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View Article 2:02 p.m. January 21, 2022 WGN TV Arwady: Chicago passed Omicron peak, but we’re not out of the woods https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/arwady-chicago-passed-omicron-peak-but-were-not-out-of-the-woods/ CHICAGO — Chicago COVID-19 cases continue to trend in the right direction. Nearly all of the indicators show the city has passed the peak of the Omicron variant, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to let down your guard. During a LIVE Q&A Thursday, Dr. Allison Arwady said the city’s ...
View Article 2:02 p.m. January 21, 2022 WGN TV Report: Two injured in chemical explosion in Hampshire https://wgntv.com/news/report-two-injured-in-chemical-explosion-in-hampshire/ HAMPSHIRE, Ill. — Two people were reportedly injured in a suspected chemical explosion in Hampshire, Illinois. The incident happened at W. R. Meadows, in the 300 block of Industrial Drive, just before 11 a.m. Friday. Reports say two people were injured Emergency crews remain at the scene. This is a ...
View Article 2:02 p.m. January 21, 2022 State Journal Register Lawmakers push for redistricting reform and more voter participation https://www.sj-r.com/story/news/politics/government/2022/01/18/after-messy-redistricting-lawmakers-want-reform-process/6564790001/ ![Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, delivers his remarks during a press conference over concerns with the transparency of the redistricting process of drawing new legislative district maps outside of the governor's office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday, May 12, 2021.][10] State Republicans have ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 State Journal Register Board names Jodi Davis as new general manager for Bank of Springfield Center https://www.sj-r.com/story/news/2022/01/20/longtime-bank-springfield-center-employee-named-general-manager/6586954001/ ![Jodi Davis][3] Jodi Davis, who started working at the [ Bank of Springfield Center ][4] as a teenager selling tickets, has been named its general manager. The [ Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority ][5] board announced the decision Tuesday at its board meeting. SMEAA governs the BoS Center. Davis ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 State Journal Register Animal Protection League of Springfield receives $10,000 from #BettyWhiteChallenge https://www.sj-r.com/story/news/local/2022/01/18/betty-white-challenge-brings-10-000-springfield-animal-shelter/6566978001/ Donations poured in for animal shelters across the country on Monday in celebration of what would have been Betty White’s centennial birthday. The [ “Betty White Challenge” ][1] encouraged people across the country to donate $5 to a shelter of their choice. The Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 NBC Local Coronavirus in Illinois: 183K New Cases, 746 Deaths in Last Week as Cases Drop, Deaths Rise https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-illinois-183k-new-cases-746-deaths-in-last-week-as-cases-drop-deaths-rise/2733345/ Illinois health officials reported 183,722 new COVID-19 cases over the past week, along with 746 additional deaths and over 310,000 new vaccine doses administered. The new cases mark a decline from the previous week, which saw 207,203 new cases, but the deaths marked an increase compared to the previous seven ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Fox Chicago Conjoined twin girls, joined at chest, successfully separated by CHOP surgeons http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/conjoined-twin-girls-joined-at-chest-successfully-separated-by-chop-surgeons ![CHOP Twins][12] article Addy and Lily Altobelli, born connected at the chest, are back home with their family after CHOP doctors successfully separated them late last year. ** ((Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)) ** ** PHILADELPHIA ** \- Addison and Lilianna Altobelli are finally home and resting in Chicago after surgeons ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Fox Chicago Illinois reports 183,722 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 746 deaths in past week http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/illinois-reports-183722-new-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19-746-deaths-in-past-week ** CHICAGO ** \- The [ Illinois ][8] Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday reported 183,722 new confirmed and probable cases of [ COVID-19 ][9] in Illinois, including an increase of 746 deaths since Jan. 14. According to IDPH, currently there is a total of 2,773,362 cases, including 29,845 ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Fox Chicago Federal grand jury indicts Berwyn man in armed robberies of cell phone stores http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/federal-grand-jury-indicts-berwyn-man-in-armed-robberies-of-cell-phone-stores ** CHICAGO ** \- A federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against a [ Berwyn ][3] man who allegedly [ robbed ][4] several cell phone stores at gunpoint in the [ Chicago ][5] suburbs. Ocie Banks, Jr., 33, allegedly robbed three cellphone stores and attempted to rob a fourth ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Fox Chicago Explosion at Hampshire manufacturing plant injures two people http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/explosion-bursts-at-hampshire-business-friday #### Explosion at Hampshire manufacturing plant injures two people Sky FOX was over the scene of an explosion at a Hampshire business Friday afternoon. ** HAMPSHIRE, Ill. ** \- An explosion at a construction products manufacturer in Hampshire in [ Kane County ][1] injured at least two people Friday. The ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Crains Aldermen no closer to a remap deal http://www.chicagobusiness.com/government/chicago-aldermen-no-closer-remap-deal New year, same conflict. The Chicago City Council remains divided on the fate of ward boundaries, after a fourth public hearing of the Rules Committee concluded with no signs of a breakthrough and two sides appearing to gear up for legal battle. Today's meeting—the last public hearing scheduled on the ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Crains Time to start thinking about reopening http://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/downtown-chicago-needs-employers-bring-staffers-back-editorial A lunchtime stroll through the Loop since omicron blew in can be a rather lonesome affair. Even at the height of midday, it’s possible to jaywalk across Michigan Avenue without fear of being flattened—not that we’re recommending lawbreaking, mind you. Restaurants are near empty around noon. If a tumbleweed were ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Crains Ex-city Building Commissioner Frydland urged to run for mayor http://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/ex-chicago-building-commissioner-judy-frydland-urged-run-mayor Add another name to the list of folks who say they've been urged to run for mayor. In a phone interview, former city Building Commissioner Judy Frydland, originally hired by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel and who left the post last June, confirmed rumors that some folks presumably unhappy with Mayor ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Crains Illinois GOP is putting the puzzle together—but a few pieces are still missing http://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/illinois-gop-gaining-momentum-key-races-signal-challenges-ahead After a long stretch in which the once-dominant Illinois Republican Party looked like it was going to effectively lie down and cede much of the 2022 ballot to Democrats, the Rs suddenly are acting a little more chipper. Sorta like a 60-year-old guy who suddenly discovers the benefits of, um, ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Crains Holding candidates accountable is tougher than ever in the digital age http://www.chicagobusiness.com/madeleine-doubek-government/candidate-accountability-challenge-age-social-media-zoom-madeleine If you’re running for public office these days and you do not announce it with a tweeted campaign video, you’re apparently out of touch and out of date. As the list of major candidates running for office grows, it’s hard to find one who announced by actually holding a press ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Chicago Tribune Two men who spent years in prison for murder, say they were tortured into confessing by cops tied to Jon Burge, offered $14 million settlement https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-burge-settlement-20220121-klnskcebfvfspogxt4qr5btzce-story.html#ed=rss_www.chicagotribune.com/arcio/rss/category/news/ Chicago aldermen Monday are set to consider another $14 million taxpayer payout to victims connected to Jon Burge, this time for two men who say detectives with ties to the disgraced late police commander beat them into confessing to a brutal 1989 murder. The proposed settlement for Kevin Bailey and ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Chicago Tribune Column: Our parents were scandalized by our music. But listening together — without judgment — can be relationship glue https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/heidi-stevens/sc-fam-0125-heidi-stevens-music-20220121-okua3gpgjzbcndhb2rfpeksqr4-story.html#ed=rss_www.chicagotribune.com/arcio/rss/category/news/ My son and I were driving home from school the other day when Gayle came on the radio, singing “ABCDE forget you.” She doesn’t actually say “forget,” my son informed me. And she doesn’t say “broke-down car.” And she doesn’t say “stuff you call art.” Advertisement “Hang on,” he said. ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Chicago Tribune Column: Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to seize property from gang members is great if you like terrible ideas https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/rex-huppke/ct-lori-lightfoot-violence-chicago-gangs-asset-forfeit-seize-huppke-20220121-un5jxjg4ync3dmfu6ufz3byvfe-story.html#ed=rss_www.chicagotribune.com/arcio/rss/category/news/ Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to fix Chicago’s violence crisis seems to involve trotting out ideas that didn’t work before and won’t work now. It’s part of a long-standing city tradition of thinking inside the box, then doing the same thing twice — or three or four or five times — ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Chicago Tribune New sensor called FaceBit can tell if health mask fits properly and provide other data. Designed for workers, device also could benefit public eventually. https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-covid-face-bit-20220121-4vsawb7jgzh3hevdemjj3fnr2q-story.html#ed=rss_www.chicagotribune.com/arcio/rss/category/news/ A new smart sensor that measures face mask fit may come in handy for workers who need to know their masks are working, Northwestern University researchers say. [ FaceBit ][5] , as it is called, also measures heart rate and respiration, similar to the fitness wearable Fitbit, but with special ...
View Article 2:01 p.m. January 21, 2022 Chicago Tribune El Rukn general at center of bizarre Libyan terror plot to be released from prison https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-el-rukn-gang-general-melvin-mayes-released-20220121-zggfwbmf4rcbvaqlrpx2xhbbnq-story.html#ed=rss_www.chicagotribune.com/arcio/rss/category/news/ A former general in Chicago’s infamous El Rukn street gang who was at the center of a stunning plot with Libya to commit terrorist acts in exchange for cash has been ordered released from federal prison due to a terminal illness. Melvin Mayes, 64, had been serving three life sentences ...