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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.

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Missing UIC Student Natally Brookson Found Dead; Boyfriend Still Missing

A body found May 2 in Lake Michigan was identified as 22-year-old Natally Brookson. Her boyfriend, Daniel Sotelo, who disappeared around the same time, is missing. His family is hosting a search party Sunday.

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Most Residents Say ‘No’ To Bally’s Casino At River West Town Hall But Alderman Says A Silent Majority Supports It

Nearly 500 neighbors came out to oppose the casino planned for the prime riverfront site at Tribune Publishing Center. But Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. said, "A lot of my senior citizens who don't come to these things like to gamble."

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago Cops Who Haven’t Gotten Vaccinated Won’t Be Disciplined Immediately, Lightfoot Says

City workers who haven't gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 will eventually be put in no-pay status, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. About 2,566 Police Department employees have not complied with it.

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Controversial Police Misconduct Settlements, Stalled Ordinances To Come To A Head In Packed City Council Meeting

City Council will also vote on a plan to crackdown on stolen phones and and a controversial proposal to relocate Saint Anthony Hospital to Little Village.

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Anjanette Young Raid Investigation Finds City Failed In Oversight — But Lightfoot Didn’t ‘Purposefully’ Conceal Evidence

A summary of the report was made public Thursday, one day after City Council approved a $2.9 million payout to settle the lawsuit filed by Young.

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Watchdog Contacted Child Protective Services 22 Times About Sexual Misconduct Allegations At Logan Square School

The watchdog substantiated allegations against 10 Marine Leadership Academy employees and one volunteer following an anonymous tip in 2019.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Block Club’s Kelly Bauer Is Chicago’s Journalist Of The Year

The Chicago Journalists Association is honoring Kelly with the award. In honor of her dedication to Chicago, we’re launching the inaugural Block Club Investigative Fund.

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Federal Dollars Fuel CTA’s Ambitious Budget As Depressed Ridership Leaves Agency’s Future Revenues In Doubt

At the lowest ebb of pandemic ridership, the CTA was only seeing an average of about 250,000 riders each weekday. It’s bounced back to 750,000, only about half of its pre-pandemic number.

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ZooLights Returns Next Month At Lincoln Park Zoo — And Tickets Are Available Now

Tickets for ZooLights went on sale Thursday for Lincoln Park Zoo members. Sales will open to the general public Oct. 28.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Blues Legend Muddy Waters’ Former Home Is Now A Chicago Landmark

The Kenwood home, which also hosted music legends Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry, was one of three projects to receive landmark status Thursday.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

One Of Chicago’s Most Famous Basketball Courts Is Getting A $500,000 Facelift

Margaret Hie Ding Lin Park, a backdrop for sports commercials starring Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose, is getting a new half court and other upgrades.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Should COVID-19 Cases Force Classroom Closures? The Debate Unfolds In Chicago

Around the country, school districts are grappling with the tricky question of when and how to quarantine students and staff after confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Controversial Near North Side Apartment Tower Proposal Gets Taller And Thinner Ahead Of Key City Vote

Fifield Companies' latest proposal is for a 39-story building at 125 W. Maple St., but neighbors in the next-door condo building don't approve.

Near North Side, River North

Bears Should Focus On ‘Being Relevant Past October’ And Stop Threatening To Move To Arlington Heights, Mayor Lightfoot Says

The Bears submitted a bid to buy the closing Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Arlington Heights. Mayor Lori Lightfoot dismissed it as "clearly a negotiating tactic."

South Loop

Chicago Moves Into 1C Vaccinations Soon. Here’s Who Can Get A Shot

Phase 1C of COVID-19 vaccinations includes people with underlying conditions and essential workers.

Coronavirus Kills 55 More People In Illinois, But Numbers ‘Looking Really Good’ For Chicago As Deaths Fall And Vaccinations Rise

April will be "much bigger" for Chicago in terms of vaccinations — and May will see even more than that, the city's top health official said.

Massive Michael Reese Hospital Redevelopment Set For Plan Commission Vote Thursday

An update to the Fulton Market Innovation District plan, a proposed 50-foot building at The Fields development and a new elementary school in Belmont Cragin will also be considered.

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CPS Parent Group Says Kids Learning From Home Need More Support From District

Raise Your Hand for Illinois, an education advocacy group, created a list of demands for the district, calling for more transparency, increased spending on remote learning and a meeting with CPS leadership.

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In Chicago, Teachers With Children Less Likely To Get Permission To Work From Home

In Chicago, only 1 in 10 teachers who asked for a child-care accommodation that would allow them to continue working remotely received such permission, according to Dec. 29 data provided by Chicago Public Schools.

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