Former local hoops standout killed in Maywood, CHA fires 16 over PPP loan fraud, and more in your Chicago news roundup

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Dyanla Rainey at Marshall’s state championship celebration in 2018.

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Former Marshall basketball standout Dyanla Rainey shot and killed in her driveway

Dyanla Rainey and her twin sister Miyanda had big plans for the future. The 22-year-olds recently moved to Maywood and were ready to expand their successful daycare.

“DeDe and MeMe” have always been a partnership to reckon with. They led Marshall to the Class 2A girls basketball state championship in 2018. DeDe did the scoring and MeMe was a lockdown defender.

Those plans were cut short on Sunday. Dyanla Rainey died after being shot three times in the back.

“She was getting ready to get out of her car on the driveway on the side of the house and a man hopped out of a vehicle and shot a few rounds into her car,” Crystal Rainey, Dyanla’s sister-in-law, said. “She was hit three times in her back.”

Margo Rainey, Dyanla’s mother, watched it happen.

“Margo was pulling up behind her and saw it all go down,” Crystal Rainey said. “DeDe got out of the car and ran to her.”

Rainey was shot at her home on the 700 block of South 6th Avenue in Maywood and died at Loyola University Medical Center. Police haven’t released any information to the family yet.

“DeDe was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Crystal Rainey said. “We don’t know if they mistook her for someone else.”

Dyanla Rainey recently played basketball at Robert Morris and had plans to go back to school.

“She was robbed of her life,” Crystal Rainey said. “She wasn’t a biological mother yet, but those babies she took care of were everything to her.”

Michael O’Brien has more on Dyanla Rainey here.

More news you need

  1. Mayor Lori Lightfoot today floated the idea of putting a dome on Soldier Field, at a potential cost of $2.2 billion, in a desperate attempt to keep the Bears in Chicago or save face if they leave for Arlington Heights. Key details about funding the dome were not revealed, but the city’s report says part of the money could come from selling name rights to the iconic stadium.
  2. Pedro Flores, the major Chicago cocaine dealer whose cooperation helped bring down “El Chapo,” testified today in federal court in Chicago that he believed his wife had been given immunity from prosecution for collecting his drug debts. Flores’ wife Vivianna Lopez and his brother’s wife Valerie Gaytan are fighting money-laundering charges.
  3. For the second time in three days, a rider on a CTA Red Line train pulled a knife to fend off a group of robbers, this time killing an attacker who pulled a gun this morning, according to police. David Struett has more on the attack.
  4. The Chicago Housing Authority fired 16 employees accused of submitting false and allegedly fraudulent reports to obtain loans under the federal Payroll Protection Program, Fran Spielman reports. A 17th employee also resigned after an internal investigation by the CHA’s inspector general.
  5. After the abolishment of cash bail in Illinois, some jail support groups are turning to the next steps in the process: helping “justice-involved” people looking for housing. Zack Miller has more on efforts to reduce recidivism by helping people secure places to live.
  6. The Goodman Theatre announced today the appointment of Susan V. Booth as its new artistic director. Booth, the first woman to lead the 97-year-old theater, will assume her new position on Oct. 3.
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A bright one

Neighborhood running clubs get people on their feet

When Dominique Sabbs got Andres Herrera running with the Marquette Park run club, she told him to try running just for a bit. A bit further, she told him, until the 54-year-old truck driver ran 3 miles.

Herrera still runs with the club. Aside from health benefits, it helps the 27-year Marquette Park resident get to know more of his neighbors.

“The community is the people, and you get to know the actual diversity of the neighborhood,” Herrera said.

Dominique Sabbs with Marquette Park Running Crew warms up on Marquette Park’s running track.

Dominique Sabbs with Marquette Park Running Crew warms up on Marquette Park’s running track.

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The Marquette Park run club is one of six neighborhood clubs supported by the Chicago Area Runners Association. The nonprofit announced this month that it received a $25,000 donation to support the clubs and free, timed 5K races.

Timed5Kraces, just over 3 miles, often have entry fees as high as $70. Offering the races for free makes running more accessible to more people, which is one CARA’s goals.

Run clubs meet weekly in the same place; the 5Ks take place at a different Chicago park every Saturday from February to November. Both programs are free and open to anyone.

Michael Loria has more on a healthy hobby here.

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On Friday, we asked you: When should you call 911 in Chicago? What about 311? — What questions about reporting crimes in Chicago do you have? Here’s what some of you said...

“OEMC has clear guidance on this.— Jacob Hicks

“Call 911 when there is a medical emergency, suspicious person or vehicle or a crime in progress call 311 for street light outs, abandon autos, potholes.” — Greg Najarian

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