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When the new school year starts this fall, whether Illinois college students and faculty will be surrounded by vaccinated classmates and colleagues will largely depend on where they are enrolled.

gov. JB Pritzker announced an end to a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for college students and faculty, essentially leaving the policy up to individual schools. Some local colleges and universities are still grappling with the decision, while others came down on opposite sides.

Pritzker announced the move — along with other policy changes meant to “carefully unwind” COVID-19 policies and mandates that have been in place throughout the pandemic — despite growing concerns about new coronavirus variants that appear more able to evade immunity.

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Wisconsin medical providers are traveling across state lines to provide abortions in Illinois, expanding access to the procedure after the recent fall of Roe v. Calf.

Several new abortion clinics are also expected to open soon in Rockford and Carbondale, parts of the state with a dearth of abortion providers. Two new clinics are planned for Rockford — which hasn’t had an abortion provider in about a decade — and a third clinic could begin providing medication for abortion as soon as next month in Carbondale, the home of Southern Illinois University.

A Cook County judge threw out the murder convictions of two brothers who allege former Detective Reynaldo Guevara framed them at the behest of another cop, who was later described as “the most corrupt” officer ever prosecuted in northern Illinois.

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After Judge Joanne Rosado announced her ruling, Cook County prosecutors announced they would not seek to put Juan and Rosendo Hernandez on trial again.

The white woman who accused Black teenager Emmett Till of making improper advances before he was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 says she neither identified him to the killers nor wanted him murdered.

In an unpublished memoir obtained by The Associated Press, Carolyn Bryant Donham says she was unaware of what would happen to the 14-year-old Till, who lived in Chicago and was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he was abducted, killed and tossed in a river. Now 87, Donham was only 21 at the time. Her then-husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother JW Milam were acquitted of murder charges but later confessed in a magazine interview.

In 2007, Jim Coudal received a Christmas gift in the mail that changed his career and his life. The gift was from a friend, a Portland, Oregon designer named Aaron Draplin. It was a small but handsomely produced notebook, one of about 200 that Draplin had created and sent to some of his pals.

The Field Notes notebooks are crafted with care given to typeface and paper, and are produced in the United States. Special editions have been devoted to such self-explanatory subjects as “National Parks,” “Mackinaw Autumn” and “Dime Novel,” and such less obvious topics as “Clandestine,” “Vignette” and “Heavy Duty.”

Pitchfork Music Festival and Lollapalooza bring enormous crowds to Union Park and Grant Park each year, with music fans from around the world flocking to the city. But the fun doesn’t start or stop at the festival gates, with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and music venues around Chicago hosting specials and events, including plenty of official after-parties.

Whether you’re looking for a place to get a great meal or a drink after the fest, or want to catch an extra set from your favorite performers, plan to hit up some of these 42 spots.

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