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Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

At least 2 Lake Bluff fifth-graders test positive for COVID-19 after social gatherings involving students
All fifth-grade students at Lake Bluff Elementary School will stay home next week after positive coronavirus tests.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Elections board says mail-in applicants who instead want to vote in person should first wait for their ballots to arrive
Illinois election authorities are asking voters who applied for a mail-in ballot but then decide to cast their vote in person to "allow sufficient time" until their ballot arrives before heading into an early voting location.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Federal investigators seek to question 3 CPS employees; Board of Ed pays for lawyers to represent them
The three employees "are not under investigation for their conduct but may have information or evidence that would be helpful to an investigation," CPS says.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Read Speaker Madigan's letter to the special committee investigating his conduct in alleged ComEd bribery scheme
Speaker Madigan declined an invitation to testify before a special committee investigating his conduct in connection with ComEd's alleged "yearslong bribery scheme." Read the speaker's letter to the committee here.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan declines to testify before special committee investigating his conduct in alleged ComEd bribery scheme
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has declined an invitation to testify before a special committee investigating his conduct in connection with Commonwealth Edison's alleged "yearslong bribery scheme" aimed at currying favor with the powerful Democrat.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Youth hockey in Illinois has been frozen by COVID-19 restrictions.
Youth hockey in Illinois has been frozen by COVID-19 restrictions. Some parents say it's time for a thaw.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

US congressman Mike Quigley joins effort to halt deportation of French bulldogs found abandoned in O'Hare warehouse
With more than a dozen French Bulldogs found abandoned in an O'Hare warehouse facing a Monday deportation, U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley is among those demanding that the CDC halt its planned deportation of the ailing dogs back to Jordan.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

From Notre Dame to Chicago's 7th Circuit to Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett poised to become Trump's pick to succeed Ginsburg
President Trump is expected to announce Amy Coney Barrett as a U.S. Supreme Court nominee on Saturday.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

The Spin: Trump to tap Barrett for Supreme Court: reports | President's anti-lynching law proposal comes months after U.S. Rep. Rush's measure stalls | ‘Dreadhead Cowboy' to Lightfoot, ‘Lori come help me.'
Welcome to The Spin, the Chicago Tribune's daily politics newsletter.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Man shot during domestic incident at North Riverside Mall, officials say
Shooting at Riverside Mall

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 2,514 new known COVID-19 cases and 25 additional deaths reported; Lightfoot, labor leaders call for congressional help on Chicago's revenue hole
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Bubble wrap, seat belt used in slaying of woman found in Gresham lot, authorities say
A 45-year-old woman who was found with bubble-wrap and a seat belt wrapped around her head early Friday suffered multiple injuries in an assault, officials said.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Column: Uncivil War: A poem about Donald Trump
The latest in a series of occasional TrumPoems chronicling the presidency of Donald Trump.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says billboards honoring Breonna Taylor are not political
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration is using electronic billboards on city property to honor Breonna Taylor following protests in Chicago this week in response to her fatal shooting by police in Louisville, saying the campaign on signs alongside local expressways is not politically motivated despite some aldermanic criticism.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

After ‘notable decrease in parties' and a drop in COVID-19 cases, Northern Illinois University will resume in-person classes
The break allowed NIU to identify exposed students and immediately quarantine them, the NIU president said.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Pritzker tries to blame Republicans after ally suggests big tax hike coming if voters reject tax amendment
A day after a top Democratic ally warned of an across-the-board income tax increase if voters reject a proposed tax amendment, Gov. J.B. Pritzker sought to blame Illinois Republicans should such a tax hike take place.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Top Lightfoot adviser on intergovernmental affairs to marry Chicago alderman, raising ethical concerns from city staff
A top legislative adviser to Mayor Lori Lightfoot is marrying first-term Chicago Ald. Jim Gardiner, raising concerns from some of the mayor's staff about the ethical implications of the relationship, sources told the Tribune.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Doubt about police in Chicago manifests itself on racial lines in monitor's survey, legal challenges over street stops
As the country deals with the fallout from the Breonna Taylor case, distrust of police among Black Americans in Chicago is clear in a survey by the monitor overseeing police reform and in legal challenges over street stops.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Coronavirus at Illinois long-term care facilities: 29,517 confirmed cases and 4,642 deaths
The Pritzker administration released for the first time details of the number of cases and deaths tied to long-term care facilities in Illinois. The data shows at least 189 long-term care facilities in 22 counties reporting at least one case. In all, at least 1,860 cases can be tied to these facilities, with 286 deaths as of April 19.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, labor leaders call for congressional help on Chicago's coronavirus revenue hole
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and labor leaders whose members could bear the brunt of layoffs or furloughs as the city tries to close a yawning 2021 budget deficit called on Illinois' congressional delegation this week to work toward passage of a federal aid package that could forestall the deepest cuts.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 2,514 new known COVID-19 cases and 25 additional deaths reported as Lightfoot and labor leaders call for congressional help on Chicago's revenue hole
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Doubt about police in Chicago manifests itself on racial lines in monitor's survey, legal challenges over traffic stops
As the country deals with the fallout from the Breonna Taylor case, distrust of police among Black Americans in Chicago is clear in a survey by the monitor overseeing police reform and in legal challenges over street stops.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Kyle Rittenhouse, the Lake County teen charged with killing two in Kenosha protests, will fight extradition but likely faces uphill battle
Kyle Rittenhouse's attorneys said Friday morning that they plan to fight his return to Wisconsin to face charges.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Illinois by ZIP code: Search for your neighborhood
Search COVID-19 cases in Illinois by ZIP code

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Daily Illinois coronavirus graphs: 25 new deaths, 2,514 new confirmed cases and 69,793 new test results
As the coronavirus spreads, the Tribune is tracking Illinois cases here.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

French bulldogs rescued
A shipment of sick dogs was discovered in a warehouse, and a worker tipped off the Chicago Police Department.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Chicago City Council violated open meetings law during private calls with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Illinois attorney general rules
Chicago's City Council violated the state's open meetings law when it held a series of conference calls with Mayor Lori Lightfoot during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois attorney general's office ruled.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

McCook police chief pleads not guilty in alleged extortion scheme involving ex-Mayor Jeff Tobolski
The former police chief in west suburban McCook pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges alleging he conspired with then-Mayor Jeffrey Tobolski to shake down a businessman who needed approval to serve liquor at events held at his restaurant.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Fall into the autumn spirit with 2 seasonal — and socially distanced — October food festivals in Chicago
Two in-person fall festivals are still on the schedule for you to celebrate autumn in the West Loop and Lincoln Square neighborhoods of Chicago.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Kyle Rittenhouse, the Lake County teen charged with killing two in Kenosha, will fight extradition
Kyle Rittenhouse's attorneys said Friday morning that they plan to fight his return to Wisconsin to face charges.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Census director in Chicago said agency was ‘pulling out all the stops' in final weeks of count. Then the number of field workers dropped by 3,000.
Census director in Chicago said agency was ‘pulling out all the stops' in final weeks of count. Then the number of field workers went down by 3,000.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Death toll passes 8,500 in state, more than 1,700 people currently hospitalized
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

What will it take to make diners feel safe indoors? Nearly 60% feel uneasy eating inside, so restaurants try sterilizing UV wands, tabletop air purifiers as winter looms.
With winter approaching, "we have to convince people that restaurants are safe," said one Chicago restaurateur. Air quality upgrades could make a difference.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Daywatch: Officials warn of income tax spike, how flu shots will be different this year and why endangered mussels play a crucial role
Good morning, Chicago. Here are some of the top stories you need to know to start your day.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Column: RBG lies in state. John Lewis is gone. It's like losing both parents at once. What now?
The recent deaths of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Lewis feels like the loss of both parents — elders who showed us the way. What now?

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Column: Trump's upcoming coup: A formal invitation from a cowardly president who knows he might lose
This will be remembered as the week President Donald Trump formally announced his plans to stage a coup. Coups, as a general rule, don't receive much advance publicity. But Trump needs attention the way normal humans need oxygen, so he went ahead and let the American people know what's coming after the Nov. 3 election.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

With the pandemic, parents and educators embrace outdoor preschools. Many hope the move will be permanent.
Educator: 'I have been seeing this as an opportunity to change business as usual. I'm hoping that this is going to stick, that we are going to get kids outside more.'

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

Trump vs. Biden: Track the race for president in key battleground states
The race for the White House between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be determined in 12 key battleground states and a pair of congressional districts. The winner will need 270 of 538 total Electoral College votes to secure victory.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 25, 2020

They're not otters, but endangered mussels in Illinois play a crucial role as environmental sentinels. ‘They all have a story to tell.'
Workers from the Shedd Aquarium and Cook County Forest Preserves spent a few days this week searching Poplar Creek and tagging more than 100 freshwater mussels, a group researchers say is among the most endangered in the world.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Painful search continues for missing mail carrier Kierra Coles as loved ones gather for her 28th birthday
Painful search continues for missing mail carrier Kiera Coles as loved ones gather for her 28th birthday

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Man who spent 13 years in prison in case connected to Guevara claims hidden relationship between the notorious former detective and a key witness' mother
Bombshell revelations involving Chicago police Detective Reynaldo Guevara spark possible flip in murder conviction of Daniel Rodriguez, who spent 13 years in prison.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's what happened Sept. 24 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Rescue group says sick dogs rescued from O'Hare warehouse might be shipped back to the Middle East: ‘Why is this happening?'
Fifteen sick dogs rescued from an O'Hare cargo warehouse last month may face a dire future, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demanded they be shipped back on a 13-hour flight to the Middle East after arriving in the U.S. without proper documentation.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

The Dreadhead Cowboy asks for help days after animal cruelty arrest: ‘Lori come help me. I can't do it alone'
Adam Hollingsworth — so-called Dreadhead Cowboy — pleaded for help from the mayor's office and Chicago's pantheon of famous and socially conscious rappers to make the criminal case go away.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Census director in Chicago said agency was ‘pulling out all the stops' in final weeks of count. Then the number of field workers went down by 3,000.
Census director in Chicago said agency was ‘pulling out all the stops' in final weeks of count. Then the number of field workers went down by 3,000.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

3 ethics board exits later, Cook County commissioners unveil first draft of ethics code reforms
After a nine-month lag in the Cook County ethics board's plan to revise the ethics ordinance — as well as three member exits — the Board of Commissioners on Thursday unveiled a bundle of proposed reforms that mostly nailed the approval of two previously ousted ethics board chairs.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Special Edition: A guide to early voting in Illinois
Here's a guide to everything you need to know about early voting in Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

As early voting begins, some voters experience hourslong wait times in northern Illinois counties
Voters in some Illinois counties experienced hourslong wait times trying to cast their ballots to vote in the general election on the state's first day of early voting.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

The Spin: Lt. Gov. Stratton warns Illinois residents could see big income tax hike if voters reject ballot initiative | Top Biden adviser offers peek inside campaign | Kinzinger pushes back on Trump's uncertainty over peaceful transfer of power
Welcome to The Spin, the Chicago Tribune's daily politics newsletter.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

ComEd agrees to testify before special committee investigating Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan
Commonwealth Edison has agreed testify before a special Illinois House committee investigating Speaker Michael Madigan in light of the utility's admission in federal court that it engaged in a "yearslong bribery scheme" aimed at winning the powerful Democrat's favor.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Corrections and clarifications
Corrections and clarifications for Friday, Sept. 25

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Lt. Gov. Stratton warns of 20% across-the-board income tax hike if Illinois voters reject graduated-rate constitutional amendment
Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton warned Thursday that Illinoisans could face an across-the-board income tax hike of at least 20% if voters reject a proposed state constitutional amendment to shift the state from a mandated flat-rate tax to a graduated-rate tax based on income.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Kyle Rittenhouse, the Lake County teen charged with killing two in Kenosha, set for court hearing Friday
Kyle Rittenhouse is scheduled for a hearing Friday that will focus on whether he will be sent to Wisconsin to face charges alleging he fatally shot two people and wounded a third during protests in Kenosha last month.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

As flu season arrives, people get flu shots in Highland Park
Flu shots are administered to drivers on Sept. 24, 2020, in the parking lot of a Jewel-Osco in Highland Park.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Shedd Aquarium's mapping project of freshwater mussels
The Shedd Aquarium and Forest Preserve are launching a mapping project of freshwater mussels, one of the most endangered groups of animals in North America. An Elgin creek is one of the few places in Illinois where one species of freshwater mussel still lives at all. Once a hot spot for mussel diversity, the population in the Midwest has dropped drastically because of development and invasive species. Freshwater mussels, vitally important to the health of their aquatic ecosystems, are the "livers" of rivers and lakes. Their method of filter feeding removes material from the water, including potentially harmful algae, bacteria and chemical compounds. Mussels also play a major role in shaping the physical features of streams and reducing the probability of severe erosion.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

GOP Rep. Darin LaHood introduces plan for federal loans to state, local governments but exempts Illinois from getting loan forgiveness
Republican U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood introduced legislation on Thursday backed by the GOP-aligned Illinois Policy Institute that would create a loan program for state and local governments — but it would effectively prevent Illinois from receiving any loan forgiveness because of its massive public employee pension debt.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Brothers killed in Waukegan gunfight forced way into house looking to confront someone, police say
Police said they think the brothers arrived at the house around 10 a.m. to confront someone. However, the occupants told police they did not know why the brothers would have come to the residence.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

‘Nobody knew how to handle this situation': How COVID-19 decimated Illinois nursing homes, exposed government flaws and left families in frustrating limbo
Six months into the pandemic, the new virus has infected more than 28,000 Illinois long-term care residents and killed more than 4,000.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Ex-child welfare worker and county board member pleads not guilty to child endangerment in death of 5-year-old AJ Freund
A child welfare worker and McHenry County board member pleaded not guilty Thursday to child endangerment in the death of 5-year-old AJ Freund of Crystal Lake.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

‘There's not balance:' Single parents struggle with being the sole decider, caregiver and teacher
Without the aid of someone to share the emotional and logistical work, single parents are juggling more than just online schooling and work from home.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

COVID-19 in Illinois by the numbers: Here's a daily update on cases, positivity rate and hospital data in your area
Here's where Illinois' 11 regions stand on the key metrics that would prompt the state to restrict activities to contain an outbreak.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Daily Illinois coronavirus graphs: 30 new deaths, 2,257 new confirmed cases and 62,071 new test results
As the coronavirus spreads, the Tribune is tracking Illinois cases here.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 2,257 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 30 additional deaths reported
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Campaign trail tracker: Where Trump, Biden and their running mates have traveled in presidential race's final weeks
In the final sprint ahead of the Nov. 3 election, both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have ramped up their campaign travel despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Starting in September, Biden abandoned his months-long virtual campaign from his basement in Delaware while Trump has accelerated his travel and is once again welcoming crowds at some events. Here's a look at the campaign trail stops made by Trump, Biden, their spouses and running mates since Sept. 1.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Historic Chicago dive bar Old Town Ale House reopens despite tavern restrictions — by selling frozen pizza
The longtime Chicago bar adds a food retail license so it can reopen under the city's coronavirus rules.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Only 1 person arrested following Breonna Taylor protests in Chicago, cops say
A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of two types of controlled substances following a protest in Chicago early Thursday. No one else was arrested and charged in the Chicago protests, police said.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, here's how the virus has changed our lives
As COVID-19 took hold on so many facets of our lives, from health and work to schools and culture, here's what has changed in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

What will it take to make diners feel safe? Nearly 60% feel uneasy eating inside, so restaurants try sterilizing UV wands, tabletop air purifiers as winter looms.
Restaurants are making air quality upgrades and other safety changes even as business remains devastated by COVID-19. "We have to convince people that restaurants are safe," said one Chicago restaurateur.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Column: Chicago church where thousands viewed Emmett Till's open casket is named to list of nation's most endangered places
A Chicago church where thousands mourned Emmett Till in 1955 after the Black teenager was brutally murdered in Mississippi will be named Thursday to a list of the nation's 11 most endangered places.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's what's happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Daywatch: Hundreds in Chicago protest Breonna Taylor decision, Boystown drops its name and where to go apple picking in the Chicago area
Good morning, Chicago. Here are some of the top stories you need to know to start your day.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

‘This is not good enough.' Chicago-area parents rally to get kids back in school, and some districts are making it happen.
Parent rallies across the suburbs are calling for kids to get back in the classroom and into athletics.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 24, 2020

Want to vote early in Illinois' general election? Here's what you need to know.
Early voting starts Thursday as some polling places open and mail-in ballots are sent to some of the more than 1.7 million applicants in Illinois. Here's everything you need to know.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Hundreds gather for Breonna Taylor after officers not charged
People gathered throughout the city to protest after a Kentucky grand jury decided not to charge any Louisville police officers for their role in Breonna Taylor's killing.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Hundreds of demonstrators gather around Chicago to peacefully protest that no Kentucky police will face charges in Breonna Taylor's death
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has mobilized hundreds of city vehicles ahead of potential protests and civil unrest after a Kentucky grand jury did not charge any Louisville police officers for their role in Breonna Taylor's death.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Column: Justice in Breonna Taylor's death fell victim to ‘law-and-order' politics
Nothing short of an indictment in Taylor's death could have convinced the masses that the process was fair, Dahleen Glanton writes.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

The Spin: Lightfoot, Pritzker call for peace after Breonna Taylor decision | Obama to voters: Here's my number, text me | Early voting starts tomorrow in Illinois
Welcome to The Spin, the Chicago Tribune's politics newsletter.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Naperville man arrested on a gunrunner charge following ATF investigation
A Naperville man accused of illegally selling guns, two of which were reportedly stolen, has been charged with gunrunning by the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office following an ATF investigation stemming from illegal gun sales in Aurora.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

‘Dreadhead Cowboy' hit with charges he abused horse, which may be put down after Dan Ryan protest ride
A Chicago man known as the Dreadhead Cowboy has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after galloping down the Dan Ryan Expressway on Monday afternoon.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

CPS plan for reopening schools remains unclear as parents share remote learning woes with Board of Education: ‘It's just not working'
Many parents praised their kids' teachers but said too much time is spent on tech support and redirecting kids to screens.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

CPS plans for reopening schools still uncertain as parents share remote learning woes: ‘It's just not working'
Many parents praised their kids' teachers but said too much time is spent on tech support and redirecting kids to screens.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker warns northwest Illinois region could be headed for stricter COVID-19 regulations
Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned Wednesday the region of northwest Illinois that includes Rockford and Northern Illinois University and borders Wisconsin and Iowa could soon see stricter rules aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Social Graces: Host wants to ask guests to get a COVID-19 test before upcoming event
You're hosting an upcoming event. Should you ask guests to get a coronavirus test before coming over?

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's what happened Sept. 23 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 1,848 new known COVID-19 cases and 22 additional deaths reported as Pritzker warns northwest Illinois region could be headed for stricter regulations
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

1 dead, 4 wounded in Chicago shootings Wednesday
A 22-year-old man was fatally wounded and at least four others were injured in shootings Wednesday in Chicago, police said.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Cook County plans to give out grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses hit hard by pandemic
Small business owners in suburban Cook County who saw their revenue evaporate during the coronavirus pandemic could get up to $10,000 in grants by the end of the year, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Wednesday.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Following Breonna Taylor decision in Kentucky, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Gov. J.B. Pritzker, others call for peace after ‘a gross miscarriage of justice'
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has mobilized hundreds of city vehicles ahead of potential protests and civil unrest after a Kentucky grand jury did not charge any Louisville police officers for their role in Breonna Taylor's death.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Scores of Illinois high schools reopened Wednesday for SAT makeup exams. Critics say seniors don't need the added test stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"If school buildings are not safe" for students, "why are they safe for test taking?" one critic asked.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Party City opening just 25 Halloween pop-up stores nationwide as CDC warns against traditional trick-or-treating
Party City will open about 90% fewer Halloween pop-up stores than last year as the coronavirus pandemic makes many traditional Halloween celebrations scarier than usual.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 1,848 new known COVID-19 cases and 22 additional deaths reported as Cook County plans grants up to $10,000 for small businesses
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Empty roads, trains, buses and airports: How COVID-19 and staying at home changed how Chicago gets around
Chicago's roads and airports were among some of the busiest in the United States before COVID-19 entered our lexicon. Public transportation by bus and rail, too, carried thousands of people between the city and suburbs each weekday.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Chicago fall bridge lifts
The annual fall Chicago bridge lifts signal the end of summer.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

‘Dreadhead Cowboy' ordered held on $25,000 bond after Dan Ryan ride; horse could be euthanized after collapse
A Chicago man known as the Dreadhead Cowboy has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after galloping down the Dan Ryan Expressway on Monday afternoon.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Watch live: Pritzker, Lightfoot and Preckwinkle discuss Breonna Taylor decision
Pritzker, Lightfoot and Preckwinkle join community leaders to discuss the Breonna Taylor decision. Watch live here.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Kiki's and Unicorn Cafe among latest Chicago restaurants closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic's economic toll. Here's our running list.
Here is a running list of Chicago-area bars and restaurants that have closed for economic reasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting in Logan Square neighborhood
A man was fatally wounded and a 39-year-old woman was injured in a shooting in the Logan Square neighborhood, police said.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Kiki's Bistro closing, ending French cafe's 30 years in downtown Chicago
Chicago's classic French cafe Kiki's Bistro announced it will close at the end of September.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

University of Wisconsin at Madison will restart in-person classes but asks students to move out of dorms if they can
Anyone who can't follow social gathering rules is being asked to consider canceling their housing contract.

Chicago Tribune
Sep 23, 2020

Gary man faces mail fraud, attempted bank fraud charges: indictment alleges $280K diverted from Munster senior facility
The indictment alleges that on two occasions Fields completed a USPS Change of Address form to redirect the facility's mail to Fields' address in Gary, a release said.

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