Neighbors of migrant shelters grow alarmed at clashes


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The federal government is bringing back its offer of free at-home tests for COVID-19.

The tests were made available Monday and can be requested at The orders include four rapid antigen tests, with a limit of one order per residential address.

The site’s simple request form asks visitors to share their name and mailing address. No payment information is required. Orders will begin to ship via the U.S. Postal Service next week, according to the delivery service.

The decision to again offer free at-home tests was announced by the Biden administration last week as part of a $600 million plan that includes funding for test production. The government plans to make the tests available through the holidays in an effort to slow the virus’s spread, said Dawn O’Connell, the Department of Health and Human Services’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response.

Along with the tests already available at stores and pharmacies, the free tests will help make Chicagoans ready for the fall and winter, said Massimo Pacilli, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s deputy commissioner of disease control.

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With the city buckling under the growing number of migrants — 12 buses carrying 560 more asylum hopefuls arrived this weekend — and no sign of the influx slowing down, tensions among migrants, residents and business owners are reaching a boiling point. The neighbors say they’ve witnessed frequent fights, loitering and other misconduct.

Mayor Brandon Johnson speaks during a meeting hosted by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago at their office in the Loop on Sept. 20, 2023.

Chicago aldermen, Mayor Brandon Johnson and other elected officials have arrived at the autumn moment of truth to decide whether to accept annual raises tied to inflation.

Largely free from the political danger they faced last fall of giving themselves historically huge pay hikes as they headed into elections, considerably more council members are set to accept the pay bump in 2024.

Field Museum dinosaur curator Jingmai O’Connor, left, gives Josh Burton a close look at the skull of the Tyrannosaurus rex called Sue at the Field Museum in Chicago on Sept. 20, 2023. Burton has received two double-lung transplants. He is a big fan of the museum and of dinosaurs and was granted special access, including seeing Sue outside its protective case.

Josh Burton is a soft-spoken, studious 17-year-old from Madison, Wisconsin, who is now on his third set of lungs.

In Chicago, Dr. Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery at the Canning Thoracic Institute at Northwestern Medicine, knew Josh’s case was tricky. But those are the kind of cases he wants to take.

“We think of ourselves as a destination of hope,” he said. “We want to take patients who have low odds of survival and make them very high odds of survival.”

United Auto Workers members walk the picket line at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., Sept. 18, 2023.

President Joe Biden’s decision to stand alongside United Auto Workers pickets on Tuesday on the 12th day of their strike against major carmakers underscores an allegiance to labor unions that appears to be unparalleled in presidential history.

Experts in presidential and U.S. labor history say they cannot recall an instance when a sitting president has joined an ongoing strike, even during the tenures of the more ardent pro-union presidents such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

The new Journeyman Distillery in Valparaiso is set to open in the coming weeks at the site of the former Anco windshield wiper plant south of the city's downtown.

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Bill Welter, owner of Journeyman Distillery, will join patrons to lift a glass in October at the grand opening of the $40 million location in downtown Valparaiso, a project that has fought challenges and delays since announced in 2018.

Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki (27) is congratulated by third base coach Willie Harris (33) after Suzuki hit a 2-run home run in the fourth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Sept. 22, 2023.

It all comes down to the final week for the Chicago Cubs, a team that has toyed with its fans emotions from opening day. Six road games against two playoff-bound teams, the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, to decide whether the Cubs are October-worthy.

For anxiety-ridden Cubs fans who’ve followed their team from day one, the obstacles to the postseason party couldn’t be more pronounced, writes Paul Sullivan.

Twin sisters Maris and Bryce O'Tierney perform as the music group Maeve & Quinn. They recently released a debut record "Another Door."

More than three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians are still releasing work created during this tumultuous time. One such example is the twin sister duo of Maris and Bryce O’Tierney, who perform as Maeve & Quinn. These Alaska natives, who make intelligent, quirky and earnest pop music for the astute listener, recently released their debut full-length record, “Another Door.”

Portrait of bestselling author Scott Turow at his home office in Evanston on Sept. 9, 2022.

Scott Turow famously wrote many of his books while riding the train from his home in the northern suburbs to his law offices downtown. He is now one of the bestselling, and best, novelists of his time, with an estimated 30 million copies of his books having been sold and read and enjoyed.

His career reaches a milestone on the evening of Oct. 5, when he will receive the Fuller Award from the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Harold Washington Library.

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