Chicago Advocates and Providers Brace for Influx of Patients if Abortion Rights Are Overturned: Afternoon Edition: May 6, 2022


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In Chicago, advocates and providers brace for influx of patients if abortion rights are overturned

Mujeres Latinas en Acción often referred uninsured immigrant women seeking abortions to Chicago-area services like the Chicago Abortion Fund and Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

But Neusa Gaytan, senior vice president of programs, said she wasn’t sure how women living in other states that may soon ban abortions would travel to Illinois. She considers that the fight for the right to abortion intersects with the fight for the rights of immigrants.

“If you’re a woman of color, if you’re Latina, and you’re low-income, how are you going to be able to get to another state that can perform this service?” Gaytan said.

Advocates and providers brace for a surge of women seeking abortions in Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its Roe v. Wade guaranteeing the right to abortion that Americans have known for decades. Due to a change in state law in 2019, abortion will remain legal in Illinois and the state will likely become a haven in the Midwest for those seeking abortions.

An estimated 26 states, including many surrounding Illinois states, are likely to ban abortions if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark 1973 case, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Advocates worry about how people — especially women of color and those with little money — will be able to travel to Illinois or another state where abortion services are available.

Elvia Malagón shares more about what the future of abortion access might look like here.

More news you need

  1. Surveillance video shows a violent robbery early this morning in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in which a man was shot in the head as he grappled with someone who stole his phone. Suspect and an accomplice drove off, Ald. Brian Hopkins told voters in a message.
  2. Bail was today denied for a teenage couple accused of fatally shooting a man and shooting two 17-year-old girls – injuring one – in separate attacks in December on the side North West. The 18- and 17-year-olds are each charged with first-degree murder in the December 11 shooting death of Victor Gutierrez, 20, in Irving Park, county prosecutors said.
  3. Face coverings will remain optional in Chicago’s indoor spaces, including public schools, even though rising cases mean there is now a ‘medium risk’ of COVID-19 transmission in the city according to federal guidelines. health matter. Chicago’s move from the CDC’s “low-risk” category had been expected for weeks as infections spread over the past month, but the city has not reinstated its mask mandate.
  4. The Illinois Department of Public Health “has not identified or responded to the severity” of an outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans Home, the state’s auditor general concluded in a painstakingly detailed report released yesterday. The outbreak – which ultimately killed 36 veterans from November 2020 to January 2021 – was the largest of any congregate care facility in the state.
  5. Friends, family, colleagues and fans mourn the loss of Mike Hagerty, a Chicago kid who became a Second City improv star before embarking on a long career in film and television. Hagerty died yesterday at the age of 67.
  6. Some state employees will have an additional two years to opt in to early cashing in of all or part of their pension under an extension approved yesterday by Governor JB Pritzker. The pilot programs reduce the state’s long-term pension obligations and will save taxpayers money “for decades to come,” Pritzker said.
  7. S&P Global Ratings raised its Illinois bond rating today, with the state now benefiting from upgrades from all three Wall Street rating agencies. While the agency warned that “credit pressures remain,” it cited improved Illinois financial flexibility, timely passage of the budget and elimination of the backlog of bills, as well as than recent surplus income.
  8. Starbucks workers at a LaGrange store rejected joining the union in a tally of mail-in ballots today overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. Last week, a Cary store became the first in the Chicago area to unionize
  9. The Illinois crow population has undergone drastic changes over the past 20 years. And the reason why isn’t necessarily what you might expect. It dates back to the early 2000s, when West Nile virus infections spiked in Illinois in humans and also among crows. Turns out bird tracking can help keep us safe.

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A Train, a Wagon, and a Canal: Lockport’s Mural Recalls the City’s Transportation History

Head to Dellwood Tire and Auto Repair in Lockport, and you might find yourself staring at a train.

You are not in danger. This is a 3D mural painted on an outside wall of the tire shop that features a train, tractor, old fashioned pickup truck, 18 wheeler and horse drawn ice cream cart, with a plane overhead in the distance.

From a distance, however, the images seem to jump out at you. For example, the painted lamps on either side of the store door at 711 S. State St. seem to shine brightly.

A mural on a wall outside Dellwood Tire and Auto Repair in Lockport features various modes of transportation painted in a three-dimensional style.

It’s the work of Robert Ryan.

He painted this slice of Americana as part of an art initiative called “unLOCK: Merging Art and Industry in Downtown Lockport,” which, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, commissioned 11 artists to create works focused on the history of the city.

Ryan, 58, says his goal was “to portray what I felt was part of what made Lockport’s history great and built it, which was primarily transportation.”

Josephine Stratman has more on the mural here.

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Yesterday we asked you: what is a sitcom from your childhood that you would like to see rebooted?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Maybe one that was short-lived that few remember, like ‘Homeboys from Outer Space’ or ‘Grown Ups’.” Experiment on which ones you desire. —Chris Owens

“Honeymoons.” — Chris Onorato

“‘Facts of Life’ or ‘Different Strokes.’ I loved that they grew up! — John Boog Smith

“The Company of Three.” —Chuck Colquitt III

“Good time.” —Jacalyn Horne Johnson

“Home improvement.” —Eric Ratzer

“Married with children.” —Bill Buckland

“Reboot ‘Welcome, Kotter.’ And while you’re at it, bring back “Moonlighting.” — Marc McIntosh

“Certainly ‘Family Ties.’ My dad and I watched it every week. He loved the Michael J. Fox character. —Sandra J. Morris Cessna

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