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Afternoon Edition: June 7, 2021

Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot Oct. 13, 2021, in Austin.
The shooting occurred at a strip club in south suburban Harvey.
Sun-Times file photo

Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. It’s about a 5-minute read that will brief you on today’s biggest stories.

This afternoon will bring scattered thunderstorms and showers with a high near 80 degrees. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a chance for more rain and a low around 68. Tomorrow there’s a 50% chance of showers with a high near 78.

Top story

Chicago rapper Lil Durk’s brother, ‘DThang,’ killed outside Harvey club in shooting that also wounded a police officer

The brother of Chicago rapper Lil Durk was killed over the weekend in a shooting that also wounded a police officer at a strip club in south suburban Harvey.

Police were investigating if another fatal shooting hours later was possible retaliation.

Dontay Banks, who performed as “DThang,” was killed in a chaotic scene at Club O, where “multiple shots” were fired and “lots of weapons recovered” early Sunday, according to Harvey spokeswoman Giavonni Nickson.

Shortly before Banks was shot, a Harvey police officer heard gunfire and noticed a person with a gun at the club at 17038 S Halsted St., Nickson said.

More gunfire erupted during an “altercation,” and the officer was hit in the thigh, Nickson said. It was unclear if the officer returned fire, and Nickson said it was uncertain if the officer was targeted in the shooting. The officer was in good condition.

About 500 feet away, 32-year-old Banks was shot in his head, Nickson said. “Among the other shots flying, Banks was caught in it,” she said.

Read David Struett’s full story here.

More news you need

  1. An 11-year-old girl struck in the back by a shooter in a passing car last night in West Pullman was one of nearly 60 people shot over the weekend in Chicago. More than half of the weekend’s victims were attacked in police districts that have been leading the city in homicides: Austin, Englewood, Harrison, Ogden, Calumet and Gresham.
  2. Even a pandemic couldn’t stop Chicago’s parking meter deal from being a win for private investors, who raked in $13 million in profit last year. With 62 years to go on a 75-year lease, the private company has already recouped its entire $1.16 billion investment and $500 million more.
  3. An Arlington Heights man and Honda are arguing in court over an unusual aspect of the manufacturer’s vehicles: soy-based wire insulation. Jay Caracci’s lawsuit claims that the insulation attracts wire-chewing rats and he wants a judge to grant the case class-action status.
  4. A local restaurant and bar operator is fighting City Hall and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez over the denial of a liquor license for his planned restaurant in Pilsen. Chireal Jordan, who previously owned Headquarters Beercade in River North, says he has a “great reputation in this business,” but the alderman insists the rejection is about preserving a family-oriented atmosphere. Read more about the conflict here.
  5. Carol Stream native Eric Petersen discussed his role in the upcoming AMC series “Kevin Can F--- Himself” with our Evan F. Moore. The show aims to tackle classic TV tropes by following a fed-up sitcom wife who takes control of her life.

A bright one

Magic at Montrose: Chicago’s bird-watching hotspot

“The Magic Hedge” at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is called that for a reason.

What started as a row of honeysuckle shrubs along a fence has grown into a long stretch of trees, plants and other greenery — a perfect spot for the masses of birds passing through Chicago to rest and feed during migration seasons.

Andrea Tolzmann and her kids often rush to Montrose Beach with their cameras and binoculars early in the morning before virtual school begins. They rely on group chats and social media pages for alerts about rare bird sightings.

“We were like, it’s early, we have an hour and a half before school starts. Let’s run over to Montrose,” said Tolzmann, 47.

Tamima Itani and other bird watchers visited Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary on May 20.
Zinya Salfiti/Chicago-Sun Times

Tolzmann got her love for birds from her father and passed it on to sons Peter, 12, and Simon, 16. They joined Illinois Young Birders five years ago.

The family is part of Chicago’s birder community, a group bonded by a hobby that spans generations and skill levels.

“It’s a really collaborative community. There’s a lot of friendship and sharing of information, and that makes it a really great community to be a part of,” Tolzmann said.

Read Zinya Salfiti’s full story here.

From the press box

Your daily question ☕

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Email us (please include your first name and where you live) and we might include your answer in the next Afternoon Edition.

Last Friday, we asked you: What’s the best way to cool down on a scorching hot day in Chicago? Here’s what some of you said...

“An ice cold dip in the lake followed by an ice cold beer in the bleachers at Wrigley Field. Repeat as needed.” — Brian Hengels

“Hit one of the wonderful beaches by Lake Michigan!” — Mary K. McGrady

“Inside in the AC with a DQ Blizzard” — Marie Halvorsen

“Play in the water from a fire hydrant. Not sure if they still do that, but it was always fun.” — Carl Bates

“I stay in my house with my AC blasting! It’s 90 degrees and all the crazies come out at night!” — Monica Acevedo

“Leave the windows open, let the Lake Michigan air in” — Cleo McCarty

“Take a dip in the lake at Gilson beach in Wilmette followed by drinking an ice cold 312 wheat beer with an orange slice while sitting in the shade under an umbrella table at a side walk cafe.” —Judy Panko Reis

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