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After months of acrimony, the Chicago City Council adopted a new map of the city’s 50 wards. The map that passed has 16 Black-majority wards and 14 Latino-majority wards, one fewer Latino ward than the Latino Caucus wanted in light of Latino population gains citywide. It also includes Chicago’s first Asian-majority ward. Starting next year, thousands of residents will need to get used to a new point of contact for many local services and complaints thanks to the redrawn map putting them in different wards.
In other city news, Mayor Lori Lightfoot implemented a 10 pm weekend curfew for minors in an attempt to reduce crime after a teenager was shot and killed at Millennium Park over the weekend. A 17-year-old boy who fatally shot a 16-year-old opened fire near The Bean, Cook County prosecutors said in court Monday, after the younger boy jumped on his back from him and punched him in the head.
And in a scheduled visit to Buffalo today, President Joe Biden will confront the country’s latest deadly manifestation of hatred after a white gunman was accused of massacring 10 Black people in a racist rampage at a supermarket.
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When Veldarin Jackson received a call on Saturday that his 68-year-old mother had been found dead, he and his wife, Adjoa, rushed to her Rogers Park apartment. The pair entered the unit and felt like they were walking into an oven. “It was extremely hot in there,” Adjoa Jackson said. “You could hardly breathe.”
Janice Reed, who was found dead around 11:32 am in that furnace-like apartment, was among three women who died Saturday in a Rogers Park senior housing facility after residents had begged the property managers for days to turn off the heat and turn on the air conditioning amid record-breaking temperatures, according to the residents, family members and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
After enduring more than two years of COVID-19 pandemic hardships as the virus cast a shadow on every aspect of collegiate life, the clouds appear to be parting this spring, revealing what some labor experts say is the brightest job market for college graduates in recent history.
“The job market is hot, and it’s definitely a great time to be graduating,” said Mayra Del Real, a first-generation college student who will graduate with a business degree from DePaul University and like many members of the class of 2022, has a job lined up before she officially graduates next month.
When private equity firm KKR announced the $3 billion sale Monday of CHI Overhead Doors to steel company Nucor, it created a windfall for hundreds of hourly workers at the plant in tiny Arthur, Illinois, who will receive between $20,000 and $800,000 each when the transaction closes .
The deal represents a huge return on investment for KKR, which bought the garage door manufacturer for $600 million in 2015. For employees, who were vested with equity in the company at no charge, the sale is potentially life-changing.
Chicago mayors have known over the years that re-election can be one major legacy project away.
That may have been on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s mind this month when she selected Bally’s $1.74 billion casino, hotel and entertainment development for the city. But the plan still faces a long approval process and is still far from a sure thing. In other words, we’ve seen this before.
Many fantastic ideas have gotten major support yet still failed—some of them famously. With the help of three historians, here are our top 10 near misses.
Portillo’s, the Chicago-style restaurant chain, which began as a small hot dog stand in the suburb of Villa Park, unleashes its vegan Garden Dog at all locations across the country today.
The Garden Dog is seasoned with black pepper, paprika and garlic, and it’s chargrilled on a dedicated part of the grill at each restaurant. But how does it taste?