Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta Indicted in Red-Light Camera Bribery Scheme
The mayor of south suburban Crestwood is facing federal bribery charges, according to an indictment made public Friday. He’s also charged with filing false income tax returns, and lying about it to the IRS.
Kanye West Short 1,300 Signatures: Illinois Elections Officials
Superstar Kanye West fell short of qualifying for the Illinois ballot as an independent presidential candidate by 1,300 signatures, according to the official review on Friday of the nominating petitions submitted by the Illinois native.
Chicago Police Name First Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer
The CPD has named Deborah Pascua as its ADA compliance officer. In that role she’ll be tasked with ensuring “meaningful access to CPD programs, services and activities” for individuals with disabilities.
State Kicks in $2M to Transform South Side Brownfield Into Hub for Green Innovation
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced $2 million in state funds for the Green Era Urban Farming Campus, pushing financing for the project over the top and paving the way for Friday’s groundbreaking in Auburn Gresham.
Cook County Officials Launch Rental Assistance Grants for Suburban Residents
With the state’s ban on evictions set to expire in two weeks, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced a $20 million rental assistance fund to help residents of suburban Cook County impacted by the pandemic.
US Reports Show Racial Disparities in Kids with COVID-19
Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday.
Cardinals’ Game Against Cubs Postponed After Positive Test
The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
This Virtual Walking Tour of Printers Row Has a Twist: An Old School Printing Demo
Brick of Chicago’s virtual tours of Printers Row, set for Saturday and Sunday, will bring the history of printing to life with a demonstration from Starshaped Press.
Lightfoot Tests Negative for COVID-19 After Appearing with Ald. Scott Who Tested Positive
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tested negative for the coronavirus after appearing at a Wednesday news conference alongside Ald. Michael Scott Jr., who announced about 24 hours later that he had been diagnosed with the virus.
Pritzker Targets Businesses Flouting COVID-19 Regulations With New Rules
“This is a make or break moment for the state of Illinois, for making sure people are doing everything they can to mitigate, to reduce the spread,” the governor said. “This is a moment for us to enforce the masking requirement across the state.”
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: West Ridge
For a time, the ZIP code that comprises much of West Ridge had the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases – but not anymore. The community’s positivity rate is now below the city average.
A Look at Voting Issues On the Voting Rights Act’s 55th Anniversary
Thursday marks the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Where the fight for ballot access goes next.
Chicago-Area Transit Agency Bosses on COVID-19’s Impact on Transportation
Ridership across CTA trains and buses, Metra commuter trains and Pace buses are down about 70% compared to this time last year. With that dramatic decline in ridership comes lower revenue and strains on operational funding.
$10M Chicago Prize Awarded to Auburn Gresham Team to Build Health Hub, Urban Farm
The inaugural $10 million Chicago Prize grant was awarded to a team from Auburn Gresham, who have ambitious plans to bring transformational change to the community.
US Rescinds Global ‘Do Not Travel’ Coronavirus Warning
The Trump administration on Thursday rescinded its warnings to Americans against all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying conditions no longer warrant a blanket worldwide alert.