Illinois will stop collecting debts from students who have been cited for truancy – Chicago Tribune

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Hundreds of people attended a town hall Thursday night to learn more about Bally’s proposal for a $1.7 billion casino, hotel and entertainment redevelopment at what is now the Chicago Tribune’s Freedom Center printing plant in River West. The forum became contentious, reports the Tribune’s Stephanie Casanova, as people’s comments took more than 90 seconds and the microphone was cut off, causing others to scream in the crowd. The main theme? As one nearby resident put it: “Casinos just don’t belong in residential areas, period.”

In suburban news, the Illinois Department of Transportation has ordered red light cameras turned off on Illinois Highway 83 and 22nd Street in Oakbrook Terrace. The reason given by IDOT, reports Joe Mahr of the Tribune, has nothing to do with federal accusations that the former mayor of the western suburb took bribes to greenlight the cameras, or threats from a neighboring suburb that it would sue IDOT to have the cameras removed.

And as the Tribune’s John Keilman reported last month, students and staff members at Lincoln College in central Illinois had been getting together to try to raise enough money to keep the school running, creating a GoFundMe page, soliciting foundations and looking for a “wealthy angel”. donor.” But in the end, it was too much to raise in too short a time: The 157-year-old predominantly black institution is closing today.

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Illinois’ top financial official has banned local governments from using a state program to collect debts from students who have been fined for truancy, removing a burden for families struggling to pay hefty fines. Meanwhile, several school districts across the state have begun to scale back and reassess when to involve law enforcement in student discipline, including a suburban Chicago high school where black students have been disproportionately fined.

The moves come after a Tribune and ProPublica investigation, “The Price Kids Pay,” found that school officials and police were working together to fine students for misconduct at school, resulting in in fines that could cost hundreds of dollars per ticket. When students or their families did not pay, local governments sometimes sought help from the state to collect the money.

About 15 hours after a corner in the Back of the Yards neighborhood was sprayed with gunfire Tuesday, leaving one man dead and four others injured, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown held a news conference to inform the public. about the mass shooting.

But a review of public records shows that some details Brown recounted were at least exaggerated and at worst inaccurate. And, as reported by Annie Sweeney and Paige Fry of the Tribune, this is not the first time that the information provided by the Police Department has been questioned.

A Metra passenger who died when a BNSF train crashed into a stationary truck was a loving grandmother, mother of three “very, very strong girls” and a devoted sister and friend to many, according to the Downers Grove woman’s son, 72 years old. -in law. Christina Lopez, of Downers Grove, was killed in the Clarendon Hills crash, according to the DuPage County Coroner’s Office.

Lopez, known as Chris, was the mother of three “very, very strong women” and doted on her five grandchildren. She had 10 siblings and was “dedicated” to all of her sisters, one of whom she was visiting at La Grange when the accident occurred. “It’s obviously been an extremely sad and tragic experience,” said Jeff Klonowski, her son-in-law.

The Matt Eberflus era in Chicago will officially begin when the Bears open their season against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 11 at Soldier Field. The Bears’ new coach will get his first taste of the rivalry with the Green Bay Packers when his team visits Lambeau Field for “Sunday Night Football” in Week 2.

The Bears are scheduled to play three prime-time games in the first seven weeks of the season: the Packers game, a “Thursday Night Football” contest against the Washington Commanders at Soldier Field in the week 6 and a “Monday Night Football” game the following week against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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If it succeeds in drawing moviegoers to theaters, writes Tribune critic Michael Phillips, 2022 could well be on its way to a retrospective summer season that approaches pre-COVID box office action. Is that a pipe dream? Are the people ready?

Here are 10 summer movies to look forward to.

Bronzeville Winery, the highly anticipated restaurant in the historic neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, just opened with a modernist vegan watermelon steak and yam cocktail garnished with roasted marshmallow.

Chef Whitney McMorris, formerly of The Aviary and Terzo Piano, creates modern American cuisine inspired by global influences. Her menu includes cleverly plated fish and meat. She also settled down to one of the best burgers in Chicago, with Wagyu beef and smoked Comte cheese.

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