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  • Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle on taxes, schools and police accountability

    CHICAGO — Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle joined WGN Morning News Monday to talk about the city’s mayoral race and her platform to address public school reforms, underfunded neighborhoods and police accountability. The Cook County Democratic Party Chair and former five-term alderperson is firstly focused on the reach of Chicago Public Schools and school board leadership. Preckwinkle, who says she is a “teacher by profession,” noted that Chicago is only school district in the state where residents do not […]

  • Suburban teen’s food drive lights up the holidays for those in need

    MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. — A teen is brightening up his neighborhood twofold this holiday season — with a holiday light show and a food drive! Dylan Gluszek, a sophomore at Bremen High School, is collecting food donations for the local St. Christopher Parish food pantry when visitors stop by his festively and florescent yard. The pantry gave out 200 Thanksgiving baskets this year and at least as many Christmas gifts, but it relies heavily on donations, according to the Daily Southtown. Gluszek […]

  • New ‘Holiday in the Park’ opening Friday at Six Flags Great America

    GURNEE, Ill. — A thrilling new holiday attraction is coming to Six Flags Great America this Friday. “Holiday in the Park,” the theme park’s festive event of holiday attractions, will be open for the first time at the Chicagoland location. Great America will extend its season to the end of December for the first time. The park will have different attractions, including light shows, holiday productions, rides (if weather permitting), s’mores stations, Santa appearances, craft workshops and more. Visitors can […]

  • Pigeon found wearing rhinestone vest in Arizona — is it yours?

    PEORIA, Ariz. — An Arizona rescue shelter is looking for the owner of a pigeon that was found making a bold fashion statement: rhinestones! The bird was brought to the Fallen Feathers Bird Rescue wearing a bedazzled vest after a woman in Glendale found it trying to get through her sliding glass door, according to KTVK. Fallen Feathers has nicknamed him “Liberace.” Besides the vest, there are other signs that the bird is someone’s pet. “A wild bird naturally flies to […]

  • Mental health, wellness promoted at Chatham event

    CHICAGO — “Black Mental Wellness Weekend” in Chatham promoted community mental health and healing last weekend. The weekend event included community workshops and classes on the city’s South and West Sides, such as “12 Hours of Healing,” part of the grand opening of Haji’s Healing Salon on Sunday. The new wellness center in Chatham offered dance, meditation, yoga classes and massages to focus on mental health.

  • Chicago’s Oriental Theatre is changing its name

    CHICAGO — For one downtown venue, the name in neon lights is about to change. The Oriental Theatre will soon be known as the James M. Nederlander Theatre, and is getting a new marquee in February. Located at 24 W. Randolph, the 3,200-seat theatre hosted Vaudeville, music, movies and live theater in Chicago as the “Oriental” since 1926. “Broadway in Chicago,” the current operator of the venue and a subsidiary of the Nederlander Organization, says the name change is “the […]

  • Chicago to sue 8 online retailers for selling e-cigarettes to minors

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to sue businesses that were caught selling e-cigarettes and vaping products to minors. The mayor’s office says it caught eight online retailers making the sales during a sting operation. “We have a responsibility to make this nearly impossible for any youth any teenager to get access to these products,” Emanuel said Monday. “When it comes to tobacco products, I do not believe the tobacco companies. They have one thing in mind, which is […]

  • Amazon Prime Now offers Whole Foods delivery on Thanksgiving

    CHICAGO — Amazon and Whole Foods are teaming up to help you out on Thanksgiving. Whole Foods will deliver on Thanksgiving to Amazon Prime Now customers. Amazon Prime Now is a service that allows Prime members to order household essentials for speedy delivery and has its own website and app. Prime Now is only available to members in certain zip codes. Deliveries will be made before 2 p.m. in 60 cities across the country, including Chicago. Customers can even get beer […]

  • Florida votes to end greyhound racing by 2020

    MIAMI — An amendment to phase out dog racing in Florida was approved earlier this week. Voters approved Amendment 13 of the Florida constitution, which would ban dog racing by 2020, by 69 percent. The amendment needed 60 percent to pass. Florida is home to 11 full-season greyhound race tracks, which employ approximately 3,000 people. Betting on racing makes up substantial revenue for local operators and casinos, according to The Miami Herald. Animal advocacy groups and other supporters of the amendment […]

  • Motel 6 will pay millions to settle claims of helping ICE arrest guests

    PHOENIX — Motel 6 has agreed to pay as much as $8.9 million over a lawsuit that claims the hotel chain gave the personal information of some Latino guests to U.S. immigration agents in Arizona, according to the The New York Times. Former guests sued the motel earlier this year in a class-action lawsuit after The Phoenix New Times reported on the hotel chain’s practices last fall. The guests alleged workers at two Motel 6 locations in Phoenix gave information […]

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