Weekly Review: Kyle Rittenhouse Case, Heather Mack Arrested After Returning | Chicago News


A juror is fired on the third day of Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial for making a joke about a white policeman shooting Jacob Blake who is black. It was Blake’s shooting that sparked the civil unrest in Kenosha. Rittenhouse traveled there from Illinois to patrol the streets with a Smith & Wesson M & P-15 rifle where he shot three men, killing two of them, in what the teenager claims was in self-defense.

Heather Mack was arrested on the plane after landing in Chicago and charged after serving time in Bali for plotting to murder her mother and hiding her body in a suitcase.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot feels pressure to fire Chicago Park District board chairman Avis LaVelle after two inquiries revealed – what new interim boss Rosa Escareño has called – a culture of abuse that was allowed to “fester” in the Park District pools and beaches. She says she was “stunned and horrified” by what the investigations found.

“We have to take this opportunity to take everything apart and figure out how we will rebuild it so that it does exactly what we intend to do,” said Escareno. “How do we find clarification for the victims or for anyone who wishes to report any violation of this nature to the park district?” “

Avis LaVelle, chair of the Chicago Park District Council of Commissioners, told reporters that she “apologized sincerely” to the girls and young women who had been abused, assaulted and harassed.

However, LaVelle, who was a key aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, said she would not resign and blamed Kelly for telling her he was handling complaints properly.

“We were just dysfunctional in our approach to this investigation,” said LaVelle. “Looking back, it would have been better for me to get out of the usual [Office of Inspector General] reporting structure to be shared with all [Chicago Park District] Advice earlier although there was little substantiated evidence.

Loretto Hospital Vaccines Investigate FBI offered to “connected” friends and family. A federal grand jury has opened a criminal investigation after the Block Club Chicago reported that doses went to ineligible people with ties to hospital administrators.

Chicago Blackhawks management are seeking a “fair and equitable” settlement with Kyle Beach after he opened up on allegations of sexual abuse by former video coach Brad Aldrich. Aldrich’s name has since been covered with XX on the Stanley Cup.

In federal court, former state official Luis Arroyo pleaded guilty to his federal corruption case on Wednesday. and “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak is due to report to jail by the end of this month for tax evasion, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

On the business front, activists are calling for the ouster of McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski, Crain’s Chicago Business reported, after his texts to Mayor Lori Lightfoot revealed he blamed the parents of two children who were shot dead in Chicago.

Chicago has five casino proposals on the table, but as details of some of the plans appear, is it a safe bet?

In politics, Congressman Adam Kinzinger is proposing a possible presidential candidacy as the next political movement.

And two Democrats and Republican Senator Marco Rubio vote against the appointment of Rahm Emanuel as Biden’s ambassador to Japan.


Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Company | @GregHinz @CrainsChicago

Jon Seidel, Chicago Sun-Times | @SeidelContent @Suntimes

Kelly bauer, Block Club Chicago | @BauerJournalism @BlockClubCHI

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