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Clouted mix of insiders, others tied to state politics behind social equity pot bid

Clouted mix of insiders, others tied to state politics behind social equity pot bid

Filed under:Green Renaissance Illinois was recently named a finalist in the state lottery for the next round of licenses for lucrative cannabis businesses.A famed restaurateur.An ex-Chicago police commander.A longtime Republican Party operative.A former Chicago Transit Authority official.A cannabis industry insider related to a former state lawmaker.A former director of the state agency that oversees weed dispensaries.What do they all have in common?They’re working together for Green Renaissance Illinois, a budding firm that was recently named a finalist in the state lottery for the next...

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Sep 16
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Finalist for marijuana dispensary licenses also works for firm that graded applications

Finalist for marijuana dispensary licenses also works for firm that graded applications

Filed under:Hamd Kamal is a risk management consultant for KPMG, which is being paid nearly $4.2 million through a no-bid contract with the state to evaluate applicants.An employee of the global accounting firm that was awarded a no-bid contract to grade applications for the state’s next round of pot shop licenses is also a partner in one of the 21 groups that secured a spot in the upcoming lottery to determine the winners.Hamd Kamal works as a risk management consultant for KPMG, which is getting nearly $4.2 million through a no-bid contract with the Illinois Department of Financial and...

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Sep 8
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Black Lives Matter to Lightfoot: Unrest won’t end until ‘the safety and well-being of our communities is finally prioritized’

Black Lives Matter to Lightfoot: Unrest won’t end until ‘the safety and well-being of our communities is finally prioritized’

Filed under:“When protesters attack high-end retail stores that are owned by the wealthy and service the wealthy, that is not ‘our’ city and has never been meant for us,” the group said in a statement.Black Lives Matter Chicago warned Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday that the renewed civil unrest that’s gripped the city throughout the summer won’t end until “the safety and well-being of our communities is finally prioritized.”“The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the [Chicago Police Department] is...

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Aug 10
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CPD to put 1,200 extra officers on street starting Thursday

CPD to put 1,200 extra officers on street starting Thursday

Filed under:The move comes after another violent weekend, with 65 shootings, 18 of them fatal — including three children. “We’re all part of the city,” CPD Supt. David Brown said. “We can no longer turn a blind eye to the violence here.”After another jarring weekend of gun violence in Chicago left 18 people dead — including three children — and 47 others wounded, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown announced Monday that 1,200 additional officers will hit the streets for the historically violent Fourth of July weekend.Starting Thursday, the surge in officers will be deployed in “hot spots” for...

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Jun 29
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Girl, 13, killed by stray bullet in Austin ‘loved to dance,’ was looking for summer job

Girl, 13, killed by stray bullet in Austin ‘loved to dance,’ was looking for summer job

Filed under:Amaria Jones had just finished seventh grade at John Hay Community Academy when a stray bullet tore through her Austin apartment Saturday night.Amaria Jones had just finished seventh grade at John Hay Community Academy and was looking forward to finding a summer job when a stray bullet tore through her Austin apartment Saturday night and pierced her neck.Jones, 13, was rushed to Stroger Hospital and soon pronounced dead, authorities said. Two teenage boys, ages 15 and 16, after one of them noticed a red laser taking aim as they sat on the building’s porch in the 1000 block of...

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Jun 21
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18 murders in 24 hours: Inside the most violent day in 60 years in Chicago

18 murders in 24 hours: Inside the most violent day in 60 years in Chicago

A hardworking father killed just before 1 a.m.A West Side high school student murdered two hours later.A man killed amid South Side looting at a cellphone store at 12:30 p.m.A college freshman who hoped to become a correctional officer, gunned down at 4:25 p.m. after getting into an argument in Englewood.While Chicago was roiled by another day of protests and looting in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, 18 people were killed Sunday, May 31, making it the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab. The lab’s data doesn’t go back...

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Jun 8
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Video showing CPD officer punching protester in Uptown under investigation

Video showing CPD officer punching protester in Uptown under investigation

Filed under:Both the Chicago Police Department and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability are investigating the incident in the 4600 block of North Broadway, officials said.The Chicago Police Department has opened an internal investigation into a video that shows an officer chasing down and punching a protester following a demonstration Monday night in Uptown — a scene a civil rights group called “horrific.”The investigation comes after a downtown protest Saturday over the officer-involved killing of George Floyd devolved into chaos following a clash between police and demonstrators....

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Albany Park church hosts Sunday service in defiance of stay-at-home order after suing Pritzker

Albany Park church hosts Sunday service in defiance of stay-at-home order after suing Pritzker

Filed under:Cristian Ionescu, the senior pastor of Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, said the move to hold services is “not a rebellion for the sake of rebellion” and claimed the Constitution grants them the right to worship during the COVID-19 pandemic.Just three days after suing Gov. J.B. Pritzker in federal court over his Restore Illinois plan, Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church in Albany Park defied the governor’s stay-at-home order by welcoming dozens of worshippers to a Sunday service.On Thursday, Elim Romanian and Logos Baptist ministries in Niles asked for a temporary restraining...

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May 10
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COVID-19 patients in UChicago Medicine drug trial recovering quickly: report

COVID-19 patients in UChicago Medicine drug trial recovering quickly: report

Filed under:Remdesivir, an anti-viral drug, is being tested at several hospitals in the Chicago area.As researchers race to find treatments for COVID-19, a new report appears to show that patients with severe symptoms who are participating in clinical trials at University of Chicago Medicine have responded to a promising antiviral drug.The early findings were detailed in a video obtained by that shows Kathleen Mullane, an infectious disease specialist helming the studies at U. of C., telling fellow faculty members that patients with fevers and respiratory symptoms had recovered quickly...

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Apr 17
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