Afternoon Briefing: Jussie Smollett case isn’t quite over yet

Good afternoon, Chicago.

The long-lasting Jussie Smollett case is not quite over yet.

The former “Empire” actor who was convicted of falsely reporting a hate crime to Chicago police in January 2019 is petitioning the Illinois Supreme Court to hear his case after a lower appellate court in December upheld his sentence and conviction.

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Retirement home residents face losing some or all entrance fees as Bartlett facility struggles to pay debts

The Oaks, with more than 250 residents, continues to operate normally, but is shifting to a new business model. It’s offering lower entrance fees, in the $100,000 to $150,000 range — but now they’re nonrefundable. Read more here.

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After a bumpy end to a banner year, McDonald’s says sales growth will moderate in 2024

The Chicago burger giant said Monday it expects its same-store sales — or sales at locations open at least a year — to rise 3% to 4% this year, which is in line with historical averages. That’s down from double-digit gains in 2021 and 2022 and 9% growth last year. Read more here.

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Column: Does Caleb Williams have concerns about the Chicago Bears that would alter his future football plans?

The offseason roller coaster is about to get wild in Chicago. Or maybe we should say wilder. And as it relates to the Bears’ quarterback conundrum, prepare for some of the most intense G-forces, startling stomach drops and head-pounding helixes you’ve ever experienced. Read more here.

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35 Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras specials at Chicago restaurants and bars

Whether called Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday is celebrated around the world as a last chance to enjoy decadent food and party before the Lenten fast begins. Read more here.

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Prince Harry arrives in London after his father, King Charles III, is diagnosed with cancer

King Charles III’s cancer was caught early and the monarch will “crack on” with his constitutional duties, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Tuesday, as Prince Harry flew in from California for a rare visit with his father. Read more here.

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