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Isabel’s afternoon roundup

Monday, Sep 11, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

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    * Herald-Review | Live updates: ADM workers’ conditions unknown after blast; several airlifted from Decatur: Eight workers were hurt in the blast, the fire department said. Four Medivac helicopters were used to airlift the injured to trauma centers for a higher level of care. No firefighters were hurt during the operation that remained ongoing as of 11:30 a.m.

    * Tribune | Migrant mother charged with felonies after allegedly blocking traffic, resisting officers at Southwest Side station: Video of the incident sent to the Tribune by a source showed several migrants arguing with police at the desk about access to the bathrooms in the station. A higher-ranking officer speaking in English could be seen telling the migrants through another officer translating into Spanish that there were portable toilets for them outside and to take it up with the city if they had an issue.

    * Chicago Mag | No Country, No Home: The previous administration really didn’t have a plan, other than just opening up a few respite centers and shelters. Mayor Lightfoot spent [$120 million] in hotels and other policies that were never intended to provide any sustainable solution. Time was lost in coordinating an effort to address this huge issue. It is a problem that demands federal intervention. What has changed is the new administration’s collaborative approach in addressing the seriousness of this problem.

    * Bloomberg | Response to migrant crisis could cost over $300 million by end of year: On Thursday, Mayor Brandon Johnson told the Chicago Sun-Times that the city would move 1,600 migrants out of police stations before cold weather settles in and into what the mayor called “winterized base camps.” Each tent structure would hold up to 1,000 people, according to Johnson.

    * Daily Herald | Medical marijuana users push back on McHenry County state’s attorney’s stance:[McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally] also threatened to sue dispensaries if they do not remove references to the medical benefits of marijuana from their marketing and add signage “to warn customers of the mental health dangers associated with use, including psychosis, depression and suicidal ideation.”

    * Sun-Times | Head of the class: new Education Board president Jianan Shi, 33, is praised for ‘thoughtful, insightful’ leadership: It’s a meteoric rise from teacher to nonprofit leader to overseeing the nation’s fourth-largest school system in less than a decade — and one that represents the growing influence of the once-small Raise Your Hand, a close ally of the Chicago Teachers Union.

    * Daily Herald | Glendale Heights president pleads ‘not guilty’ to disorderly conduct charges: Khokhar is accused of reporting to two police officers in April and May that village Trustee Mohammad Siddiqi had threatened to bite him. He filed the reports knowing there were “no reasonable grounds for believing that the offense had been committed,” according to the indictment.[…] Officers reviewed a videotape and said it showed Siddiqi and another trustee walking together, followed by Khokhar, and Siddiqi going downstairs, then exiting the building. The report says it does not appear Siddiqi and Khokhar said anything to each other.

    * Sun-Times | Winner picked for Pershing Road project; plans would reinvent an industrial colossus: Last week, the Department of Planning and Development said it will work with Chicago-based IBT Group on its proposal for a $121 million makeover of the sites, which include a vacant 571,000-square-foot warehouse. Built in 1918 for the U.S. Army, the building has vast floors with scores of pillars to hold bygone loads. It figures in the district’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, so wrecking it is strongly frowned upon.

    * WTTW | Half of Chicago Schools Are Under Herd Immunity Levels for Measles, But Rates Have Improved Over Past Year: Within the Chicago Public Schools district, almost half of the schools reported measles vaccination rates below 95% for the past school year, according to data from the Illinois State Board of Education. That mark is an important one, as measles, an extremely contagious disease with devastating consequences, requires about 19 of 20 people to be vaccinated to prevent its spread via herd immunity.

    * NBC | FDA clears new Covid boosters: 5 things to know: Anyone age 5 and older can get an updated booster shot from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, regardless of whether they were previously vaccinated, the FDA said in a statement. People who have been vaccinated should wait at least two months before getting the updated booster.

    * AP | What you should know about new COVID shots: The FDA will soon decide if each company has met safety, effectiveness and quality standards. Then the CDC must sign off before vaccinations begin. A CDC advisory panel is set to meet Tuesday to make recommendations on how best to use the latest shots.

    * NYT | As Covid-19 Cases Tick Higher, Conspiracy Theorists Stoke New Fears: There is little evidence that the current wave of Covid-19 cases will prompt the kinds of extreme countermeasures seen during the worst of the pandemic. The share of Covid-19 cases nationwide peaked at 14.1 percent in August — in line with most surges since the pandemic began — but hospitalizations were at near historic lows.

    * NBC Chicago | Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth tests positive for COVID-19: Duckworth made the announcement on social media Sunday, saying she is experiencing mild symptoms from the virus. “I will continue working for the people of Illinois in isolation and follow medical guidance on when to return to the Senate chamber,” she said.

    * Crain’s | Chicago’s largest law firms see dip in local attorneys: Polsinelli (tied for No. 23 with Amundsen Davis and Perkins Coie) reported the greatest plunge (17.4%) in local attorneys since last summer. Seyfarth Shaw (No. 11) and Baker McKenzie (No. 17) likewise reported significant drops of nearly 13% and 12%, respectively.

    * WCIA | From textbooks to tombstones: Champaign students learn how to locate lost graves: She and her classmates participated in the STEM Cemetery Project at St. Mary’s in Champaign. They are searching for headstones underneath the surface that may be hiding graves. Bill Vavrik, Vice President at Applied Research Associates, calls it underground mapping.

    * Sun-Times | Dragonflies seem to be everywhere along Chicago’s lakefront. Here’s why: That’s because Chicago is a pit stop on their multigenerational mass migration across North America, which happens every spring and fall.

    * Tribune | Illinois’ Underground Railroad: A glossary of terms to know: Too often, details about the hundreds of years of bondage, trauma and disenfranchisement have been avoided, ignored or blatantly misrepresented. This project was conceived with the goal of centering stories from the Black community, with narratives about enslaved people’s paths to freedom, be it a first-person account, oral history passed through generations, or documentation that shares a glimpse of that journey.

    * SJ-R | Springfield area business owner wins Miss Illinois United States; vies for national title: When Aaliyah Kissick was 17 years old, she could be spotted in the Springfield area holding a cardboard sign on the side of a road to advertise her clothing boutique. Now, at 23, Kissick is bringing her passion for small business development and financial literacy to the forefront as Miss Illinois United States. “I’m advocating for House Bill 1375 which would require mandatory financial literacy for all students across the state of Illinois. If I become Miss United States, I will be advocating for mandatory financial literacy at the national level as well.”


  1. - yinn - Monday, Sep 11, 23 @ 3:51 pm:

    About 6-7 years ago we stayed a couple days on Illinois State Beach and were treated one late afternoon to the aerial displays of swarming dragonflies. Their numbers were amazing and so was their size, hugest we’ve ever seen so it was a bit unnerving at first to share a balcony with them.

  2. - Dotnonymous x - Monday, Sep 11, 23 @ 6:47 pm:

    Cannabis causes psychosis…in non-consumers…still.

  3. - Candy Dogood - Monday, Sep 11, 23 @ 8:01 pm:

    ===A higher-ranking officer speaking in English could be seen telling the migrants through another officer translating into Spanish that there were portable toilets for them outside and to take it up with the city if they had an issue.===

    I’m not familiar with many public employees who forget which government they work for.

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