Chicago teems with social activism as a posse of twelve masses outside Cook County Hospital to protest new CTA service cuts. A spokesperson for the CTA notes that for the two specific route cuts which raised the mob scene, only seven and twelve riders per hour were riding consistently.
New business comes to Chicago as the East Chicago firm Pollution Control Industries wins a bid to store 22 million pounds of stockpiled napalm. Though the 34,000 canisters of napalm are enough to cause an 11-kiloton blast, one spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Energy cheerfully notes, "There are highly flammable chemicals that come through Chicago every day."
For the third year in a row, homicides in Chicago decrease, dropping from 824 in 1995 and 792 in 1996 to 752 in 1997. The trend follows a national downturn, with murder rates hitting 20- and 30-year lows in Los Angeles and New York.
Field Museum officials scratch their heads in bewilderment over how a New Year's Eve party went sour in the museum's hallowed halls. After all, who could imagine a party hosted by Dennis Rodman and featuring the Violent Femmes would lead to excessive drinking, moshing and fights?
A wave of disbelief blows through Chicago as the Cook County Coroner's autopsy report reveals that actor Chris Farley died of a cocaine and opiate overdose, though the coroner also states that the overdose wasn't terribly excessive and notes that the arteries in Farley's 5'8", 296-pound body were, not surprisingly, dangerously narrowed.
More than one-hundred equine lovers show up to the Hooved Animal Rehabilitation Center in Woodstock in order to bid on the twenty-one horses rescued from starvation and dehydration last week. The Center reports receiving more than $20,000 since news of the horses' plight surfaced.
1998 starts off tough as the first weekend yields seven homicides, including three discovered in a 25-minute span. A police spokesman notes that "gangs and drugs seem to the predominant motive."