Chicago news roundup: Migrant buses arrive from Texas


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Immigrants sent by Texas officials to Chicago assessed by city agencies and immigration groups

About 75 asylum seekers who arrived in Chicago from Texas were assessed Thursday morning by city agencies and community organizations to determine their needs.

After spending the night in Chicago shelters, the individuals were taken to a facility in the city where the city’s Department of Family and Support Services conducted intake interviews to determine services needed.

“We will stand up for our values ​​as a welcoming city,” said Joseph Dutra, spokesman for the city’s Department of Family and Support Services. “We’re going to make sure they have the services they need.”

The group traveled to Chicago by bus as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to send people arriving at the southern border to Democratic-run cities. Under Abbott, a Republican, Texas spent $12 million sending immigrants from Texas to East Coast cities, according to the Texas Grandstand.

In July, the Texas Tribune and ProPublica reported that the Justice Department was investigating Abbott’s border initiatives for possible civil rights violations.

U.S. Representative Jesús “Chuy” García, D-Ill., said Texas officials promised the immigrants – all from Venezuela – they would have access to lawyers, housing and other forms of support. assistance in attracting them to the bus. When they arrived on Wednesday, the immigrants told authorities they hadn’t eaten all day, he said.

“We have to ask ourselves if Governor Abbott may be involved in the smuggling of migrants for political purposes,” García said.

Read the full story by Elvia Malagón and Tina Sfondele here.

More news you need

  1. A retired Chicago police officer was shot six times after confronting a thief at an Englewood currency exchange this morning, authorities say. David Struett had more on the 60-year-old’s status earlier this afternoon.
  2. Chicago will be ready to administer the newly updated COVID-19 booster shots within days of final federal approval, which is expected this week. Dr Allison Arwady said today that people in Chicago could start getting the shots as soon as next Tuesday.
  3. R&B star R. Kelly will not appear in his trial for child pornography and obstruction of justice, the singer has said in federal court in Chicago. On the other hand, Derrel McDavid, Kelly’s co-defendant and former manager, said he would testify at the federal trial.
  4. A retired postman who credits pickleball, a booming sport in some parts of the country, with helping him overcome his addiction issues wants to know why there are so few places to play the sport in Chicago. “The game also saved my life, how many more could it save?” Leroy Archibald asked our Mitch Dudek.

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Jack Quinlan is still remembered, revered decades after his death

Imagine this:

A baseball team’s beloved radio announcer leaves home to go to work. As he leaves, he shouts at any child within earshot, asking if he would like to go to the ball game that day.

Half a dozen children jump into the car. Once at the ballpark, the announcer speaks with the ushers to ensure that the children have seats and that they will be taken care of. Everyone is having a wonderful time.

It’s not fantasy. It happened frequently. The team was the Cubs, the neighborhood was in Evanston, and the radio announcer was Jack Quinlan.

Can you believe that?

Jack Quinlan (left) and Lou Boudreau were the Cubs' broadcast partners on WGN Radio in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Jack Quinlan (left) and Lou Boudreau were the Cubs’ broadcast partners on WGN Radio in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

If you were one of those lucky kids, you can. But you are in rare company. Quinlan’s daughter, Sue, one of four children, can testify to the events.

“He had a red convertible, and he was rounding up the neighborhood kids, like, ‘Who wants to go to the game?’ “Said Sue, 66, who still lives in Evanston. “They were yelling at their mothers, ‘Is it okay if I go with Mr. Quinlan?’ Everyone piled into the car, and we drove down Clark Street.

Quinlan was the radio voice of the Cubs from 1955 to 1964. On March 19, 1965, in Mesa, Arizona, Quinlan was killed in a car accident. He was 38 years old.

His death devastated many, but his legacy lives on.

Jeff Agrest has more on members of the modern media who cite Quinlan as inspiration.

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Yesterday we asked you: Princess Diana was a beloved icon before her tragic death 25 years ago today. Why do you remember her? Here’s what some of you said…

“Her compassion for others, her desire to be a practical mum despite outdated royal traditions and her desire to be human, all impressed me.” —Christine Bock

“She visited AIDS patients and treated them like human beings! —Beverly Hajek Cooper

“When she visited AIDS patients and was not afraid to touch, to hug, it helped educate people around the world and stop some of the fear . I also remember his campaign to help landmine victims. And of course, the joy captured in photographs of her with her two young sons at amusement parks and other normal activities was heartwarming. — Tammy Veach

“His love for his children. -Sarah Ewing

“Her kindness, her beauty, her love for William and Harry. She will always be the people’s princess of the world forever. —Kay Schroeder

“I remember that day very well. I drove home from college 5 hours to see Aerosmith when we heard the news. She is inspiring in life and death. His humanity was always on display. — John C. Forst

“I remember Princess Diana not only for her breathtaking beauty, but also for always being ‘mom’ to her beloved sons. In their photos together, they are all sincerely smiling and happy and having a great time. wonderful time. —Gina Haswah

“All people live that she touched by being herself, her empathy and her dedication to helping others. Plus I will always remember all those magazine covers she was on. With every photo she is always became even more beautiful and its warmth always shone. —Melody Gee

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