How Chicago’s New Shareable Scooter Program Will Work

How Chicago’s New Shareable Scooter Program Will Work

After months of discussion and planning, a scooter-sharing program is coming to Chicago on Saturday, and residents undoubtedly have questions about how everything will work with the new mode of transportation.

A total of 10 companies will be involved in the pilot program, which will last through early fall, according to the city of Chicago. During that time, approximately 2,500 scooters will be available for use in the city, but their usage will be tightly restricted.

Here are some of the answers to questions residents will likely have about the devices:

How Will the E-Scooter Program Work?

Much like Divvy bikes, residents will have to download mobile apps in order to use shareable scooters, but unlike the Divvy program, there will be numerous companies operating the devices. Residents will have to use the appropriate mobile app to use a scooter in its designated area.

When Can I Use an E-Scooter?

Scooters will only be permitted to operate between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Where Can I Find E-Scooters?

Scooters can be found in their own designated service areas, and the devices will be “geo-fenced” to prevent them from operating outside of those set parameters. The borders of each device’s usage area will be defined by the company.

What Areas Will be Served by the Pilot Program?

According to a map provided by the city of Chicago, the West and Northwest sides of the city will be served by scooters. The boundaries of the area are West Irving Park Road on its northern edge, the North Branch of the Chicago River and North Halsted on the east, South Cicero Avenue on the south, and the city limits on the western side.

What Will Companies Have to Do to Operate Scooters?

Companies must remove scooters if they’re parked in unapproved spaces (scooters can only be parked where bicycles can legal be parked), and will have to pick up scooters if they are out past 10 p.m.

The city says that scooters must be parked upright, and with a minimum six feet of clearance between the scooters and “public way encumbrances,” according to a fact sheet.

A Scooter is Illegally Parked. What Do I Do?

According to the city, contact information will be available on each scooter, and companies must move scooters that are illegally parked within two hours. That restriction is in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the pilot program.

When Will the Pilot Program End?

The program will start Saturday and end on Oct. 15. After that date, the city will evaluate how much money the scooters generated, whether any problems were caused by the availability of scooters, and whether the program should continue.

For more information, and for a map of the service area, residents are encouraged to visit the city of Chicago’s E-Scooter informational website.

Published at Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:56:56 +0000

He died after Chicago family took him off life support. Then he walked through the door.

He died after Chicago family took him off life support. Then he walked through the door.

The hospital staff was insistent, but Brenda Bennett-Johnson could not be sure. It was May 13 and Bennett-Johnson and her sister Rosie Brooks were visiting the intensive care unit at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, watching a man struggle for his life. Authorities said they were looking at their brother.

He was confined to a hospital bed, bobbing in and out of consciousness, face beaten beyond recognition, chest rising with breath only due to the ventilator tube snaked down his throat. The man had been brought in after being discovered naked and viciously attacked on April 29.

It had been years since Brooks and Bennett-Johnson had been in touch with their sibling, Alfonso Bennett. And as the sisters recently told WBBM, through the injuries and medical contraptions, they did not recognize the man slipping away at Mercy as Alfonso.

“They kept saying [the Chicago Police Department] identified this person as our brother,” Bennett-Johnson told the station.

Accepting the word of authorities, the sisters kept vigil over the injured man. When doctors said it was time, they signed the necessary paperwork allowing the staff to unhook him from the machines. He quickly passed away, and the sisters started making funeral plans.

Then, amid the family’s grief, a miracle dropped.

A member of the family called to report that Bennett — alive and well — had just walked through her front door.

“I almost had a heart attack,” Bennett-Johnson said.

The sisters’ hunch at the hospital had been correct. Unfortunately, they had signed off on a stranger’s death.

“It’s sad that it happened like that. If it was our brother and we had to go through that, that would have been a different thing,” Bennett-Johnson told WBBM. “We made all kinds of decisions on someone that wasn’t our family.”

The head-scratching case of mistaken identity has now prompted hard questions for Chicago authorities after media reported on the case this week.

“To say that we currently have questions is an understatement,” Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, tweeted in a response on Wednesday. “We have detectives looking into every aspect of this incident — from the incident response to the circumstances leading to the hospitalization and the notification of family members.”

Incredibly, a similar scenario played out last summer in New York. As The Washington Post reported in January, a woman was alerted in July 2018 by a hospital in the Bronx that her brother was unconscious and suffering from severe brain damage after a drug overdose.

Two weeks later, the sister told doctors at St. Barnabas Hospital to take her brother off life support after they advised her the patient would never recover. Later, the sister learned the hospital had incorrectly identified the man in their care as her sibling. Her actual brother was being held at the time on Rikers Island after an arrest. The mix-up became apparent only after the city medical examiner’s office did an autopsy.

The family filed a lawsuit against St. Barnabas in January.

In Chicago, the false identification that embroiled Bennett-Johnson and Brooks was equally strange.

As the sisters told WBBM, when they first got to the hospital, a nurse told them their brother had been identified through police mug shots. The department had not identified the man through fingerprints because of budget cuts, the nurse said, according to the sisters.

Police sources told WBBM that fingerprinting identification is only used when an individual has committed a crime or is taken to the morgue.

“You don’t identify a person through a mug shot versus fingerprints,” Bennett-Johnson told the station. “Fingerprints carries everything.”

The mistake only surfaced after authorities at the morgue took his fingerprints. He’s still a mystery man. According to WBBM, investigators are now looking for the actual relatives of the deceased.

In a statement to the station, Mercy noted, “The family did identify this patient as their brother.”

Guglielmi, the Chicago police spokesman, said an investigation is underway into what happened.

“I can’t conceive of how a budgetary issue would drive whether or not a person who was a John Doe would be fingerprinted before they’re taken off of life support,” Bennett-Johnson and Brooks’s attorney, Cannon Lambert Sr., told the station. “If that’s the situation, something’s got to be done.”

Published at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:36:44 +0000

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Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is free again

Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is free again

DU QUOIN, Ill. — The Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois is dropping a $2 entry fee.

The admission fee for people 13 and older was started in 2016. Fair manager Josh Gross and John Sullivan, the head of the Illinois Agriculture Department, said they heard many complaints.

Sullivan says he’s “thrilled” to make the fair free again. The Southern Illinoisan reports that parking at the fairgrounds will be $15 while parking near the Southern Illinois Center will be $10.

Sullivan and Gross also announced more than $500,000 in improvements and repairs at the Du Quoin fairgrounds. Mayor Guy Alongi says the fair is an “economic engine” for southern Illinois.

This year’s fair will be held Aug. 23 through Sept. 2. The entertainment lineup will be announced Monday.


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Published at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:24:00 +0000

Anderson, García Power White Sox to Win Over Yankees

Anderson, García Power White Sox to Win Over Yankees

The New York Yankees jumped out to an early lead over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night, but the South Siders got the last laugh as they scored a comeback 5-4 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Tim Anderson blasted a three-run home run in the fifth inning to tie the game up at 4-4, and Leury García homered to give his team the lead in the seventh.

Ivan Nova pitched 5.2 innings and gave up four earned runs, and his teammates picked him up, as Evan Marshall scored his second win of the season and Aaron Bummer got his first save in the winning effort.

J.A. Happ gave up four runs for the Yankees, and Adam Ottavino was tagged with the loss. Brett Gardner hit his 11th home run of the season, and Clint Frazier drove in an RBI for the Bronx Bombers in the loss.

The Yankees jumped out to a lead in the second inning, as Didi Gregorius scored on a wild pitch and Frazier drove in Gardner with an RBI single. In the fourth, Gardner poked a home run over the right field wall, scoring Gleyber Torres and giving the Yankees a 4-0 cushion.

From there, the White Sox staged their comeback. García smacked a double to center field to get the Sox on the board in the fifth, and with two men on Anderson launched a home run over the center field fence to knot the game at 4-4.

In the seventh, García struck again, unloading on a home run over the right field wall to give the Sox a 5-4 lead that they would never relinquish.

The White Sox, now just two games under .500 for the season, will look for their fifth win in six games on Friday when they send ace pitcher Lucas Giolito to the hill against the Yankees, where he will be opposed by C.C. Sabathia. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Published at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 03:35:38 +0000

12M Quest Diagnostics Patients May Have Had Data Breached

12M Quest Diagnostics Patients May Have Had Data Breached

Quest Diagnostics, one of the biggest blood testing providers in the country, warned Monday that nearly 12 million of its customers may have had personal, financial and medical information breached due to an issue with one of its vendors.

In a filing with securities regulators, Quest said it was notified that between Aug. 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019, that someone had unauthorized access to the systems of AMCA, a billing collections vendor.

“(The) information on AMCA’s affected system included financial information (e.g., credit card numbers and bank account information), medical information and other personal information (e.g., Social Security Numbers),” Quest said in the filing.

While customers’ broad medical information might have been compromised, Quest said AMCA did not have access to actual lab test results, and so therefore that data was not impacted. 

Quest said it was told that as of May 31, information on roughly 11.9 million of its patients was stored on the affected AMCA system. 

The company said it has not received “detailed or complete” information from AMCA about the breach yet. 

“Quest Diagnostics takes this matter very seriously and is committed to the privacy and security of patients’ personal, medical and financial information,” the company added in the filing. 

In a statement later Monday, the firm representing the American Medical Collection System said it was investigating the “data incident.” 

“Upon receiving information from a security compliance firm that works with credit card companies of a possible security compromise, we conducted an internal review, and then took down our web payments page,” the statement said. “We hired a third-party external forensics firm to investigate any potential security breach in our systems, migrated our web payments portal services to a third-party vendor, and retained additional experts to advise on, and implement, steps to increase our systems’ security. We have also advised law enforcement of this incident. We remain committed to our system’s security, data privacy, and the protection of personal information.”

Published at Tue, 04 Jun 2019 23:38:09 +0000

Cuba Gooding Jr. Might Not Surrender to SVU After All

Cuba Gooding Jr. Might Not Surrender to SVU After All

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will apparently not surrender to NYPD for an alleged groping incident at a rooftop bar in Manhattan over the weekend until hearing from the prosecutor, his lawyer said, adding the decision comes after reviewing surveillance video.

Attorney Mark Heller said that after “extensively” reviewing the case and watching several hours of video, he found “no criminality on tape.”

Heller said that before seeing the video they had contemplated surrendering. However, since the prosecutor “has failed to return my calls” and since watching the video, Mark says his client needs to consider that they’ll decline to prosecute him.

“He’s 51 with no criminal history. I’m not going to have him in a holding cell just to be declined,” he said, adding that, for now, until they hear from the prosecutor, Gooding will not surrender.

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It wasn’t immediately clear if any charges had been filed as of Thursday morning in the case, which stemmed from an interaction with a woman at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge early Sunday.

Multiple senior NYPD officials told News 4 a woman claimed the Hollywood actor touched her breasts at the Seventh Avenue club; she filed a police report.

No other details were immediately available.

“We’re prepared to do the right thing,” Heller said.

Published at Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:26:25 +0000

High Winds, Dangerous Waves on Tap Thursday in Chicago Area

High Winds, Dangerous Waves on Tap Thursday in Chicago Area

Wet weather on Wednesday night will give way to high winds and dangerous waves on Lake Michigan, prompting a Lakeshore Flood Advisory for the Chicagoland area.

According to the National Weather Service, the advisory will take effect beginning at midnight, with 35-to-45 mph winds driving waves that could reach 10 feet in northwest Indiana.

Beaches along the lake could experience flooding due to the conditions, and Chicago’s bike path along Lake Michigan could also be impacted by the high waves.

The advisory will last until 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the weather service.

NBC 5 Storm Team says waves of 5-to-8 feet are possible in Cook County due to the high winds, and 3-to-6 foot waves are possible in Lake County in northern Illinois.

Further complicating matters for residents are high water levels on Lake Michigan, caused by heavy spring rains. Record-water levels have been recorded in several of the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, which approached record levels in the month of May.

After the winds begin to die down, nicer weather is expected Friday, with high temperatures reaching the high-70s, but the weekend will bring more rain and storms, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team.

Published at Thu, 13 Jun 2019 03:33:56 +0000

Sun-Times: Pritzker signs abortion law

Sun-Times: Pritzker signs abortion law

Bucking neighboring states, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday sent a big signal by signing a law to protect Illinois’ abortion rights should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Supporters have said the legislation is essential, worrying that women will not have access to reproductive health care in Illinois should the Supreme Court decision be overturned.

Anti-abortion groups, like the Thomas More Society, said it makes Illinois “an abortion destination for the country.”

• Get the full report at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Published at Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:58:11 +0000