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Aug 7, 2020

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.

Aug 7, 2020

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.

Aug 7, 2020

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.

Aug 7, 2020

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.  

Aug 7, 2020

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.

Aug 7, 2020

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. 

Aug 7, 2020

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. 

Aug 7, 2020

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.

Aug 7, 2020

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.

Aug 7, 2020

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.”

Aug 6, 2020

‘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.

Aug 6, 2020

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.

Aug 6, 2020

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.

Aug 6, 2020

$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.

Aug 6, 2020

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.