Chicago Fire Department needs stronger policies against sexual harassment, racial discrimination, city watchdog says

The Chicago Fire Department needs to put in place stronger policies to deal with the sexual harassment and racial discrimination that have long dogged the agency, the city’s watchdog found in a report released Wednesday. Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s audit notes the overwhelmingly male and white department’s history of mistreatment of minorities and women. Top…

Mayor Lori Lightfoot spent $104,000 on upgrades to her City Hall conference room, including 75 inch touch screen

As Mayor Lori Lightfoot prepared to warn the city about a yawning budget deficit last summer, she lined up more than $100,000 in upgrades to her City Hall conference room — a project that included installing a 75-inch touch screen monitor, records and interviews show. During that time, the mayor also kept tabs on the…

Fees waived for adoption of longtime shelter dogs, cats

Homeless dogs and cats who have been overlooked by those seeking a pet will have their adoption fees waived at a virtual adoption event sponsored by PAWS Chicago later this month. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Convicted murderer Drew Peterson’s oldest son faces pot-growing charges in DuPage County

The oldest son of ex-Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson, imprisoned for killing his third wife, is facing felony drug charges after authorities accused him of operating an illegal marijuana-growing operation out of his home near upscale Burr Ridge. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Peaceful group marches downtown to honor Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, both killed by police

Daunte Wright, was fatally shot in Minnesota by a police officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn., last week. Adam Toledo, 13, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer last month Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake returns to duty

A white police officer from Wisconsin who was investigated and cleared for shooting and injuring a Black man during a domestic dispute has returned from administrative leave, officials said Tuesday. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Family of 13-year-old Adam Toledo views video of his fatal shooting by Chicago police officer as authorities wait to release it publicly

The family of 13-year-old Adam Toledo has viewed video of his shooting by a Chicago police officer in a Little Village alley. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Dogs banned from Chicago firehouses after one kills smaller pet walking near Englewood fire station

The Chicago Fire Department will no longer allow dogs at firehouses after a firehouse dog killed a family pet near an Englewood fire station. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Longtime precinct captain for indicted Ald. Edward Burke pleads guilty to deceiving FBI in corruption probe

Longtime political operative Rudy Acosta, 70, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misleading the FBI in a series of interviews in 2017 and 2018 about its investigation into elected officials. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Daunte Wright police shooting: Brooklyn Center police chief and officer who fired fatal bullet instead of Taser resign

A white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb and the city’s chief of police resigned Tuesday. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

St. Joseph High School in Westchester, former basketball powerhouse featured in ‘Hoop Dreams,’ announces closure

St. Joseph High School in the west suburbs will close at the end of the current school year after more than six decades. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Art Institute names Denise Gardner new board chair, believed to be first Black woman chair at major art museum

Denise Gardner breaks ground at Art Institute by becoming first Black woman board head Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 100,729 vaccine doses, 3,193 cases and 17 deaths reported Tuesday

Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Illinois, Chicago and Cook County pause distribution of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after blood clotting cases

The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot that people have experienced after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to a statement from both federal agencies. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Illinois attorney general’s office investigating hack of its computer network

The Illinois attorney general’s office is investigating a hack of its computer network that was discovered over the weekend, officials said Tuesday. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Police chief says Minnesota officer who fatally shot Black man intended to fire Taser, not handgun; protests continue for 2nd night

Police clashed with protesters for a second night in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot a Black man in a traffic stop over the weekend. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Residents are protesting the possible trapping and drowning of Glenview beavers

For now, the beavers’ fate is unclear. The Concord at the Glen homeowners association board and its management company said future action is on pause. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Police respond to barricade situation in residential Morton Grove neighborhood

A residential neighborhood in Morton Grove is under a heavy police presence as officers from across northern Cook County responded to a report of a person barricaded in a house Monday evening. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

1 charged, others sought by cops in Michigan Avenue Nordstrom break-in

One person was in police custody after several people smashed a glass door and made off with merchandise, including purses, from the Nordstrom store on Michigan Avenue early Monday, police said. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

More COVID-19 vaccines wouldn’t slow surge in hard-hit Michigan, says CDC director

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters Monday that the answer in a crisis situation such as Michigan is facing is to go back to virus control basics. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Motorcyclist, 32, killed in Chesterton head-on crash

The driver in a 2006 Toyota Highlander, stated that the first motorcycle passed him going south but the first one, “for an unknown reason, crossed the center line and struck his vehicle directly in the hood/front end,” police said. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Long Grove’s historic covered bridge crashed into again; 14 times and counting since reopening celebration in August 2020

Long Grove’s historic covered bridge was struck again, marking the 14th time the bridge was hit since it reopened in August 2020. The bridge had been closed since June 27, 2018 when a box truck plowed into the bridge causing significant damage. Top Featured Tags: – Illinois NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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