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Friday, May 9 Update

By Sade Carpenter

Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014

1. 15 Wounded by Gunfire in 12 Hours, Mayor Launches New Initiative
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new anti-violence initiative Friday, following a 12-hour period between Thursday and Friday that saw at least 15 people wounded by gunfire. According to NBC Chicago, radio stations participating in “Put the Guns Down” will air public service announcements encouraging listeners to stop shooting. They will also host weekly community affairs segments highlighting community organizations that offer violence prevention programs.

Storify: Social media coverage of Chicago shootings and homicides.

2.  Rally for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Kicks Off Saturday
Local Nigerian, civil rights and women’s rights groups are holding a rally in the Loop Saturday in support of the worldwide #BringBackOurGirls movement, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Close to 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram last month, sparking international outrage and a viral social media reaction. The rally will begin at noon at the Daley Center Plaza.

3. Chicago Tribune Releases Video Violence Series
The Chicago Tribune partnered with The Mash and True Star Media to create the “Lost Friends” special report, a documentary featuring stories from young journalists about losing loved ones to gun violence. “What’s interesting is that it wasn’t something that we deliberately set out to do. It was born out of conversations about their personal experiences and how they deal,” said DeAnna McLeary, True Star Media co-founder. “It’s about them having a platform to tell their stories and share their unique experiences, to have a voice in the world.”

4. Chicago Bears Take Kyle Fuller in NFL Draft First Round
The Chicago Bears took Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with the 14th overall pick of the NFL draft Thursday night, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “This is one tough football player, said Bears general manager Phil Emery. “This is a player with length, skill, athleticism, versatility, productivity and beyond that, and the better part of him is he’s even a better person. He’s a great representative of the Chicago Bears.”

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Thursday, May 8 Update

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014

1) Chicago Bicycling More Than Doubled in Last Decade
According to a U.S. Census report released Thursday, the number of people biking to work in Chicago has more than doubled over the past decade. In 2000, fewer than 6,000 workers, or 1.3 percent of Chicago’s work force, commuted to work by bicycle. Now, some 15,780 workers are riding bikes to work, an increase that is more or less in line with the overall national trend. Across the country, the number of people biking to work has increased over 60 percent, the Census said. 

Read more: A sneak peek at a feature we drop tomorrow: A Google Glass tour of the Lincoln Avenue bike lane.

2) Body Found in Lake Michigan 
Chicago Tribune reports the body of a woman has been found in the waters of Lake Michigan off a beach in Lake Forest. A search effort went underway Thursday morning after people reported seeing a person struggling in the water, then going under, officials said. Around 11 a.m., emergency crews with six rescue boats and help from 20 fire departments recovered the body of a white woman between 35 and 45 years old. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning.

3) Online Drug Kingpin Pleads Guilty 
A major player in online drug dealing pleaded guilty today in a Chicago courtroom, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Cornelis Jan Slomp – a 23-year-old Dutchman who went by the name “SuperTrips – could face 15 years in prison for his illicit drug sales over the now-shuttered underground “Silk Road” website. Slomp made more than $3 million in bitcoins selling MDMA, ecstasy, cocaine, LSD and other drugs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew S. Boutros said Slomp’s conviction was the largest one yet in the battle against Silk Road traders.

4) Revised Parking Meter Deal Saving Millions, City Says
After auditing financial statements from Chicago Parking Meters LLC, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said the city’s revised parking meter deal is actually saving Chicago money, the Chicagoist reports. The audited statements prove the revised parking meter deal “had real value,” said Finance Department spokeswoman Kelley Quinn. “A very bad deal has been made a little less bad,” she said. Of course, the city’s numbers still must hold up to an audit by the Attorney General.

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Wednesday, May 7 Update

By Jakub Rudnik

Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

1) Crime Down on CTA Buses and Trains
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool announced that crime decreased on CTA trains and buses in the first quarter of 2014 from the same period in 2013, according to ABC Chicago. They credited the installation of security cameras in more than 800 rail cars, as well as increased surveillance at rail stations and police presence in high-crime areas.  

2) 17-Year-Olds Vote at Higher Rate than Many Older Groups
According to the Chicago Tribune, 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general election voted at a higher rate than voters who could be their parents. In Chicago, registered 17-year-old women had a turnout rate of 18.5 percent, higher than other age groups up to 54-year-old women. For 17-year-old men, their 14.9 percent turnout rate was higher than males up to 48 years old. A state law passed earlier this spring allows not-quite 18-year-olds to vote in primaries for the first time.

3) Jet Magazine to Go Digital Only
In June, Chicago-based JET Magazine will end its print edition and go digital only, according to Crain’s Chicago. JET is the sister publication of Ebony magazine and the No. 3 magazine in the African-American market. It ends its print edition after ad pages fell 25.6 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2014. The magazine will now only print an annual best of JET issue.

4) Hot Doug’s Tattoo Removal Offered at Half Price
With the announcement yesterday that Hot Doug’s is closing, Sempurna Restoration in River North is offering half-priced laser tattoo removal for anyone with a tattoo of the restaurant’s logo, according to DNAinfo Chicago. Hot Doug’s has a policy that offers any customer with the mascot, a glasses-wearing hot dog, “free hot dogs for life.” "True Hot Doug’s fanatics will probably want to keep their tattoos," said Cleighton DePetro, the clinic’s director. "For others, the reminder of the closing of their favorite place for duck-fat fries and fancy dogs will be too painful."

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 Tuesday, May 6 Update

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

1) Chicago Public Library to Receive National Medal from First Lady
Michelle Obama will present the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 institutions at a White House ceremony on Thursday. The Chicago Public Library will receive one of the awards, which is described as “the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.” According to the Chicago Tribune, past winners from Chicago have been the Field Museum and the Lincoln Park Zoo, among others.

2) Hot Doug’s Closes for Good this Fall
Owner of Hot Doug’s, one of Chicago’s most beloved hot dog restaurants, announced today that his shop would close for good Oct. 4. According to DNAInfo Chicago, owner Doug Sohn said “there is really no overwhelming reason other than it’s time to go do something else.” Many people have expressed their remorse via Twitter, where Sohn confirmed the news.

3) Chicago’s Parking-by-App Program to Take Effect
During a three-week pilot program, 1,600 West Loop drivers used a free parking app giving motorists the option to pay for public parking spots by phone. Chicago Parking Meters said the ParkingChicago app would expand to all of the city’s 36,000 meters by the end of the summer. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, about 3,500 people downloaded the app.

4) Third-Grader Hits it Big with Blackhawks Chalk Logo
Eight-year-old Colin Jamen created a giant Blackhawks logo on his family’s driveway out of chalk, that later blew up on social media. The Wheaton third-grader made the drawing and a friend posted a photo of it on Facebook, which is closing in on 30,000 "likes." According to DNAinfo, the drawing was in honor of Colin’s excitement for the Blackhawks’ appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Monday, May 5 Update

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014

1. Chairman and CEO of Target Steps Down After Data Breach
Target Corp. announced in a statement Monday that CEO Gregg Steinhafel is stepping down in the wake of a massive data breach that exposed about 70 million customers’ personal information. Target’s board said it is time for new leadership and Steinhafel’s departure is effective immediately. Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan will replace him on an interim basis.

2. Derrick Rose Attends Endia Martin’s Wake
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Bulls player Derrick Rose came to pay his respects Monday at St. Andrew’s Temple Baptist Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood before the funeral of slain 14-year-old Endia Martin. A somber Rose made no comment to reporters. Endia Martin was shot dead April 28 at about 4:30 p.m. in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard.

For more on Chicago gun violence, see The Red Line Project’s Storify coverage of Chicago shootings and homicides in 2014.

3. Illinois Medical Marijuana Hearing ‘Gold Rush’
Associated Press reports a public hearing in Chicago Monday regarding proposed rules for the state’s new medical marijuana pilot program turned into an informal networking session with would-be growers, retailers and patients exchanging business cards and trade tips. Chicago political consultant Roberto Caldero said the atmosphere felt like “a gold rush” with people “trying to stake out their claim.” The Illinois Department of Health plans a second hearing on May 21 in Springfield and will accept written comments through June 2. 

4. New Program to Tackle Homelessness, Addiction
According to DNAinfo Chicago, Ald. James Cappleman (46th) unveiled a one-year pilot program aimed at addressing the cycles of chronic homelessness and substance abuse. The program will debut this month on Uptown streets plagued by crime, vagrancy and public drinking. Social workers and police will combine efforts to observe areas with high numbers of public drinking arrests, motivate people struggling with addiction on the streets to break their habit and connect them with social services. “This is a system that is addressing those people that fall through the cracks,” said Cappelman.

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