Dick Simpson a fixture in Chicago’s political and academic spheres for more than 50 years is retired and looking forward to life outside a UIC classroom.
University of Illinois Chicago professor Dick Simpson retired after 55 years at UIC and establishing himself as an authority on political matters of all kinds, from corruption and voting patterns to budgeting and civic engagement. While producing reform-influencing research and more than a dozen books, he has shared his expertise beyond UIC classrooms as a frequent contributor to media coverage of city and state politics.chicagotribune.com
Outdoor street dining could be here to stay, as Lightfoot proposes annual permit program for Chicago restaurants, bars
A pandemic that wreaked havoc on restaurants might also have produced a silver lining — at least that’s the hope of Mayor Lori Lightfoot as she moves to make permanent the outdoor dining provisions prompted by COVID-19.chicagotribune.com
After McDonald’s CEO says Chicago needs to ‘face facts’ about problems, Mayor Lightfoot says he should ‘educate himself’ before speaking
CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired back Wednesday at McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski after he raised concerns about crime in Chicago, and she defended the city’s economic outlook. Lightfoot was asked about last week’s comments by Kempczinski to the Economic Club of Chicago where he referenced the recent departures of high-profile companies such as Caterpillar, Boeing and Citadel from the ...news.yahoo.com
Attorney General seeking more money from ComEd for Speaker Madigan scandal
A month after state regulators ordered Commonwealth Edison to pay $38 million in refunds due to the scandal tied to ex-House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Illinois attorney general wants consumers to get a little more.chicagotribune.com
Illinois governor signs disaster declaration, calls up National Guard to assist with migrants bused from Texas
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is signing a disaster proclamation to secure resources for the asylum seekers bused to Illinois from Texas and has deployed 75 National Guard members to assist with the logistics of receiving the migrants, he announced Wednesday. Pritzker again criticized his Texas counterpart, Greg Abbott, for failing to coordinate or communicate with Illinois and Chicago officials ...news.yahoo.com
Chicago mayor seeks help for immigrants bused from Texas
Chicago officials have asked the public for volunteers and donations to help immigrants being bused to the city from Texas amid the Republican-led state's political battle over the immigration policies of President Joe Biden's administration. A busload of about 50 immigrants arrived Sunday in Chicago, days after the arrival of the first busload of about 75. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city had not yet heard from any Texas officials and urged Texas' Republican governor, Greg Abbott, to collaborate on a more humane treatment of the immigrants.news.yahoo.com
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office calls Gov. Greg Abbott’s migrant busing strategy ‘racist’
Abbott late Wednesday announced Chicago would be a new destination for migrants bused from Texas in his strategy to draw attention to the influx of people at the southern border. Chicago leadership welcomed the migrants “with dignity and respect.”
Chicago curfew tightened after killing near 'Bean' sculpture
A clamp-down on Chicago teens’ access to a popular downtown park and a weekend curfew following the fatal shooting of a teenager has revived longstanding accusations that City Hall prioritizes the city’s sparkling lakefront and downtown over West and South side neighborhoods where hundreds have been killed or hurt by gun violence.
Union, parents mull if Chicago teacher standoff was worth it
Chicago schools will offer more COVID-19 testing and have standards to close school related to infection rates, but the cost of a bitter union battle and five days of missed schools has parents and union members questioning if it was worth it.
VIDEO: Chicago boy wasn’t holding gun when shot by officer
Viewers reacted with a mix of outrage and grief to newly released bodycam video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 13-year-old less than a second after the boy dropped a handgun, turned toward the officer and began raising his hands.
Chicago schools reopen doors after tough union fight
Starting Thursday, Lear will return to class as the nation's third-largest school district slowly reopens its doors following a bitter fight with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols. The Chicago Teachers Union accepted the plan after defying district orders, city threats to lock them out of teaching systems, and talk of a potential strike. Several educators lined up Thursday for vaccinations at a high school on Chicago's northwest side. AdPreston’s two high school children will keep learning online at their South Side home. And if the high school students can't focus working in their rooms, they must “report to the dining room,” he joked.
Chicago begins return to classrooms after bitter union fight
Starting Thursday, Lear will return to class as the nation's third-largest school district slowly reopens its doors following a bitter fight with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols. Their youngest daughter, 4-year-old Lear, returns to class as the nation’s third-largest school district slowly reopens its doors following a bitter fight with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols. The Chicago Teachers Union accepted the plan after weeks of bitter talks that included defying district orders, threats from the city that they would be locked out of district teaching and a potential strike. The district hasn’t rolled out a plan for high school students to return, which is expected to prompt more negotiations. And if his high school students can't focus working in their rooms, they must “report to the dining room,” he joked.
VIRUS TODAY: In COVID-19 era, Americans choose dying at home
For many families, home is a better setting than the terrifying scenario of saying farewell to loved ones behind glass or during video calls amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Here’s what’s happening Sunday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.:THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY:— More Americans are making the decision to have their terminally ill loved ones die at home rather than in nursing home and hospice settings. For many families, home is a better setting than the terrifying scenario of saying farewell to loved ones behind glass or during video calls amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gavin Newsom is facing a potential recall election, in part stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. “So I really do think that we need to watch this and be careful.”___Find AP’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic: https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic
The Latest: LA County says medical center broke virus rules
The Supreme Court is telling California it cant enforce a ban on indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic. The celebration is on hold until next year as Rio struggles with a rise in coronavirus cases. ___OKLAHOMA CITY — The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has surpassed 400,000. Health officials are urging football fans to forego Super Bowl gatherings with members outside of their own households. France has registered 3.5 million confirmed cases and more than 78,700 confirmed deaths.
Globe-trotter Candace Parker returns home to play for Sky
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)CHICAGO – Candace Parker talked about seeing her grandmother hold up the newspaper during their call, thrilled she is coming home to play for the Chicago Sky. “I'm so excited to be home and I say that from the bottom of my heart,” Parker said during a Zoom conference Tuesday. “When she decided, she told me even before, ‘If I come, I’m coming to ball,'” he said. She said she started thinking about playing for the Sky a few weeks ago and would not have left Los Angeles for any other team. “(I) have obviously evolved, and a lot of it had to do with me living in Knoxville and me living in Los Angeles and Russia and Istanbul and China.
Chicago schools extend talks with union over in-person class
Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey, who has said the union wants an agreement, said holding off on locking out educators is an encouraging step. Such a move, if approved by the union's house of delegates, could shut down remote learning across the roughly 340,000-student district. School officials and the union reported weekend progress on issues including contact tracing and ventilation. But the union says those measures don’t go far enough and without more protections, remote learning is safest. District officials haven't said when high school students will return.
Chicago schools reopening uncertain as union talks stall
(Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool)CHICAGO – A plan to reopen Chicago schools remained in limbo as last-minute negotiations over COVID-19 safety measures with the teachers' union stalled Sunday, amplifying the possibility of a strike or lockout. The Chicago Teachers Union has fought returning to classrooms in the nation's third-largest district, defying orders to come to class ahead of students. AdChicago Public Schools officials and the union reported weekend progress on issues including contact tracing and ventilation. Union officials held a news conference later Sunday, saying without protective measures such as widespread vaccinations remote learning was safest. District officials haven't said when high school students will return.
Things to Know: Fewer Black Americans are getting vaccinated
Espinoza said she never imagined the virus would take the life of her 36-year-old husband, who managed a hospice nurse program. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)Here’s what’s happening Saturday with the pandemic in the U.S.:THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY:— An Associated Press analysis shows that Black people in many parts of the U.S. are lagging behind whites in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Statistics released by 17 states and two cities tell the same story: Through Jan. 25, Black people were getting inoculated at levels below their share of the general population. Ad— Hospital systems around the country are coming under fire over accusations that they are playing favorites when it comes to who gets the first crack at COVID-19 vaccines. In the past week, California has recorded an average of 544 daily COVID-19 deaths, and its pandemic death toll has reached 43,000.
The Latest: UK reports lowest daily new virus cases in weeks
State health officials Monday reported fewer than 13,000 people were being treated for the virus in Texas hospitals, marking the seventh consecutive day of declining patient loads. Some hospitals and clinics have reported having to cancel immunization appointments because they didn’t have enough vaccine doses to distribute. A little more than half of Ochsner employees have yet to get the vaccine, officials said at a news conference Monday. Health officials are also worried about variants that were first reported in the United Kingdom and South Africa. The Democratic governor says Nevada officials were told vaccine doses would be administered to the states based on population.
The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. ___AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has distributed more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. State health officials say Texas had more than 14,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and its death toll has passed 30,000. ___COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina will now allow medical students, retired nurses and other qualified professionals to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. ___MADRID — Spain reported 35,878 confirmed coronavirus cases and 201 new deaths from the coronavirus.
The Latest: Mexico sees record 16,105 new virus cases
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported Saturday, and a near-record of 1,135 deaths related to COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour period. ___AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan announced it is expecting the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine to arrive in the kingdom late Saturday. Official data also show that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.K. has exceeded 3 million. The daily numbers brought Arizona’s total confirmed cases to 607,345 and the state’s death toll in the pandemic to 10,036. With 10.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases, India has the second-highest total behind the United States.
Chicago 7-year-old raises money for hospital's pandemic gear
Hayley Orlinsky poses for a portrait Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, with several colorful rubber band bracelets she makes in her Chicago home. The spunky 7-year-old from Chicago has spent most of the coronavirus pandemic crafting the creations as a fundraiser to buy personal protective equipment for a children's hospital. So far, the endeavor has generated nearly $20,000 for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, prompting praise and purchases from Chicago politicians, a Broadway actor and her beloved White Sox. It all started when she heard news stories about PPE shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic and was inspired to help. She's done holiday themed-bracelets, sports teams colors and red and light blue bracelets to represent the Chicago flag.