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Paul Vallas Is Running For Mayor Again

Vallas, a former CPS CEO, is taking on Lightfoot again after unsuccessfully running against her in 2019. "What Chicago suffers from most is a crisis in leadership. It doesn’t have to be this way," he said.

Citywide

Police Seize 11 Guns At Another North Avenue Beach Party: ‘Why Do You Need A Gun To Enjoy The Beach?’

This is the second recent instance of a large party drawing hundreds to the beach, angering residents and local politicians.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Man Charged With Setting ‘Walking Man’ On Fire Showed ‘A Special Kind Of Evil,’ Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors said video shows Joseph Guardia standing over 75-year-old Joseph Kromelis, pouring gasoline on him and then igniting it with a lighter.

Downtown

Suburban Man Charged With Setting ‘Walking Man’ On Fire In River North

Joseph Guardia, 27, was charged with attempted murder and arson in Wednesday's early morning attack on Joseph Kromelis, known as the "Walking Man."

Downtown

Body Of Daniel Sotelo, Missing UIC Grad Student, Identified After Being Found In Lake Near Wilmette

Sotelo and his girlfriend, UIC student Natally Brookson, went missing in late April. Both of their bodies were found in the lake. The causes of their deaths are pending.

Citywide

‘Walking Man,’ Set On Fire In River North, ‘Likely To Die,’ Reports Say

A man in a black and white Hoodrich jacket is being sought in the attack on Joseph Kromelis, who gained local fame by constantly walking Downtown's streets.

Downtown

Police Officers Should Get Signing Bonus, Housing Help So Chicago Can Fix Staffing ‘Crisis,’ Alderman Says

Ald. Matt O'Shea's ordinance aims to incentivize officers to stay with $10,000 in down payment help. He also hopes to attract veteran cops from other departments with a $10,000 signing bonus.

Citywide

Ald. Michael Scott, Key Lightfoot Ally On West Side, Resigns

Scott told Block Club he's leaving to pursue other endeavors and spend more time with his family. He's been in office seven years.

Citywide

No Bond For Man Shot By Millennium Park Security Guard

The man refused to be checked for weapons at Millennium Park, police said. A guard shot him in his buttocks.

Downtown

Man Charged With Murder After 2 Fatally Shot Inside Humboldt Park

John Corona, 25, was arrested near the park within minutes of the shooting, police said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Riot Fest Lineup Announced: Nine Inch Nails, The Misfits, My Chemical Romance And More

Three-day passes for the punk rock music fest at Douglass Park are on sale now.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

2 Killed In Humboldt Park’s Namesake Park, 3 Wounded In Separate Shooting In Neighborhood

The shootings happened within three hours of each other and less than two miles apart, according to police. One person was arrested and charges are pending, police said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

‘Abortion Is Healthcare’: 1,000 Gather Downtown To Protest Overturning Of Roe v. Wade

Illinois and Chicago officials have vowed to protect abortion and reproductive health care in Illinois — but nearby states are expected to ban abortions.

Downtown

Watch ‘On The Block,’ Block Club Chicago’s Weekly TV Show On The U And CW26

Citywide

Lori Lightfoot To Potential Mayoral Challengers: Bring It On

"What I want the voters to ask themselves is: Think about what we’ve been through. Think about what all of us have had to sacrifice. Then ask yourself, who's up for the job? I know I am."

Citywide

‘On The Block,’ Block Club Chicago’s TV Show On The U, Debuts Tonight

“On The Block" airs 7 p.m. Thursday on The U and 10 a.m. Saturday on CW26. It will be rebroadcast throughout the weekend on The U, CW26 and MeTv Chicago.

Citywide

1 Killed, 2 Hurt After Porch Collapse In East Garfield Park

Bricks from the masonry fell from the top of the building and crashed onto the roof above the front door, trapping three men under heavy stone debris on the porch, fire officials said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Loretto Hospital CEO George Miller Out After Block Club Chicago, BGA Investigations

Loretto CEO George Miller's departure comes a year after Block Club Chicago revealed the hospital vaccinated ineligible people with ties to administrators, including at Miller's suburban church. The FBI is investigating.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Ald. Raymond Lopez, One Of Lori Lightfoot’s Fiercest Critics, Is Running For Mayor

The South Side alderman hopes his promise to be tough on crime can oust Mayor Lori Lightfoot from City Hall. "I am sick and tired of watching Chicago flounder at the hands of a rudderless ship,” he said.

Back of the Yards

Woman, 72, Shot In Lakeview

Representatives from the local chamber of commerce said the woman was shot near their office near Briar and Broadway.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted
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