Daywatch: Apartment project on Far Northwest Side has created divisions | State Democratic Party seeks to modernize

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The risk of contracting COVID-19 in suburban Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County has risen to “medium” according to the latest national guidelines, officials said Friday. Chicago’s top public health official said Friday she expects the city to move to medium risk soon as well. Cook County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rachel Rubin said in a statement, “As hospitalizations remain low, we want to further contain the spread now.”

In economic news, local activists said they felt betrayed after Whole Foods announced the Englewood site was set to close. Then-mayor Rahm Emanuel worked with Whole Foods to open the store to great fanfare in 2016, spending more than $10 million in taxes to make it happen. The store closure is a painful example of how difficult it is to transform a neighborhood, even with major investments.

And Lakeview customers said goodbye on Saturday to Dinkel’s Bakery, which has made countless cakes to celebrate and mourn over the decades. “I am moved by all of the customers and all of their memories,” said Norman Dinkel Jr. “All of the family events that our little bakery has attended. It’s just overwhelming.

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While biking around her Far Northwest Side neighborhood, Monica Dillon’s eyes sometimes linger on a nondescript parking lot east of O’Hare International Airport, wedged between the Kennedy Freeway, office buildings and a Marriott hotel.

Plans to build a $91 million apartment complex with affordable units on the Higgins Road lot, west of Cumberland Avenue, have sparked controversy across Chicago, including City Hall .

For decades, the Illinois Democratic Party has been an antiquated outlier among state Democratic organizations, focusing on parochial fundraising instead of using its staunchly blue statehood in a red field of the Midwest to influence national policy.

But a year after former House Speaker Michael Madigan relinquished his ironclad control as Democratic state speaker, the state party has entered the 21st century, reports Rick Pearson of the Tribune. .

With the severe shortage of teachers across the United States leaving school districts scrambling to staff their classrooms during the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, officials from the nation’s largest teachers’ union said this week. that insufficient wages fueled the growing crisis.

The recent report comes months after a survey by the National Education Association found that 55% of educators are ready to leave the profession sooner than expected. and that teachers’ job satisfaction is at a historically low level during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles has completed his first draft course — and it’s a lot bigger than originally expected.

After drafting two defensive backs and a wide receiver in the second round on Friday, the Poles staged four trades on Saturday to increase their Day 3 picks from three to eight.

The Bears finished the weekend with 11 newly drafted players, including four offensive linemen, a point carrier, a running back, a safety and a punter.

Tribune food critic Nick Kindelsperger says he’s eaten hundreds of burgers in the past six years, but has never come across anything quite like pamburguesa at Con Todo Cantina y Cocina in Logan Square .

From a few feet away you would have no idea it was a burger. Instead, the dish resembles a pambazo, a traditional Mexican sandwich coated in a dark red chili salsa and grilled in a skillet with oil, searing the salsa to the crust.

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