UIC Scientists Publish Final Study Draft, Environmental Justice Maps

Published May 19, 2021

The research team at the University of Illinois - Chicago's School of Public Health has published interactive maps illustrating disparities in toxic impact among Chicago schools and Latino schoolchildren found from their study results.

  • University of Illinois - Chicago School of Public Health research team publishes interactive maps illustrating environmental justice disparities.
  • Maps join final draft of study that measures Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites' proximity to schools and Latino schoolchildren.
  • First-of-their-kind research methods quantify environmental justice impacts.

Read more: UIC Scientists Publish Final Study Draft, Environmental Justice Maps

Shot 13-year-old ID'ed, with Cops, Mom Stating Gang Involvement

Published May 18, 2021

A local mother and Chicago Police Department officials state likely gang involvement in the shooting on Sunday, May 16, of a 13-year-old boy in the 3700 block of South Wood Street, with a GoFundMe fund-raiser set up to support the family.

  • Local mom and police say gangs were likely involved in the shooting on the morning of Sunday, May 16, in the 3700 block of South Wood Street.
  • Mom says in media reports that gangs had been trying to recruit her son.
  • Family shares identity of victim and requests assistance on GoFundMe fund-raising page.

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Eyewitness Accounts Detail Drive-By Shooting of 13-year-old Boy

Published May 16, 2021

A drive-by shooting in the 3700 block of South Wood Street the morning of Sunday, May 16, 2021, sent a local teen-ager to Stroger Hospital with critical injuries.

  • Drive-by shooting guns down local teen-ager in the 3700 block of South Wood Street.
  • Incident occurred around 7:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 16.
  • Eyewitnesses say shooter in white SUV with tinted windows fled from crime scene.

Read more: Eyewitness Accounts Detail Drive-By Shooting of 13-year-old Boy

Native Wildflowers Ready to Bloom in McKinley Park with Help From Volunteer Stewards

Published May 16, 2021

With the assistance of a Chicago Park District crew, volunteers planted thousands of native wildflowers in the natural area of Chicago's McKinley Park at a stewardship event on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

  • Volunteers, Chicago Park District crew plant thousands of native wildflowers in McKinley Park's natural area.
  • Stewardship event on Saturday, May 15, 2021, is the first in McKinley Park since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Chicago Park District looking to hire more seasonal employees to help in natural areas.

Read more: Native Wildflowers Ready to Bloom in McKinley Park with Help From Volunteer Stewards

Protesters Assail Mayor Lori Lightfoot, MAT Asphalt at McKinley Park Demonstration

Published May 15, 2021

25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Southwest Environmental Alliance accuse Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot of a corrupt relationship with MAT Asphalt in a protest in McKinley Park on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

  • 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez and the Southwest Environmental Alliance accuse Chicago mayor, asphalt plant of corruption.
  • Dozens of protesters gather in McKinley Park across from MAT Asphalt plant on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
  • Sigcho-Lopez references just-released UIC environmental justice study as source for outrage.

Read more: Protesters Assail Mayor Lori Lightfoot, MAT Asphalt at McKinley Park Demonstration

 
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