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Chicago unveils plan to fix Obama Center site housing concerns

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks near a rendering for the former president's lakefront presidential center at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Obama's foundation collected contributions of more than $1 million from 11 firms and individuals in the first three months of 2019, records show. The Obama Foundation's donor list, which is updated quarterly, included the AT&T Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on Monday, along with other family trusts and foundations. The list also included foreign investors like Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, who is chief executive of AirAsia, and Rumi Verjee, who is a member of the British House of Lords.

Associated Press

March 1, 2020

Chicago officials have proposed a plan to address affordable housing concerns around the site of the planned Obama Presidential Center. The city would invest about $4.5 million in four programs to help low-income residents fix their homes, help others become homeowners and renovate vacant buildings,...

Illinois officials announce new positive test for coronavirus

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

Associated Press

March 1, 2020

Health officials say a person in Illinois has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the third suspected case in the state after two confirmed patients. The Illinois and Cook County Departments of Public Health made the announcement in a joint statement Saturday night. Officials say the unidentified...

Chicago police boost mass transit presence amid crime spike

Chicago police boost mass transit presence amid crime spike

Associated Press

February 29, 2020

A spike in crime on Chicago's rail system and some recent high profile outbursts of violence has prompted the city's police department to put 50 more officers in trains and on platforms and assign four detectives to investigate nothing but Chicago Transit Authority crimes, officials announced Friday. Hours...

J.B. Pritzker: COVID-19 risk is low, but officials prepared

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, foreground, along with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, third from left, and public health officials provide updated public guidance around the coronavirus, during a press conference at the Thompson Center, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Chicago.

Associated Press

February 29, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The risk of contracting potentially deadly COVID-19 in Illinois remains low, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday as Chicago's mayor and state and city health officials joined him to detail the steps they're taking to halt the new virus. A respiratory illness caused by the novel...

Protests shut down Cook County State’s Attorney forum at DePaul

Bill Conway, an adjunct professor of finance, is running against incumbent Kim Foxx for State’s Attorney.

Bianca Cseke, Online Managing Editor

February 25, 2020

A forum for Cook County State’s Attorney candidates to answer questions from a moderator Monday evening at DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus was shut down early because of protestors. As moderator Kenneth Dotson was about to ask a third question, a member of the audience got up and said he had a ques...

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to restored charges

Actor Jussie Smollett appears in a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Feb. 24, 2020, where he plead not guilty to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself and falsely reporting it to police.

Associated Press

February 24, 2020

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself last year in Chicago and falsely reporting to police that the phony attack was real. His lawyer, Tina Glandian, entered the not guilty pleas...

Donna More addresses concerns about North Side crime

Donna More is running for Cook County State’s Attorney.

Emily Reilly, Contributing Writer

February 23, 2020

Cook County State’s Attorney candidate, Donna More, hosted a public forum last Tuesday night to promote her campaign. As a Georgetown University Law graduate, More began her law career handling appeals at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Later in her career, she moved to the Illinois Gamin...

Brian Burns challenges Mike Quigley in House race

Brian Burns.

Brita Hunegs, Staff Writer

February 23, 2020

The fight to represent Chicago’s 5th district in Congress mimics other contests happening at the local and national level. It entails a young, liberal newcomer running against a more moderate incumbent, who hasn’t faced any real opposition in a while and comes equipped with the backing of the establi...

J.B. Pritzker proposes Illinois to go first in primary

Governor J.B. Pritzker waves to the crowd as he participates in Sunday's pride parade.

Patsy Newitt, Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2020

With Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, Julián Castro and Andrew Yang dropping out of the Democratic primary, the race has become almost exclusively white; led by Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden. This lack of diversity in ca...

CTA Red and Purple Line Modernization Project continues

Bryn Mawr Red Line station.

Bianca Cseke, Online Managing Editor

February 16, 2020

Three Red Line stops on the North Side have been closed for the past few weeks because of the CTA’s Red and Purple Line Modernization project. The Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville stops are closed on weekends to allow for preparatory track work, which includes building new track interlockings near Th...

Groups push for equal representation in 2020 census

Groups push for equal representation in 2020 census

Brita Hunegs, Staff Writer

February 16, 2020

Every 10 years, U.S. residents get counted in the Census. But it is not equally easy for all people to be included in the census, and students are among the most underrepresented. From April 1 to July 31, Chicagoans have their chance to be counted in the 2020 census. Until May, residents can respond via ...

Chicago-area student freed from immigrant detention center

Meydi Guzman, right, a Crystal Lake Central High School senior who was in U.S. Immigration and Customs custody for several months, embraces friends as she is welcomed back at the home of school counselor Sara Huser on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Crystal Lake, Ill. Guzaman's supporters plan to continue a fight against her deportation to Honduras.

Associated Press

February 14, 2020

A suburban Chicago high school student was released from a southern Illinois immigrant detention center with supporters planning to continue a fight against her deportation to Honduras. Meydi Guzman, 18, was granted bond Wednesday from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Sara Huser,...

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