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Daywatch: Illinois could ban coal-burning power plants, Lurie Children’s Hospital misses top 10 list again and the story behind Chicago’s Home Depot hot dogs

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As we settle into our first full week of Illinois’ phase five, we’re seeing the reopening unfold in uneven ways as businesses adjust to the new guidelines. Yesterday it was announced that concerts in Millennium Park will be open for full capacity this summer. At the same time, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that the Chicago Blues Festival, Gospel Music Festival and Jazz Festival are all taking another summer off.

Meanwhile, there was a big announcement in education news yesterday. Lightfoot named José Torres as the interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools, though she said the search continues for someone to permanently fill the role. Torres is due to formally take the reins from departing CEO Janice Jackson at the end of June. Here’s a look at the longtime educator.

And if you’ve been to a Cubs game lately (or pretty much anywhere near Wrigleyville), you’ve noticed the Friendly Confines are packed with people enjoying the new lack of capacity limits. Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward says that should be the concern — the fans in the stands — and not the fact that he and some of his teammates have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

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The Prairie State Energy Campus near Marissa, Illinois, in 2013.

The Prairie State Energy Campus near Marissa, Illinois, in 2013. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

Illinois, one of the nation’s largest producers of coal, is on the verge of becoming the first Midwest state to ban energy companies from burning the lung-damaging, climate-changing fossil fuel to generate electricity.

The end of gas-fired power might not be far behind.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot listens to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown during a news conference May 28, 2021.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot listens to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown during a news conference May 28, 2021. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday said a much-circulated email in which she berated an aide was “born out of frustration” and she’s now in “a better place” with her team.

In late January, Lightfoot sent her then-scheduler an email complaining that she doesn’t get enough of what she called “office time.” That’s typically a less structured part of the day when the mayor can think, write or make long-term plans. While it’s common for politicians to give staff members specific direction, it’s the way Lightfoot delivered her feedback that raised eyebrows in government and political circles. Lightfoot repeated several sentences — one 16 times — to highlight her displeasure over her schedule.

Cassandra Williams, a Chicago police sergeant who says her team was deployed for several days to protect her supervisor's house in Bridgeport during unrest in the city.

Cassandra Williams, a Chicago police sergeant who says her team was deployed for several days to protect her supervisor's house in Bridgeport during unrest in the city. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

A Chicago police sergeant has filed a complaint with the city’s inspector general alleging that during the early, tense days of last year’s civil unrest, a commander assigned her and a team of officers to a post on the Bridgeport block where he lives.

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in 2012.

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in 2012. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune)

Tonika Williams places an order at Fixin' Franks at Home Depot in the Avondale neighborhood on June 11, 2021.

Tonika Williams places an order at Fixin' Franks at Home Depot in the Avondale neighborhood on June 11, 2021. (Vashon Jordan Jr. / Chicago Tribune)

This story of happenstance involves a 101-year-old Chicago sausage maker, an 84-year-old local Italian deli and Home Depot. It’s a story that could take place only in Chicago, and it’s the kind of story that makes me love this city, somehow, even more, Tribune food critic Nick Kindelsperger writes.

Football news:

The Euro knocked out the English leaders Manchester United: Maguire was hurriedly treated, Rashford refused surgery, Shaw played with a fracture
Liverpool will sell Wilson to Fulham for 14 million euros
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Mourinho and I have a new chapter, we have settled everything. I stayed, believing in the Roma project
Ed Woodward: We are moving in the right direction with Sulscher. Manchester United plays in the best traditions of the club
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United wants to take the biggest and best trophies. We are ready for the next step
Sulscher has signed a contract with Manchester United until 2024. There is an option to extend it for another season
Tottenham have loaned goalkeeper Atalanta Gollini with a buyout option