Friday, Oct. 24 Update
By Esther Sibona
As an improvement to security initiatives, police in Chicago will be screening random CTA passengers for explosives starting Nov. 3. Up to six police officers will be positioned outside CTA stations to carry out this procedure that involves swabbing the outside parts of bags for those who agree to take the test, with a small cloth that will then be inserted into a machine to test the presence of explosive compounds, the Chicago Tribune reported. Those who do not accept to have this test carried out on them will be denied access into the CTA stations.
With a just more than a week remaining until the Nov. 4 elections, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) maintains his lead against Republican challenger Jim Oberweis. In a recent Chicago Poll, despite the drop from a 23-point lead in September to 14 points this month, Durbin, who is seeking his fourth term, remains popular amongst Illinois voters. Earlier this week, former President Bill Clinton pledged his support for fellow Democrats Gov. Pat Quinn and Durbin by saying, “I think they are about the future,” according to Huffington Post Chicago.
Legal experts say the chances of a legal victory are slim for David McKinney, the now former political reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times, who resigned from the paper this week.
According to Crain's Chicago Business, it is not clear what legal actions McKinney might pursue, but his options might include suing Rauner’s campaign over defamation or the Sun-Times for their editorial decisions at the paper.
A doctor who has returned to New York from working with Ebola patients in West Africa is now in isolation after testing positive to the virus. According to Reuters, Dr. Craig Spencer is now the ninth case of people treated with Ebola in the United States in the last two months. So far, there has only been one death reported and that was of Thomas Duncan in Dallas, Texas. Others including two suspected cases in Chicago last week have tested negative and virus-free. As a precautionary measure, enhanced screening at five major U.S. airports, including O’Hare is now in effect for all travellers coming into the states from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person. It is not airborne.
Thursday, Oct. 23 Update
By Lindsey Murphy
Posted: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
1. Close Race Between Rauner and Quinn
A Chicago Tribune poll surveying 800 registered voters says the Illinois Governor’s race is closer than ever. Republican challenger Bruce Rauner has 45 percent of the vote and incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn has 43 percent, according to WGN Chicago. The two percent gap is within the poll’s margin of error. Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm has four percent of the vote and the other eight percent is either undecided or supporting other candidates.
For more election news, check out The Red Line Project’s coverage.
2. Sun-Times Reporter Resigns Following Rauner Story
Veteran Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney resigned after what he said was a struggle over editorial authority, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. McKinney, Springfield Bureau Chief, posted his resignation in an open letter on his blog. He says the Sun-Times’ management threatened to reassign him because of an article he co-wrote about Bruce Rauner’s gubernatorial campaign. The article describes a lawsuit filed by Christine Kirk, the CEO of a company Rauner’s former firm once owned. Kirk alleged that Rauner threatened her.
3. White House Fence Jumper Charged
After jumping the White House fence late Wednesday evening and being attacked by Secret Service dogs, Dominic Adesanya has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors. His felony charges include two counts of assault on a K-9 police officer. Both dogs have been cleared to return to duty after receiving treatment for minor bruising, according to the Chicago Tribune.
4. Canada Sergeant-at-Arms Hailed Hero Following Parliament Shooting
The security chief at Canada’s national parliament was hailed a hero today. Sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers has been credited with shooting a gunman who was on the loose in the building after killing a solider earlier. According to NBC News, the 58-year-old killed the suspect and then returned to guard lawmakers from possible other suspects. Many messages were sent out via Twitter thanking Vickers.
Wednesday, Oct. 22 Update
By Lindsey Murphy
Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
1. Suspected Indiana Serial Killer Stops Talking
After cooperating with investigators and police, suspected serial killed Darren Vann kept his mouth shut when appearing in front of a judge for the first time this morning. According to the Chicago Tribune, Vann stared ahead and refused to even acknowledge whether he understood why he was in court. The judge postponed the hearing for a week and told Vann he can stay in jail for the rest of his life.
2. Archbishop Cupich will not Live in North State Parkway Mansion
Although the North State Parkway mansion has been home to every archbishop in Chicago since 1885, Blase J. Cupich said he would live in more modest quarters at Holy Name Cathedral rectory, instead. He still plans to use the mansion for official Archdiocesan functions and to host guests. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Cupich made the decision in consultation with Cardinal Francis George, Monsignor Dan Mayall, the pastor of Holy Name Cathedral, and several Chicago priests.
3. 2 Sick Passengers on Flights from Liberia to O’Hare Being Monitored at Chicago Hospitals
After flying into O’Hare from Liberia and falling ill, two passengers are being evaluated for Ebola, although neither of them have been diagnosed with the disease. One patient, a girl, is at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago after vomiting on the flight. An adult patient was taken to Rush University Medical Center after experiencing nausea and diarrhea, but had a normal temperature. According to CBS Chicago, Dr. Stephen Weber, chief medical officer at University of Chicago Medicine, said the rigorous protocols were necessary.
4. Obama Reacts to Jealous Boyfriend at Voting Polls
At the voting polls Monday for the midterm elections, Obama cast his ballot next to Aia Cooper, according to the Huffington Post. While the two were voting, Cooper’s fiancé Mike Jones warned the president, “Don’t touch my girlfriend.” Obama replied, “You know, I wasn’t really planning on it.” Cooper was clearly embarrassed and apologized to the president, but Obama called the man out by saying he is “an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason.” Afterwards, Obama joked and said despite the comment, “Mike seems like a decent guy.”
Tuesday, Oct. 21 Update
By Emily Brosious
Posted: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
1. Quinn, Rauner Face Off in Final Debate Before Elections
IL Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner faced off in a heated debate at ABC 7 studios Monday night. It was the last televised debate before the November elections and both candidates went hard and heavy on insults and one-upmanship. Issues-wise, the candidates sparred on everything from job creation to education, immigration, marriage equality and racial diversity.
Check out The Red Line Project’s live Storify from Monday’s debate for more juicy coverage.
2. Fashion Icon Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at his home in Kent, Connecticut of complications from cancer, according to the New York Times. De la Renta is famous for dressing numerous actors including Sarah Jessica Parker and Penélope Cruz for celebrity events like the Academy Awards.
3. Tribune to Purchase Sun-Times Suburban Publications
The parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times announced plans to sell all of its suburban daily and weekly newspapers to Tribune Publishing, according to Chicago media blogger Robert Feder. Once the sale is completed, Wrapports LLC would continue publishing the Sun-Times and the Reader. Tribune Publishing would acquire the Aurora Beacon-News, the Elgin Courier-News, the Lake County News-Sun, the Naperville Sun, the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune, the SouthtownStar, and the 32 weekly newspapers published by the Pioneer Press.
4. Chicago Bulls Top the Social Media Scoreboard
The Chicago Bulls are really good with social media -- and they’ve got the ‘likes’ to show for it, reports DNAinfo Chicago. Facebook data shows 28 percent of Chicagoans ‘liked’ pages associated with the Bulls – making them the most liked professional sports team in Chicago. The Bulls have more than 16 million likes on Facebook and have the highest number of followers of Chicago's five sports teams on Twitter as well. On Sept. 29, the Bulls unveiled their SnapChat account and got 35,000 followers within two days.
Monday, Oct. 20 Update
By Sadé Carpenter
Posted: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
1. Early Voting Begins Monday
The polls are now open for early voters who want to cast their ballots in-person this election, the Chicago Tribune reports. Early voting locations will be open for a two-week period, and some will stay open through Sunday, Nov. 2. For the first time, people voting early will be able to do so without showing a photo ID. Use this link to find locations and hours for your county.
Debate Preview: Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner meet Monday night at 8 p.m. CT for their final debate. Can’t watch it on TV? Follow along with The Red Line Project’s debate Storify.
2. Texas Sex Offender Suspected in Deaths of 7 Women in Indiana
Seven women were found dead this weekend in Hammond and Gary, Indiana, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Police say a man in custody confessed to the killings and told them where to find three of the bodies. The man in custody, Darren Vann, 43, is a registered sex offender in Texas. Most of the identities of the bodies have not yet been released, but Hammond authorities are pursuing charges against Vann in the death of Afrika Hardy, 19.
3. Damen Blue Line Station Closed for Renovations
According to NBC Chicago, the Damen Blue Line station will be closed for more than two months as part of the “Your New Blue” renovation project. The renovations will include new roofing, signage, lighting and the installation of art and bike racks. The CTA is encouraging customers to take the No. 56 Milwaukee buses downtown or to the Western or Division stations during the closure.
4. CPS Closings Documentary Premieres Next Week
The first part of “The School Project,” a six-part documentary series, will debut Oct. 28 at the Chicago History museum, DNAinfo Chicago reports. The Web series examines the fallout from the closing of 49 Chicago Public Schools, and an interactive website will launch during the screening. According to the museum’s Eventbrite page the event is already sold out, but it will be broadcast live on CAN TV and featured on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.”
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