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Chicago Positivity Rate Lowest Since Start of Pandemic, City's Top Doc Says


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 08:03:28 PM

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Chicago is seeing the lowest positivity testing rate since the pandemic began, according to the city's top doctor, as well as some ZIP codes recording no COVID-19 cases.

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Arlington Heights Mayor: ‘We Welcome the Chicago Bears' Interest'


Created: Thu, Jun 17 2021 08:34:25 PM

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The village of Arlington Heights confirmed it was made aware earlier Thursday that the Chicago Bears submitted a bid for the purchase of the Arlington International Racecourse Property site "as a potential home for a new stadium for the team," which currently plays at Soldier Field.

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A History of the Bears' Ties to Soldier Field, Plans to Potentially Move to Suburbs


Created: Thu, Jun 17 2021 09:38:50 PM

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The Chicago Bears have been a fixture at Soldier Field since 1971, but the team’s relationship with the stadium has often been a contentious one, filled with threats to potentially move if the facility was not improved. The latest potential threat in that chain was reported on Thursday, when the team officially announced that it has submitted an offer to...

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Tornado Sirens ‘Inadvertently' Go Off in Schaumburg, Other NW Suburbs, Officials Say


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 06:39:09 PM

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Residents in several northwestern suburbs are being assured that no severe weather threat currently exists after tornado sirens sounded Thursday afternoon.

Read more: Tornado Sirens ‘Inadvertently' Go Off in Schaumburg, Other NW Suburbs, Officials Say


Chicago-Area County Holds Highest COVID Vaccination Rate in Illinois, Data Shows


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 06:26:22 PM

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One county in the Chicago area holds the highest percentage of residents vaccinated against the coronavirus, while an area in downstate Illinois has the lowest number vaccinated.

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Nearly All COVID Deaths in US Are Now Among Unvaccinated


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 05:57:26 PM

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Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.

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Navy Pier Won't Have Fireworks for Fourth of July


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 05:48:29 PM

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For the second year in a row, Navy Pier will not put on a fireworks display for the Fourth of July.

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Explainer: What to Know About Chauvin Sentencing For George Floyd Death


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 05:04:54 PM

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Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin faces sentencing Friday in the death of George Floyd, with a judge weighing a prison term experts say could be as much as 30 years. Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes as the Black man said...

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22 Chicago Aldermen Send Lightfoot Letter on City Council Rules After Meeting Devolves Into Chaos


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 04:37:30 PM

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Twenty-two members of Chicago City Council sent a letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot Thursday asking her to "honor and consistently follow" the body's rules of order after a meeting the day before devolved into chaos before abruptly adjourning.

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Elton John Farewell Tour Tickets on Sale For United Center Shows, Others Released Next Week


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 04:35:13 PM

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Tickets for the Elton John farewell tour were released for Chicago's February shows, with tickets for the Solider Field performance set to go on sale next week.

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Man Who Fatally Stabbed Woman in Loop Last Weekend Attacked Two Others Earlier This Month, Police Say


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 03:26:13 PM

Author: Becca Wood

The man who stabbed a woman to death in the Loop over the weekend also attacked at least two other women in the same area of Chicago earlier this month, according to police.

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Cook County Nurses Strike for 1 Day Over Staffing Issues


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 03:19:07 PM

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Nearly 900 nurses with Cook County Health walked off the job for a one-day strike Thursday over staffing concerns amid contract negotiations.

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Chicago Weather Forecast: Showers and Storms, Possibly Severe, to Return Thursday


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 01:42:08 PM

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The Chicago area could see the return of severe weather starting Thursday, with showers and storms slated to develop late morning and continuing throughout the weekend.

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Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Lollapalooza Passes as Vaccine Incentive, Delta Variant Concern


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 11:30:49 AM

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Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic across Illinois today.

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United Center Mass COVID Vaccination Site Closes Thursday


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 11:59:15 AM

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The United Center's mass COVID vaccination is closing, with Thursday to be its last day administering shots as Chicago shifts its vaccine strategy away from the major sites to a more hyperlocal focus.

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Biden's Plan to Reduce Gun Violence to Provide Funds, Resources to Chicago


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 03:09:02 AM

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Amid an escalating number of shootings nationwide, President Joe Biden announced a major plan to attack that surge, and the White House says that the city of Chicago will play a prominent role in the new campaign.

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Officials Push for More COVID Vaccinations as Delta Variant Continues to Spread


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 03:25:55 AM

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Doctors say there is increasing evidence that the new “delta” variant of coronavirus is spreading across the United States, and public health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated in hopes of preventing a surge in new COVID cases.

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Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Chicago Opens In-Home Vaccinations, Concern Grows Over Delta Variant


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 11:33:31 AM

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Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic across Illinois today.

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Chicago Weather: Showers, Threat of Severe Storms Return to Forecast Thursday


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 02:47:46 AM

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Just days after a severe weather outbreak struck the Chicago area, the threat of more showers and thunderstorms will return to the forecast on Thursday, and there is a chance of more severe storms developing in the coming days.

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Cubs' David Ross: June Schedule ‘Doesn't Get Any Easier'


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 12:32:46 AM

Author: Maddie Lee

The Cubs will face the Dodgers, Brewers and Reds in a three-city road trip to close this month's tough schedule.

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White Sox Bullpen Helps End Skid, Shows Potential for Turnaround


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 09:28:30 PM

Author: Vinnie Duber

The White Sox bullpen played a big part in stopping the team's five-game losing streak, a sign of what could be to come from the relief corps.

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Bears 53-Man Roster Projections Before Training Camp


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 01:33:42 AM

Author: Alex Shapiro

There's a ways to go until Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace have to make cuts, but here's our first crack at the team's final roster.

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Experts Advise Smartphone Users to Allow Emergency Alerts During Severe Weather


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 02:08:29 AM

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In addition to tornado sirens that echoed through communities and alerts that blared across TV screens and over radio airwaves, many Chicago area residents received warnings about Sunday’s severe weather on their smartphones.

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Teen Accused of Stealing Car at Gunpoint During Test Drive in Suburban Elmhurst


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 01:49:06 AM

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DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin has filed multiple felony charges against a Cook County teen who allegedly stole a car at gunpoint while taking it for a test drive in Elmhurst. According to authorities, the teen and another individual responded to an ad on the website OfferUP in regard to purchasing a vehicle they saw on the site. The...

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Rep. Bobby Rush Proposes Renaming Interstate 57 After Barack Obama


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 12:48:28 AM

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An Illinois Congressman has introduced legislation that would rename Interstate 57 in honor of former President Barack Obama, saying that it would be an appropriate tribute to his political career and legacy.

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Company Defends Use of Toxic Chemicals to Fight Rockton Plant Fire


Created: Thu, Jun 24 2021 01:03:25 AM

Author: John Flesher

A company whose northern Illinois chemical plant was heavily damaged in a fire last week is defending its use of firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals

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Man Accused in Road Rage Murder Said Victim ‘Needed to be Taught a Lesson:' Prosecutors


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 11:20:46 PM

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Keshawn Jackson was driving in Lawndale Monday when he nearly crashed into someone and told the driver that he “needed to be taught a lesson,” prosecutors said. Jackson, his two young children with him in the car, took out a gun and fired at 67-year-old Patrick Earl, killing him, Cook County prosecutors said in court Wednesday. “The man wanted to...

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Illinois Man Collapses, Dies During Hike in Grand Canyon National Park


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 11:12:52 PM

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Authorities say an Illinois man has died during a hike in Grand Canyon National Park

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Chicago Archdiocese Settles Sexual Abuse Suit for $880,000


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 11:06:53 PM

Author: Don Babwin

Two men who say they were sexually molested by a notorious Catholic priest who was imprisoned for molesting other boys have agreed to a settlement of $880,000 from the Archdiocese of Chicago

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Woodridge Tornado Damaged Nearly 400 Homes, With More Than 2 Dozen a ‘Complete Loss'


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 10:57:37 PM

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Nearly 400 homes in suburban Woodridge were damaged in a tornado that tore through the area on Sunday night, with more than two dozen homes considered to be a “complete loss,” according to officials. According to a press release sent out Wednesday, officials have completed approximately 90% of their damage assessment from Sunday’s storm, which spawned an EF-3 tornado that...

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Chicago Giving Away 1-Day Passes to Lollapalooza as COVID Vaccine Incentive


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 02:26:17 PM

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The city of Chicago is giving away 1,200 one-day passes to Lollapalooza to people who get vaccinated against COVID-19 at one of four select vaccination sites on Saturday.

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Collection Centers Call Attention to Urgent Need for Blood Donors


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 09:51:58 PM

Author: Lauren Petty

As summer revs into high gear, blood collection centers in Illinois are sounding the alarm that they need more donors to make up for supply shortfalls. “I think people feel that someone else is going to do it,” said Amy Smith, Area Vice President for Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. Smith says that Versiti is down 40% in donations, while...

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Excessive Pedestrian, Vehicle Traffic Impeding Tornado Clean-Up Efforts in Naperville: Police


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 09:43:05 PM

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Naperville police are asking motorists and pedestrians to stay away from areas impacted by Sunday’s tornado that ripped through the community, saying that excessive traffic is impeding efforts to clean up the damage.

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Four WNBA Players Make Up US Olympic 3×3 Basketball Team


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 09:10:05 PM

Author: Doug Feinberg

Kelsey Plum, Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and Katie Lou Samuelson will represent the United States in the inaugural Olympic 3x3 competition in women's basketball

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Why Bears QB Justin Fields Could Be Great, From DB's Perspective


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 08:16:45 PM

Author: Alex Shapiro

We've heard from Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace about their excitement for the rookie quarterback, but the defense feels it too.

Read more: Why Bears QB Justin Fields Could Be Great, From DB's Perspective


This Week's ‘Strawberry Moon' Will be Final ‘Supermoon' of 2021


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 09:00:06 PM

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According to astronomers, the final “Supermoon” of 2021 will take place on Thursday night in the Northern Hemisphere, and the next one won’t take place for nearly a year.

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Chicago Could Cap ‘Surge Pricing Fees' Charged by Rideshare Companies in Wednesday Vote on Ordinance


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 01:55:20 PM

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Chicago City Council will vote Wednesday morning on a new city ordinance that would cap "surge pricing" fees, charged by rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft during times where demand is higher than usual.

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Illinois Winner of $56 Million Lottery Prize Knows He Won, but Hasn't Claimed Money: Officials


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 08:16:42 PM

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Illinois Lottery officials are still looking for the man who won $56 million in a recent Mega Millions drawing, the largest prize won in the state in four years.

Read more: Illinois Winner of $56 Million Lottery Prize Knows He Won, but Hasn't Claimed Money: Officials


GK Alyssa Naeher Among Trio of Red Stars Named to Team USA Olympic Soccer Roster


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 07:53:12 PM

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The United States women’s soccer team will be looking for revenge after it was kept off the medal stand in the 2016 Summer Olympics, and the Chicago Red Stars will be well-represented in Tokyo, as three of their players made the squad.

Read more: GK Alyssa Naeher Among Trio of Red Stars Named to Team USA Olympic Soccer Roster


Bulls Star Zach LaVine Named to Team USA Men's Basketball Squad for Olympics: Report


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 07:31:20 PM

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The United States will be looking for its fourth consecutive gold medal in men’s basketball at the Summer Olympics next month, and a key member of the Chicago Bulls will reportedly be heading to Tokyo to help them in their quest. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Bulls guard Zach LaVine will be one of the 12 players included on...

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Chicago Outdoor Pools to Reopen at Half Capacity Next Week


Created: Wed, Jun 16 2021 07:15:23 PM

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Chicago will reopen outdoor public swimming pools next week at full capacity as another step forward in Phase 5 of the city's reopening plan from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Indoor Chicago Park District Pools Close For Summer Wednesday


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 06:30:54 PM

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Indoor pools citywide closed Wednesday for the summer, the Chicago Park District announced, after being opened with restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chicago City Council Meets Without Voting on Renaming Lake Shore Drive


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 02:46:31 AM

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Chicago City Council met Wednesday but did not take up the controversial proposal to rename part of Lake Shore Drive.

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Nearby Shooting Shuts Down Stevenson Expressway at Pulaski


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 05:37:26 PM

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The outbound lanes of the Stevenson Expressway were shut down on Chicago's Southwest Side Wednesday due to police activity.

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Security Camera Captures Tornado Tearing Through Woodridge


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 06:14:51 PM

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A security camera at a brewery in suburban Woodridge captured the terrifying moment a tornado tore through the community Sunday night.

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Illinois REAL ID Requirements: What You Need To Know


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 05:28:13 PM

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As Secretary of State facilities continue to open across Illinois, some residents are taking the opportunity to obtain their required REAL ID, although the form won't be necessary to board domestic flights until spring of 2023.

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Annette Nance-Holt Becomes First Black Woman to Lead Chicago Fire Department


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 04:50:18 PM

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Annette Nance-Holt will become the first woman of color to lead the Chicago Fire Department in the department's 162-history.

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Elton John Farewell Tour Rescheduled For Chicago in 2022


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 04:01:20 PM

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The Elton John farewell tour has been rescheduled to arrive in Chicago twice in 2022 after the COVID-19 pandemic caused concert dates to be pushed back.

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Pat Foley to Call Final Season For Chicago Blackhawks Next Year


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 03:55:52 PM

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Hall of Fame Chicago Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley will call his final season for the team next season, the team announced Wednesday.

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3 Shot, 1 Fatally, in Chicago's Wentworth Gardens Neighborhood


Created: Wed, Jun 23 2021 12:24:30 PM

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Three men were shot, one fatally, in Chicago's Wentworth Gardens neighborhood early Wednesday, according to police.

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