Good morning, Chicago.
In the latest of Chicago-area hospitals to announce vaccine mandates, Lurie Children’s Hospital announced it will require its 7,500 workers to get COVID-19 vaccines. The news comes amid reports from doctors around the country that the delta variant may be affecting kids more seriously than previous strains of the virus.
Meanwhile, a series of tornadoes were reported yesterday in DeKalb, Kane and Lee counties, while much of greater Cook County was under a tornado watch. The storm coincidentally fell on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the rare derecho that spawned a tornado in Rogers Park. Follow along here for the latest weather updates.
— Nicole Stock, audience editor
Here are the top stories you need to know to start your day.
Charges filed in weekend shooting that killed Chicago police Officer Ella French and wounded second cop
A pair of Chicago brothers were hit with felony charges Monday after a traffic stop Saturday night in West Englewood ended in tragedy, with Chicago police Officer Ella French fatally shot and her partner badly wounded.
French, 29, was the first Chicago cop to be shot and killed in the line of duty since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office in 2019, and the first since police Superintendent David Brown began leading the city’s police force last year. Her killing rattled a city already struggling with violence this summer.
Cops shun Mayor Lightfoot at hospital visit for officers shot as morale sinks to ‘all-time low’
Indiana man charged with making straw purchase of gun used in weekend’s fatal shooting of a Chicago police officer
As UN issues stark warning in new climate change report, Illinois scientists note what’s happening globally is also happening here
The dramatic transformations already underway in a warming world will only become more severe without drastic change — and time is running out to avoid increasingly severe consequences, according to a new United Nations report on climate change.
In Illinois, a changing climate looks wetter and warmer. A state-specific climate assessment released earlier this year, like the U.N. report, offered similarly stark warnings about the coming decades.
5 important takeaways from the new UN report on climate change
Warming climate poses ‘code red’ for humanity, UN report says, but emissions cuts would help prevent worst scenarios
More than a year after last summer’s civil unrest, Walgreens is just reopening three South Side stores. A fourth will take even longer.
Fifteen months after dozens of Illinois Walgreens stores were damaged during the looting and violence that unfolded across the city last summer, three South Side stores are fully reopening to customers. Customers are still waiting on a fourth store, in the West Elsdon neighborhood.
A third of the food we produce is thrown away. An app is trying to change that by connecting consumers to extra food at a bargain price.
At the end of a given day, restaurants, markets and other food stores often have leftover food that is perfectly good, but can no longer be sold the next day. That food often gets thrown away, contributing to increasing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Too Good to Go is trying to change that.
The a tech-for-good app has recently expanded to Chicago and is fighting food waste by connecting users to surplus food from local businesses. Users pay a fee of $4 to $6 and receive a “Surprise Bag,” filled with food worth three times more than they paid.
Lousia Chu review: Stunning mezcalita flights, Torres Sears ceviche and a bittersweet family tale await at Baha
The Mexican family behind Supermercado Morelia in Chicago has opened Baha restaurant in Belmont Cragin, with delicious ceviche and mezcalitas. The Latin American-inspired seafood restaurant does something different, Tribune food critic Louisa Chu writes. Read her full review here.