Parking, rental-car site opens at O'Hare

The city of Chicago has officially opened a new $841 million parking and rental-car center at O'Hare International Airport.

The ground transportation complex, called the Multi Modal Facility, took three years to build and was opened at a ceremony on Wednesday.

Among other services offered at the 2.5 million-square-foot center are 12 electronic-car charging stations, rooms for nursing mothers and space for service animals. Still in the works for the center is a concessions area. It's scheduled to open next summer.

Aviation department officials say the facility helps pave the way for an $8.5 billion terminal expansion to be done over the next decade.

The Multi Modal Facility was funded by airport fees and by $272 million from the Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act.

Historian receives scholarship award

A University of Illinois at Chicago historian has received a prestigious national award.

The school says in a news release that Barbara Ransby is the recipient of the American Studies Association's 2018 Angela Y. Davis Prize for Public Scholarship. The award recognizes scholars or their work that "explicitly aims to educate the lay public, influence policies, or in other ways seeks to address inequities in imaginative, practical and applicable forms."

Ransby is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and holds faculty appointments in African American studies, gender and women's studies, and history.

She was honored on Friday at a ceremony during the association's annual meeting in Atlanta.

FOP union drops Van Dyke's attorney

The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago says it will no longer refer officers in need of legal assistance to the attorney who represents convicted former officer Jason Van Dyke.

Daniel Herbert is a former Chicago police officer and prosecutor who once worked as an FOP staff attorney. He built his private practice largely on representing police officers in labor disputes, civil and criminal cases. Officers can hire Herbert with FOP financial support when warranted.

Herbert said Wednesday he appeared a day earlier before members of the board, which expressed displeasure with his handling of Van Dyke's case.

Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Herbert on Monday filed a motion seeking to move to January a hearing on motions to throw out the guilty verdict or grant Van Dyke a new trial.


Swastika sent to students' phones

Some students at a suburban Chicago high school received an image of a swastika on their smartphones days after racist graffiti was found scrawled on school property.

Oak Park and River Forest High School informed parents by email that the image appeared on students' devices while they were attending an assembly in an auditorium Friday morning. Karin Sullivan says someone inside the auditorium sent the image using the AirDrop function of an iPhone or other Apple device.

Sullivan wrote to parents that school officials "believe we have brought this particular matter to closure" but privacy laws prohibit the school from making public the names of "persons responsible."

Once last week and again this week, racist messages that included swastikas were found at the school.

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