Afternoon edition: April 26, 2021


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

This afternoon will be mostly sunny with a temperature of around 76 degrees. Tonight’s low will be around 63 degrees. A taste of summer is in store for tomorrow, which will be sunny and humid with a high of nearly 84 degrees.

Top story

La Grange teenager accuses hockey team of discrimination against disability

Morgan Urso tried many sports as a young child and didn’t like any of them. Everything changed when she was 10 years old when she went to train hockey with her brother.

“I ended up loving the game,” Morgan said. “The feeling of fresh air hitting my face every shift is a sensation I would get any day.”

Now a sophomore in high school, Morgan’s zeal for the game took a hit when her club’s hockey team unexpectedly banned her from training, playing and participating in team activities. .

The Urso family, who live in La Grange, recently sued the Illinois hockey team and the Illinois Amateur Hockey Association for disability discrimination, claiming Morgan was suspended after speaking to a coach of his mental illness.

During her first year in 2019, Morgan experienced a severe depressive episode, which led to her being on an outpatient program and receiving new medications.

Morgan said his coach, Illinois hockey team manager Larry Pedrie, was initially supportive. “He said if I needed to be an assistant coach on the bench with him or if I wanted to go out and skate or miss, I could do whatever I needed,” Morgan said.

Morgan’s mother Kelly Urso said she received a call the next day and was told that Pedrie had spoken with Mike Mullally, director of American hockey at the Illinois Amateur Hockey Association, and that they had decided to exclude Morgan from all practices and games of the Illinois team. and other activities.

“I remember saying, ‘What?’ a lot, like, how did he decide that, ”Urso said. “He kept saying, ‘I have [Team Illinois’] full board support is what AHAI advised us to do. I ended up hanging up because I was so moved.

Read Mari Devereaux’s full story on the Urso family lawsuit, which they say was brought to prevent other families from going through a similar situation.

More news you need

  1. A man was charged with the murder of Tray Savage last year, a rapper signed to Chief Keef’s label, after he was extradited from Texas to Chicago. Investigators identified Demitri Jackson, 20, as the shooter of the surveillance video, Cook County prosecutors said in a court document.
  2. A 17-year-old boy was killed in a shootout in Little Village this morning. Police said the teen was walking the 2700 block of South Drake Avenue when someone opened fire.
  3. Illinois will lose a seat in the United States House of Representatives, the Census Bureau said today, announcing the redistribution of the 435 seats in Congress based on population changes in the 2020 census. Over the past 50 years, Illinois, reflecting the results of every new census, has seen fewer and fewer members of Congress.
  4. Chicago owners, while sometimes not the city’s most admired group of people, wonder if they are being left behind in official pandemic recovery plans. David Roeder spoke to building owners who said a ban on evictions left them with rent fliers and squatters, forcing them to cut spending and lower the quality of the housing stock.
  5. Mayor Lightfoot revealed details of her five-year capital spending plan today at a press conference to mark the start of the 2021 street paving season. To highlight the “fairness” component of its plan, Lightfoot chose a project to resurface the 81st Street and Damen Avenue arteries in Auburn Gresham as the backdrop for the announcement.
  6. The Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival, which takes place annually in Jackson Park, has carried over its usual list of in-person activities in favor of an online event on July 3. The group wants to wait until they can organize the picnic and festival that the local heads of house know and love.

A brilliant

Buona launches Italian plant-based meatless sandwich

Where’s the beef?

It’s not in Buona’s latest sandwich offering.

Chicago’s iconic beef sandwich supplier is adding a plant-based Italian beef-free sandwich to its restaurant menu starting Monday.

The vegetarian and vegan seitan meat sandwich mimics its classic counterpart Original Buona Beef, except for the main ingredient. Everything from the vegetable-based sauce and bread to Buona’s iconic giardiniera, was already vegan. The new sandwich costs $ 7.99 (only available in the 7-inch size) and is now on the menu at all 24 Buona locations for a limited time.

Chicago’s Buona offers a plant-based meatless sandwich.

“The sandwich is the result of a partnership with Upton’s Natural, a local seitan creator,” said Candice Jordan, director of marketing for Buona. “We have a separate production area where we make the ‘beef’ and seasoned vegan sauce on site at our main distribution center, and then it is sent to each of our sites, which now have their own vegan production area.

“It’s been almost two years of development to complete it. We went through a lot of aromas until we were right and the [Buona] the family made sure the vegan sandwich matched their authentic recipe. The company, based in Berwyn, was founded 40 years ago by the Buonavolanto family.

Read Miriam Di Nunzio’s full story on this new take on a classic Chicago sandwich.

From the press box

On the recommendation of doctors following his latest concussion, Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw announced his retirement from the NHL this morning. “There comes a time when every athlete needs to realize that their health is a priority and that a future with their family is what is most important,” Shaw said in a statement. “That point for me is now.”

See how we see the first round play out in our final 2021 NFL mock draft.

Your daily question ☕

What’s your favorite Chicago sandwich? Tell us why.

Send us an email (please include your first name and place of residence) and we could include your response in the next afternoon edition.

Friday before the Oscars 2021, we asked you: What’s your favorite part of watching the Oscars each year? Here’s what some of you said …

“I haven’t seen any new movies last year. I really miss movie theaters. ” – Tony Galati

“See all the good and bad fashion choices.” – Petra-Maryanne Lawler

“The ‘In Memoriam’ segment of all the stars who passed last year” – Ken Neth

“The announcement of the eight grand prizes, counting the scores for each film, and the ‘In Memoriam’ section.” – Benjamin Nunis

“My favorite part? Hmmm. When I change channels to watch something else.” – Douglas Ahle

“I don’t watch anymore. It has become more a question of politics than of art. – Phyllis O’Neill

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