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TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN CHICAGO

With CPS students able to return to in-person learning, the Chicago Police Department will not send school resource officers (SROs) to high schools for the remainder of the academic year. The decision comes as the district said it's trying to adopt a "more holistic approach to school safety."

SROs are deployed at schools by police departments in an effort to keep students safe. But SROs have been found to criminalize the behavior of Black and Latinx students. Students and advocates continue to push CPS to implement alternative safety plans to on-campus policing. [Chicago Tribune; The Triibe]

👉 What you can do: Attend tomorrow's town hall for alternative campus safety plans at Hyde Park Academy. 

☀️ Enjoy the 80-degree weather, and savor the taste of summertime Chi today.

—Sidney Madden (@sidney_madden_)
📰 IN OTHER NEWS

📍 Illinois will lose a congressional seat after all 
The state is losing one of its 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, Census Bureau officials said Monday. It's not exactly a surprise — Illinois has steadily lost seats in the past few decades. And with the reapportionment, state legislators are set to redistrict. At least it's one seat, not two? [WBEZ]

💚 Will the Racine Green Line station reopen?
The "Go Green On Racine" team is hoping to reopen the Englewood station that shut down in 1993. Renovating the station, which is estimated to cost $90–100 million, is important for revitalizing the area. [Block Club Chicago
👉 What you can do: Share how you used the station.


🏒 Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw retires
The two-time Stanley Cup winner is finally taking his doctors' advice and retiring after sustaining yet another concussion. Shaw came to the Blackhawks at 20, and left for a couple seasons with the Canadiens before returning. [Chicago Sun-Times]

👀 Check out this, uh, 'judgmental' map of River North
Users agreed on something for once in the Chicago subreddit: this map of River North. Wanna just hang with the guys? Head to the Bro Coast. Looking to get wine drunk? Meet you at Wells Street Wine Corridor. Need peace and quiet? Head west for some rest. (Or maybe another neighborhood.)

🎙️ TODAY'S PODCAST

Chicago is a theater town, but live stage productions have been paused for more than a year. City Cast Chicago talks to theater critic Kerry Reid about how the city’s theater scene may be permanently affected.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TODAY: Sushi-making class
Head to Wicker Park today at 6:30 p.m. to make sushi with Big Roll. Aaannnd, don't forget to take notes and send to your favorite newsletter writer 🤓

+ TODAY: Healing communities through agriculture convo
Virtually join local farmers to discuss how to combat food insecurity, increase agricultural education access, and more today at 7 p.m.

+ TODAY & THURSDAY: Opioid overdose response training
Learn how to administer the overdose reversal drug naloxone with the West Side Heroin/Opioid Task Force Outreach today and Thursday at 11 a.m.

+ ALL WEEK: Lincoln Park Food Fest
Eat up and order out as the restaurant week in Lincoln Park wraps up. I'll be chowing down on some Firecakes Donuts, thank you very much 🍩

💙 MOMENT OF JOY

Alerting Chicago birders: Rose the Piping Plover was spotted at Montrose Beach after spending the winter in Florida. But her mate Monty, who spent the winter in Texas, hasn't been seen yet. Don't worry, the love birds have done long distance before, and have found their way back to each other 💕 [WTTW]
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