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CPS Students Should Get Tested For COVID-19 Before Returning To Class Jan. 3, District Says

The district gave 150,000 at-home test kits to students in "areas hardest hit by the pandemic" earlier this month.


Chicago’s Record Snowless Streak Could Come To An End This Week As Cold, Wet Weather Looms

The city has yet to get at least .1 inches of snow this season. That could end Tuesday.


Man Charged In Fatal Shooting In Lincoln Square After He Carjacked Another Man In Rogers Park, Police Say

Julius Flowers, 23, was in jail charged with a carjacking that happened an hour before Rae Park was killed in Lincoln Square.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Kittens Stolen From Traveler At O’Hare Airport Have Been Found, Police Say

The kittens, Perceive and Nivea, were in carrier that was stolen by someone and thrown in a trash can. Two people rescued them.


Chicago Firefighter, 30, Dies Days After Being Critically Injured In Belmont Cragin Fire

MaShawn Plummer joined the Fire Department a year ago and belonged to Engine 94 in Portage Park.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Anyone 16 And Up Can Now Get A Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shot

Millions of teens now will be able to get a booster shot, giving added protection as the Omicron variant spreads.


Man Charged With Murder Of 71-Year-Old Man In Chinatown Was Arrested Within An Hour Of Shooting, Police Say

Woom Sing Tse was fatally shot Tuesday near Wentworth Avenue and 23rd Place. Police say they arrested someone quickly after the slaying because of quick involvement from neighbors.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Syphilis Outbreak On Far South Side Being Investigated By City Health Department

Cases of syphilis citywide jumped 13 percent from 2019 to 2020, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. Data from this year is incomplete, but five cases have been recorded in Roseland since September.

Roseland, Pullman

Chicago Police Officer Shot On Far South Side

The officer and another man were wounded after "an exchange of gunfire," officials said. The officer has non-life-threatening injuries.

Roseland, Pullman

Indicted Ald. Carrie Austin Will Retire, She Says, As Proposed Map Draws Her Out Of Ward

Were the map to pass as-is, it would cut Austin out of the Far South Side ward where she's been alderman since 1994.

Roseland, Pullman

Virgil Abloh, Trailblazing Off-White Founder Who Became Louis Vuitton’s First Black Artistic Director, Dies At 41

Abloh and Kanye West bonded over their love for design, and their collaborations helped bring the Rockford native global acclaim. He died after battling cancer.


Missing Amundsen Students Found Safe: Police

On Thursday night, police said both girls have been located.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Alhambra Palace Will Voluntarily Close Through Thanksgiving After West Loop Drive-By Wounded 4, Alderman Says

The news comes after police said they would push to temporarily close the Randolph Street restaurant and venue.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

2 Men Charged With Shooting Armored Truck Guards, Then Killing Their Accomplices

Police say Deandre Jennings and Antwon Montgomery were part of a group of four who ambushed the guards in a "foiled robbery attempt" in Chatham Monday. They killed the other two men about an hour later, police allege.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Block Club Chicago Named Publisher Of The Year, Gets 3 Other LION Local Journalism Awards

"Block Club Chicago’s emphasis on consistent presence in neighborhoods to build trust has made it a leader in community-rooted local news," a judge wrote of the nonprofit news source.


After 4 Wounded In West Loop Drive-By, Police Will Push To Temporarily Close Alhambra Palace, Alderman Says

Ald. Walter Burnett said he's asked the Mayor's Office for a special entertainment police detail in Fulton Market, an area crawling with tourists and people enjoying nights out on the town.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Block Club Chicago A Finalist For 9 Chicago Journalists Association Awards

Block Club is a finalist in the breaking news, public service and photography categories, among others.


Man Charged With Murder In Killing Of UChicago Graduate In Hyde Park

Prosecutors allege Alton Spann, 18, shot Shaoxiong “Dennis” Zheng, 24, and later pawned his laptop and iPhone for $100.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Block Club Chicago A Finalist For Publisher Of The Year And 7 Other LION Local Journalism Awards

The reader-funded nonprofit newsroom was also honored as a finalist for Best Solutions Project, Best Breaking News and Collaboration of the Year.


Bomb Threat Made On UChicago Campus Was A Hoax, Officials Say

The threat was similar to a number of false threats that were made on college campuses across the nation, officials said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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