Hey there! I’m on the point of head out of city this week and attempting to stuff some board video games into my bag. Talking of which, the publication will go on a brief break Thursday and Friday. Right here’s what that you must know at this time.
1. Thanksgiving journey might attain pre-pandemic ranges this yr. Listed here are some suggestions that can assist you put together.
An estimated 2.7 million folks in Illinois are anticipated to journey this yr, based on a forecast from AAA. So be ready to face congestion at airports and on roadways, consultants say.
My colleague Mitch Dudek on the Chicago Solar-Occasions compiled a bunch of helpful journey journeys to assist of us keep away from some complications.
Should you’re driving, “keep away from being on the highway between 11 a.m. and eight p.m. on the day earlier than Thanksgiving and between 11 a.m. and three p.m. on Thanksgiving Day,” Dudek reviews, citing info from AAA.
And when you’re flying, you would possibly need to think about reserving one other flight to the identical vacation spot for later within the day in case the unique flight will get canceled, mentioned journey professional and blogger Gary Leff. [Chicago Sun-Times]
2. Lightfoot’s allies created a brand new marketing campaign fund permitting them to skate round restrictions
The marketing campaign fund, referred to as the 77 Committee, permits allies of Mayor Lori Lightfoot to “settle for limitless funds, together with from metropolis contractors who’re severely sure underneath metropolis ethics guidelines from contributing to Lightfoot’s marketing campaign fund or a Lightfoot-aligned political motion committee,” reviews Gregory Pratt on the Chicago Tribune.
As Pratt factors out, allies of former Mayor Rahm Emanuel did one thing comparable, elevating greater than $5 million to assist Emanuel win a second time period in workplace.
However the information “underscores the political battle Lightfoot’s supporters are anticipating within the coming months and likewise the numerous loopholes that exist in marketing campaign finance legal guidelines and metropolis ethics guidelines which might be designed to restrict the affect political backers have on elected officers’ authorities actions,” Pratt reviews. [Chicago Tribune]
In the meantime, candidates hoping to run in Chicago’s upcoming elections at this time entered a vital part — submitting their paperwork to look on the poll. [Chicago Tribune]
3. The lethal mass capturing at an LGBTQ membership in Colorado follows a nationwide wave of anti-gay rhetoric
5 folks have been killed and no less than 25 others have been injured throughout a mass capturing at Membership Q in Colorado Springs, marking the deadliest assault on LGBTQ folks within the U.S. because the Pulse capturing in 2016, reviews NPR.
LGBTQ advocates say the assault comes amid a surge in anti-gay rhetoric and laws.
“You tolerate hateful language, it results in hateful laws and it results in hateful violence,” Kevin Jennings, the CEO of Lambda Authorized, an LGBTQ civil rights group, informed NPR. “This isn’t an accident.”
Lawmakers throughout the nation have launched greater than 300 anti-LGBTQ payments in 36 states previously yr, based on the Human Rights Marketing campaign, an advocacy group.
And analysis has proven the speed of suicidal ideas amongst LGBTQ youth is on the rise, significantly amongst queer folks of shade and trans youth. [NPR]
In the meantime, the suspected gunman within the assault was being held on homicide and hate crime fees. [AP]
Two turkeys named Chocolate and Chip obtained pardons from President Joe Biden. And severely, what’s up with this unusual Thanksgiving custom?
Effectively, the historical past is much more weird. As NPR reviews, the custom started in 1947 because of the “turkey foyer,” and it was initially meant to focus on turkeys that may be eaten by our nation’s commander in chief.
“The primary Thanksgiving turkey on document to obtain a reprieve was in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy obtained a 40-pound turkey with an indication round its neck that learn, ‘GOOD EATING, MR. PRESIDENT!’ ” NPR reviews.
“We’ll simply let this one develop,” Kennedy mentioned. [NPR]
As many as 16 deer roam the 335 acres of Rosehill Cemetery on the North Aspect, together with “mature bucks with antlers with a number of factors that may be a powerful catch for a hunter outdoors town,” reviews my colleague Stefano Esposito on the Chicago Solar-Occasions.
“The deer are stunning,” mentioned Michael Weidman, Rosehill’s director of household companies.
“They like to eat all the flowers. So any flowers that folks convey to their companies and so they lay on prime of a recent grave, often by the subsequent morning — with razor-like precision — all the flowers have been eaten in a single day,” he mentioned.
Should you click on the hyperlink, you’ll discover wonderful images of the deer by Solar-Occasions photojournalist Ashlee Rezin. [Sun-Times]
Right here’s what else is occurring
- A pot dispensary is a step nearer to transferring into the outdated location of the Rainforest Cafe in Chicago. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Ald. Ray Lopez introduced he’s dropping out of the mayoral race, saying it might enhance the percentages of a challenger unseating Lightfoot. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Chicago election officers blew a deadline to make all polling locations compliant with the Individuals with Disabilities Act. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Officers with the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and United Parcel Service say they’re assured packages will arrive on time this vacation season. [AP]
Oh, and another factor …
I’m loading up my telephone with podcasts to take heed to as my husband and I drive out of city to go to relations.
And I simply remembered a extremely good episode of Curious Metropolis. My mates on the present examined the essential function Indigenous Individuals performed within the creation of Chicago and whether or not town would later develop right into a Midwestern metropolis with out their assist. [WBEZ]
Inform me one thing good …
Talking of podcasts, what are you listening to?
I actually loved The Run-Up by The New York Occasions, which examined the midterm elections not as a horse race, however within the context of the second and what they imply for Individuals going ahead.
I haven’t listened to it but, however a pal lately really useful Bought a Story from American Public Media, which seems at “how instructing children to learn went so fallacious.”
Be happy to e-mail me, and your suggestions would possibly seem within the publication this week.