Afternoon edition: March 14, 2022

Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. This is an approximately 5 minute read that will educate you on today’s biggest stories.

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CPD’s plan for 1.5 million ‘positive’ interactions with residents is ‘deeply problematic’, says AG

Four days after Chicago closed the book on its most violent year in a quarter century, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown pinned his hopes on a new approach to fighting crime.

Brown, Lightfoot’s hand-picked choice to usher in sweeping court-ordered reforms outlined in a federal consent decree, has set a goal for the year of logging at least 1.5 million “interactions.” Community Positives,” or IPC, a threefold increase from 2021. The effort to prioritize these interactions — like helping change a tire or giving directions — was touted as a way to both build trust and solve cases.

The department has encouraged community outreach for years, but never applied it to such levels. A Sun-Times investigation is now raising serious questions about Brown’s plan — and even its legality.

While officers must log every interaction, they often omit crucial information that makes it nearly impossible for the department to verify an account is accurate, according to a review of internal records.

Many records lack the officer’s name or star number, and other records do not give detailed information about where a PCI occurred. But perhaps most notably, not a single record contains information about who was helped or what made the interaction positive.

The state attorney general’s office found so many problems with the program that it urged city attorneys to “suspend or at least pause” the effort to log 1.5 million interactions, calling it a “quota system” which is “full of significant drawbacks”.

“As you probably know,” says a Feb. 7 memo obtained by the Sun-Times via an open records request, “the use of quotas in law enforcement – whether described as objectives, targets, performance standards or activity measures – is deeply problematic.”

Read more about GA comments here.

More news you need

  1. Lawyers for Jussie Smollett have asked an appeals court to release the former ‘Empire’ actor from prison as he tries to overturn his conviction. In a motion filed today, attorneys for Smollett say the actor is being held in a “psychiatric ward.”
  2. In a Zoom call today with the Mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Mayor Lori Lightfoot got a first-hand account of the horrors and hardship innocent civilians are enduring as the Russians invade the European country of ballast. After hearing the harrowing details, Lightfoot pledged Chicago’s continued support for the duration of the war.
  3. For Ukrainians who fled after World War II to places like Chicago, watching today’s news is like reliving a nightmare. said Olena Matwyshyn, 83.
  4. The first day at Chicago public schools since the district ended its mask mandate was like the most recent with many kids still wearing masks despite not being required to. Stefano Esposito reports on parents’ reaction to CPS making masks optional.
  5. Will the huge sign that Donald Trump slapped on his Chicago skyscraper come down because of the role the former president may have played in instigating the January 6, 2021, uprising? An ordinance passed by a city council committee today could make that possible.
  6. Drivers of services like Uber and Lyft in Chicago would be paid significantly more if they were classified as employees rather than independent contractors, according to a recent study of city data. David Roeder has more on the study from the Illinois Institute for Economic Policy and researchers at the University of Illinois.
  7. Legendary WVON-AM disc jockey Pervis Spann, who helped make black radio a powerhouse in Chicago, died today at age 89 at his South Side home from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Read Maureen O’Donnell’s obituary for Spann.

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What made Glenbard West memorable

There were a lot of people in the high school basketball world who thought Glenbard West was the best team in the state as of last June.

And then there were others who doubted, wondered perhaps and needed to see it to believe it. Even throughout the first month or two of the season, there have been detractors, almost a missing appreciation for the quality of this team.

Maybe it’s because it was Glenbard West, traditionally a basketball program that you just don’t elevate to elite status – ever. There were other early barometers that many didn’t recognize with this team. They were so good, clearly the No. 1 team, if you paid attention.

Glenbard West poses with the trophy after winning the match against Young.

Kirsten Stickey / For Times of the Sun

But over the course of the season, the Hilltoppers lived up to expectations of being the No. 1 team in the preseason. Not only did they rise to the occasion, but they thrived in every way, whether it was dominating points differential or shining in all of their big stage moments.

Even the only loss of the season, a crushing loss to national powerhouse Sierra Canyon out of California, didn’t change the plan or dampen the buzz around this team.

Still, nothing compared to the show and clinic Glenbard West put on during Saturday’s Class 4A State Championship game in Champaign. Honestly, you couldn’t have asked for a more exceptional game than what the top-ranked Hilltoppers gave the crowd in their 56-34 rout of Young.

Learn more about Glenbard West’s men’s basketball team’s magical season after winning the Class 4A State Championship this weekend.

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Your daily question ☕

As spring training begins, what are you most looking forward to this baseball season?

Email us at [email protected] and we might feature your response in the next afternoon edition.

On Friday, we asked you: Where can you find the best corned beef sandwich in Chicago? Here’s what some of you said…

“A&P Deli – Great Corn Beef Sandwich.” —Vanessa Amos

“Manny is on Roosevelt Road and a bit west of Canal St. Great Corn Beef Sandwiches.” —Chris Thomas

“Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen 100%! We drive for over an hour for their amazing sandwiches and soups!” —Rhonda Polick

“Manny’s cafeteria and delicatessen. Always the best with their soups, latkes and assortment of baked goods. Yum!” —Dana Lori

“The Onion Roll on North Avenue in Oak Park.” —Joanne Dedowicz

“The Corned Beef Factory sandwich shop on Lake St in the West Loop.” — Karen Komarnicki

“Dillinger’s on West 127th Street in Calumet Park has excellent Corned Beef. But A&P Deli is hard to beat. —John Owens

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Grover Z. Barnes