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  • 🚌 Chicago seeks help from central Illinois with overflow of migrants
  • 🏥 Woman who collapsed on Labor Day meets bystander who helped save her life
  • 💵 Ald. Andre Vasquez seeks to cap City Council pay raises

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1) Chicago seeks central Illinois help with overflow of bused migrants. The City of Chicago is reaching out to other cities across Illinois for help as it deals with an influx of migrants bused in by red state governors. Chicago has received more than 1,000 immigrants bused north from states, including Florida and Texas. Sending migrants north is meant to highlight what those southern states say is a crushing burden caused by a flood of would-be immigrants. The mayor of Normal, Chris Koos, said, at the most recent meeting of the Illinois Municipal League, city leaders from across the state discussed taking in migrants to ease the burden, in answer to Chicago’s appeal for help. “Communities in Illinois will probably step up and help as much as they can,” said Koos. Texas and Florida governors have not alerted the leaders of the target cities as they send buses to Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. and other locations. And they’ve criticized Democratic Party leaders in places like Chicago for not adhering to their philosophy and making room. Northern mayors say it’s not about their beliefs. It’s about about logistics.


2) Woman who collapsed downtown meets good samaritan who helped save her. The family of a woman who launched a campaign to meet up with the good Samaritan who helped save her life has gotten their wish. It was a reunion two weeks in the making after Jammey Kligis, 45, collapsed on Labor Day on Michigan Avenue near Chicago’s Art Institute. Dr. Chanannait Paisansathan is the good Samaritan who stepped in to perform CPR. Paisansathan, chair of Anestisology at Advocate Aurora Masonic Medical Center, was leaving lunch when she came across a crowd. “I noticed there was a lady on the ground and she was blue,” Paisansathan said. “I asked the bystander, ‘Has anyone called 911?’ They said, ‘Yeah, but we’ve been waiting for almost 10 minutes.’ I said, ‘oh my God.’” The doctor immediately sprung into action, knowing time was of the essence. “I was almost in tears because it gave me so much joy that she survived,” Paisansathan said. “She’s resilient.” Kligis now has a defibrillator to help prevent her heart from stopping again.


3) Ald. Andre Vasquez seeks to cap City Council pay raises. Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) will introduce an ordinance at today’s City Council meeting limiting future aldermanic pay raises to 5% or the inflation rate, whichever is less. The language is similar to the automatic escalator for property taxes that Mayor Lori Lightfoot pushed through council in 2021. The 5% cap would kick in when the new Council is sworn in next spring. He is the second council member seeking to end the annual political dilemma facing Chicago alderpersons, one that could impact their re-election chances—particularly this year, when members must decide whether to accept a 9.62% pay raise. That raise, tied to the rate of inflation, will boost the maximum salary for a Chicago alderperson to $142,772.

Chicago Sun-Times

4) Museum of Science and Industry to decommission popular 50-year-old exhibit. It’s the end of an era for a long-running, popular exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry that has charmed countless children and families. But the good news is, you may be able to take a piece of the big top home. Archives from The Zweifel Circus Collection are set to be auctioned off Saturday. Included in that collection are objects and artifacts from the “longest-running circus exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry,” which is set to be decommissioned this month. The museum exhibit, a favorite among families, debuted in 1973 and features an expansive scale-model miniature circus big top, sideshow, street parade, interactive displays and more. One of the most popular parts of the exhibit up for auction is a 33-foot “Ringling Brothers Circus Street Parade Motorized Diorama,” featuring 26 carved models of circus wagons, performers and animals recreated in miniature, all moving on a long, snake-like winding track.

NBC Chicago

5) City Council Finance Committee signs off on nearly $25 million in settlements in police misconduct lawsuits. Chicago taxpayers will have to spend nearly $25 million to settle three more lawsuits accusing Chicago Police officers of misconduct, including a $15 million payout to the family of an innocent woman killed during a high-speed chase in 2020. Aldermen also approved a fourth settlement involving racial harassment claims a former Water Department worker made against his supervisor. The City Council Finance Committee approved the latest batch of settlements Monday, sending them to the full City Council for a final vote today.

CBS Chicago

Today in Chicago:

  • Lincoln Square Farmers Market (7:00 AM)
  • Meet the Author: Dr. Antonio E. Morales-Pita at Northtown Branch Library (6:00 PM)
  • Courtyard Concert: John Sharp and Friends at Glessner House (6:00 PM)
  • Plein Air Concert Series: Nathalie Colas & Eugenia Cheng at Alliance Française de Chicago (6:30 PM)
  • An Evening with The Smashing Pumpkins at Metro (6:30 PM)
  • Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians at Guaranteed Rate Field (7:10 PM)
  • Sketchy Discussions #45 Ghost World at Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records (7:30 PM)
  • Glenn Tilbrook at City Winery (8:00 PM)
  • Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 at Subterranean (8:00 PM)
  • Trouble in Paradise Cocktail Pop-Up in Lil’ Clip with Gigi & Vivian at The California Clipper (8:00 PM)

Social chatter:

  • CPD: “Qualified residents will now be able to apply to receive security camera systems and outdoor lighting through the Community Safety Coordination Center’s Home & Business Protection Program. Learn more and apply here: http://chicago.gov/HBPP As part of this program, business and residents can register their cameras with the Chicago Police Department, which can be an immense help when a crime has occurred. Anyone who has a home or business camera system to register their cameras at http://chicagopolice.org/cameraregistration” (Chicago Police Department via Facebook)
  • Wallpaper: “Wallpaper (yes, wallpaper) is trending in 2022, and we’ve got four designs that will make you rethink repainting for a room refresh.⁠ ⁠ Link in bio.⁠ ⁠ 📸 Zephyr Mural wallpaper by Woodchip & Magnolia.⁠ ⁠ #chicago #homedesign #wallpaper” (Chicago magazine via Instagram)
  • Redevelopment at The Lorali: “The Lorali, empty since 2019, is the latest single-room occupancy building to be redeveloped into market-rate apartments in Uptown.” (Block Club Chicago via Facebook)
  • Soldier Field history: “#OnThisDay 51 years ago, the Chicago Bears took to the green at Soldier Field in their first official home game there, going head-to-head against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Prior to calling Soldier Field home, the Bears played their home games at Wrigley Field, but came to Soldier Field following a policy change that required major league football stadiums to have a minimum seating capacity of 50,000. The newly renovated Soldier Field had a capacity of 57,000, which was a significant reduction from the original seating capacity of nearly 74,000 when it was completed in 1928.” (Chicago History Museum via Facebook)

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