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Thursday, April 1, 2021
Hi there! Who among us didn't adopt — or think about adopting — a pet this past year? First-time owners might be feeling nervy with the upcoming coyote mating and birthing season. But Cook County's animal control department said as long as owners exercise caution, Fluffy and Spot should be OK. 

⛅Shorts season is also near — maybe even as early as this weekend 🤪Hoping that this is our last 30-degree day for a while 🤞 

🗞️Today's Top Story

Cook County broadens public defense for noncitizens. Undocumented people can face deportation for specific and non-specific criminal convictions.
  • Aggregated felonies include 30 different offenses, from drug trafficking to missing a court appearance.
  • Crimes "involving moral turpitude," which include violent and nonviolent acts. 
  • Plus, community service, rehab, and other alternate services can also put noncitizens at risk for deportation. 
Because public defenders' expertise is not in immigration law, they may be unaware of these consequences for their noncitizen clients, especially when negotiating plea deals.  

But Cook County — where one in five residents were born in another country — is adding an immigration unit to its public defender office. Immigration attorneys currently advise public defenders, but the office hopes to also provide free representation to people in immigration court. [Injustice Watch]

📠Vax Fax

💉Chicago Lawn and West Englewood residents 18 and older can request appointments at Esperanza Health Centers. Text "CHICAGO LAWN" or "WEST ENGLEWOOD" to 773-207-3133 to be put on a call list. [Esperanza]

😷Edgewater residents can get vaccine registration assistance from Ald. Harry Osterman's office. Call 224-698-7507 or send an email. [Edgeville Buzz]

👀Stories We're Watching

'I feel like I'm invisible.' The city still hasn't made a settlement offer to Anjanette Young, her attorney said, despite Mayor Lori Lightfoot promising to resolve the case. In 2019, Young was undressing when police raided her home. [CBS News]
A tale of two zip codes. Since the vaccine rollout began, West Englewood has gotten 300 doses. But the Illinois Medical District, where several hospitals reside, got 500 times that. Fewer providers and physicians are on the South and West Sides, but the uneven rollout has cast a new light on health care deserts. [WBEZ]
Chicago sees a 'quantum' leap in cases. The city's reopening plan is paused due to COVID-19 cases increasing in the past few weeks, a trend being driven by young people, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday. [NBC Chicago]

🎙️Today's Podcast

McGwire and Sosa shake hands
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa shake hands before a game in 1998. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/Getty Images)
It's opening day, and we’re looking back at a pivotal moment in MLB history: the 1998 doping scandal that cast a shadow on the McGwire–Sosa home run race and its lasting impact on the sport.

“I feel like the home run is just not what it was after the steroid era…and it’s kind of a shame because the home run is wild.” —Joan Niesen, Crushed host
Listen to today's episode

🥡Takeout Thursday

Vendor sells peanuts at Windy City Classic.
A peanut vendor at the Windy City Classic, an exhibition game between the Sox and Cubs at Comiskey Park on April 24, 1995. (Brian Bahr/AFP/Getty Images)
Who wants peanuts and Cracker Jacks when the Cubs and Sox are out here elevating the stadium food game? (Or trying to anyway.) Allow me to take you out to the ball game ⚾

Remember chowing down on a southwest-inspired hot dog or a filet mignon steak sammy at Wrigley Field? And over at Sox Park, we really could top off nacho helmets with bacon popcorn

Might we recommend wearing loose-fitting pants while you decide each stadium's best and, uh, worst foods this baseball season?

📷How're you celebrating opening day? Share pics and tag us or email us! 
What'd you think of the newsletter? Email and let us know! See y'all later 👋

—Sidney Madden (@sidney_madden_)


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