Illinois earlier today reported its single highest death count from COVID-19 since the pandemic began — 238 coronavirus deaths, which also marks the highest number of single day fatalities from the disease since May. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration responded to questions about whether she was involved in a wager over how long the 2019 Chicago Teachers Union strike might last. Her spokeswoman said she did not, but an email obtained by the Tribune lays out a wager that included scotch and cigars. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, teased a White House holiday reception crowd with a 2024 presidential run, The Associated Press is reporting. Welcome to The Spin.
The IHSA announced all low-risk sports will not begin till at least January 2021. Where that leaves boys and girls basketball, deemed high-risk sports by the Illinois Department of Public Health, is a mystery.
A century after his death, a $1 million grant awarded in the name of the Venerable Augustus Tolton — the country's first Black Catholic priest — seeks to build on the principles Tolton embodied that have propelled him toward sainthood.
Chicago drill rapper G Herbo, 25, has been named in a federal fraud case brought in Massachusetts alleging he, his music promoter and other members of his crew used stolen IDs to charge more than $1 milion worth of exotic services over a four-year period.
Joe Biden won Illinois by nearly 17 percentage points, 57.4% to 40.7%; Sen. Richard Durbin sailed to re-election over Republican Mark Curran 54.5% to 38.8%; and the graduated income tax fell by a not-insignificant margin of 53.4% to 46.6%. However, break the vote behind those landslides into the smallest electoral pieces — precincts — and a more nuanced picture emerges.
Most hospitals will prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for front line workers that deal directly with patients. And at least a handful of Chicago area hospital systems won’t make the vaccine mandatory for employees, for now.
Most companies that have expressed interest in building and operating a Chicago casino would want to do so downtown, according to a summary of responses released by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration Wednesday. In all, 11 organizations responded to the city’s request for information from interested parties. Eight said the casino should be built in or near downtown, while one preferred a Southeast Side site near Lake Calumet. One didn’t respond, according to the city, which did not specify what each party said.
The announcement of a $200 million fine against ComEd for corruption and details of federal subpoenas to AT&T and Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s office pushed the widening criminal probe encircling Madigan’s political operation into the spotlight. Here is how the saga unfolded.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t, and most of these people are financial predators. Mostly what they’re going to engage in is verbal coercion to get people to take these steps or they will be in fear for their life,” he said.
One of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s most trusted confidants is among four people scheduled to make their first appearances in federal court Wednesday on charges they orchestrated an elaborate bribery scheme with Commonwealth Edison
Just as the pandemic has altered so many aspects of life, it has also disrupted the experience of death and grieving. Now mourners are creating new and innovative ways to honor the dying and departed, while keeping within the bounds of pandemic protocols.
The Indiana State Department of Health added 142 deaths to the statewide toll with its daily update on Tuesday. Most of those deaths occurred over the past week with a reporting lull from local officials over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The vehicle, police said, crossed the eastbound lanes and struck a guardrail on the south side of the road. The truck continued west before the trailer partially jackknifed, sheriff’s police said, and spilled its load of 25 tons of granular sludge.
Legislation at the heart of the bribery scandal that has ensnared House Speaker Michael Madigan as well as former Commonwealth Edison executives enhanced the utility’s bottom line but failed to produce promised benefits for consumers, according to a report released Tuesday by Illinois PIRG, a public interest advocacy group.
Officials enforcing coronavirus orders that ban gatherings of more than 10 people shut down a party with 300 people in Wicker Park over the weekend and cited a business for hosting a party with more than 600 attendees, the city of Chicago said in a news release.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across Illinois has begun to bend downward after weeks of sharp growth, state data shows, but public health advocates have expressed unease that infections from the Thanksgiving holiday may undo any improvements.
Domenic Poeta, who for years has run Poeta’s Italian Food Mart in Highwood, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count each of illegal bookmaking and filing a false tax return. Poeta admitted in a plea agreement that he used offshore betting websites based in the Caribbean to process millions of dollars in sports wagers and did not report the income on his tax returns.