Today's top news: What's trending in Chicago?

Today's top news: What's trending in Chicago?
By Hoodline - Published on February 20, 2019.

What’s trending in your locale? Hoodline sifted through top local news to find this news you need.

Today Chicagoans are reading about the mayoral race, crime, and culture.

Chicago to vote for new mayor after chaotic and crowded race

Facing rising pension obligations, a fickle financial future, persistent crime and dismal schools, Chicago voters head to the polls Tuesday in what has become one of the most chaotic and unpredictable races to lead the nation’s third-largest city.

Fourteen candidates will appear on the ballot, the largest field of mayoral contenders in more than a century.

Read the full story on The Hill.

List of endorsements in the race for Chicago mayor

Still not sure who to vote for in the race for Chicago mayor? With 14 candidates, it can be tough to make up your mind.

It might help to know the politicians and organizations that are backing each candidate. Here's a look at the endorsements each mayoral hopeful, in order of their appearance on the ballot, has earned throughout the race[.]

Read the full story at NBC Chicago.

Chicago's mayoral frontrunners square off at WTTW forum

The race for mayor of Chicago is hitting the final stretch and there's just a week left in the campaign.

Candidates tried Monday night to separate themselves during a forum on WTTW.

Read the full story at NBC Chicago.

Suspect in custody after Park Manor barricade situation

A man is in custody after Chicago police responded to a barricade situation in the Park Manor neighborhood Wednesday morning, forcing a nearby elementary school to go on lockdown.

Police said officers responded to the scene of a domestic incident around 8:30 a.m. in the 7100-block of South Rhodes Avenue.

Read the full story at ABC7 Chicago.

Chicago officials will start tracking businesses that sell CBD products. Here’s why.

As CBD products become more common on store shelves throughout Chicago, city officials are keeping track of businesses that say they are selling the increasingly trendy products.

The move comes as officials around the country start to crack down on retailers selling certain kinds of CBD products. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a cannabis compound that does not get users high but is often touted for its relaxation benefits. It has been used in everything from teas and dog treats to bath bombs.

Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune.

Federal judge OKs a lawsuit aimed at halting Obama's library in Chicago

A federal judge gave the green light Tuesday to a parks-advocacy group’s lawsuit that aims to stop for good the delayed construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center in a Chicago park beside Lake Michigan.

Supporters of the project had hoped the court would grant a city motion to throw out the lawsuit by Protect Our Parks, some fearing any drawn out litigation might lead Obama to decide to build the Obama Presidential Center somewhere other than his hometown.

Read the full story at Time.

R. Kelly vacating West Side studio

R. Kelly is leaving his West Side Chicago studio, in accordance with a judge’s order, described by Kelly’s lawyers as “without any logical rationale.”
A judge issued an order saying Kelly could not have 24-hour access to his unpermitted studio earlier this month. The decision followed a discovery by city inspectors last month that the space was not in compliance with city codes.

Read the full story at CBS Chicago.

World’s first floating eco-park planned for Chicago River

SOM has revealed their design for the world’s first floating eco-park along the Chicago River. Called Wild Mile Chicago, the project is sited between Chicago and North avenues along the east side of Goose Island. A group of ecologists and activists called Urban Rivers is working with the city to realize the plan. The mile-long project is being created with government officials and private developers to include new wildlife, recreational and educational additions to the river’s North Branch.

Read the full story at ArchDaily.