Environmental groups are looking to ban plastic straws in Illinois. Flickr/Ben Aston

If Starbucks And Seattle Can Ban Plastic Straws, Could Chicago Be Next?

Straw bans are picking up steam, and environmental groups in Illinois are looking for ways to ban them locally without harming disabled residents.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop Primary category in which blog post is published
Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop Primary category in which blog post is published

Investigators Release Video Of Police Fatally Shooting Miguel Vega In Pilsen

Police say someone in Vega's group opened fire on officers, sparking a shootout with police. The slain man's family is skeptical of his involvement.

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Beloved Father Of Five, Union Engineer Shot In Case Of Mistaken Identity In Ravenswood Manor, Family Says

Hector Alvarez Jr. was driving home when he noticed someone following him — then the shooting began. Family and friends say he was mistaken for someone else in a black Jeep as gang conflicts continue on the Northwest Side.

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CTA To Roll Out Dedicated Bus Lanes Along Chicago Avenue, 79th Street

One lane of travel in each direction will temporarily be converted to 24-hour bus lanes to reduce delays and crowding during the coronavirus pandemic.