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32nd Annual Chicago House Spring Brunch & Fashion Show, May 6

Apr. 24, 2018 - , Chicago House, the first organization in the Midwest to provide housing and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, will celebrate its 32nd Annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show at the Harold Washington Library on Sunday, May 6, from 12 — 3:30 p.m.

Join Chicago House for "REVIVE! Rally on the Runway," produced by Quenten Schumacher and sponsored by The Chris and Derek Bagley Family Foundation.

Emceed by NBC Chicago's Chris Hush, the event will be held in the beautiful Winter Garden Ballroom at Chicago's Harold Washington Library. The afternoon will feature a brunch, entertainment and fashion show headlined by local Chicago boutiques and design studios and nationally recognized designers.

With some 350 expected attendees, guests will enjoy a three-course gourmet brunch by Inspired Catering, sip on champagne and signature cocktails, and bid on fantastic live auction items including a stay in a Tuscan Villa. Guests can also purchase flowers at the one-of-a-kind "Flower Market," a favorite attendee pastime at this event. The market will feature a variety of over 60+ fresh floral arrangements from different local floral designers, all sold to benefit Chicago House.

Tickets are $200 for General Admission ( table of 10/$2000 ), $250 for Preferred ( table of 10/$2500 ) and $300 for a front row Runway seat ( table of 10/$3000 ). The event will be held in the Winter Garden Ballroom, 400 South State Street at the Harold Washington Library Center. For tickets or more information, contact Alejandro Hernandez at 773.248.5200 ( ext. 209 ) or visit www.chicagohouse.org.

Trump admin to cut health care protections for transgender people
Apr. 23, 2018 - , The Trump administration is working on a plan to cut health care protections for transgender people.

According to The New York Times, the administration's plan is in response to a legal challenge to the Obama-era rule that prevents doctors, hospitals and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. It translates the Affordable Care Act's (also known as Obamacare) prohibition on sex discrimination to include discrimination based on "gender identity" and sex "stereotyping."

Prior to the rule, many insurers denied coverage for health services related to a person transitioning from one gender to another.

The lawsuit was filed in Texas by eight states and a network of Roman Catholic hospitals.

Judge Reed O'Connor found that "Congress did not understand 'sex' to include 'gender identity'" in passing the Affordable Care Act.

The Times reported that the White House has confirmed that it's reviewing a proposed rule on "nondiscrimination in health programs" to comply with the judge's order.

Jocelyn Samuels, who helped craft the rule under the Obama administration, said that rescinding the rule would have consequences for the entire LGBT community.

"If the Trump administration rescinds the protections against sex stereotyping and gender identity discrimination, the effect will be potentially devastating not just for the trans community, but for any other patients who are gender-nonconforming, including lesbian and gay individuals," Samuels said.

Woman struck and killed by hit-and-run driver in Boystown
Apr. 20, 2018 - , Chicago Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver that killed a 56-year-old woman Thursday night in Boystown.

Investigators say the woman, identified as Dorata Gieslinska, was crossing westbound on Halsted just after 9 p.m. when she was hit by a red Jeep Renegade in the 3300-block of North Halsted. The driver did not stop and continued southbound on Halsted.

Witnesses tried to assist the woman while one good samaritan performed CPR, but she was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

"I heard a thud," witness Keith Van told NBC Chicago. "Several people ran out of the DS Tequila restaurant and they told me that she was hit by a red Jeep and she hit the windshield, apparently rolled off the hood and then the truck ran over her."

There are several surveillance cameras at the bars and businesses near Halsted and Buckingham, where the fatal hit-and-run happened. Investigators hope those may have captured images of the offender's vehicle.

The intersection in the busy Boystown entertainment district of Lakeview is marked for pedestrian traffic and has stop signs for oncoming vehicles.

The Major Accidents Unit is investigating. No one is in custody. 

Update 11:50AM April 20: Chicago Police have issued a community alert that includes surveillance images of the wanted vehicle taken moments before the fatal accident. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 312-745-4521 Reference RD# JB-230425. 

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