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Friday, June 6 Update 

By Sade Carpenter

Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014

1. West Loop Parking Problems
The city is enforcing a parking ban by ticketing and towing cars in the West Loop, but the ban was actually lifted in December, CBS 2 reports. Last July fliers announced a two-hour parking ban that would prevent car owners from parking in free spots all day. The ban was lifted due to lack of support from local residents and business owners, but no-parking signs have not been removed.

2. Chicago Could Host 2015 NFL Draft
According to RedEye Chicago, next year’s NFL draft will be held in a new location instead of its usual home of Radio City Music Hall. The league is reportedly scoping out venues in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. The 2015 NFL draft dates and destination are expected to be finalized by summer’s end. The Chicago Theater is thought to be a location for the draft.

JET Magazine Photo
Jet magazine through the years. (Photo/Sade Carpenter)

3. Jet Magazine to Release Final Print Issue
A magazine popular in many Black households for 63 years will publish its final print issue Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Chicago’s Johnson Publishing Company announced last month that Jet would transition to a digital-only format to save on printing costs. Jet is set to release a new app for smartphones and tablets on June 30.

4. Kanye West for Mayor?
A Hyde Park artist is running a personal campaign supporting an unlikely candidate for the 2015 mayoral race – Kanye West. According to NBC Chicago, Ben Shepard says West has the skills needed to fix Chicago’s schools and put a stop to gang violence. "Not to put any pressure on you," he writes in an open letter to West, "but you are the only person in the world who could make this happen. There isn’t anyone else who (1) is wealthy and famous enough (2) is from Chicago, and (3) may actually understand the problems with the city."

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Thursday, June 5 Update 

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014

1) Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in Hospital
The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy checked himself into a hospital Thursday morning for a surgery to address blockage of his arteries. Adam Collins, spokesperson for the superintendent, said in a prepared a statement that McCarthy’s procedure “went well and he will remain in the hospital for several more days while he recuperates.” First Deputy Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger will take charge of the department during McCarthy’s absence. 

2) Students March for Peace in Chicago
Around 2,000 high school students from Perspectives Charter Schools marched in the streets Thursday to push for an end to Chicago’s gun violence, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The students wore T-shirts with “I am for peace” stamped on the front. Some had hand-written messages such as “R.I.P Daddy” and “Gone too soon” scribbled on the backside. “It has to start with us,” said Diamond Jenkins, 16, who lost a brother to gun violence. “Because peers listen to their friends and we can influence them to be better.”

3) ‘Gun Intelligence Center’ to Target Chicago Gun Sales
DNAinfo Chicago reports the Chicago Police Department is joining efforts with other law enforcement agencies to curb gun violence and stop the flow of illegal guns in Chicago. The Chicago Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and other local and federal law enforcement agencies have partnered up for the opening of the Crime Gun Intelligence Center, officials announced Thursday. According to an ATF statement, the new Crime Gun Intelligence Center will allow investigators to collaborate information and better target firearms traffickers. 

4) GM Inquiry Finds ‘Pattern of Incompetence’
An internal investigation by General Motors found “a pattern of incompetence and neglect” in its decade-long failure to recall millions of defective small cars, but it did not find a deliberate cover-up, the company’s Chief Executive Mary T. Barra said Thursday. According to The New York Times, despite the report’s broad findings, it found no ties linking Barra or her top lieutenants to the recall delay linked to 13 deaths and 47 crashes. 

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Wednesday, June 4 Update 

By Jakub Rudnik

Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

1) Emanuel Aims Make Chicago 'North America’s City of Lights'
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched an international design competition that aims to find a team capable of turning Chicago into “North America’s city of lights,” according to Fox 32 Chicago. Teams have until July 7 to envision ways to spotlight the Chicago River, 180 bridges, iconic buildings, the CTA’s “L” and Lower Wacker Drive. Emanuel estimates the new lights could attract at least 50 million additional tourists each year.

2) Cubs Leave WGN Radio After 90 Years
The Chicago Cubs and WGN radio have ended their relationship after 90 years, according to Crain’s Chicago. The Cubs will begin a seven-year broadcast deal with WBBM Newsradio 780 AM. WGN exercised an opt-out clause in its contract due to declining ratings and revenue, and it couldn’t reach a new agreement with the team.

3) Joakim Noah Selected to All-NBA First Team
For the first time in his career, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been selected to the All-NBA First Team. The 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year helped the Bulls hold opponents to the second-lowest field-goal percentage in the league. The last Bulls player to be selected to an All-NBA team was Derrick Rose in 2010-11.

4) Man Delivers Baby on Side of Dan Ryan
According to the Chicago-Tribune, a man helped to deliver his daughter on the shoulder of the Dan Ryan this morning with the help of a 911 operator via cell phone. WGN Channel 9 photographer Steve Segers was on the highway en route to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with his girlfriend, Leighann Coleman, when the baby began to crown. The operator directed him to pull over, and Kylie Ann was born there near 31st Street.

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 Tuesday, June 3 Update 

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

1) Two Teenage Boys Among Six Shot at South Side Laundromat
Late Monday night, six people were shot inside a Sudz Coin Laundry at 2660 E. 79th St. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that among those injured were two teenage boys, ages 14 and 16. The others who were shot ranged in age from mid-20s to early 50s. Three people were treated and released from area hospitals Monday night. The other three are expected to be released later Tuesday.

2) Two Girls, 12, Accused of Stabbing Classmate 19 Times
The Chicago Tribune reported that two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls are accused of luring a middle school classmate into the woods in a Milwaukee suburb and stabbing her 19 times. The attack apparently stemmed from a horror website with fictitious characters that allegedly inspired the girls to kill someone. The victim was stabbed in the legs, arms and torso. She managed to crawl to the nearby street, where a bicyclist found her. The two girls were both charged as adults with attempted murder. They could face up to 60 years in prison.

3) Tinley Park Firefighters Accused of Hate Crime
A suburban man has filed a lawsuit against three Tinley Park firefighters, accusing them of deliberately soaking him with water because of his faith and race. Omar Ali, an African-American Muslim, was walking by the fire station wearing a turban and was sprayed by a fire hose, inflicting “humiliation and severe emotional distress.” Ali accuses the three firefighters of a hate crime. According to ABC 7 Chicago, one firefighter “offered to apologize” and another said they were “just kidding.”

4) Frankie Knuckles Tribute Show Tonight at Millennium Park
In celebration of the late DJ Frankie Knuckles, family, friends and fans will gather at Millennium Park tonight for a tribute near “The Bean”. The event is free and will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Chase Central Promenade at Millennium Park. Knuckles was known as the “Godfather of House Music” and died in his home March 31 at age 59. According to DNAinfo, after family and friends make a few remarks, house music, including songs by Knuckles, will play.

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Monday, June 2 Update 

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014

1. Same Sex Marriage Takes Effect in Illinois
Monday is the first day that Illinois’ same-sex marriage law goes into effect. Starting today, county clerks throughout Illinois must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to CBS Chicago.

2. SEC Charges UNO Charter School with Defrauding Investors
The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday it had charged Chicago charter school operator UNO with defrauding investors by failing to disclose conflicts of interest in a $37.5 million bond offering for school building construction work. The SEC alleges that UNO Charter School Network did not disclose the fact that the window company with whom the charter network had a multimillion dollar contract was linked to one of UNO’s top executives, Miguel d’Escoto. UNO is settling the SEC’s charges but did not admit or deny the charges in the settlement. 

3. HomeMade Pizza Co. Abruptly Shuts Down
Crain’s Chicago Business reports HomeMade Pizza Co. has abruptly closed all of its outlets and ceased operations without notice. The company’s website is no longer functioning and its Facebook and Twitter pages have also been deleted. At one time the company had nearly 40 stores in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York and Washington. Half of those stores were in the Chicago area, where the company employed more than 200 people.

4. EPA Unveils New Carbon Plan
According to The New York Times, the Obama administration on Monday announced a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent from the country’s power plants from 2005 to 2030. This is one of the strongest moves taken by the United States government to fight climate change thus far. The regulation targets more than 600 coal-fired power plants, which account for the largest source of carbon pollution in the US.

Bonus: $10 Million Revamp for Uptown Theatre
DNAinfo Chicago reports Mayor Rahm Emanuel cheered a $10 million state investment for the Uptown Theatre as “a big step forward” Monday. The state Senate and House last week passed a bill that would allocate $10 million to the Uptown Theatre, a midsize concert venue and former movie palace shuttered since pipes froze, burst and flooded the theatre in 1981. Still, the $10 million investment is only a fraction of the estimated $70 million to $80 million it would take to fully renovate the theatre.

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