Good morning, Chicago.
Yesterday, the Illinois Senate failed to reach an agreement on a massive energy policy overhaul that would put power customers on the hook for a nearly $700 million bailout of three nuclear plants owned by the parent company of scandal-plagued Commonwealth Edison, my colleague Dan Petrella reported.
While the talks stalled because of the proposals to phase out coal and natural gas plants, the House is still scheduled to take up other issues today. One of which is a plan previously approved in the Senate that eventually would create an elected school board in Chicago — a proposal that faces fierce opposition from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
In lighter news, Lollapalooza is only a bit more than a month away, and yesterday its organizers announced more than 50 official after shows across 14 Chicago venues. The tickets are scheduled to go on sale this Friday. Here are all the details.
— Nicole Stock, audience editor
Here are the top stories you need to know to start your day.
Young mother killed in Englewood mass shooting that left 4 dead, 4 injured: ‘She was supposed to graduate today’
Eight people were shot Tuesday morning at a gathering in a home in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, with at least two of the wounded in critical condition, according to police.
Among those killed was 19-year-old Shametria Williams, who had a 2-year-old daughter, according to her family. Her father, Demetrius Williams, said Shametria was his younger of two daughters. The family had tickets to go to her graduation from Country Club Hills Tech & Trade Center scheduled for the day she died.
5 people shot near Garfield Park in city’s second mass shooting in one day
Rockton chemical fire could take 7 days to burn out, fire chief says, as state officials cite company for environmental violations
A chemical plant north of Rockford has been referred to the Illinois attorney general’s office for environmental violations one day after a fire broke out at the facility, forcing an evacuation order for nearby homes and businesses, and closing roads.
The fire, which started about 7 a.m. Monday, could take seven days to burn out, according to fire Chief Kirk Wilson.
Once-in-a-decade plan aims to tackle equity gaps and reverse ‘financial trauma’ at Illinois colleges and universities
Faced with lingering effects of the pandemic and years of financial disinvestment, the Illinois Board of Higher Education released an ambitious plan Tuesday outlining its goals for the next decade: revamping state funding for public universities, improving graduation rates for students of color and retaining top talent to feed the state’s workforce needs. Here’s a breakdown of the plan.
After nearly a century of personalized service to its Lakeview neighbors, including emergency deliveries to Wrigley Field, Tenenbaum True Value Hardware is preparing to shut down and sell its Belmont Avenue store.
The 98-year-old business is closed until Thursday, when it will begin the approximate two-month process to sell off its inventory.
Andersonville couple’s giant Pride paintbrush draws crowds: ‘This is a time when we really need something like this’
Nicholas Vazquez and Jesse Campbell wanted to do something big for Pride Month. They didn’t expect to go viral.
In the days since their giant, rainbow-streaming paintbrush began to draw crowds in front of their home, the couple is channeling the attention into raising money to help LGBTQ kids and young adults.