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Friday, April 25 Update

By Sade Carpenter

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014

1. NATO 3 Sentenced to Prison
The group of men known as the NATO 3 received five, six and eight years in prison on Friday when a Cook County judge handed down sentencing, according to NBC Chicago. Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Betterly appeared in court for sentencing for misdemeanor mob action and possession of an incendiary device to commit arson. Alhough acquitted for terrorism-related charges, the trio was convicted of plotting attacks on police stations, President Obama’s campaign headquarters and Mayor Emanuel’s home prior to the 2012 NATO Summit.

2. Bars and Restaurants Face Demolition for CTA Project
The CTA released a list of buildings that would be bulldozed in order to make room for the Red and Purple line overpass project, RedEye Chicago reports. Funds have not yet been allocated to the project and the properties would not need to relocate immediately. Clark Street Beach, Beer on Clark, Fiesta Cantina and Beggar’s Pizza are among the businesses facing demolition.

3. Blue Line Service Suspended This Weekend
According to the Chicago Tribune, Blue Line service will be suspended between the Western and Damen stations this weekend for track construction. Free shuttles bus service will be provided from 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday, and riders will be able to transfer for free into open stations. The $492 million project calls for six more weekend-only closures through August.

4. Residents Say Illinois a Lousy Place to Live
According to a recent Gallup poll, 25 percent of Illinois residents say it is the worst place to live, CBS Chicago reports. Across the 50 states, Illinoisans are the most resentful about how much they pay in state taxes and are the least trustful of the state government. For residents seeking a change of scenery, the poll found the best places to live are Alaska and Montana.

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Thursday, April 24 Update

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014

1) CPS Votes to “Turn Around” Three Schools
According to WGN-TV, the Chicago Public Schools board voted Wednesday to “turn around” three elementary schools despite protests from residents, parents, teachers and administrators. CPS handed operations for all three schools to the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a private company that conducts staff overhauls on “turnarounds”.  McNair Elementary in Austin, Dvorak Math Science Technology Academy in North Lawndale and Gresham Elementary in Auburn-Gresham will see full layoffs– everyone from teachers to lunch workers – when AUSL takes over at the end of the year. 

2) Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan
Chicago Tribune reports a pediatrician from Chicago was among three Americans killed in Kabul today when a security guard opened fire at a hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity. Dr. Jerry Umanus had spent more than a decade training doctors and treating poor patients in Afghanistan. In this latest round of attacks on foreign civilians living in Afghanistan, Dr. Umanus was gunned down while visiting the Cure Hospital, which specializes in children’s and maternal health services. 

3) Roger Ebert Statue to Be Unveiled in Champaign 
The Chicago Sun-Times reports a bronze statue of Pulitzer-Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert giving his signature “thumbs up” will be unveiled today in downstate Champaign, Ill. The statue was made by artist Rick Harney and is called “C U at the Movies”. It will be unveiled outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, where Ebertfest film festival is now under way.

4) Baseball Nation Interactive Map
The New York Times created an interactive map that breaks down fan allegiances for all Major League Baseball clubs by ZIP code. The Times calculated fan support using an algorithm based on how many Facebook users “liked” a team in a ZIP code. They determined Illinois allegiances to the Cubs are strongest on the North side of Chicago and in the north and northwest suburbs. White Sox fans rule Chicago’s South side and south suburbs. No big surprises, expect maybe for the 60637 ZIP, which encompasses the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. The Times found this neighborhood to be the only Cubs stronghold south of the Eisenhower Expressway.

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 Wednesday, April 23 Update

By Jakub Rudnik

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1) Students Hang Sexual Assault Awareness Banners at DePaul; Security Removes Them
A group of DePaul students protested the DePaul athletic department Wednesday afternoon by raising two banners for awareness on sexual assault. The signs were hung from the second-floor railings in the Arts and Letters before classes ended at 12:50 p.m. and were removed by DePaul’s public safety within 20 minutes, according to The DePaulia, the campus newspaper. Students chanted that the banners should be kept up, saying it was their First Amendment right to protest.

2) Partial Plastic Bag Ban Could Be in Chicago’s Future
As soon as August 2015, large chain and franchise stores in Chicago could have to stop providing customers with plastic bags, according to the Chicago Tribune. Smaller franchises and chains would have until August 2016 to enact the measure, and independent stores would be exempt from it. The measure, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is gaining support from City Council members.

3) 100 Years of Wrigley Field
The first-ever game played at Wrigley Field took place 100 years ago today—although it was then called Weeghman Park. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and many former Cubs players are attending today’s game with the Arizona Diamondbacks in celebration of the anniversary, and in the fifth inning fans will sing happy birthday to Wrigley, according to Cubs.com. | Video

4) One Million Divvy Rides
In just nine months, Chicagoans have taken more than one million individual bike rides with Divvy, announced by Mayor Emanuel Wednesday. The milestone comes in the midst of Emanuel’s designated “Divvy Week,” (April 21 to 27), during which daily passes are available for $5 instead of the standard $7. Residents who become annual members during Divvy Week will receive a free meal from Chipotle. Poll: Should Divvy provide helmets for riders?

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 Tuesday, April 22 Update

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1) DNC Asks Chicago to Apply for 2016 Convention
Chicago is one of 15 cities being asked to submit proposals to his the 2016 Democratic National Convention. According to the Chicago Tribune  the last time a Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago was in 1996, when Richard M. Daley was mayor. However, Chicago is seen as a longshot when it comes to who will host the convention, by then Illinois’ electoral votes aren’t expected to be up for grabs given the state’s solid Democratic status, therefore there would be no political gain there in the presidential contest.

2) Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s Affirmation Action Ban
The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions, according to the Chicago Sun-Times  The ruling prohibits public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The voters chose to eliminate racial preferences, because it could lead to increased race-based resentment. Similar voter-approved initiatives to ban affirmative action in education are in place in California and Washington state. 

3) CTA Catching Taggers, Suing Parents
Since the increase of surveillance cameras on the trains, buses, and within transit buildings, the CTA is catching more graffiti vandals. Their latest tactic to prevent the crime is to sue the parents of the offenders and require the families to pay for cleanup. According to WGN Chicago  this week, the CTA filed four lawsuits totaling more than $13,000 in hopes of recouping some of those damage costs.

4) How Chicago is Greener and Cleaner Than You Think
Chicago was recently named the 2014 Earth Hour Capital of the United States. Being as today is Earth Day, The Huffington Post came up with a list of 6 ways that Chicago is cleaner and greener than we think. Things such as solar uprising and smart energy efficiency are mentioned as ways the city stays environmentally friendly. 

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Monday, April 21 Update

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014

1. Chicago's Violent Easter Weekend
Easter weekend in Chicago was warm and fraught with violence. Homicide Watch Chicago reports eight people were shot dead and at least 37 people were wounded by gunfire over the especially violent weekend.

CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy speaks about the violent holiday weekend in this Chicago Tribune video.

For more, see The Red Line Project’s Storify coverage of Chicago gun violence in 2014 and the gun violence project from 2013. 

2. American Wins Boston Marathon Men’s Division
One year after the marathon bombings that killed four people and wounded more than 260, today’s Boston Marathon was a bittersweet race for many. CNN reports American Meb Keflezighi won the men’s division today with an official time of 2:08:37. Some are seeing Keflezighi’s win as a symbol of national resiliency. He is the first American to win the men’s race at the Boston Marathon since 1983. In the women’s division, Kenyan Rita Jeptoo took first place with an unofficial – and course record – time of 2:18:57.

See The Red Line Project’s 2013 Chicago Marathon coverage.

3. Joakim Noah Wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year
The Chicago Tribune reports that Joakim Noah will be named this year’s NBA Defensive Player of the Year.  The Chicago Bulls are expected to make the announcement at a 4 p.m. press conference today. Noah averaged 11.3 rebounds and 1.51 blocks this season and his unique ability to cover ground made him critical to the Bull’s defensive scheme. Noah is the second player in franchise history to win the title of NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The first was Michael Jordan for the 1987-88 season.  

4. Scientists Say Chicago is Very Funny
Chicago is scientifically America’s funniest city. So says the Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado, which came up with a “humor algorithm” to determine the funniest of America’s 50 largest cities. Chicago, “The capital of improvisation and a mecca of stand-up comedy”, beat out other top contenders like Boston, Atlanta and Washington for highest honors.

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