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Friday, Nov. 14 Update

By Michelle McConnaughey

Posted: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

1. Chicago’s Only Female Mayor Jane Byrne Dies at 81
Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne died at the age of 81 on Friday morning. According to the Chicago Tribune, Byrne’s health had been declining, but she became even weaker as the week progressed. She passed away around 10 a.m. while in hospice care. Byrne served as Chicago’s mayor from 1979 to 1983.

2. Teen in Custody After High-Speed Chase in Lake County
18-year-old Ronald Maas is in custody after leading police on high-speed chases through the northwest suburbs in Lake County, which came to an end early Friday morning. According to ABC7 News, Maas allegedly stole a sedan near the intersection of Washington Street and Lake Avenue. Minutes later he crashed the sedan, and police believe Maas then stole a truck, picked up a 15-year-old female, and continued the chase until 12:30 a.m. when he crashed into another truck. During the chase, an officer discharged his weapon. Maas ran from the police, but was found at a nearby ranch with a gunshot wound to the face. He was treated and is now in police custody.

3. Metra Board Approves 10.8 Percent Raise for Commuter Fares
The Metra board unanimously voted Friday to increase commuter train ticket fares. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the increasing fares will begin on Feb. 1, 2015. The higher fares will help with Metra’s modernization plan for the rail system. 54 percent of the fare revenue will pay for the annual 3 percent increase for operational needs, including wages, fuel and electricity.

4. Snowfall Expected This Weekend in Chicago
Chicagoland has gotten through the week with light flurries, but that’s expected to change this weekend. According to NBC Chicago, the Chicago area is projected to have its first measurable snowfall of the season. Saturday evening radars are projecting the metro area to have one to two inches of snow accumulation. The snowfall will likely continue early Sunday morning.

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Thursday, Nov. 13 Update

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

1. Lawsuit Filed Against Lucas Museum 
Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit designed to protect and preserve parks, filed a lawsuit Thursday morning against the cost, design and location of the Lucas Museum. The suit argues the seven story, $400-million project doesn’t belong on two existing parking lots. According to WGN Chicago, the privately-financed museum would sit between Soldier Field and McCormick Place. Friends of the Parks fought the Soldier Field renovation years ago and lost.

2. U of I Expects to Name New President Before December
The University of Illinois announced today at its regular trustees meeting that it expects to name a new president by December. Retiring President Robert Easter was granted a one-time bonus of $180,000 at the meeting as well. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a 19-member search committee is nearing its goal of naming a successor to Easter. The new president will be the university’s 20th.

3. Chicago’s Next Archbishop Arrives
Blase Cupich, the next archbishop of Chicago, is set to arrive in his new hometown today and will be installed as the successor to Cardinal Francis George Tuesday. Cupich is 65 years old and a native of Nebraska. According to NBC Chicago, the archdiocese in Chicago is the nation’s third-largest and among its most important since it serves more than 2.2 million parishioners.

4. Uptown or Gotham City?
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been filming in the Loop and also began filming in Uptown Wednesday. The neighborhood has been slightly transformed into a set, featuring Gotham taxis and older model cars parked outside of the Aragon Ballroom. According to the Chicago Tribune, the ballroom was also turned into a movie theater playing “The Mark of Zorro,” the film Batman’s alter ego Bruce Wayne went to see the night his parents were murdered in the comic books.

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Wednesday, Nov. 12 Update

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

1. Joshua Miner Sentenced to Life for Joliet Strangulations
After a robbery planned by four friends ended in the death of two Joliet 22-year-olds, Joshua Miner, said to be the ringleader, has been sentenced to life in prison. A Will County Judge decided Miner’s fate today and also sentenced accomplice Bethany McKee to life in prison last week. “I will never understand how someone could commit such a heinous act and then appear to celebrate it,” said Jamille Kent, mother of one of the victims. According to the Chicago Tribune, after the hearing Kent said she did not want Miner to say anything because his statement would be “empty, empty words.”

2. European Spacecraft Lands on Comet
A European spacecraft made history today by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, this is a cosmic first and could help answer big questions about the origin of the universe. The European Space Agency celebrated after a seven-hour countdown when the agency’s space probe shot through space at 41,000 mph. The landing today capped a 4 billion-mile journey that started 10 years ago.

3. Workers Rescued From World Trade Center Scaffold
Two window washers who were trapped on scaffolding near the 68th floor of One World Trade Center have been rescued. The washers had finished washing the windows and were ascending to the top of the tower when one of the cables became loose and snapped. The scaffold then dangled at a dangerous angle until emergency responders arrived. According to CBS New York, the New York City Fire Department broke a window to pull them to safety.

4. Pizza Delivery Man Shot and Killed Near O’Hare
During an attempted robbery near O’Hare International Airport, a pizza delivery driver was shot in the head. The man was pronounced dead late Tuesday afternoon. According to ABC7 News, two men, one armed, walked up to the victim and demanded his money. The driver then tried to run and was shot in the head. Police say the case is now a homicide.  

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Tuesday, Nov. 11 Update

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

1. Ezekiel Emanuel’s AMA Controversy
Ezekiel Emanuel, the older brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, came under criticism from fellow doctors this week for writing in a magazine article that he plans to refuse life-prolonging and preventative care when he reaches 75 years old, according to the Chicago Tribune. He wrote that people lose creativity as they age and said a deadline of 75 years “forces each of us to ask whether our consumption is worth our contribution.” His statements in the October issue of The Atlantic Monthly angered some doctors within the American Medical Association. They claim Emanuel’s statements go against the physician’s code of ethics by suggesting life becomes less valuable with age.

2. Historic Home Makes a Move
A historic three-story home located at 2110 S. Prairie Ave. began a slow journey Tuesday morning to its new address about one block away, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The home weighs more than 1.5 million pounds and will creep along at approximately 1 mph until it reaches its destination at 2017 Prairie. The journey is expected to take three days. The home was built in 1888 by Harriet Rees and is being relocated to make way for redevelopment near McCormick Place, including a planned stadium for the DePaul University basketball team.

3. Grace Restaurant Wins 3 Michelin Stars
Early reports for this year’s Michelin Star ratings indicate a big win for Curtis Duffy’s Grace restaurant, according to DNAinfo Chicago. Social media announcements report Grace earned the highest honor of three stars this year, up from two stars last year. That would make it the first Chicago restaurant other than Alinea to earn the distinction since 2010.

4. NYC Doctor Discharged, Ebola-Free
Dr. Craig Spencer was all hugs on his way out of Bellevue hospital in New York today, according to Gothamist. The doctor who had been working in West Africa prior to falling ill was discharged Tuesday, Ebola-free. On his way out of the hospital, Spencer hugged everyone from nurses who helped him recover to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. "It's a good feeling to hug a hero, and we have a hero in our midst," de Blasio said.

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Monday, Nov. 10 Update

By Sadé Carpenter

Posted: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

1. Study: Chicago Among Worst Cities for Veterans
A new study from WalletHub ranks Chicago as the second-worst city for veterans, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The study looked at 19 different metrics in economic wellness and environment, education and health in the 100 most populated U.S. cities. Specific metrics included housing affordability, the veteran unemployment rate and percentage of military skill-related jobs. Lincoln, Nebraska came in first overall.

2. Chicago's Murder Rate Down, Lower Than Detroit's
The FBI released data Monday showing that the murder rate in Chicago dropped about 16.4 percent from 2012 to 2013, DNAinfo Chicago reports. This is about three times lower than Detroit’s murder rate, which is currently the highest in the nation. Chicago’s murder rate ranks 31st in the nation, coming behind Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

3. Aldermen to Consider Stricter Dog License Proposal
Aldermen are scheduled to consider Mayor Emanuel’s proposal to require a person with a dog in public to present the animal’s registration tag, according to RedEye Chicago. If pet owners are unable to produce the license, city officials could issue citations ranging from $30 to $200. The current rules only allow citations to be mailed to dog owners, who then have one month to get their dogs licensed.

4. Obama: ‘Open Internet is Essential to the American Economy’
In a public statement Monday, President Obama asked that the Internet be classified as a utility to forbid broadband providers from blocking legal websites, CNN reports. While this move would keep the Internet open and free, cable companies say this kind of regulation will raise prices and make network upgrades slower. "We cannot allow Internet service providers to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas," Obama said. "Companies who connect you to the world have special obligations not to exploit the monopoly they enjoy over access in and out of your home or business."

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