Renowned children’s singer celebrates 99th birthday

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Jurors in the perjury trial of Tim Mapes, the ousted chief of staff for Democratic ex-Speaker Michael Madigan, will not hear the name of a onetime campaign aide who accused a longtime Madigan lieutenant of sexual harassment, a federal judge ruled today.

The decision was one of a flurry of rulings just before jury selection for Mapes, who is accused of lying to grand jurors in an attempt to obstruct the sweeping federal corruption case against Madigan.

Jury selection began this morning after extensive discussion of Kness’s rulings; opening statements are slated for Tuesday.

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Ella Jenkins, left, greets well-wishers during her 99th birthday celebration at Ella Jenkins Park in Old Town on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023.

Jenkins is known for songs such as “You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song” and “Miss Mary Mack.” Read more here.

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A Tyson food product is seen in Montpelier, Vermont, in 2011.

Tyson said that it will shift production to other facilities and halt operations at the four plants in the first two quarters of fiscal 2024. Read more here.

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) celebrates with left fielder Ian Happ (8) after Happ scored off a RBI double from center fielder Cody Bellinger (24) during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field, Aug. 6, 2023.

The Cubs’ momentum continued over the weekend as they won their series against the Atlanta Braves — who are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the most wins in the majors — to finish a 5-2 homestand before heading on a six-game trip. Read more here.

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The chicken Caesar wrap at Moonwalker Cafe in the Avondale neighborhood on July 27, 2023.

Chicken Caesar wraps haven’t been trendy since the “Macarena,” but after going viral on TikTok, they’re increasingly popular in Chicago. Read more here.

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Vice President Mike Pencealongside President Donald Trump during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington on March 22, 2020.

Donald Trump’s defense attorney says the former president never asked Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election. Read more here.

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