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Will your mailed-in ballot be counted? We did a test-mailing to see.

Will your mailed-in ballot be counted? We did a test-mailing to see.

Filed under:A Sun-Times test involving 100 simulated ballots saw just 1 fail to arrive within 2 weeks. But if real-life mail voting goes like that, it still could leave thousands in Chicago disenfranchised.Chicago’s mail-in voters who don’t hurry to send in their ballots might have something to worry about.Elections and postal officials say they’re confident that mailed ballots will arrive safely and be counted.To test whether that confidence is warranted, the Chicago Sun-Times dropped 100 ballot-sized envelopes in mailboxes all around the city, aiming to mimic as closely as possible the...

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ENDORSEMENT: Kim Foxx for state’s attorney — because Cook County can’t dare go back

ENDORSEMENT: Kim Foxx for state’s attorney — because Cook County can’t dare go back

Filed under:The job of a prosecutor, Foxx understands, is not just to rack up convictions, but to fight for justice and real community safety.There can be no going back.There was a time in Cook County, not long ago, when innocent people were wrongly convicted of serious crimes based on the most questionable evidence. As dozens of later exonerations showed, it happened more than we could have imagined.There was a time when the Cook County state’s attorney’s office routinely looked away from police misconduct, with the need for prosecutors and the police to work together outweighing all else....

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Lightfoot’s pandemic conference calls with aldermen violated Open Meetings Act, state attorney general’s office says

Lightfoot’s pandemic conference calls with aldermen violated Open Meetings Act, state attorney general’s office says

Filed under:Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeff Levine had defended the calls, saying they did not violate the Open Meetings Act because there was “no legislative aspect whatsoever” and aldermen were acting not as legislator but as “community-based first-responders.”Mayor Lori Lightfoot violated the Open Meetings Act by hosting conference calls with aldermen in the early days of the shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois Attorney General’s office has concluded.Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeff Levine had argued the conference calls Lightfoot and top aides held with aldermen...

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Lyric Opera of Chicago’s reimagined season features virtual and drive-thru events

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s reimagined season features virtual and drive-thru events

Filed under:The highlight of the programming is the April 2021 drive-thru experience “Twilight: Gods,” inspired by The Richard Wagner’s opera “Götterdämmerung,” conceived in partnership with Michigan Opera Theatre.Lyric Opera of Chicago canceled its 2020 mainstage season due to COVID-19 mandated shutdowns of large public gatherings. But there’s much ado on the horizon.Anthony Freud, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s president, general director and CEO, on Thursday announced an alternative series of “virtual concerts, new works, master classes, an original web series and an in-person immersive...

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Raised by radicals in Chicago, he’s about to become San Francisco’s new top prosecutor

Raised by radicals in Chicago, he’s about to become San Francisco’s new top prosecutor

Chesa Boudin’s life story sounds like something out of a right-winger’s nightmares.The son of two left-wing radicals convicted for their roles as getaway drivers in an infamous 1981 armored-car robbery, he was raised in Chicago by adoptive parents Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, former leaders of the Weather Underground, a militant offshoot of the group Students for a Democratic Society.During graduate school, Boudin headed to Venezuela to explore that nation’s revolutionary upheaval.Now 39, Boudin — who worked for years in the public defender’s office in San Francisco and never prosecuted...

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In debate over where cops should patrol in Chicago, ‘no one wants to lose’

In debate over where cops should patrol in Chicago, ‘no one wants to lose’

Filed under:As aldermen complain they are losing beat cops to new citywide units to fight crime, the Sun-Times has learned a study is underway seeking a more scientific way to allocate officers in the city’s 22 police districts.As about 1,000 cops have been posted this year on new citywide teams to combat gun crime, looting and rioting, Chicago Police officials are trying to figure out the best way to staff the city’s 22 police districts that aldermen say are being drained of manpower.On Monday, police Supt. David Brown announced he was adding 200 officers to a 300-officer community-safety...

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Pfleger, activist Ja’Mal Green call for dropping charges against Dread Head Cowboy

Pfleger, activist Ja’Mal Green call for dropping charges against Dread Head Cowboy

Filed under:Pfleger and Green said said more highways need to be shut down until action is taken to stop violence in Chicago.Father Michael Pfleger and activist Ja’Mal Green called for authorities to release Adam Hollingsworth — better known as the Dread Head Cowboy — as a form of protest against kids getting shot in Chicago.“I’m with the Cowboy 100% and I think these charges need to be dropped” Pfleger, who led 5,000 people onto the Dan Ryan , told the Chicago Sun-Times in a phone call Tuesday.“I think we need to do a whole lot more disruption of shopping and traffic and business as usual...

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15% of young adults believe ‘the Holocaust is a myth and did not happen’ — or are unsure, survey finds

15% of young adults believe ‘the Holocaust is a myth and did not happen’ — or are unsure, survey finds

Filed under:A lack of knowledge about the Holocaust in Illinois and the U.S. among millennials and Generation Z is a key finding in the first-ever state-by-state survey by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.A new national survey, released days before Rosh Hashanah begins Friday, shows a lack of knowledge about the Holocaust among younger adults in Illinois between the ages of 18 and 39: about a third didn’t know it was connected to World War II or are unsure about many crucial details.When I grew up, people knew firsthand the reality of the Holocaust.We saw a...

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Man, 24, dies after being pulled from Monroe Harbor: police

Man, 24, dies after being pulled from Monroe Harbor: police

Filed under:The 24-year-old man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.A 24-year-old man died after he was pulled Monday night from Monroe Harbor in Lake Michigan.Two witnesses told investigators he jumped into the water about 9:15 p.m. near Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago police said. The man was pulled from the water by police and fire department divers.He was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details about his death.Three other...

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LaSalle Street titans slam proposed transaction tax on financial exchanges

LaSalle Street titans slam proposed transaction tax on financial exchanges

Filed under:Testifying before a City Council Finance Committee once chaired by his grandfather, Terry Duffy, chairman and CEO of the CME Group, called a transaction tax a “path to fiscal disaster” for Chicago.The titans of LaSalle Street warned Monday they would pick up stakes and leave Chicago if the City Council imposes a financial transaction tax to chip away at a $1.25 billion budget shortfall in 2021.Terry Duffy, chairman and CEO of the CME Group, and Ed Tilly, chairman, president and CEO of Cboe Global Markets, shot down the so-called “LaSalle Street tax” prohibited by state and...

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Pickpocketing’s a dying art, but cops say crew of 60-somethings still preyed on L riders

Pickpocketing’s a dying art, but cops say crew of 60-somethings still preyed on L riders

Filed under:The police are taking pickpockets seriously, building felony cases. ‘For 60-year-old guys, they move pretty well,’ the police mass-transit unit boss says of the crew. ‘It’s like they’re hunting.’The operation was called Three Blind Mice, and the Chicago police launched it earlier this year to target a three-man crew of pickpockets working subways and L platforms.Pickpocketing’s a dying art, experts say. The three men the cops were after — all in their 60s — had rap sheets dating to the 1970s.Police say they caught the crew on CTA surveillance cameras stalking victims. Sometimes,...

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Sep 18
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Ex-Daley operative Victor Reyes once again in the midst of a big political storm

Ex-Daley operative Victor Reyes once again in the midst of a big political storm

Filed under:The Chicago lobbyist or one of his firms has come onto federal authorities’ radar in two cases they’re investigating. He has business and personal ties to others under scrutiny.When Mayor Richard M. Daley held office, one of his most powerful — if least visible — aides was Victor Reyes, Daley’s City Hall patronage chief.Reyes, who since has gone on to become a powerhouse Chicago lobbyist, still likes to stay out of the spotlight. But that’s getting harder as federal authorities continue to pursue their wide-ranging investigation of political corruption in Chicago and the...

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Sep 18
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A Catholic school teacher went back to school. She got COVID-19 four days later.

A Catholic school teacher went back to school. She got COVID-19 four days later.

Margaret Healy’s first week back in school in her 16th year of teaching started with a panic attack.Her Catholic school, Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph School on the Near North Side, like most others run by the Archdiocese of Chicago, was reopening full-time for in-person instruction during a pandemic.“I woke my husband up at six in the morning and told him I thought I was having a heart attack,” she recalls.Days later, Healy’s first week ended with a coronavirus diagnosis. She had worn a mask and a face shield each of her four days at school.Lea este artículo en español en , un servicio...

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Man holding baby shot at during Loop shootout outside Congress Hotel, prosecutors say

Man holding baby shot at during Loop shootout outside Congress Hotel, prosecutors say

Filed under:Davarius Minor handed off the infant to someone else before pulling out a pistol with an extended magazine Tuesday, firing nine shots in self-defense at his attacker at Michigan Avenue and Harrison Street, Cook County prosecutors said.Two men were ordered held on $200,000 bail Wednesday in connection to a midday Loop shootout that broke out when one of the men, who was holding a baby, was shot at as he stood outside the Congress Hotel.Davarius Minor handed off the infant to someone else before pulling out a pistol with an extended magazine Tuesday, firing nine shots in...

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Sep 16
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FOP storms away from contract talks after Lightfoot demands 17 pages of disciplinary reforms

FOP storms away from contract talks after Lightfoot demands 17 pages of disciplinary reforms

Filed under:Union president John Catanzara was so insulted, he will make a financial-only counter-offer and demand an up-or-down City Council vote. Aldermen voting “no” will face opponents recruited and bankrolled by the police union.Chicago Police officers have waited more than three years for a new contract and the retroactive pay raise that comes with it.The first substantive offer they got from Mayor Lori Lightfoot was hardly worth the wait, according to their fiery union president.Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said he stormed away from Tuesday’s long-awaited...

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Alderman lavished with cash, luxury trips by program for Caribbean med students

Alderman lavished with cash, luxury trips by program for Caribbean med students

Filed under:Ald. George Cardenas was a consultant for a Chicago business where one partner is suing another, accusing her of misusing company funds — in part to benefit Cardenas.A Chicago doctor is suing his business partner, accusing her of “looting” more than $3.7 million from their business to finance an “extravagant lifestyle” and to lavish Ald. George Cardenas (12th) with luxurious trips, an expensive watch and a monthly stipend for consulting services.Cardenas had been hired to drum up business for Omni Medical Student Training, which places students from Caribbean medical schools in...

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Sep 18
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‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child pornography charges

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child pornography charges

Filed under:Harris is in federal custody, and the feds aim to keep him there, calling him a danger to the community.One boy called Jerry Harris “relentless.”He told authorities he met the star of the Netflix docuseries “Cheer” this summer — and that Harris spent three straight hours asking for naked photos of him after the boy told him he was 17. He said Harris finally offered him money, sending him $100 in “good faith” that allegedly turned into thousands.Now the feds say Harris has admitted to having anal and oral sex with a 15-year-old at a cheer event last year, trying to persuade...

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Sep 17
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847 CPD vacancies under microscope to chip away at $1.25 billion city budget shortfall

847 CPD vacancies under microscope to chip away at $1.25 billion city budget shortfall

Filed under:Mayor Lori Lightfoot has, so far, resisted the movement to de-fund the police But that doesn’t mean the Chicago Police Department’s $1.7 billion budget will be spared.The Chicago Police Department has 847 sworn vacancies that could be reduced to chip away at aldermen were told Thursday.Mayor Lori Lightfoot has, so far, resisted the movement to de-fund the police that has been sweeping the nation since the death of George Floyd. Chicago is the nation’s largest city to give the cold shoulder to those demands after police cuts announced in New York City and Los Angeles.But that...

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After Dems try to oust Smollett judge, Cook County judges forego long-established group donation to party

After Dems try to oust Smollett judge, Cook County judges forego long-established group donation to party

Filed under:In a rare display of political independence at election time, judges voted 42-13 against donating to the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts as they typically would. Cook County judges facing retention on the November ballot voted Wednesday night to forgo the long-established practice of making a group donation to the Democratic Party to help promote their campaign—partly in protest of the party’s efforts to oust Judge Michael Toomin.In a rare display of political independence at election time, judges voted 42-13 against donating to the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts as they...

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Sep 17
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15 shot, 2 fatally, Tuesday in Chicago

15 shot, 2 fatally, Tuesday in Chicago

Filed under:The day’s first reported fatal shooting killed a 21-year-old man was inside an apartment in the 4800 block of South Wood Street, in Back of the Yards on the South Side.Fifteen people were shot, two fatally, Tuesday in Chicago.The day’s first reported fatal shooting killed a 21-year-old man was inside an apartment in Back of the Yards on the South Side.About 11:10 p.m., the man was inside the bedroom of a second floor apartment in the when someone he knew fired shots at him, Chicago police said.He was struck in the neck, face and arm, and pronounced dead at the scene, police...

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Sep 16
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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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Chicago poised for comeback, top mayoral advisers say, insisting downtown security top issue for Lightfoot

Chicago poised for comeback, top mayoral advisers say, insisting downtown security top issue for Lightfoot

Filed under:At a virtual meeting of the City Club of Chicago, former White House chief of staff Sam Skinner, co-chair of Lightfoot’s economic recovery task force, confronted the issue of looting and public safety head-on.Chicago is poised for a comeback from the pandemic because of spending growth it has already seen after carefully managing its reopening, top mayoral advisors said Monday, even as they confronted the elephant in the room: downtown security.Deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development Samir Mayekar and former White House chief of staff Sam Skinner were prime movers...

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