Month: May 2021

Hundreds Gather at Historic Tulsa Church’s Prayer Wall

Hundreds gathered Monday for an interfaith service dedicating a prayer wall outside historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood on thecentennial of the first day of one of the deadliest racist massacres in the nation. National civil rights leaders, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and William Barber, joined multiple local faith leaders …

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15-Year-Old Identified After 2 Killed When Car Strikes Deer, Is Rear-Ended on I-90

A Chicago teen was identified as one of two passengers killed when their car hit a deer and was rear-ended by an SUV on Memorial Day on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, officials said. Carlos Fajardo, of Chicago, was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Monday afternoon. A 51-year-old woman was also killed …

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A Nation Slowly Emerging From Pandemic Honors Memorial Day

A nation slowly emerging from social distancing measures imposed by the coronavirus pandemic honored generations of U.S. veterans killed in the line of duty on a Memorial Day observed without the severe pandemic restrictions that affected the day of tribute just a year ago. Memorial Day parades and events were held in localities large and …

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Chicago Gun Violence: 2 Dead, 29 Wounded in Memorial Day Weekend Shootings

Two people are dead and at least 29 others have been wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago during the Memorial Day weekend. The first fatal shooting of the weekend was reported at approximately 2:14 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the 3100 block of West Ogden Avenue. According to Chicago police, a 26-year-old man was …

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Illinois Lawmakers Consider Bill to Postpone 2022 Primary

A new bill that would postpone Illinois’ primary next year from March to June advanced in the General Assembly Monday. Senate Bill 825, which includes several election-related proposals, would shift the March 15 primary to June 28 as lawmakers await census data that was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The bill also includes plans to …

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$41B Budget, Trickier Issues Face Legislature on Final Day

Illinois lawmakers were piecing together a $41.3 billion state budget Monday, based on tax revenue that improved much faster from the global pandemic than expected and including $2.5 billion in spending from a multiyear federal relief package. The plan sent to the House floor on the final scheduled day of the Legislature’s spring session incorporates …

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Illinois Lawmakers Pass Bill to Extend ‘Cocktails to Go’ Until 2024

Illinois lawmakers on Sunday passed a bill to continue allowing bars and restaurants to serve cocktails to go, a measure that served as a lifeline to struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The General Assembly first passed the initiative during the 2020 legislative session, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed it in June, to help bars …

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Naomi Osaka Tweets Would Be Best if She Dropped Out of French Open

Naomi Osaka wrote on Twitter on Monday that “the best thing for the tournament” would be if she withdrew from the French Open, a dramatic turn of events for the four-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player.She had declared she would not speak to the media during Roland Garros and was fined $15,000 …

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14-Year-Old Boy Charged With Arson in Fire That Destroyed McHenry Roller Rink

A 14-year-old boy is charged with arson after authorities say he set fire to an abandoned roller rink last week in northwest suburban McHenry, police said. The teen was with another 14-year-old boy last Thursday when they trespassed in the former Just For Fun Roller Rink, 914 N. Front St., McHenry police said in a …

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