Chicago Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions, Raising Restaurant Capacity to 50 Percent

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that the city’s bars and restaurants can boost capacity to 50 percent and stay open longer, the latest move to loosen COVID-19 restrictions in response to what she said was continued adherence to public health guidelines. — Read on

‘MasterChef Junior’ Alum Ben Watkins Dead at 14

‘MasterChef Junior’ star Ben Watkins is dead at 14 after battling a rare form of cancer.— Read on

Police Say Officer Fatally Shot Unarmed Illinois Black Teen Because He Was ‘In Fear for His Safety,’ But Witness Says Officer Rammed the Vehicle and Started Shooting

Witnesses to the Tuesday night police shooting in Waukegan, Illinois, that left an unarmed Black teenager dead and his girlfriend wounded, have offered an— Read on

South Chicago shooting: Man, 19, hurt in shootout with off-duty police officer charged in attempted carjacking – ABC7 Chicago

A 19-year-old man was hurt in a South Chicago shooting involving an off-duty police officer; the man was later charged for reportedly trying to carjack the cop. — Read on

Why One School Is Turning To Outdoor Classrooms Amid Coronavirus | Wheaton, IL Patch

Why One School Is Turning To Outdoor Classrooms… – Wheaton, IL – “When there’s a lot of stress and chaos in the world, we find that it’s really helpful to be out in nature,” Brenna McLachlan said. — Read on

Mother of missing Illinois 5-year-old not talking to police – Story | WTXF

The mother of a missing Crystal Lake boy is being “uncooperative” with investigators as they entered their fifth day of searching for the child. — Read on