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Dec 1, 2021

Man Testifies Smollett Recruited Him, Brother to Fake Attack

Abimbola Osundairo said Jussie Smollett detailed how Osundairo and his brother should carry out the Jan. 29, 2019, hoax. Smollett planned a “dry run” and gave him a $100 bill to buy supplies, Osundairo testified.

Dec 1, 2021

Mississippi Abortion Activists Protest as Justices Weigh Ban

The Supreme Court has never allowed states to ban abortion before viability, the point at roughly 24 weeks when a fetus can survive outside the womb. But the court’s conservative majority may overturn a nationwide right to abortion that has existed for nearly 50 years under the court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

Dec 1, 2021

A Look at Progress and Challenges in Handling the AIDS Epidemic

It has been 40 years since the first cases of what’s now recognized as HIV/AIDS were reported. Today, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago estimates that 45,000 people are living in Illinois with HIV or AIDS, 28,000 of whom reside in Chicago.

Dec 1, 2021

Busted Holiday Lights Are the Worst, Especially When They Wind Up in Landfills. Here’s a Way To Recycle

A group of North Side alderpeople and community organizations are teaming up to recycle non-working holiday lights, which, it should be emphasized, cannot and should not be placed in regular recycling bins.

Dec 1, 2021

City Drops Lawsuit Over Vaccine Mandate Against Police Union: Lightfoot

Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a statement Wednesday night saying the city had dropped its lawsuit at her discretion following an increase in compliance among Chicago police officers with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Dec 1, 2021

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Dec. 2-5

Holiday markets, international music, ice carving and a fairy tale play usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Dec 1, 2021

US Reports 1st Case of Omicron Variant in Returning Traveler

The infected person was identified as a traveler who had returned from South Africa on Nov. 22, developed mild symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 Monday.

Dec 1, 2021

City Council Misses Deadline to Approve New Ward Map as Black Caucus Unveils Proposal

The City Council met briefly Wednesday afternoon, allowing Rules Committee Chair Ald. Michelle Harris (8th Ward) an opportunity to unveil the map drawn behind closed doors and supported by the City Council’s Black Caucus.

Dec 1, 2021

Chicago Park District Board OKs $600k Budget for New Accountability Office, Will That Be Enough?

The Park District board OK’d a $600,000 budget for the new Office of Prevention and Accountability, which is being established to prevent misconduct and hold wrongdoers accountable. Commissioners questioned whether the amount dedicated to the new office was adequate enough for the task at hand.

Dec 1, 2021

Ex-Chicago Park District Supervisor Arrested Again on New Sexual Abuse Allegations

Mauricio Ramirez, previously accused of sexually assaulting an underage lifeguard, has been arrested for a second time in just over a month after media coverage of his initial case led a second victim to come forward, prosecutors said.

Dec 1, 2021

Louis Vuitton Show Pays Tribute to Designer Virgil Abloh

Louis Vuitton’s first-ever U.S. fashion show turned into a somber yet whimsical tribute to groundbreaking designer Virgil Abloh days after his death.

Dec 1, 2021

Cook County Tops 1,000 Homicides For First Time Since 1994

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed its 1,000th homicide of the year over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, though that total has since grown to at least 1,009, per county officials.

Dec 1, 2021

Why So Much Fuss Over a Plain-Jane Bird That Landed in Waukegan? It’s Half a World Off Course

The sighting of a small-billed elaenia over the Thanksgiving holiday had bird lovers flocking to Waukegan from far and wide to catch a glimpse of this South American flycatcher, thousands of miles off course.

Nov 30, 2021

‘The People’s Map’: Organizations Create Ward Maps Made by Communities

The deadline for a city ward map is Wednesday. CHANGE Illinois believes that map should be independently made by community members who reflect the city’s population and not by alderpeople. 

Nov 30, 2021

City Council Poised to Miss Deadline to Approve New Ward Map Amid Racially Polarized Debate

Negotiations over a new ward map that will shape Chicago politics for the next decade remained deadlocked Tuesday, with no sign of a possible compromise less than a day before the deadline set by state law.