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Austin Residents Displaced In Building Explosion Can Apply For Loans To Cover Damages And Rebuild

Homeowners and renters can apply for loans to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate and belongings. A help center opens Thursday morning at the Austin Town Hall Park.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Man Charged After 7-Year-Old Boy Shot On His Way To Church In Roseland

The boy, Legend Barr, suffered a shattered femur and underwent surgery. His mom has launched a fundraiser to help pay medical bills while Legend recovers.

Roseland, Pullman

Police Search For Truck After Toddler Killed In Albany Park Hit-And-Run, As Family Launches GoFundMe For Funeral

The 17-month-old boy climbed out of a car he was in and walked into the street where the driver of a pick up truck hit him, police said. The driver fled the scene.

Albany Park

This Week In Photos: Vibrant Murals, Free Bouquets And Business Openings In Chicago

PHOTOS: From a groundbreaking in Englewood to a woman giving away bouquets in Lincoln Park, Chicagoans were busy this week.

Citywide

Man Charged In Homan Square Police Station Break-In Obtained Bulletproof Vest Before Pointing Guns At Cops, Prosecutors Say

Donald Patrick of Waukegan was charged with multiple felony counts of burglary and aggravated assault on a police officer. A judge said he created a “life-or-death” situation.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Block Club Chicago Awarded $1.6 Million Grant From McCormick Foundation To Launch Investigative Team

The new investigative team will work closely with Block Club's neighborhood reporters to root out corruption, wrongdoing and inequality, particularly on the South and West sides.

Citywide

Chicago Fire’s Near West Side Training Facility Clears Key City Hurdle

The project planned for 24.2 acres of vacant land at the form ABLA Homes site could go before the City Council on Wednesday.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Washington Park Mass Shooting Kills 2, Wounds 7, Police Say

The victims, all adults, were shot after a fight broke out between two groups in the park, police said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Fatal West Loop Hit-And-Run Was Intentional, Police Say As West Suburban Man Charged With Murder

Joseph Verdone, of suburban Hillside, was arrested Tuesday. Police said he drove onto the sidewalk early Sunday in the West Loop, hitting and killing 22-year-old Enrique Martinez.

West Loop

Lightfoot Creates Casino Community Council After Neighbors Push To Negotiate With Bally’s

The committee comes after neighbors slammed the process under which the $1.7 billion casino was approved and as neighbors push to help shape the casino campus.

West Loop

City Has ‘Plan B’ If Bears Decide To Leave Chicago, Lightfoot Says

Lightfoot didn't say what those backup plans entail, though she's hinted at bringing another NFL team to Chicago or redeveloping Soldier Field and the surrounding area for concerts and other uses.

Downtown

Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza Won’t Seek Reelection After 2 Terms Representing Southeast Side

Sadlowski Garza is the ninth sitting council member resigning or retiring. She is the first Chicago Teachers Union member elected to City Council.

South Chicago, East Side

Chicago Police Officer Dies By Suicide, At Least The 4th Since July, Officials Say

The officer's death comes as the police Department and Supt. David Brown face increasing scrutiny for how officers' mental health and days off are treated.

Citywide

Chicago Bears To Reveal Arlington Heights Stadium And ‘Entertainment District’ Plans Next Week, Reports Say

Bears officials said their "transit-oriented, mixed-use entertainment district" would be "one of the largest development projects in Illinois state history."

Downtown

Here’s A Full List Of City Council Seats Likely Up For Grabs In 2023

Several alderpeople are resigning, retiring or running for mayor, guaranteeing some City Council seats will change hands, while other seats have already flipped this year. Here's a running list.

Citywide

River North Road Rage Stabbing Leads To Murder Charges

A witness told the Sun-Times the Tuesday night stabbing occurred after two drivers got out of their cars and began scuffling with each other in the street.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Ald. Leslie Hairston Won’t Seek Reelection After 24 Years Serving Hyde Park

Hairston is the fifth City Council member retiring in 2023. "For more than 30 years, I have held jobs serving the public and it is time for me to look at the next chapter of my life," she said in a statement.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Ellis Lakeview Residents Sue Landlord After Years Of Complaining About Filthy, Dangerous Apartments

The Kenwood tenants organized for nearly two years to force the landlord and ousted property manager to address complaints about mice infestations, faulty plumbing and other issues.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

North Center’s Ribfest Is Back This Weekend For The First Time In 3 Years

Ribfest kicks off Friday afternoon, serving up racks of ribs and sides from 20 food vendors. There also will be live shows and a kids section with activities and bounce houses.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

2 CPS Teachers Won’t Be Fired After District Accused Them Of Encouraging Students To Protest General Iron

The Chicago Board of Education voted to retain the Southeast Side teachers after CPS officials sought to fire them. Instead, the board gave them a warning.

South Chicago, East Side
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