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Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

1 dead, 2 wounded in Oak Forest shooting, person held by police
Two people were suffering life-threatening injuries and were taken in critical condition to the hospital, police said. A third person was treated at the hospital and later released, police said.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

Aid approval brings Ukraine closer to replenishing troops struggling to hold front lines
Ukrainian commander Oleksiy Tarasenko witnessed a frightening shift last month in Russia's efforts to punch through Kyiv's defense of the industrial region known as the Donbas.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

Biden is marking Earth Day by announcing $7 billion in federal solar power grants
President Joe Biden is marking Earth Day by announcing $7 billion in federal grants for residential solar projects serving 900,000-plus households in low- and middle-income communities. He also plans to expand his New Deal-style American Climate Corps green jobs training program.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

With homelessness on the rise, the Supreme Court will weigh bans on sleeping outdoors
The Supreme Court will consider Monday whether banning homeless people from sleeping outside when shelter space is lacking amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

Daywatch: Attorneys grappled over 30-year-old evidence at close of unusual double murder trial
Good morning, Chicago. Here are the top stories you need to know to start your day.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

Prosecutors to make history with opening statements in hush money case against Donald Trump
For the first time in history, prosecutors will present a criminal case against a former American president to a jury Monday as they accuse Donald Trump of a hush money scheme aimed at preventing damaging stories about his personal life from becoming public.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

Trump tried to ‘corrupt' the 2016 election, prosecutor alleges as hush money trial gets underway
For the first time in history, prosecutors will present a criminal case against a former American president to a jury Monday as they accuse Donald Trump of a hush money scheme aimed at preventing damaging stories about his personal life from becoming public.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

Chicago to have one unified system for homeless and migrants, city and state officials say
The city and state are in the planning stages to combine Chicago's legacy homeless shelter system with its system for migrants and turn it into a unified shelter structure that advocates for the homeless have long championed.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

Groups battling opioid crisis express frustration over state's speed in distributing millions of dollars from legal settlements
Advocates fighting opioid crisis express frustration over slow distribution of funds in Illinois from massive legal settlements.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

Attorneys grappled over 30-year-old evidence at close of unusual double murder trial
Gerald Reed was finally brought to a retrial last week, and the focus of his case shifted away from police torture to whether he is actually guilty of a gruesome 1990 double murder.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2024

Today in History: First Earth Day observed
On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans concerned about the environment observed the first "Earth Day."

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Race car in Sri Lanka veers off track killing 7 people and injuring 20, officials say
A race car veered off the track during a competition in Sri Lanka on Sunday and rammed into a crowd of spectators and race officials, killing seven people and injuring 20 others, officials said.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Israeli leaders criticize expected US sanctions against military unit that could further strain ties
Israeli leaders are harshly criticizing an expected decision by the U.S. to impose sanctions on a unit of ultra-Orthodox soldiers in the Israeli military. The decision, expected as soon as Monday, would mark the first time the U.S. has ever imposed sanctions on a unit inside the Israeli military. It also further strains relations between the allies that have grown grown increasingly tense during Israel's war in Gaza. The move is especially surprising given the close ties between the two armies, which train together and share research and intelligence with one another. Israeli leaders condemned the decision as unfair, especially at a time when Israel is at war, and vowed to oppose it.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Kevin Bacon dances back to ‘Footloose' high school
Actor Kevin Bacon on Saturday returned to the Utah high school where the cult classic movie "Footloose" was filmed more than 40 years ago.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Terry Anderson, AP reporter held captive for years, dead at 76
Terry Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America's longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, has died at 76.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Conductor Andrew Davis, music director emeritus of Lyric Opera, dies at 80
He was singularly popular among the Lyric musicians with whom he worked and who perhaps knew him the best during the second half of his career.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Women's health summit in South Holland seeks to address resources
Cook County Commissioner Monica Gordon said many health issues that affect women specifically, such as menopause, are vaguely thought to be associated with other health issues, like cognitive problems, but research is slow to make much connection and it's underfunded.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

‘Civil War' continues box-office campaign at No. 1
"Civil War," Alex Garland's ominous American dystopia, remained the top film in theaters in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Hawaii lawmakers take aim at vacation rentals after Lahaina wildfire amplifies Maui housing crisis
A single mother of two, Amy Chadwick spent years scrimping and saving to buy a house in the town of Lahaina on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot in Gage Park
The Chicago Police Department said a police officer was shot to death while heading home from his shift early Sunday morning.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Off-duty Chicago police officer shot and killed in Gage Park
The Chicago Police Department said a police officer was shot to death while heading home from his shift early Sunday morning.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Chicago police officer killed in Gage Park had spoken just last year at memorial for fellow officer
Officer Luis Huesca was heading home from work and was shot multiple times, police say. His vehicle was stolen.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Iran's supreme leader tacitly acknowledges Tehran hit little in its massive attack on Israel
Iran's supreme leader on Sunday dismissed any discussion of whether Tehran's unprecedented drone-and-missile attack on Israel hit anything there.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Iran's supreme leader tacitly acknowledges that Tehran hit little in its attack on Israel
Iran's supreme leader has dismissed any discussion of whether Tehran's unprecedented drone-and-missile attack on Israel hit anything there. It's a tacit acknowledgment that few projectiles actually made it through to their targets despite launching a massive assault. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments Sunday before senior military leaders didn't touch on the apparent Israeli retaliatory strike Friday on the central city of Isfahan. Air defenses opened fire and Iran grounded commercial flights across much of the country. Iran and Israel are regional archrivals that have been locked in a shadow war for years. Analysts believe both are trying to dial back tensions following a series of escalatory attacks between them.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Landmarks: Ancient grove along Thorn Creek remains open thanks to 55-year-old grassroots effort
Once an industrialist's hunting reserve, Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve in Park Forest remains open to everyone 55 years after a group of neighbors formed the Walnut Hill Gang to fight a powerful development group eyeing the land for housing.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Johnson safety plan slow out of the gate, but mayor vows ‘root causes' approach will work
A year after he took office Johnson's plan is still in its early stages, and crime remains a stubborn scourge across the city.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Wind and solar in limbo: Long waitlists to get on the grid are a ‘leading barrier'
Northern Illinois is in the region ranked the worst for connecting new clean energy projects to the electric grid, report says.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

A double murder in the 1920s left one big question: Was Warren Lincoln insane?
Warren Lincoln, an Aurora lawyer and greenhouse owner, pleaded insanity when he was charged with the murders of his wife and brother-in-law in the 1920s. It didn't work.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2024

Today in History: Prince dies at age 57
Today is Sunday, April 21, the 112th day of 2024. There are 254 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 21, 2016, Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times, was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis; he was 57. On this date: In 1649, […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

Young brother and sister dead, several hurt when vehicle crashes into Michigan birthday party
A Michigan sheriff says a young brother and sister died and several people were injured.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

The House votes for possible TikTok ban in the US, but don't expect the app to go away anytime soon
The House has passed legislation that would ban TikTok in the United States.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

Record numbers in the US are homeless. Can cities fine them for sleeping in parks and on sidewalks?
The most significant case in decades on homelessness has reached the Supreme Court as record numbers of people in America are without a permanent place to live. The justices on Monday will consider a challenge to rulings that found punishing people for sleeping outside when shelter space is lacking amounts to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. A political cross-section of cities in California and across the West argue the decision has restricted them from "common sense" measures intended to keep homeless encampments from taking over public parks and sidewalks. Advocacy groups say the ruling provides essential legal protections, especially with an increasing number of people forced to sleep outside as the cost of housing skyrockets.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

Two men killed, one critically injured in shooting in South Chicago, police say
Two men were killed and a third man critically injured early Saturday shooting in the South Chicago neighborhood, according to police. Authorities said the two of the victims, both 42, were standing outside in the 2500 block of East 83rd Street shortly before 2 a.m. when they were struck by gunshots. One of the men was […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

One man dead, one injured after South Chicago shooting, police say
One man was killed and another was injured after a shooting in South Chicago early Saturday morning, police said. Shortly before 2 a.m., the men, both 42, where standing outside in the 2500 block of East 83rd Street when shots were fired striking both victims, police said. One of the victims was struck to the […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

Country Club Hills District 160 starts work on fine arts center, to offer dance, music programs
A center in a south suburban school district meant to give disenfranchised students opportunities to explore dance, theater and poetry is underway in Country Club Hills.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

Evergreen Park students leading the charge as MVCC seeks to fill industry demand for welders
Evergreen Park Community High School students "crushed it" at a recent Moraine Valley Community College welding competition, part of a program aimed at training people to work in the trades.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

After 25 years of selling tamales in Chicago, a mother in US without legal permission returns to Mexico without her family
Claudia Perez's children could count on one hand the number of times they had seen their father cry. The day their mother left was one of them. Perez had worked her whole life for a dream that did not come true: Save enough money to take her family back to Mexico and live together in the town where they were all born. Instead, on a cold February day, she stepped onto a bus in Brighton Park and said goodbye, making the difficult choice between her loved ones in Mexico and her family in Chicago. "Don't leave my love. No te […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

After 25 years of selling tamales in Chicago, an undocumented immigrant mother returns to Mexico without her family
Battling health problems and a ticking clock, Claudia Perez, 63, chose to leave the life she'd built for herself and her family over the past 25 years.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

After 25 years of selling tamales in Chicago, an undocumented mother returns to Mexico without her family
Battling health problems and a ticking clock, Claudia Perez, 63, chose to leave the life she'd built for herself and her family over the past 25 years.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

Today in History: 2 students kill 12 at Columbine High School
On April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

The House is on the brink of approving aid for Ukraine and Israel after months of struggle
The House is preparing to vote on approval of $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 20, 2024

The House passes billions in aid for Ukraine and Israel after months of struggle
The House is pushing swiftly through a series of votes in a rare weekend session toward approving a $95 billion package of foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

2-11 alarm fire damages three homes, displaces families in Avondale, no injuries
Two families were displaced Friday after an extra-alarm fire caused extensive damage to three neighboring homes in the Avondale neighborhood on the city's Northwest Side. No injuries were reported after the Chicago Fire crews were called to the 2800 block of North Christiana Avenue just before 6:45 p.m., according to authorities. Arriving fire crews found […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Cops: Woman killed, man injured by gunmen in two vehicles on West Side
A young woman was killed and a man was critically injured Friday afternoon when gunmen in two separate vehicles opened fire on the vehicle they were riding in on the city's West Side, according to Chicago police. The victims, a 20-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man were inside a vehicle headed west through an alley […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Biden EPA declares two forever chemicals are hazardous, making it easier to force polluters to pay for toxic waste cleanups
For the first time polluters could be forced to clean up sites contaminated with a pair of forever chemicals that build up in human blood, cause cancer and other diseases and take years to leave the body. The new policy from President Joe Biden's administration is the latest attempt to prevent the further spread of […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Dolton Village Hall hit with federal subpoenas amid ongoing probe into Mayor Tiffany Henyard
The subpoenas, which two sources said do not name Henyard, come just days after Dolton chief administrator Keith Freeman, a close ally of Henyard, was charged with bankruptcy fraud in U.S. District Court as part of a related investigation.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Remains of an Illinois soldier who died during WWII at a Japanese POW camp identified, military says
Military scientists say they've identified the remains of an Illinois soldier who died during World War II at a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the Philippines.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Chicago's young activists demand climate action, steps to ‘protect our planet' at downtown rally
Young activists held a rally Friday afternoon demanding urgent action from government officials to slow climate change, calling it a "public health emergency that affects every breath we take and every sip we drink."

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Tesla recalling nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks because accelerator pedal can get stuck
Tesla is recalling nearly 4,000 of its 2024 Cybertrucks after it discovered that the accelerator pedal can become stuck, potentially causing the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally and increase the risk of a crash.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Johnson's ambitious $1.25B bond plan, $70M migrant proposal pass City Council
Their passage gives Johnson much-needed money to continue the daily churn of migrant caretaking while adding a sprawling pool of cash to spend on housing, job growth and cultural projects.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Illinois now home to federally recognized tribal nation in historic Department of Interior decision
Illinois is now home to a federally recognized tribal nation after the U.S. Department of the Interior placed portions of the Shab-eh-nay Reservation into trust, according to a statement Friday from the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. The federal government illegally auctioned off 1,280 acres of the Prairie Band's reservation land 175 years ago. At the time, Chief Shab-eh-nay had been traveling from his home reservation in DeKalb County to visit his family in Kansas, the Nation said. "We have been asking for this recognition and for what is rightfully ours for nearly 200 years, and we are grateful to the U.S. Department […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

University of Chicago charter school to pay $125,000 after video showed teachers mock special education student, call him ‘dumb'
A University of Chicago charter school will pay $125,000 to a special education student who was mocked by his teachers and called "dumb" during a disturbing incident captured on video, according to court records.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Cook County Health Department warns of possible measles exposure in Evergreen Park
County health officials are warning unvaccinated residents after a possible measles exposure at a Sam's Club in Evergreen Park on April 9.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Chicago Teachers Union asks for 9% annual raises as bargaining sessions are set to begin
The Chicago Teachers Union is asking for 9% annual raises or compensation equivalent to the consumer price index, whichever is higher, as part of its contract proposals to account for raising inflation and the cost of living, and in addition improve teacher retention and recruitment in Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Steve Balich seeks to have uninitialed ballots thrown out in GOP race
Homer Township Supervisor and Will County Board Republican Leader Steve Balich said he believes he will be victorious in a recount of the March 19 election for Republican precinct committeeperson after losing the race by one vote.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Afternoon Briefing: Pritzker says ‘evolution of the leadership' needed at CTA
Good afternoon, Chicago. Here's what is happening today.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Ex-bookie gets 2 years in prison in case tied to Chicago mob probe
A Wood Dale man was sentenced to two years in prison Friday for running an illicit sports gambling ring uncovered as part of a larger federal investigation into the Chicago Outfit.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Walter ‘Slim' Coleman, community organizer in Uptown and Pilsen, dies at 80
Walter "Slim" Coleman, a community organizer whose public profile rose during his time as supporter and adviser to Mayor Harold Washington, has died.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Mandisa, Grammy award-winning ‘American Idol' alum, dead at 47
Soulful gospel artist Mandisa, a Grammy-winning singer who got her start as a contestant on "American Idol" in 2006, has died, according to a statement on her verified social media. She was 47.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Ravinia Festival seeks dismissal of lawsuit from expunged Women's Board member; ‘Ravinia does not tolerate the mistreatment of others'
The Ravinia Festival Association filed a motion to dismiss the complaint by Karen Ettelson, former member of the organization's Women's Board, who sued the musical festival nonprofit and it's Board of Trustees for "defamatory conduct," along with seven other counts, after the Board of Trustees expunged her from the working board for an alleged conduct violation. The motion from the music non-profit, which hosts an annual music festival of the same name each summer, argues the lawsuit should be dismissed because there is no justified reason for the courts to intervene with Ettelson's volunteer status, board members are immune from […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Ukraine and Israel aid advances in rare House vote as Democrats help Republicans push it forward
With rare bipartisan momentum, the House pushed ahead Friday on a foreign aid package of $95 billion for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and humanitarian support.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

NHL team moving from Arizona to Salt Lake City will have a name starting with Utah
The NHL team moving from Arizona to Salt Lake City will be known as Utah, at least initially, until a long-term name is determined.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Protesters appear at testy Chicago Police Board meeting to call for firing of officers involved in killing of Dexter Reed
One month after Dexter Reed was killed in a shootout with CPD officers in Humboldt Park, dozens of activists and protesters appeared at a Chicago Police Board meeting to call for the firing of the officers involved.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Glenda Miller, former McHenry County treasurer, dies at age 68
Glenda Miller, the McHenry County Treasurer from 2014 to 2022, has died.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Chicago's response to migrant influx stirs longstanding frustrations among Black residents
The speed with which migrant funds were marshaled has stirred widespread resentment among Black Chicagoans. But community leaders are trying to ease racial tensions.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says ‘evolution of the leadership' needed at CTA
The governor's comments come as embattled agency President Dorval Carter looks to Springfield for solutions to a looming budget crisis.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Man, 23, found stabbed to death on Lower West Side
A 23-year-old man was discovered stabbed to death overnight on the Lower West Side, Chicago police said. Shortly after 4:15 a.m., officers responded to a call of a person down in the 1600 block of South Loomis Street and found the victim lying on the ground with several stab wounds, police said. The man had […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

If Congress passes funding, this is how the US could rush weapons to Ukraine for its war with Russia
The Pentagon could get weapons moving to Ukraine within days if Congress passes a long-delayed aid bill.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Daywatch: Celebrations planned to mark 420 this weekend
Good morning, Chicago. Here are the top stories you need to know to start your day.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

12 students and teacher killed at Columbine to be remembered at 25th anniversary vigil
The 12 students and one teacher killed in the Columbine High School shooting will be remembered Friday in a vigil on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Would you like a cicada salad? The monstrous little noisemakers descend on a New Orleans menu
As the nation prepares for trillions of red-eyed bugs known as periodical cicadas to emerge, it's worth noting that they're not just annoying, noisy pests — if prepared properly, they can also be tasty to eat.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

BNSF Railway says it didn't know about asbestos that's killed hundreds in Montana town
BNSF Railway attorneys are expected to argue before jurors Friday that the railroad should not be held liable for the lung cancer deaths of two former residents of an asbestos-contaminated Montana town, one of the deadliest sites in the federal Superfund pollution program.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Jury selection could be nearing a close in Donald Trump's hush money trial in New York
A third panel of potential jurors will be questioned Friday in Donald Trump's hush money case, drawing jury selection a step closer to completion in the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Chicago Public Schools launches a new, ‘more equitable' funding model
CPS is finalizing a budget and funding plan they claim will benefit all of the district's schools - neighborhood and selective enrollment - in the 2024-25 school year.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

I doobie? Weed wedding the latest sign of spread of cannabis events
At a recent wedding reception in Chicago, guests gathered to toast the newlyweds at the bar. Glasses were lined up in front of them, but no alcohol was poured. Instead, marijuana vapor was pumped into the upside-down glasses, which were then lifted and inhaled in unison. "A lot of people were surprised," bride Aja Heinlein said. "They didn't even know that was something they could do." In the new world of cannabis, consumption at private events like weddings, holiday parties and corporate events is becoming more common. The state law that legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 19, 2024

Today in History: First Boston Marathon held
On April 19, 1897, the first Boston Marathon was held; winner John J. McDermott ran the course in two hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Kennedy family makes ‘crystal clear' its Biden endorsement in attempt to deflate RFK Jr.'s candidacy
President Joe Biden has accepted endorsements from at least 15 members of the Kennedy political family.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Iran fires air defense batteries at Isfahan air base and nuclear site after drones spotted
Iran has fired air defenses at a major air base and a nuclear site near its central city of Isfahan after spotting drones. The incident early Friday raised fears of a possible Israeli retaliatory strike following Tehran's unprecedented drone-and-missile assault on the country. It remained unclear if the country was under attack, as no Iranian official directly acknowledged the possibility and Israel's military did not respond to a request for comment. However, tensions have remained high in the days since the Saturday assault on Israel amid its war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip and its own strikes targeting Iran in Syria. U.S. officials declined to comment as of early Friday, but American broadcast networks quoting unnamed U.S. officials said Israel carried out the attack.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Iran fires air defense batteries in provinces as explosions heard near Isfahan
State media said Iran fired air defense batteries after reporting explosions near a major airbase at the city of Isfahan. It remained unclear if the country was under attack. However, tensions remain high after Iran's unprecedented missile-and-drone attack on Israel. State-run IRNA news agency said the defenses fired across several provinces. It did not elaborate on what caused the batteries to fire, though people across the area reported hearing the sounds. The semiofficial Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported the sound of blasts, without giving a cause. State television acknowledged "loud noise" in the area.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Iran fires at suspected Israeli attack drones near Isfahan air base and nuclear site
Iran has fired air defenses at a major air base and a nuclear site near the central city of Isfahan after spotting drones. The incident early Friday morning had many suspecting it was an Israeli attack in retaliation for Tehran's unprecedented drone-and-missile assault on the country. U.S. news outlets, citing anonymous U.S. and Israeli officials, said Israel carried out the attack. But the Israeli military did not respond to a request for comment, and no Iranian official directly acknowledged the possibility Israel had attacked. Fears of a regional fighting escalated after Iran's assault Saturday. Tensions have been high since Israel began its war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip and its own strikes targeting Iran in Syria.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Democratic Convention organizers leaning on locals to handle possible migrant surge in August
Chicago Mayor Johnson and Gov. J.B. Pritzker have yet to detail plans if three's an influx of migrants sent to Chicago for the Democratic National Convention.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Celebrations planned in Chicago and beyond to mark 420 — the unofficial cannabis holiday
Four years into cannabis legalization in Illinois, celebrations of the April 20 informal weed holiday known as 420 are getting bigger and more widespread. Named for the time of day a group of friends met to get high, 420 has become a chance for marijuana users to publicly share a previously illegal drug and the counter-cultural atmosphere surrounding it. The main event in downtown Chicago likely will be the second annual 420 Sesh Fest, at Green Rose Dispensary. The party will include live music, a magic show, carnival games, food trucks, pop ups, and product discounts. It also will feature Grammy-nominated […]

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Legislation that could force a TikTok ban revived as part of House foreign aid package
Legislation that could ban TikTok has won a major boost as House Republicans included it in a package of bills that would send U.S. aid to Ukraine and Israel.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Trump loses bid to halt Jan. 6 lawsuits while he fights criminal charges in the 2020 election case
Donald Trump lost a bid Thursday to pause a string of lawsuits accusing him of inciting the U.S. Capitol attack, while the former president fights his 2020 election interference criminal case in Washington.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Cook County reallocates $70M for migrants from health care to food service in Chicago
The funding represents the majority of the $100 million Board President Toni Preckwinkle dedicated in her $9.6 billion 2024 budget to the county's Disaster Response and Recovery Fund.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

US vetoes widely supported UN resolution backing full UN membership for Palestine
The United States vetoed a widely backed U.N. resolution on Thursday that would have paved the way for full United Nations membership for the state of Palestine.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

‘Shame of Chicago, Shame of The Nation' series premieres Thursday on WTTW, showing how segregation was built into foundation of real estate
"Chicago is not just a place where segregation happened, but ... the intellectual and bureaucratic headquarters for ... how to carry it out," one expert said.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Gov. J.B. Pritzker expresses support for expanded CPS school closing moratorium
Putting him at odds with Mayor Brandon Johnson's school board, Gov. J.B. Pritzker expressed his support for extending a moratorium on closing any public schools in Chicago by two years.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Gov. J.B. Pritzker expresses support for expanded CPS school closing moratorium; House sends bill to Senate
Putting him at odds with Mayor Brandon Johnson's school board, Gov. J.B. Pritzker expressed his support for extending a moratorium on closing any public schools in Chicago by two years.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Gov. J.B. Pritzker expresses support for extending CPS school closing moratorium
Putting him at odds with Mayor Brandon Johnson's school board, Gov. J.B. Pritzker expressed his support for extending a moratorium on closing any public schools in Chicago by two years.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

US and UK issue new sanctions on Iran in response to Tehran's weekend attack on Israel
The U.S. and U.K. have imposed a new round of sanctions on Iran as concern grows that Tehran's unprecedented attack on Israel could fuel a wider war in the Middle East.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Coyotes officially leaving Arizona for Salt Lake City following approval of sale to Utah Jazz owners
The Arizona Coyotes are officially headed to Salt Lake City. The NHL Board of Governors voted Thursday to approve a $1.2 billion sale from Alex Meruelo to Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith, clearing the way for the franchise's move to Utah next season. The deal includes a provision for Arizona to get an expansion team if a new arena is built within the next five years. The deal will be facilitated through the NHL, with $200 million going to league owners as a relocation fee.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Afternoon Briefing: Justice Department launches Chicago gun intel center
Good afternoon, Chicago. Here's what is happening today.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Vintage Chicago Tribune: Paul Durica's March 1924 finds
We're checking in on our friend Paul Durica, director of exhibitions for the Chicago History Museum, as he continues to wade daily through pages of the Chicago Tribune from 100 years ago.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Legislation would ban most uses of toxic forever chemicals within a decade
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's bill also would attempt to prevent corporations from seeking protection under bankruptcy laws to avoid lawsuits seeking compensation for health damages.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Allman Brothers Band co-founder and legendary guitarist Dickey Betts dies at 80
Guitar legend Dickey Betts, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band and wrote their biggest hit, "Ramblin' Man," has died. He was 80.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Shedd Aquarium employees launch union drive
The effort by Shedd employees is the latest in a series of unionization campaigns at Chicago's prominent cultural institutions in recent years.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Lake County schools see increased absenteeism since pandemic; ‘When you change the dynamic, it changes a mindset'
Of the eight districts surveyed -- from Highland Park to Round Lake, and from Barrington to Waukegan -- the statistics mirrored the national trend, with absenteeism higher than it was before the pandemic.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

Los nuevos migrantes obtienen permisos de trabajo. Quienes llegaron hace años también los quieren
Los grupos que representan a las personas que han migrado de manera indocumentada y a sus hijos con ciudadanía estadounidense —así como a sus empleadores— instan al presidente a desplegar el mismo tipo de poder para abrir vías a los más de ocho millones de personas que viven en Estados Unidos y tienen vetado el empleo legal.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2024

One person killed in fiery crash at I-90 Barrington Road Toll Plaza
One person was killed after a vehicle struck the Barrington Road Toll Plaza in Hoffman Estates early Thursday morning, state police said. The crash happened on Interstate 90 westbound at around 4:24 a.m. The car hit the toll plaza and became engulfed in flames, according to state police. The sole occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

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