Afternoon edition: September 21, 2021

Good afternoon. Here’s the latest Chicago news you need to know. This is an approximately 5 minute read that will educate you on today’s biggest stories.

This afternoon will be mostly cloudy with a high of nearly 66 degrees and gusts of up to 20 mph. It will be mostly cloudy this evening with a low around 58 and 40% chance of showers. Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a high of near 64 and also a 40% chance of showers.

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Benet Academy backs off and offers gay woman coaching job after public outcry

A Catholic school in the western suburbs turned around and offered a coaching job to a woman who was initially turned down when the school learned she was married to another woman.

Benet Academy offered Amanda Kammes the position of Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach and she accepted. The reversal was decided after a meeting last night by the school’s board of directors.

“The board of trustees has heard from members of the Benet community on all sides on this issue over the past few days,” the school board said in a statement.

“In the future, we will seek opportunities for dialogue in our community about how we remain faithful to our Catholic mission while meeting people where they are on their personal journey through life. For now, we hope this is the first step towards healing the Benet community. “

A seasoned lacrosse coach, Kammes was offered the head coach job at the school about two weeks ago, but the school turned it down after learning she was married to another woman.

Kammes previously coached lacrosse in Pennsylvania, leading a team to two state titles, and most recently at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, while leading the Lakeshore lacrosse program in the Chicago area.

Yesterday, students and parents demonstrated outside the school, handing out rainbow masks to their classmates.

Read the full story here.

More news you need

  1. A man faces a misdemeanor charge after allegedly attacking Ald. James Cappleman last weekend as he responded to a resident’s text on “a group of drunk people”. The man hit Cappleman on the head with a blunt object, police said.
  2. A 32-year-old man was stabbed multiple times this morning while inside a restaurant in River North. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with several lacerations and was listed in fair condition, police said.
  3. The former CEO of Wood Dale-based Power Solutions International Inc. was acquitted of all charges in a federal case accusing him of inflating revenue reports by $ 24 million. James Winemaster and two other former employees named in the case were found not guilty on all counts.
  4. A spike in cases of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, has sparked a recent explosion in local emergency room visits by nervous parents. The common respiratory virus has prompted local health officials to issue a gentle reminder – unless it is a real emergency, see your pediatrician, not the emergency room.
  5. A statewide hotel group says the Biden administration’s plans to ease COVID restrictions for foreign travelers offer the industry a silver lining. Travelers will need to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test before boarding, starting in November.
  6. Guinness chose Fulton Market to host its second American brewery. The Irish brewer is set to open a brewery and brewery in the Pennsylvania Railroad Terminal Building, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.
  7. The Fugees – Ms Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel – have announced they are reuniting for a world tour, which will include a stop in Chicago this fall. Hill’s performance at the Ravinia Festival this Saturday has been postponed to 2022 to accommodate the tour.

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Music, culture, family celebrated alongside heartache in ‘American Mariachi’

Playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez grew up with mariachi music because his parents were great listeners.

And it was this music that he would learn to play many years later, an experience that would inspire his play “American Mariachi”, which made its Chicago debut at the Goodman Theater in a co-production with the Dallas Theater Center and as part of of the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance’s Destinos Festival.

Gonzalez is the first to admit that he had “no musical talent in his body”, but had a desire to learn and became proficient on the guitarron after taking lessons for 10 years as a teacher. to the State of California. University of Los Angeles.

He also studied the culture of mariachi, how it is traditionally passed down from father to son and why it is an important aspect of the Mexican-American community and how it is the soundtrack to many lives.

Tiffany Solano (from left) Molly Hernández, Amanda Raquel Martinez, Gloria Vivica Benavides and Lucy Godínez are shown in a scene from “American Mariachi” directed by Henry Godinez at the Goodman Theater.
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Another player once mentioned to Gonzalez that she and her band had performed for an elderly woman on her birthday: “She described how when they played a certain song this woman would come alive and sing. This idea of ​​music as memory stuck with me.

“American Mariachi” would be born from this idea. Set in the 1970s, the story revolves around a young woman Lucha (Tiffany Solano) who takes care of her mother, Amalia (Gigi Cervantes), who suffers from dementia. One day she plays an old record of mariachi songs that awakens the memory of her mother, who in turn inspires Lucha, against her father’s will, to create an all-female mariachi band – something unheard of in the past. 1970s. The cast also includes Lucy Godínez, Amanda Raquel Martinez, Molly Hernandez, Gloria Vivica Benavides, Eréndira Izguerra and Christopher Llewyn Ramirez.

The play is steeped in mariachi music and features members of the Chicago band Sones from Mexico City performing on stage with the actors who learned the instruments for their roles. The co-founder of Sones, Victor Pichardo, is the musical director.

Mary Houlihan has more information on the “American Mariachi” backstory here.

From the press gallery

Your question of the day ☕

What do you think of the recent trend in restaurants to forgo printed menus for QR codes?

Send us an email (please include your first name and place of residence) and we could include your response in the next afternoon edition.

Yesterday we asked you: what do you think of restaurants that have adopted no-tip policies and flat service charges? Here’s what some of you said …

“They won’t retain the best servers. It will work on its own, and hopefully the restaurant chains will disappear. “- Brigitte Lattanzi

“I would be happy to become the owner of a restaurant that has removed tips, as long as it pays its staff appropriately. I would rather an employer of any kind pay their staff a fair wage rather than forcing anyone to depend on the kindness of strangers to help them earn enough money to survive the week and / or the month. – Ashley lewis

“I want to pay for the value of the service rendered. Not a fixed amount developed to equalize the value of labor, whether good or bad. I want to encourage the high performance of the service staff and I will do so with a higher tip. – Philippe H. Kaplan

” I think that it’s good. In other countries (like Japan), tipping is not a tradition. Being employed in the service industry just means you have to give good service. If you give poor service, you can be fired (since you don’t meet the job requirements). – Daryl patrick yao

“Tipping for pathetic wages is a cruel sham for both the customer and the workforce. “- Benjamin johnson

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