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Mar 3, 2021

Parents Demand Lightfoot Support Chicago Elected School Board Efforts

During her 2019 mayoral campaign, Lori Lightfoot expressed support for an elected school board, saying in interviews she wanted to “make sure that parents truly have a seat at the table.” Yet Chicago remains the lone city in the state to have its school board appointed by the mayor.

Mar 3, 2021

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Mar 3, 2021

As Fallout from Botched Raids Continues, Lightfoot Unveils New Search Warrant Policy

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has introduced a series of changes to the way the Chicago Police Department serves search warrants in an effort to douse the continuing firestorm triggered by video of a mistaken raid that left Anjanette Young handcuffed and pleading for help in February 2019.

Mar 3, 2021

3rd Man Accuses a Chicago Activist Priest of Sexual Abuse

The 59-year-old man alleges in an affidavit shared late Tuesday with church officials that the Rev. Michael Pfleger once grabbed his crotch over his clothes in the priest’s bedroom area at St. Sabina Church in the summer of 1979 as the then 18-year-old accuser pretended to sleep.

Mar 2, 2021

Dr. Lester Fisher Turns 100, Reflects on 30 Years as Lincoln Park Zoo Director

Dr. Lester Fisher has led a remarkable life, from taking care of Gen. George Patton’s bulldog Willie during his service in World War II to a more than four-decade association with Lincoln Park Zoo, where he started out as a part-time veterinarian. 

Mar 2, 2021

Kinzinger’s Allies Launch Super PAC to Defend Republicans Who Impeached Trump

Allies of Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger have launched a super PAC to support Republicans in 2022 who stood up to then-President Donald Trump after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Mar 2, 2021

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Mar 2, 2021

Cases of More Transmissible COVID-19 Variant Up 64% in Illinois: Officials

Twenty-seven more cases of a COVID-19 variant first discovered in the United Kingdom that is believed to be more transmissible have been discovered in Illinois in the past five days, according to data released Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Mar 2, 2021

Chicago Man Charged With Inciting August Riot Downtown

According to a federal complaint, James Massey posted multiple videos and messages on Facebook calling for people to gather in downtown Chicago and engage in property damage and looting last summer.

Mar 2, 2021

Chicago Opera Theater’s Scorching ‘Taking Up Serpents’ Captures America’s Pentecostal Fervor

While most of this country’s major opera companies are suffering the painful slings and arrows of the pandemic scourge, Chicago Opera Theater continues to soldier on. And its latest production is another example of its musical, theatrical and thematic daring.

Mar 2, 2021

Chicago Zoos Reopening After Winter Hibernation. What to Know Before You Go

After self-imposed winter breaks, Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo are reopening to guests, with a number of safety precautions in place due to the coronavirus. Here’s what to expect.

Mar 2, 2021

Appointments for Seniors to Get COVID-19 Vaccine at United Center to Open Thursday

The first appointments for Illinois residents ages 65 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the United Center mass vaccination site can be made starting Thursday morning. Here’s what you need to know about making an appointment.

Mar 2, 2021

Chicago Man Freed 3 Decades After Wrongful Conviction Suing City

Robert Smith spent decades in prison on a wrongful murder conviction. Now, he’s suing the city and several Chicago Police Department detectives who worked under notorious Area 2 Commander Jon Burge, claiming they beat a false confession out of him.

Mar 2, 2021

Official: Merck to Help Produce Rival J&J’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose vaccine. Officials have said J&J faced unexpected production issues with its vaccine and produced only 3.9 million doses ahead of its receiving emergency use authorization on Saturday. 

Mar 2, 2021

That Swarm of Cicadas You’ve Been Hearing About? NOT Happening ... This Year

Reports that millions of 17-year cicadas will emerge from underground in the Chicago area this spring aren’t true. They’re coming in 2024.