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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Will the Trump administration interfere with Illinois’s medical pot program?

Posted By on 02.28.17 at 04:00 PM

Revolution Enterprises, which operates a cultivation center in downstate Delavan, is one of 17 businesses allowed to grow medical cannabis in Illinois. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
  • Danielle A. Scruggs
  • Revolution Enterprises, which operates a cultivation center in downstate Delavan, is one of 17 businesses allowed to grow medical cannabis in Illinois.

State rep Lou Lang remembers thinking the night of the election that people with a stake in Illinois's medicinal marijuana pilot program—including cultivators, dispensaries, and patients—had a lot to fear from a Trump presidency and its promises of "law and order."

Statements from the Trump administration over the past week appear to at least partially affirm Lang's worry. Attorney general Jeff Sessions said on Monday that he's "definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana" or the fact that "states, they can pass the laws they choose."

"I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not," Sessions said.

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This black collective trains bystanders to give first aid to shooting victims

Posted By on 02.28.17 at 03:31 PM

Ujimaa Medics trainers demonstrate how to dress a gunshot wound. - MAYA DUKMASOVA
  • Maya Dukmasova
  • Ujimaa Medics trainers demonstrate how to dress a gunshot wound.

A resounding pop! echoed through West Englewood on a Saturday afternoon. A teenage girl crumpled to the ground with a wail. About 30 people, from the elderly to those in their teens, rushed to her side.

A woman in the crowd stepped forward.

"The shooter's gone," she said, kneeling by the girl. "What's your name?"

"Dream," the girl replied.

"OK, my name is Day," the woman said. "I'm trained in gunshot first aid. Do I have your permission to help?" Dream squeezed out a "yes" through clenched teeth.

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Field Museum pop-up bar the Backroom has turned part of the Chicago Athletic Association into a scientist’s office from the 1970s

Posted By on 02.28.17 at 01:56 PM

The Backroom inside the Chicago Athletic Association - ZACHARY JAMES JOHNSTON
  • Zachary James Johnston
  • The Backroom inside the Chicago Athletic Association

A giant wild turkey greets visitors to the Backroom, a pop-up bar located in the former pool of the Chicago Athletic Association. Long since deceased, the bird spreads its tail feathers from behind glass, looking like it belongs in a museum rather than a bar. Indeed, it does. The Backroom is a collaboration between the Field Museum, Johalla Projects, Land and Sea Dept., and the CAA, presented in conjunction with the Field's exhibit "Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life," opening March 10. To highlight the 30 million specimens housed in the museum—less than 1 percent of which are usually on display—the exhibit will present a selection of some that are usually kept in storage, including an extinct minnow that's the last remaining one of its kind. The exhibit aims to tell the stories behind those specimens and explore how scientists use the museum's collections in their daily work. Noah Cruickshank, the adult engagement manager at the Field Museum, says that the collection also includes plants from 1776 and a beetle that Darwin collected.

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Bicolor hair channels a songwriter’s single about split personalities

Posted By on 02.28.17 at 01:00 PM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

click image ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo

"I dress based on how I'm feeling that day, and I create music based on how I feel as well", singer-songwriter Tatiana Hazel says. "As for my hair, the theme of my upcoming single is split personality, so I dyed it split colors." Check out her eclectic style on Instagram (@tatianahazel) and listen to her music at soundcloud.com/tatianahazel.

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UK folk group Furrow Collective transforms the Appalachian standard ‘Dear Companion’

Posted By on 02.28.17 at 12:00 PM

Furrow Collective - SETH TINSLEY
  • Seth Tinsley
  • Furrow Collective

On Friday remarkable Scottish folksinger Alasdair Roberts released yet another fantastic record, Pangs (Drag City). I'll certainly write about that soon, but right now another record with which he's intimately involved is stuck in my head. Roberts is a member of UK folk group Furrow Collective, along with singers and multi-instrumentalists Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton, and Emily Portman. As each of them do in their own careers, the group draws its repertoire from the vast UK folk tradition, but compared to its members' solo work, Furrow Collective's arrangements generally tend toward a sweeter, gentler pop-flavored sound, with gorgeous harmony singing and a comforting blend of guitars, fiddles, and harp.

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The Comedy Bar teaches the business of being funny

Posted By on 02.28.17 at 11:22 AM

Comedy Bar interns Anthony Walker, Colleen Patterson, Daniel Faulkner, Anthony Lovett, and Laura Maynard - SAHAR CHAVOSHI
  • Sahar Chavoshi
  • Comedy Bar interns Anthony Walker, Colleen Patterson, Daniel Faulkner, Anthony Lovett, and Laura Maynard

There aren't college courses on how to put together a stand-up show. Even at famed Chicago institutions such the Second City and iO or within Columbia College's comedy studies program, the lessons are much more about what's happening onstage rather than what's happening behind the scenes. So how does anyone learn the ropes when it seems like the most common training available to an aspiring comedy producer is taking tickets at a box office?

For the last eight years, up-and-comers have been attending an internship program at the Comedy Bar in River North. Created and led by manager Sahar Chavoshi, who's been booking the club since 2009, the program culminates in the Fancy Show, a stand-up showcase produced by the interns. The next takes place on March 6.

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CPS will have to end current school year 20 days early without more state funding, and other Chicago news

Posted By on 02.28.17 at 06:00 AM

Ana Correa draws with her son Bylan at a CPS back-to-school celebration in August 2016. - JACOB WITTICH/SUN-TIMES
  • Jacob Wittich/Sun-Times
  • Ana Correa draws with her son Bylan at a CPS back-to-school celebration in August 2016.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

 

  • Without more state funding, CPS will end school 20 days early

Chicago Public Schools will have to end the 2016-2017 school year 20 days early, on June 1, if the cash-strapped district doesn't get more funding from the state, according to CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. "This is the worst-case scenario," he said. "We have very few options left." Among the possibilities: a court could order the state to give CPS more money. Five families sued the state on the district's behalf earlier this month, claiming that their children's civil rights were being violated by inequitable funding; CPS will ask a judge to fast-track the suit, officials said. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Rauner skips dinner with 46 governors, Trump at the White House

Governor Bruce Rauner chose not to attend a bipartisan dinner with 46 governors and President Donald Trump at the White House Sunday. The governors returned to the White House Monday morning for a working session in which Trump asked "What's going on in Chicago?" Rauner was in Washington, D.C., from Friday through Sunday morning for the National Governors Association meeting. The governor will be meeting with Chance the Rapper Wednesday to discuss education funding. [Sun-Times] [Pitchfork]

  • Top cop Eddie Johnson says CPD hasn't heard back from Trump after requesting help

Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson says that the Chicago Police Department hasn't heard back from the White House after asking for federal help, despite President Trump's constant mentions of gun violence in Chicago. "We've made requests to the White House and the Justice Department for them to support our work—from increasing federal gun prosecution to more FBI, [Drug Enforcement Agency], and [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] agents to more funding for mentoring, job training, and more," Johnson said in a statement last week. "We are still waiting for the administration's response to our request." [The Hill]

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Monday, February 27, 2017

A tiny takeout joint in a Wilmette strip mall serves some of the most lovingly made Pakistani food in the Chicago area

Posted By on 02.27.17 at 04:26 PM

Takeaway thali from Thali Bites in Wilmette - MIKE SULA
  • Mike Sula
  • Takeaway thali from Thali Bites in Wilmette

If I told you a take-out joint in a Wilmette strip mall served the most exciting Pakistani food north of Granville, would you take the Brown Line, transfer to the Purple Line, ride that to Central, then wait a half hour for the 201 to shove off to Old Orchard Mall before plodding about a third of a mile up Skokie Boulevard for some freshly curdled palak paneer and bhindi that tastes like green fireworks?

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Mardi Gras shrimp boil, Wayne's World live reading, and more things to do in Chicago this week

Posted By on 02.27.17 at 03:13 PM

Wayne and Garth come to life during a live reading of Wayne's World on Mon 2/27. Excellent!
  • Wayne and Garth come to life during a live reading of Wayne's World on Mon 2/27. Excellent!
There's plenty to do in Chicago this week. Here's some of what we recommend:

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‘Gary from Chicago’ was the ‘biggest star inside the 2017 Oscars,’ and other news

Posted By on 02.27.17 at 10:22 AM

Mahershala Ali, right, hands his award for best supporting actor to a tourist named Gary during the Oscars Sunday night. - PHOTO BY CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/AP
  • Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
  • Mahershala Ali, right, hands his award for best supporting actor to a tourist named Gary during the Oscars Sunday night.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, February 27, 2017.

  • "Gary from Chicago" was the "biggest star inside the 2017 Oscars"

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel invited a group of tourists from a Hollywood tour bus to the Dolby Theatre for the Oscars, and one of them, who identified himself as "Gary from Chicago," went viral. E! News declared him the "biggest star inside the 2017 Oscars." Gary was a natural at Hollywood's most prestigious awards show, charming celebrities, taking selfies, and kissing Nicole Kidman's hand. Capitalizing on the viral moment, the Chicago Bulls and Bears immediately reached out to him on social media with offers of gifts. [New York Daily News] [E! News]

  • CPD top cop Johnson is frustrated with Springfield for failing to stiffen punishments for repeat gun offenders

Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson is frustrated with lawmakers in Springfield for failing to pass harsher penalties for repeat gun offenders, according to the Sun-Times. "They promised me that we would have something done in January. We're at the end of February," he said at a news conference Friday. He's now counting on state senator Kwame Raoul and state rep Elgie Sims Jr., who are currently drafting a bill. He noted that both Raoul and Sims are "supportive of CPD." [Sun-Times]

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