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Gov. Pritzker Says He Will Sign Bill To Establish Elected School Board In Chicago

The bill would phase in a fully elected Chicago school board by 2027, taking that authority out of the mayor's hands for the first time in city history.

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State Adopts ‘Alderperson’ To Describe Chicago City Council Members — But Some Alderpeople Aren’t Thrilled

While state statutes will now use the gender-neutral term "alderperson," several City Council members plan to continue going by alderman, alderwoman or just plain "alder."

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Racism Is A Public Health Crisis, Mayor Lori Lightfoot Declares

The mayor's declaration follows a report that showed Black Chicagoans suffer massive health disparities rooted in historic inequities.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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Midnight Curfew For Alcohol Sales Gets Key City Approval, Setting Stage For City Council Vote

The controversial rule is part of a larger relief package to support local businesses after the pandemic and streamline the permitting process.

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Chicago Police’s LGBTQ Liaison Team Expands From 1 To 6 Officers As Police Try To Build Trust With Queer Communities

The LGBTQ liaisons are tasked with improving relationships with the queer community by responding to hate crimes and engaging people in training and policy changes.

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Illinois Vaccine Lottery With $1 Million Prize, Scholarships For Youths Launches

Three $1 million jackpots will be awarded and 40 $100,000 prizes will be awarded.

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COVID Vaccinations Available Outside Some ‘L’ Stations Mondays, Fridays

The vaccinations are free and insurance is not required. The shots will be given to walk-ups, with no appointments necessary.

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Market Days Lineup Is Out, With Trixie Mattel, Todrick Hall, Greyson Chance And Fierce Project Headlining

Market Days, a three-day event this year, is set for Aug. 6-8 on Halsted Street. It'll feature "Drag Race" and "Pose" stars.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted
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‘It’s All Good’ Episode 8: The West Siders Getting Black People Outside

After seeing few other Black people on their national park adventures, Chevy Linear and Kameron Stanton started BlackPeopleOutside to encourage more people to explore nature.

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Chicago Elected School Board Bill Heads To Governor, Despite Lingering Questions

If Gov. JB Pritzker signs the legislation — over Mayor Lori Lightfoot's opposition — Chicago would have its first fully elected school board by 2027.


Juneteenth In Chicago: Here Are 30+ Marches, Picnics, Parades And More To Celebrate

Chicagoans can celebrate Juneteenth all weekend at dozens of events around the city.


More Than 50,000 COVID Vaccine Doses Were Given In Illinois During Past Day

In Illinois, about 5.8 million people of all ages — or 45.89 percent of the state's 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots.


Juneteenth Is Now An Official State Holiday In Illinois

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day enslaved Black Americans were freed in Galveston, Texas.


These 3 Tips From Experts Can Help Keep Your Garden Fresh And Green Through The Drought

Chicago gardeners and urban farmers are struggling to keep their plants happy during dry, warm weather. Here are tips for successful gardening during the drought.


In Chicago, The Debate Over School Police Isn’t Over — It’s Just Quieter

Chicago’s school councils are again considering whether to keep school police. But the conversation looks different this time.


PAWS Chicago Pets Can Be Adopted For Free During This Week’s ‘Summer Lovin’ Event

PAWS will waive the adoption fee for people who adopt an adult pet.


Chicago Liquor Store Sales Would End At Midnight — Not 10 PM — Under Lightfoot’s ‘Compromise’ Plan

A curfew on alcohol sales was implemented during the pandemic, but the mayor faced backlash in trying to make a 10 p.m. rule permanent.


More Than 12 Million COVID Vaccine Shots Have Been Given In Illinois

At least 23,083 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,422 deaths are probably related to the virus.


Chicago-Area Trans Survey Could Lead To Largest Data Set On Trans People In U.S. History: ‘There’s Strength In Numbers … And Power In Data’

Led by Brave Space Alliance and Northwestern University, the Chicago Area Trans Survey wants to hear from 30,000 trans people in Cook County.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chicago’s Water Fountains Will Be Turned On This Summer — But Not For Weeks

It could take up to four weeks for all park and lakefront water fountains to be turned on once the process starts in late June.

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