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Torriana Cox doesn’t remember much about her mother. After all, she was only 3 and her brother barely a few weeks old on the day when their mother, Eazay Rogers, became one of 21 people who died in a crowd crush in the E2 nightclub 20 years ago.
In the early morning hours of Feb. 17, 2003, a security guard deployed pepper spray to break up a fight inside the second-floor E2 nightclub, which sent patrons in a panicked rush toward the front stairwell. As people fell facedown on the stairs, more patrons climbed and fell atop them. Some were fatally crushed or asphyxiated, and 50 others were injured. Witnesses said the stack of bodies reached nearly 6 feet high.
Before chaos erupted at 2:25 a.m., over 1,100 people had crowded inside the South Loop nightclub, which was only capable of holding 240 individuals. Authorities later determined there weren’t enough exits for the size of the crowd. But there was also no record that the city had issued an occupancy placard for the establishment.
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The retirement of three South Side aldermen has lakefront neighborhoods from the Near South Side to Hegewisch bracing for potentially sweeping changes as dozens of candidates hope to be the ones to alter the course of their communities and the City Council.
All three wards have played key roles in Chicago political history.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, exploring a bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is scheduled to speak at an invite-only event Monday in Elmhurst to members of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police and potentially deliver some rhetorical political payback to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
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The Presidents Day visit to a so-far undisclosed location in the Chicago area would represent an escalation of the feud between DeSantis and Pritzker, who has been the focus of some speculation as a potential 2024 Democratic presidential candidate if President Joe Biden does not seek to be nominated for a second term.
Adaptations have been on critic Michael Phillips’ mind ever since the new film version of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1928 novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” racked up nine Academy Award nominations, including for best picture.
You know how it goes with movies based on books: Sometimes you’ve read them, sometimes you haven’t. Sometimes you appreciate fidelity to the source material; sometimes it turns out like sludge. And sometimes, a wilder, more eccentric adaptation pays off in ways you couldn’t have predicted.
Coming soon: the NFL combine and the start of free agency. But first, the Chicago Bears are navigating trade speculation around their No. 1 pick — and all things Arlington Heights.
Brad Biggs dives into your questions in his latest mailbag.
Every February, the avant-garde of then and now, of here and elsewhere, settle into Chicago for an ecstatic week of sound-making.
That’s the closest thing to an elevator pitch as could be cooked up for the Frequency Festival, an experimental music festival now in its seventh year. Most of the action happens Feb. 21-26 at Constellation, plus offshoot performances at Bond Chapel in Hyde Park and Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery.