Monday, July 31, 2017
Chicago now gives at-risk inmates the overdose-reversing drug naloxone upon their release from jail and Los Angeles is poised to follow suit, putting the antidote in as many hands as possible as part of a multifaceted approach to combatting the nation's opioid epidemic. The Cook County Jail in Chicago, which is the largest single-site jail in the country, has trained about 900 inmates how to use naloxone nasal spray devices since last summer and has distributed 400 of them to at-risk men and women as they got out. The devices can undo the effects of an opiate overdose almost immediately and are identical to those used by officers in many of the country's law enforcement agencies.
Chicago faces a $114.2 million budget shortfall in 2018 that does not factor in the steep cost of police reform, the second year of a police hiring surge or pay raises tied to soon-to-be-negotiated union contracts. Last year, Chicago faced a $137.6 million shortfall — the city’s smallest in a decade — that did not include the cost of saving the largest of four city employee pension funds. Six weeks later, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lowered the boom on Chicago taxpayers — by slapping a 29.5 percent tax onto water and sewer bills to shore up the Municipal Employees Pension Fund that’s projected to generate $64 million in 2018. (link below) http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/chicago-facing-114-2-million-budget-shortfall-in-2018/
Seventeen party bus companies were ordered Monday to “cease and desist” after being accused of violating new regulations aimed at reining in rowdyism and violence and at preventing buses from turning into what one aldermen has called “rolling cemeteries.” Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosa Escareno said the 17 companies targeted during a joint operation by her department and Chicago Police were accused of a host of violations. (link below) http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/seventeen-party-bus-companies-ordered-to-cease-and-desist/
North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday that appears to have the range to hit major US cities, experts say, and prompted a fresh round of condemnation from the United States, China, Japan and South Korea. If the missile were fired on a flatter, standard trajectory, it would have major US cities such as Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago well within its range, with the possible ability to reach as far as New York and Boston, according to David Wright, a missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists. (link below) http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/29/asia/north-korea-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-test/index.html?sr=twCNN072917north-korea-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-test1014AMVODtop
The Chicago Cubs announced on Twitter Monday that they acquired relief pitcher Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers for two prospects and cash or a player to be named later.
Steve Bartman has received an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring as a special gift from the Ricketts family and the Cubs organization.
Friday, July 28, 2017
The Streaking Cubs take Crosstown Cup with 6-3 win over White Sox, winning the season series against the White Sox for the first time since 2013.
ROYALTY by King Darius The Great is a fresh sound created by these two men which they are calling "conscious trap music." The song itself is very informative and enlightening as it highlights a lot of unpopular american history while simultaneously uplifting the listeners by reminding us that we are all kings and queens of our own lives. Coupled with the heavy bass/organ driven production from producer and ft artist DJ BrickZ, ROYALTY delivers the sound of the trap with a message for the ages.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Free-agent point guard Derrick Rose has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Rose becomes the sixth No. 1 pick to play with LeBron James. Joe smith, Shaq, Greg Oden, Kyrie Irving, & Andrew Bogut being the others.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
The Bears signed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, their 2017 first-round pick, on Wednesday, the team announced. Trubisky, drafted second overall by Chicago -- agreed to terms on the same day Bears rookies reported to the team facility for the start of training camp.
Heinz unveiled a “new” sauce on Monday to get around Chicago’s strict “no ketchup on hotdogs” rule. Chicago Dog Sauce is available for a limited time at the suggested retail price of $5 plus shipping & handling at chicagodogsauce.com.
Chicago’s Famed Harold’s Chicken Shack Is Coming to L.A. Harold’s Chicken Shack and Sports Bar is coming to Hollywood Boulevard, bringing along 67 years of poultry-frying expertise, and a deliciously brutal logo featuring a cleaver-wielding chef chasing a chicken. (link below) http://www.lamag.com/digestblog/harolds-chicken-shack-los-angeles/
Illinois is just one of 14 states that will witness the total solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun and only the sun’s corona can be seen. Southern Illinois will have a first-rate view of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, according to NASA. Carbondale, Illinois will be able to view the eclipse for roughly four hours, but the totality will last for only 2 minutes and 30 seconds, according to NASA.
The city has agreed to a $38.75 million settlement which will mean refunds for 1.2 million Chicagoans who got red-light tickets when the city was illegally enforcing its red-light ordinance. The money breaks down like this: the city will pay $26.75 million in refunds, and also will write off $12 million it is owed by people who never paid their tickets, according to Law Department spokesperson Bill McCaffrey. The settlement will be presented to the City Council Finance Committee and await full City Council approval at its next meeting. The class-action suit was filed by attorneys Jacie Zolna and Mike Cherry of Myron M. Cherry and Associates. It involves 1.5 million tickets. (link below) http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/sneed-city-to-pay-38-75m-to-settle-lawsuit-over-red-light-tickets/
Alison Cuddy is the new artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, the arts organization announced Thursday. Cuddy replaces Jonathan Elmer, who resigned in late June after two-and-a-half years to take on additional academic duties at Indiana University.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
Twista's latest album Crook County is officially available to stream. Check it out on all major outlets.