Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. It’s about a 5-minute read that will brief you on today’s biggest stories.
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A 16-year-old girl died after she was electrocuted while walking along CTA tracks in Evanston early Wednesday.
Samantha Cerrone, a sophomore at New Trier High School, was walking with another teenage girl near the Purple Line Central Street station around 2 a.m., according to Evanston Fire Department Chief Paul Polep.
Cerrone, of Winnetka, was electrocuted and taken by paramedics across the street to Evanston Hospital, where she was pronounced dead an hour later, Polep and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. The other girl was uninjured.
Autopsy results have not been released.
More news you need
- An “interim” CPD policy intended to limit when officers chase suspects on foot still gives cops too much latitude to engage in pursuits that can lead to fatal encounters, activists say. The new temporary policy takes effect tomorrow and the public will have until July 15 to officially comment on it.
- Patrick Daley Thompson’s federal case took another turn today as a prosecutor told a judge Daley Thompson made false statements to federal agents about payments on loans from a failed Bridgeport bank. U.S. District Judge Franklin Valderrama also floated the idea of a trial either in October or February.
- The feud between “Windy City Rehab” star Alison Victoria and former co-host Donovan Eckhardt continues ahead of the show’s expected return later this year. In a court affidavit fighting an attempt to move the case to California, Eckhardt pointed out that Victoria still lives in Chicago “in a home that I built.”
- A 36-year-old man was sentenced to court supervision and community service this week after he admitted he attacked Ald. Brendan Reilly outside a River North bar. It’s unclear what led to the Feb. 18 attack.
- Parkway Gardens, one of the biggest and most notorious affordable housing complexes in Chicago, is no longer for sale. The company that owns the property confirmed today it’s been taken off the market after being listed in April, Dave Roeder reports.
- “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is returning to his original comedy home, Second City, as one of the the company’s newly appointed members to its new board of directors. It’s believed to be the first time in Second City’s 61-year history that it’s been governed by a board.
A bright one
Some of Chicago’s largest museums will stay open late tomorrow night to celebrate the city reopening for the first time in nearly 15 months.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the one-night commemoration yesterday as the city readies itself for tomorrow, when the city enters what’s called Phase 5 — the lifting of capacity restrictions that had been in place since last spring.
Under Phase 5, all sectors of the economy will reopen. With no capacity limits, festivals, weddings, conferences, sporting events and museums are making a return in full force.
Participating museums — including Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, DuSable Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry — will extend their closing time by several hours.
From the press box
- The Bears and first-round pick Justin Fields have reportedly agreed to a four-year deal. The quarterback, whose deep ball is impressing in early practices, gets standard terms for the 11th overall pick, including $18.9 million overall and $11.1 million in a signing bonus.
- The team’s young tight end, Cole Kmet, says he feels quicker, faster and stronger heading into his second NFL season. The Bears will need Kmet to translate that confidence into production on the field.
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Yesterday, we asked you: What is the best part about your neighborhood? Tell us why. Here’s what some of you said…
“Our subdivision is filled with caring people we are proud to call neighbors. We are of all ethnicities, our own melting pot! As it should be in the USA.” — Donna Schraeder
“Brynford Park is a perfect spot. Quiet neighborhood, but still urban. Near the North Park Village Nature Center and the North Branch Bike trail. 94’s backed up? Take Lake Shore Drive downtown. Our neighbors look out for one another but aren’t nosy. We have beautiful community gardens on every corner, too.” — Elizabeth Brown
“My corner of Edgebrook — Wildwood — is surrounded by forest preserves. We get deer, raccoons, foxes and opossums visiting us, woodpeckers and hawks and chipmunks, too. We live in a forest in the city!” — Jason Betke
“Kenwood. Close Proximity to shopping, transportation, lakefront, parks, museums, hospitals.” — Norman Littlejohn
“Our neighborhood is the most ethnically diverse among all of heavily segregated Chicago’s neighborhoods — the whole world lives in West Ridge.” — Michael R. Butz
“I live next to a cemetery all my neighbors are quiet.” — Joseph Dennis Steele
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