City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Snapchat Lens Encouraging Residents to Wear Masks

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Snapchat Lens Encouraging Residents to Wear Masks. “The City of Chicago today launched another engagement tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago—a Snapchat lens. The social media platform is popular amongst Millennials and Gen Zers, a demographic that has seen a recent rise in case numbers in Chicago, and which the City believes is key to stemming the virus. To encourage users to wear masks when in public, this first-of-its-kind Snapchat augmented reality lens deploys new technology that only allows the user to unlock the lens when they put on a mask.”

Chicago Will Check Social Media to Help Enforce Travel Order: CDPH Commissioner (NBC Chicago)

NBC Chicago: Chicago Will Check Social Media to Help Enforce Travel Order: CDPH Commissioner. “Chicago health officials could check your social media if they believe you may have violated the city’s travel order. The city’s top public health official said Tuesday that social media could be used as evidence to help enforce a quarantine requirement for anyone visiting or returning to the city from a list of states seeing a rise in coronavirus cases.”

Chicago Reporter: Chicago Police Department partially restores access to arrests data following outcry

Chicago Reporter: Chicago Police Department partially restores access to arrests data following outcry. “The Chicago Police Department has partially restored access to critical arrests data that was removed after the Reporter used it to refute official claims about arrests made in the early days of unrest due to the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. The data was made available two days after the Reporter published a story about how access to the API, a tool used by journalists and researchers to do timely analyses, had been shut down.”

NBC News: Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest

NBC News: Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest. “Over 1,500 people have been shot in Chicago, almost 900 in Philadelphia, and more than 500 in New York City so far in 2020 — all up significantly from the same time last year (1,018 in Chicago, 701 in Philadelphia and 355 in New York). The surge in shootings has been particularly painful for communities of color, which have disproportionately endured the weight of the COVID-19 crisis, the economic recession and social unrest following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Lost and Found

Chicago Sun-Times: Lost and Found. “In December 2017, an executive from the Chicago History Museum opened a 30-by-30-foot storage locker in Dixon and found more than 225 containers inside it containing roughly 5 million negative frames from Chicago Sun-Times photographs…. [as of] Friday, 45,000 Sun-Times images are available for the public to view on the museum’s website, and archivists plan to add a few thousand images every month as they scan more negatives. People can purchase copies of these images online under a licensing deal between the Sun-Times and the museum.”

CBS Chicago: City Launching ‘Chicago Remembers’ Website To Share Stories Of Those Who Died From COVID-19

CBS Chicago: City Launching ‘Chicago Remembers’ Website To Share Stories Of Those Who Died From COVID-19. “City officials have unveiled a new website where people can share stories about family, friends, and neighbors who have died of COVID-19. The new ‘Chicago Remembers’ website will feature pictures and stories of coronavirus victims for anyone to see.”

Report: 1 in 6 Chicago COVID-19 Cases Can Be Tied to Cook County Jail (WTTW)

WTTW: Report: 1 in 6 Chicago COVID-19 Cases Can Be Tied to Cook County Jail. “New research has found that nearly one in six cases of COVID-19 in Chicago and Illinois can be connected to people moving through the Cook County Jail, which at one point was dubbed the ‘largest-known source’ of coronavirus cases in the U.S. According to a new study published Thursday in the journal Health Affairs, cycling through Cook County Jail is associated with 15.7% of all documented cases of the virus in Illinois and 15.9% in Chicago through mid-April.”

Northwestern University: Legal scholar’s new website offers a picture of the criminal justice system

Northwestern University: Legal scholar’s new website offers a picture of the criminal justice system. “Leigh Bienen, a senior lecturer at Northwestern Law, recently launched ‘2003 Chicago Murders,’ a compendium of numbers, system identifiers, dates and other information about 140 death-eligible murders in Cook County, all cases where an indictment for murder was returned during the period of Jan. 1, 2003, to June 30, 2003. The cases are divided into three subgroups based on the length of the sentence imposed. All of the data on the website, which comes from public records, includes names of the defendants and victims, defendants’ zip code and age at offense, method of killing and many more details. The data can be downloaded and analyzed by the user. “

AP Exclusive: Chicago morgue coping despite surge in deaths (Daily Journal)

Daily Journal: AP Exclusive: Chicago morgue coping despite surge in deaths. “The Chicago area’s chief medical examiner starts her day with a numbers problem: how to manage three times the number of deaths as before the coronavirus pandemic with the same number of pathologists. On a recent morning when The Associated Press got exclusive access to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office for the day, Dr. Ponni Arunkumar scanned a list of 62 new death cases. The average last year was 20 a day.”

ProPublica: Inside the Jail With One of the Country’s Largest Coronavirus Outbreaks

ProPublica: Inside the Jail With One of the Country’s Largest Coronavirus Outbreaks. “The Cook County Jail in Chicago is one of the largest in the country. Sprawling across 96 acres on the Southwest Side, the facility houses more than 4,000 people, most awaiting trial. Its cramped living conditions made it a perfect petri dish for COVID-19. Today, the jail is home to one of the largest known outbreaks in the country and has been a flashpoint in the national debate over how to contain the virus in correctional facilities. More than 9,400 cases have emerged in prisons across the U.S., according to an analysis by The Marshall Project. In the Cook County Jail, nearly 500 detainees and more than 300 correctional officers have tested positive. Seven people have died: six inmates and one guard.”

Hyde Park Herald: With ‘Spinning Home Movies,’ DJs bring Chicagoans a weekly dose of history

Hyde Park Herald: With ‘Spinning Home Movies,’ DJs bring Chicagoans a weekly dose of history. “Luther Vandross soundtracking a Greater Grand Crossing block party. Kids rollerblading over Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love?’ A young couple sitting and laughing with each other while Curtis Mayfield sings “I wanna go back, to the sweetness of time/I wanna go back, and reminisce what was mine.” These are small excerpts from the videos and music, often old-school R&B and soul, found in the mixes that make up ‘Spinning Home Movies,’ a new DJ series from the South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP) and Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. Broadcast over a Facebook livestream every Thursday at 7 p.m., each entry features a different DJ putting together a mix over footage from the SSHMP archive. ” BRILLIANT.

BET: Chicago Police Department Set To Reintroduce Controversial Gang Database

BET: Chicago Police Department Set To Reintroduce Controversial Gang Database. “The Chicago Police Department is planning to reintroduce their controversial gang database. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Criminal Enterprise Information System is scheduled to launch within the next six to 12 months and aims to ultimately replace CPD’s existing gang database, which has been characterized as ineffective, inaccurate and outdated.”

WTTW: History Museum Acquires 5 Million Photos from Chicago Sun-Times

WTTW: History Museum Acquires 5 Million Photos from Chicago Sun-Times. “Recently, the Chicago History Museum added five million photos to its collection through the acquisition of Chicago Sun-Times photographs spanning 75 years…. While the museum continues the enormous task of processing and cataloging the photos, it has so far made 1,000 of them available on its website.”

Engadget: Google’s Waze-like app for public transit hits five more cities

Engadget: Google’s Waze-like app for public transit hits five more cities. “Last year, Google incubator Area 120 announced a public transit app that works in a similar way to Waze. Users of Pigeon report transit information to help others know if they’re likely to face delays or other issues. Until now, it’s only been available in New York City, but as of today, it’s going live in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.”