Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. This is an approximately 5 minute read that will educate you on today’s biggest stories.
This afternoon will see showers and possibly a thunderstorm with a high near 54 degrees. Similar weather will continue through tonight with temperatures reaching around 62°C overnight. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and windy with highs near 84. Sunday will be partly cloudy with a chance of rain and highs near 73.
Arrests and shootings plunged among those who took part in the anti-violence program, even as crime rose in the city, according to a new study
A new study from a Chicago-based anti-violence program has provided some of the best evidence yet that there are ways to reduce violence among members of the city’s most at-risk populations without arresting them or throwing them into prison.
The past two-plus years have seen unprecedented spikes in violence in Chicago and cities across the United States. Amid this surge, protesters have taken to the streets to decry the kind of aggressive policing that has long been the standard response to rising murder tolls.
City leaders poured record sums into dozens of community programs — and spent hundreds of millions on police overtime — even as shootings and murders reached near-record levels.
But the study by researchers at the University of Chicago found that an outreach program operating on the South and West Sides was successful in reducing crime and violence among high-risk men who participated in the program.
The recently completed trial followed some 2,500 men in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods and found that men who participated in an intensive 18-month program called READI Chicago were nearly two-thirds less likely to be arrested for a violent crime and almost 20% less likely to be shot than a similar group of men who were not in the program. These are all significant drops given that a third of participants had been shot at least once before signing up and had an average of 17 arrests on their rap sheet.
Andy Grimm has more on the study results here.
More news you need
- Sema’j Crosby’s estate has reached a $6.5 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services contractor, we announced yesterday. The settlement comes nearly five years after 17-month-old Crosby was found dead under a sofa in her family’s squalid suburban home.
- Cook County prosecutors today announced they will no longer oppose overturning the dozens of remaining convictions tied to the corrupt former Chicago Police Sgt. Ronald Watts. The state’s attorney’s office flip-flopped in the hearing after saying it was prepared to challenge the overturning of the remaining convictions.
- Larice Nelson, now a victims’ rights advocate for the Institute for Non-Violence Chicago, walked away from a violent life in Chicago and still got shot while working in the field. But he doesn’t even want to know who pulled the trigger. He just wants to help other potential victims turn their lives around.
- The chair of the City Council’s ethics committee today unveiled a sweeping package of ethics reforms aimed at ending what she called the ‘I gotta man in town hall’ mentality. The changes include larger potential fines and the end of the privilege that allowed former council members who became lobbyists to work during city council meetings.
- In the Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende, our Mark Brown heard of Stirling Dickinson, a larger-than-life Chicago native who left his social position behind and worked to transform the colonial-era city – for for better or for worse. Brown considers Dickinson’s legacy in his latest column.
- A federal prosecutor in a court hearing called the elder Ald yesterday. Danny Solis is one of “Chicago’s most important collaborators in decades” – a rare speech to defend the deal Solis made with the feds. By the end of the hearing, U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood had agreed to postpone Solis’ bribery prosecution until April 2025.
- Chicago public school officials can take action against employees who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing, an appeals court ruled this week. The decision overturns a temporary restraining order that had prevented the district from enforcing its policy.
- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recommends stopping the use of bird feeders and baths until May 31, as a precaution against the spread of bird flu. The disease currently affects some species of wild and domestic birds, the IDNR said in a recent statement.
- A new billboard on southbound I-294 (near O’Hare International Airport) is part of a campaign launched by several organizations that partnered this month to raise awareness of Ramadan and at fasting. “There are many misconceptions people may have about Islam, about fasting, about Ramadan, about Muslims,” said Sabeel Ahmed, executive director of GainPeace.
CPS student self-portraits find an awe-inspiring canvas: the Merchandise Mart
Anyone strolling or driving through downtown Chicago over the next two weeks can catch a glimpse of animated projections selected from a citywide student art competition in the partnership’s second year. Chicago Public Schools with Art on theMART.
Among the pieces on display will be a self-portrait of Tiffany Delgado, 17, Von Steuben Metropolitan High Schools senior.
Tiffany’s artwork, titled ‘Beaded Ears’, will be one of eight painted portraits of CPS elders that will be displayed from tonight on the facade of the Merchandise Mart building.
The screenings will be accompanied by an original musical score – also composed, produced, engineered and performed by a CPS student – which can best be heard on the Riverwalk between Wells and Franklin streets. CPS Projects will run twice a night at 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. until May 4.
Tiffany and the other seven students submitted their pieces to the all-city high school visual arts exhibit, which since last year has worked in conjunction with Art on theMART to also select the best works of art to screen. on the market.
The other pieces were painted by students from Lake View, Amundsen, Senn, Ombudsman, Lindblom, ChiARTS and Westinghouse, while the musical score was done by a student from Senn.
“I really didn’t expect any of my artwork to be selected and get this much recognition,” Tiffany said. It’s just something I’m super proud of because I made my parents proud and also my teachers and friends.
Nader Issa has more on the project here.
From the press gallery
Your daily question ☕
What’s the best hidden brunch spot in town?
Email us (please include your first name and location) and we may include your response in the next afternoon edition.
Yesterday we asked you: what’s the best way to enjoy a sunny, warm day in Chicago?
Here’s what some of you said…
“Cold beer in hand sitting in the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field.” —Juan Ceballos
“Playing spades, eating fried fish with all my friends.” — Jeffrey Jones
“Walk around your neighborhood. Say hello to your neighbors. Notice the newly leafy trees, enjoy the tulips and daffodils, pick up litter along your way, and turn your head to enjoy the sunshine.” —Kate Rock
“Walk through Humboldt Park with the puppies!” —Karoline Romero
“Hanging out at Fullerton Beach.” —Pamela Knox
“Delicious outdoor concert and delicious picnic.” — Kathy Erlandon
“Wandering. Simply allowing Chicago to take you where the adventure may be. —Brooks Vanderbush
“A White Sox game with my family. A beer, hot dogs, keep the scorecard, maybe catch a ball. And we stay the whole game, none of it leaving the first stuff. You won’t remember saving 20 minutes of traffic in years, but you might remember a great game. —Nathan Dusk
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