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Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

25 of the best Amazon Prime original series to binge-watch while stuck at home
There's a lot of programming to choose from on platforms like Amazon Prime Video. We've combed through the menu screen so you don't have to, to find shows worth watching while you're stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

From comedies and action-packed thrillers to documentaries and kids...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

Bears Q&A: Are you sure Nick Foles is the new starting QB? Will this be GM Ryan Pace's last draft? Is wide receiver really a ‘need' for a win-now roster?
The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

In the Q&A last week, you implied the Bears brought in Nick Foles to be the starter. Foles' track record includes the great run in 2013 and the Super Bowl run in 2017 but otherwise is pretty bleak. Foles seems like a great guy and elite...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

Commentary: Kenneka Jenkins case was a nightmare for family but it was never a murder mystery
MTV's new true crime series that features the 2017 death of Kenneka Jenkins brought back some terrible memories of not only the senseless loss of another young life, but the recklessness that can come when you meld true crime, social media and misinformation.

Nearly from the start, the most pernicious...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

Ex-ICE chief said he thought of giving Ill. Rep. ‘Chuy' Garcia ‘a beating' after clashing at House hearing
The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Fox News on Monday he thought about "beating" Illinois Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia when the two got into a heated exchange at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Tom Homan, who previously served as acting ICE director under President Donald...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

Former Chicago police officer sentenced to 10 years in fatal shooting of unarmed man
Angelica Nieves took the witness stand in Cook County court Monday, looked at the ex-Chicago cop who killed her brother, and addressed him directly. His actions had shattered her family, and she would use his full name.

"You took him away from us, and why? What did he do to you, Lowell Houser?"...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

Linda Johnson Rice, daughter of Ebony founder, resigns from emeritus spot on magazine's board: ‘The last three years did not result in what I envisioned'
Linda Johnson Rice has resigned as chairman emeritus of the Ebony Media board, citing the failure of the struggling Ebony and Jet brands to live up to their legacy in the African American community after Johnson Publishing sold the magazines to a Texas private equity firm in 2016.

Ebony, once an...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

New United CEO Scott Kirby is known as a ‘details guy' who spent years prepping for the role, including at rival American Airlines
Three years ago, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz hired the president of American Airlines and made him the No. 2 executive at the beleagured airline.

Come May, Scott Kirby, who built a reputation as a detail-oriented executive over three decades in the commercial airline industry, will take over...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

Oreo-maker Mondelez partners with Chicago restaurant group to open cafe at the base of its new Fulton Market headquarters
Oreo-maker Mondelez International plans to open a public cafe at the base of its new Fulton Market headquarters that it says embodies the "makers and bakers spirit" of the snacks behemoth.

Mondelez, whose move from Deerfield to Chicago's bustling former meatpacking district is scheduled for April...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

Politically connected ex-Teamsters boss pleads guilty to extorting Chicago film studio, agrees to cooperate
Longtime Chicago union boss John Coli Sr. doesn't necessarily seem like the type to cooperate with authorities.

A politically connected and nationally known fixture in the Teamsters, Coli once told a lawyer in sworn testimony to "go f--- yourself." He dodged controversy for years — from suspicious...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

My worst moment: 'FBI' star Jeremy Sisto on his ‘Dazed and Confused' audition for director Richard Linklater
On the CBS drama "FBI," Jeremy Sisto plays Jubal Valentine, the special agent in charge who isn't out pounding the pavement — as he did when he played a cop on "Law & Order" — but is the guy back at the office, supervising his team's efforts and making sure all the pieces of an investigation are...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

Villages, schools in central Lake County take precautionary steps amid coronavirus outbreak
Local governments in central Lake County are taking steps to try and prevent any chance of the new coronavirus from spreading, including canceling public events, school trips overseas and after-school activities.

Officials representing the villages of Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills and their...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 03, 2020

Ask Amy: Mother's mistakes come back to haunt her
Dear Readers: Because of syndication scheduling, I write and submit my columns two weeks in advance of publication. Due to this time lag, the Q&A's will not reflect the latest information about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic we are currently facing.

Dear Amy: I wish I could undo some of the terrible...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Oak Park: Resident in his 60s is ‘likely' village's first COVID-19 death
Oak Park health officials announced Thursday a man in his 60s is likely the village's first confirmed death related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Village public health director Mike Charley made the announcement through a news release Thursday evening, saying the man had tested positive for the...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Michigan State athletic director defends Tom Izzo after witness report in player's sexual conduct investigation
Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman defended basketball coach Tom Izzo on Thursday after Izzo was accused in an ESPN report of contacting a witness who was part of a 2017 criminal sexual conduct investigation involving one of his players.

According to a police report obtained by ESPN,...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Hosts Connor McKnight and Julie DiCaro are among the cuts at WSCR-AM as parent Entercom responds to ad declines from the coronavirus pandemic
WSCR-AM 670 hosts Connor McKnight and Julie DiCaro were among those let go in a national cost-cutting initiative by parent Entercom Communications in response to advertising declines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The full extent of the job cuts in Chicago, where Entercom has six other stations...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls former Dallas police chief David Brown the right leader in a time of crisis, announces him as choice for police superintendent
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has chosen former Dallas police Chief David Brown to be the next Chicago police superintendent, calling him the "humble leader" the city needs to lead it through its violence problem and the unfolding coronavirus emergency.

The selection of Brown, chosen from among the three...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Getting an offer to a selective enrollment high school in Chicago is a big deal. But CPS blames a ‘clerical error' for some students getting passed up.
When the clock struck 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, eighth grade families throughout Chicago gathered around computers as high school admissions offers started appearing online.

But a week later, some of the teens are still waiting to find out where they got in.

Nearly 200 students who took the selective...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Vernon Hills police: Man faces DUI, drug charges following rollover crash
The following items were taken from the Libertyville and Vernon Hills police reports and releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

Libertyville Theft

Theodias Duffie, 56, of the 1500 block of 16th Street in North Chicago, was charged March 29 with retail theft following an incident...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Watch live: Mayor Lori Lightfoot discusses Chicago's next police superintendent
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has chosen former Dallas police Chief David Brown to be the next Chicago police superintendent, making him the third outsider in 12 years to lead the nation's second largest police force, according to sources. Get the latest updates here.

Watch live below: Briefing scheduled...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Mayor Lori Lightfoot picks former Dallas police Chief David Brown to be her first permanent Chicago police boss
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has chosen former Dallas police Chief David Brown to be the next Chicago police superintendent, making him the third outsider in 12 years to lead the nation's second largest police force, according to sources familiar with her decision.

The selection of Brown, chosen from among...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Watch live: Mayor Lori Lightfoot discusses Chicago 's next police superintendent
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has chosen former Dallas police Chief David Brown to be the next Chicago police superintendent, making him the third outsider in 12 years to lead the nation's second largest police force, according to sources. Get the latest updates here.

Watch live below: Briefing scheduled...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

OPRF student uses 3D printer to create masks for medical professionals
Seeing a need for additional personal protective equipment for medical professionals led Oak Park teenager Jordan Arnold-Anderson to use his creative skills to help out.

Arnold-Anderson, a freshman at Oak Park and River Forest High School, made more than a dozen masks by using the proper fabric...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Pregnant Chicago teen was gunned down after $5,000 bounty was placed on her head for testifying in murder trial, prosecutors say
Treja Kelley had been hesitant to come forward after witnessing the murder of her 17-year-old cousin.

But she found the courage to take the stand at the trial last year. She helped secure a guilty verdict. And then a $5,000 bounty was placed on her head, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

In...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Column: Ed Farmer will be remembered as a South Sider all the way through
The White Sox family is a close-knit bunch, from the security guards at the clubhouse door to the office of Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

You understand why just by glancing through the media guide, where you'll quickly notice the number of employees who've worked two, three or even four-plus decades...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Guilty plea lays bare ex-state Sen. Martin Sandoval's greed in red-light camera bribery scheme. ‘So why don't I get that offer?'
State Sen. Martin Sandoval had already taken tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from a clout-heavy red-light camera company when he complained to one of its representatives in 2018 that he was getting stiffed.

After all, as the head of the Senate's Transportation Committee, Sandoval was the...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

DePaul basketball coach Dave Leitao gets a contract extension through 2023-24
DePaul men's basketball coach Dave Leitao received a contract extension through 2023-24, the school announced Thursday.

Financial terms were not released. Leitao's contract was set to expire after the 2019-20 season.

The athletic department announced in September it was working on contract extension...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online
The popcorn will be bring your own and the barbecue won't be as good, but the Austin, Texas, SXSW Film Festival is moving online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.

SXSW announced Thursday that it's partnering with Amazon Prime Video to stream as much of its movie...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Teenage boy wounded during an attempted robbery of a CCL holder in the Austin neighborhood
A 16-year-old boy was wounded Thursday morning during an attempted robbery of a concealed carry license holder in the Austin neighborhood, Chicago police said.

Shortly after 7 a.m., a teenage boy and a group approached a 29-year-old man in the 600 block of North LeClaire Avenue. The boy pulled...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Blackhawks sign Matthew Highmore and Kevin Lankinen to extensions, securing 2 young talents through 2022
The Blackhawks agreed to contract extensions with forward Matthew Highmore and goaltender Kevin Lankinen, and signed forwards Evan Barratt and Andrei Altybarmakyan to entry-level contracts, the team announced Thursday.

Highmore's and Lankinen's signings tick off two from the Hawks' list of young...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Pregnant Chicago teen was gunned down after bounty was placed on her head for testifying in murder trial, prosecutors say
Treja Kelley had been hesitant to come forward after witnessing the murder of her 17-year-old cousin.

But she found the courage to take the stand last year and helped secure a guilty verdict. Her testimony, though, put a bounty on her head, prosecutors said Thursday. Just a few months after testifying,...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Watch live: Gov. J. B. Pritzker and health officials discuss Illinois coronavirus cases
Watch live as Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker and health officials discuss coronavirus cases in a briefing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CDT. Get the latest updates here.

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Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Family, animal lovers remember Niles veterinarian who died after COVID-19 diagnosis: ‘He truly believed all life is precious'
Long before he became a veterinarian and helmed the Niles Animal Hospital, Dr. Peter Sakas, of Northbrook, was treating and caring for animals.

If a baby bird fell from a tree, a young Sakas was there to nurse it back to health, feeding it through an eye dropper.

When he and his sister, Connie,...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Column: Ed Farmer and I had a beef. But in our final interaction, thankfully, we didn't.
I'll be honest: Ed Farmer did not always like me.

We got along great when I covered the White Sox from 1998-99 and in 2003. Anyone who would listen to him riff on Notre Dame football or indulge his shot-by-shot accounts of shooting 74 at Butler National was on his good list.

During a Sox trip to...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

A Netflix series predicted a global pandemic. It was dismissed as ‘a show about the flu'
Not if but when.

It's the rallying cry uttered over and over again by the doctors, scientists, humanitarian workers and public health officials profiled in "Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak." Structured like a globe-trotting thriller, the Netflix documentary series follows dedicated men and...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

A look at Beat Kitchen for a view of how the coronavirus shutdown hits a Chicago venue at every level
Like every bar, restaurant and club in Chicago, 26-year-old Beat Kitchen packed up its beer kegs for coronavirus-mandated hibernation, which its 22-person staff desperately hopes is not permanent. The brown-brick corner club in Roscoe Village, whose restaurant reopened recently for carryout and...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Former Dallas police Chief David Brown
Former Dallas police Chief David Brown is expected to become the next Chicago police superintendent.



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Bear Hunt adds some fun for Clarendon Hills residents' walks
Shawn Zadkovic wasn't sure what to expect when she shared the idea of a Bear Hunt, using stuffed animals, in Clarendon Hills on a local mom's Facebook page.

"Actually, I stole the idea from another Facebook page, and it reminded me of the popular children's book, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," said...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Oak Park hospitals: acquiring ventilators, offering testing, barring visitors, creating COVID-19 units, stopping elective procedures, more
Both Rush Oak Park Hospital and West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park are mobilizing for the COVID-19 pandemic, with one or both acquiring equipment, re-assigning medical personnel, establishing coronavirus testing and more.

Visitors and patients can expect to see additional security measures...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Watch live: Mayor Lori Lightfoot discusses Chicago police officer who died of COVID-19
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to discuss the Chicago police officer who died of COVID-19 at a briefing scheduled for 11 a.m. CDT. Get the latest updates here.

Watch live below:



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Ask Amy: Preschool trampoline party gets more bouncers
Dear Readers: Because of syndication scheduling, I write and submit my columns two weeks in advance of publication. Due to this time lag, the Q&A's will not reflect the latest information about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic we are currently facing.

Dear Amy: I recently hosted a birthday party...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Ed Farmer, voice of the White Sox
Ed Farmer, the voice of the Chicago White Sox for nearly 30 years, dies. He was 70.



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Jay Cutler over Aaron Rodgers? The Bears' 2015 Thanksgiving night upset of the Packers is airing tonight on NBCSN.
Can you remember the vibe? The renewed hope? That hunch the Bears were turning a corner?

On Thanksgiving weekend 2015 — after the Bears upset the Packers 17-13 at Lambeau Field, after Jay Cutler and Tracy Porter shared a fake postgame turkey leg with Michelle Tafoya, after players turned the visitors...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Remember when Jay Cutler beat Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau? The Bears' 2015 Thanksgiving night upset of the Packers is airing tonight on NBCSN.
Can you remember the vibe? The renewed hope? That hunch the Bears were turning a corner?

On Thanksgiving weekend 2015 — after the Bears upset the Packers 17-13 at Lambeau Field, after Jay Cutler and Tracy Porter shared a fake postgame turkey leg with Michelle Tafoya, after players turned the visitors...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Ed Farmer, the voice of the Chicago White Sox for almost 30 years, dies
Ed Farmer — a son of Chicago's South Side who spent 2½ seasons pitching for the White Sox during an 11-year major-league baseball career and, for almost 30 years, was a radio announcer for the team — died on Wednesday night according to the White Sox. He was 70.

A member of the 1980 American League...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

5 of the Bears' 7 draft picks come after the 160th selection. A look back at the last 10 years shows they're unlikely to make a big splash that late.
NFL free agency has no buzzer, no specific end date. Thus the Bears will continue working the market in the days and weeks ahead to identify bargains and possible additions to stabilize the roster.

Still, pretty soon the Bears' full focus will shift toward the draft and strategizing how they can...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

For parents of premature babies in the NICU, the coronavirus pandemic has only heightened their anxiety
Niama Nash's daily routine revolves around hospital visits.

For Nash, the mother of a baby who was born prematurely and is currently in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the coronavirus pandemic is always on her mind.

"I'm scared. Absolutely," Nash said. "I have a lot of anxiety. I try to keep it...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Woman, 64, in critical condition after drive-by shooting in North Austin
A 64-year-old woman was in critical condition late Wednesday after she was shot during a drive-by shooting on Chicago's West Side, Chicago police said.

About 10:50 p.m. investigators were called to the 5500 block of West North Avenue in North Austin for a report of a drive-by shooting. The woman...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

A look at how the top prospects from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Illinois and Illinois State are preparing for the 2020 NFL draft
The public portion of the NFL draft in Las Vegas was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. NFL facilities are closed to all but essential personnel until at least April 8. Pro days and in-person visits for teams to get to know draft prospects better are banned.

But Commissioner Roger Goodell's...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

‘Valentine' review: Elizabeth Wetmore may live in Chicago, but her debut novel is a powerful portrait of her native West Texas
Situated in the heart of oil country, Odessa, Texas, is said to have been named after Odessa, Ukraine, because of the shortgrass prairie's resemblance to the desolate, flat and unforested steppes. In her gripping and complex debut novel, "Valentine," set in the West Texas city in the 1970s, Elizabeth...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

As NFL draft preparations go remote, here's how the top prospects from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Illinois and Illinois State have adjusted
The public portion of the NFL draft in Las Vegas was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. NFL facilities are closed to all but essential personnel until at least April 8. Pro days and in-person visits for teams to get to know draft prospects better are banned.

But Commissioner Roger Goodell's...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

2 dead in wrong-way crash on Interstate 80 ramp
Two men were killed in a wrong-way, two-vehicle collision on Interstate 80 late Wednesday, officials said.

About 11:15 p.m., two SUVs collided in eastbound lanes of the I-80 ramp, west of the Interstate 57 north junction, according to Illinois State Police, who were investigating the crash. The...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Illinois State Police investigate fatal crash on Interstate 80 ramp that closed road overnight
A wrong-way driver on an Interstate 80 ramp was seriously injured when their vehicle struck another vehicle late Wednesday, killing the driver of the vehicle it struck, officials said.

About 11:15 p.m., two SUVs collided in eastbound lanes of the I-80 ramp to Interstate 57 north, according to Illinois...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Niles-based businesses donate stock of face masks to first responders, hospitals
With face masks in high demand — and short supply — during the COVID-19 pandemic, American Science and Surplus, a retailer, and Rich Foods, a food supplier, have donated substantial quantities of them to hospitals and first responders.

American Science and Surplus owner Patrick Meyer said his business,...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Here's the number of COVID-19 cases in several suburbs; they rose by 300 in one day
Suburban residents are watching as the number of COVID-19 cases ticks up each day.



On Tuesday, the Cook County Department of Public Health reported 1,645 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 35 deaths related to the virus within the department's jurisdiction. The number of confirmed cases increased...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

As spring rains arrive amid the coronavirus crisis, towns prep for flooding: ‘Last year was really scary. You never know what the river is going to do.'
In Rock Island, public works crews are staggering their hours. In central Illinois, dredging work continues at the confluence of the Illinois and Sangamon rivers, though the main focus has been on making sure local restaurants in the river town of Beardstown are able to weather the coronavirus...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Ask Amy: Biblical lender should look to Shakespeare
Dear Amy: I'm wondering how to balance friendship and faith with a business transaction that has gone bad.

I loaned several hundred thousand dollars to a longtime friend, as his business was struggling and he was going through a divorce.

We agreed on standard documentation and precise payment terms....



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

‘We're planning on having a full season': NFL executives remain confident that coronavirus disruptions will stop well short of Week 1
If March 2020 taught us anything about the sports world, it's that looking too far down the road can prove imprudent and impractical. When the month began, no one had any idea that sports were headed for an almost complete shutdown and that most of the country would follow suit as a global pandemic...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

A natural sweetener with a tenth of sugar's calories. Allulose, developed in Hoffman Estates, could be ‘breakthrough ingredient.'
People looking to cut back on sugar may soon start seeing more of a novel ingredient: allulose, a substitute that tastes and performs much like the real thing but with a tenth of the calories and none of the cavity-causing, insulin-spiking drawbacks.

Allulose, considered a "rare sugar," in April...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

‘The Masked Singer' reveals the identity of the White Tiger: Here's the star under the mask
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 3, episode 10 of "The Masked Singer," which aired April 1 on Fox.

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the latest celebrity to be revealed on "The Masked Singer," as the show's final nine contestants faced off for...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Watch live: Members of the coronavirus task force hold a press briefing
Watch live as members of the coronavirus task force provide an update on the coronavirus outbreak in a briefing scheduled for 4 p.m. CDT. Get the latest updates here.

Watch live below:



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Three finalists named for consideration as Chicago Police Department superintendent
The Chicago Police Board has chosen three finalists to potentially lead the city's police force, sources familiar with the process said, setting up a pivotal choice for Mayor Lori Lightfoot as the department works to reduce gun violence while trying to implement reforms from within as part of a...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Oakton Community College marks 50 years since founding
Oakton Community College marked a half-century of operations with a Founder's Day ceremony on June 25.

The event marked 50 years to the day the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of Oakton Community College on June 25, 1969. The school plans a year of events based around the theme "50 and Forward:...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Daywatch: A top cop favorite emerges, healthcare workers try to protect their families and how to prevent ‘Zoombombing'
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Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Family mourns lost promise of their daughter, shot to death while home on break from Michigan State. ‘I'm very proud of her. Her legacy will live on.'
Lyniah Bell dreamed of being a news anchor, and she was well on her way by the time of her senior prom in June.

The North Lawndale College Prep student was a member of the National Honor Society and a scholar in the prestigious Phoenix Pact program. She had an academic scholarship at Michigan State...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

‘The Masked Singer' reveals the identity of the Swan: Here's the star under the mask
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 3, episode 8 of "The Masked Singer," which aired March 18 on Fox.

Bella Thorne is the latest celebrity to be revealed on "The Masked Singer," and to do so without any of the show's panelists figuring out her identity.

Thorne, who was...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

‘America's Test Kitchen' has the recipe to hit season 20
LOS ANGELES — There are cooking shows hosted by celebrities, some of whom may know a fricassee from a frittata, and shows that feature arrogant chefs and bad cooks. There's an upcoming digital series in which blindfolded chefs get smacked in the face with a dish and compete to identify and make...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

50 of the more than 1,300 FCC complaints about Jennifer Lopez and Shakira at the Super Bowl
Some viewers of the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show were unimpressed with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira's performance and concerned about the display of sexuality, according to complaints submitted to the Federal Communications Commission.



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

5G arrived in Chicago in 2019. What will happen with the fifth generation of wireless in 2020?


Wireless companies will continue developing their 5G networks in Chicago in 2020, but it will be years before most consumers take advantage of the ultrafast download speeds.







Businesses are figuring out how they can best use the fifth generation of wireless, and expect it will lay the foundation...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Cook County judge sets sex abuse trial for R. Kelly in September
A Cook County judge on Wednesday set a tentative trial date for September for beleaguered R&B singer R. Kelly even before prosecutors have disclosed which of his four separate indictments they intend to pursue first.

Kelly, 52, who is in federal custody, did not attend the hearing at the Leighton...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

New retail center receives approval to replace former Giordano's restaurant in Lake Zurich
Wisconsin-based developers are planning to demolish the former Giordano's restaurant in Lake Zurich in July to build an 8,640-square-foot retail center in its place.

During a meeting in June, the Lake Zurich Village Board unanimously approved the developers' redevelopment proposal for the building...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Review: ‘Whisper House' by Black Button Eyes Productions is a spooky musical set in a lighthouse
No Chicago theater is more aptly named than Black Button Eyes Productions, a small theater company with a long-standing specialty in the ghostly, the somber and the macabre.

In some ways, that house specialty works against the first production of the new year, the debut Chicago staging of "Whisper...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Robert Heller, longtime owner of Arlington Heights lumberyard, dies
Robert L. Heller owned Heller Lumber Company in Arlington Heights for almost 40 years, holding fast to the view that even in a world of big-box home centers, there was a place for the personal service offered by a community lumberyard.

"While everybody was going to big home center stores, Bob Heller...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Sports betting, 6 new casinos, thousands more video slot and poker machines. Illinois is set to become a Midwest gambling mecca. Here's what's coming.
When Rivers Casino in Des Plaines opened its gleaming new sports bar earlier this month, it had everything a gambler could want, including 32 leather lounge chairs, a 47-foot-wide video wall topped by a sports ticker and five betting windows.

The only thing missing? The BetRivers SportsBar can't...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

The latest from editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis




Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Who brews Chicago's best bourbon barrel-aged stout? Our March Madness-style tasting leads to an unlikely winner.
Chicago is a city of many things. Tall buildings. Big shoulders. Mediocre sports teams. And bourbon barrel-aged stout.

The practice of aging imperial stout in bourbon barrels was born in Chicago, first introduced by Goose Island in the mid 1990s with the legendary Bourbon County Stout.

It was such...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Best jazz albums of 2019: Dee Alexander, Miguel Zenon and Anat Cohen Tentet had a very good year
The creativity of today's jazz artists never ceases to amaze, as this year's best recordings attest:

Patricia Barber: "Higher" (ArtistShare). Listeners have come to expect surprises from singer-pianist-songwriter Barber, who's in residence Monday nights at the Green Mill when she's not on tour....



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Anthony Rizzo says to expect ‘crazy' things when baseball comes back. But first, ‘invest in yourself.'
Anthony Rizzo wants a different style of baseball when the sport resumes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

"When it gets all going, I'm sure you're going to see a lot of crazy ideas thrown out there," Rizzo said Monday on WMVP-AM 1000's "Kap & Co." show. "But I don't think anything is crazy...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

10 places to find a great meal along the overpriced dining wasteland of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Where to eat along Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

‘American Idol' shifts schedule on ABC as live shows remain in question
ABC is shuffling the schedule of "American Idol" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The broadcaster will air pre-taped episodes on both March 29 and April 5 rather than airing both episodes in the same week. Live shows were set to begin April 6, but that is no longer the case.

The singing competition...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

'I wanted to be with this team': Yoan Moncada officially agrees to a 5-year, $70 million extension with the White Sox
Nomar Mazara walked over to Yoan Moncada in the White Sox clubhouse Friday morning and greeted the third baseman with a congratulatory handshake.

Moments later, Alex Colome did likewise.

Moncada had plenty of reasons to celebrate after officially coming to terms on a five-year, $70 million extension...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Daywatch: Scooters popular, but safety rules aren't, a gerrymandering win for Illinois Democrats and other things to know to start your day
Scooter renters are passing right past the city's strict safety rules Chicago's new shared electric scooter pilot program is proving popular, with 60,000 rides taken in the first two weeks alone. But strict safety rules set by the city are being blatantly ignored so far.

Users are scooting along...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy seeks proposals to move Glencoe cottage threatened with demolition
In an effort to save a Glencoe cottage threatened with demolition, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is requesting proposals from groups interested in moving the 1913 structure.

In a post on its website this week, the conservancy made a call for proposals from individuals or groups that...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Norridge Village Board approves $23.5 million budget
The Norridge Village Board approved a $23.5 million budget Wednesday that increases spending for the Police Department but cuts back slightly on funding for the Street Department.

The village expects to bring in $23,761,671 in revenue for Fiscal 2020, with an expected $15,602,523 coming from the...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Martha Keserich-Vance, sang with big bands in Chicago and northwest Indiana, dies
Martha Keserich-Vance sang under the stage name Martha Nash with big bands that included Mickey Isley and his orchestra in venues from the Aragon and Trianon ballrooms in Chicago to Madura's Danceland in the Calumet area.

Her songbook included such tunes as "The Muffin Man," "Sugar Blues" and "I'll...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Lawsuit claims Sterigenics company has been paying out investors at the expense of plaintiffs suing over ethylene oxide emissions in Willowbrook
The law firm representing people who are suing Sterigenics over ethylene oxide emissions from its Willowbrook plant recently accused the company of siphoning off funds that could go to the plaintiffs by paying more than $1 billion to its investors since 2016.

Representatives of Romanucci and Blandin...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Illinois immigration groups applaud Supreme Court ruling that keeps citizenship question off census, but fight's not over yet


The U.S. Supreme Court has for now blocked a controversial citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 census, but immigration advocates in Illinois aren't claiming victory yet.

Lawrence Benito, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said the ruling...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

LGBTQ people fought for decades to be recognized in the census. This time they will be — sort of.






















Kayla Bates knows the 2020 census is important, but filling it out will mean yet another form that won't allow the 30-year-old to correctly self-identify.

"If you identify as a woman, imagine that you had to pick that you are a man on forms," said the Elgin resident, who is nonbinary...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Licensed gun owner shoots and kills 14-year-old boy during attempted car theft in Lake County; 5 teens charged with murder
A 75-year-old licensed concealed-carry gun owner shot and killed a 14-year-old Chicago boy when a group of teens appeared at his Lake County home early Tuesday morning, with the group then taking off in a high-speed chase that ended in Chicago when the stolen car they were driving ran out of gas,...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Long before fatal stabbing, Richard's Bar was already a Chicago legend — for better and for worse
Like any self-respecting Chicago dive bar doubling as a civic institution, Richard's Bar opens most days at 8 a.m.

In a 2001 letter to the editor, a Chicago Tribune reader explained that he and a group of friends took advantage of those early hours to "have our morning coffee and fruit juice" while...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Leaders at Glenview church say dozens showing COVID-19 symptoms in days following a worship service
Forty-three people who attended a March 15 service at The Life Church of Glenview are now displaying symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, the pastor's wife wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Layna LoCascio said in the social media post that not everyone has been tested,...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Nurse says she was fired by Northwestern Memorial Hospital after warning co-workers that face masks being used were not the safest
A nurse is suing Northwestern Memorial Hospital, saying she was fired after warning fellow employees the masks provided by the hospital would not properly protect them against the coronavirus.

Lauri Mazurkiewicz alleges that Northwestern required staff to wear a type of mask "less safe and less...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Evanston seeks community volunteers to help with coronavirus response
Evanston officials have launched a new online portal to connect residents seeking to help during the coronavirus pandemic with groups who could use their skills.

Deputy City Manager Kimberly Richardson said groups around town have a need for "all kinds of skill sets" as they try to make do while...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

#MeToo: A timeline of events
From Harvey Weinstein and beyond, a chronological list of moments related to the #MeToo movement.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

‘The Last Dance,' ESPN's 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the Bulls, will debut April 19
Like Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Bulls, ESPN's "The Last Dance" apparently cannot be held back.

Years in the making and originally scheduled to launch in June in conjunction with the NBA Finals, the long-awaited 10-part documentary about the Jordan-led team's pursuit of its sixth and final championship...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

‘The Masked Singer' reveals the identity of the Llama: Here's the star under the mask
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead, if you have not watched Season 3, Episode 2 of "The Masked Singer," which aired Feb. 5 on Fox.

Drew Carey, come on down! You're the next contestant to be eliminated... on "The Masked Singer."

The comedian and "The Price is Right" host became the second celebrity...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Arlington Heights restaurant owner raises funds to aid his staff: ‘It isn't a windfall for any of them but it is a real tribute'
One Arlington Heights restaurant has found a new way to pass the hat to support its employees.

"As soon as we saw that we were going to be shut down, we knew we had a boatload of employees who rely on Hey Nonny for their living," said Chip Brooks, co-owner of Hey Nonny, a dining and live music...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Bears are extending the deadline for some to make their season ticket payments
The deadline to pay for 2020 Bears season tickets was March 20. But the team continues to field calls from season ticket holders concerned about making such payments in a time of economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bears are encouraging such calls so they can work with individuals...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Bucktown home connected to ‘Windy City Rehab' facing foreclosure
Belmont Bank & Trust has initiated foreclosure proceedings on a Bucktown home connected to the popular HGTV renovation series "Windy City Rehab."

The bank is seeking $925,000 plus additional interest from 1727 W. Ellen LLC ? which is managed by "Windy City Rehab" contractor Donovan Eckhardt and...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 02, 2020

Share-watch shows with your friends remotely while social distancing
Tired of watching Netflix alone while quarantined due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Twoseven, a share-watching streaming platform allows users to watch their favorite television shows, movies and Youtube videos together while social distancing.

Users can sign-up for a free account through their...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 01, 2020

Favorite for Chicago police superintendent emerges as search officially narrows to three
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's next police superintendent will either be a woman leading a suburban police department, a former police chief from Texas, or a high-ranking Chicago police official, though sources familiar with the process said a favorite had emerged late Wednesday.

Those sources said former...



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