Good morning, Chicago.
Forty years ago this month, seven people in the Chicago area died after taking Tylenol capsules filled with potassium cyanide.
Their deaths led to tamper-resistant packaging, federal laws against product tampering and urban legends about tainted Halloween candy. But despite the attention the killings generated and the worldwide panic they caused, no one has ever been charged with this horrific crime.
And time is running out.
We have traveled around the country over the past year examining the evidence and following fresh leads. We’ve combed through tens of thousands of public records, including a few that still remain under seal. And we’ve interviewed more than 150 people for our new series, many of whom have never gone on the record, until now.
In our six-part series and companion podcast, we’ll take you inside law enforcement’s latest – and, possibly, last – attempt at solving these crimes. These efforts include exhuming one suspect’s body and traveling to Boston just a few days ago to talk to another.
Join us as we tell the story of the Tylenol Murders like no one has told it before.
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One theme throughout New York Attorney General Letitia James’ multimillion-dollar fraud lawsuit against former President Donald Trump is that he undervalued property if it would save him money and overvalued property if it helped him get bigger loans.
The showcase Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is cited as an example of how Trump allegedly sought to have it both ways. When he needed collateral, he and his team placed a high value on the property and when he wanted a tax break, he called the property worthless, according to the lawsuit filed by James’ office.
Members of the City Council rejected, then approved, a controversial plan to install a training facility for the Chicago Fire soccer team on Chicago Housing Authority land — an extraordinary reversal that highlighted the power mayors have to implement their agenda.
The proposed 24-acre, $80 million complex would be built where the ABLA public housing complexes once stood. Plans call for two hybrid grass pitches and a goalkeeper pitch; an underground heating system; a sand pit; three synthetic turf pitches, one with an inflatable dome for use six months of the year; a two- to three-story office building, an auxiliary structure for maintenance and storage and a parking structure for 147 vehicles.
Recreational cannabis consumption became legal in January 2020 and as concerts and festivals have returned to pre-pandemic operations, more brands are looking to tap into the connection between marijuana and music.
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Cannabis consumption is currently banned in public places in Illinois, though the Local Cannabis Licensing Act proposed to the Illinois General Assembly last year could allow counties and municipalities to issue special licenses for events.
Twice a year, during the spring and fall equinoxes, the rising and setting sun lines up with Chicago’s east-west street grid, creating spectacular photo opportunities as the sun is framed within Chicago’s skyline. The fall equinox is today.
Take a look to the west shortly before sunset, according to Michelle Nichols, master educator for the Adler Planetarium. The effect is visible for about the week before and after the equinox. And if you miss it, wait another six months for the next one.
Paul Sullivan writes: “A large media contingent showed up Tuesday for what was deemed a pivotal matchup, but only one TV outlet showed up Wednesday for Miguel Cairo’s pregame news conference during which the acting manager praised the team for having ‘played their butts off’ the night before.”
“Cairo blamed himself again for not making the right decisions and admitted ‘it was a tough night because you want to second guess yourself.’ … It’s laudable for Cairo to take the heat, but this loss was squarely on the players, who’ve managed to dodge much of the blame throughout the season because of the all-consuming focus on manager Tony La Russa.”
Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde,” streaming on Netflix on Sept. 28, is meant to be a tough sit, endured, more than a harsh, often miserable life, examined, writes Michael Phillips.
Wrong mission. But mission accomplished.