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    Daywatch: Next step in addressing Chicago’s housing shortage

    By Chicago Tribune,

    2024-06-12

    Good morning, Chicago.

    Garden apartments, attic-to-housing conversions and coach houses could soon become easier to build across Chicago.

    The city is weighing the results of a test effort to re-legalize additional dwelling units with an eye on passing far-reaching legislation as soon as next month. The three-year pilot program launched by the City Council in 2021 led to “gentle increase in density” and saw “consistent, but not overwhelming demand,” Department of Housing officials said during a council hearing Tuesday.

    The pilot tested the policy in five areas scattered across Chicago. During its run, the city issued permits for the construction of 250 additional dwelling units.

    Read the full story from the Tribune’s Jake Sheridan .

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    Family of ironworker critically injured after fall from scaffolding in Hyde Park sues two construction companies

    The family of a man critically injured after falling from scaffolding at the in-progress University of Chicago cancer research center last week has filed a lawsuit against two construction companies, alleging a series of “careless and negligent acts” led to his injuries.

    Illinois to get $29 million under Johnson & Johnson baby powder settlement

    Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $700 million — including $29 million to Illinois — as part of a multistate settlement over allegations that the company misled consumers about the safety of some of its talc powder products, including baby powder and body powder.

    Mexico’s tactic to cut immigration to the US: wear out migrants

    Driven by mounting pressure from the U.S. to block millions of vulnerable people headed north, but lacking the funds to deport them, Mexican authorities are employing a simple but harsh tactic: wearing migrants out until they give up.

    That means migrants are churning in limbo here as authorities round them up across the country and dump them in the southern Mexican cities of Villahermosa and Tapachula. Some have been punted back as many as six times.

    United to add Chicago flights for the DNC

    United Airlines is adding 118 flights to and from Chicago in August, as the city gears up for the Democratic National Convention and the tens of thousands of visitors the event is expected to bring to Chicago to mark the renomination of President Joe Biden.

    The additional flights from the Chicago-based airline are a boon to O’Hare International Airport, a key economic driver for the city where traffic has lagged pre-pandemic levels.

    Southern Baptists meet in Indianapolis and expel church for believing women can serve as pastors

    Even as they prepare to vote on a formal ban on churches with women pastors, delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to boot one such church from its ranks.

    Messengers, as voting representatives are known, voted 6,759 to 563 to oust First Baptist Church of Alexandria, a historic Virginia congregation that affirms women can serve in any pastoral role, including as senior pastor. A similar scenario played out at last year’s meeting. Two congregations, including a well-known California megachurch, were ejected from the convention. Ninety-two percent of messengers approved the ouster.

    Bears Q&A: With greater roster concerns, why sign Marcedes Lewis? Two off-the-radar players to watch this summer?

    Chicago Bears veterans have begun their summer break after last week’s minicamp at Halas Hall, while rookies are taking part this week in the final organized team activities.

    That also means the final offseason edition of Brad Biggs’ Bears mailbag. But plenty of topics are covered before it returns next month for the opening of training camp.

    Road to 50 losses has been bumpy for White Sox. A look back at ‘milestones’ along the way.

    The White Sox are on pace to lose 120 games, which would tie the modern major-league record set by the expansion 1962 New York Mets.

    King Charles III painting vandalized by animal rights activists

    Animal rights activists pasted a cartoon image over a portrait of King Charles III on Tuesday at a London art gallery, the latest in a series of incidents at U.K. museums as campaigners use vandalism to publicize their causes.

    ‘Presumed Innocent’ review: A pointless remake based on the Chicago-set Scott Turow legal thriller

    In the annals of pointless remakes, “Presumed Innocent” is at the top, writes Tribune critic Nina Metz .

    The eight-episode Apple TV+ series based on the Scott Turow legal thriller (first adapted into a 1990 movie starring Harrison Ford) has Jake Gyllenhaal playing Chicago prosecutor and family man Rusty Sabich, who is tasked with investigating the murder of a colleague.

    Exploring the arrival of Indian food in Chicago, as new film sheds light on a hidden culinary history

    When did Indian food first come to Chicago? It’s a thorny question. Many restaurants in the city claim to be among the first or the oldest, including Gaylord Fine Indian originally on Clark Street, Indian Garden in Streeterville and Standard India Restaurant originally on Devon Avenue.

    All three restaurants were founded after 1965, when major immigration reforms expanded the rights of Asians to immigrate to the United States. This post-1965 wave of immigrants founded the historical South Asian neighborhood on Devon Avenue.

    But the history of Indian food in Chicago is over 120 years old, if one looks closely.

    35 Father’s Day restaurant specials in Chicago and the suburbs, from pig roasts to grilling kits

    Restaurants and bars throughout the Chicago area are making it easy to celebrate Father’s Day however your dad likes best, whether it’s going out for brunch, sipping some whiskey or picking up a grill kit so he can wow the family with his own backyard cooking skills. From pig roasts to golf watching gatherings, these 35 Father’s Day celebrations are sure to make dad proud.

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