Lucas Ellis, Jamir Patterson, teacher Vicki Drewa, Geneva Bradley, Tamiah Spraggins and Abigail Ivy represent their classmates at the July 24 City Council meeting.Vicki Drewa

Hyde Park Students Want Chicago To Ban Styrofoam — And With Some Help From A Former Governor, City Hall Is Listening

With help from former Gov. Pat Quinn, a group of Ray Elementary sixth graders took the unusual step of submitting their own ordinance to City Council.

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Retired Chicago Firefighter Killed In Attempted Carjacking In Morgan Park

Dwain Williams, 67, joined the fire department in 1992. Police say he was stopping at a local popcorn shop when he was attacked.

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Kitten Trapped In Car’s Engine Rescued By East Ukrainian Village Neighbors

A neighbor who cares for a feral cat colony alerted Animal Control and cops for help, to no avail. It took a nearby vet tech and the car's owner to save it.

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Social Distancing Is A Privilege — And More Black And Latino Chicagoans Died Because They Couldn’t, Study Says

That translated into neighborhoods with more Black and Latino residents seeing more COVID-19 deaths in the spring, according to the study.