Afternoon Edition: September 16, 2021
Good afternoon. Here’s the latest Chicago news you need to know. This is an approximately 5 minute read that will educate you on today’s biggest stories.
This afternoon will be sunny with a high of almost 81 degrees. It will generally be clear this evening with a low around 63. Tomorrow will be sunny with a high near 87.
For black entrepreneurs, the dream of opening a pottery store remains elusive
Amid a series of seemingly endless delays, Britteney Kapri finally received some good news last month.
Baked, her cannabis startup, had been named the recipient of a dispensary license in a sought-after area that spans Chicago.
But instead of feeling joy or even relief, Kapri slumped into a panic as she pondered the final hurdle in the licensing process: A court order that remained intact had blocked the issuance of her license and of 184 others.
“I was just like, don’t let this be another year of waiting,” she said. “So I didn’t really celebrate.”
Like other black Chicago entrepreneurs who have been named license winners in three recent lotteries, Kapri has been subjected to a bureaucratic nightmare while pursuing his dream of carving out a slice of the dominated weed industry. whites. It all took a heavy toll.
After quitting her job at a nonprofit in hopes of fully immersing herself in the cannabis business, she found herself unemployed in January and only recently started working again.
“It definitely bled in my personal life,” said Kapri, who is also a renowned poet. “It got me stuck between a rock and a hard place over the last few months because I couldn’t answer anyone about what was going on.”
Tom Schuba has more on how the city has failed to deliver on its promises of fairness to the pot industry here.
More news you need
- An accounting firm that gave a Bridgeport bank a healthy check months before it was shut down by regulators also prepared tax returns for Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson, who faces federal charges involving the bankrupt bank. Tim Novak and Jon Seidel have more on the latest court records in the Thompson case.
- Although Metra sees low ridership amid the pandemic, its CEO and executive director Jim Derwinski is getting a raise – a 7% increase this year, taking his annual base salary from $ 285,000 to $ 305,000. He is expected to earn $ 314,200 next year.
- A student has been taken into custody after a social media post threatening violence triggered a lockdown yesterday afternoon at Lake Zurich High School. Containment was lifted at 3 p.m. and no injuries were reported.
- Starting Sunday, the Art of Institute will pay tribute to artist Barbara Kruger’s vast cultural impact with “Thinking of You. I mean me. I mean you. ” This will be the first museum study of his work in the United States since 1999.
- The Sears store at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, the retailer’s last Illinois location, will close in November. Sears’ parent company said it was part of a business plan to “redevelop and invigorate the property,” but did not provide details of the planned redevelopment.
September 16 has been proclaimed “Candace Parker Day” in Chicago
September 16 will never be the same in Chicago again after Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed a proclamation yesterday making Candace Parker Day.
Parker, one of the most decorated professional basketball players, grew up in Naperville. She led Naperville Central to two state titles before heading to Tennessee and winning two NCAA championships with the Lady Vols.
Selected first in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, Parker became the first player in league history to be named Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season.
She is a WNBA Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time WNBA MVP, six-time WNBA All-Star, Euroleague Champion and WNBA 2020 Defensive Player of the Year.
Parker’s family and friends, including former teammate Chelsea Gray, were in attendance for the Lightfoot announcement. Parker had no knowledge of this honor.
“I never imagined that,” Parker said. “That’s what’s so special about basketball. It opens so many doors. I have the mayor who says she watched me play my senior year. Her daughter now plays basketball. It’s about going on and trying to open more doors for the next one.
In addition to honoring Parker with its own day in Chicago, Adidas has announced three new colorways for Parker’s signature shoe as part of the all-new Candace Parker collection. There are only nine players in the 25-year history of the WNBA with their own line of sneakers. Reigning MVP Breanna Stewart became the latest when she signed a multi-year shoe deal with Puma in May.
Annie Costabile has more about Parker and his impact on the skies here.
From the press gallery
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Yesterday, we asked you: what would you have liked to have been taught at school? Here’s what some of you said …
“Money management, the importance of having multiple sources of income, independent thinking, how corrupt politics is (especially in Chicago), the importance of healthy eating, emotional fitness, the arts martial arts. ” – Elliott Forward
“Mental health education and coping mechanisms. Oh, and a specific story that isn’t fictionalized. – Michelle hora mickens
“How the stock market, credit and finances work”. – Maureen Senko
“How to plant and maintain a garden, how to design and build a house, how to invest effectively or how to start a business.” – Christophe B. Alexandrov
“The real truth about African American history and not from slavery.” – Joy L. Grossett
“The real story of bigotry in our country.” – Mary E. Sullivan Bauer
“Healthy negotiation and conflict resolution. “- James chamerlik
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