Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Illinois health officials Tuesday announced 1,617 new known cases of COVID-19 and 32 additional confirmed fatalities, bringing the total number of known infections in Illinois to 305,011 and the statewide death toll to 8,836 since the start of the pandemic.



a group of people sitting at a table with a bunch of stuffed animals: Mourners add to a memorial on Sept. 9, 2020, during a vigil in memory of Dajore Wilson, 8, near where she was killed at 47th Street and South Union Avenue in the Canaryville neighborhood.


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Mourners add to a memorial on Sept. 9, 2020, during a vigil in memory of Dajore Wilson, 8, near where she was killed at 47th Street and South Union Avenue in the Canaryville neighborhood.

Officials reported 49,513 new tests in the last 24 hours. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is 3.4%.



a traffic light at night: The setting sun is is seen along East Madison Street before the fall equinox on Sept. 21, 2020, in Chicago.


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The setting sun is is seen along East Madison Street before the fall equinox on Sept. 21, 2020, in Chicago.

Earlier Tuesday, city officials said Indiana again is in danger of being added to Chicago’s quarantine travel order next week. While the neighboring state

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Suspecting politics at play, ex-FOP leader gets 3-year suspension from Chicago police union for use of camera in rival’s office

Kevin Graham, the former president of the Chicago Police Department’s largest union, was suspended from the organization for 3 years on Wednesday for leaving behind a tiny camera that continued to record in his old office while it was occupied by his successor, and not telling him about it, officials said.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Kevin Graham President of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, expressess his satisfaction at the guilty verdict for Shomari Legghette, the man that killed Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, after the verdict in the lobby of the George Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Friday, March 13, 2020. Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune


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Kevin Graham President of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, expressess his satisfaction at the guilty verdict for Shomari Legghette, the man that killed Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, after the verdict in the lobby of the George Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Friday, March 13, 2020. Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune

Graham, however, has denied any wrongdoing and plans to appeal the decision.

In an interview with the Tribune Wednesday evening, Graham indicated the decision by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police was flawed since it was handed down by union officials aligned with

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Chevy Humphrey Named the New President and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Following a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) announced today that Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO of the Arizona Science Center, will succeed David Mosena as President and CEO of one of the largest science museums in the world. Mosena is retiring at the end of the year after 23 years leading MSI.

The first woman and Black American to lead MSI, Humphrey is a long-time, successful leader in the museum field. She has served as CEO of the Phoenix-based Arizona Science Center (ASC) for nearly 15 years. Prior to being named CEO in 2005, Humphrey served in multiple roles with the institution. Earlier in her career, she gained experience in development with the Phoenix Symphony and two institutions of higher education.

MSI Board Chairman Chris Crane said, “Chevy Humphrey is extremely accomplished and has the energy, background and experience to

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Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy Calls on Chicago Companies to Meaningfully Engage with Schools to Help Close Technology and Access Gaps in Education

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy (MSA) is calling on the Chicago business community to increase its engagement with schools to help close the inequality gap that exists in under-resourced areas. Perspectives MSA credits its readiness for the 2020-2021 remote school year to its deep, meaningful relationships with several Chicago companies that have engaged by providing employee support and financial resources.

“Our corporate supporters have embraced understanding the communities Perspectives serves, and they partner with us on solutions that have led to better mental and physical resources for students, a double-digit increase in graduation rates and reduced level of suspension,” said TyNeisha Banks, principal of Perspectives. “We urge Chicago corporations to engage with us and other under-resourced schools to, eventually, erase the inequality gap altogether.”

When COVID-19 forced schools to close in March, the challenges for students of under-resourced communities were amplified, as families lacked the resources

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