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Fire Department Chief Vows Diversity Push Timed With First New Recruitment Test In 7 Years

The Chicago Fire Department is dominated by white men — but the department’s first-ever Black woman leader vows to change that.

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Chicago Had A Long List Of Disengaged Students. Did Efforts To Reel Them In Pay Off?

The district flagged about 70,000 students as at risk of disconnecting from learning — and directed schools to track them down.

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What Could Halloween, Thanksgiving And Other Holidays Look Like This Pandemic Year? Answers Coming Soon, Officials Say

People have begun asking officials what they'll be able to safely do for the holiday season now that vaccines are available. Here's what they're saying.

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Chicago Voted Best US City To Visit For 5th Straight Year, Survey Says

More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers responded to the magazine's annual survey about where they've visited.

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Business Department To Set Aside $46 Million In Federal Money For ‘Food Equity,’ Nonprofit Support

The money will be spent on programs aimed at improving neighborhoods’ food options, boosting first-time entrepreneurs and padding the budgets of local nonprofits.

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City Must Map Out An ‘Endgame’ To Transform ‘Problem’ Buildings Languishing In Court, Top Buildings Official Says

The city could lobby for legislation that makes it harder for landlords to hold onto vacant properties, a city leader said, holding up a Block Club article on the issue.

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Aldermen Decry City’s Year-Long Tree Trimming Backlog: ‘I Can’t Say It Enough — Forestry, Forestry, Forestry’

Streets and Sanitation leaders also revealed the city's dismal recycling rate remained flat at 8 or 9 percent.

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Limited Edition White Sox Bobbleheads Go On Sale This Week As Team Starts Playoffs

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is releasing bobbleheads of José Abreu, Yoán Moncada and Luis Robert.

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Chicago Shortens Student Quarantines As Experts Predict November COVID Vaccine For Kids

The city's public health commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady, said officials think vaccines should be available for kids 5-11 around the first week of November.

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Connecticut Removed From Chicago’s Travel Advisory, But 47 States Still On The List

Forty-seven states and three territories remain on Chicago's travel advisory as the nation grapples with the highly contagious Delta variant.

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Lightfoot Lied About West Side Shooting Charges, Kim Foxx Says — And She’s Tired Of Political Stunts

Lightfoot said the lack of charges from a West Side shooting could make offenders feel like they won't be held accountable, sending "this city into chaos."

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Lightfoot Blames Kim Foxx’s Office For Lack Of Charges In West Side Shooting — But Evidence Wasn’t There, State’s Attorney Says

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she's concerned by the State's Attorney's Office not filing charges in a West Side shooting, but Kim Foxx said Lightfoot's story doesn't match the facts of the case.

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Love Spooky Movies? The Park District’s Outside Horror Movie Series Is Back All October

Halloween movie lovers can watch the films outside while seated near a campfire and enjoying marshmallows.

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Boys Of Color Were Hit Hard By The Pandemic. What Do They Need Now?

In Chicago and nationally, data show a steeper drop in attendance and a more marked increase in failing grades for male Black and Latino students.

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Chicago Is Scouring The Country For Police Recruits As City Council Demands More Officers Across City

Supt. David Brown said a "pipeline" of 1,000 officers is needed to push enough officers through the police academy to keep up with attrition.

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Environmentalist Muslims Are Making Chicago’s Mosques Greener Through A New Program

The Chicago Muslims Green Team is launching the Green Mosque Program, which will start by helping the Downtown Islamic Center reduce its energy use.

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Johnson & Johnson Will Ask For Government’s OK To Give COVID-19 Booster Shots, Report Says

The move comes just weeks after officials authorized booster shots for people who got the Pfizer vaccine.

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Cloudy, Rainy Week Ahead For Chicago — But There Will Be Sun This Weekend

The city will see temperatures in the high 60s to mid-70s all week.

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New Drug That Could Prevent COVID-19 Deaths Is ‘Huge Advance’ In Battle Against Virus

The news comes as the country and state face grim milestones: About 700,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, including 25,000 Illinoisans, as of Friday.

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Cook County Launches Court-based Rental Assistance Program For People Facing Eviction

The program is meant to give such people one final opportunity for financial assistance before they are evicted.

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