jeanne Ives argued the solution to the state’s gun violence was having “more fathers in the home.”

    NBC Chicago / 10 h. 50 min. ago
  • Emanuel Defends New Water Commissioner Amid Racist Culture ComplaintsEmanuel Defends New Water Commissioner Amid Racist Culture Complaints

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — While Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged there are still racial problems in Chicago’s Department of Water Management, he also defended the job the new commissioner is doing to eradicate them. After addressing a youth summit Monday, Emanuel talked with reporters about complaints from department employees, who say there is still racial harassment and discrimination there. “I can say this as a mayor when I’ve had to deal with changing a culture around City Hall. You can’t judge Randy’s success in six months taking on decades of a culture. You can judge him [on], did he make a clear line where people know now there’s somebody with a different attitude and a different perspective?” Barrett Murphy, the former water commissioner, resigned in May, amid reports the department was the subject of an Inspector General probe. Commissioner Randy Conner, who is African American, is his replacement. Black employees told a city council committee last week that there are still many supervisors who treat them with hostility, and pass them over for promotions. To that, Emanuel says Conner is setting down rules and requiring training to address those points. He says they are not going to tolerate bias in any form. Still, Emanuel said people cannot expect Connor to change the culture of the Water Department in just six months. “You cannot judge him on culture because the culture of that department has been around for decades. But as it relates to the rules, he’s been very clear,” the mayor said.

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  • Andrea Hangst recaps a memorable NFL Divisional Playoff weekend on Sports FeedAndrea Hangst recaps a memorable NFL Divisional Playoff weekend on Sports Feed

    CHICAGO - This was a weekend that featured a 'where were you moment,' the rise of the Jaguars, Blake Bortels, Nick Foles, and the continuation of the Patriots dominance. It was a NFL Divisional Weekend with plenty to watch and a moment that will live forever in the league's playoff history. NFL writer Andrea Hangst discussed it all, from the "Minneapolis Miracle" that put the Vikings into the NFC Championship to upstart Jacksonville's latest trip to Foxborough for a shot at their first Super Bowl, on Monday's Sports Feed. She discussed those games along with the changes made by the Bears last week with Josh Frydman Monday on CLTV. Watch Andrea's segments on Sports Feed by clicking on the video above or below.

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  • Parents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking TamifluParents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking Tamiflu

    Watch Video ALLEN, Texas – Parents of a 6-year-old in Texas say their daughter had hallucinations and tried to harm herself after taking a dose of Tamiflu, according to KTVT. The little girl took the medicine to treat the flu. Her family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were shocked by her alleged reaction to the common medication. They said she started seeing things that weren’t there, running out of school and doing at least one thing that could have resulted in serious injury. “The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom,” said her father. “She used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her.” Although rare, delusions and hallucinations are listed as side effects, and the prescribing information lists a section for neuropsychiatric events. “There have been postmarketing reports (mostly from Japan) of delirium and abnormal behavior leading to injury, and in some cases resulting in fatal outcomes,” the warning reads. Those symptoms largely affected children. “It can happen,” said emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty.  “Less than one percent is what’s listed in the data sheet. I’ve been in practice 20 years, and I haven’t seen that particular complication.” The girl’s parents are now speaking out to warn others and say they wish they had known. “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects we went through,” said the girl’s father. He urges all parents to fully read the warning before giving their children Tamiflu. “Know that side effects are there for a reason,” he said. “They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted this about Tamiflu: “Children and teenagers with the flu may be at a higher risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness. These serious side effects may happen shortly after beginning Tamiflu or may happen in people when the flu is not treated. These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient. People who take Tamiflu should be watched for signs of unusual behavior and a healthcare provider should be contacted right away if the patient shows any unusual behavior while taking Tamiflu.” CNN contributed to this report.

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  • Chuck Hagel: Trump ‘an embarrassment’Chuck Hagel: Trump ‘an embarrassment’

    By Aileen Graef Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called President Donald Trump “an embarrassment” and said he “is doing great damage to our country internationally” in a newspaper interview Saturday. Hagel’s remarks come amid uproar over Trump’s reported remarks during a closed-door immigration meeting with lawmakers last week, during which he is said to have called certain African countries “shitholes.” Hagel, a former Nebraska Republican senator and decorated Vietnam veteran, said in an interview with the Lincoln Journal Star that the United States and the world have entered “a defining year, a year of volatility and uncertainty and great danger.” Trump is “intentionally dividing the country and the world” by pulling out of alliances and trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he said. Hagel, who served as secretary of defense under former President Barack Obama, said in addition to withdrawing from the world, Trump’s attacks on the intelligence community are also damaging. The country has “a President who minimizes his own intelligence community, and that is quite astounding,” he said. On the matter of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Hagel encouraged dialogue and said demanding preconditions before entering negotiations is likely not to lead to engagement. “‘My button is bigger than yours’ is irresponsible kind of talk,” he said, referring to Trump’s recent tweets taunting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Hagel added that a nuclear confrontation would be “worse than anything we’ve ever seen.” US foreign policy at this time is “a policy of disunity,” Hagel told the newspaper. “A new world order is being built and shaped right now and the last time that happened, America led.”   The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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  • This is going to be our year of shared humanity- or not!This is going to be our year of shared humanity- or not!

    Scott discusses whether we can we find our shared humanity and he really puts producer Brian to work bleeping out a certain word. Over and over and over. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3452811/3452811_2018-01-15-204311.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D4357.mp3

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  • Connor McKnight discusses Bulls and White Sox on Sports FeedConnor McKnight discusses Bulls and White Sox on Sports Feed

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  • Two-Year Closure Starts Monday Night On Cicero Avenue Near MidwayTwo-Year Closure Starts Monday Night On Cicero Avenue Near Midway

    CHICAGO (CBS) — An estimated two-year closure starts Monday night on lanes of Cicero Avenue near Midway International Airport for airport improvement projects. One lane of traffic will be closed until early 2020 in both directions on Cicero between 56th and 61st streets, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. The closures will reduce Cicero from six lanes to four lanes for roughly a quarter-mile, with two lanes remaining open in both directions. The lane reduction will remain in place through early 2020 to accommodate construction that will widen Midway’s terminal pedestrian bridge over Cicero, the CDA said. Over the next three weeks, nightly lane closures will also happen from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. in the outermost lane of southbound Cicero, the CDA said. As part of the project, crews will construct an additional roadway surface for traffic and demolish the median separating northbound and southbound lanes near the airport terminal. After the median is demolished, construction will begin to widen the bridge over Cicero, the CDA said. The project is part of the Midway Modernization Program, a nearly $400 million capital upgrade announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015. Drivers traveling to Midway should allow additional travel time, the CDA said. To avoid traffic on Cicero, drivers should use Pulaski Road to the east, and Central Avenue or Harlem Avenue to the west, the CDA said. Midway travelers are encouraged to use the CTA Orange Line or economy parking lots to avoid  traffic on Cicero. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2018. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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  • Fierce Flu Estimated To Cost Employers Billions In Lost ProductivityFierce Flu Estimated To Cost Employers Billions In Lost Productivity

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — This year’s aggressive flu season is taking a toll on employers across the country. If workers take four sick days to recover from the flu, the cost to employers in lost productivity could reach over $9 billion, according to an estimate from global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. “The current strain is particularly aggressive, and those who are sick can be contagious for up to seven days,” Andrew Challenger, the firm’s vice president of global outplacement consultancy, said in a statement. “Workers who have the flu, or need to care for someone with the flu, should absolutely not come into work. This is exactly why employers have sick leave benefits.” Challenger came up with the $9 billion estimate like this: It took the number of people over 18 who got sick last year, combined it with how many people are employed and the average hourly wage of $26.63. That came to 11 million people. Now, multiply 11 million by four sick days and Challenger’s cost estimate to employers is $9,415,586,823.84. “The 2014-2015 flu season was the worst in recent years, according to the CDC. This year’s flu season is on pace to be similar, if not worse. Employers should prepare to see a number of absences in the coming weeks,” Challenger said. On average, this year’s H3N2 flu virus is taking people out of work for about four days. “It looks like about 11 million people could be missing four 8-hour shifts this flu season. And that adds up to about $9.4 billion in lost productivity for American employers,” Challenger said. Basically, if you think you’re coming down with the flu, here’s the advice: Stay home.

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  • Flurries, snow showers Tuesday morning; Warmup later in weekFlurries, snow showers Tuesday morning; Warmup later in week

    CHICAGO -- It was a snowy day in the Chicago area, and a snowy day off for many. Snow fell throughout the day leaving anywhere from 1 – 4 inches in parts of Chicagoland. Snowfall totals for local climate sites as of 6 pm. Light, fluffy snow continuing this evening. #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/5kiZA24nW7 — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) January 16, 2018   Accumulating snow showers will continue over northeast Illinois Monday night, gradually shifting into northwest Indiana before ending later Tuesday night. Lake-effect snow showers will likely shift into northwest Indiana Tuesday impacting Lake and Porter counties where additional accumulations may occur, especially in Porter County where a Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for Tuesday-Tuesday night. Cold temps will follow Monday’s snow. Cold Arctic-source air will cycle into our area during the next 24 to 48 hours, compromised by the cloud cover and snow showers. Close-in areas including Chicago will probably experience wind chills near or just below zero Tuesday morning, while areas away from the lake, say the Fox River Valley west and south of Interstate-80 with less cloudiness will see wind chills on the order of -10 to -20-degrees late tonight and Tuesday morning.

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  • Coast Guard Attempts to Rescue Dog Stranded on Frozen LakeCoast Guard Attempts to Rescue Dog Stranded on Frozen Lake

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  • Tyler Johnson injured as Heat fall 119-111 in Chicago to end 7-game win streak - Sun SentinelTyler Johnson injured as Heat fall 119-111 in Chicago to end 7-game win streak - Sun Sentinel

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  • Man arrested in Lake Forest, charged with possession of stolen propertyMan arrested in Lake Forest, charged with possession of stolen property

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  • Pickwick Theatre celebrates 90 years in Park RidgePickwick Theatre celebrates 90 years in Park Ridge

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  • Former Marian Catholic athletic director, coach Don Berg dies at age 89Former Marian Catholic athletic director, coach Don Berg dies at age 89

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    Big News Network.com / 12 h. 37 min. ago
  • Kyle Leonard, longtime journalist in north suburbs, dies at 55Kyle Leonard, longtime journalist in north suburbs, dies at 55

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    Big News Network.com / 12 h. 37 min. ago
  • Good Samaritan Gives Homeless Man Winter Boots Off His FeetGood Samaritan Gives Homeless Man Winter Boots Off His Feet

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  • Trump fires back, says Durbin ‘misrepresented’ remarksTrump fires back, says Durbin ‘misrepresented’ remarks

    President Donald Trump on Monday claimed Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin "totally misrepresented" comments during an Oval Office meeting last week, where sources said Trump used vulgar and demeaning language to describe immigrants from Africa. "Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can't get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military," Trump tweeted. Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2018 Behind the discrepancy: A senior GOP source familiar with the matter told CNN that instead of hearing the President say "shithole," some Republicans heard Trump say "shithouse." Two Trump allies came out publicly on Sunday to dispute that Trump decried immigrants coming from "shithole countries" and sought to cast doubt on Durbin's public account of the meeting. Georgia GOP Sen. David Perdue said Sunday that there had been a "gross misinterpretation" of Trump's remarks in a private meeting, where sources told CNN Trump made the demeaning and dismissive comment about immigrants from Haiti and Africa and added that the US should get more people from countries like Norway, a predominantly white and wealthy nation. "I'm telling you he did not use that word, George, and I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation," Perdue told moderator George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week." Perdue and Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton said in a Friday statement that they did not recall the "shithole" comment, and Cotton on Sunday also accused Durbin of misrepresenting Trump's comments. "I didn't hear it, and I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was," Cotton said on CBS's "Face the Nation." Speaking to reporters Monday, Durbin said, "I don't know that changing the word from 'hole' to 'house' changes the impact," according to video posted by a WBEZ reporter. Asked about the initial Washington Post report on Trump's "shithole" remark, the White House issued a statement that did not deny Trump made the comment. The following day, Trump tweeted "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used." A White House official told CNN on Thursday the President's "shithole" remark was being received much differently inside of the White House than it is outside. The official said that although this might enrage Washington, staffers predicted the comment would resonate with Trump's base, similarly to how Trump's attacks on NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem did. The Trump administration late last year announced it would end the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti, a move that could affect tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security last week announced it would end protections more than 200,000 Salvadorans, and later in the week, the White House rejected a bipartisan immigration proposal, including a fix for people protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A person familiar with the meeting said Durbin and South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham brought a plan to Trump that involved cutting the visa lottery in half and, at the behest of the Congressional Black Caucus, the rest would go to underrepresented countries in Africa and Temporary Protected Status nations, including Haiti. The person said the language was salty on both sides. One person briefed on the meeting said when Durbin got to Haiti, Trump began to ask why we want people from Haiti and more Africans in the US and added that the US should get more people from countries like Norway. South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott told The Post and Courier that Graham, who was at the meeting, told him the reported comments are "basically accurate," and Graham told the paper Monday that his "memory hasn't evolved." "I know what was said, and I know what I said," Graham said. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Monday that he went to a meeting directly following the Oval Office meeting, but before news of the comments went public. "I can just say what was described in the meeting I had was identical to what was reported later in the news," Flake said.

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  • Police searching for suspects in Bucktown armed robberiesPolice searching for suspects in Bucktown armed robberies

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  • MLK Day celebrations call for public service, challenge divisive political climateMLK Day celebrations call for public service, challenge divisive political climate

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  • Day of service volunteers flock to Flossmoor for MLK DayDay of service volunteers flock to Flossmoor for MLK Day

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  • Historic Nigerian Bobsled Team Has Chicago TiesHistoric Nigerian Bobsled Team Has Chicago Ties

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    President Donald Trump on Monday singled out Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin in a tweet, saying “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said” at a meeting last week in which the president allegedly used the phrase “s–thole countries” in reference to Haiti and African nations. “Deals can’t get made when there is no trust!” Trump wrote in a portion of the tweet. “Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.” Hours before the tweet, Durbin reiterated his stance at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day press conference at Gale Community Academy in Chicago. “I know what happened,” Durbin said. “I stand behind every word that I said in terms of that meeting. I’m focused on one thing: not that meeting, but on making sure that those protected by DACA, and eligible for the DREAM Act, have a future in America. I’m focused on that full-time.” A day earlier, two Republican senators who attended a meeting on immigration with Trump claimed that he did not use the phrase, and one accused Durbin, a Democrat, of misrepresenting the president’s comments. Sen. David Perdue, of Georgia, said in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” that Durbin’s account of Thursday’s meeting at the White House was a “total misrepresentation” of what happened. Perdue, one of six lawmakers present at the meeting, insisted on Sunday that Trump “did not use that word.” Sen. Tom Cotton, of Arkansas, was also at the meeting and echoed Perdue’s denial on CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday.  “I didn’t hear that word either,” Cotton said, adding, “I certainly didn’t hear what Senator Durbin has said repeatedly.”  Trump claimed Friday on Twitter that he did not use the term, saying “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” and later tweeting, “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”  Here’s Who’s Running for Governor of Illinois Durbin forcefully rejected that denial Friday, saying Trump “said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.” “I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday,” Durbin said during a press conference at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast. “He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly,” he continued. “When the question was raised about Haitians, for example, we have a group that have temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises and disasters, political upheaval. The largest is El Salvadoran, the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian and when I mentioned that fact to him he said ‘Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?'” Durbin recounted.  Trump addressed the issue briefly Sunday as he arrived for dinner at one of his Florida golf clubs with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. Asked what he thinks about people who think he’s racist, Trump said: “I am not a racist.” He told reporters: “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.”  Trump: I Am Least Racist Person You Have Ever Interviewed Trump sparked domestic and international backlash after reports surfaced that he made vulgar remarks as Durbin and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, presented details of a potential bipartisan deal to protect immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” from deportation, while adding various border security measures – one of Trump’s key demands. Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept immigrants from Haiti and demanded that they be taken out of the deal, Durbin said Friday, corroborating accounts of the disparaging comments first reported by The Washington Post.  Lawmakers React to Trump’s Vulgarity Toward Immigrants When the discussion turned to immigration from Africa, Trump then reportedly asked why the U.S. would allow “people from s–thole countries come here” and suggested instead that the U.S. bring in more people from places like Norway. In a statement, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah did not deny or even address the comments made. “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” Shah said. “Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.” Both Cotton and Perdue attacked Durbin’s credibility on Sunday, with Cotton claiming Durbin has a “history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings.” “I didn’t hear it, and I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was,” Cotton said, adding, “And I know what Dick Durbin has said about the president’s repeated statements is incorrect.”  Trump: Any Solution on Immigration Must Include Border Wall Sunday’s remarks appeared to mark a shift from the statement issued jointly by Cotton and Perdue on Friday, in which both lawmakers said they “do not recall the President saying these comments specifically,” to an outright denial that Trump used the vulgarity in question. A spokesman for Durbin seized on that shift to turn questions of credibility onto Cotton and Perdue. “Credibility is something that’s built by being consistently honest over time,” Durbin’s director of communications Ben Marter tweeted Sunday morning. “Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. Ask anyone who’s dealt with both.” “Yesterday, Senators Cotton and Perdue ‘could not recall’ what the President said,” he later added. “Today they can. That, folks, is a credibility problem.”  Cotton and Perdue’s account also seemed to conflict with that of Graham. South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott told The Post and Courier Friday that Graham confirmed to him that the comments as reported were “basically accurate.” “Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday,” Graham later said in a statement. “The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. I’ve always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals.” Some of Durbin’s Democratic colleagues came to his defense Sunday, with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia saying that the idea that Durbin or Graham would “make something up” was wrong. “I don’t believe that any senator would walk in and make something up so atrocious as that, and say this is what was said, when it wasn’t said,” Manchin said on “Face The Nation.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went further, tweeting, “To impugn @SenatorDurbin’s integrity is disgraceful. Whether you agree with him on the issues or not, he is one of the most honorable members of the Senate.”  As the back-and-forth continued Sunday, Trump tweeted that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, at the center of negotiations after his administration ended the policy temporarily protecting “Dreamers” in September, is “probably dead” – casting further doubts on already tenuous and strained negotiations. Some Democrats have threatened to vote against legislation to extend government funding, which expires on Friday, unless protections for the Dreamers are included. “Honestly I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal,” Trump said. “I think they talk about DACA but they don’t want to help the DACA people.” Trump said Democrats aren’t for securing the border and stopping the flow of drugs. “We have a lot of sticking points but they’re all Democrat sticking points. We are ready, willing and able to make a deal.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Philip Randolph Institute, an organization supported by the AFL-CIO and other unions that encouraged a greater black presence at all levels of the labor movement; Ralph Helstein, president of the Chicago-based United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA); and Norman Hill, a young civil rights leader with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) who had become the legislative and civil rights representative of the Industrial Union department (IUD) of the AFL-CIO. SCLC’s turn northward and its decision to make Chicago the center of a campaign to redress economic and social issues would require a more complex, targeted organizing campaign and a more structured coalition with labor than had been necessary in the past. This is an excerpt from “The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North,” used with permission of University Press of Kentucky. As an industrial epicenter, Chicago was home to a thriving labor movement comprising the old CIO industrial unions and the old AFL craft unions. Because of the influence of the craft unions, the Chicago Federation [of Labor] took a cautious approach to the Chicago Freedom Movement. The industrial unions, however, quickly embraced SCLC’s Chicago drive. These unions, plus some of the newer public employee unions and the lawyers representing them, provided strong support. In particular, Gil Cornfield, a labor lawyer and founding partner of Cornfield and Feldman, a labor law firm that represented many progressive unions in Chicago, became a central strategist in the campaign. No one could have anticipated the energy, resources, manpower, and focus needed to take on the institutional racism embedded in the economic institutions and policies of the North. For the movement to succeed, it would require a melding of labor’s organizing experience and SCLC’ nonviolent philosophy and organizing vision. The strategy was to develop a strong, on-the-ground organizing partnership among SCLC, Chicago community organizations, and organized labor. The enterprises that emerged from this newly constructed partnership were the tenant unions, which evolved into a collective bargaining campaign and resulted in the formation of the Lawndale Community Union. Tenant Unions In an effort to reveal the blight and inhumane living conditions of the slums, tenant organizing began on the West and North Sides of the city. With the help of SCLC and its labor leadership, a tenant union federation emerged from the work of the East Garfield Park Union to End Slums and the Lawndale Union to End Slums. Coordinating with these efforts on the West Side were the JOIN Community Union, an organizing effort by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, and the Tenant Action Council, an organizing drive involving the mixed-income housing complex called Old Town gardens in the gentrifying community known as Old Town. In early 1966 tenants on the West Side had begun a rent strike. “The strike,” Gil Cornfield remembers, “was over the poor conditions and services among apartment dwellers in the community and centered on a handful of absentee owners and their real estate companies which controlled many, if not most, of the large apartment buildings.” Residents held mass meetings where they aired their grievances and developed their strategy. “The rent strike,” Cornfield recalls, “was resulting in wholesale eviction proceedings being brought by the affected real estate companies in the Circuit Court of Cook County.” With Cornfield’s assistance, a strategy was developed to challenge each eviction in court, contending that if a tenant’s nonpayment of rent was in response to the landlord’s failure and refusal to maintain the rental premises in accordance with the requirements of the municipal code, this could be used as a defense in an eviction case. In housing court, defense attorneys presented photographs of the deplorable conditions, along with supporting testimony about unheeded complaints to the landlord. This strategy resulted in the finding that evictions were no longer pro forma, and the attendant legal costs would be borne by the landlords. At each eviction proceeding, the court was filled to overflowing with tenants and members of the community. This legal strategy, coupled with the ongoing rent strikes, prevented landlords from breaking the strikes through evictions. Cornfield and other attorneys represented tenants in support of the organizing effort. As more tenant unions were created, more legal support was needed. Barbara Hillman, a new attorney at Cornfield’s firm, and Bernadine Dohrn, a law student at the University of Chicago and leader of the progressive Law Students Committee for Civil Rights, became central figures in supporting the tenant union drive. Melody Heaps was in charge of recruiting and managing legal representation not only for ten ant unions but also for civil rights workers who might be arrested because of their protest activities. Beyond court petitions, the coalition of labor and the Chicago Freedom Movement became the platform for conceptualizing the development of a tenant union federation that would use collective bargaining to change real estate management practices. Collective bargaining would empower residents to demand decent, safe housing and result in a fundamental change in the landlord-tenant relationship. When massive rent strikes in properties held by the Condor and Costalis real estate firm became too onerous, the firm agreed to negotiate. Because of Cornfield’s labor background, the idea of a collective bargaining agreement covering all tenants in Condor and Costalis properties in East Garfield Park and parts of Lawndale was conceived. The collective bargaining approach was intended to improve housing conditions to con form to municipal codes and to strengthen community organization and leadership within a democratic framework. Lawndale Community Union The ideas behind the formation of the Lawndale Community Union were straightforward: people in the neighborhoods needed work, and labor groups were interested in organizing workers. The move from community protests in the form of rent strikes to collective bargaining by tenant organizations was the stimulus for connecting SCLC’s organizing center at the Warren Avenue Congregational Church (the Chicago Freedom Movement’s West Side headquarters) with the Chicago labor movement at the Lawndale Community Union during the winter and spring of 1966. The idea was to identify large, unorganized employment sec tors that could be targeted for organizing campaigns and thus build the bridge between community and labor. With the blessing of national labor leaders Bayard Rustin, Norm Hill, and others, as well as the SCLC leader ship, particularly James Bevel, a plan was conceived to open an organizing center in Lawndale, with staff contributed by SCLC and labor groups. The plan was to link worker organizations with employment and training opportunities through community organizations. As in the case of the tenant unions, the overarching goal was to develop democratic organizations that would be vehicles for improving members’ lives and developing indigenous leadership. Hospitals were the biggest and fastest-growing unorganized sector of the economy in metropolitan Chicago. Only the University of Chicago Hospital was organized (accomplished by the CIO before its merger with the AFL). Rustin, Hill, Shier, Cornfield, and others developed a game plan to secretly place organizers in many of the major hospitals. The code name for this project was HELP—the Hospital Employees Labor Program. A number of experienced organizers from CORE, SCLC, and IUD obtained jobs in the hospitals, and HELP took significant steps toward implementation. On the eve of the launch of the organizing drive, however, the targeted hospitals recognized a joint Teamsters–Service Employees International Union, thereby thwarting the Lawndale Community Union’s efforts. It was assumed that the hospitals had learned of the movement’s organizing drive and seized on the opportunity to enter into a quick settlement. Although unionization was supported by all, the model developed by the Lawndale Community Union would have promoted institutional social and economic justice though labor and community organizations. With no possibility of continuing its hospital organizing efforts, the primary program of the Lawndale Community Union fell apart by October 1966. They had hoped for a different relationship between the labor movement and the civil rights movement—one that would spread like wildfire out of Chicago. This setback for the Lawndale Community Union came at a time of mounting pressure on Dr. King and the Chicago Freedom Movement. To be sure, Jesse Jackson’s Operation Breadbasket was opening new job opportunities in companies that had previously employed only whites. But the turbulence over the Summit Agreement in late August 1966, which brought the Chicago movement’s open-housing campaign to a close, along with the rise of the Black Power approach to tackling racial inequity, undercut the ability to focus on the civil rights–labor partnership. Furthermore, Lawndale Community Union staff found that their SCLC colleagues had difficulty making the organizational transition from projects that were essentially racial, such as the desegregation of public accommodations in the South, to those that were economic and social in the North. The organizing tactics of the civil rights movement and the labor movement were different. The labor movement was centered on industrial organizing. Organizers went into a plant that made widgets or into a hospital to bargain for better pay and benefits, limited work schedules, and work breaks. Under the vision of the Lawndale Community Union, those tactics would be integrated into a movement that challenged the fundamental economic and social issues surrounding poverty and racial injustice in the North. Desegregation of accommodations and voting rights could be achieved by demonstrations in the South. In the North, decent-paying jobs, the improvement of living conditions in the ghetto, and the ultimate destruction of the slums would require a sustained and complex organizing and political effort. In addition, there had always been tension between SCLC’s open-housing protests and labor’s economic organizing strategy. As Melody Heaps recalls, “Our argument was that it was important to have open housing, but far more important was the need to end the slums, the need to bring economic justice and power to the people in the community.” There were many people, she adds, “who felt that it really didn’t matter if Gage Park was opened up. What mattered was that people couldn’t find a decent place to live in Lawndale, that rats are running over kids, that there wasn’t a grocery store, that people didn’t have jobs. The track of open housing almost worked against the track of economic organizing. Staff and leadership time and resources became diverted. The full focus on the momentous efforts required for tenant and hospital union organizing never materialized.” The disappointment of those who had envisioned a new kind of movement centered around issues of economic justice was palpable. They had hoped for a different relationship between the labor movement and the civil rights movement—one that would spread like wildfire out of Chicago. As Cornfield recalls, “We were talking about thousands of people to be organized. . . . The potential was so great and so much effort was put into getting it together.” In retrospect, it was probably unrealistic to imagine that a civil rights movement focused on southern segregation and voting rights could be turned into a social and economic movement to change the fundamental structure of poverty in less than two years. The issues raised in the 1960s by the Chicago Freedom Movement resonate today. The Occupy demonstrations in 2011 revealed that the economic chasm between rich and poor, between the powerful and the powerless, still exists. Labor unions are in decline, the fiscal gap is widening, and middle-class economic security is receding. 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  • Fast-Food Roundup: Pizza Hut teams with Toyota on driverless delivery... Fastest-growing U.S. restaurantsFast-Food Roundup: Pizza Hut teams with Toyota on driverless delivery... Fastest-growing U.S. restaurants

    Here is a quick look at stories about the leading brands in the fast-casual restaurant industry recently reported by The Business Journals. McDonald’s says it will eliminate foam packaging by the end of 2018. The Oak Brook, Illinois-based fast food chain discreetly announced the change via its website on Wednesday, in addition to its plan to adopt 100 percent fiber-based packaging in two years. (Chicago Business Journal) Everybody from auto manufacturers to pizza makers want to get in on…

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  • Divvy’s top rider of 2017 pedaled 6,000 miles while making food deliveriesDivvy’s top rider of 2017 pedaled 6,000 miles while making food deliveries

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    At least seven Sam's Club locations in Illinois have closed unexpectedly. According to various reports, stores have shuttered in Batavia, Matteson, Moline, Naperville, Streamwood, Wheeling and Romeoville. More than 60 Sam's Club stores across the US abruptly closed Thursday, with many employees only learning that the store was closing when they found locks and a notice on the doors. Per Business Insider, here's a list of closures. According to the Sam's Club website, the company employs an average…

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  • Chris Kennedy got it right: people of color are being pushed out of Chicago intentionallyChris Kennedy got it right: people of color are being pushed out of Chicago intentionally

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  • Near North Residents Meet With CPD To Discuss Proper Community PolicingNear North Residents Meet With CPD To Discuss Proper Community Policing

    At the top of the year, Near North Side residents hosted a community meeting to discuss inequalities in policing. Held at Seward Park District field house, located at 375 W. Elm St., eight officers and leaders from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) joined residents in facilitating dialogue on ways that can build more trust between members of CPD and neighborhood residents. The panel discussion was moderated by Chicago Sun-Times columnist and political analyst at ABC 7 Laura S. Washington.  The panel included: community resident Claudette Roper; Deputy Chief of Community Policing Dwayne Betts; Deputy Chief of Patrol George Devereux and Robin Robinson, Director of Community Affairs, Office of the Superintendent. More than 25 community members in attendance cited compelling examples, concerns, and questions regarding law enforcement (i.e. protocol involving use of handcuffs, public intoxication, criteria for trespassing, definition of “suspicious looking”). Washington moderated in a manner that allowed maximum participation in a limited timeframe. Community members are signing up to participate in an all-day police training workshop — “Procedural Justice One,” which focuses on key topics including implicit bias and police procedures on Friday, February 23 at the Chicago Police Academy. According to Robin Robinson, there are four key principals of building community trust—Voice, Neutrality, Respect and Trustworthiness. The department’s committed to additional community discussions throughout the year.  

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  • The money man behind Grace tells his side of the storyThe money man behind Grace tells his side of the story

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  • Marisol: A little masterpiece at the MCAMarisol: A little masterpiece at the MCA

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  • March to the Polls |  Women’s March Chicago 1.20.18March to the Polls | Women’s March Chicago 1.20.18

    Join Women’s March Chicago to:  Celebrate resistance Mobilize for the March 20 primary and the November 6 general election Demand laws protecting women Support women’s place in power Stand with the women caring children, elders and people with disabilities Where:  E. Congress Parkway& S. Columbus Dr. When:  11 AM on Saturday, January 20, 2018 Learn More: http://www.womensmarchchicago.org Speakers start at 11:00am, march follows Get there early for music and performances. Families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Entrance at Monroe and Columbus Drive Your voice and your vote MATTER more than ever in 2018!  

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  • (VIDEO) #TheBIGS Presents: This Week’s Top 5 Hoopers(VIDEO) #TheBIGS Presents: This Week’s Top 5 Hoopers

    As we enter the second week of the new year, it’s time to buckle down for conference play. This could be one of the better years for the city title. Teams like Curie, Orr, Simeon, Whitney Young & Morgan Park are viable candidates to take the crown but their star players must be at the top of their games. The latest installment of “The BIGS Top 5 High School Hoopers” is below…no changes but a couple of new entries this week. 1. Talen Horton-Tucker (Sr- Simeon) – “Talow” scored a team high 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a 78-73 Simeon win over nationally ranked Memphis East coached by ex-NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Talow was named MVP of the game and is slowly but surely moving up the national rankings. The most versatile player in IL and should 100 percent be a candidate for the McDonalds All-American game. He has another chance to show and prove on the national side….Simeon will face Montverde (Ben Simmons, DAngelo Russell) in the Spalding Hoophall Classic this Saturday, January 13t Last Week’s Rank – #1 2. Ayo Dosunmu (Sr- Morgan Park) – Ayo has been sidelined for a few games due to a leg injury. He tried to give it a go this past Saturday vs Chaminade (STL) but after a couple of minutes, head coach Nick Irvin pulled the plug. “He begged me to play. That’s just how Ayo is.” Hopefully he returns soon but most importantly– fully healthy! Last Week’s Rank – #2 3. George Conditt (Sr- Corliss) – The big fella has led Corliss to a 12-2 record and a Christmas Classic tournament championship. As long as he continues to dominate the paint, the Trojans should keep rolling. I’d love to see him against better competition on a consistent basis, but you play who’s out in front of you! Last Week’s Rank – #3 4. Javon Freeman (Sr- Whitney Young) – “Vonno” had 21 points and 6 rebounds in a 65-56 Young loss to the Hamilton Wildcats at the Memphis Hoopfest. Freeman and the Dolphins will have a shot at redemption as they face the Orr Spartans Friday. Orr beat Young77-62 in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament championship. Last Week’s Rank – #4 5. Messiah Jones (Sr- Simeon) – Messiah scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Wolverines win over nationally ranked Memphis East. He looks to be back healthy after an ankle tweak in the Pontiac Christmas tournament. Last Week’s Rank – #5 Knocking At The Door- Raekwon Drake (Sr- Orr) Adam Miller (So- Morgan Park) Dannie Smith (Sr- Orr) Cameron Burrell (Sr- Morgan Park) Are you Rocking With #TheBIGS? Follow #US at @itsthebigs!

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  • #TheBIGS Weekly Sports Roundup: Bears & Bulls Kick The Year Off With a Bang!#TheBIGS Weekly Sports Roundup: Bears & Bulls Kick The Year Off With a Bang!

    Da Bears name Matt Nagy(left) as the 16th head coach in Bears History and Zach LeVine officially set to make his Bulls debut CHICAGO — The Bears and Bulls are fully embracing the term “New Year, New Me” as both of the rebuilding Chicago squads kicked off the first week of the year with a bang! New coaches in the building, a young star making his return and are you ready for some baseball?…We keep you in tune with the latest sports news in this week’s #TheBIGS Sports Roundup! Matt Nagy Has The Juice Now…At Halas Hall Just ten years ago you could find Matt Nagy calling plays for a local Pennsylvania high school football team and cashing in as a real estate agent…but on Tuesday afternoon the Bears officially named him their newest head coach. The ex- Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator is now the 16th head coach in Bears history and he brings with him a reputation of being the type of leader that motivates all 53 men on the roster, not just the quarterback. “This is a team game. Everyone on this team is just as important as the quarterback,” said Nagy at Tuesday’s introductory press conference, which all Bears should love, because although all eyes will be on the progression of Mitch Trubisky, Nagy is inheriting a roster with young potential on both sides of the ball. Let the Nagy era begin… The Bulls finally set a date for #TheReturn It’s been almost a full calendar year since Bulls guard Zach LaVine (then a Timberwolf) tore his ACL. On Tuesday morning Bulls executive vice president John Paxson announced that LaVine is set to officially make his Bulls debut this Saturday when they take on the Detroit Pistons at the United Center. Although he’ll be on a 20-minute restriction, the Bulls have found yet another way to hold our attention in what was suppose to be a boring year. It’s been anything but that (Thanks Bobby Portis and Niko!) as the Bulls have surprised plenty with their ability to fight instead of laying down and embracing #TheTank. It’s Cubs Convention time in the city! It’s time to welcome the Cubs back to the Chi with the 33rd Annual Cubs Convention! This weekend (Jan 12-14) get your baseballs and jerseys ready as a gang of current players and Cubs alumni get set to take over the Sheraton Grand Chicago. They’ll be plenty of autograph and picture opportunities with your favorite Cub as well as events that will surely get you in the mood for some baseball. Visit cubs.com/convention for tickets! Are you Rocking With #TheBIGS? Follow #US at @itsthebigs!

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    If you live in the area near the Chicago Executive Airport and find yourself struggling to deal with the constant noise from the jets and planes overhead, there may be a solution on the horizon. According to the Daily Herald, the airport has recently kicked off plans for a proposal which would allow those living around the area to have their homes soundproofed. One out of every eight people in the United States aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, and sounds like a loud jet or airplane can really do some damage. During a meeting back in November, Federal Aviation Administration officials and airport consultants answered questions from various people who live in and around their airport area. Noise exposure maps were available during the meeting to show residents if their home would qualify for the soundproofing. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said they were to receive the proposal from the airport and will do something with it as soon as a decision is reached. “We have to know what kind of noise mitigation may be needed, not only today but looking out five years from now,” Molinaro said. “So, that way, if they ask for (federal) taxpayer money to help them with homes and schools, at least we have an up-to-date idea of who really would need that kind of money.” Recently, an almost $80,000 study was presented to the Chicago Executive board that would test the effectiveness of diverting planes from homes and over an industrial district. This study was to take six months but was ultimately rejected by the board. Instead, the board wants to use that money to help residents living in jet-noise impacted areas to insulate their homes with soundproofing materials. 90% of the program would be paid for by the FAA, while 10% would be covered by Chicago Executive. The project would cost about $3.5 million to help the affected homes. While this may seem like a good idea for many, some residents have their concerns. Phil Mader says his home was built in the early 1990’s and believes it may be too new to qualify under the guidelines for soundproofing. While the meeting has been held and the proposal has been submitted, it is unclear when a decision would actually be made on the request for the funding.

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  • In the Mix: Kennedy Hits a Nerve, Chicago Students Register to Vote, Oprah for Prez?In the Mix: Kennedy Hits a Nerve, Chicago Students Register to Vote, Oprah for Prez?

    Moving into our second week of the New Year has not slowed down the political campaign trail; as temperatures begin to warm up above the 40-degree mark—hot heads prevail. Nathaniel Pendleton endorses Chris Kennedy at a press conference on the Westside. PHOTO: Mary L. Datcher Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy kicked it off with a press conference on the West Side surrounded by African American community leaders including senior ranking Congressional members Bobby L. Rush and Danny K. Davis along with his running mate, Ra Joy. Special remarks by Nathaniel Pendleton, the father of slain teenager Hadiya Pendleton, on the impact of losing a loved one was somehow overshadowed by Kennedy’s statement about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s laid out plan to drive Blacks out of Chicago. One thing we tend to forget is a plan was in motion before Emanuel’s mayoral term. Yes, it’s easier to shift the blame on the person who currently sits on the throne but where was all the ruckus when then-Mayor Richard M. Daley was barely pouring any resources into our communities? We won’t defend every move from the current administration but the city was in deep financial crisis left over from over several decades of machine style politics, police misconduct and financial mismanagement which goes back as far as Richard J. Daley. We’ll let that thought sit there and marinate. 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Oprah Winfrey, Winner, Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC) Oprah Kills It at the Golden Globes We love Oprah! We miss Oprah! But, will we vote for Oprah Winfrey if she considers a presidential run in 2020? While jaws dropped and birds held their poop until the former Queen of daytime talk television finished one of the most powerful speeches in Golden Globe Awards history—twitter thumbs were hashtagging #Oprah2020. Long-time partner Stedman Graham said in response to the big question: “it’s up to the people.” Well, at this point, what does the Democratic party have to lose? As the National Democratic party recovers from the Clinton lost, they are scrambling for a strong candidate who will go toe-to-toe with Trump and ignite a fire under voters across generations. So far, names have popped up from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to Illinois Congressman Luis Gutièrrez. Chicago Journalist Suffers Stroke Veteran journalist and former Senior Editor at Jet Magazine Clarence Waldron recently suffered a stroke which resulted in the loss of using his legs. Well respected and loved throughout the media world, a Gofund me page has been set up to receive donations towards his medical expenses. He is currently in rehab to regain strength in his legs and functionality on his left side. To donate, please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/clarencewaldron Stay Woke, Go Vote Campaign The primaries are in fast motion with less than three months until the March 20 election. A productive effort to facilitate and encourage high school seniors to register to vote at certain CPS schools is underway this week. “Stay Work, Go Vote” will be visiting Air Force Academy on Thursday and South Shore High School on Friday. Thus far, the voter registration initiative has visited Simeon Career Academy, Kenwood Academy and Bogan High School earlier this week. Headed up by Cook County Commissioner (3rd District) candidate Charise Williams—she created the program to help youth get more engaged with the legislative process. Working with Dave Jeff (Phli), Bobby Simmons (Succezz) and Rico Nance (Litehouse Grill), the program will host a special free concert featuring G Herbo, Young Chop, DJ Mike P. and other guests at The Promontory this Saturday, Jan. 13 from noon – 3pm. Students must be pre-registered. www.staywokegovote.com Great job to the next generation of political stakeholders. Gallery Showing at Blanc Gallery If you’re looking for an awesome dose of visual beauty, make sure to stop by Blanc Gallery (4445 S. King Drive) from January 12-February 26 for Painting Exhibition. Poland artist Michal Rejner will be presenting his works featuring the beauty of the Black woman. Inspired by his admiration for women of African descent from all over the world, his entire exhibition will feature different paintings of Black women. The exhibition premieres Friday, Jan. 12 at 6 pm. Estelle Hits Chicago Britain R&B artist Estelle will host the Heineken Red Star Access day party featuring DJs Toure, Papa G. and Mark Flava on Sunday, Jan. 14 at Untitled Supper Club located at 111 Kinzie St. Presented by Juan and Only Events, it’s a day party so make sure to get there at the designated time or else you will miss out on the fun. To purchase tickets: HKfirstday18.eventbrite.com Black Girls in Media Magic Congratulations to Ericka Mauldin and Michele Franks Santiago for producing their first Black Girls in Media Magic event at Cinespace’s Stage 18. It was an intimate group of Black women in film, production and media brought together to network, have great dialogue and be motivated by Mauldin and Santiago who shared their stories of success in a challenging film industry. There were college students, producers, script writers, and aspiring filmmakers in the room—all there to grow and build. The group hosted a wonderful vision board session, encouraging the ladies to realistically lay out their goals. Shout out to all who attended and invested their time in a program that is destined to grow. Amazon Smiley celebrate birthday Jan.12 Birthday Shout-outs As we celebrate the countdown of Capricorn season, we can’t help but to hate on a little because they have the most festive time of the year! Happy belated birthday wishes to Rolling Out City Manager and hip hop lyricist Eddy “Precise” Lamarre and House music pioneer and former retailer Benji Espinoza on Jan.7. Much love to party promoter Raymond Ramzy and long-time friend Liz Izzo-Williams, who celebrated on Jan. 8. One of Chicago’s most talented comics and personalities Damon Williams and Local 2 Chicago fireman Kahlill Van Zant light up the sky (not literally) on Jan. 9. Radio personality and proud dad Shawn Knight blows out more candles than the year before on Jan. 10. Mega hugs to natural hair salon trailblazer Amazon Smiley; talent manager/event planner/caterer/writer Allison Jordan; Phli Creator and trend influencer Dave Jeff and music marketing executive Thornell Jones, Jr. on Jan.12. Condolences & Prayers Our condolences and prayers to Cook County sub-circuit Judge Travis Richardson and his family on the loss of Frank Richardson, Sr. His father made his transition on January 2 in his hometown of Pine Mountain, Ga. Like thousands of families who migrated from the South to the North, Mr. Richardson moved his family to Detroit where he gained employment with General Motors. He leaves to cherish his memories, three sons, Jeffery Richardson, Frank (Jada) Richardson, Jr., and Travis (Lessa) Richardson; five darling grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, Maya, Alex, Ellison; his sister, Sallie Richardson (Charlie) Hand; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, in-laws and extended family. Got a scoop? Send us your celebrations, promotions, anniversaries and events: mdatcher@chicagodefender.com Follow Mary L. Datcher on Twitter        

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  • The Return of CeaseFireThe Return of CeaseFire

    Over 3,500 people were shot ––over 600 fatally–– in Chicago in 2017. Such a statistic can leave a bitter taste, especially when many Chicagoans are working tirelessly to dispel narratives painting their city as a dystopian nightmare void of human decency. Dynamic community groups consistently create events promoting violence prevention. “Stop the Violence” rallies are the norm. The slogan “Put the Guns Down!” is echoed before radio programs cut to commercial. There is no escaping conversation about violence in this city. There have always been initiatives pushing solutions to gun violence, and any person can surmise that matters would be worse without these efforts. An example of one of these causes is CeaseFire. CeaseFire is an organization that stems from Dr. Gary Slutkin’s Cure Violence Health Model. Cure Violence’s approach to violence is to treat it as a contagion––something that can be cured. CeaseFire practices this framework by using formerly incarcerated people and former gang members to quell neighborhood conflict before it bursts into violence. Their work is highlighted in the critically acclaimed documentary The Interrupters. Studies have shown CeaseFire to be effective. In 2012, the FBI labeled Chicago as the nation’s murder capital after the city tallied over 500 homicides. That same year, CeaseFire took on work in the Woodlawn and Lawndale communities and drastically reduced the violence in those neighborhoods. However, despite its effectiveness, CeaseFire has been pretty absent for the past two years due to landing in financial straits, mainly because of the political chess match between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who hold majority seats in the Illinois General Assembly. Not only did the budget impasse halt CeaseFire’s funding, but also Gov. Rauner’s executive order to freeze discretionary spending left CeaseFire without cash for its 2015 budget. “For two years, there was no [state] budget. Ceasefire was operating on ‘philanthropic money,’” says Glenn Reedus, a Communications Lead for the organization. But this is not the first time a politician has interrupted CeaseFire’s funding. Almost a decade ago, Gov. Rod Blagojevich cut $6.2 million allocated to CeaseFire in an effort to push his own anti-violence initiatives. In 2013, a Ceasefire’s North Lawndale office had to close after a $1 million city grant from the Chicago Department of Health was exhausted. Community activists turned their eyes to Mayor Rahm Emanuel to restore the organization’s funding. Those calls were never answered. Additionally, in January of this year, four alderpersons of City Council’s Black Caucus asked the mayor to put $5 million into CeaseFire after the surge in violence in 2016 (Chicago had over 800 homicides in 2016). The mayor never answered the calls for CeaseFire, even after 500 people signed a change.org petition signaling its need. Funding was never reinstated and resulted in CeaseFire closing its doors. The reemergence of CeaseFire began a year ago. “A year ago they had the emergency funding, CeaseFire. They got the money in October but it had to be spent by December. That allowed for the hiring and training of 135 new workers. Those workers include: The Violence Interrupters, case managers, outreach workers, and hospital responders,” says Reedus. The money that Reedus is referring to is from last year’s stopgap budget from Springfield.  But now that a new budget is enacted, CeaseFire looks to make its full return. In October, Cure Violence held its first ever “Gala Event” that resulted in volunteers raising over $200,000. Chicago music icon Ramsey Lewis was the event’s honoree based on his community work. Lewis gave an impassioned speech about the importance of CeaseFire and his upbringing into community activism. The money raised from the gala will be put toward The Interrupters program––street responders that often wear reflective vests on neighborhood corners. A hiring panel that consists of CPD officers and other CeaseFire personnel vets, the The Interrupters, and all CeaseFire employees. Ceasefire directly manages sites in South Shore, Grand Crossing, and Englewood. It also works in conjunction with community organizations in neighborhoods such as Uptown, Lawndale, Humboldt Park, Auburn Gresham, Chatham, and Roseland. Look for Ceasefire to take 2018 by storm and reemerge as a disruptor of violence.

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  • Chicago’s Residents and Plants Are Battling the Freezing TemperaturesChicago’s Residents and Plants Are Battling the Freezing Temperatures

    As the freezing temperatures hit Chicago, plants are in serious jeopardy of being damaged. According to ABC Chicago, city residents had to face freezing cold temperatures and wind chill as low as negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit as they walked to their jobs during the first week of 2018. “I can’t even describe it. It’s unbearable,” said Shirley Jackson, a Chicago commuter. Officials with the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) announce that city residents should immediately call 311 if any heating issues occur inside their homes. In a week’s span, city officials said that they received more than 600 calls about cold residences. “Don’t wait,” said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, executive director of OEMC. “If you feel like it is too cold in your apartment or your home, or your furnace is having an issue, by all means do not hesitate.” In addition to staying as warm as possible both inside and outside of the home, it’s important that Chicagoans take better care of their plants during these freezing temperatures as well. According to the Chicago Tribune, aboveground parts of trees and shrubs have bark to protect them from severely low temperatures, but evergreens and other plants are much more at risk. “Depending on how long the cold goes on and how low the temperature falls, we may see a little more winter damage on evergreens than we sometimes do,” said Sharon Yiesla, plant specialist at The Morton Arboretum. “But it won’t be apparent until spring.” One way to help prevent frost damage to plants is to lay mulch. There are two types of mulch: inorganic and organic, and this layer of mulch can help protect plants with shallow roots. “The best way to prevent damage from freeze-thaw cycles is to make sure there’s a layer of mulch over the roots,” added Yiesla. Homeowners can use wood chips, fallen leave, evergreen boughs, and other types of mulch to help insulate the soil and keep plants warm.

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  • All-Day Jewish-Inspired Cafe, Half Sour, Opens In Printer’s RowAll-Day Jewish-Inspired Cafe, Half Sour, Opens In Printer’s Row

    A new all-day cafe has officially opened in Printer’s Row. Half Sour, a Jewish-influenced cafe with deli accents, has embraced the spotlight of the South Loop corner that was once Blackie’s, an American Pub which closed down in June 2017. The cafe, which opened on December 15, is apart of the growing trend of what The Chicago Tribune calls newish Jewish-style restaurants. Additional restaurants that have been popping up as part of the trend include Steingold’s, Milt’s Extra Innings, and Norm’s Deli. Half Sour co-owners Emily and Jesse Bloom, with operating partner Elizabeth Norris, worked together at the Jefferson Tap and Grille before they were inspired to open the new cafe. The deli influence stems from Jesse’s family who ran Mort’s Deli, a Jewish deli in Minnesota. The name from the cafe comes from the restaurant’s half sour pickles. “A half sour pickle is fermented for only one to three days,” said Norris to The Chicago Tribune. “So it’s more of a salted cucumber instead of a dill pickle. So it’s crisp, bright green and crunchy.” According to Eater Chicago, Half Sour is proving to the City in a Garden that Jewish delis are sustainable as ever. What’s more, those of Jewish heritage will be able to enjoy culturally-inspired food they may otherwise only experience on a Birthright trip, which tens of thousands of American 18-to-26-year-olds attend every year. Dishes that are artfully crafted by executive chef Greg Hageli, a former pastry chef of Band of Bohemia, include latkes with applesauce and creme fraiche, whitefish croquettes on dill aioli, and chopped liver with onion jam. The cafe also serves bagels, sandwiches, and avocado toast. Those looking to feed a group might consider ordering Half Sour’s fish tower. The tower includes bagels, half sours, house-smoked sturgeon, lox, mussels, pickled mackerel, nori chips, black cod salad, and smoked trout onion dip to bring it all home. Half Sour also has a children’s menu including half corned beef on rye as well as avocado toast on challah. Half Sour is located at 755 S. Clark St. and is open until 2 AM. For more information on specials, contact the cafe at 312-224-1772 or visit their website at www.halfsourchicago.com.

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  • (VIDEO) Spartans Crowned Champs, Make Statement at Proviso West Holiday Tournament(VIDEO) Spartans Crowned Champs, Make Statement at Proviso West Holiday Tournament

    Orr Seniors Raekwaon Drake and Dannie Smith(#23) meet Whitney Young’s Kennen Jones at the basket for the block at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament (John L. Alexander/The Bigs Visuals) CHICAGO — Holiday tournament time on the Chicago basketball scene is a time for making statements and at the 57th Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament, the Orr Spartans made a statement loud and clear: They will be a force to be reckon with come city playoffs time. With strong wins over Morton, Fenwick and Uplift, the Spartans took out the defending 4A Champions Whitney Young 77-62 to claim the Proviso West Holiday tournament Championship this past Saturday. Now sitting with a 12-2 record with only one of those losses coming in state, Orr coach Lou Adams says the Spartans are hitting a groove. “When the season started we were the number one team in the state on paper and I think it went to our head. But now we are just playing Spartan basketball, playing defense and rebounding, doing what we gotta do to win basketball games.” And with their big win over perennial powerhouse Whitney Young for the PWHT Championship, Lou Adams wants it to be known that their 2A classification is based on enrollment, not talent. “We’re a 2A team because of our enrollment…we don’t have 2A basketball players… we have 4A/5A basketball players. They can play the game of basketball.” Led by senior Raekwon Drake, who was crowned MVP of the tournament after his 22pts & 11 rebound performance in the Championship game, the Spartans are loaded with talent at each position. Senior point guard Chase Adams who coach Lou Adams calls “a coach on the floor” and Emmanuel O’Neal are arguably one of the best backcourts in the city while senior forward Dannie Smith(22pts & 12rebs in Championship game) echoes his coaches sentiments when it comes to the passion he has to prove to the rest of Chicago that Orr is not to be slept on. “Everybody thinks we can’t beat Simeon, Morgan Park or Whitney Young. We coming though!” One things for sure is that the Spartans are on a mission and the city is officially on notice. Orr is for real! Watch the videos below for interviews with Orr Head Coach Lou Adams & Sr. Dannie Smith! Congrats to @OrrSpartanBBall and head coach Lou Adams on the 2017 @ProvisoWestHT title. We chopped a lil game with him after the W over Whitney Young. He dropped science on @chasec0urage, pushing forward & the relationship w/his assistant coaches. #TheBIGS #HighSchoolHoop #ItsUS pic.twitter.com/xmc5uBX2MS — #TheBIGS (@itsthebigs) December 31, 2017 .@OrrSpartanBBall forward @DannoBuckets23 had 22 & 12 in the @ProvisoWestHT final against @WYoungBoysBball. We caught up w/the 1st team all tourney selection. "Everybody thinks we can't beat Simeon, Morgan Park or Whitney Young. We coming though!" #TheBIGS #HighSchoolHoop #ItsUS pic.twitter.com/rdMaTjUXCT — #TheBIGS (@itsthebigs) January 1, 2018 Follow US on Twitter @itsthebigs

    The Chicago Defender / 10 d. 18 h. 23 min. ago more
  • Obama Foundation Announces Lakeside Alliance as Construction Manager for the Obama Presidential CenterObama Foundation Announces Lakeside Alliance as Construction Manager for the Obama Presidential Center

    Today, the Obama Foundation announced that it has selected Lakeside Alliance to serve as the construction manager for the Obama Presidential Center. Lakeside Alliance is a newly created joint venture consisting of Turner Construction Company, and the Presidential Partners consortium of Powers & Sons Construction, UJAMAA Construction, Brown & Momen, and Safeway Construction. Powers & Sons, UJAMAA, Brown & Momen and Safeway represent some of the most established and well-respected African-American owned construction firms in Chicago. The creation of the joint venture will ensure that minority firms from the South Side will be in significant leadership positions in the construction of the Obama Presidential Center. Not only will the Presidential Partners have 51% of the overall financial equity of the contract, key roles in the day-to-day decision making and strategy-setting will be performed by people of color and women.   Smaller firms are often precluded from winning large-scale construction projects because they lack the necessary resources or experience with similarly-sized projects; the joint venture structure is designed to solve for that problem by creating a consortium that includes minority firms working in partnership with a national firm. This structure goes beyond a typical arrangement where a national firm receives the majority of a contract and an MBE/WBE receives a smaller share. The Obama Foundation anticipates that participation by the minority firms will provide the experience they need to grow and compete for other significant projects in the future. Some of the major projects that members of Lakeside Alliance have completed include the Modern Wing and Nichols Bridgeway at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Charles M. Harper Center. Members of Lakeside Alliance have also completed multiple other projects at the University of Chicago and with such institutions as the University of Illinois at Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Purdue University. In addition, members of Lakeside Alliance provided more than $600,000 in philanthropic giving to causes in Chicago in 2016, including community development, education, and others. “The Obama Foundation believes in creating opportunities for diverse and local businesses and building pathways to meaningful jobs for minorities and other underrepresented populations,” said David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation. “The development of the Obama Presidential Center gives us an opportunity to make a major, unprecedented impact on the South Side in terms of hiring talented, local businesses and individuals. We look forward to working with Lakeside Alliance to achieve our goals, set new benchmarks and make the Obama Presidential Center a landmark that our neighbors can be proud of.” The members of Lakeside Alliance have demonstrated a deep, longstanding commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion in the Chicago construction industry. For the Obama Presidential Center, they are committed to exceeding industry standards and surpassing their own milestones by awarding as much as half of the expected $300 million + of subcontracts on the project to diverse suppliers, and to ensuring that a significant percentage of the total project work hours are performed by minorities and residents from the project’s neighboring communities. The contract Lakeside Alliance signed with the Obama Foundation includes financial incentives for exceeding these ambitious goals and penalties for falling short of the goals set.   “We received compelling proposals from incredibly talented teams, and we deeply appreciate the efforts of everyone who participated in this process,” said Roark Frankel, Director of Planning and Construction for the Obama Foundation. “Lakeside Alliance stood out, first, because they’re excellent builders. But what impressed us most was their passionate and thoughtful commitment to infuse diversity and inclusion into every aspect of this project, at levels far beyond what has been done in Chicago for projects of this size and complexity. These values are at the heart of what the Obama Foundation wants to accomplish in all its work and initiatives, including constructing the Obama Presidential Center. One of the reasons we made this decision almost a year before we hope to begin construction is that we are eager to begin partnering with Lakeside Alliance to start the hard work of making sure that the local community and businesses are very much a part of this project and process.” “We are honored to help construct the Obama Presidential Center, which promises to be an iconic institution that will attract visitors from the South Side and around the world,” said Mamon Powers of Lakeside Alliance. “If it weren’t for the Obama Foundation embracing this unique joint venture and making local hiring a priority, diverse firms like ours would not get the chance to have a seat at the table and play a meaningful role in the process. We applaud the Obama Foundation for their vision and look forward to working with them to increase diverse participation in the construction industry.”  About Lakeside Alliance (Turner Construction Company/Powers & Sons Construction/UJAMAA Construction Inc./Brown & Momen Inc./Safeway Construction Company, Inc.) One of the nation’s largest construction managers, Turner Construction Company has been working in and around Chicago since 1924.  The firm employs 215 people in Illinois and manages approximately $500M worth of local construction activity annually. Turner is consistently recognized as the leading “green” builder in the United States. Powers & Sons Construction Company just celebrated its 50th year in business and has grown over that time to become one of the most-recognized African-American owned general contracting, construction management and design-builders in the region. The firm has more than 70 professionals and fully-staffed offices on the South Side of Chicago, as well as in Gary, IN and Indianapolis, IN. In 2016, the company managed more than $200 million in construction projects. Founded in 2002 by owner and architect Jimmy Akintonde and based on the South Side down the street from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center, Ujamaa Construction Inc. (UJAMAA) has consistently built its portfolio with successful projects and satisfied clients. Under Akintonde’s leadership, the UJAMAA team is equipped with decades of combined general construction experience from the most premier construction companies in the Midwest. In 2016, UJAMAA completed over $42 million in local construction projects. Brown & Momen, Inc. is a professional, South Side-based corporation established in 1988 providing comprehensive services in general contracting, construction management, owner’s representation, and carpentry. Brown & Momen has worked on several notable Chicago-based projects, including museums, apartment complexes and schools. Safeway Construction Company, Inc. has provided quality and affordable construction services for over 30 years. Based on the West Side of Chicago, their team offers a unique combination of Chicago construction experience, minority & women outreach, relevant project experience, along with well-established construction best practices.

    The Chicago Defender / 11 d. 0 h. 11 min. ago more
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  • Cook County judge, prosecutors at odds over disgraced cop’s credibilityCook County judge, prosecutors at odds over disgraced cop’s credibility

    Cook County Judge Michael Obbish recently described former Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara as “a liar” with “no credibility” – not in his court or in any legal proceeding. But judging from the strategy and statements of First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Eric Sussman at the recent hearing where Obbish made those remarks, prosecutors still consider Guevara and his investigations credible. Obbish said Guevara was speaking “bald-faced lies” when he testified that he didn’t recall his interrogation of Gabriel Solache and Arturo Reyes, who claim that Guevara forced them to falsely confess to murder in 1998.  It’s hard to think otherwise; Guevara testified multiple times during their trial and other proceedings, and it’s been a high-profile and controversial case for over a decade. Given a stack of case reports to refresh his memory during his testimony, Guevara refused to review them.  He even testified that he didn’t remember where Area 5 headquarters, where he worked for decades, was located. For several years, Guevara has taken the Fifth Amendment in all court proceedings related to his past investigations. The proceedings arose from allegations that Guevara manipulated eyewitness identifications and coerced false confessions that led to convictions. Prosecutors gave him a grant of immunity in hopes of getting him to talk on the stand and back up the validity of the convictions.  It didn’t work. When Guevara refused to testify at the recent hearing, Sussman wanted Obbish to allow Guevara’s testimony from Solache and Reyes’ original trial in 2000 to be used to defend their confessions.  Obbish refused, as the Chicago Sun-Times reported, saying, “If he would lie after being given immunity under oath, why would this court…believe that he was telling the truth when he first testified?” Without Guevara’s testimony, the State’s Attorney’s Office was forced to drop all charges.  But even then – even after 20 witnesses, including a retired Chicago detective, testified to misconduct allegations against Guevara – Sussman insisted Guevara had gotten it right. “There’s no doubt in my mind, or the mind of anyone who has worked on this case, that Mr. Solache and Mr. Reyes are guilty of these crimes,” he said in court. Maybe there’s something Sussman knows that he’s not telling us. But there is apparently no evidence he can present in court, besides the two men’s confessions, to indicate their guilt – and there is important evidence that points to their innocence. Curiously, prosecutors seem to have decided they can’t call Solache and Reyes’ co-defendant, who pled guilty to the murders 17 years ago – and who testified back then that Guevara had pulled her hair and hit her, and that she had seen Guevara slap Solache. It’s a bizarre case.  A husband and wife were murdered and their two children abducted by Adriana Mejia, possibly with assistance.  Apparently she desperately wanted to have children and was unable to.  She confessed after the blood of one of the victims was found on her shoes and later pled guilty. After learning from a TV news report that the new children in the home they shared had been abducted, Solache, Reyes and Mejia’s husband took the kids to a police station.  There, the three men were held for questioning. Mejia’s husband was released. But Solache and Reyes were held many hours and denied food and sleep; Solache was handcuffed to a wall in a standing position for nearly two days. Such treatment is known to foster false confessions. First Mejia, confronted with the blood found on her shoes, confessed, and then she implicated Reyes; Reyes, who said he was unable to withstand the beatings, confessed and implicated Solache; then, after 40 sleepless hours and many slaps to the side of his head, Solache confessed. A funny thing about their confessions: The men said they stabbed the wife in the doorway and the husband in bed.  But the police report on the crime scene stated that the husband was in the doorway and the wife was in bed.  “That’s the kind of mistake you make when you weren’t actually there,” said Solache’s attorney, Karen Daniel of the Center on Wrongful Convictions. The confessions of the two men, neither of whom spoke English, were translated and dictated to assistant state’s attorneys by police officers. Solache’s confession was dictated by Guevara. Prosecutors have said they believe Mejia acted alone. But they haven’t addressed new evidence; a year and a half ago, additional testing of one of the murder weapons revealed a DNA profile that excluded Solache and Reyes as well as the victim. The State’s Attorney’s Office has not responded to a request for comment. Prosecutors have argued that the allegations of misconduct against Guevara, in this case and in others, arose from a conspiracy of gang members to get revenge on the detective.  But plenty of witnesses against Guevara are known to have no connection to gangs.  That includes Melvin Hunt, an African-American bus driver who charged that Guevara beat and choked him and called him racial epithets in a road rage incident in 1986.  Witnesses backed Hunt, and the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards sustained his complaint. And neither Solache nor Reyes were gang members.  They were factory workers, immigrants from Mexico who had never been in trouble with the law.  They are exactly the kind of people most susceptible, after many hours in custody and the prospect of unending physical abuse, to giving false confessions. Yet Sussman still believes Guevara. Evidence against Guevara continues to pile up.  A recent Buzzfeed investigation details how Guevara ignored inconvenient facts and manipulated witnesses in order to build murder cases against two men in 1995 – and that supervisors and prosecutors backed him up.  One of the men was acquitted.  The other, Thomas Sierra, was convicted even though a prosecution witness recanted his identification of Sierra, saying it was made at Guevara’s behest. Sierra served 30 years in prison and was released late last year.  Now he’s seeking to prove his innocence. A Cook County judge has determined Guevara is a liar and lacks all credibility.  The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, continuing to defend Guevara’s cases, has now lost seven cases on retrial in the past two years.  It’s time they face facts, if only to spare themselves further embarrassment.

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  • Grandmothers of Chicago’s Restorative Justice MovementGrandmothers of Chicago’s Restorative Justice Movement

    By Jenny Casas and Sarah Conway, City Bureau Restorative justice, a mediation technique that uses peace circles to help people resolve disputes, is practiced in Chicago schools and has become increasingly popular in youth organizations. This fall, it’s taken its first step into the criminal justice system with the opening of the Restorative Justice Community Court in North Lawndale. Many local organizations now embrace restorative justice principles, and most practitioners point at the work of two people in particular: Cheryl Graves and Ora Schub, who are described often as “the grandmothers of Chicago’s restorative justice movement.” Both women were criminal defense attorneys and clinical law professors at Northwestern University. In 2006 they left law to start the Community Justice for Youth Institute, an organization that runs restorative justice workshops and peace circle keeper trainings. l-r: Ora Schub and Cheryl Graves Photo Credit: Sebastián Hidalgo They recently sat down with City Bureau to discuss the growth of the movement and influential moments in their careers. Over shrimps and grits, unlimited biscuits and coffee, Graves and Schub tack between jokes and stories of peace circles past. They poke fun at each other and share the easy manner of two people who’ve known each other personally and professionally for a long time. Graves pulls out a talking piece—this one is a small silver disk, but they can be any object of personal importance—which is passed around the circle to signify who has the floor. Here are some of the highlights: On the purpose of holding a peace circle Schub: If it works, the circle creates a safe space where you can be vulnerable. Cause we can disagree with each other on opinions but we can’t disagree on your story. Graves: The thing is [peace circles] don’t need to be about conflict and issues. It’s about community building and celebrating, healing or grieving; it’s about relating to each other. On keeping a peace circle: Graves: Restorative justice, particularly circle work, keeps you humble because it’s not about me being the leader. Everybody’s experiences and stories, that’s the wisdom that makes the circle rich. It evens out the playing field. You don’t make decisions by vote, you make decisions by consensus, which is hard and messy, right? But nobody’s voice is discarded. Every voice matters. Schub: Sitting in the circle, keeping the circle, one of the hardest things I could learn was giving up control so that other people could also become keepers in the circle and that’s the only way that a circle works. It doesn’t work if I try to make it work. In a way, I owe so much of what my life is to this. For most of my life, I’ve criticized and complained about the way things are or were. This is one of the few things that poses some solutions, not just the criticisms. Cheryl Graves carries this image in her purse everywhere she goes. The art was created by a young man she sat in circle with named Ty. “I think he did this piece about his mother,” Graves explained. “Because she dreams big dreams for him. It’s just like when you’re sitting in circle with people you don’t know. What’s the point if you don’t believe in big dreams, that things can change and be better?” (Credit: Jenny Simeone Casas) On how Graves brought Schub into the practice “kicking and screaming”: Schub: Cheryl was the one that introduced me to this, and I was like, “Bull shit. I’m here to represent my clients. Some things are right, and some things are wrong, what’s the point of discussing it?” I was at a community panel and there was this little kid, about 10 years old, being charged with battery of a police officer. He was protecting his sister from her boyfriend who was beating her up. The cops were called and they came in and picked up the kid, and he kicked the cop in the balls. They charged him with battery. I was furious. At the panel, one of the people said to him, “You went to protect your sister and that’s really good and important. But you’re an African American young man and there are things you’ll learn about dealing with police.” I thought about how that would have never been acknowledged in court, and about the compassion and wisdom of the community. Eventually I thought, “there’s something about [restorative justice] that makes a lot of sense.” On the importance of community buy-in: Graves: I’ll never forget, I was in Austin at a community meeting talking about creating new programs to keep young men out of the system and bring them back to community. One man came up to me and said, “You work for Northwestern, one of those big, white institutions that does research on black people and we die.” I said, “Right now, it isn’t about doing research on black people and them dying, we are dying in the system.” Now, he is getting an attitude and I’m getting an attitude. I remember thinking, “I’m a sister from the South Side, can’t you just go on the strength of the idea?” It was an awful experience but really important because he was saying, “We don’t know you and you aren’t asking us if we like the idea—you are telling us it is a good idea and that we should get involved.” He said I needed to talk to people and get to know the community. He was so right; it didn’t matter what I thought. They are the community and they are the people impacted. I called [a mentor] crying and she said, “Cheryl, you are thinking juvenile justice but people don’t live in silos. Yes, my son is in the system but I have one that is sick and needs medical care, I have one that is not doing well in school, and I’m not sure how I am going to meet the rent this month. What you are talking about is important but it’s not the whole thing. People want you to recognize that they are dealing with the whole thing because they are whole people, and that you care about them, not just pushing your idea.” She said, you show up, you come to meetings without any agenda. Just be there. That’s what I did, I just met people as people. That’s exactly what peace circles are: talking about relationships, not the issue at hand. You eventually get to the issue. Photo Credit: Sebastián Hidalgo On the challenges of using restorative justice in the court system: Schub: The court system isn’t about healing or relationships. There are three questions always asked in the criminal law system: Is there a crime that was committed? Who committed it? What can we do to punish the person? In restorative justice we instead ask: Was there a harm? Who caused the harm? Who was harmed? How can we hold the person accountable? What can we do to make the community safer again? When you look at a harm done, you need first to look at the four parts of a person: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. In our court systems, you just bring the mental and physical. In restorative justice you bring your whole self. Courts take responsibility away from community, and that’s part of the problem. We see a problem, and instead of taking care of it ourselves, we turn it over to the so-called professionals. The best thing is to keep young people from getting arrested, and entering the system at all. On measuring the success of restorative practices: Graves: Say a young person hadn’t been going to school at all, and now is going two days a week. Does that matter? Or not at all because they’re not going all five? Maybe when [that young person] came to you, they were fighting every day, but now they’re fighting less. Maybe they weren’t open at all, and now they’re doing art and being more expressive, and after a couple months they’re willing to talk in circle. How do you show that? How do say that it matters? [Peace circle keepers] feel it, because we’re seeing the change. Schub: It depends how we frame those [evaluation] questions. What it comes down to is, what do we want to accomplish? That should determine the questions we ask, and coming up with those questions should include everyone in circle. On the title “grandmothers of restorative justice”: Graves: That’s only because we’re old. Seriously. This report was produced by City Bureau, a Chicago-based journalism lab. Find out more and get involved at http://www.citybureau.org

    The Chicago Defender / 12 d. 23 h. 13 min. ago more
  • Chicago Public School Teachers Sue Charter School Operator Over Missing PensionsChicago Public School Teachers Sue Charter School Operator Over Missing Pensions

    Approximately 50% of the public school workforce is made up of teachers, many of whom are likely underpaid for the work they do. In Chicago public schools, a number of teachers were allegedly further underpaid by a charter school operator who did not report their employment and subsequently failed to pay pension contributions on their behalf. And now, the Chicago Public School Teacher’ Pension and Retirement Fund is fighting back by suing that operator, Prologue Inc. In Chicago, licensed teachers do not participate in Social Security. The state pension code instead requires 9% of their salary to be put towards pension funding. In Prologue’s case, the operator agreed to pay 6.2% of this contribution and have employees pay the remaining 2.8% towards their pensions. But Prologue violated the state’s pension code by failing to report licensed teacher employment and employee contributions deducted from those teachers’ salaries. They also failed to pay its agreed upon 6.2% contribution. All told, an audit found that between 2013 and 2016, there was upwards of $130,000 in unpaid pension contributions and $1.4 million in underreported wages. The operator reported only six licensed employees in 2014, and in 2015 and 2016, they reported zero — despite the fact they had anywhere from 14 to 17 licensed teachers in their employ during that period. A lawsuit has been filed against Prologue for failing to report this information and failing to pay the pension money owed. Jay C. Rehak, president of Chicago Public School Teacher’ Pension and Retirement Fund’s board of trustees, said in a release: “This is an egregious example of an employer taking advantage of its employees. This wasn’t just sloppy bookkeeping. This was fraud. The employer collected contributions from teachers, but did not turn over all of those contributions to the (CTPF). They also concealed teachers who were entitled to pension benefits. These unconscionable actions allowed Prologue’s leaders to take advantage of our members.” Prologue used to operate the now-closed Joshua Johnston Charter School for Fine Art and Design, but their agreement was rescinded by the Chicago Board of Education in August of 2016. The BOE filed its own lawsuit against Prologue in March of 2017 that alleged breach of contract. In states like Texas, breach of contract claims must be filed within two to four years (depending on the contract), but the statute of limitations in Illinois is anywhere from five to 10 years. The Board of Education demanded financial accountability from Prologue after the operator refused to provide information and financial records. But not even teachers are immune from trying to game the system. Some retired Illinois educators are able to take home pensions in the six figures due to illegal activity and technical loopholes. Some have even calculated unused sick and vacation days or more recent raises in salary to raise their pension payouts. These incidents show that there are educators at completely opposite ends of the spectrum, and according to many, the system is “irreparably broken.”

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  • CPS Expand After-School Programming at 88 SchoolsCPS Expand After-School Programming at 88 Schools

    Chicago Public Schools today announced $1 million in new funding to expand after-school programming at 88 elementary schools across Chicago, a 35% expansion that will serve nearly 8,000 additional students. The grant will support after-school programs focused on arts, health and wellness, academic enhancement and college and career exploration. “The after-school programming investment is crucial in ensuring students have access to high quality programs that keep them safe and engaged,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This is yet another example of how we can work together to invest in Chicago’s future and provide students with the resources necessary for a brighter future.”  This grant allows each school to create programming to support its unique student populations based on four categories: academic acceleration and support, arts and cultural enrichment, health and fitness, and college and career exploration. Whether schools are starting a spoken word club, taking a field trip to a local tech startup, or offering before-school yoga sessions, these out of school programs can provide students with enriching experiences that help bolster their academic performance and social and emotional well-being.  “The City of Chicago is stepping up and making critical investments in programs that keep our students active, engaged and excited about learning – in and out of the classroom,” said Dr. Janice K. Jackson, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Chicago Public Schools. “After-school programs provide our students with opportunities to discover their passions and unlock their full potential, potentially changing the course of their lives.” The City of Chicago has increased investments in youth programming every year since 2011. In the 2018 budget, the City of Chicago will invest nearly $77 million in local funds in youth programs, up threefold from 2011. These funds, spread over Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Park District, and the Department of Family and Support Services, will provide after-school programs for more than 110,000 youth this year, up from 91,000 in 2012. Other youth investments include: The addition of Safe Passage routes to 10 new schools, allowing the program to serve a record 80,000 children. The expansion of youth mentoring programs like Becoming a Man and Working on Womanhood, a step toward achieving the Mayor’s goal of universal mentoring for young men in high crime areas. The creation of five new early education centers to compliment the programming in Chicago’s libraries, allowing more children to access quality early education. Chicago Public Schools serves 371,000 students in 646 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.  

    The Chicago Defender / 20 d. 23 h. 15 min. ago more
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  • Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Encouraging Homeowners to Ask for InsuranceIllinois Landscape Contractors Association Encouraging Homeowners to Ask for Insurance

    The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) is changing its rules on uninsured landscaping companies throughout Illinois. In an attempt to increase competition within the landscaping industry, the ILCA has decided to crack down on workers compensation insurance and some other aspects that it believes have been too lax over the years. According to Total Landscape Care, Illinois landscaping contractors aren’t required to have a license, but insurance is needed. Although landscaping can increase a property’s resale value by up to 14%, Illinois homeowners seldom ask for proof of insurance when working with a landscaping company. “I can count on one hand the number of residential customers who ask to see a certificate of insurance,” said Lisa Fiore, operations manager of Don Fiore Company, in Illinois. “All my commercial accounts ask for it.” Homeowners working with landscaping companies without proper insurance could be liable for both major and minor incidents — resulting in costly fines and additional property disputes. The ILCA is hoping Illinois residents will begin requesting a certificate of insurance before any deals are done with landscaping contractors. Additionally, if no certificate of insurance is provided, the ILCA is asking homeowners to not only refrain from hiring that particular landscaping company, but also reporting them for not having or providing proof of insurance. The ILCA is reliving on homeowners because there are currently only six enforcement officers that inspect insurance companies. “Enforcement is a complaint-driven process,” added Ben Noble, spokesperson for the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission (IWCC). “Many times, other companies eagerly report noncompliance because employers that fail to follow the law have an unfair competitive advantage over law-abiding companies. At-risk employees also voluntarily notify the commission of their employer not having insurance.” The Daily North Shore adds that penalties for not having or providing a certificate of insurance can be as much as $500 per day, and the total fines can reach as high as $10,000.

    Skyline Newspaper / 25 d. 19 h. 38 min. ago more
  • The worst of ChicagoThe worst of Chicago

    An end-of-year accounting of the city's most annoying, alarming, and appalling people, places, and things .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } …

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  • If there are eight million stories in the naked city, do we have to hear them all?If there are eight million stories in the naked city, do we have to hear them all?

    A dispatch from the storytelling circuit inspired by true events Please don't take this the wrong way, but while we're really flattered to be invited to your storytelling show, right now the greatest single obstacle keeping us from attending is actually getting to your storytelling show. You can certainly follow this logic, because though the incentives to plot our week around attending "Really Specific Grandma Narratives: An Incubator Night of Intermediate Storytellers" are both legion and legitimate, and though our otherwise dogged fight to restore net neutrality deserves a well-earned night off, if we're going to make it to the Story Consortium Lab North Side Chapter in time to catch the first up-and-comer at the top of the bill, we're going to have to ride the Chicago Transit Authority.…

    Chicago Reader / 25 d. 22 h. 59 min. ago more
  • Straight white Americans are the worst, according to Chicago theatersStraight white Americans are the worst, according to Chicago theaters

    A handful of notable plays staged in the city this year explored SWA suckiness. Straight white Americans are the worst. Especially but not exclusively straight white American men.…

    Chicago Reader / 25 d. 23 h. 12 min. ago
  • How we researched Chicago student transfer patternsHow we researched Chicago student transfer patterns

    Across the South and West sides, dozens of emptied neighborhood schools — many of which the city has yet to repurpose — stand out as a conspicuous reminder that African-American families are moving out of Chicago by the thousands. After exploring the impact of the school closings issue in our yearlong series, Empty Schools, Empty Promises, the Reporter asked the natural follow-up question: What’s next for those students who left Chicago Public Schools? INVESTIGATION: Thousands of black students leave Chicago for other segregated districts Kalyn Belsha’s latest reporting focuses on families who left Chicago but stayed in the metro area. She found that about a third of students leaving segregated, low-income Chicago schools end up back in majority black and poor suburban schools. Some of these cash-strapped districts, located in the near south suburbs and northwest Indiana, struggle to provide the instructional and social supports their new students need. Methodology To research this story, we submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to the Illinois State Board of Education for eight years of transfer records (mid-2009 through mid-2017) from CPS to other Illinois districts, which includes transfer records for schools that have since closed. We combined that data set with demographic information on every school in the state. The records were organized in multiple tables, which we linked together in a relational database. We added more information about Chicago schools and community area demographics to help our analysis. There were limitations to the data. For instance, ISBE records do not indicate the transferring student’s race, ethnicity or income. To report on the general migration of African-American students from low-income households, we ran specific queries that focused on CPS schools with populations that are at least 80 percent black and 80 percent low-income. (There are around 260 schools that fit this description.) We concentrated our analysis on these segregated schools and looked at the destinations where their students tended to transfer. We ranked the receiving districts by this transfer volume as a share of their total student population — a basic metric to determine which school districts we wanted to assess more closely. Finally, ISBE’s data did not reliably track transfers out of state, which presented a challenge because we wanted to measure the movement of students from Chicago to northwest Indiana. To work around that, we filed Access to Public Records Act requests to 14 Indiana school districts. Only one, East Chicago, provided detailed data. Located just a couple miles outside city limits, East Chicago reported that it had taken in at least 370 African-American CPS students since 2010. We’ve published our analysis on GitHub, as well as a list of the top 50 Illinois school districts receiving students from low-income, predominantly black schools.

    Chicago Reporter / 28 d. 1 h. 11 min. ago more
  • Thousands of black students leave Chicago for other segregated districtsThousands of black students leave Chicago for other segregated districts

    When Chicago Public Schools announced plans to close their neighborhood elementary school in March 2013, Lettrice Sanders and her children protested the proposal together. Sanders, the president of the local school council at Emmet on the city’s West Side, became a familiar face in the media.  “My momma, when she talked on the news, she was fierce,” her 16-year-old daughter, Brittany, recalls. Lettrice and her husband, Kenneth Sanders, didn’t finish high school. She wouldn’t let the closures disrupt their children’s education. But Emmet and 48 other elementary schools closed in an unprecedented decision for Chicago and any district in the nation. Sanders had a hard time finding another quality school for her children in Austin, the majority African-American neighborhood where they lived. She had other concerns too. The family of seven was squeezed into a two-bedroom apartment because that was all they could afford. And that year, gunfire killed or injured nearly 60 people in Austin. So in August 2013 Kenneth Sanders decided it was time to go. The family packed their bags for Gary, Indiana, a predominantly black city where the schools struggled academically and financially, but Sanders could afford a house for his children in a safer neighborhood. “I knew coming to a new state would be a new start for us all, and it was,” he said. “Most of us, no matter how bad we came up… wanted our kids to live better. That’s something I wanted for them.” Chicago was once a major destination for African-Americans during the Great Migration, but experts say today the city is pushing out poor black families. In less than two decades, Chicago lost one-quarter of its black population, or more than 250,000 people. In the past decade, Chicago’s public schools lost more than 52,000 black students. Now, the school district, which was majority black for half a century, is on pace to become majority Latino. Black neighborhoods like Austin have experienced some of the steepest student declines and most of the school closures and budget cuts. A common refrain is that Chicago’s black families are “reverse migrating” to Southern cities with greater opportunities, like Atlanta and Dallas. But many of the families fleeing the poorest pockets of Chicago venture no farther than the south suburbs or northwest Indiana. And their children end up in cash-strapped segregated schools like the ones they left behind, a Chicago Reporter investigation found. Three out of four CPS students who transfer into Thornton Township High School District 205 and its nine feeder elementary districts come from the city’s most segregated, low-income schools, the Reporter’s analysis found. This map shows CPS schools with the highest transfer volume to Thornton-area schools are primarily located on the city’s South and Southwest sides. The south suburban school districts have collectively enrolled more than 3,000 former CPS students since 2009. The state says all 10 districts in this boundary need significant additional funding to meet the needs of students. © Mapbox © OpenStreetMap Improve this map About 15,000 students from the city’s predominantly poor and African-American schools transferred out of CPS over the past eight academic years, yet remained in Illinois, according to an examination of tens of thousands of state transfer records. About one-third enrolled in school districts that are both majority poor and majority black. The Reporter observed this trend continue in northwest Indiana. A public records request to East Chicago public schools, for example, revealed nearly 400 African-American CPS students had transferred into the district since 2010. The overall number of Chicago transfers to northwest Indiana schools is likely much higher, but record-keeping inconsistencies make it difficult to determine precise numbers. Often, the receiving school districts in Illinois and northwest Indiana were chronically underfunded. Research shows poor black students in Illinois perform worse academically in such districts compared with Chicago. Janice Jackson, the district’s interim CEO, recalls talking to a West Side principal who was “baffled” when students transferred to lesser-quality schools outside the city. The issue needs to be studied more, she said. “It’s not one thing that drives any of this,” says Jackson. A spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel said his administration is taking steps to keep African-Americans in the city. “Mayor Emanuel has led several major initiatives to invest in our youth, support local businesses and create jobs in neighborhoods across the city,” Lauren Markowitz said in a statement. She pointed to expanded mentoring and jobs for African-American youth and investments in businesses and shopping corridors on the predominantly black South and West sides. But some academics blame city officials for making it harder for poor African-Americans, in particular, to live in Chicago: They closed neighborhood schools and mental health clinics; failed to rebuild public housing, dispersing thousands of poor black families across the region, and inadequately responded to gun violence, unemployment and foreclosures in black communities. “It’s a menu of disinvestment,” says Elizabeth Todd-Breland, who teaches African-American history at the University of Illinois Chicago. “The message that public policy sends to black families in the city is that we’re not going to take care of you and if you just keep going away, that’s OK.” Chicagoans flee to a hollowed-out Gary Photo by José Alejandro CórcolesThe Sanders family moved from a two-bedroom apartment on the West Side of Chicago to a single-family home in Gary, Ind., in 2013. When Brittany first moved to Gary, the abundance of abandoned buildings surprised her. “It looked deserted,” she said. Real-estate agents once marketed Gary as the “city of the century.” As home of the world’s largest steel mill, Gary employed tens of thousands of steel workers. But in the 1950s and ‘60s, steel factories closed or modernized. Mass layoffs followed. Soon after, Gary elected its first African-American mayor and many white residents fled. Now, tens of thousands of buildings are vacant or blighted. The Sanders family and other black Chicagoans have sought refuge in a hollowed-out city. Northwest Indiana is the top destination for African-Americans who leave Cook County but stay in the greater Chicago area. Since Brittany arrived in Gary, her grandmother, uncle and great-uncle have moved there, too. Denise Comer Dillard, a lifelong Gary resident and the board president of a local charter school, first noticed the influx of cars with Illinois license plates in the 1990s and 2000s as Chicago tore down its public housing. “We had situations that it almost looked like locusts,” she said. Though enrollment in Gary’s public school district is declining, it’s taken in more than 1,300 black students from out of state in the last four years, records show. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Terrance Little, the principal at the high school that Brittany and her 17-year-old brother, Ken, attend. “They transfer out just as quick as they transfer in… The kids that are here are so accustomed to kids moving back and forth.” At school, reminders of Chicago are everywhere. Brittany’s closest friend is a transplant from the South Side. Another classmate transferred in this fall from a charter high school in North Lawndale run by Chicago’s Noble network. Ken has a classmate who transferred in from a Noble high school in Pullman. Little, who requires every transfer student to meet with him, estimates 10 of every 100 out-of-district transfers to his school is from Chicago. “Now, it’s basically Chicago,” said Terry Flowers, who moved to Gary to be closer to family in 2000 after living in Englewood and Roseland. Her son and younger brother attend high school with Brittany and Ken. “Everyone from Chicago is here.” Influx of poor black students in suburban schools  As African-American families leave Chicago, the percentage of poor black students in the suburbs has grown dramatically, straining already cash-strapped school districts. The Reporter looked at the 50 Illinois school districts most impacted by transfers from Chicago’s predominantly poor, black schools. Most districts were among the worst-funded in the state and have been shortchanged even more than CPS. (After years of debate, lawmakers overhauled Illinois’ school funding law earlier this year. To correct inequities, the state soon will send more money to districts with higher-need students.) Three-quarters of the 50 Illinois districts most impacted by transfers from predominantly poor, black Chicago schools are also in dire need of more state education funding. Source: Chicago Reporter analysis of Illinois State Board of Education data High-poverty districts in northwest Indiana that took in many CPS transfers have also seen their budgets slashed in recent years after lawmakers rejiggered the state’s school funding formula and also spent more on charter schools and private-school vouchers. “If poverty is growing in their community and their property taxes and other budgets are stretched or declining, that makes it even harder to find the resources to address the need,” said Elizabeth Kneebone, who has researched suburban poverty extensively for The Brookings Institution. Methodology: How we researched CPS student transfer patterns In the south suburbs, the nearly all-black Dolton School District 149 has taken in hundreds of transfers from Chicago’s low-income black schools in recent years. Officials say the high transfer rate makes it hard to know how many teachers the small district of 2,800 needs. On top of that, the level of financial need has intensified with few new resources. Fifteen years ago, the district was about two-thirds low-income, but now nearly every student is poor. The students could be dealing with health or emotional issues. And many move around a lot, which causes children to fall behind academically. “We need as much attention as the city schools because we have the same kinds of problems,” said Jay Cunneen, the former superintendent who now advises the district on its finances. “We’re overwhelmed by some of the needs the kids bring in.” Gary Orfield, who co-directs The Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, says attending poor segregated suburban schools can pose more challenges for students. “Poor minority kids and families who end up in declining or dying suburbs are worse off in terms of the fact that they’re very far away from where the economic growth is taking place,” Orfield says. “They may be 30 miles away from where a really good job market is with almost no workable public transportation.” Some of the former Chicago students also end up in farther-flung suburbs. Danville School District 118 is about 150 miles from downtown Chicago and it, too, has taken in hundreds of CPS students from segregated black and poor schools. Just over half of all students were considered low-income 15 years ago, now more than three-quarters are. That’s brought with it a host of additional student needs. The district recently hired specialists from Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago to teach school staff about working with traumatized students and invested more money into summer school for struggling kids. “Our children, they were hurting,” said Superintendent Alicia Geddis. “We needed to retool.” School Black student population Transfers from low-income, segregated CPS schools Rockford School District 205 30% 579 Dolton School District 148 96% 497 Thornton Township High School District 205 85% 459 Dolton School District 149 96% 425 Springfield School District 186 40% 419 Danville Community Consolidated School District 118 42% 361 Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 14% 311 Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144 84% 294 Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview 89 32% 268 Harvey School District 152 68% 267 The 10 school districts listed above took in the most transfers from poor black CPS schools over the last eight academic years. They all meet the federal government’s criteria for “high-poverty” districts based on the income levels of their communities. Gary school district facing similar challenges Photo by José Alejandro CórcolesTwo of the six children in the Sanders family attend West Side Leadership Academy in Gary, Ind. If a proposed closure is approved, West Side would become the only high school run by Gary’s public school district. Though Gary has its share of gun violence, the Sanders family feels safer in their new neighborhood than they did in Austin. It’s quiet and close to a local university and shopping. “You can just walk down the street and ain’t nobody going to mess with you,” Brittany said. Kenneth Sanders got a loan from a friend to purchase a cream-colored, single-family home for just over $13,000 — a deal after the previous owner foreclosed on the property. The house is much bigger than the family’s old Chicago apartment, where they used to hang a curtain in the living room to create an extra bedroom. Sanders started a business breeding German shepherds. On Facebook, he posts photos of his 12-year-old daughter, Yasheica, caring for the dogs.  It’s a significant departure from how he earned money in Chicago, where he sold cocaine for years. His turning point came in 2010, while sitting in Cook County Jail following an arrest for possession of marijuana and a gun. But even though there’s a lot the Sanders family likes about Gary, they’ve seen the schools face significant challenges. For the first time in Indiana’s history, state education officials took over Gary’s public school district this year. The state-appointed emergency manager says Gary’s schools need to be cleaner, safer and more academically challenging. The city’s public schools fell deep into debt as students moved out of Gary or transferred to charter schools — taking state and federal education dollars with them. Even Dillard, the charter board president, says charters squeeze the district financially. “For us to have as many charter schools as we do in Gary,” she said, “it’s ridiculous.” The budget crunch has manifested in large and small ways for students. Brittany carries hand sanitizer at school because the girl’s bathroom is often out of soap. Yasheica shares most of her textbooks with classmates because there aren’t enough. Brittany, Yasheica and their younger brother, Kentrel, had to transfer to an all-boys school when their elementary school’s old, faulty boiler broke and the school was shuttered for 17 months. The Sanders family hasn’t been able to escape school closures in Gary, which has shut down buildings and laid off teachers in recent years to save money. When Ken’s old middle school closed, Yasheica’s elementary school took in the displaced kids. Just recently, Gary’s emergency manager put a popular arts high school on the chopping block. Brittany and Ken’s principal says closing schools is a bigger deal in Chicago than Gary, because students in the smaller city often know one another before merging schools. But Brittany disagrees. She says it’s still disruptive for students. “They’re just shutting down all these schools in these poor black communities. And it’s messed up,” Brittany said. “It worked out for me. [But] some of the kids probably can’t move, they’re just going to be stuck.” “We need our education”  One day in October, Brittany and Ken rode the bus to West Side Leadership Academy, their nearly all-black high school. Brittany wore her long braids pulled into a ponytail and her school uniform: a navy blue shirt and khaki pants. Ken, who is tall with glasses, like his father, wore his crisp navy blue JROTC uniform with gold buttons. The siblings like some aspects of their high school, including the JROTC program, their friends, the sports programs and many supportive teachers. But they both see ways they aren’t being challenged. In his career prep class that day, Ken practiced his public speaking and wrote about the steps he needed to take to be a better leader. (“Being on time more,” was one). But after students finished their work, the teacher let them play tic-tac-toe for 20 minutes. “That gets boring sometimes,” Ken admits. His English literature class made its weekly trip to the computer lab, where students clicked through exercises from a reading program, reviewing basic parts of speech. “It’s for babies,” Ken said. He especially hates that the female voice in the program talks “like we’re slow.” Brittany and Ken have had a long-term substitute — one of dozens in the district — teaching their science classes. The sub sometimes passes class time by reading aloud long passages from the textbook. “She told us she’s learning right along with us,” Ken said. Brittany wants to be a neurosurgeon, so having a qualified biology teacher was especially important to her. A few weeks ago, she co-wrote a letter to her school’s principal and assistant principal asking them to fix the problem. About 60 of her classmates, including Ken, signed it. Watching her mother stick up for her children’s education emboldened Brittany to write the letter. (Lettrice Sanders had a stroke two years ago and is still working to regain her speech.) Brittany and Ken’s principal says the school advertised the opening for a science teacher but no one applied. It’s hard to attract top talent, he said, because Gary schools pay less than Chicago and other nearby districts. In the meantime, a veteran science teacher is helping the sub develop her lessons, though Brittany and Ken say the quality of instruction hasn’t improved. “It feels like they brushed it to the side.” Brittany said. “We need our education.” While Lettrice Sanders thinks Gary’s schools are worse than the ones in Chicago, Kenneth Sanders isn’t so sure. He says his 7-year-old daughter, Natalie, who started school in Gary, reads better than her siblings did at her age. “I regret not coming here earlier,” he says. But even though his oldest children are about to graduate, he hasn’t stopped looking for better school options. He knows exactly where the boundary for a higher-performing school district ends—just a few blocks from his house. If only he could afford to move there.

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  • Tips For Hosting an Open House in the WinterTips For Hosting an Open House in the Winter

    While selling a home in the winter requires more work than selling in the spring or summer, it’s not impossible. However, brokers say that even though the number of homebuyers drops in the winter, those still looking are generally more serious about making a purchase. So luckily for those who want to sell in the winter, competition usually drops as people wait until spring. If you’re selling and ready to host some winter open houses, here are a few tips to help sellers to ensure you wow your guests, even if the weather isn’t cooperating. Cold houses don’t sell, so make sure the heat is cranked up to a comfortable temperature. If potential buyers are shivering in your house, they’re most likely not going to feel comfortable and be able to think of it as their potential new home. Now is not the time to cut spending on electricity. Additionally, if there’s snow, make sure your driveway and sidewalks are shoveled and salted. First of all, you don’t want to inconvenience your guests by making them trek through the snow or slip and slide their way into your house. And secondly, you don’t want anyone slipping and getting hurt. Not only can this cause legal issues but it will most likely deter them from further considering putting an offer on your house. Another great way to catch the interest of potential buyers is by building a snowman! Seeing as how 32% of buyers are looking for their first home, it’s important to show them what it would be like living in the house themselves. And who doesn’t want to be greeted by a friendly snowman? While cookies are a popular open house snack, you may want to offer some more winter-related foods. By serving chili, stew, or soup, you’re not only offering your guests a yummy treat, but you’re also giving them a reason to stay longer. And when they stay longer, they might notice additional details or ask more questions. Additionally, hot apple cider or hot chocolate both make excellent beverage choices. One negative thing about selling in the winter is not being able to show off your yard if it’s covered in snow. Not only does landscaping increase the aesthetics of your property, but you could get an ROI of 150% if you spend as little as 5% of your home’s value on landscaping projects. If your yard is covered in snow, make sure you clearly mark your property lines so visitors can get a sense of the land. And if you get lucky and the climate allows for it, leave outdoor furniture out so potential buyers can get a feel for the outdoor space. And last but not least, make sure your home has plenty of light throughout. Opening shades and curtains will allow daylight to flood in during the day but will also give off a warm and cozy mood at night. Make sure you find the most flattering hues for your living space and ensure there are no bulbs out. When planning an open house for the winter, it’s important to remember that you can’t control the weather. So while you may get lucky and have great weather, it’s important to be prepared for whatever mother nature may throw at you.

    Skyline Newspaper / 28 d. 15 h. 11 min. ago more
  • Can Janice Jackson be the anti-Forrest Claypool at Chicago Public Schools?Can Janice Jackson be the anti-Forrest Claypool at Chicago Public Schools?

    Janice Jackson has a lot of people pulling for her as she takes on her new position as interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools. For one thing, she’s an educator with Chicago roots – a former high school teacher and star principal – which is something we haven’t seen in that position for over 20 years. That contrasts sharply with her predecessor, Forrest Claypool; indeed, Ald. Howard Brookins called Jackson “the anti-Forrest,” and yes, it was a compliment. It’s not just Claypool’s lack of background in education or his high-handedness.  As Jacobin detailed last year, Claypool “has spent his career stripping public budgets, preaching the wisdom of privatization, enriching his friends, and generally following the philosophy of Ayn Rand” – whose photo could be found over Claypool’s desk – “a conservative ideologue who believed that ‘of all the government undertakings, none has failed so disastrously as public education.’” As head of the Chicago Park District, Claypool laid off a quarter of the workforce and privatized a raft of facilities; at Chicago Transit Authority he laid off hundreds and privatized the fare-card system. At CPS he cut hundreds of teachers and slashed neighborhood school budgets while throwing millions at crony consultants. Jackson’s credibility going forward could hinge on her ability to move away from Claypool’s disastrous policies. Like privatization: Claypool expanded an $80 million pilot project to contract out school engineer work.  Those are the guys who take care of a building’s basic systems, and previously they reported to principals. Claypool also expanded the privatization of custodial services, resulting in system-wide complaints from principals, parents and teachers, who reported having to clean their own classrooms.  Reports of rodent infestations have existed for years now, and continue today.  A recent Chicago Teachers Union survey found 43 percent of reporting schools said they had problems with rats. As a former principal, Jackson may understand the importance of school maintenance workers being directly accountable to the school’s leadership.  It’s certainly something she needs to look into. Then there’s Claypool’s special education cuts.  WBEZ reported that secretive contracts with consultants with no education expertise resulted in the creation of a new set of onerous hoops for parents to jump through to get services for their kids.  “CPS’ new rules made it even harder to get children what they needed in a system that has long failed to properly support special-needs students,” one advocate told WBEZ. While denying that he was cutting spending on special education, Claypool budgeted $29 million less and ended up spending $14 million less in 2017 than the year before, with 350 fewer special ed teachers and 100 vacant clinician positions. Lots of parents are hoping that an educator at the helm of CPS will have a better understanding of the educational cost of these cuts. Finally, there are the school closings Claypool has proposed.  When Claypool announced plans to close four Englewood high schools and build a new high school last summer, he said the existing schools would not be closed until the new construction was completed.   But when the announcements came out on Dec. 1, the four schools were slated for closing next year, leaving a one-year gap before Englewood has a neighborhood high school.  Current students will be shuttled to Hyde Park, Gage Park, and Bogan high schools – quite a trek.  Parents want the closings delayed, at least. “It would be an easy thing to do, keep the schools open while the new school is being built and in the meantime have a process that really involves community members in what the new high school is going to look like, what the transition plans are, and whether this is the right thing for all these schools,” said Jennifer Biggs of Raise Your Hand. It’s lack of planning that has undermined these once solid neighborhood high schools, according to a recent CTU report. “The severity of underenrollment in Englewood neighborhood schools is part and parcel of CPS’s strategy to undermine neighborhood schools in favor of charter expansion,” according to the report.  It notes that while CPS’s facilities master plan identified Englewood’s declining high school population – the number of 15 to 19 year olds has dropped by 31 percent since 2010 – CPS allowed nearly a dozen new charter and alternative high schools to open there, pulling students and resources away from existing schools. Perhaps a former high school teacher and principal will understand that it’s time to reinvest in neighborhood high schools. There’s lots of opportunity for someone who wants to be an “anti-Forrest” ­– though obviously, room for maneuver is limited, and Jackson’s own commitments remain to be seen. “No matter what, there’s still one guy that’s in charge, and that’s the mayor,” said Biggs.  “And he’s making bad decision after bad decision. I don’t expect much to change without an elected school board.” But having a Chicago educator at the helm of CPS might bring in valuable perspectives that have been missing for a long time.

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  • Quality Sleep Essential Component Of Elderly Health, Experts SayQuality Sleep Essential Component Of Elderly Health, Experts Say

    According to Mass Live, experts have found that there’s a higher correlation between sleep and heathy aging than previously thought. Seven to nine hours of sleep per night are what’s generally recommended, but London-born Dr. Neil Bach of Baystate Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Center says that many common symptoms that come with age can also interfere with seniors getting their much-needed shut eye. However, Bach also said that with the sleep disorder treatments have come a long way in helping improve both quality and quantity of sleep. “We know people have more fragmentation of their sleep as they get older. The sleep is less unbroken. There are more things that disturb it…The statistic that stands out is that 50% of older people complain of sleep problems, pretty much insomnia, falling asleep, staying asleep, feeling un-refreshed.” he said. Another common sleep-disturbing condition that can even cause chronic disease if left untreated is sleep apnea, which has been proven to be common among both veterans and civilians that have gone through traumatic experiences. Bach says that treating sleep apnea enhances the effectiveness of PTSD treatments, and that “something like 86%” of veterans ages 60 or older have moderate or severe sleep apnea. Bach was also quick to note the misconception that the amount of sleep necessary for healthy living decreases with age. “There is this misconception that as people get older the amount of sleep that they need decreases…This isn’t necessarily the case,” Bach said. “When people are otherwise healthy, they achieve the same amount of sleep they did when they were younger. There may be more fragmentation of it, but they actually achieve the same amount of sleep. Bach cites getting outside and exercising can often help to improve both quality and quantity of sleep for the elderly. However, this can be difficult, seeing as over two million senior citizens visit the emergency room each year for injuries caused by a fall, and it can be hard to determine what types of exercises, activities, and stretches are safe. Bach then went on to explain sleep efficiency — the amount of time somebody sleeps compared to the opportunities they have to sleep — and said that it’s likely to decrease with age. “Someone who goes to bed, falls asleep almost immediately and wakes up six to seven hours later without a break, that is 100% efficiency,” Bach said. “The normal sleep efficiency is about 90%. There is a world of difference between 85%, which is near normal, and 50% sleep efficiency. We look for underlying causes of insomnia in these folks.” Ultimately, Bach urges any senior who notices symptoms of sleep disorders to seek treatment. “If seniors are excessively sleepy or they have overwhelming insomnia it is probably not a bad idea to get seen by a sleep specialist,” he said.

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  • Selling Your Home? How To Add Energy Efficiency Before You Post A ListingSelling Your Home? How To Add Energy Efficiency Before You Post A Listing

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