MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021


If you caught Daniel Kaluuya's Oscar-winning performance in "Judas and the Black Messiah," you saw the FBI investigate and kill Illinois Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

Rep. Bobby Rush, co-founder of the Illinois Black Panthers and a friend of Hampton's, recently introduced legislation that would require the FBI release domestic spying records, including about the 1969 raid and killing at the Black Panthers headquarters in the Near West Side neighborhood.

The FBI's Counterintelligence Program, or COINTELPRO, originally began in 1956 to disrupt the activities of communists, but later expanded to include the Ku Klux Klan, the Socialist Workers Party, and the Black Panthers.

Rush's request to Attorney General Merrick Garland to release unclassified documents related to the killing has gone unanswered. 
[Chicago Sun-Times; Washington Post]

👉 What you can do: Write to your representatives to support the bill. 

🌦️ Just a couple more 50-degree days before it warms up!

—Sidney Madden (@sidney_madden_)

🚫 Lightfoot delays General Iron permit at EPA's request
The city is delaying the decision to issue a permit to the metal shredder on the Southeast Side at the EPA's recommendation. Activists have been protesting General Iron's move from Lincoln Park for years, but the area's history of environmental racism goes back decades. [NBC Chicago; City Cast Chicago]

🗞️ Tribune stakeholder says local news needs federal aid
Biotech mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Chicago-based publishing company's second-largest stakeholder, has not yet decided which ownership bid he will accept. But the owner of the Los Angeles Times did say the government needs to support local news for the industry's long-term viability. [Crain's Chicago]

☀️ Register for Chicago Park District summer programs today
Before online Chicago Park District registration, my dad camped out overnight to secure summer camp spots for my brother and me at Maggie Daley Park. Lucky for parents today, you all can just hop on your laptop and register your kids for day camp, sports programs, and more.
👉 What you can do: Register for programs today and tomorrow. 

🐈 Feral cats help, uh, control city rats
Chicago was named the rattiest city for the sixth year by pest control company Orkin. Since 2012, the Tree House Humane Society has released over 1,000 feral cats. They don't always eat the rats — their pheromones are often enough to keep the rats away. Whatever it takes to avoid year 7, yeah? [WGN News]
👉 What you can do: Apply for a community cat. 
Thompson Center architect Helmut Jahn was killed in a biking accident one week after Gov. JB Pritzker announced the post-modern building was for sale. Former Sun-Times architecture critic Lee Bey talks to City Cast Chicago about Jahn's legacy. 


+ SATURDAY: Stroll down Route 66
Walk down Route 66 in West Loop and River West with InSites To Go. Can't make it today? No worries, tour dates are available all summer long.

+ TODAY: Walk and run for mental health

Today is the deadline to register for Coffee, Hip-Hop, & Mental Health's five-mile sunrise walk and run on May 23. Funds go toward offering free therapy.

+ TUESDAY AND FRIDAY: Volunteer at Back of the Yards garden
Help the #LetUsBreathe Collective weed, mow, and build a pond at its garden on Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. DM or email to sign up. 


Image: Bill's Pizza & Pub
Giordano's vs. Gino's East

Pizano's vs. Lou Malnati's

Forget all deep-dish debates. Suburban Bill's Pub has made a double-decker deep-dish pizza 😳

Good luck to all the foodies heading to Third Lake and Mundelein — I'll be sitting this one out. I once ate a deep dish that made me so full, I couldn't eat for 24 hours. [Leor Galil
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