Welcome to the inaugural edition of Chicago Patch, a rundown of what’s up and going down in Chi-town today. My name’s Eileen and I’ll be bringing you the day’s top stories straight to your inbox.

Get started with the latest from columnist Mark Konkol, Chicago’s back-to-back best blogger: Even if embattled, bad-word texting Ald. Jim Gardiner succumbs to calls for his resignation, there’s still a spot on the city payroll saved for him. Ain’t that a … word that rhymes with sandwich.

KONKOL COLUMN: Despite Allegations, Chicago Is Probably Stuck With Ald. Gardiner

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Not quite sweater weather but we all know someone who will bust one out anyway with a High of 74, Low of 62.

Here are the top stories in Chicago today:

  1. FBI and Chicago police are seeking community help in identifying a man wanted in connection to a possible hate crime last month. Police released photos and video of the man they say hit another man at the Argyle Red Line station and then possibly shouted an “ethnic slur” at him. (Chicago Patch)
  2. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s latest initiative to sue gang members in order to decrease violence in the city is drawing criticism from City Council members. The plan, which will have to go through the Rules Committee Monday, would allow the city to file lawsuits against gang leaders’ assets. (NBC Chicago)
  3. The Illinois Supreme Court announced an extra $60 million in rental assistance for Illinoisans whose housing has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds come just as a federal eviction moratorium is set to run out. (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)
  4. Under a new ordinance that passed the City Council Tuesday, Chicago restaurants will be prohibited from automatically distributing single-use utensils but compliance would be voluntary and drive-through restaurants and airport food stands would be exempt. (Chicago Sun-Times)
  5. The former leader of an Illinois-based anti-government militia group was found guilty in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Emily Claire Hari, formerly known as Michael Hair, was identified as the leader of The White Rabbits group in Clarence, Illinois. (Chicago Patch)

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Today in Chicago:

  • Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth will play a solo show at Empty Bottle. (9:30 p.m.)
  • 109th Revue show at The Second City in Old Town (7 p.m.)
  • Dance party at The Promotory (10 p.m.)
  • Comedy Open Mic Night at Cole’s Logan Square (9 p.m.)
  • Ravenswood Farmers Market (4 p.m.)

Chicago Patch Notebook

  1. Enjoy Illinois releases high up footage from Galena, Illinois. (Instagram)
  2. Winners have been announced in the Chicago Architecture Center’s competition for repurposing the Thompson Center. (Instagram)
  3. The final days to see Richard Hunt: Scholar’s Rock or Stone of Hope or Love of Bronze are coming up. (Facebook)
  4. Profile from Chicago magazine on White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti by Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me’s Peter Sagal. (Instagram)
  5. Illinois High School Football Top 10 Poll. (Associated Press)

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