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Michael Madigan’s former aide is back in court – Chicago Tribune

Good morning Chicago.

In an FBI wiretap at Tim Mapes’ perjury trial last year, a longtime aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan was caught asking a colleague if he would put on his “big boy pants” before carrying out a politically thorny Madigan order.

Today it will be Mapes’ turn to put on the big boy pants.

Mapes, who served for years as Madigan’s abrasive and sharp-tongued chief of staff, the executive director of Madigan’s Democratic Party of Illinois, and the clerk of the House of Representatives. is scheduled to be sentenced for lying to the federal grand jury investigating his former boss.

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Marilieser Gil-Blanco (center) waits with her cousin Jefferson Cañizalez for a medical appointment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on February 6, 2024. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)

The immigrant family is in danger: Paralyzed. She just had a C-section and is taking care of her husband and children. And his immigration papers were thrown away.

Genesis Chacon was pregnant when she moved her husband and toddler cross-country to go to Chicago.

Her healthy, able-bodied husband was paralyzed from the chest down due to a rare condition he developed during their trip to the United States last summer. Now, the 22-year-old Venezuelan mother is taking care of her daughter’s every need, even as she recovers from the C-section she had to give birth to her daughter four weeks ago.

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Ald.  Carlos Ramirez Rosa, 35, celebrates with Mayor Brandon Johnson and members of the Get Your House Chicago coalition at a news conference after a Chicago City Council committee passed an ordinance asking voters to increase the property transfer tax to combat homelessness, Oct. 31.  , 2023.

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Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa, 35, celebrates with Mayor Brandon Johnson and members of the Get Your House Chicago coalition at a news conference after a Chicago City Council committee passed an ordinance asking voters to increase the property transfer tax to combat homelessness, Oct. 31. , 2023.

Mayor Johnson did not act on Lightfoot order targeting city council ward authority

On her last day in office during the week, former Mayor Lori Lightfoot took a parting shot at the Chicago City Council: a barrage of 11 executive orders; One took aim at the long-standing City Council tradition in which aldermen have nearly complete control over developments in their own neighborhoods. he saw this as the root of corruption.

But nine months into his term, Mayor Brandon Johnson and his alderman allies have not implemented the changes Lightfoot ordered.

On February 8, 2024, at 306 10th St. in Waukegan.  A building at is shown.  The building was recently purchased by the Elite Striders Drill Team and will be renovated with funds provided by state Rep. Rita Mayfield from capital projects.  (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
On February 8, 2024, at 306 10th St. in Waukegan. A building at is shown. The building was recently purchased by the Elite Striders Drill Team and will be renovated with funds provided by state Rep. Rita Mayfield from capital projects. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

Democrats flexed their muscles as they handed out pork in Springfield

Governor J.B. Pritzker and his fellow Illinois Democrats approved more than $150 million in the current state budget for local projects handpicked by their party; It’s a power play on Republicans that is unusual in scope and secrecy, even in Springfield’s chronic history of partisan gamesmanship. .

In a state known for negotiating local pork barrel project funds in at least a bipartisan fashion, the maneuver showed how Democrats, who hold extraordinary majorities in the House and Senate, are stretching their dominance and leaving minority Republican lawmakers short-handed.

Susan Jicha lets a rescued pigeon named Greta out of its cage at her home in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood on February 7, 2024.  Jicha is a founding member of Great Lakes Pigeon Rescue and currently has seven pigeons under her care at home.  (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Susan Jicha lets a rescued pigeon named Greta out of its cage at her home in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood on February 7, 2024. Jicha is a founding member of Great Lakes Pigeon Rescue and currently has seven pigeons under her care at home. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

‘Underground bird’ no more: Chicago pigeon owners, fanciers say it’s time for city dwellers to consider a ‘symbol of beauty’

Susan Jicha likes to introduce her pets when she greets guests at her Uptown home. Her dog, Rosie, wags her tail at the door, and her bird, Kahlo, swings from under the TV stand and lands on her hand.

The 68-year-old retired teacher said Kahlo was happy and independent. Its claim that it is the most photographed bird on the North End proves true as it stretches its neck as if posing. By all accounts, he’s “living a good life.”

Private Fritz Pollard Jr. of Chicago.  He also served in the army like his father.  Pollard Jr. served as a rifle range instructor for other Black soldiers at the Engineer Replacement Training Center at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, circa 1942.  (Chicago Tribune archive)
Private Fritz Pollard Jr. of Chicago. He also served in the army like his father. Pollard Jr. served as a rifle range instructor for other Black soldiers at the Engineer Replacement Training Center at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, circa 1942. (Chicago Tribune archive)

The extraordinary Pollards, the first Black family to settle in Rogers Park

As his son saw it, the challenges Fritz Pollard and his siblings faced as the first Black family in West Rogers Park were an important reason for their success in life.

“Growing up in an all-white neighborhood made you a very successful person,” says Fritz Pollard Jr., who lives in his family’s home at 1928 W. Lunt Ave. on Chicago’s Far North Side. : A Pioneer in Racial Improvement” by John M. Carroll.

The family’s notable history led the current owners of the house on Lunt Avenue to seek to acquire an adjacent park, renamed Pollards.

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Kelvin Kiptum celebrates his Chicago Marathon world record victory of 2:00:35 on October 8, 2023 in Grant Park, Chicago.

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Kelvin Kiptum celebrates his Chicago Marathon world record victory of 2:00:35 on October 8, 2023 in Grant Park, Chicago.

Chicago Marathon winner and world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, 24, died in a car accident in Kenya.

Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, who was expected to be the superstar of long-distance running, died along with his coach in a traffic accident in Kenya late on Sunday.

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark drives to the basket while being defended by Northwestern Wildcats guard Melannie Daley during the second half at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on Jan. 31, 2024.

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Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark drives to the basket while being defended by Northwestern Wildcats guard Melannie Daley during the second half at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on Jan. 31, 2024.

Column: Caitlin Clark may be ushering in a new era of WNBA player support with NIL

One particular part of the discourse is the oft-repeated idea that she would take a “pay cut” to play in the WNBA.

This misconception likely stems from the fact that the new name, image and likeness agreements in college athletics are thought of as a salary that somehow disappears when a player leaves the school.

To get a better understanding, Tribune Shakeia TayloI talked to an expert.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. celebrates his game-winning field goal in overtime with quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game against the San Francisco 49ers on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas.  Chiefs won the match 25-22.  (Abbie Parr/AP)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. celebrates his game-winning field goal in overtime with quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game against the San Francisco 49ers on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas. (Abbie Parr/AP)

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in overtime to win Super Bowl LVIII, 25-22.

The Chiefs captured their third Super Bowl title in five years and firmly established themselves as a dynasty.

Usher performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas.  (Brynn Anderson/AP)
Usher performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

Usher rocks the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show with help from Alicia Keys, Lil Jon and Ludacris

Usher appeared for the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show, sitting on a throne at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, joined by a marching band and a bevy of Vegas performers — but remained center stage.

It was an instant confirmation of his status as the ideal halftime performer: someone who was timeless, with well-known hits, masterful choreography, and a loyal following. She started with “Caught Up” and moved on to “U Don’t Have to Call”, “Superstar” and “Love in the Club”.

Beyonce (left) receives the award for best dance/electronic music album "Renaissance" At the 65th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 5, 2023.
Beyoncé (left) receives the award for best dance/electronic music album for her song “Renaissance” at the 65th Grammy Awards on February 5, 2023 in Los Angeles.

Beyoncé announces ‘Renaissance Part II’ in Super Bowl ad

In the elaborate, self-referential ad, we see Beyonce scrolling through songs on her iPhone, then sitting at a lemonade stand (referring to her classic 2016 album of the same name), and then listening to a series of plays under her name: “Barbey” and “BOTUS”, a reference to Barbie ” says she will be the first female president, then the first woman to launch the first rocket for the first woman in space.

Finally he says: “Okay, they are ready; let alone new music. “I told you all that the Renaissance is not over,” he concludes.

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