Daywatch: Cook County ‘will not hesitate’ to impose more COVID restrictions, ‘disappointing’ suburban election turnout and 13 new restaurants and reopenings in Chicago

Chicago Tribune staff, Chicago Tribune
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Good morning, Chicago. On Wednesday, Illinois officials reported 3,790 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 28 additional fatalities. The daily case numbers and statewide positivity rate — 4.1% as of Tuesday — were their highest levels since late January.

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Public health official says Cook County ‘will not hesitate’ to impose further COVID-19 restrictions if suburban case numbers don’t improve

A Cook County public health leader said Wednesday there won’t be a return to past COVID-19 mitigations just yet in the suburbs, but an ongoing third wave of the virus warrants enough alarm to keep the possibility on the table.

Dr. Rachel Rubin, co-lead of the Cook County Department of Public Health that guides COVID-19 response in most of suburban Cook, said a future decision to clamp down on limits for gatherings and businesses depends on whether the current trends, which have her “extremely concerned,” continue.

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‘Just jump in. I will help you get to the hospital.’ Man in the Tesla tells of dramatic moments after 1-year-old boy was shot in head on Lake Shore Drive.

While driving north on bustling Lake Shore Drive heading home after getting a COVID-19 vaccination shot at a South Side Walgreens, a Gold Coast man suddenly caught sight of a crash near Monroe Drive. As he moved closer, he saw a woman crawling out of a car that had crashed, holding a small boy, he told the Tribune on Wednesday.

The man, who had his driver’s side window down on his Tesla because it was so warm, said there were gawkers who drove past and then sped away. But the man, who requested that he not be identified, said his adrenaline kicked in.

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While the nation debates voting rights, turnout in suburban municipal elections is ‘frankly disappointing’

Despite the heated national debate about voting rights, the vast majority of suburban Chicago voters did not cast a ballot in Tuesday’s municipal elections for key local decision-makers, including mayors and school boards.

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Here are the results from municipal elections in the Chicago suburbs

Why the home opener is the ‘biggest day of the year’ for groundskeeper Roger Bossard — aka ‘The Sodfather’ — now in his 55th season with the White Sox

The home opener is Roger Bossard’s most important day of the year.

“People are coming back, it’s the first day, they all have the winter stress,” the Chicago White Sox head groundskeeper said Tuesday. “For the groundskeeper, the field has to look immaculate... I’ve put on three different types of fertilizer. I’ve mowed the grass probably a dozen times already. It’s that showtime for the groundskeeper.”

This season marks Bossard’s 55th with the Sox, whose home opener is Thursday against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Alinea’s return and Big Mini Putt Club’s debut lead 13 new restaurants and reopenings in Chicago

As the weather warms and vaccine distribution ramps up, many restaurants and bars are in the midst of reopening and expanding their service offerings. We’re running a tab and keeping track of which spots have opened their doors for customers, either after hibernating for the winter or staying shut through the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the newest additions.