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“Today is the day to start saving lives.”

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering ended her testimony before members of Congress with that plea, calling for an assault weapons ban. She spoke to members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, sharing her firsthand account of the shooting at her community’s Fourth of July parade that left seven people dead and at least 48 others shot and injured.

Meanwhile, proposed legislation calling for a statewide ban on assault weapons originally introduced in the Illinois General Assembly more than 16 months ago has new life.

As Highland Park continues to heal, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is staging a benefit concert with Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction. “It’s almost impossible to put into words what this community is going through,” Corgan said in an interview with the Tribune.

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Chicago aldermen failed to overturn Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s unpopular speed camera rules at Wednesday’s City Council meeting after a long, winding battle waged by one of the mayor’s top critics.

At issue was an ordinance that would have restored the 10 mph-over-the-limit minimum for speed camera citations, versus the 6 mph threshold enacted by Lightfoot as part of her 2021 budget.

Only about 5.3% of Illinois children under 5 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine nearly a month after little kids first became eligible for the shots — a number that worries local pediatric leaders.

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In the city of Chicago, the percentage of children under 5 who’ve received a shot is slightly higher at 6.4%, which only includes children who physically received the vaccines within the city, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health.

There are ghosts aplenty in the Billy Goat Tavern, that underground saloon, and none more notable than that of bygone columnist Mike Royko. One late afternoon last week Mike’s son, Sam, was sitting there talking. Specifically, he was asking what Mike might have to say about Sam’s decision to run for alderman of the 1st Ward.

Announcements of this running-for-alderman type are not uncommon but few could attract the kind of attention that this one did, since the name Royko still resonates with Chicagoans 25 years after his death.

Through the lens of Candace Parker’s rise, “Title IX: 37 Words That Changed America” tells the story of the evolution of women’s sports in the 50 years since Title IX was signed into law, with appearances from Billie Jean King, Lisa Leslie, Condoleezza Rice and many more. The documentary was a passion project for its star and executive producer.

While on her way to receive the Title IX Leader Award from the city at an event that also honored King and DePaul coach Doug Bruno, Parker took some time to talk with the Tribune about the documentary, her future in media and the changes still needed for women in sports.

The distinctive, merry sounds of a steam calliope float through the streets of downtown Baraboo, Wisconsin. It’s a curious accompaniment to those serenely paddling along the Baraboo River or sampling handcrafted vodka at Driftless Glen Distillery. The high-pitched notes can even be heard by those wandering the fragrant purple fields at New Life Lavender & Cherry Farm a few miles away.

But if calliopes, canoes, fine spirits and lavender seem a curious combination, that’s exactly why tourism is surging in this small Wisconsin city, whose population barely tops 12,000. Here’s how to spend a weekend in Baraboo.

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