Afternoon edition: February 5, 2020
Good afternoon. Here’s the latest Chicago news you need to know. This is an approximately 5 minute read that will educate you on today’s biggest stories.
This afternoon will be sunny with patchy blowing snow. The high will be close to 14 degrees, but the wind chill values will make it look more like -6 degrees. Tonight’s low will be around 4 degrees. Tomorrow, there is more snow in the forecast, with a high of almost 14 degrees expected. And Sunday will be mostly sunny, but cold, with a high of almost 8 degrees.
Citing ‘legacy of environmental racism’, report urges town hall to take into account the health of residents on the southeast side
After a period of illness that led to the removal of her gallbladder, Nicole Hernandez was diagnosed early last year with lupus when her doctor asked: Had she ever worked with metals or chemicals ?
Hernandez, 18, said she had never worked with them either. But, as a longtime resident of the Southeast Side, she has been exposed to air pollution from heavy industry in one of the most polluted parts of Chicago. Other than a rotten smell – “a smell that I grew up with,” she says – Hernandez was not particularly aware of the particular environmental dangers that surrounded her.
Air monitors around the school she attended, George Washington High School, showed high levels of toxic metals in the air, status data show. Now a new report urges city planners to take into account the high levels of pollution and its effects on the health of people who live in the community.
Hernandez’s older sister Alex also has a history of illness. Having survived pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed at age 13, Alex was recently diagnosed with lupus, a disorder that causes the immune system to attack healthy cells.
Martha Vazquez, their mother, has battled her own autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s disease, which affects her thyroid. Like lupus, Vazquez’s condition saps his energy.
It is not known exactly what causes these conditions. But researchers suspect a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Vazquez said several doctors have littered the family with questions about the environment around their home.
The southeast side is home to the city’s largest industrial corridor – one of more than two dozen areas in the city that historically were intended for manufacturing and other industrial uses. Businesses in the area, called the Calumet Industrial Corridor, release more than one million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air each year. And many homes are only a short distance from sources of pollution, says the new study by the Great Lakes Alliance.
The study’s authors say city planners should consider the impact of these chemicals and other sources of pollution on health as Chicago undertakes an industrial corridor review this year. The study highlights “the legacy of environmental racism,” noting that the southeast side is largely Latin and black.
“The first priority in industrial corridor planning efforts must be to protect public health and the environment while fostering new models of economic growth and employment”, which has not happened for decades , according to the study.
More news you need
- Hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago public school officials said they made their “last, best and last offer” to the Chicago teachers’ union during negotiations to reopen schools, the union said the proposal was “still deficient on the most critical security issues”. In the union’s view, CPS’s offer was unsatisfactory in a number of key areas.
- Cardinal Blase Cupich has been asking for more than two years now that Catholic religious orders operating in his territory fully disclose to him any information about members of their clergy who are currently the subject of or have been accused of child sexual abuse. . But Cupich – who heads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, which covers Cook County and Lake County, and reports to Pope Francis – has kept these findings secret.
- A Chicago police officer has been charged with more felony charges, including attempted murder, for a shootout while on duty while allegedly intoxicated. Joseph Cabrera was initially charged last month with aggravated weapon discharge and disorderly conduct.
- Illinois public health officials today announced another record-breaking day for COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, as the state recorded 3,660 new cases of the disease and 83 additional deaths attributed to it. A total of 74,965 shots were fired yesterday, nearly 10,000 more than the previous state record set earlier in the week.
- Chicago Black Restaurant Week, the annual event celebrating black-owned restaurants in Chicago, returns for its sixth year on Sunday. Almost 100 restaurants are participating in the two-week event.
- After surviving a deadly house fire, recovering from a contagious illness, thriving as a foster family, and finding a home with a family in Oak Park, a mixed sheepdog puppy will appear on the Sunday show of Puppy Bowl XVII. Look at the photos of the 9 month old puppy.
After days of research, the mystery of a missing $ 22,000 flute left on a CTA Blue Line train has been solved.
Donald Rabin, a flautist from Missouri visiting Chicago, began frantically looking for the flute after leaving it on a train seat when he stepped off last Friday in Logan Square. As Chicago Police searched for the expensive wood left to Rabin by his grandmother, the musician’s calls for help on Facebook caught the attention of local and national media – and the person behind him. found.
Rabin said that Lukas Mcentee, a homeless man who picked up the flute, commented on one of his Facebook posts on Tuesday with a photo of the instrument. Mcentee said he found the flute and sent a receipt saying he used it as collateral for a $ 500 loan from a West Town pawnshop.
Gabe Coconate, the owner of West Town Jewelry & Loan, said Mcentee contacted him on Saturday to tell him he had “a rare flute.” When Mcentee arrived later that day, Coconate said he told her it was made of silver and gold. “I had never seen anything like this before. I didn’t even think it was gold, ”Coconate said, noting that he told Mcentee he had to verify it was real.
Then, Sunday night, Coconate saw the news coverage of Rabin’s search for the flute. “My wife said, ‘It wasn’t the flute that came in?’ And I’m like, ‘Son of p …-, yes it is. It’s the flute, ”he said.
On Monday, Coconate called the cops and told them he had the instrument and wanted to return it. Finally, Rabin found his precious instrument on Thursday.
“I’m just grateful to have the flute in hand, to be able to make music again and to make people smile,” he said.
From the press box
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will look to win their second straight Super Bowl on Sunday when they face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Kansas City fans may want to thank the Bears if their squad becomes a dynasty, writes Patrick Finley. Super Bowl coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. on CBS-2. The match should start at 5.30 p.m. (with the Weeknd headliner the halftime show).
Jeremy Colliton has sometimes been accused of being boring, but the personality of the Blackhawks coach has kept the team on a steady pace. Their next game is Sunday at 2 p.m. against the Dallas Stars on NBC Sports Chicago.
And Bulls rookie Patrick Williams rose to the challenge of facing a physical team like the New York Knicks earlier this week, deserving the praise of his teammates and coach Billy Donovan. The team plays a two-game series against the Orlando Magic tonight and Saturday. Both games will begin at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago.
Your daily question ☕
How do you plan to spend this very cold weekend?
Send us an email (please include your first name and place of residence) and we could present your response in the next afternoon edition.
Yesterday we asked you: What are your plans for Super Bowl Sunday? Here’s what some of you said …
“I guess I’ll stay home… AGAIN… it’s like Groundhog Day.” – Irma Dorner Nusret
“Relax on the couch with two six packs and a large pizza.” – Scott Brent
“Watch the game alone. Make ham and beans with cornbread. Drink a beer and cheer on the chefs. Oh, and take a nap a few hours before the game starts. ” – Al Canarsky
“Probably not watch because the Packers aren’t playing.” – Adrienne Mundro
“Chili and tamales.” – Raymond Brack
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