Northwestern Now: 70 years of WGN Radio audio to be archived at Northwestern Libraries

Northwestern Now: 70 years of WGN Radio audio to be archived at Northwestern Libraries. “The archive, with materials covering 1941 to 2011, includes more than 15,000 items, primarily magnetic media (open reel tapes, compact cassettes, continuous-loop ‘carts,’ U-matic videocassettes and VHS tapes) as well as other media such as grooved discs, CDs and minidiscs. The bulk of the audio dates to the 1980s and 1990s, a period of innovation and surging popularity for the station.”

City of Chicago: Mayor Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman Launch the My Chi. My Future. Mobile App to Connect Teens With Out-of-School Activities

City of Chicago: Mayor Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman Launch the My Chi. My Future. Mobile App to Connect Teens With Out-of-School Activities. “Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman today announced the launch of the My CHI. My Future. (MCMF) mobile app, a significant investment and resource designed to help teens easily find out-of-school programs, events, resources, jobs, and more. This is the first app of its kind nationwide created by a city government.”

Digital Divide: Data Portal Highlights Internet Inequities in Chicago (SciTechDaily)

SciTechDaily: Digital Divide: Data Portal Highlights Internet Inequities in Chicago. “At today’s inaugural Data Science Institute Summit, the initiative unveiled a new data portal that combines public and private data from 20 cities around the nation. The site makes data accessible to governments, community groups, data scientists, and other interested stakeholders seeking to improve Internet connectivity to mitigate the ‘digital divide.’”

ABC News: Life expectancy in Chicago declined during 1st year of COVID pandemic, especially for people of color

ABC News: Life expectancy in Chicago declined during 1st year of COVID pandemic, especially for people of color. “Life expectancy in Chicago fell by nearly two years during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, in line with national trends, a new report finds. The data, released Monday by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city’s Department of Public Health, showed Chicagoans had a life expectancy of 75.4 years in 2020, down from 77.3 years in 2019.”

Chicago Tribune: University project aims to show how everything you know about the history of Black Illinois is kind of lacking

Chicago Tribune: University project aims to show how everything you know about the history of Black Illinois is kind of lacking. “…two years ago, [Kate] Masur and a handful of Northwestern undergraduates and graduate students started work on an online exhibition of sorts, part of an even larger archive that now spans several universities and museums, to document the radical importance of the Colored Conventions movement, one of our first nationwide conversations on race. Recently launched, their website… does not have the sexiest title: ‘Black Organizing in Pre-Civil War Illinois: Creating Community, Demanding Justice.’ But its history is more accessible than academic and its intent is ambitious: No less than a reframing of Black Illinois itself.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Tracking down the family and the famous

Chicago Sun-Times: Tracking down the family and the famous. “I know I’m not alone here. But I was pleasantly surprised Saturday to see the big front page treatment the Sun-Times gave Friday’s unlocking of the 1950 U.S. Census Bureau data by the National Archives. I thought the joy of plunging into old records and tracking down relations was a personal quirk. Apparently not.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago COVID-19 cases up 34% in a week, but city still ‘in good control,’ top doc says

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago COVID-19 cases up 34% in a week, but city still ‘in good control,’ top doc says. “Case counts have remained relatively flat across most of the state, but the average seven-day positivity rate is at the highest point seen in a month. COVID deaths across the state have continued to plummet. The city is averaging less than one viral death per day.”

Chicago Sun-Times: CPS has lost 8% of schools’ ‘tech assets’ during COVID, tens of thousands of computers, even air purifiers, defibrillators

Chicago Sun-Times: CPS has lost 8% of schools’ ‘tech assets’ during COVID, tens of thousands of computers, even air purifiers, defibrillators. “Among the missing items: tens of thousands of computers, iPads and other high-tech devices. They were lent to students during remote learning but weren’t returned. The police suspect that much of the other property CPS listed as missing actually was stolen by people with access to school buildings during the pandemic. It isn’t just computers. Air purifiers, defibrillators, a treadmill, lawn equipment and other property also vanished from schools since the beginning of the pandemic.”

Chicago Tribune: New first probable COVID death in Illinois uncovered — a 64-year-old woman from Chicago who thought she had a cold

Chicago Tribune: New first probable COVID death in Illinois uncovered — a 64-year-old woman from Chicago who thought she had a cold. “For two years, the first confirmed death from COVID-19 in Illinois was believed to be that of Patricia Frieson, a retired Black nurse from Chicago, on March 16, 2020. But new information uncovered by the Tribune shows that another woman, an office worker from Chicago, was the first probable fatal case in the state, six days earlier.”

Chicago Tribune: Nearly 1.6 million Illinois Facebook users could get checks soon after appeals court upholds $650 million settlement

Chicago Tribune: Nearly 1.6 million Illinois Facebook users could get checks soon after appeals court upholds $650 million settlement. “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Hawaii issued a ruling Thursday upholding the class-action settlement over Facebook’s alleged violations of Illinois’ biometric privacy law. Barring further appeal, the money will go to Illinois class members within 60 days, according to Chicago attorney Jay Edelson, who filed the lawsuit against Facebook nearly seven years ago.”