Chicago News Roundup: Lightfoot signs abortion executive order, Obamas to get new murals


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Lightfoot signs abortion rights decree

In 1985, then-Mayor Harold Washington issued an executive order prohibiting city employees from enforcing federal immigration laws to protest the federal government’s decision to conduct random searches of records. of the city to find and prosecute undocumented immigrants.

Today, Mayor Lori Lightfoot followed a similar lead – this time, to stop the landmark ruling overturning Roe v. Wade to usher in an era of investigations and prosecutions.

Lightfoot signed an executive order prohibiting the Chicago Police Department or any other local government agency from collaborating to criminalize women who come to Chicago for abortions banned in their home state or medical and other providers who assist them.

The ordinance will remain in effect until September, when the Chicago City Council is expected to approve a more sweeping ordinance championed by Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez (33rd) and her progressive colleagues.

At a press conference at City Hall today, Lightfoot said it was ‘horrifying’ to see the ‘race to the bottom’ happening in other states since the Supreme Court ruling of June 24.

“Not only prohibiting abortion, but making no exceptions for a mother’s health and life. Zero exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Never in my life did I think we would see the kind of horrible legislation … to be happily passed by states controlled by Republican legislatures,” Lightfoot said.

“We are not going to be complicit in fulfilling the dreams of another state that wants to criminalize women for access to health care.”

Fran Spielman has more on the executive order here.

More news you need

  1. A day before Lightfoot issued his decree, Ald. Rodriguez Sanchez shared that when she was 19 and living in Puerto Rico, she had an abortion, which she described as a “very scary moment” that she remembers “very vividly.” Rodriguez Sanchez’s comments came during a City Hall press conference with other Progressive Caucus colleagues calling for the ordinance mentioned in the above story to be passed.
  2. A customer at a West Side hot dog stand claimed he was disrespected by an employee before returning with a gun and killing the worker, county prosecutors said today of Cook in court. David Struett has more on the case.
  3. Chicago police targeted African Americans in 63% of traffic stops last year, even though black residents make up less than 30% of the city’s population, according to a state report. Tom Schuba has more on the ACLU report, which says black drivers were 1.7 times more likely to be stopped than white motorists.
  4. Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama will return to the White House on September 7 for the official unveiling of their portraits. These new paintings should not be confused with the two portraits of the Obamas unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018, writes Lynn Sweet.
  5. Two champions of community journalism, the Hyde Park Herald and the South Side Weekly, are joining forces. The two publications will team up under nonprofit ownership when longtime Herald editor Bruce Sagan retires.

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40 years ago, ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ defined an era

When we talk about “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” a host of fun, R-rated moments come to mind:

  • Judge Reinhold’s Brad fantasizes about Phoebe Cates’ Linda emerging from the backyard pool in slow motion and unhooking her bikini top to the sound of The Cars’ “Moving in Stereo,” only for the moment to be humiliatingly cut short when real life Linda surprises him in the bathroom and grabs him… well. Think of her.
  • Sean Penn’s Spicoli shows up late for American History class and says his new schedule is totally confusing, with Mr. Hand (Ray Walston) tearing up said schedule and saying, “I think you know where to go. finds the front office”, and Spicoli blurting out, “You d—!”
  • Linda uses a carrot in the school cafeteria to give less experienced Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) a lesson in oral sex.


Socialite Linda (Phoebe Cates, left) teaches less experienced Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) about sex and relationships in

Socialite Linda (Phoebe Cates, left) teaches less experienced Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) about sex and relationships in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

“Fast Times,” which was released 40 years ago in August 1982, is filled with nudity and candid sexual talk and raunchy, explicit humor (and a few homophobic “jokes” that wouldn’t play in the world of ‘today) – but after more critically, it’s also at times a surprisingly serious film, with straight dramatic scenes addressing issues of teenage sexuality, pregnancy and abortion in an empathetic way.

Unlike many mostly forgotten 1980s teen comedies, e.g., “Porky’s”, “Spring Break”, “Private School”, “Private Resort”, “Hardbodies”, “Homework”, “Losin’ It “, and we could go on but we won’t, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” continues to resonate like a substantial time capsule of the period, capturing the music, fashions, attitudes and social mores of the time.

Read the rest of Richard Roeper’s look at the 1982 classic here.

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Yesterday we asked you: what is the first thing you remember doing on the internet? Here’s what some of you said…

“Researching a birth defect called craniosynostosis that my son was born with. A work colleague showed me how to connect to the internet. Circa 1994.” -Mary Ann O’Rourke

“Getting killed trying to capture a flag in Quake.” —Wesley Allen

“Ordering DVD rentals from Netflix when they actually shipped them to you.” —Victoria Moore

“I remember logging into AOL by dial-up while waiting to log in. Search my friends to see who’s online and chat. I still use my AOL email. I also played great games online. online as a kid on the Nickelodeon site. It’s actually pretty amazing how far technology has come. — April catches

“Being able to check scores before bed and see the standings updated in real time, without having to wait for the morning paper (where the latest West Coast games weren’t updated until two days later), was absolutely breathtaking in 1992!” —Bill Renje

“Meeting people in AIM chat rooms and setting up my Blackplanet page! Good times! Simpler times. —Nicole Johnson

“Literally surf for anything and everything. I couldn’t believe it was real. —Caroline Frazier

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