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Cook County treasurer: ‘Nothing wrong with Target, it just doesn’t belong in Water Tower’

Cook County treasurer: ‘Nothing wrong with Target, it just doesn’t belong in Water Tower’

CHICAGO —  Target is looking to take over part of the space that Macy’s is leaving at Water Tower Place on the Magnificent Mile.Cook County Tresurer Maria Pappas says a Target store at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Pearson would damage the reputation of that well-heeled shopping district. She calls the idea an “embarrassment” to the city.“There is nothing “magnificent” about Target,” Pappas said. “There’s nothing wrong with Target. I shop at Target. There’s nothing wrong with Target, it just doesn’t belong in Water Tower.”The treasurer says it is crucial to keep the moneyed history of...

March 9, 2021
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Pritzker issues disaster proclamation after winter storm hits Illinois

Pritzker issues disaster proclamation after winter storm hits Illinois

Governor JP Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for all of Illinois Tuesday after Monday’s winter storm.The storm brought several inches of accumulating snow to most of the state and dangerous wind chill temperatures.Chicago Public Schools  due to the storm.The snow storm is also causing flight cancellations and delays at both O’Hare and Midway airports. Check the status of your flight . in Chicago will remain open as temperatures in the city and across the region linger well below freezing.According to a statement from the governor’s office, as of 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, approximately...

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February 16, 2021
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Local restaurants feed Chicago’s homeless on food trucks

Local restaurants feed Chicago’s homeless on food trucks

CHICAGO — On Chicago’s West Side, a mobile food truck lead by a seasoned team from Chicago’s culinary world is on a mission to feed the city’s homeless population.For months, several restaurants have taken to giving hot meals to those in need. During the pandemic, Chicago chefs Robert Magiet and Jason Vincent knew it was possible to contribute in a big way.“It’s a thing I can do, you know what I mean? It makes me feel not helpless, but it’s not about me,” Vincent said.Following successful meal giveaways for Thanksgiving and Christmas, with several restaurants and neighbors pitching in...

January 10, 2021
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Navy veteran’s nonprofit helps feed and support Englewood

Navy veteran’s nonprofit helps feed and support Englewood

CHICAGO — A young veteran of the U.S. Navy returned home to Chicago after more than five years away with a big dream.Englewood native Dion Dawson set up his nonprofit, at West 57th Street and Racine Avenue.Each day, Dawson goes to the market early in the morning to stock a fridge with fresh fruit, vegetables, and water.It’s free for anyone in need.It is just the beginning of his dream of helping his community, a community known more for shootings and gang violence than apples and bananas.But it’s a welcome gift to those who need it most and who might go hungry without him.Dawson said his...

November 5, 2020
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‘They’re chasing people out of the city’: New property tax report shocks Cook County treasurer, residents

‘They’re chasing people out of the city’: New property tax report shocks Cook County treasurer, residents

CHICAGO – In her second floor office, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas has a warning after her office recently finished a project on property taxes in Cook County.In March, at the beginning of the pandemic, her office took a big project. They poured through nearly 20 years of data to come up with what she calls The Pappas Report.She cataloged the steep rise in property taxes in Cook County and the city. What she found shocked her.“I was shocked, you gotta be kidding,” Pappas said. “The third Ward is a 431%, the 27th ward is 322%… it was already bad really bad.”Since 2000, the cost of...

October 26, 2020
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CPD officer shot in knee on South Side, suspect in custody

CPD officer shot in knee on South Side, suspect in custody

CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer was shot in the knee Monday night on the South Side after shots were fired at officers.It happened at around 6:30 p.m. in the area of 50th and King Drive after police attempted to stop a suspect. The suspect fired shots at officers and fled, CPD said.The officer was shot in the knee taken to the University of Chicago with a non life-threatening injury.At around 9 p.m., the suspect was taken into custody.CPD set up a perimeter near the shooting and said they did not fire shots.The suspect is known in the Second District as a wanted criminal for aggravated...

June 16, 2020
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Haymarket Center response to employee concerns regarding COVID-19 outbreak

Haymarket Center response to employee concerns regarding COVID-19 outbreak

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoCHICAGO — A former Haymarket Center employee said she quit because of the initial response by the substance abuse treatment center regarding COVID-19.The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is up to 45 and three suspected deaths. One of those fatalities, according to family, happened Tuesday.Ronald Whitfield, 67, called Haymarket Center his professional home. His family said he worked as a counselor there for the last decade.His family was only able to see him over FaceTime during his final days as he struggled with COVID-19 in the...

April 14, 2020
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