Patch Flash: Soda Tax Considered in Chicago
Chicagoland news to talk about: High school student rallies for backyard chickens in Wilmette.
You may be paying more when you grab a Coke at a Chicago ballgame or while visiting Navy Pier. A Chicago plan to fight obesity by taxing sugary beverages has met with opposition from retailers and praise from health advocates, hearing testimony indicates, according to UPI. On the table is a plan to add a beverage tax ranging from 15-to-30 cents a container to a penny an ounce on soda pop, energy drinks and other sugary beverages
What started out as a school project is now turning into civic action for New Trier High School junior Zan Fisher. The Wilmette resident requested the village host a hearing on backyard chickens during a board meeting on April 24. “I’m not only representing myself but many, many committed Wilmette residents who believe that the time is right to legalize backyard chickens in Wilmette,” Fisher told the board.
While it’s not uncommon to hear of an animal biting a person, it’s quite strange when those roles are reversed. But that is exactly the type of case the Lake in the Hills Police Department was dealt early Sunday. Police arrested Analise J. Garner for animal cruelty at 411 Village Creek Drive, Apt. 2C, in Lake in the Hills, at 4:13 a.m. Sunday for reports that she bit her family’s 80-pound English Bulldog, said Sgt. Mark Smith of the Lake in the Hills Police Department. Police reported Garner came home intoxicated and became “out of control” after her mother confronted the teen about her drinking, Smith said.
Train commuters were delayed about an hour during the Tuesday afternoon rush hour due to an unusual auto accident in Park Ridge. Two cars crashed on the street and the force of the crash hurtled one of them up an embankment slope onto the railroad tracks. Neither of the cars was hit by a train.
Social media fueled fears of a threat at Lake Zurich schools today, which led to numerous students staying home from school. School officials and police say they investigated the incident which spurred concerns and that they are confident that there is no credible threat at the school. However, to assuage parents concerns, the Lake Zurich Police Department assumed a presence at all District 95 schools today.