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Outgoing Illinois GOP chair bemoans ‘loose’ voting laws

  Don Tracy, right, addresses the media Thursday outside the Illinois Republican delegation’s motel in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, center, and state Rep. John Cabello. Christopher Placek/cplacek@dailyherald.com MILWAUKEE — On his last day…

Secret Service, Trump hats, Des Plaines shoutout

Here’s a snapshot of news and activities from the final day of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. Calls mount for director to step down   U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood on Thursday joined the chorus of Republicans calling upon Secret…

What’s behind one suburb’s 184% increase in DUI arrests? ‘Unwavering commitment’

West Chicago Police Chief Colin Fleury In 2022, West Chicago police made 72 arrests on driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs charges. One year later, the number of busts rocketed to 202. That astounding 184.7% increase got a…

Illinois delegates praise Vance’s speech

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance of Ohio speaks Wednesday during the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. AP MILWAUKEE — Suburban Republicans attending the party’s national convention offered rave reviews Thursday for Ohio Sen J.D. Vance’s speech accepting the…

State Government Must Protect New Yorkers’ Rights Under the Green Amendment

“The state is twisting itself into legal pretzels to deny the Green Amendment’s ability to check government action that may be legally responsible for the violations of the environmental rights of New Yorkers.” Mike Groll/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul Gov….

NYPD warns of necklace-snatching, moped-riding robber

A thief has been snatching necklaces off people in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx and then fleeing on a moped — a kind of vehicle that is increasingly being used in robberies citywide, according to the NYPD. Police released images…

Philly basketball lost two of its most singular figures this week

Philadelphia basketball lost two local legends this week, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and Pat Williams. Bryant, who died Monday at 69, was a standout player at LaSalle University and part of a star-studded 76ers lineup in the late 1970s. He was…

Older Adult Programs See Budget Boost—But Not Enough to Keep Up With Aging Population, Providers Say

By 2040, researchers estimate the number of city residents aged 65 and older will increase by 40 percent. “We should be doubling, tripping, quadrupling on investments for older adult services to meet and match that population increase,” said Councilmember Crystal…

Harrison Polinsky celebrates birthday with a good cause

Harrison Polinsky’s wagon is filled with donations for Covenant House. (Family photo) A 10-year-old rising fifth grader has decided that it’s better to give than receive, and his enthusiasm for philanthropy is catching on. Every year, Harrison Polinsky – a…

Comedian Bob Newhart, deadpan master of sitcoms and telephone monologues, dies at 94

FILE — Bob Newhart appears at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 2016. Newhart, the deadpan master of sitcoms and telephone monologues, died in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 18, 2024. He was 94. (Photo…

4th power plant approved for Newark neighborhood with high asthma rates

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has green-lighted a controversial plan to build a fourth electric-generating plant in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood, despite objections from local advocates who say it will exacerbate pollution in the community. Murphy had faced pressure from…

Extra Extra: Should NYC schools have a uniform dress code policy?

Because dress codes are all over the place right now, here are afternoon links: porous sidewalks coming to Brooklyn, the best red wine in New York, a tree law dividing a community, and more from around the city and internet….

Mayor Adams called spitting on cops ‘disgusting.’ Biting? ‘Unfortunate.’

Mayor Eric Adams, a former police captain, has been known to criticize aggressive behavior directed at NYPD officers. After video from a pro-Palestinian rally in Brooklyn showed officers punching at least three people, the mayor called for an investigation of…

Missing dog Jasper’s trail grows cold as scammers try to cash in

Jasper’s owners are posting new flyers in hopes of getting information that may lead to the dog’s return. (Photo supplied by Hartford Campbell). As the trail goes cold in the disappearance of Tucker’s now-favorite missing pet named Jasper, the number…

Man stabbed his girlfriend to death

Anthony Jiminez A Villa Park man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend by stabbing her a dozen times, according to court records. Anthony Jiminez, 26, of the 1600 block of South Michigan Avenue, was arrested Wednesday night at his…

Sandy Springs City Council approves funds for two street projects

The Roswell Road North End Boulevard project would add landscaped medians and side paths along the state highway. (City of Sandy Springs) At its July 16 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council awarded a $1.15 million contract for concept design…

Fire breaks out at Kodak building on Ponce De Leon

A worker boards up the front of the Kodak building on Ponce De Leon Avenue on Thursday after a fire heavily damaged the back portion of the building. (Photo by Dyana Bagby) Fire damaged the Kodak building in Midtown Thursday…

Real estate firm has four historic Neel Reid-designed homes on the market

Harry Norman, REALTORS has added four properties designed by renowned southern architect Neel Reid to its roster of listings. One of Atlanta’s most well-known residential architects in the early 20th century, Reid’s work helped shape the city’s home design landscape.  “To…

New York’s Utility Regulator Doing ‘Inadequate’ Job of Helping State Reach Climate Goals, Audit Says

An audit carried out by the State Comptroller’s Office says the Public Service Commission isn’t taking enough action to help the state reach its clean energy goals, and doesn’t have a backup plan if New York fails to achieve them….

Hudson River tunnel project CEO quits after being referenced in Norcross indictment

The CEO of the $16 billion Gateway project to build a new tunnel under the Hudson River announced his resignation Thursday, one month after he was repeatedly referenced in the indictment of powerful South Jersey political boss George Norcross. Kris…

Obama, Pelosi and Democrats make a fresh push for Biden to reconsider 2024 race ahead of convention

President Joe Biden takes the stage Tuesday to speak at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas. AP WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about President Joe Biden’s candidacy, and Speaker Emerita Nancy…

Meet some of the New Yorkers who are competing in the Paris Olympics

On July 26, athletes from across the globe will participate in the opening ceremony for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. Among them are 44 athletes from New York and New Jersey representing Team USA in this year’s Summer…

Atlanta Beltline unveils new branding, website

The streamlined new logo for the Atlanta Beltline. The Atlanta Beltline today unveiled a new “visual identity” and website designed to better update and engage users as the project moves toward its 2030 completion date. The new branding, led by…

Developer officially asks Sugar Grove to approve controversial development near I-88, Route 47

  Crown Community Development has submitted plans to build houses, businesses and more on 861 acres at the intersection of I-88 and Route 47 near Sugar Grove. Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com Crown Community Development has officially asked to turn 861 acres of…

2 charged with hate crime for anti-Israel vandalism at grocery store

Mohammed Faroun Two men have been charged with committing a hate crime for defacing an Israeli flag in a Bloomingdale grocery store. Tabshir A. Rizvi, 23, of the 100 block of Franklin Street in Bloomingdale, and Mohammed A. Faroun, 22,…

SabaRaba’s Tabouli Salad Recipe – Rough Draft Atlanta

When the summer heat is this bad, you need a refreshing salad to beat it. This dish from SabaRaba’s is sure to do the trick. Owned by Udi Hershkovitz, SabaRaba’s has been serving delicious Mediterranean food in Sandy Springs since…

2 NYC lawmakers say their names were used in Mayor Adams’ resource request form without their knowledge

Most members of the New York City Council appear to be using Mayor Eric Adams’ much-maligned online form to request resources and meetings with city agencies, despite dozens of lawmakers’ complaints about the protocol, according to a Gothamist analysis of…

Pete Wells on his 12 years as the NYT’s restaurant critic

After 12 years, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells is moving on. In his time in that role, he’s scoured the boroughs for the best slice of pizza, given stars to fine dining establishments and food trucks, and even…

Early Addition: Disc golf has arrived

Early Addition is a daily newsletter to guide you through New York City news, plus other tidbits from around the internet. Sign up here to get the full version in your inbox every weekday morning. Good Thursday morning in New…

Belle Isle Art Fair returns to Detroit with renowned artists and new activations

No one can deny that Belle Isle is a gem to Detroit year-round, but the Belle Isle Art Fair is a time when it really shines. The annual event returns August 3-4, offering art activities for all ages and welcoming…

Criterium bike race series begins this week in suburbs, Chicago

Cyclists participate in the Winfield Criterium, the third of 10 stops in the Chicago Grit cycling competition from July 19-28. Karie Angell Luc/for the Daily Herald, 2023 It’s an apt name — the Chicago Grit — for a series of…

Motorcyclist dies after rear-ending pickup on I-90

A motorcyclist died after rear-ending a pickup on eastbound Interstate 90 just east of Roselle Road near Schaumburg Wednesday afternoon. Illinois State Police said the crash happened at about 2:50 p.m. and reported the motorcycle was “traveling at speeds above…

NY Equal Rights Amendment would guarantee abortion rights. Will the ballot language make that clear?

When New Yorkers go to the polls this fall, they will most likely be asked to respond yes or no to a proposed ballot question that would guarantee access to abortion statewide. But the amendment’s backers worry that not all…

Thornetta Davis to headline Detroit Bourbon & Blues Festival

click to enlarge David Carroll, Flickr Creative Commons Detroit’s Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis. The Detroit Bourbon & Blues Festival is enlisting Detroit’s Queen of the Blues. The acclaimed blues singer Thornetta Davis will headline the second edition of…

Cavan Sullivan makes history; Wildflower Composers; UArts in court

It was a good night for the Philadelphia Union, who snapped a 10-game winless streak. It was a historic night for Cavan Sullivan, who made his professional debut at 14 years, 293 days — the youngest player in North American…

Hartsfield-Jackson airport retains world’s busiest title

Tune in to Thursday July 18 — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport retained the title of the world’s busiest airport with more than 104 million passengers in 2023, according to a recent industry report. ☔️ Possible showers and 90° today.  🗣️ A community forum on…

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute offers GammaTile for brain tumors

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s Gamma Knife team have another tool for brain tumors in GammaTile. (Provided by Northside Hospital) Northside Hospital Cancer Institute announced a collaboration between its neurosurgery and radiation oncology services that medical staff said offers new hope…

NYPD says officers shot a man wielding a machete, causing non-critical injuries

Police say they shot a 24-year-old Bronx man in the arm Wednesday night after he refused to drop a weapon, but the man was not critically injured. Officers were called to 2385 3rd Avenue in Mott Haven around 10:15 p.m….

Federal lawsuit charges delayed elections for Georgia PSC are unconstitutional

 Several plaintiffs, including Brionté McCorkle, a director of Georgia Conservation Voters, filed a federal lawsuit in 2020 requesting that a judge change the way Georgia Public Service Commission members are elected arguing that the board fails to adequately represent Black…

U.S. Sec. of Education Miguel Cardona touts student debt relief, HBCU funding during Atlanta visit

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona was in Atlanta Wednesday, meeting with the heads of several of the state’s historically Black colleges and universities. He also spoke with students who’ve recently benefited from debt relief from the Biden administration, and…

Report: As heat wave hits NYC, most low-income New Yorkers struggle to keep the power on

Nearly two-thirds of low-income New Yorkers are falling behind on their utility bills, according to a new analysis released on Thursday by an anti-poverty group. A report from the Robin Hood Foundation examining energy insecurity in the five boroughs found…

We need the Bears to bring sanity back to the Chicago sports scene. Is that asking too much?

Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams speaks during a news conference after practice at the NFL football team’s mandatory minicamp in Lake Forest, Ill., Thursday, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) AP They’re baaaaaack. And not a moment too soon….

Domestic violence survivors bounce between NYC shelters as housing options dwindle

Domestic violence survivors fleeing their abusers are increasingly bouncing between city shelters with dwindling chances of finding permanent housing, a new report highlights. New Destiny Housing released a report on Thursday that found 18% fewer families left domestic violence shelters…

Detroit breakfast spot See You Tomorrow is a delight

It’s always my goal not to be noticed or remembered in a restaurant, but for normal people, it’s sweet when it happens. Julian Hill, co-owner of Detroit brunch spot See You Tomorrow, not only came out to greet my party…

Sullivan steps on field, and sets record for youngest pro ever

On a wet, stormy night at Subaru Park in Chester, the Philadelphia Union made some North American sports history. At 14 years and 293 days, midfielder Cavan Sullivan has become the youngest player to debut in the continent’s top professional…

Pledge led by Jan. 6 rally attendee, a closing prayer, and Trump cheese

Here’s a snapshot of news and activities from the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. A hand-carved Trump cheesehead was unveiled Tuesday at a reception for the Illinois delegation at On Tap at the Brewhouse Inn & Suites in Milwaukee Courtesy…

New Illinois GOP chair vows to end ‘blue funk’ and heal fractured party

  Incoming Illinois Republican Party Chair Kathy Salvi takes questions from reporters Wednesday after the local delegation’s daily breakfast meeting. She was flanked by Illinois House Minority Leader Tony McCombie, left. Christopher Placek/cplacek@dailyherald.com MILWAUKEE — Promising to “make Illinois red…

NYC lawmaker wants to require landlords to provide air conditioning during the summer

Amid the backdrop of sweltering temperatures and back-to-back heat waves, a city councilmember is poised to introduce a bill that would require landlords to provide tenants with air conditioning units during the hot summer months. City Councilmember Lincoln Restler of…

NYC councilmember arrested for biting a police officer at protest against shelter, NYPD says

A city councilmember was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly biting a police officer and resisting arrest during a protest against a homeless shelter, police said. NYPD officials said Councilmember Susan Zhuang was participating in a protest on 86th Street…

NYC pedicab driver pleads guilty to bribing city inspector for licensed plates, officials say

A New York City pedicab driver has pleaded guilty for attempting to bribe his way into getting the proper registration plates outside of the traditional lottery system, the city Department of Investigation said on Wednesday. Officials said Brooklyn resident Shokhru…