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Interim Chicago Police Supt. Eric Carter announced today that he plans to resign.

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Acting CPD Supt. Eric Carter announces retirement amid nationwide search for next top cop

Interim Chicago Police Supt. Eric Carter announced today that he plans to resign while a newly formed commission continues to search for his predecessor’s permanent replacement.

Carter plans to officially retire on May 15, just two months after he took over the Chicago Police Department from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s handpicked Supt. David Brown, whose tenure was marked by a historic spike in violent crime, low officer morale and slow progress meeting sweeping court-ordered reforms.

The announcement comes as the newly formed Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability is conducting a nationwide search for candidates to replace Brown, who Carter served under as the department’s second-ranking official.

In an email to department members, Carter said he told Brown that he planned to retire late last year and has since informed Lightfoot and Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson. Carter said he has committed to working with Johnson “to ensure that our department continues to deliver transformational service to our residents and visitors throughout the summer season” as the search for the next top cop continues.

Shortly after the announcement, Lightfoot congratulated Carter on his 30-year career with the department.

Our Tom Schuba has the latest on this developing story.

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Goodbyes at City Hall


Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), who served on the Chicago City Council more than five decades, walks out of the Council chambers at City Hall yesterday after his last meeting.

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City Council yesterday bid bittersweet farewell to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and 13 departing members, including indicted Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the longest-serving alderperson in Chicago history.

Tears were shed. Good-natured barbs were traded. Hatchets were buried. Past tensions, hard feelings and old grudges were put aside.

The hours-long love-fest was so upbeat and heartfelt, you’d never have known Burke is leaving under the dark cloud of a federal extortion and racketeering indictment or that Lightfoot’s relationship with alderpersons had been so contentious, it laid the groundwork for the Council to declare its independence and reorganize itself before the new mayor and Council can even be sworn in.

Our Fran Spielman details the long goodbyes at City Hall yesterday.

Lightfoot’s last Council meeting of the four-year term was short on official business and long on emotion. But alderpersons still managed to squeeze in some official business.

  • Two new Police Board members were confirmed — Andreas Safakas and Aja Favors. They are the first nominated by an interim civilian oversight commission.
  • Landmark status was granted to Promontory Point east of South DuSable Lake Shore Drive between 54th and 56th Streets. The designation was a decadeslong crusade for retiring 5th Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston.
  • The Council also signed off on a $205,000 settlement with former Wheaton College students who claimed they were denied their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and religion by being kicked out of Millennium Park for distributing religious literature.
  • A water supply contract with Joliet was approved. Chicago’s water system is expected to receive $30 million in annual revenue once Lake Michigan water is delivered to Joliet, starting in 2030.

Spielman breaks down the full list of what happened at yesterday’s meeting.

A bright one ☀️

Farragut junior Bella DeMateo proving she belongs on baseball field

Farragut junior Bella DeMateo tried playing softball.

‘‘I never really felt the connection,’’ she said. Baseball? That’s another story.

DeMateo has been playing travel ball for the Urban Warriors, the Little Village-based program founded in 2016 by Farragut assistant coach Rey Raigoza. But high school baseball wasn’t initially in the equation for DeMateo, who spent her first two years at Lane. The lengthy commute from Little Village to the Northwest Side made the idea of playing sports unworkable.

But then she transferred to Farragut. She came out to some of the Admirals’ boys 16-inch softball games last fall, then showed up at baseball workouts this spring.


Farragut’s Bella DeMateo pitches during the game against Ag. Science.

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DeMateo has settled in as the Admirals’ starting third baseman and closer. The best part? Right next to her at shortstop is her freshman brother, Ben. Though the siblings have grown up playing baseball, they rarely have been teammates because of the age difference. Ben, already one of Farragut’s top hitters and pitchers, can’t imagine a better introduction to high school baseball than suiting up alongside his sister.

‘‘It’s really fun playing with her,’’ he said.

Bella shrugs off the attention she receives as a girl playing what traditionally has been a boys sport.

‘‘Almost every game I have people comment,’’ she said. ‘‘I just enjoy playing. I love baseball.’’

Mike Clark has more on DeMateo and her time on the mound.

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Yesterday, we asked you: Who’s the most famous celebrity you’ve spotted in public in Chicago? Tell us what happened.

Here’s some of what you said…

“Back in 1984, I spied Mr. T jogging along Lakeshore Drive. I about wrecked the car.” — Stan Schelhorn

“I used to work at the FAO Schwarz toy store in Water Tower Place. I helped Lucille Ball pick out toys for her grandkids! She was lovely and kind and had great fun at the store that day.” — Judy Sviatko

“David Bowie at Neo’s in 1980.” — Jim Grosse

“Tony Bennett was performing at the Palmer House in the early 80s and I was a cashier in the breakfast restaurant where he ate. He was kind to everyone, and we all were polite enough not to bother him — mostly because celebrities came through there all the time.” — Laura Canales

“I met Nelly coming out of the House of Blues back in 2003.” — Jenny Johnson

“In the late 1970s, three friends and I were having Sunday brunch near 47th and the Lake. Mohammed Ali walked by, perhaps coming from a private room. Our waitress was so flustered that she got the 3 omelets — one ham, one cheese, and one ham and cheese — mixed up. As he was going out, an older man loudly said to his wife ‘That was Cassius Clay.’” — Martha J. Banks

“Harrison Ford in front of the Sears Tower, we got out of a cab and he got in.” — Cindy Lee Nielsen

“I shook hands with Prince Charles when he visited Whitney Young H.S.” — Jo Saieva

“One morning in 1973, I was walking along Madison towards Clark. A black car pulled up to the curb rather quickly. I had to jump out of the way to keep Mayor Daley from hitting me with the door.” — George Ciesla

“John Cusack at Frontera. He needed directions to the restroom.” — Martin Fitzgerald

“Mariel Hemingway was giving a yoga presentation in Grant Park almost 20 years ago, and I attended it. However, I happened to be the only pregnant woman who attended — and it’s Grant Park in the summertime. Ms. Hemingway walked up to me and started talking to me — because I was the pregnant lady attending. She talked about her children, and she was very nice, and down to earth. So that’s my celebrity story. I did actually attend a fundraiser where I met George Wendt, too, but he didn’t pick me out of a crowd to talk to me.” — Melissa Lawrence

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