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    Loading the player... Chicago comedian Erica Watson has died due to complications of COVID-19. The actress and comedian passed away on Saturday evening. Her brother, Eric Williams, posted the shocking news to his Facebook account requesting prayers and privacy, per the Chicago Tribune. “Friends and family, my sister Erica Watson passed away last night in Jamaica due to complications from Covid 19. We are not taking this easy. Please respect our privacy right now(no phone calls please) as we make arrangements to bring my sister home. Keep us in your prayers,” wrote Williams. Erica Watson Image: Facebook Watson, 48, was best known for her roles in films like Precious, and Chi-Raq. She also played Miss Tiny on the first season of the Showtime series The Chi. Originally from Hyde Park, Watson moved to Montego Bay, Jamaica during the pandemic which is where she resided during the time of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — As calls for changes at the top continue and delivery delays add up, CBS 2 continues to investigate what is behind massive failures inside of the United States Postal Service. When the holidays end, so too does employment for hundreds of postal workers brought on seasonally, but in a year when the delays have been unprecedented and need for manpower so great, some workers were surprised to learn their reason for dismissal was because of a “lack of work” and they had been boxed out of open positions. READ MORE: Need To Visit The DMV? Check The Illinois Secretary Of States Website Because Its Now Appointment Only At Select Locations “Right now, just to be blunt, we are short of manpower,” said June Harris, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Local 306. Whether it’s walking the route or working the sorting machines, bodies are fewer and delays...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — This is one of the most epic mail fails we’ve heard about – and thanks to the Post Office’s own letter stickers, we can show you just how lousy it was. As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, we have seen long lines at post offices across Chicago and heard many complaints from people going days or weeks without mail delivery. But then there is one piece of mail that finally just arrived to Craig Kalman, very late. READ MORE: ‘Anjanette Young Ordinance’ Aims for Stricter Search Warrant Reforms, Will Be Presented to Council Wednesday “It was dated October for something that was forwarded to me at the end of January,” Kalman said. That’s right – three months to get mail forwarded to him after moving from Chicago to Kansas last year. And we’re not just talking one letter. “I noticed the same day, I had another...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Charles A. Hayes post office In Chicago's South Shore neighborhood unexpectedly closed early Tuesday with a handwritten note on the door and angry customers in the front.Residents have been waiting weeks for mail and packages which also includes missing prescription medications.RELATED: Chicago mail problems mount, US lawmakers get involved"So what am I supposed to do, pay for it? Because I'm not going to get it because they don't deliver the packages," said Dorva Underwood." I think they basically dropped the ball, they are shirking their responsibility and no one seems to be holding them accountable," said Harriet Parker.Some residents of this Bronzeville building had planned to protest no mail for over a month but Tuesday, they said the finally received their mail.Larry Sykes said important paperwork was delayed."It's been a month and about two weeks we haven't received any mail," Sykes said.Stephanie Arnold got her mail...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Lines were long and fuses were short this weekend as more mail delivery frustrations played out at post offices around Chicago. As CBS 2’s Steven Graves reported, one couple having to wait more than an hour on Friday at the Nancy B. Jefferson Post Office, at 116 S. Western Ave. on the Near West Side. On Saturday, some people reported the same experience at the Henry W. McGee Post Office at 4601 S. Cottage Grove Ave. in Bronzeville. READ MORE: Man Found Dead In Garbage Can In South Shore A CBS 2 viewer sent pictures from the Henry W. McGee Post Office. She said she waited almost two hours for a package, and came to find out it should have been delivered a week ago. But the other couple to whom spoke has not gotten mail for six weeks. John Baker waited in line at...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- There have been thousands of pieces of missing or delayed mail and no clear answers from the postal service in Chicago.On Thursday morning, a U.S. congressman got involved.Residents on the South and Southwest sides have been complaining about problems with mail delivery for months now.A new report released Thursday revealed inadequacies within the post office.The USPS Inspector General report highlights the four worst-performing Chicago locations: 83rd and Ashland 77th and Cottage Grove 46th and Cottage Grove 3600-block of West 79th Street. The delayed mail, including letters and packages from those locations, total over 62,000 from last September through February.RELATED: Chicago mail problems mount, US lawmakers get involvedCongressman Bobby Rush, who joined local aldermen and mayors from Alsip and Evergreen Park in a morning press conference, called it unacceptable."People who depend on the postal service, seniors, families, other people depending on the postal service day-in and day-out...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With so many streets and sidewalks in the Midwest still buried under heavy snow from Monday’s massive winter storm, plenty of people are no doubt looking for an easier way to get around than trying to trudge or drive through a thick blanket of flakes. Skiing certainly might pop into mind for some, but Elliott Eaton took it to a whole new level in Noblesville, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. He strapped a paramotor — the harness and huge fan used for paragliding — to his back to go zipping down his snowy street on skis. RELATED: Chicago Weather: City To Begin Clearing Side Streets This Evening “I had actually seen a similar video of a guy over in Europe going through the streets, and when I couldn’t get out of my garage with my car this morning to go shovel some driveways in the neighborhood, I...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Serious mail problems persist in some areas of the city. Residents complain of lost mail or major delays. Now local U.S. lawmakers are getting involved to try and solve the problem.Lorraine Sardin said she hasn't received mail in two weeks and the wait for her social security and stimulus checks is almost unbearable."That's how I pay my carrying charges, my lights, gas, you know. Things like that. And that keeps me going. And for me not to get it is drastic for me," Sardin said.Sardin said she's gone to the post office at 77th and Cottage Grove with no help from workers inside. About 15 minutes away in South Shore, Izella Jones is dealing with a similar issue,"It's been three weeks since the last time I got some mail," Jones said.Jones said she's losing faith in a fundamental American institution."My father was a postal service worker for...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — We have been reporting on mail problems for months, and we are still getting bombarded with emails and calls from people saying delivery is only getting worse. So CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov began digging to get answers about why the problems persist, and what the U.S. Postal Service is doing about it. RELATED: Mercy Hospital & Medical Center Files For Bankruptcy After Plans To Close Were Blocked By State Board The Post Office at 4850 N. Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood is one that is experiencing ongoing mail delivery issues. Post Office higher-ups keep telling us it is because the Chicago area, in general, is short-staffed. But Aaron Stults, who gets his mail from the Uptown Post Office, said he has been trying to get a USPS job to help – but can’t find one. “I started looking in earnest at the end of October,...
    The Big 10 basketball tournament has officially been moved to Indianapolis. There have been whispers for a decent amount of time that the move was imminent because of coronavirus restrictions in Chicago, and the B1G made it official Tuesday. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) You can read the release below on the tournament moving from Chicago to Indy. ???? #B1G Breaking News ????️ ▶️ https://t.co/vgYrOqsVIQ pic.twitter.com/T0tEO1cM8v — Big Ten Conference (@bigten) February 9, 2021 As I’ve said the entire time, I don’t care where the tournament happens as long as it happens successfully. For all I care, you can play the games on the damn moon. It makes no difference to me. Just get it done!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Michigan Men’s Basketball (@umichbball) With Chicago’s COVID restrictions being a bit too tight for the...
    Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is on the verge of coaching point guard Derrick Rose a third time. The Knicks and Pistons are nearing an agreement that would send Dennis Smith Jr. and a draft pick to the Pistons for Rose, as reported by The Athletic and confirmed by The Post. A source said the Knicks and Pistons are still talking about the trade. Knicks president Leon Rose wasn’t in his customary courtside seat by midcourt for Sunday’s game against the Heat. Sources told The Post Saturday they wouldn’t include a first-round pick in any Rose deal. The draft pick is likely one of their slew of second-round picks. Thibodeau coached Rose in Chicago and Minnesota, and now he’s on the verge of getting him back. The Knicks’ point-guard situation has been handled by starter Elfrid Payton and backup Immanuel Quickley. It’s unclear how the rotation might work, but backup Austin...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Several Chicago aldermen will call for action Thursday after receiving complaints from residents about not getting their mail.Residents have said it's a big problem in at least two South Side neighborhoods.They said they haven't received their mail in weeks.Dozens of people have said they've even waited for their mail for hours at the post office at 83rd Street and Ashland Avenue.Residents claim it's been weeks since they've received their mail delivered to their homes. So they waited in line to get their mail themselves and attempted to get some answers.RELATED: USPS hiring to help resolve mail delivery delays on Chicago's North Side"The mail hasn't came in two weeks, so you had to come up here and pick it up, and it looked like one person working," resident Anthony Flowers said. "It makes you feel like the mail service management doesn't care."Three Chicago Alderman that cover South Side...
    ABC/Rick Rowell, Craig Sjodin Victoria Larson, Nick Viall and Anna Redman. Once a franchise “villain,” former Bachelor Nick Viall usually reserves passing character judgments on contestants. Yet, during his recent episode recap on The Viall Files, he shared his opinion that “Queen” Victoria Larson and Anna Redman are “trash.” While editing can sometimes distort a situation, Viall told his podcast guest Lauren Zima, “You look at Anna and Victoria, it is clear that there is so much data and so much information and so many comments from them about their behavior and the things they said that I’m comfortable with saying that I think Anna and Victoria are just kind of toxic, they kind of have garbage character traits.” He continued, “I think there’s a lot of insecurities and I think there’s a lot of nastiness at their cores as humans and I am not interested.” Larson has...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A community in Chicago is stepping up to help a family of Mariachi performers, after they faced eviction from their home. When the pandemic hit, the Lucero family’s performances were canceled and they fell behind on rent. CBS’s Adriana Diaz shows us how neighbors came together, when the family needed help the most. Cielito Lindo means beautiful heaven. It’s also the name of the Lucero family’s seven-member mariachi band. When their gigs dried up, their Chicago neighbors stepped in with a heavenly gift. Performing together is the Lucero family’s only source of income. They sing at restaurants and private events all over the city. Then the pandemic hit, and all of their performances were canceled. They fell $18,000 behind on rent and received an eviction notice right before Christmas. The family posted on social media, asking how to apply for government aid. A neighbor saw the post and...
    Kim Kardashian took to Instagram to update fans with a series of new snapshots of herself with her two daughters, North West, 7, and Chicago West, 3. According to the Daily Mail, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star paid a trip to Turks And Caicos and is using the social media platform to show off some of the pics taken from the getaway. Kim stunned in a skimpy yellow crop top that was cut-out across the front. The sleeveless item of clothing displayed a hint of her decolletage and her midriff. She teamed the ensemble with green panties and opted for a pair of stylish black shades. Kim accessorized herself with dangling earrings and painted her short nails with a coat of white polish. She styled her dark, long locks down with a middle part and in waves. North and Chicago both matched in white swimsuits and had a...
    More On: the bachelor Did ‘The Bachelor’ Matt James just spoil his season’s winner? Who is ‘The Bachelor’s’ ‘Queen’ Victoria Larson? ‘The Bachelor’ Week 3 recap: The ladies stage a coup against Sarah Inside Matt James and Tyler Cameron’s NYC ‘Bachelor’ apartment “The Bachelor” franchise is no stranger to odd jobs, but this “profession” is sure to get fans talking. In an ABC promo that aired in December, there were whispers in the house about a possible “escort” being among the contestants for Matt James’ season. Finally, we have a face to pair with the rumors. Brittany Galvin, 23, is the contestant accused of being an escort in Season 25, according to spoilers from “Bachelor” guru Reality Steve. “Brittany is a sexy and sassy woman who is ready to take a different approach to her dating life,” her ABC bio states. “Single for the first time in a...
    The Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies won’t play as scheduled Wednesday night. The NBA announced Sunday night that the game between the Bulls and Grizzlies has been postponed because of coronavirus issues on Memphis. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) You can read the full statement below.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) The Grizzlies have had a very tough run lately, and the squad has had several games postponed. In fact, the last time they were on the court was January 18 against the Suns. Since then, there’s just been a never ending stream of problems for the team.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) Now, another game has been put on ice because of coronavirus, and it’s just the latest punch to the gut for...
    Getty Zach LaVine and Luka Doncic The Chicago Bulls rebounded from an ugly overtime loss at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday with a strong road performance and a 117-101 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon. Zach LaVine took to Instagram to address his teammates after the much-needed victory. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Zach LaVine (@zachlavine8) Follow the Heavy on Bulls Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors, and content!LaVine After WinsIt’s customary for LaVine to post on Instagram after wins. He did something similar after his spectacular performance on January 6 on the road led Chicago to the win over Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. LaVine didn’t have a huge scoring output in that win, but he did sink this cold-blooded three-pointer to put the game away. View this post on Instagram...
    The Big 10 basketball tournament might be moving to Indianapolis. According to Jon Rothstein, the tournament might move from Chicago to Indy because the city’s “local health guidelines are more conducive to having families in attendance than Chicago’s.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Sources: Big Ten seriously discussing moving 2021 Big Ten Tournament from Chicago to Indianapolis.https://t.co/Rl0qRviUne — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 16, 2021 March Madness is also happening exclusively in the state of Indiana during the coronavirus pandemic. ???? TOURNAMENT UPDATE ???? In 49 states, it’s just basketball. But this is Indiana! The entire 2021 NCAA Tournament will be played in Indiana. ???? https://t.co/pGHfOjbm6n pic.twitter.com/OhWhkmX3RE — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) January 4, 2021 As I’ve said a million times, I fully support whatever works. Just get it done. If moving the games to Indy is the move, then do it....
    Police stand guard as demonstrators take part in a protest in Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, the United States, June 1, 2020. Javage Logan/Xinhua via Getty Images The Chicago Police Department suspended 17 police officers and reprimanded an 18th for lounging in a lawmaker's office amid civil unrest, The New York Post reported. Rep. Bobby Rush's office captured surveillance footage of officers in his office, some with their feet up on desks, asleep on the couch, making popcorn, and brewing coffee. The incident occurred last June amid civil unrest stemming from George Floyd's death. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Chicago Police Department disciplined 18 police officers caught lounging in a congressman's office and eating popcorn while looters ransacked the city last summer, The New York Post reported. The department suspended 17 of the officers and reprimanded the 18th at the time, a police spokeswoman told the...
    A Chicago real estate agent has been fired after posting on social media from the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, her former employer announced. Chicago real estate company @properties identified the agent as Libby Andrews in a social media post on Thursday. Andrews acknowledged on social media that she took part in "Storming the Capitol," the company said. TEXAS LAWYER WHO FILMED CAPITOL RIOTS FIRED FROM HIS JOB "@properties does not condone violence, destruction or illegal activities," the statement read. Andrews contended during a media interview that she had done nothing wrong and had not entered the Capitol. She said she climbed the steps of the building, posted selfies from the scene on Instagram, and sang the national anthem. "I’m a 56-year-old woman, petite. I was not there causing trouble. I was there to support my president," she added, according to Reuters.  "I’m a 56-year-old woman, petite. I was not there causing trouble. I was...
    HUMBOLDT PARK — A barbecue joint is opening this week in Humboldt Park across from Bernhard Moos Elementary School. Offset BBQ at 1720 N. California Ave. will serve its first customers 4 p.m. Thursday. The restaurant will only be open for takeout and delivery due to coronavirus restrictions. In announcing the opening on Instagram this week, the owner said it comes after “many months of hard work and help from friends, family and our new community.” “It’s been a long road to get to this point and a hard year to pursue our lifelong dream of opening a restaurant of our own,” the owner wrote. “It’s undeniable that 2020 has been uniquely challenging for the restaurant industry and we hope our opening can serve as a sign for better days ahead. “We’re ready to bring you our fresh take on barbecue — and when the time comes, we’ll have a...
    New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton wants up to 50,000 fans at the team’s playoff game against the Bears. According to Mike Triplett, Payton wants 50,000 fans to quarantine ahead of time in order to be able to attend the game against Chicago during the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Sean Payton said he suggested the idea of quarantining 50,000 Saints fans to create a scientifically-safe home-field advantage in the Superdome. … Doesn’t sound like he’ll get his wish, but those wheels are always turning. — Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) January 6, 2021 Sean Payton is an absolute national treasure. He really thinks 50,000 fans are going to be able to quarantine ahead of the Sunday game? I love bold plans, but that’s even too bold for my blood.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by New...
    CHICAGO — Coronavirus safety restrictions on Chicago and other regions of Illinois could start being lifted Jan. 15, Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday. All of Illinois has been under Tier 3 mitigations since Nov. 20. Those rules barred indoor service at bars and restaurants; put tighter limits on how many people can be inside shops, gyms and other businesses; and closed large institutions, like theaters and museums, among other things. But if Illinois’ 11 regions continue to regain control over their COVID-19 outbreaks — and if they can avoid post-holiday bumps from Christmas and New Year’s Eve — then some of the state’s restrictions could be peeled back, Pritzker said. “Illinois did not experience the post-Thanksgiving uptick at a rate that plagued most of the rest of the country, and we’re watching closely in this incubation period post-Christmas and -New Year’s,” Pritzker said at a Wednesday coronavirus update. “I’m cautiously...
    CHICAGO — Rev. Michael Pfleger said he’s devastated, hurt and angry after being removed from his post at St. Sabina while a decades-old sex abuse allegation is investigated. Cardinal Blase Cupich issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying he’d asked Pfleger to step down from his role while the Archdiocese of Chicago investigates the more-than-40-year-old allegation. Cupich said the incident has been reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In a Facebook post Wednesday morning, Pfleger did not explicitly deny the allegation but noted he’s been asked by the diocese not to speak “at this time.” “I can’t possibly respond to the hundreds of Texts, emails, and calls that I have received from all across the nation since yesterday,” Pfleger wrote. “I am devastated, hurt and yes angry, but I am first, a person of Faith, I Trust God. Please keep me in...
    A leader of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) wants kids to remain out of the classroom because schools are “unsafe,” but she made the claims in the midst of a sunny vacation in Puerto Rico. Sarah Chambers, who WGN said is on the union’s executive board and an area vice president and claimed she “led four strikes,” is opposed to schools returning to in-person learning on Monday. Chambers made several posts on Twitter this week attacking the plan. “Just a few hours earlier, Chambers posted a picture on Instagram that appears to show her pool side in Puerto Rico and talking about going to Old San Juan for seafood,” WGN reported. In a post on Instagram — on an account that has now been made private — Chambers wrote, “Spending the last day of 2020 by the poolside. We have the whole pool to ourselves. Then, we are going to...
    A TEACHING union exec is facing calls to be sacked after rallying against schools reopening - whilst poolside in Puerto Rico. Sarah Chambers, who is on the Chicago Teacher's Union’s executive board and is an area vice president, appeared to post a snap of herself sunbathing on vacation before tweeting teachers shouldn't return to work on Monday. 8Ms Chambers appeared to post a snap of herself poolside just hours before rallying teachers on TwitterCredit: Instagram 8Her post mentioned she had tested negative for the virus before travellingCredit: Instagram 8There have been some calls for her to be sacked on social meduaCredit: WGN 9 News She tweeted special education teachers should refuse to return to classrooms next week because it is "unsafe". Schools across America have faced closures this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But eagle-eyed social media users pointed to a post that appeared to be from Ms Chambers'...
    WICKER PARK — An Andersonville-based Swedish bakery opened its third location in Wicker Park this week. Lost Larson opened its new Division Street digs on Wednesday, owner Bobby Schaffer confirmed in an email to Block Club. Eater first reported the opening. Located at 2140 W. Division St., the bakery replaces Purple Llama Coffee & Records, which closed in April after three years in business, Eater reported. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lost Larson (@lostlarson) Other bakery locations include Lost Larson at 5318 N. Clark St., and a spot in the Time Out Chicago Market, 916 W. Fulton Market., which is temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Order online for pickup or place an order at the bakery’s walk-up window. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. New Year’s Day hours will be 9 a.m.-4...
    CHICAGO — A Chicago drag queen competing on the new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has partnered with a local brewery for a CBD-infused drink. Drag performer Denali‘s Winter Wildflower is a non-alcoholic CBD seltzer inspired by the queen’s Alaskan upbringing and Mexican heritage. Denali will be featured in the latest season of “Drag Race,” premiering Friday. Released in partnership with Do312 and Marz Brewing, 3630 S. Iron St., the drink has a floral and citrusy tone complemented by warm spices, according to a news release. A portion of the drink’s proceeds will benefit El Rescate Transitional Living Program, which offers identity-affirming housing for homeless LGBTQ youth or young people living with HIV in Chicago. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Marz Community Brewing Co (@marzbrewing) The Winter Wildflower’s name is a nod to Denali’s “ice queen” reputation, which comes from her being a professionally trained ice...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A group of veterans are spending the holiday weekend providing lunch to frontline workers on Chicago's South Side.Nurse Dianna Hilson, along with other members of the National Women Veterans United, were back at Provident Hospital in Bronzeville Saturday after working Christmas Day."Right after the holiday you know everybody wants to be home with the family," said Hilson, "we're constantly working short-staffed, and we're seeing all these kinds of illnesses and injuries."Hilson said among the staffers are also veterans who are feeling the stress of the pandemic.RELATED: Christmas Day surprise from Chicago police officers for West Pullman family who lost child to gun violence"We have former Navy, we have former Air Force, we have a former Marine working today, myself, Army."At least 25 meals were served along with with a little company."Just the presence of NW UD is opening up the opportunity to assist a veteran in any...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — For weeks, we have been showing you scenes of packages piled up outside the post office in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood. Neighbors told use they have had mail problems for months. So this Christmas Eve, we thought we would check in to see if all the packages made it to their destined trees. As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported, the sounds of Christmas rang down 111th Street on Thursday. Even the Post Office seemed peaceful – with no boxes stacked out back. But earlier this month, Alsip Mayor John Ryan – whose suburb is served by the Mount Greenwood Post office – was hearing a dozen complaints a day about lost or delayed mail. “It’s unacceptable,” Ryan told CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross earlier this month. “They’ve hired more people, from what I understand. I see a lot of my mail carriers out at night trying to play...
    The head of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 could be fired over a number of inflammatory social media posts. At Thursday's monthly meeting of the Chicago Police Board's disciplinary panel, it was ruled that John Catanzara will face an evidentiary hearing to determine whether or not he keeps his job. Catanzara is accused of making seditious and profane posts on his Facebook account between November 2016 and February 2018. In one post, he advocated killing people. In another, he referred to Muslims as 'savages' and suggested they should be shot.  John Catanzara (pictured) is accused of making inflammatory posts on Facebook between November 2016 and February 2018 In one post, Catanzara advocated killing people who had murdered police officers (above) Catanzara also posted a photo of himself in a police uniform making a political statement (pictured), which is violation of department policy There are...
    CHICAGO — Illinois appears to have escaped a post-Thanksgiving surge in coronavirus cases that many had feared would happen, the state’s top doctor said Friday. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said she still needs to wait until Monday to get all of the COVID-19 data from this week to determine there was no bump in statistics like daily new cases, hospitalizations and positivity rates. But it’s been 22 days since Thanksgiving and there’s been no significant surge on a statewide level. “I am really happy to say we did not see” a significant post-Thanksgiving surge, Ezike said at a Friday news conference. “While others on the coast are surging, I think we had that a little bit earlier [in November] and are on the way down.” As new cases, hospitalizations and deaths spiked in October and November, officials warned people shouldn’t gather for Thanksgiving...
    The prospect of President-elect Joe Biden tapping former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a top-shelf administration position is stirring strong opposition among far-left Democrats. Emanuel has reportedly been lobbying for a nomination for transportation secretary. That prospect is now off the table with Biden's announcement Wednesday that the transportation post would instead go to former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic rival of the president-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. But Emanuel's name remains in circulation for other Biden administration posts such as an ambassadorship. And that's dredging up grievances from the Left that go back years and even decades. Concerns linger about Emanuel's tenure as a senior aide to President Bill Clinton, working on what became the 1994 crime law with Biden, then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The law today is detested on the Left, blamed for mass incarceration and a range of other...
    The Chicago Bears have halted in-person activities because of coronavirus. According to Ian Rapoport, the Bears announced Thursday that they were going remote after the team was “notified that we had a positive COVID-19 test.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) You can read the entire statement in Rapoport’s tweet below. The #Bears will be working remotely today after a positive COVID-19 test. pic.twitter.com/w7pjQFbext — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 10, 2020 As of right now, the Bears are scheduled to play the Texans this upcoming Sunday. While I’m sure some people will panic, there’s no reason to get spun up over one test. Again, it’s one positive case within the organization, and the Bears have reacted by going remote. It’s the smart thing to do.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Chicago Bears (@chicagobears) Unless we hear about...
    Facebook A former Love & Hip Hop star’s daughter has been exposed as pregnant. A Chicago Tribune reporter who was reporting on G Herbo’s federal fraud case via Twitter, revealed that his girlfriend, Emily B’s daughter Taina Williams, is four months pregnant.  In reporter Jason Meisner’s tweet, he also revealed that he and Williams are engaged. Due to Williams being pregnant, his lawyer said it is crucial that he able to travel to New Jersey, where Williams lives, Chicago and California, Meisner’s tweet read. “His lawyer says Herbo has a fiancé who is four months pregnant and lives in New Jersey.,” the tweet read. “‘He sees her frequently and needs to continue to see her.’ Asks that Herbo be allowed to travel to and from Chicago and California to New Jersey.” His lawyer says Herbo has a fiancé who is four months pregnant and lives in New Jersey....
    CHICAGO — Despite warnings from public health officials, travel and gatherings on Thanksgiving continued — and the city is starting to see an increase in new coronavirus cases linked to the holiday, Chicago’s top doctor said. An average of 1,654 new confirmed cases are being reported per day in the city, an 11 percent increase from the prior week, according to public health data. Chicago’s seven-day positivity rate is at 13.3 percent, up from 11.4 percent the week before. Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said there was some progress being made on slowing the virus ahead of the holiday, but “unfortunately, just after Thanksgiving, we started to see those cases rise again.” “Now is the time, if you’ve let up, to get even more serious,” Arwady said. “We saw a lot of testing happening in the week particularly leading up to Thanksgiving....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Three post offices in Chicago will be open on Sundays in December to help accommodate an expected record holiday mail season.The three locations are in the city's River North, West Loop and Lakeview neighborhoods.The Cardiss Collins store at 433 West Harrison Street will be open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.The Fort Dearborn store at 540 North Dearborn Street will be open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The Graceland Postal Store at 3024 North Ashland Avenue will be open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.USPS and other delivery services are expecting record amounts of mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are urging people to send gifts and cards as early as they can to ensure delivery.RELATED: Don't wait to buy, send holiday gifts as COVID-19 supply chain disruption continuesThe USPS recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before Christmas are Dec. 15 for USPS...
    Sofia Vergara thrilled her over 20.6 million Instagram followers with a dazzling throwback from her Broadway debut 11 years ago. The Columbian actress shared four photos captured on stage, which saw her stepping into the role of Matron “Mama” Morton in the musical Chicago. The gorgeous Latina sported a stylish interpretation of the character’s iconic pantsuit costume, rocking black fitted pants and a matching corset that highlighted her enviable figure. On top, she wore a coordinating mesh shirt, which featured see-through sleeves and an elegant chest panel that added texture to the sheer number. Sofia wore the shirt open and unbuttoned, giving her audience good look at the beautifully ornate corset. The item was decorated with lace embroidery along the hem and neckline, calling attention to her lean silhouette and sexy décolletage. Sofia completed the eye-popping look with understated stud earrings and bold red lipstick. She traded in her caramel-colored...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The first of the month is here again for the ninth time since the start of the pandemic, and millions of people are still unable to make an all-important living payment."It's just one more month deeper in the hole that thousands and thousands of tenants across the state now are in, and it's not letting up," said Michael Robin, volunteer at the Chicago Tenants Movement.RELATED: CDC eviction moratorium relieves renters, but Chicago landlords still worriedThe pandemic has chewed deep holes in the pockets of once-hardworking Americans, and they fear this day every month."I am down to my bottom dollar," Robin said. "I'm actually $200 in overdraft and if I don't hear from IDES in the next four days I'll have missed my rent."A statewide ban on evictions signed and extended by Governor JB Pritzker forbids landlords from tossing tenants out of their homes and into the freezing...
    More On: rahm emanuel AOC: Biden picking Rahm Emanuel for cabinet would be ‘divisive’ Rahm Emanuel’s education advice: quit warring over charters Rahm Emanuel’s failure is an ill omen for all Democrats Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel not seeking re-election Rahm Emanuel, the former Chicago mayor, Illinois congressman and Obama White House chief of staff, is being strongly considered to run Joe Biden’s Department of Transportation, according to reports. Emanuel’s infrastructure chops include the development of a $2.3 billion railway extension project in Chicago and the renewal of the city’s two aging airports during his eight years as mayor. But his office’s decision to suppress dashcam footage of the murder of a black teen at the hands of police in 2014 has made him a divisive figure even in his own party, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaking out against his potential appointment, calling it “shameful.” Reports by CNN, Axios...
    ROGERS PARK — The coronavirus pandemic has strained an already shoddy mail delivery service in Far North Side neighborhoods, but help is on the way, according to local officials. Eight new mail carriers are being sent to the Rogers Park area to help ease weeks-long delays in postal delivery and other issues with mail service, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Chicago) said Monday at a town hall hosted by WBEZ. The reinforcements were announced after Schakowsky and other elected officials have been inundated with complaints about Far North Side mail service. Schakowsky said her office has received 150 complaints about the issue in recent weeks. “People are not getting their mail,” Schakowsky said Monday. “This is just completely, completely unacceptable.” Rogers Park, West Ridge and Edgewater residents have been complaining about inadequate mail service for years, with neighbors going weeks without mail delivery or having packages go missing. Local...
    AVONDALE — After years of whipping up pastries for restaurants like Trencherman and Cherry Circle Room, pastry chef Angela Diaz is opening her own spot dedicated to gluten-free cookies. Diaz plans to open a walk-up window at 3453 N. Albany Ave. in early 2021, depending on how long the city permitting process takes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The to-go spot will be an extension of Diaz’s cookie company, You’re a Cookie, which she launched last summer. At the You’re a Cookie window, folks will be able to grab Diaz’s freshly baked cookies and other homemade desserts, like ice cream and oatmeal cream pies. Diaz is teaming up with a coffee company on a special coffee blend. “It’s always been a dream of mine to have something where people can walk up and have a really good cup of coffee and get a sweet snack of some sort,” Diaz said....
    A Chicago man was reportedly fatally stabbed in the early morning hours of Friday, allegedly after a dispute over thanksgiving leftovers.  James Dixon, 29, is accused of stabbing the boyfriend of his thanksgiving host, according to the Chicago Tribune. Dixon reportedly had several alcoholic drinks before the confrontation, which occurred around 3:15 a.m. Friday, the Tribune reported. (RELATED: Police Search For Gunman Who Shot And Killed Two People At Sacramento Mall During Black Friday) Fatal Chicago stabbing allegedly sparked by fight over Thanksgiving leftovers https://t.co/tNqq1vWaMI pic.twitter.com/Ef8pRTfwzx — New York Post (@nypost) November 30, 2020 The victim was 52-year-old Vincell Jackson, who reportedly confronted Dixon after the guest had been caught eating Thanksgiving leftovers with his bare hands, according to the New York Post. Dixon allegedly sucker-punched Jackson before the fight made it to the front porch, where Jackson was stabbed nine times, per the Post. There were no direct...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Some travelers at O'Hare Internation Airport said they had no issues flying during a pandemic, on what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year at airports."I felt completely safe," said Alicia Gerin Sunday."The planes were full. Everybody was respectful. Everybody had their mask on," added another traveler.Public health officials fear coronavirus cases will soar over the coming weeks after travel and home gatherings for Thanksgiving.Dr. Anthony Fauci is among many doctors urging people to not let their guard down.EMBED More News Videos Doctors expect to see a spike in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks following the busy Thanksgiving travel weekend. "We may see a surge upon surge. You know, we don't want to frighten people, but that's just the reality," he said. "We said that these things would happen as we got into the cold weather and as we began traveling."COVID-19 testing sites...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago area hospitals bracing for a post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 spike following the long holiday weekend."We are concerned that there will be a ramp-up in cases," said Dr. Bala Hota at Rush University Medical Center. "The incubation period to develop symptoms is about 5-7 days, so it would be mid next week where people might have some symptoms of the illness and that would be when we would expect more cases to come into the hospital.RELATED: Should you quarantine after Thanksgiving gathering amid rising COVID cases? Yes, expert saysHealth officials said Thanksgiving travel numbers are a clue that the positivity rate could start climbing, yet again.AAA predicted more than 50 million people had plans to travel for the holiday. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is just one that had a steady stream of travelers as well."If there is going to be a spike, it will be sometime late next week...
    WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump attempts to turn the nation’s free and fair elections into a tangle of disinformation, misleading legal claims, and baseless attacks on the country’s pillars of democracy. The resulting chaos and confusion are not a side effect of Trump’s strategy following his loss to Democrat Joe Biden. Chaos and confusion are the strategy. The president’s frenzy of attacks against the elections allows him to sow doubts and confusion among his most loyal followers, leaving the false impression that he is the victim of electoral fraud. That won’t keep him in office – Biden will take office on January 20 – but it could undermine the next president’s efforts to unite a divided country and give momentum to Trump’s next initiative, be it another campaign to return to the presidency. White House in 2024 or a high-level media project. “This is...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With trolls and bots fighting back and forth all the time, social media can be a breeding ground for negativity. But as this story demonstrates, it can also be a post for positive change. As CBS 2’s Lauren Victory reported Wednesday morning, a simple post from Pilsen turned a teen’s frown around. Christine Nelson-Berg may be embarrassed when her son, Corvin, fails to cover his mouth when he’s yawning. But his sleepiness is actually quite endearing. “The last couple of days have been exhausting,” Nelson-Berg said. Corvin, 14, was bone-tired, stemming from an encounter in the park last month. “I saw boys and girls,” he said. School is all virtual, and Corvin, who has Down syndrome, was feeling lonely and isolated a lot of the time. He craved social interaction. Nelson-Berg realized this, so she posted to Facebook. “I floated out to my neighborhood group in Pilsen,...
    R & B singer Jeremih is in intensive care with the coronavirus, according to reports. The artist, 33, has reportedly received a “bleak” prognosis and is on a ventilator, reports TMZ. It’s not clear when the “Paradise” crooner caught COVID-19, or when he entered the hospital. Frequent collaborator Chance The Rapper asked for prayers for Jeremih, whose real name is Jeremy Phillip Felton. “Please if you can take a second to pray for my friend Jeremih, he is like a brother to me and he’s ill right now,” the Chicago-based artist tweeted. “I believe in the healing power of Jesus so if you can for me please please say a prayer over him.” 50 Cent, who has also worked with Jeremih, tweeted out pleas as well. “pray for my boy Jeremih he’s not doing good this covid shit is real,” he wrote, with a photo of the two of them...
    LOGAN SQUARE — Joining numerous other restaurants and bars across the city, Longman & Eagle has closed indefinitely as Chicago continues to regress in its fight against coronavirus. The popular farm-to-table restaurant and whiskey bar at 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. will remain closed through the winter, according to an Instagram post. The owner hopes to reopen the restaurant sometime in early 2021. “We didn’t make this call lightly, but want to make sure that once the pandemic is over, we can welcome everyone back to the same old Longman you know and love,” the Longman team wrote on Instagram this week. The closure comes a little more than two weeks after Longman reopened the restaurant’s sausage shop, and pivoted to only offering delivery and pickup in an effort to slow the virus’s spread. It was Longman staffers who ultimately decided the restaurant should close, according to the post. Owner Pete...
    Chicago Cubs ace Yu Darvish showed nothing but class after he finished in second place of the NL Cy Young voting behind Trevor Bauer.  After an incredible 2020 campaign, Yu Darvish found himself in the hunt to take home the NL Cy Young Award. Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be for him this fall, as Trevor Bauer took home the honors. While Chicago Cubs fans everywhere are extremely disappointed by the results, the same can’t be said for Darvish. On Wednesday night, the standout hurler took to Twitter to post a classy message in response of him finishing in second place. 2位で悔しい気持ちより、デグロムの上に行けたというのに喜びを感じます。去年の今頃はデグロムやバーランダー、コールのようなレベルの投球をしたいという夢を持っていたので。目標ではなく夢レベルだったので驚いています。 — ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) November 12, 2020 Yu Darvish will look to have another sensational campaign for the Cubs next seasonWhile his Twitter post was published in Japanese, the message translated in English revealed how Darvish didn’t feel frustrated over coming in second. Instead, he was happy...
    NBCUMV The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast Even though The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City may be new to Bravo, they’re already serving up the drama. In fact, it was recently revealed that one of the new cast members was almost headed for divorce. During the upcoming season, it seems like new cast member Meredith Marks and her husband, Seth Marks, battle their fair share of relationship issues. Their struggles are documented in the show’s trailer, and almost led to divorce. According to The Chicago Tribune, Marks’ husband, Seth Marks, filed for divorce in August 2019 due to “irreconcilable differences,” but dropped the filing in December 2019. “I can tell you that that was dismissed,” Marks recently told The Chicago Tribune. “I can tell you that much, so we’re obviously not getting divorced. I don’t want to give too much away because I want you...
    LOGAN SQUARE — Popular cocktail bar Scofflaw has closed indefinitely, becoming the latest Chicago bar/restaurant to temporarily shut down as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. The team behind the Logan Square bar, located at 3201 W. Armitage Ave., posted on Instagram that Monday would be the bar’s last night of operations. The team didn’t say when the establishment might reopen, but used the hashtags: #seeyousoon, #openagainaftercovidrestrictionscalmdown and #temporaryclosure. The owner didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. “Thanks to everyone that came out to support us the last few weeks and the last 8+ years. Hope to see you on the other side, cheers!” the post reads. View this post on Instagram Tomorrow we’ll be closed for the foreseeable future, but hope to see you tonight for a last hoorah. Thanks to everyone that came out to support us the last few weeks and the last 8+ years....
    The Chicago Bears have shut down their facility because of coronavirus. The team released a statement Thursday that the decision to close the facility was bad after “another player tested positive for the coronavirus.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) The team previously put two players on the league’s coronavirus list earlier in the week, according to ESPN. After learning Thursday that another player tested positive for COVID-19, we have closed Halas Hall and released the following statement: — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 5, 2020 Below is a live look at me upon learning another NFL team has coronavirus issues on their hands! Who is ready for the media to spin up some more fear porn? I know I sure am. You can set your watch to it. The Bears are currently scheduled to play the Titans this Sunday, and I’d bet just...
    After a quiet trade deadline, the Chicago Bears will reportedly release wide receiver Ted Ginn. It was a slow NFL trade deadline league-wide on Tuesday, and despite some moves that could have been made the Chicago Bears stood pat. But on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and others, the Bears had release wide receiver Ted Ginn. The Bears have confirmed the move. Ginn signed a one-year deal with the Bears in April.  But he was a healthy scratch in two games, most recently Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints, and had just three receptions for 40 yards in his six games. He also had five punt returns, for just 24 yards. After playing 28 offensive snaps in Week 1, he was inactive for Week 2 and then played a total of 34 snaps in his other five games. The Bears had no further use for Ted GinnWith Allen...
    A number of U.S. airlines are considering relocating crew members from hotels in certain layover cities ahead of possible unrest following Tuesday’s election. United Airlines sent a memo to flight attendants Friday detailing plans to move crew members from downtown-area hotels in cities including Portland, Seattle and Washington, D.C., amid the “possibility of renewed protest activity,” USA Today reported. “In order to prevent any potential delays of our crewmembers getting to where they need to be on time, we have relocated some of our crews to airport hotels,” United confirmed in a statement shared with Fox News on Tuesday morning. “We have also moved our Network Operations Center to a backup facility outside of downtown Chicago to ensure our operations continue to run on schedule,” the statement said. PASSENGERS BOOTED FROM FLIGHT AFTER ONE ALLEGEDLY HIDES UNDER THE OTHER'S FIRST-CLASS SEAT Crew members stationed in Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, Portland, Philadelphia and Seattle, as well as both Arlington and Dulles, Va., are expected...
    LINCOLN SQUARE — Lincoln Square’s Taco In A Bag closed its doors Friday.  Restaurant leaders announced the closure in an Instagram post and Facebook video thanking customers for “a long 10 years” but they “sadly need to close our doors.” The video also promised “we will be back … promise!” but didn’t provide any other details.  Messages left with owners asking about the closure and the business’s future were not immediately returned.  Former competitive eating champs Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and Tim “Gravy” Brown originally opened the restaurant at 4603 N. Lincoln Ave. in 2015, relocating from West Dundee. On their opening day of business, they had so many customers that they sold out of their signature “walking tacos.” View this post on Instagram sad to announce our last day of service will be oct 30th. please stop in and say hi the next few days A post shared by...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Boris Sekulic scored his second career MLS goal and the Chicago Fire played Nashville to a 1-1 tie on Saturday night. Sekulic, a 29-year-old defender in his first season with the Fire, took a pass from Mauricio Pineda and side-footer a roller inside the post to make it 1-1 in the 42nd minute. Chicago (5-9-7), which is winless in its last four games, is one point ahead of Inter Miami for the 10th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Nashville’s Daniel Rios opened the scoring with a header in the 28th minute. Randall Leal’s volley off an arcing cross-field ball from Walker Zimmerman bounced high in front of the goal and Rios redirected it into the net. Sekulic played an entry to Elliot Collier, whose header bounced off the post in the 89th minute. Nashville (7-6-8) — which Wednesday...
    GREENWOOD, Miss. (CBS/AP) — Police say 10 people were shot, two fatally including siblings from Chicago, at a gathering after a funeral in Mississippi. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that 42-year-old Jonathan Pitts and his 41-year-old sister, Katrina Pitts, died Saturday night. The two siblings were from Chicago. Investigators say the Pittses and other Chicago relatives were in Greenwood to attend their grandmother’s funeral. Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond says the shooter was gone when officers arrived. Also From CBS Chicago: New Wave Of COVID-19 Has Doctors, Hospitals On Notice Police At Home Of Former Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson After Domestic Dispute  ‘It’s About Survival:’ Suburban Restaurants Flout COVID-19 Restrictions  
    GREENWOOD, Miss. (CBS/AP) — Police say 10 people were shot, two fatally including siblings from Chicago, at a gathering after a funeral in Mississippi. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that 42-year-old Jonathan Pitts and his 41-year-old sister, Katrina Pitts, died Saturday night. The two siblings were from Chicago. Investigators say the Pittses and other Chicago relatives were in Greenwood to attend their grandmother’s funeral. Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond says the shooter was gone when officers arrived. Also From CBS Chicago: New Wave Of COVID-19 Has Doctors, Hospitals On Notice Police At Home Of Former Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson After Domestic Dispute  ‘It’s About Survival:’ Suburban Restaurants Flout COVID-19 Restrictions  
    LOGAN SQUARE — Big Bud Press is opening its much-anticipated Logan Square store this week. The popular L.A.-based clothing label announced over the weekend the new store at Armitage and Sawyer avenues is set to open Friday. It’s the label’s third shop and first outside of L.A. View this post on Instagram ???????????? October 30 ????????????????‍♀️ Excited to see ya, Chicago! It’s been a loooong time coming!! We’ll be posting info in our stories next week for hours + capacity + safety info to know ahead of times before visiting! ❤️ A post shared by big bud press (@bigbudpress) on Oct 23, 2020 at 3:31pm PDT The Logan Square shop will sell the clothing Big Bud Press is best known for: colorful, ethically made and size-inclusive T-shirts, jumpsuits, work pants and more. Big Bud Press was initially aiming to open the Logan Square store this past Spring, but...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  More than a million people in Chicago and suburban Cook County plan to vote by mail. But with just over two weeks until Election Day, CBS 2 heard from a growing number of people concerned that their ballot won’t be counted. CBS 2’s Jim Williams on why some ballots appear to be sitting at the post office. For the first time, Mary and Dave Millis, who live in the northwest suburbs, voted by mail. They said they’re determined to stay out of the polling place. “With the pandemic, I just didn’t feel safe. I’m in the age bracket where they say to be really careful,” Mary said. They tracked their ballots online and it showed they were still at Chicago’s downtown post office, more than a week after they were mailed. Mary called the clerk’s office, concerned her vote wasn’t being counted. “I called at the end...
    WEST LOOP — Politan Row is set to close its doors until the spring. Vendors were told in an email the West Loop food hall, 111 N. Aberdeen St., will be closed until March or April. Politan Group, the team behind the food hall, which shares a building with McDonald’s headquarters, said the decision was made after they learned McDonald’s employees are not returning to the building until January, according to an email to vendors dated Oct. 9. The letter stated nearby offices were at 5-10 percent capacity. “The bottom line is that the population to support your businesses will not be present going into the winter months, which, this year, I believe is going to make it unreasonably tough for everyone,” Politan Group wrote in the email. Politan Group CEO Will Donaldson told Time Out Market the West Loop food hall was closing to “best position our vendors for...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An Andersonville restaurant is preparing for its final days of business.Hamburger Mary's announced on Facebook Sunday that they will be closing their doors after 15 years.The restaurant, known for its "Dining with the Divas" drag show, will be open for reservations only until Nov. 1.The post, however, did give some hope that the "classy-kitsch joint" could possibly open again sometime in the future."While we were already planning on moving from our current location (our lease is up in December), the decision to close was not easy. But given the current situation with the Covid19 pandemic, we feel it's best to wait until spring before we look for a possible new space," the post said.
    If you're having an existential crisis, it might be time for some Existential Slices. We're going to spare you any further rhyming couplets and just get to the facts: Existential Slices is a new walk-up pizza window that has taken over half of the Mr. Lucky's Fine Sandwiches at 711 East Sixth Avenue. The idea, according to the pizzeria's Instagram account, was "born out of the dumpster fire that is 2020." Galen Juracek, owner of Mr. Lucky's, converted the dining room of his sandwich shop into Existential Slices as a way to get extra use out of the space while serving as the food component for nextdoor neighbor Don's Club Tavern, owned by the Little Pub Company. "After a few months of the dining room just sitting there empty, we determined it was serving no purpose," Juracek explains. "But we need to survive and Little Pub Company needs to...
    Getty Jeff Dye. Jeff Dye is a standup comedian and podcast host whose first big break came in 2008 when he placed third on the NBC series Last Comic Standing. Dye’s love life made headlines on October 11 when TMZ published a short video of the comedian kissing reality TV star and entrepreneur Kristin Cavallari at a bar in Chicago’s Fulton Market. Cavallari and husband Jay Cutler announced in April that they were divorcing. Dye joked about the attention on Twitter. He wrote on October 12, “If y’all gonna talk about me in the news can you at least use a good pic of me?” Here’s what you need to know about Dye: 1. Jeff Dye Traveled the Globe With Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw & George Foreman for an NBC Series Getty Comedian Jeff Dye attends the NBCUniversal press day during...
    LOGAN SQUARE — Popular cocktail bar Scofflaw has closed its doors temporarily after an employee tested positive for coronavirus late last week. It’s the second time this month that a Logan Square bar/restaurant has briefly shut down following a confirmed coronavirus case. Reno shut down last week. Scofflaw’s owners announced the temporary closure Friday in a Facebook post. “We found out today that one of our employees has tested positive for COVID-19. We are closing our doors, effective immediately, and everyone on our team is being tested,” the post read. “During this period, our staff will be quarantining and we will thoroughly sanitize our space before opening again. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.” It’s unclear how long the bar, located at 3201 W. Armitage Ave., will remain closed. Scofflaw’s owners didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday. Several other bars and restaurants throughout the city...
    The newly single reality star is having fall fun in Chicago. Kristin Cavallari posted new fall photos to Instagram as rumors about her love life swirled on social media six months after she announced her divorce from retired NFL player Jay Cutler. In a new post shared with the 4.1 million followers on her social media page, the 33-year-old of three posed in an orange sweatshirt, black leggings, hiking boots, and a black beanie as she stood amid a pile of fallen leaves in a wooded area. Kristin also shared pics of the same outfit in her Instagram story as she joyfully tossed a handful of colorful leaves into the air. In the caption to the pic, Kristin described herself as “basic,” but fans thought she was anything but. Many of her fans asked for information on her outfit, but some wanted more info on her love life amid rumors...
    The Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly both been hit by coronavirus. According to Adam Schefter, a coach on the Chiefs and a practice squad player for the Bears have tested positive for coronavirus. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Both teams are in the process of going through contact tracing. There are no new positives in Tennessee nor New England, but there are now two other positive tests: one for a practice squad player in Chicago, but Bears have been closed since Thursday night, and a strength and conditioning coach in Kansas City, per source. Tracing is ongoing. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2020 Well, it’s been a tough few days for the NFL, and it just keeps getting tougher and tougher with every passing day. I hate to be the guy who makes everyone nervous, but there are...
    The Chicago Bears beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers generated solid TV ratings on “Thursday Night Football.” According to Deadline, the game on Fox between Nick Foles and Tom Brady averaged 10.07 million viewers, which isn’t too bad for a “TNF” game. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Chicago Bears (@chicagobears) on Oct 9, 2020 at 7:44am PDT As we’ve discussed many times, NFL ratings are all over the place this season. Some games get huge numbers, and others absolutely bomb. Through week four, the NFL’s ratings were down about 10% from 2019.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Chicago Bears (@chicagobears) on Oct 8, 2020 at 8:38pm PDT Averaging north of 10 million viewers for a “TNF” game is a solid number. Is it incredible? No, but...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — The Oakland Athletics are hoping success during the COVID-shortened regular season will also mean a change in their post-season fortunes. It’s hasn’t been a petty picture for the last decade. The team surprises critics with highly competitive regular season runs only to stumble miserably once the playoffs begin. Marcus Semien and his teammates hope earning playoff series at last as division champions will be the beginning of a new playoff chapter with a much difference ending for the club. For two years now, the A’s have stressed how they absolutely needed to win the AL West to increase their chances of a deep postseason run following consecutive defeats in the wild-card game. “It’s a little different than last year for us and also in ’18 where it’s just one game and you want to be so perfect and win that game,” Semien said. “It’s a three-game...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The playoff picture is clear Sunday night for both the Cubs and the White Sox.They now know who they will face, as both teams make it to the post-season in the same season for the third time in history.It's been a roughly 60 game season -- during a pandemic, but not only did the White Sox and the Cubs manage to avoid any outbreaks, but for the first time since 2008 they both made the playoffs.RELATED: Chicago Cubs, White Sox close in on division titlesThe Chicago Cubs will host the Miami Marlins and the Chicago White Sox are headed to Oakland for the best of three wildcard series that starts Tuesday.RELATED: 2020 MLB playoffs: Wild-card standings, playoff picture and postseason formatIt has been that long since the Sox were postseason playing, making this a first for guys like Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito and even RBI leader Jose...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Animal abuse citations have been issued against a cargo company that shipped several dogs found at O'Hare airport.According to a post from the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, back in August officers found 17 French Bulldogs that were shipped to Chicago from Jordan.The dogs were left in cages for three days without food or water.They were covered in feces, and one of the dogs died due to the unsanitary circumstances, officials said.The cargo company has now been charged with 17 counts of animal neglect and one that led to death.All the surviving dogs are being treated at private shelters.You can read the full post from Chicago French Bulldog Rescue on their Facebook page.
    The police chief of a Chicago suburb has been fired for posting a meme on his personal Facebook page that was “in incredibly poor taste,” local officials said. Longtime Orland Hills police chief Thomas Scully was dismissed Wednesday after sharing an image of black looters with the text “when free housing, free food, free education, and free phones just aren’t enough,” the local NBC affiliate reported. “We hold all of our public officials to the highest standards in their personal and professional lives in Orland Hills,” the village said in a statement. “This social media post is in incredibly poor taste. It does not reflect the values of the people of our community, and we will not tolerate such behavior from any of our public officials.” Scully served as chief for 15 years. Orland Hills’ deputy chief, Michael Blaha, will take over until the village finds a permanent replacement...
    The police chief of a Chicago suburb has been fired for posting a meme on his personal Facebook page that was “in incredibly poor taste,” local officials said. Longtime Orland Hills police chief Thomas Scully was dismissed Wednesday after sharing an image of black looters with the text “when free housing, free food, free education, and free phones just aren’t enough,” the local NBC affiliate reported. “We hold all of our public officials to the highest standards in their personal and professional lives in Orland Hills,” the village said in a statement. “This social media post is in incredibly poor taste. It does not reflect the values of the people of our community, and we will not tolerate such behavior from any of our public officials.” Scully served as chief for 15 years. Orland Hills’ deputy chief, Michael Blaha, will take over until the village finds a permanent replacement for...
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump knew about the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic in February, but decided to downplay the issue at the time, according to a March interview with award-winning journalist Bob Woodward and published in his new book. “I wanted to try to downplay it,” Trump said March 19 in a call with Woodward, according to a copy of his new book “Rage” obtained by The Washington Post. The Post, where Woodward worked for years and rose to fame for his investigation into the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, also had access to an audio portion of the interview. Woodward’s book will go on sale next week. According to the book, Trump knew about COVID-19 since January 2020. “This thing is deadly,” Trump told Woodward on February 7 during a phone call. Woodward’s...
    UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — Tamale Guy Chicago will reopen this week as owner Claudio Velez continues to fight coronavirus. The restaurant at 2018 W. Chicago Ave. will reopen 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Facebook post. Every member of the staff has tested negative for COVID-19, according to restaurant leaders. “We are very much stressing a ‘one customer inside at a time’ rule in order to keep everyone as safe as possible,” the post said. “We have assigned extra cleaning tasks and any employee with an elevated temperature reading will be sent home. We sincerely want to thank everyone for keeping Claudio and the rest of our staff in your thoughts. We are looking forward to seeing all of your masked faces tomorrow!” Eater first reported the reopening. Velez was admitted to Rush University Hospital late last month after testing positive for COVID-19. The restaurant has not shared...
    A NORTH Carolina school board candidate reportedly said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot "looks like a dumb monkey" and insisted his controversial remarks were "not racist." James England - a resident of Gastonia, North Carolina and candidate for the Gaston County Board of Education - recently ridiculed Lightfoot in a Facebook post, according to the Gaston Gazette. 3James England, pictured, recently ridiculed Lori Lightfoot in a Facebook postCredit: Jim England/Gaston Gazette 3Lori Lightfoot, pictured, was mocked on social media by a North Carolina school board candidateCredit: Getty Images - Getty England is running against the current school board member Dot Guthrie, along with two other aspirants. In one of England's Facebook posts, he shared a meme of Lightfoot, an attorney who serves as the 56th mayor of Chicago. Lightfoot is the first black female mayor of the Windy City - which according to the Chicago Police Department, last month had 503...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Ronny’s Steakhouse is closing after 57 years in Chicago, owners confirmed in a Facebook post Sunday night. Owners said that after a “historic run; it’s time to turn off that famous neon sign one final time.” The steakhouse has been open since 1963. The restaurant was located at 100 W. Randolph Street. “We won’t say ‘good bye’ but rather ‘until we meet again’,” owners stated in Facebook post.  
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Ronny's Steakhouse has closed after decades of doing business in downtown Chicago.Ronny's was located in the Thompson Center building. The owners thanked their staff and customers in a Facebook post. The post did not say why the restaurant is closing.In their post, the restaurant said "It has been an historic run; it's time to turn off that famous neon sign one final time."From a foundational dream in 1963, both a legacy and legend were born. Excellent food, great service, and amazing prices were the keystones to our success. None of this would have been possible without our dedicated staff, industrious suppliers, and fabulous customers."It's been our honor and privilege to serve and employ our spectacular city's citizens. From the corner of Randolph and State to Clark and Lake and all the locations in between, Ronny's has stood as a beacon welcoming all of Chicago, and those from...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Teal Bunbury scored twice in the New England Revolution’s 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday night. The Revolution (3-2-5) rebounded from a 2-0 loss to New York City FC on Wednesday night. The Revs have given up just 10 goals over the last 11 games. Chicago (2-6-2) is winless in three games. Bunbury scored to the near post in the third minute, shooting between goalie Bobby Shuttleworth’s legs. Bunbury fired a shot just under the crossbar from distance in the 54th for his fourth goal of the season. Fabian Herbers scored in the 22nd minute for Chicago, tapping a right-footed shot to the near post that beat goalie Matt Turner. The Fire’s Boris Sekulic and Francisco Calvo missed on headers in the second half. Turner finished with six saves. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
    Mitch Trubisky will reportedly remain the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears. According to Adam Schefter, the Bears are expected to ride with Trubisky after acquiring Nick Foles during the offseason. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Schefter reported the decision was made because of Trubisky’s “progression, leadership and overall performance throughout camp,” but it was close between him and Foles. In a competitive battle, Bears are expected to name Mitchell Trubisky the starting QB, source tells ESPN. It’s due to his progression, leadership and overall performance throughout camp. Nick Foles made decision difficult for Matt Nagy, but the team feels strong about its QBs. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 4, 2020 Honestly, this is a bit surprising to me. I thought Foles was going to win the starting job and the Bears would focus on rebuilding for the future. After all, why acquire...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's beloved "Tamale Guy" remains hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, but his condition is improving.Claudio Velez was hospitalized in the ICU and put on a ventilator last week."He is still in the hospital and will be for some time but his condition has stabilized," a post on the Tamale Guy Chicago Facebook page said. "Claudio has a long recovery ahead but we believe he will pull through. He has a lot of family, friends and tamale lovers in his corner supporting him."While Velez cannot yet respond verbally, the post said he is responding physically when he hears his loved one's voices, especially when they mention the restaurant.His Tamale Guy Chicago restaurant, located at 2018 W. Chicago Avenue in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood, plans to reopen on Wednesday, September 9.
    An anti-violence group in Chicago said it was robbed of educational supplies, including computers, a week before it planned to open classrooms to assist children with remote learning. Mothers Against Senseless Killings posted photos on its Facebook page Thursday showing ransacked makeshift classrooms, empty boxes and a wall where suspected robbers possibly gained entry. Snacks and diapers also were taken. CHICAGO, NYC POLICE OUTLINE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AHEAD OF LABOR DAY WEEKEND "People put a lot of work and thought into donating these things, collecting funds, shopping, unpacking, delivering, sorting. It's not the government, big companies or even the city donating," the post reads. "There is no insurance payout. "It's regular people doing all this for and with the community so kids can grow up knowing that they don't have to steal from themselves to make a living," the post continues. "This is a very sad situation." The group just finished final preparations on four...
    An employee at a Chicago pizza restaurant has been fired after a social media post circulated claiming she wrote 'quit your job' on a police officer's receipt. A customer copy of the Happy Camper receipt shared online by a friend of the cop shows 'Cassie C' as the server and lists $66 worth of food ordered around 7.30pm on Sunday. According to the social media post, the cop ordered dinner in 'full uniform and riot ready' and spotted the message before leaving the restaurant.  However 'he still tipped, and was the gentleman that he always has been.' A Chicago police officer said he noticed the message 'quit your job!' written on his receipt from Happy Camper pizza restaurant Sunday night According to a social media post, the cop ordered dinner in 'full uniform and riot ready' He spotted the message before leaving the restaurant (pictured) and...
    A popular eatery in Chicago fired an employee after a social media post claimed that the employee wrote an anti-cop message on an officer's receipt. The post appeared on a Facebook page of a person friendly with the Chicago cop, according to WMAQ-TV. "A very dear friend of mine, placed a to go order at Happy Camper in Wrigley today," the post read. "He is a Chicago Police Detective and has to be in full uniform and riot ready at any time. 12-16 hr days 6-7 days a week. When picking up, he noticed this note left by the cashier." The receipt had a very simple three-word message: "quit your job." The officer said he tipped the cashier for the food but later decided to throw out the meal in case someone had spat in it. "This is...
    The Chicago Bears have no plans of announcing a starting quarterback prior to week one. According to ProFootballTalk, head coach Matt Nagy said he won’t announce the team’s starting quarterback before the Bears play the Lions. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) The battle is between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Mitchell Trubisky (@mtrubisky10) on Jun 25, 2019 at 6:51pm PDT When the Bears acquired Nick Foles, I thought he would 100% be the starting quarterback. Now, I’m not so sure, and I’m a little hesitant. Will it be Foles or Trubisky? At this point, I’m not sure that I’m confident in picking either.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Mitchell Trubisky (@mtrubisky10) on May 8, 2019 at 12:47pm PDT Here’s what I do know for sure....
    UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — Claudio Velez, Chicago’s beloved tamale maker who recently opened his first restaurant, is in the hospital with coronavirus. Velez and his business partner shared the news Saturday in an Instagram post. Velez had a sore throat early last week and did not come to the restaurant. While waiting on his test results his health “declined rapidly” and he is now in a hospital ICU on a ventilator. “His condition is improving but he will be left with extensive medical bills,” the post said. “We are closing the restaurant until further notice to make sure our team is taking the proper safety precautions. We have been truly overwhelmed by everybody’s support and kindness over the last few weeks. Please keep Claudio in your thoughts and wish him a speedy recovery.” A GoFundMe established for Velez’s medical bills has already raised more than $5,000. View...
    The Chicago Bears denounced former Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher for his stance against the recent NBA protests, which were spurred on by the police shooting of Jacob Blake. A Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer shot Blake in the back seven times on Sunday following a call for a domestic disturbance. What are the details? Urlacher, who played 13 seasons with the Bears from 2000-12 and earned eight Pro Bowl selections, on Thursday wrote, "Brett Favre played the (Monday Night Football) game the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity. NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police." Some commentary here from Brian Urlacher, who is part of a group hoping to buy the Mets,...
    Brian Urlacher’s social media post about the shooting of Jacob Blake led the Chicago Bears to distance themselves from the former linebacker great. The team issued a statement on Thursday night saying that his comments did not, in any way, reflect how the franchise felt about the situation in Kenosha, Wisconsin according to Alex Shapiro of NBC Sports Chicago. “The social media posts in no way reflect the values or opinions of the Chicago Bears organization,” the team said in the statement. The Instagram entry in question was put up by Urlacher not long after the Milwaukee Bucks announced they were going to go on strike during Wednesday’s Game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Semifinals. That team announced they were going on strike for at least one game, in reaction to the police shooting of Kenosha resident, Jacob Blake. Earlier this week, the situation escalated when three people were...
    Jacob Blake is handcuffed to his hospital bed, family says This Beloved Restaurant Chain Is Quietly Closing Some Locations Bears distance themselves from Brian Urlachers Instagram post criticizing Jacob Blake protests A pair of Instagram posts — one posted by Brian Urlacher, the other merely “Liked” — on shooting of Jacob Blake caused the Chicago Bears to distance themselves from their Hall of Famer on Thursday. In one post, Urlacher posted a plain statement to his Instagram story unfavorably comparing the NBA walkouts in protest against Blake’s shooting to a performance from his old rival Brett Favre after the death of his father. The text of the post: Brett Favre played the MNF game the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity. NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife,...
    Rusten Sheskey: Few details known about Kenosha Officer who shot Jacob Blake This Beloved Restaurant Chain Is Quietly Closing Some Locations Bears address Brian Urlacher Instagram post about NBA protests The Chicago Bears on Thursday addressed an Instagram post by Brian Urlacher that received attention earlier in the day. © Jessica Onsurez Current-Argus The Chicago Bears on Thursday addressed an Instagram post by Brian Urlacher that received attention earlier in the day. Urlacher seemed confused that NBA players chose not to play on Wednesday because they wanted to send a message about the shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday night. The former Bears linebacker posted on his Instagram story and compared the situation to Brett Favre, who once played through the grief of his father dying. He brought up Blake’s criminal history and that the shooting victim was armed with a knife. © Jessica Onsurez Current-Argus The Chicago Bears...
    Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher seemingly called out NBA players for choosing to boycott the playoff games. Urlacher shared a post Thursday on his Instagram story comparing football star Brett Favre playing the day his dad died to the current situation, according to reporter Dov Kleiman. Former #Bears LB Brian Urlacher posted this on Instagram, smh pic.twitter.com/j3XGcmcuXl — Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 27, 2020 “Brett Favre played the MNF game the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity,” the post shared by Urlacher said. “NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for his knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.” The post by Urlacher comes a day after the Lakers and Clippers both voted to end the season while other teams voted to continue during a...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There was confusion this weekend at Montrose Harbor, as an official message posted to social media had boaters thinking it was closed. As CBS 2’s Steven Graves reported, that was not the case. The post issued Saturday by Chicago Harbors said, “We have been informed that due to irresponsible and unsafe behavior along the lakefront, the Chicago Police Department has closed access to Montrose Harbor – this includes boaters.” The post did not specify whether this was due to crowds or COVID-19 concerns. Chicago Harbors is the group that operates the city’s harbors under the Chicago Park District. The claim also claimed that police had “closed Lake Shore Drive from Fullerton Ave. to Lawrence Ave. until further notice,” but the Mayor’s office said Lake Shore Drive is not closed and never was. Chicago Harbors later backtracked, amending the post with an update saying, “Cars with boater...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The day after President Donald Trump's postmaster general spoke to members of Congress, protests called for an immediate halt to changes that have slowed mail service around the country.RELATED: USPS changes paused but not reversed, 6 mail processing machines in Chicago will not be replacedEMBED More News Videos Even as U.S. Senators questioned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Friday, USPS workers in Chicago said mail processing machines takken out of service will not be replaced. Some in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood took to the streets to protest changes at the United States Post Office they say are an attempt to suppress the vote in the upcoming presidential election. Protesters also gathered outside post offices in River North and Logan Square."It's not just about the post office, this is just the one last straw that broke it all," neighborhood resident Tom Kapp said.Kapp and his wife were among dozens who...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The day after President Donald Trump's postmaster general spoke to members of Congress, protests Saturday will call for an immediate halt to changes that have slowed mail service around the country.RELATED: USPS changes paused but not reversed, 6 mail processing machines in Chicago will not be replacedEMBED More News Videos Even as U.S. Senators questioned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Friday, USPS workers in Chicago said mail processing machines takken out of service will not be replaced. Some in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood took to the streets to protest changes at the United States Post Office they say are an attempt to suppress the vote in the upcoming presidential election."It's not just about the post office, this is just the one last straw that broke it all," neighborhood resident Tom Kapp said.Kapp and his wife were among dozens who lined Lawrence Avenue outside the North Side post office Saturday,...
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