Chicago news roundup: Bail denied for woman who threw nephew off Navy Pier, Chicagoans raise money for Hurricane Fiona victims and more


Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. This is a roughly five minute read that will educate you on today’s biggest stories.

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Bail denied for woman who dumped her 3-year-old nephew in Lake Michigan off Navy Pier, despite defense claims of mental illness

Three-year-old Josiah Brown was pushed into Lake Michigan by his ‘beloved aunt’ who then stood there as he sank to the bottom of Navy Pier, where divers found him half an hour later, prosecutors told the court today.

The boy went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to Lurie Children’s Hospital in “very critical condition”, officials said. He is not expected to survive, prosecutors said at a bond hearing for aunt, Victoria Moreno.

Judge Susanna Ortiz denied Moreno bail, despite defense arguments that she suffers from mental issues. The judge called Moreno’s actions “intentionally brutal and heinous.” Moreno, 34, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault of a child, police say.

The boy was pulled from the lake around 1pm yesterday near the 700 block of East Grand Avenue. Moreno first told responding officers that she was just a witness, then claimed she was holding the boy’s shirt and dropped it because he was ‘acting’, according to a report by police and a source familiar with the investigation.

Ashton King and Allison Huston were walking along the lake that afternoon when they heard splashing and noticed Moreno staring into the water, where the boy was floating on his back. Moreno denied knowing him, Huston said.

King said she immediately dialed 911 as Huston tried to keep the boy “as calm as possible”. At the time, he still had his eyes open but was unresponsive, King said. She then recalled passing a lifeline, but the boy had already sunk into the water by the time Huston grabbed her.

Emergency crews arrived soon after and pulled him out of the water. Moreno had already backed off and “did nothing” while the boy was drowning, King said.

Tom Schuba and David Struett have more on this tragedy here.

More news you need

  1. Five years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican community leaders in Chicago are once again raising funds to help residents recover from another powerful hurricane. Local organizations aim to raise at least $100,000 for Hurricane Fiona victims, said Jessie Fuentes of the Puerto Rican Agenda in Chicago. Our Elvia Malagón has more on the efforts to help here.
  2. An ordinance passed by the City Council today makes Chicago a ‘bodily autonomy sanctuary city’, which means that police and city officials will not be able to cooperate with investigations aimed at criminalizing women who come to Chicago to get reproductive care. Fran Spielman says the council passed the measure “without a word of debate”.
  3. In other city council news, Chicago’s youngest councilman was sworn in and started voting today. Aldus. Timmy Knudsen, recently appointed by the mayor to represent the 43rd Ward, will also be the council’s sixth LGBTQ caucus member.
  4. It’s too late to put the brakes on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plans to stage Chicago’s first street race in NASCAR history, which will occupy part of Grant Park for two weeks next year. But a new prescription proposed today by Ald. Brendan Reilly aims to check the power of the mayor in the future and ensure that the city council approves the big special events that take over the parks for days.
  5. Finally, from City Hall, the City Council today delayed a controversial ordinance that would allow private vehicle drivers who already roam freely in 34 Chicago neighborhoods to expand their operations citywide. Currently, starting on private land is only allowed if the local alderman consents – and 16 aldermen refused.
  6. Chicago developer Sterling Bay, with big projects pending at its North Side Lincoln Yards site, has revealed plans to build a residential tower across from the 53-acre property. The building would contain 359 units and 205 parking spaces, according to the zoning application.
  7. The New York Attorney General today sued former President Donald Trump and his company, alleging business fraud involving some of their most valuable assets, including properties in Manhattan, Chicago and Washington, D.C., The Associated reports. Press. The lawsuit claims the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago was presented as worthless to tax authorities but was valued at $133 million as recently as 2015 in an annual review by Deutsche Bank.
  8. Michelle Obama is planning a six-city tour this fall in support of her new book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” with a stop at her hometown’s Chicago Theater in December. You can find more information about the event and how to attend here.

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‘Chicagohenge’ is here. What is it and where can we see it?

Each year around the fall and spring equinoxes, many Chicagoans stop and stand in the middle of downtown streets for the perfect photo: the sun shining directly through the Loop’s grid, illuminating the bright orange buildings.

The phenomenon is known as “Chicagohenge” and refers to the week before the autumnal equinox (or the week after the spring equinox) when the sun aligns exactly on the east-west streets of Chicago. at sunrise and sunset. This unique moment occurs because during the equinoxes, the Earth is not tilted toward or away from the sun; the sun follows a path across the celestial equator, said Michelle Nichols, director of public observation at the Adler Planetarium.

“What it boils down to, and what you can see on the days of the equinoxes…is full sun shining down our east-west streets,” Nichols told the Sun-Times in 2019.


The sun lines up with Chicago’s east and west facing streets at sunset, otherwise known as the ‘Chicagohenge’ phenomenon, seen from North Michigan Avenue at East Washington Street in the Loop, the March 20, 2021.

The name “Chicagohenge” is a nod to Stonehenge in England, a prehistoric monument that in some places lines up with seasonal paths traveled by the sun.

This year, the autumnal equinox is tomorrow. To see “Chicagohenge”, you must stand on an open east-west street at sunset or sunrise in the days leading up to it.

If you decide to check it out, be sure to look up at the sky instead of looking directly at the sun. And if you miss it, you’ll have another chance in March.

You can read more about “Chicagohenge” here.

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Your daily question☕

What do people think is a Chicago thing but really isn’t?

Email us at [email protected] and we might feature your response in the next afternoon edition.

Yesterday we asked you: what is a Chicago-specific dish that you won’t find anywhere else?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Pair fried chicken, mostaccioli and Italian beef at parties. »—Sarah Bernstein Tennyson

“The combo – Italian beef and Italian sausage – sandwich.” —Tom Carter

“The polishing of Maxwell Street! Oh my God.” –Denise beauty

“Poppy seed hot dog buns.” —Melissa Leonard

“Chicago Dog with Fresh Cut Fries, Italian Beef Sandwich, Italian Sausage Sandwich, Gyros, Deep Dish Pizza, Thin Crust Pizza, Rainbow Cone!” —Cindy Lee Nielsen

“Thai Dang’s chef, Dang Good Wings, – right next door to HaiSous – creates a permanent and lasting craving!” —Ina Pinkney

“Jibaritos, the Puerto Rican sandwich consisting of thinly sliced ​​steak or other meats, lettuce, tomato, garlic mayonnaise, and American cheese on flattened fried green plantains, invented by Juan Figueroa at Borinquen Restaurant in the Humboldt Park in 1996.” —Ricardo Jimenez

“Ricobene’s Breaded Steak Sandwiches.” —Linda Gressick

“Pepper and egg sandwich.” —Stephanie Iniguez

“Puff pastry pizza, real pizza and Polish sausage.” —Camille Austin

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