Week in Review: Rocky Wirtz’s Legacy; Northwestern Lawsuits Pile Up

Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz — credited for rebuilding the team into three-time champions and criticized for coverup of sex assault by a coach — is dead at 70.

Wirtz served on Northwestern University Board of Trustees, who are under fire for the widespread hazing scandal across athletic teams. Meanwhile, the school’s new football coach fumbles his first address on the hazing in his Big Ten press conference debut. Both the university’s president and athletic director finally break their silence as more hazing suits filed this week — including a former volleyball player who said she required medical treatment after one hazing incident.

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Ald. Janette Taylor (20th Ward) lays into city leaders about lawless migrants in her ward, demanding a special City Council meeting and possibly a federal disaster declaration to get federal funds.

Mayor Brandon Johnson meets with the Bears over the NFL team’s future in Chicago.

Vice President Kamala Harris was back in town this week to shake the 2024 reelection campaign money tree as Democrats and labor unions agree to labor peace during the 2024 Democratic National Convention.

Former President Donald Trump says even a conviction won’t derail his pursuit of the White House.

In sports, the sinking Sox start a major selloff as the Cubs surge in the second half of the season. And the Bears open training camp with high hopes and a Cole Kmet contract renewal.


Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times | @RickTelander

Sarah Schulte, ABC 7 Chicago | @SchulteABC7

Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune | @RAP30

Craig Dellimore, WBBM Newsradio | @CraigDellimore

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