Chicago News Roundup: Stratton Calls on Feds to Support Abortion Rights, Family of Highland Park Shooting Victim Cooper Roberts Provides Update, Sun-Times Readers Give most anticipated summer events


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As an ‘island’ for reproductive rights, Illinois needs more federal help, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton testifies in Washington

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton testified today before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Illinois, now an “island” for reproductive rights, needs more federal support to manage an influx of patients coming into the state for abortions and more legal protections in place for doctors. and abortion providers in a post-Roe v. Wade.

“Before the Roe v. Wade threats were fully realized, Illinois was proactive, championing bodily autonomy and protecting abortion rights,” Stratton said. “And yet the reversal of Roe v. Wade sent us down a dark and agonizing path.”

In his opening statement, Senator Dick Durbin, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the Supreme Court’s decision “the first time in American history that the Supreme Court has revoked a protected right by the Constitution”.

Stratton’s appearance in Washington comes as 10 states have already banned abortions and Illinois remains in the spotlight as a place for women to seek reproductive care. Further bans are expected in the coming weeks.

Stratton, a mother of four, is also featured in a TV ad from Gov. JB Pritzker’s re-election campaign that began airing this week in which she appears with abortion-rights supporters to tout the protections signed by Pritzker in anticipation of Roe v. Wade reversal.

She said patients come to Illinois from all surrounding states for treatment, but also from states like Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

Stratton testified that Pritzker asked President Joe Biden for greater access to federal funds to support the demand of women entering the state for reproductive health care and to create a centralized center for providers and patients to alleviate the burden of abortion care providers in Illinois.

Tina Sfondele shares more about Stratton’s testimony here.

More news you need

  1. Cooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy who was paralyzed after being shot in the Highland Park July 4 parade mass shooting, now needs further and complex surgery as his condition has worsened . The boy is in critical condition again after showing some improvement on Friday, according to his family.
  2. Three people were injured in a fire in Little Village early this morning, including an 89-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy. The cause of the fire was still under investigation as of this afternoon.
  3. Chicago Ald’s long-awaited federal racketeering trial. Edward M. Burke has been set for November 2023, giving the city’s longest-serving city council member the chance to seek re-election while facing federal criminal charges — again. The federal government’s case against Burke has been dragging on for more than three years, thanks in large part to the pandemic and a mountain of preliminary motions filed in August 2020 that were not decided until last month.
  4. For his latest column, our Neil Steinberg spoke with Chicagoan Edith Renfrow Smith, who will celebrate her 108th birthday on Thursday. “Remember it’s a wonderful world and you have to take care of it,” says Ms Renfrow Smith.

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Deeply Rooted Dance Theater celebrates Quincy Jones in an outdoor musical program

For its fifth appearance on the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” program, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater pays tribute to legendary musician, composer, arranger and record producer Quincy Jones with a new work titled “Q After Dark.”

The 10-member professional company is teaming up with nearly the same number of singers and musicians for its biggest ever offering in the outdoor summer series. Performances continue July 21 at Palmer Park and July 27 at the Center culturel de la Rive-Sud, the latter featuring a slightly longer program and additional musical strengths.

While these productions on outdoor stages don’t allow for the same refined feel of an indoor performance hall with tightly controlled lighting and stage effects, Artistic Director Nicole Clarke-Springer believes these sets have their own distinctive appeal. .

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Artistic Director Nicole Clarke-Springer and Music Director Sam Thousand lead the company's

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Artistic Director Nicole Clarke-Springer and Music Director Sam Thousand lead the company’s “Q After Dark” production for the Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” summer program.

“What excites me,” she said, “is the idea of ​​having this outdoor festival vibe, where everyone can bring their picnic basket and blankets and just enjoy dancing under the stars. And let that be the environment and speak for itself.

Deeply Rooted celebrated its 25th anniversary last year as one of Chicago’s top dance companies, with a distinctive contemporary style that blends ballet and modern dance with African and African American dance.

“We work to be clean techs in our art,” Clarke-Springer said, “but our niche is that we have amazing storytellers. Yes, we’re a black dance company, but we allow everyone to see themselves at inside the stories we tell.

Kyle MacMillana more with the company here.

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Yesterday we asked you: what local Chicago event are you most looking forward to before the summer ends?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Like every year since 67, standing on the Shore, waiting for the gaspereaux to return.” —Jack Bart

“White Sox game with my brother.” —Alan Szablewski

“Taste of Greektown.” — Stan F Hill

“Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival!” — Denis Fritz

“Taste of Polonia – especially since I moved within walking distance. Pierogi all day! — Cheryl Wisniewski

“Burgerfest this weekend! —Eric Janzen

Taylor Street Italian Fest. —Cathy Alletto

“Ducky Derby, Air and Water Show” – and I just hope I can dine out and hang out with my kids. —Sharon Brady

“African Arts Festival. Washington Park Labor Day Weekend. —Norman Little John

“The first day of school because these kids are out of control 😆😫.” —Ron Willis Jr.

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