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Brett Chase reports on environmental protection, pollution and public health under a grant from The Chicago Community Trust. He is a former investigative reporter for the Better Government Association, and, before that, worked at Bloomberg News, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Crain’s Chicago Business. He has a journalism degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and has taught journalism at Loyola University in Chicago.

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Feds ask city for records of Loretto vaccinations at South Suburban church

A hospital executive’s suburban church was the recipient of hundreds of shots at a time when supply was limited and Chicago’s West Side was being ravaged by COVID-19.

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Vaccinating Englewood: Community groups step in to improve 42% COVID vaccination rate

Something Good in Englewood is among those organizing mass inoculations on the South Side and the West Side, where the risks of infection are higher because of low vaccination rates.

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Protesters arrested after blocking street outside Arwady’s home in effort to implore her to deny permit for metal shredder

Chicago officials promise a "rigorous" health impact study before determining if Southside Recycling is allowed to open, but a UIC health professor disputes the assertion.

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 Por el momento, la Ciudad de Chicago no publicará la investigación de la implosión en La Villita

El concejal Michael Rodríguez (22º) rechaza la postura de la administración Lightfoot de que un reporte debe permanecer en secreto por razones legales.

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City won’t release investigation on Little Village implosion, dust storm

Ald. Rodriguez disputes the Lightfoot Administration’s stance that a watchdog report must remain secret for legal reasons and says residents deserve to know about possible negligence by officials.

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Southeast Side meeting over metal shredder changed to virtual event

Plans for an in-person meeting are scrapped after the city cites COVID-19 concerns.

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Hundreds of millions to remove lead pipes flowing into Illinois as city replaced just a fraction of total this year

Chicago, with nearly 400,000 lead service lines, hopes to get a big slice of federal infrastructure money after only 20 were replaced last year.

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City bolsters privacy protections around COVID contact tracing, watchdog says

Ex-employees were able look at patients’ records weeks after being terminated, though the city said no one accessed the information.

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Deny Southeast Side metal shredder’s permit, UIC dean — a former CDC official — tells Lightfoot

Wayne Giles also said the city’s health and environmental impact review is "unjust and unacceptable" as the city reschedules a public meeting on the shredder for Dec. 9.

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City reschedules public meeting on health impact of proposed metal shredder on Southeast Side

Another meeting over the rebranded General Iron will be scheduled after complaints that officials aren’t doing enough to involve residents in its health analysis.