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Ben Pope

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Ben:

Blackhawks playoff bound as NHL announces postseason format, outlines timetable

The Hawks will play a best-of-five "qualifying round" series against the Oilers in a to-be-announced hub city. Chicago is one of 10 locations being considered as hubs. → Read More

Man, 60, charged in murder over weed

Terry Johnson allegedly shot and killed Nathaniel Walker because Walker did not pay for the marijuana Johnson gave him. → Read More

51 more coronavirus deaths announced in Illinois, with positive tests continuing to come in below 20%

The positivity rate in the northeast part of the state was 18.3% Sunday, the fourth straight day below 20%. In Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan, a region could move to the third phase after 14 consecutive days of hitting that mark. → Read More

Video shows woman run over by GrubHub delivery driver during argument outside Lake View restaurant

Bijan Choya Early, 24, was struck by the driver Friday night and will have to undergo a nine-hour surgery to treat her injuries, according to her mother, who owns Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken. → Read More

Bittersweet e-ceremony for UIC grad: ‘I didn’t really get to say goodbye’

Edith Mendez had a final year of college she never could have imagined, but the first-generation grad still found positives in a commencement that was anything but traditional. → Read More

Archdiocese of Chicago, Dioceses of Joliet and Rockford announce plans for gradual reopening

Catholic churches throughout northern Illinois could begin the first of three phases as soon as May 23, per a Wednesday announcement. → Read More

Stripped of his police powers, new CPD union president wants to chart a new course

"There is obviously large support for my style of calling it like I see it," said John Catanzara. "But I also realize there’s some other people within the Lodge who think I’m just some carnival barker who’s just out to put on a show. I know I have work to do to change their minds, which I have three years to do." → Read More

Blue Angels announce Chicago flyover planned for Tuesday

The U.S. Navy pilots will salute "healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel" with the flyover. → Read More

Trump congratulates new Chicago police union president in tweet

The president said that John Catanzara, who won a runoff election against incumbent Kevin Graham this week, "always ‘Gets the Job Done.’" → Read More

Latest Illinois coronavirus numbers: 111 additional deaths, 2,325 new cases

The new data brings the state’s death toll to 3,349 and the state’s total case count to 76,085. → Read More

Chicago Park District summer kids camps delay start until July 6

The camps — pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic — usually run from June 22 to July 31, but the first two weeks have been eliminated. → Read More

U.S. district judge rules Pritzker’s stay-at-home order constitutional

Judge John Lee of the U.S. District Court denied The Beloved Church of Lena’s motion for a temporary restraining order that would’ve allowed them to host services with 80 people. → Read More

Blackhawks depth forwards Anton Wedin, Jacob Nilsson leaving organization to sign in Sweden

Neither Wedin nor Nilsson appeared to have much of a future in the NHL. → Read More

Illinois sets new daily record by processing nearly 20K coronavirus tests, finding 2,994 new cases

The new numbers released Sunday come as the first small religious services begin around the state since the stay-at-home order took effect. → Read More

Lightfoot warns partygoers they face citations, arrest as state reports 105 new coronavirus deaths

Chicago police shut down numerous Friday night parties — some with up to 150 attendees — and received tips about six more Saturday, Lightfoot said shortly after officials reported 105 more deaths and 2,450 new cases of COVID-19 statewide. → Read More

105 more Illinois coronavirus deaths as officials confirm 2,450 new cases

After a week of high case counts, Illinois officials still say the state is flattening the curve. Nearly 300,000 people have been tested for the virus. → Read More

Endangered piping plovers return to deserted Montrose Beach

Last year, the piping plovers’ nest forced the cancellation of the Mamby on the Beach music festival. This year, the beach is already completely empty for the birds. → Read More

Blackhawks safely can claim another NHL attendance title, but there’s little to celebrate

The Hawks averaged 21,441 fans for their 34 home games this season, tops in the league, but it might be awhile before the next crowd arrives at the United Center. → Read More

If NHL season resumes in full in July, Blackhawks won’t have much to play for

Momentum is growing for the NHL season to resume in July, but unless the playoff field expands, the Blackhawks’ motivation could be low. → Read More

Trains with ‘as few as one person’ lead Metra to reduce service on 3 lines

Just two or four trains will run per day on the Heritage Corridor, North Central and SouthWest lines beginning May 4. → Read More