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Jul 17, 2019

Column: ‘Mai Tai Guy' snatches Kyle Schwarber's home run ball from kids — and the social media outrage is way over the top. Again.
If this sort of thing keeps happening, baseball teams are going to have to put netting around the outfield walls, too — not to protect fans from flying balls, but from themselves and all the stupidity that goes on out there.

Yes, we're talking about you, Mai Tai Guy and the social media mob that...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Chicago's temperatures are set to soar, but no federal law covers working in extreme heat. Here's how to stay safe.
As temperatures in Chicago soar this week with an excessive heat watch starting Thursday, James McHugh Construction Co. has a protocol for teaching workers how to handle and prevent heat-related injuries.

"The heat has a cumulative effect on everyone. It wears workers out. So we talk to every worker...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Kyle Schwarber out of the Cubs lineup as Albert Almora leads off against the Reds
Despite hitting a walk-off home run Tuesday night, Kyle Schwarber isn't in the Cubs lineup Wednesday as they try to take the third and deciding game of their series against the Reds at Wrigley Field.

Albert Almora Jr. will get the nod at the leadoff spot in place of Schwarber. Almora is 3-for-4...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

DUI charge dropped against Lake Zurich trustee as part of guilty plea, prosecutors say
Lake County prosecutors recently dropped a DUI charge against a Lake Zurich trustee as part of a plea deal following an incident in March, when he was accused of drunk driving, crashing into a tree near his home and abandoning his vehicle.

In exchange, trustee Jim Beaudoin accepted a guilty plea...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Closings expected today in death-penalty phase of trial for Brendt Christensen, who killed Chinese scholar at U. of I.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are delivering final arguments to jurors on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be sentenced to death for killing a young scholar from China.

Closing arguments on Wednesday come after testimony in the death-penalty phase of 30-year-old...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Airport workers at O'Hare and Midway ratify union contracts
After nearly four years of fighting for higher wages and better working conditions at Chicago's airports, recently unionized baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants and other low-wage airport workers have their first collective bargaining agreements.

Some 2,200 workers at O'Hare...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Another marijuana company is paying big to get in on the Illinois market. Chicago-based Grassroots Cannabis to be sold for $875 million.
Grassroots Cannabis is set to be acquired for $875 million, becoming the latest Chicago-based marijuana company to draw a blockbuster price tag from an out-of-state operator.

Curaleaf Holdings, based in Massachusetts, announced Wednesday morning its plan to acquire Grassroots.

The acquisition will...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Chicago-based Grassroots Cannabis to be sold for $875 million
Grassroots Cannabis is set to be acquired for $875 million, becoming the latest Chicago-based marijuana company to draw a blockbuster price tag from an out-of-state operator.

Curaleaf Holdings, based in Massachusetts, announced Wednesday morning its plan to acquire Grassroots.

The acquisition will...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

‘Mai Tai Guy' catches social media heat after snagging Kyle Schwarber's home run ball from kids
Kyle Schwarber hit his first career walk-off homer Tuesday night to beat the Reds at Wrigley Field.

But what has many people on social media most worked up is what happened after the ball landed in the left-field basket.

As two boys in the first row of the bleaches reached for the ball, a bearded...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Forward Dominik Kubalik is getting comfortable in Chicago in advance of Blackhawks training camp: ‘I'm not going to be the guy looking around the first time'
The first few weeks Dominik Kubalik spent in North America nearly seven years ago were filled with anxiety and nerves, surrounded in an unfamiliar land by people who didn't speak his language.

He was 17.

"I was a young kid who came to Canada by myself," said Kubalik, a native of the Czech Republic....



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

If Dominik Kubalik makes the Blackhawks, he could open season in his native Czech Republic: 'That would be just amazing'
The first few weeks Dominik Kubalik spent in North America nearly seven years ago were filled with anxiety, surrounded in an unfamiliar land by people who didn't speak his language.

He was 17.

"I was a young kid who came to Canada by myself," said Kubalik, a native of the Czech Republic. "I was...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Obama surprises teens in his Youth Jobs Corps with visit at Chicago foundation
Former President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at his foundation's Chicago offices on Tuesday afternoon to welcome 13 teens participating in his youth job corps program.

During his roughly hour-long visit, Obama spoke with the high school students, who are part of the work readiness program,...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Is this Lovie Smith's last stand? Can Jonathan Taylor make a run? 1 question for all 14 Big Ten football teams
Welcome to Big Ten media days. Or as some schools view it, "Congrats on being a senior and having an awesome attitude so we're rewarding you with a trip to Chicago" days.

Only the Big Ten could hold an annual event to promote its best players and never invite Saquon Barkley.

This year's list of...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Shedd Aquarium officials determine the sex of newborn Beluga whale
Officials with Chicago's Shedd Aquarium say a Beluga whale calf born less than two weeks ago is male.

The aquarium's animal care team confirmed the calf's sex during a recent health exam.

The baby whale and its mother are under 24-hour observation as the calf continues to grow and nurse. Aquarium...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Man killed in hit-and-run crash near Eisenhower Expressway south of Columbus Park
One person was found dead near the Eisenhower Expressway on Chicago's West Side in what investigators believe was a hit-and-run.

Chicago police were called about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to the 800 block of South Central Avenue, in The Island neighborhood, just off Interstate 290 , to the south of Columbus...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Man killed in hit-and-run crash near Eisenhower Expressway south of Columbus Park, police investigating
One person was found dead near the Eisenhower Expressway on Chicago's West Side in what investigators believe was a hit-and-run.

Chicago police were called about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to the 800 block of South Central Avenue, in The Island neighborhood, just off Interstate 290 , to the south of Columbus...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Man killed in hit-and-run crash near Eisenhower Expressway, police investigating
One person was found dead near the Eisenhower Expressway on the city's West Side about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in what investigators believe was a hit-and-run.

Chicago police were called to the 800 block of South Central Avenue, in The Island neighborhood, just off the Ike, to the south of Columbus...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Chicago police issue alert after man tries to lure girl, 10, on South Side
Chicago police are warning the public after a man tried to lure a 10-year-old girl in the South Chicago neighborhood Tuesday night by asking if she liked candy and wanted to be his girlfriend.

The man, described as 35 to 40 years old, approached the girl around 9:30 p.m. in the area of 8700 South...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Chance the Rapper announces album title, release date and weighs in on Humboldt Park gator named for him
Chance the Rapper is planning to release his debut album, "The Big Day," on July 26, he told Jimmy Fallon Tuesday on "The Tonight Show."

"I haven't sold my projects before. All my mixtapes were free. This is my debut album, so there's like a pre-order, and I told Jimmy to pre-order my album, and...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Dozens evacuated as fire rips through Crystal Lake apartment building
An extra-alarm fire tore through an apartment building in Crystal Lake Wednesday morning, forcing the evacuation of dozens of people.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the fire, which was reported around 3 a.m. at the two-story building in the 500 block of Devonshire Lane in the...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Chicago's temperatures are set to soar. A new federal bill aims to protect those who must work during extreme heat.
As temperatures in Chicago soar this week with an excessive heat watch starting Thursday, James McHugh Construction Co. has a protocol for teaching workers how to handle and prevent heat-related injuries.

"The heat has a cumulative effect on everyone. It wears workers out. So we talk to every worker...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

As Chicago temperatures climb, a new bill aims to create heat-related workplace standards
As temperatures in Chicago soar this week with an excessive heat watch starting Thursday, James McHugh Construction Co. has a protocol for teaching workers how to handle and prevent heat-related injuries.

"The heat has a cumulative effect on everyone. It wears workers out. So we talk to every worker...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 51, Dick Barwegan
Of all the players on the Tribune's ranking of the 100 best Bears, it has been most difficult to find information about Dick Barwegan.

Or is it Dick Barwegen? Even his name has been hard to pinpoint. NFL.com, Wikipedia and the Bears list him as "Barwegan," while Pro Football Reference and the majority...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Daywatch: Remembering John Paul Stevens, no bond for R. Kelly, Humboldt Park alligator captured and other things to know to start your day
Good morning, Chicago. Here are some of the top stories you need to know to start your day.

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Former Justice John Paul Stevens, a Chicago...

Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

New film remembers the SS Eastland and the day 844 died in the Chicago River
No one came to the river to die. They came to the Chicago River on a rainy summer morning to get on a boat named the SS Eastland and sail across the lake to picnic and play in Michigan City.

There were more than 2,500 of them and none of them would make it. The boat never left the dock.

At 7:25...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

The latest from editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis




Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Twice rejected, Maine Township official files lawsuit to take part in pension plan
Maine Township's elected assessor is seeking the court's help in reinstating her pension benefits.

Susan Moylan Krey filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court last month, asking a judge to review a decision by the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Board that effectively terminated her participation...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Defenseman Ian Mitchell plans to return to college but won't spurn the Blackhawks: ‘Loyalty is very important to me'
Ian Mitchell is willing to have a discussion with the Blackhawks this week at development camp about turning pro this season.

Don't get too excited. It's extremely unlikely the 20-year-old defenseman will leave the University of Denver in the lurch.

"I'm sure I'll talk to the organization this...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Cole Hamels is ‘progressing well' and could throw off a mound this week
The finish line remains in the distance for Cole Hamels, but the Cubs left-hander could resume throwing off a mound as soon as Wednesday.

Hamels, 35, who hasn't pitched since suffering a left oblique strain on June 30, said he felt good after throwing long toss Monday from 120 feet.

"He's progressing...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Ask Amy: How to handle a drama machine
Dear Amy: How do I keep a relationship casual with a friend whose hobby is creating drama?

"Emma" and I are members of an informal social group that communicates a few times a week. We also attend different types of group events once or twice a month.

The group has an ongoing group chat on a messaging...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

‘Staggering' number of children exposed to violence in Chicago; new study says kid population greater in high-homicide areas
Over the Fourth of July holiday, Felix Kombwa brought the children he mentors to a festival where a law-enforcement exhibit allowed visitors to sit in a squad car, try on police gear and chat with officers.

But the fireworks, the presence of the officers and the sight of their weapons all scared...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

After ‘Ugly Dolls' flop, where does STX Entertainment go from here?
In late 2015, the fledgling studio STX Entertainment was riding high on the success of its first movie, a well-reviewed low-budget thriller titled "The Gift." It had grossed a healthy $44 million in domestic box-office revenue

"The Gift" was an early confidence boost for STX, whose co-founder Bob...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

After the weather slams a festival, comes the cleanup
A music festival, for many neighborhoods, is a mixed blessing. While many festival-goers travel back to their homes or hotels at the day's end, for local residents in the surrounding neighborhoods — the damage done to parks and exaggerated promises made to businesses outweighs any excitement of...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Lyft cited for failing to warn city about violent behavior of driver who later allegedly killed a taxi driver
The city of Chicago has cited the Lyft ride-share service for failing to report that it fired a driver for allegedly attacking a customer. Two months later, the same driver allegedly killed a cab driver.

Lyft faces a fine of up to $10,000 for failing to tell the city's Department of Business Affairs...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

How 20 sessions of ‘brain training' helped Lucas Giolito get back on track this season
When Dylan Cease was called up to the White Sox two weeks ago, Lucas Giolito welcomed another "cerebral" starter to the rotation.

Both like to meditate and think outside the box, which is why Giolito underwent 20 sessions of what he called "brain training" last offseason to try to get his sagging...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Who was Alan Turing? WWII codebreaker, played by Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Imitation Game,' to be face of U.K. 50 pound note
Codebreaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing has been chosen as the face of Britain's new 50 pound note, the Bank of England announced Monday.

Governor Mark Carney said Turing, who did groundbreaking work on computers and artificial intelligence, was "a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand."

...

Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

The Blackhawks' prospects are looking up with Adam Boqvist and Kirby Dach as part of their future
A little over a year ago, the Blackhawks farm system was not exactly flooded with high-end prospects.

Sure, they had a promising defenseman in Henri Jokiharju, their 2017 first-round pick, and were excited about Dylan Sikura, a sixth-rounder in 2014 who had blossomed in college.

But they didn't...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Scarlett Johansson claims controversial casting comments were ‘edited for clickbait'
Scarlett Johansson is speaking out against the backlash regarding recent comments about politically correct casting.

"An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context," the actress said in a statement to Variety, referring to a recent article...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Muslim community leader throws out first pitch at Cubs game as team continues outreach
Some five months after racist and anti-Muslim emails from the Ricketts family patriarch surfaced, a leader in Chicago's Muslim community threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs game Monday night at Wrigley Field.

The invitation from the Cubs for Rami Nashashibi, executive director of the Inner-City...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Will Ben Zobrist return this season? The Cubs seek clarity with the July 31 trade deadline approaching
Cubs President Theo Epstein plans to speak "soon" with Ben Zobrist with the hope the valued hitter will rejoin the team later this season.

And those talks could have some bearing on what the Cubs do before the July 31 trade deadline.

"At this point it doesn't," Epstein said Monday night before...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Column: Don't wait until Joe Maddon is gone from the Cubs to realize how great he has been
Chicago coaching legends usually miss out on the victory laps they deserve.

Their farewells tend to revolve around regret more than reflection — as was the case with Mike Ditka. Ditka's voice shook Jan. 4, 1993, as he thanked George Halas the day the Bears fired their only coach to win a Super...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

Ask Amy: Parents want passive son-in-law to step up
Dear Amy: My daughter married her boyfriend right out of high school at a courthouse wedding, without our consent or knowledge. She and her husband now have a great 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

We have been very supportive over the years, giving them the down payment for a house, and...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 17, 2019

From the archives: Retired Justice John Paul Stevens had many ties to Chicago — here are a few of them
Before John Paul Stevens weighed in on decisions that would shake and change the lives of everyday Americans and hold those in power to account, he spent a lot of time learning about the law — and having a front row seat to corruption — in Chicago.

The former Supreme Court justice died Tuesday...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Kyle Schwarber's walk-off home run gives the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Reds in 10 innings
Kyle Schwarber's first career walk-off home run gave the Cubs a 4-3 win in 10 innings against the Reds on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

Alec Mills pitched five scoreless innings after a rocky first inning, and home runs by Robel Garcia and Kris Bryant sparked a comeback.

The Cubs (51-44), who...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Eloy Jimenez's 1st-inning injury a bad omen for the White Sox, who get blown out 11-0 for their 5th straight loss
Eloy Jimenez and Charlie Tilson tried tracking down leadoff batter Whit Merrifield's first-inning fly to left-center.

Tilson, the center fielder, made the catch. But he and Jimenez also collided. Jimenez went down in pain.

The left fielder left the game with a sore right elbow. It was the beginning...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

WNBA suspends Riquna Williams 10 games for domestic violence incident
The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident.

The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Cubs vs. Reds
Photos from the Cubs-Reds game on July 16, 2019, at Wrigley Field.



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Cubs 4, Reds 3 (10 innings)
Photos from the Cubs' 4-3 win over the Reds in 10 innings on July 16, 2019, at Wrigley Field.



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Expectations for the White Sox rose, then the losses started piling up. How are they handling it?
Rick Renteria had a message for his team after the White Sox dropped a fourth consecutive game Monday against the Royals.

"I said, ‘Don't worry about these last four games,' " Renteria said. " ‘After performing and competing and keeping yourselves above water (before the All-Star break), people...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Florida man who caught Chicago's Humboldt Park alligator throws out the 1st pitch before the Reds-Cubs game
Moments after Billy Williams vigorously shook hands with Frank Robb, better known around these parts as "Alligator Robb," the Cubs legend wore a wide crocodile smile.

"He got that damn gator!" Williams said as he walked away from Robb, the Florida specialist who captured the wild reptile that roamed...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Three's a crowd for the Cubs catching corps, but Joe Maddon vows to ‘figure this out'
The acquisition of Martin Maldonado will provide relief for the next week while Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras recovers from a bruised right foot.

But a potential logjam awaits manager Joe Maddon once Contreras returns, with switch-hitting backup Victor Caratini ascending and Maldonado...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Outfield collision knocks Eloy Jimenez out of the game with right elbow soreness
Eloy Jimenez left Tuesday's game against the Royals after colliding with center fielder Charlie Tilson while tracking a fly ball in the first inning.

Leadoff batter Whit Merrifield hit a fly ball to left-center. Tilson caught the ball and collided with Jimenez, who went down in pain.

Jimenez left...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

The White Sox need Tim Anderson back — but there's no timetable for his return
The White Sox miss Tim Anderson. That much is clear after the Sox lost their first five games after the All-Star break.

Anderson has been out since June 26 after suffering a sprained right ankle the previous night at Fenway Park.

Manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday that Anderson is "getting better...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

White Sox need Tim Anderson back, but there's no timetable for his return
The White Sox miss Tim Anderson. That much is clear after the Sox lost their first four games after the All-Star break.

Anderson has been out since June 26 after suffering a sprained right ankle the previous night at Fenway Park.

Manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday that Anderson is "getting better...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Former Justice John Paul Stevens, who became Supreme Court's leading liberal, dies at age 99
John Paul Stevens, who served on the Supreme Court for nearly 35 years and became its leading liberal, has died. He was 99.

Stevens' influence was felt on issues including abortion rights, protecting consumers and placing limits on the death penalty. He led the high court's decision to allow terrorism...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Jennifer Hudson, David Otunga reach parenting agreement in Cook County case
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and her former fiance, David Otunga, reached an agreement Tuesday in Cook County court to end their year-and-a-half legal battle over child support and parenting time for their 9-year-old son.

Hudson, a 37-year-old South Side native, and Otunga, a 39-year-old Elgin...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras vows his stay on the injured list will be short: ‘If it was (my choice), I'd be playing today'
All-Star catcher Willson Contreras initially wasn't happy to learn the Cubs were placing him on the 10-day injured list because of a right foot bruise he thought he could tolerate.

But his reaction Monday was more civil than it might have been three years ago, which would have required a special...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Parolee charged with fatally stabbing man on Red Line train
Authorities on Tuesday charged a 40-year-old parolee with a long criminal history with fatally stabbing a man aboard a CTA Red Line train last weekend.

Tony J. Polk was charged with first-degree murder following the Saturday afternoon stabbing death of Troy Johnson, 54, according to the Cook County...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

‘We're talking 7th and 8th grade girls,' prosecutors say as R. Kelly held without bond on sex charges
Five months ago, R.Kelly bonded out of Cook County Jail on sexual abuse charges and celebrated with a late-night trip to a Near North Side McDonald's and cigars at a nearby lounge.

But it was a different tune on Tuesday when a federal judge in Chicago ordered the embattled R&B singer held without...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

‘We're talking seventh and eighth grade girls,' prosecutors say as R. Kelly held without bond on sex charges
Five months ago, R. Kelly bonded out of Cook County Jail on sexual abuse charges and celebrated with a late-night trip to a Near North Side McDonald's and cigars at a nearby lounge.

But it was a different tune on Tuesday when a federal judge in Chicago ordered the embattled R&B singer held without...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

‘Healthy people in her age group really don't die in tubs,' pathologist says at trial of man accused in drowning death of wife
A 47-year-old South Barrington woman who was found drowned in her spa-style bathtub almost 20 years ago was too healthy to have died accidentally, a prosecution witness testified Tuesday at the murder trial of her husband.

Stephen Cina, Cook County's former chief medical examiner, said Cynthia...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Chicago alligator joins a long line of local reptiles that have stirred up trouble. Here are some of the most famous.
He has inspired T-shirts, headlines and Twitter accounts. But if Chance the Snapper — the fugitive alligator that mesmerized Chicago during his long, strange swim in the murky waters of the Humboldt Park Lagoon — is now a bona fide local celebrity of the reptile variety, he's by no means the only...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Candlelight vigil to support humane treatment for migrants draws 150 supporters
They stood in a circle.

Voice by voice; candle by candle, about 150 people, some holding aloft homemade signs, joined in protest of detention center conditions for migrants to the United States, family separations and immigration raids.

Oak Park's July 12 vigil was one of more than 800 worldwide...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Gun trafficker tied to fatal shooting of 15-year-old boy given 5 1/2 years in prison
One by one, prosecutors presented a federal judge with five different guns, detailing how they tracked each from Kentucky to a trio of traffickers after police recovered the weapons at crime scenes in gang-infested neighborhoods in Chicago.

Saying the scheme contributed to Chicago's endemic violence,...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Blackhawks believe they added toughness and versatility in acquiring veteran forward Zack Smith from the Senators for Artem Anisimov
Artem Anisimov's departure from the Blackhawks was not quite a foregone conclusion, but it came as little shock when they dealt the veteran center to the Senators on Tuesday for forward Zack Smith.

What was a bit of a shock was that the trade could be far more than a salary dump. In Smith, the...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Illinois' Planned Parenthood says it will turn down millions in federal funding to avoid ‘gag rule' on abortion
Planned Parenthood of Illinois plans to stop accepting millions of dollars in federal grant money following the Trump administration's announcement Monday that family planning clinics that take the cash may no longer refer women for abortions.

The administration notified clinics Monday that it...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Mundelein man charged with attempted murder after firing gun during confrontation, police say
A Mundelein man faces numerous charges, including attempted first-degree murder, after police said he stormed inside a home and tried to shoot someone as part of an ongoing feud.

John Monahan, deputy police chief for Mundelein, recently said investigators believe Steven Dehoyos, 22, of the 200...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Winnetka District 36 officials to unveil redistricting plan to address enrollment imbalance at neighborhood schools
Three months after voters soundly defeated a Winnetka School District 36 request to borrow $90 million for building improvements, officials say they are now ready to tackle the growing enrollment imbalance at neighborhood schools.

Next month, a demographer hired by the district is expected to unveil...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

WNBA suspends Riquna Williams 10 games for domestic violence
The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident.

The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Toddler saved in Lake Michigan after winds carry inflatable duck away from family
Witnesses say a toddler was rescued in Lake Michigan after he drifted away from his family on an inflatable duck in Indiana.

Dave Benjamin tells WBBM-TV that a boater finally grabbed the boy after the duck flipped over Monday, off Washington Beach in Michigan City. Benjamin tried to reach the boy...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Soccer fans, activists rally at U.S. Soccer headquarters for equal pay
Greta Lindall, 12, has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember. Now entering seventh grade, she plays for her school team at Skinner North Classical School.

Wearing a red U.S. women's national team jersey and a sticker that read "U.S. Soccer: We demand equal pay," Greta addressed a...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Appointment of new Park Ridge alderman increases number of women serving on City Council
For the first time in 12 years, the Park Ridge City Council will be represented by more than one female alderman.

Maureen Hartwig was appointed alderman of the 2nd Ward on Monday night, filling a vacancy created by the June resignation of Nicholas Milissis, who has moved out of the city. She will...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Amazon's rivals sense Prime Day opportunity, rake in sales too
The gravitational pull of Amazon Prime Day is so strong on shoppers it's benefiting other retailers as well, according to an early analysis from a key data group.

On Monday, the first day of its 48-hour sales event, large retailers, those that generated annual revenue of at least a billion dollars,...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Catcher Martin Maldonado to make his Cubs debut tonight vs. the Reds
Newly acquired catcher Martin Maldonado will make his Cubs debut Tuesday night against the Reds at muggy Wrigley Field.

Maldonado, acquired from the Royals late Monday for left-hander Mike Montgomery, will bat eighth. The 32-year-old won the 2017 American League Gold Glove Award with the Angels...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Chicago alligator joins a long line of local reptiles that stirred up trouble. Here are some of the most famous.
He has inspired T-shirts, headlines and Twitter accounts. But if Chance the Snapper — the fugitive alligator that mesmerized Chicago during his long, strange swim in the murky waters of the Humboldt Park Lagoon — is now a bona fide local celebrity of the reptile variety, he's by no means the only...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Devin Hester's 6-year-old son, Dray, is going viral after flashing jukes and stutter-steps: ‘Nobody can stop you'
Note to Bears general manager Ryan Pace: Devin Hester's son Drayton should be eligible for the NFL draft around 2033.

"Dray" has gone viral ever since his father posted Instagram video of the 6-year-old flashing jukes and stutter-steps that caused his opponents at an Orlando-area youth football...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Martha Plimpton has left the Steppenwolf ensemble, a rare exit
To most curious outsiders, the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble looks a lot like the Hotel California: You can check out any time you like but you can never leave.

Why would anybody want to go? It's inarguably among the most prestigious collections of stage actors in the world and yet...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Evanston council members table effort to censure city clerk after allegations of harassment and retaliation
Evanston aldermen on Monday backed away from formally censuring City Clerk Devon Reid over allegations of harassment and retaliation made by city employees.

The decision followed more than an hour of public comment from residents who were largely in support of Reid. Many accused the council of...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Kenilworth, among the state's wealthiest towns, approves TIF in effort to revitalize ‘long-stagnant' business district
Despite fierce opposition from hundreds of residents, the Kenilworth Village Board Monday voted unanimously to approve a special taxing district designated for blighted areas.

The board approved a tax increment financing district in an effort to revive what Kenilworth officials are calling a "long-stagnant"...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Former suburban convenience store clerk gets 2 years for hate crime. He shouted slurs at customers and slashed tires, authorities say.
A former clerk at a convenience store in Lombard who authorities said yelled racial slurs at four customers and then slashed the tires on their car was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison by a judge who called the man's conduct unacceptable.

Ranferi Basilo, 33, of Chicago, who had been out...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Florida man who caught Chicago's Humboldt Park alligator will throw out Cubs first pitch tonight
Frank Robb, the professional reptile wrangler who caught Chicago's Humboldt Park alligator, has been invited to throw the first pitch at Wrigley Field Tuesday night.

The Cubs said they heard he was planning to go to the game anyway and reached out to ask if he'd also like to throw out one of the...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Chicago culinary star Bill Kim partners with Crate & Barrel for an integrative dining and lifestyle experience
The concept of "try before you buy" isn't exactly one applied to furniture stores — you'll find it more at Costco or the dressing rooms at clothing stores. But Crate & Barrel brought on Bill Kim to lead The Table at Crate, the retail giant's first full-service restaurant where you'll be able to...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Blackhawks trade Artem Anisimov to the Senators for veteran forward Zack Smith
The Blackhawks saved some salary-cap space Tuesday when they traded center Artem Anisimov to the Senators for veteran center Zack Smith.

The Hawks will have an extra $1.3 million to work with after swapping Anisimov and his $4.55 million cap hit for the 31-year-old Smith, who has two years left...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

‘Exhausted' alligator ‘put up a little fight' but was caught in Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon
The alligator that eluded authorities for a week in the Humboldt Park Lagoon, exhausted after its week of celebrity, was caught overnight and made an appearance at a news conference Tuesday morning near the lagoon.

The male, 5-foot-3 alligator, weighing about 30 or 40 pounds, was captured around...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Police searching for man who approached children in forest preserve near Niles and Morton Grove
Cook County Sheriff's Police are looking for a man who approached children along a forest preserve bike trail near Morton Grove and Niles with an inappropriate request.

According to police, the man approached several children on July 11 between 3 and 6 p.m. while riding a red bicycle on a trail...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Promethean Theatre Ensemble announces 14th season
On Monday, Promethean Theatre Ensemble announced its 14th season including an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession" and the world premiere of "A Town Called Progress."

The season will kick off with the Chicago premiere of "Blue Stockings" by Jessica Swale, under the direction...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Toddler saved in Lake Michigan after winds carry inflatable
Witnesses say a toddler was rescued in Lake Michigan after he drifted away from his family on an inflatable duck in Indiana.

Dave Benjamin tells WBBM-TV that a boater finally grabbed the boy after the duck flipped over Monday, off Washington Beach in Michigan City. Benjamin tried to reach the boy...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Lincoln Park Zoo Ball: A fine, feathered affair — with plenty of flamingos
The summer heat did not keep more than 700 guests from flocking to Lincoln Park Zoo's signature fundraiser, this year themed "A Feathered Affair," on July 12. The Zoo Ball, hosted by the Women's Board, spotlighted the zoo's Chilean flamingos and raised nearly $1 million to support the The Pride...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Barneys New York may file for bankruptcy, source says
Barneys New York may soon join the ever lengthening list of retail stores seeking protection in bankruptcy.

The luxury clothing company, faced with high rents and a shifting consumer landscape, is evaluating options that may include a bankruptcy, according to a source close to the matter who asked...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Craving: Tourist best bets — where to eat in Chicago for visitors and newcomers, plus tourists in your own town
It happens to us often. Family comes to town and wants to know the best places to eat. Or a tourist is visiting and asks in advance for our list of must-try restaurants and bites. In Food & Dining, we've all developed lists that we share for these types of queries. And now we're sharing them with...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Man fatally shot early Tuesday at family party on Far South Side
A 26-year-old man was shot and killed at a family party early Tuesday on the Far South Side, according to police.

Witnesses told authorities the man was shot multiple times around 12:35 a.m. by an unknown attacker as the man stood on a sidewalk in the 1000 block of West 115th Street, according...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

First Floor Theater announces 2019-2020 season
On Tuesday, First Floor Theater announced its 2019-2020 season including two Chicago premieres and one world premiere.

The season opens with the Chicago premiere of Donja R. Love's "Sugar In Our Wounds" (Oct. 19-Nov. 23). First Floor Theater company member Mikael Burke will direct. "Sugar In Our...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

White Sox reinstate Welington Castillo from the injury list
The White Sox reinstated Welington Castillo from the 10-day injury list Tuesday.

The catcher had been on the injured list since June 18, retroactive to June 17, with a strained left oblique.

Castillo played in five games during a recent rehab assignment, getting five hits in 21 at-bats (.238 average)...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

R. Kelly ordered held without bond on sweeping new federal charges
A federal judge ordered R. Kelly held without bond Tuesday in Chicago on federal charges he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to recover child-sex tapes and pressured witnesses to change their stories before his Cook County pornography trial ended in an acquittal a decade ago.

The decision...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

R. Kelly, ex-wife fighting over finances for years, newly released divorce filings show
R. Kelly and his former wife have been battling over finances for more than a decade, with the embattled R&B singer and his reality TV star ex each claiming poverty at times, newly released divorce filings show.

A Cook County judge sealed the divorce records from public view just as a lengthy dispute...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

They got Humboldt Park's gator, but not before grab for greenbacks




The alligator in the Humboldt Park lagoon has been captured, but not before the hunt for the reptile triggered the creation of T-shirts, drink specials and tote bags as entrepreneurial Chicagoans rushed to cash in on the animal that captivated the city.

The 4-to-5-foot alligator was first spotted...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

The Cubs' YouTube channel is wonderfully weird — and funny. Here are some of the highlights.
Kris Bryant isn't just tying his necktie.

A video of the Cubs star third baseman just tying a tie wouldn't attract almost 30,000 views on YouTube in its first four days online, could it?

No, Bryant is tying his tie — a double Windsor knot, no less — and telling us how he's doing it, the play-by-play...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Emmy nominations 2019: biggest snubs and surprises
Landmark series such as HBO's "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" came to an end earlier this year, marking the last time the respective drama and comedy awards magnets would be eligible at the Emmys. While it seemed inevitable that those would score a number of noms on the 71st annual ballot, there were...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Is Urban Meyer done coaching college football? Fox Sports is banking on it
The last TV series Urban Meyer watched was "Seinfeld."

"Before that," he says, " ‘Cheers.' "

The guy's knowledge of pop culture probably rivals yours of the Flex defense.

Keep that in mind when you read this tale: After building a new college football pregame show to rival ESPN's "College GameDay,"...



Chicago Tribune
Jul 16, 2019

Illinois' Planned Parenthood says it will stop taking millions of federal dollars so it can keep making abortion referrals
Planned Parenthood of Illinois plans to stop accepting millions of dollars in federal grant money following the Trump administration's announcement Monday that family planning clinics that take the cash may no longer refer women for abortions.

The administration notified family planning clinics...



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