Afternoon Edition: April 8, 2021

Faye Jenkins, a CPS cafeteria worker at Franklin Fine Arts Center, stands outside her apartment building, Monday, April 5, 2021. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

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

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 be cloudy and rainy with a high around 59 degrees. More rain is in the forecast for tonight, which will have a low near 50 degrees. Tomorrow will be very similar: rainy with a high near 60 degrees.

Top story
Cafeteria worker sues CPS, says she suffered brain aneurysm after principal threw bottle at her

An elementary school cafeteria worker said she suffered persistent headaches for months and was eventually diagnosed with a brain aneurysm after her ex-principal, who faces a criminal trial next month, threw a water bottle at her head last spring.

The Chicago Public Schools lunchroom manager is now suing over her injuries, accusing the school district of failing to protect her from the former principal despite a series of past misconduct complaints.

Kurt Jones, the former leader of Franklin Fine Arts Center in Old Town, was charged with a felony last June, three months after the incident that left cafeteria worker Faye Jenkins with a bloody cut above her eye.

During the first week of pandemic school closures in March 2020, Jenkins and other workers were cleaning up after their meal distribution program wrapped for the day when Jones — who later said he and the staff was “horsing around” and “playing dodgeball” — threw a hard, reusable plastic water bottle at Jenkins, striking her in the face.

We first reported details of the incident as well as several additional allegations that Jones had created a toxic environment for parents, students and staff.

  European lawmakers, executives urge US to halve emissions

Given these previous complaints, the school district “knew, or reasonably should have known, that [Jones] was demonstrating a pattern of inappropriate and improper conduct towards both his students and employees,” Jenkins alleged in a nine-page, four-count complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court last month against Jones, CPS and the Board of Education.

Read Nader Issa’s full story here.

More news you need

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is encouraging Chicagoans to snap up some of the 150,000 new COVID-19 vaccine appointments dropping across the suburbs next week for residents 16 and up. The city won’t make adult vaccine eligibility universal until April 19.

Doctors said this morning they’re “optimistic” as brain activity returns to a 21-month-old boy wounded in a road-rage shooting earlier this week on Lake Shore Drive. But doctors said it’s still too early to make any meaningful predictions about the boy’s full recovery.

A driver in Oak Park opened fire during a traffic stop this morning, wounding a police officer before being shot in return. Both are hospitalized with serious injuries but expected to survive, a village spokesperson said.

A Chicago man admitted to a federal judge today that he set fire …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *