by The Chicago Times Staff

May 17, 2021

CHICAGO — Two CTA Red Line stations on the North Side will be shuttered for the next three years.

As part of the transit agency’s modernization initiative, the century year old Lawrence station in Uptown and the Berwyn station in Edgewater will be removed and rebuilt.

Buses on Lawrence and Foster avenues will be redirected to allow commuters to transfer at the Wilson station in Uptown and the Bryn Mawr station in Edgewater while construction is underway.

Sources did not indicate if COVID restriction would be relaxed for commuters riding buses during rush hour periods.  CTA spoken did say “We have the buses to do the job, we have it under control for the next three years.”


by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

On the Southwest Side of Chicago, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday morning. 

Around 12:40 a.m., the man was outdoors with a group of friends in the 6300 block of South Campbell Avenue when an unknown gunman in a silver sedan fired rounds at him. 

According to CPD, he was hit in the upper chest and sent to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he died later. 

The individual has yet to be identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.  According to CPD, there was no description of the shooter.


Consolidated Press News File

May 16, 2021

CHICAGO – Metra to add rail cars that can accommodate bicycles.  The bike rail cars began operating on the Rock Island and BNSF lines on Saturday, according to Metra.  The cars can accommodate 16 bicycles instead of the 5 that Metra had been operating.

The bike cars will be available on weekday and weekend trains and are identifiable by a bright blue and grey color scheme on the exterior and a large white bicycle decal next to the exterior doors.  The initiative also emphasizes Metra’s dedication to environmentally friendly “green” transportation choices.


by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

May 16, 2021

During a gunfight Saturday at a parking garage on a busy Near North Side block, rapper Lil Reese and two others were wounded.  According to Chicago police, the men were “. . . all shooting at each other. . ” around 9:50 a.m. inside a parking garage in the first block of West Grand Avenue.

Police sources said 2 men, ages 27 and 28, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds.  The younger man was hit several times and was critically injured, while the older man was grazed in the eye and was listed in good condition.  One of the injured men, according to a police source, was rapper Lil Reese, whose legal name is Tavares Taylor.

According to police, a third man, 20, was transported to Stroger Hospital in good condition with two gunshot wounds to his knee.

Taylor has been shot twice since November 2019, when he was shot in the neck in the south suburban community of Country Club Hills.

Witnesses who did not want to be identified mentioned a “weird” sequence of events in the garage of a luxury high-rise condominium in a busy town.

Taylor’s PR staff declined comment if the gunfight was a publicity stunt and as of Saturday afternoon, no one has been charged in the gunfight.


Consolidated Press News File

May 15, 2021

BELVIDERE, IL — As automakers continue to be troubled by a global shortage of semiconductors, 1,600 jobs are being cut at a Jeep Cherokee factory in Belvidere Illinois.

Stellantis, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler, announced on Friday that one of the two work shifts at its Belvidere Assembly Plant would be eliminated as of July 26.  The Belvidere plant has been closed since late March, with Stellantis constantly delaying its reopening, which is now scheduled to take place later this month at the earliest.

The recent chip shortage, which was triggered by semiconductor makers moving their factories to more lucrative consumer-electronics processors has forced the closure of a number of other auto plants, including those operated by General Motors and Ford Motor Company in recent months.

Baked Ziti

Cooking with Anatole, The Chicago Times

May 14, 2021

Today mon ami, we savor the taste from the botte d’Europe.  One of mama’s favorites we enjoy the conforts of Baked Ziti.

Mon ami, let us prepare the ingrédients and as always choose only the best!

  • 2 lb. Ziti
  • 2 lb. low moisture Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
  • 2 lb. Ricotta Cheese
  • 10 cups of your favorite homemade tomato sauce (or Anatole’s special recipe)

Anatole’s instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Bring your favorite pasta pot of water to a roaring boil and add a pinch of salt and tsp. of olive oil.
  • Add Ziti to boiling water and cook the recommended time or to taste and drain well.
  • Return Ziti to pasta pot and add 4 tbsp. of olive oil and 4 cups of tomato sauce; mix well.
  • Add 1 lb. of Ricotta Cheese to Ziti and mix well.
  • Use appropriate size baking pan or pot that will hold Ziti and added ingredients.
  • Coat bottom of pan or pot with a layer of tomato sauce.
  • Evenly spread half the Ziti into your baking pan or pot.
  • Evenly spread 2 cups of tomato sauce and a good layer of Mozzarella Cheese.
  • Add remaining Ziti to pan or pot and repeat the process above.
  • Then coat the top layer with Mozzarella Cheese along with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Place pan in oven at 400 F for 15 min.  Then reduce heat to 350 F degrees and bake for 20 min.  Remove from oven and let rest for 10 to 15 min.
  • Remember mon ami, you can add more desired ingrédients to your liking.

Anatole’s Critique:

Excellente saveur, yet lourd dans l’estomac, no?  No worry, Anatole always has room for more.  Bon appétit, mon ami!