Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago plan for police misconduct database fails to meet the moment. “This week, the Chicago City Council is expected to vote to create a public database of allegations of police misconduct — one-stop-shopping for anybody in town to review all complaints and how they have been handled and resolved. Except it wouldn’t really work that way. The database proposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and allies in the City Council would be nothing but transparency-lite. More show than tell.”
Moving History: Ronald J Sullivan Photography Collection. “Ronald J. Sullivan, an amateur photographer and avid railfan and bus enthusiast, documented Chicago-area transportation and the city’s changing streetscapes over the course of more than five decades in this collection comprising over 1100 photographs and slides, dating from 1946-2000. He supplemented hundreds of original photographs, the bulk of the collection, with slides and photos that he collected, creating a record of Chicago’s transit history.”
WTTW: Harold Washington’s Speeches Can’t Be Heard, But Now They Can At Least Be Read. “Despite Harold Washington’s reputation as a gifted orator, precious few audio recordings exist of speeches made by the groundbreaking reformer, who served as mayor of Chicago from 1983 until his sudden death in 1987. The Chicago Public Library has now filled a gap in Washington’s legacy by digitizing scores of the mayor’s written speeches, available to the public in a searchable online collection, library officials announced this week.”
Spotted via a paywalled Chicago Tribune article: Chicago Literary Archive. “The Chicago Literary Archive is an independent, open-source research guide to Chicago’s literary, printing, and publishing history from 1837 to today. Founded by Adam Morgan in 2021, the CLA is viewable and editable by anyone interested in Chicago literature. To add your own research, all you need is a WordPress account and an invitation.”
Chicago Tribune: Is the COVID-19 pandemic growing or shrinking in Illinois? New website tracks a key metric.
Chicago Tribune: Is the COVID-19 pandemic growing or shrinking in Illinois? New website tracks a key metric.. “A group of Illinois COVID-19 researchers has launched a webpage to try to help residents see and make sense of the latest pandemic trends, including one of the easiest metrics to understand: the reproduction rate. Though it’s based on complicated math, the reproduction rate offers a simple gauge of the pandemic’s trajectory. A number above 1 means the epidemic is growing. Below 1 means it’s shrinking.”
Metropolis Planet: New website will provide one-stop access to COVID vaccine information. “[The site] will provide eligible residents with nearby vaccination sites, information on how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, updates on the state’s plan and eligibility, and answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.”
InfoSecurity Magazine: Cook County Leaks 320,000 Court Records. “Over 320,000 court records belonging to the second most populous county in the US have been discovered sitting on a misconfigured online database. Security researcher Jeremiah Fowler and a team from Website Planet soon found that the data was all from Cook County, Illinois, which is home to America’s third-largest city, Chicago.”
WGN: COVID tool tracks cases at school and campuses across Illinois. “There is a new tool to track COVID in real time for schools and campuses across the state. The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) is behind the website. The interactive website will help track coronavirus-related health and safety concerns. The information will be utilized by unions and communities to ensure safe learning and working conditions.”
Chicago Tribune: Contact tracing in Illinois may not slow the coronavirus much. But the data is helping guide state decisions.
Chicago Tribune: Contact tracing in Illinois may not slow the coronavirus much. But the data is helping guide state decisions.. “Contact tracing for COVID-19 has gotten off to a slow start in Illinois, with the state still short of its initial goal of 3,800 people doing that work. And now, with infections soaring, caseloads are overwhelming tracers’ ability to slow the spread of the virus by tracking down contacts and getting them to quarantine. But the information gleaned by Schneider and other contact tracers is proving useful in another way: It is feeding a growing database that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has cited as a guide in making decisions about pandemic restrictions.”
Chicago Sun-Times: Lightfoot cancels 350 layoffs tied to her ‘pandemic’ budget. “Buoyed by higher than expected marijuana revenues, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday canceled plans to lay off 350 city employees to help secure the 26 City Council votes she needs to pass her ‘pandemic budget.’ Revenues generated by the sale of recreational and medical marijuana have ‘gone through the roof’— topping $100 million statewide for the first time in October and $800 million in the first 10 months.”
Politico: Rep. Cheri Bustos tests positive for Covid-19. “Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) said on Monday she had tested positive for Covid-19. Bustos, via Twitter, said she was experiencing mild symptoms, self-isolating in Illinois and planning to work from home until cleared by her physician. She did not say how she might have become infected, but added that she had contacted all the people she’s interacted with.”
Chicago Sun-Times: Coronavirus ‘running rampant’ in Illinois with 15,415 new cases — most ever reported by any state in the U.S.
Chicago Sun-Times: Coronavirus ‘running rampant’ in Illinois with 15,415 new cases — most ever reported by any state in the U.S. . “Illinois reported more new coronavirus cases on Friday — 15,415 — than any other state in the nation has ever logged in a single day throughout eight months of the pandemic. The jaw-dropping count marked the fourth straight daily record-breaking rise in an exponential explosion of infections with COVID-19 ‘running rampant through our communities,’ according to Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.”
ABC 7 Chicago: Illinois Facebook users can file claims as part of class action lawsuit settlement for up to $400
ABC 7 Chicago: Illinois Facebook users can file claims as part of class action lawsuit settlement for up to $400. “Facebook users in Illinois can now apply to collect from a settlement stemming from a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed over Facebook’s collection and storing of biometric data of Illinois users without proper consent. As part of the $650 million settlement, claimants may be eligible for payments of between $200-$400, depending on the number of valid claims filed.”
ProPublica: Illinois Will Start Sharing Data About COVID-19 Outbreaks in Schools. “As educators and parents assess the risk of returning to the classroom, some felt frustrated by the lack of public data about COVID-19 in schools. After a ProPublica and Chicago Tribune investigation, the state will start publishing the data.”
ProPublica: The Questionable Line Items of Illinois’ COVID-19 Spending. “Last week, we published Grenades, Bread and Body Bags: How Illinois Has Spent $1.6 Billion in Response to COVID-19 So Far, a story and look-up tool that examines Illinois’ COVID-19 related spending. Given that we are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic and billions of dollars in federal aid are being thrown at response and recovery efforts in Illinois, we thought you should know more about how your taxpayer dollars are being spent. Plus, we figured there’d probably be a few interesting needles in the haystack.”