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George Floyd fallout: As grocery stores and other businesses struggle to reopen, Chicago says it will start sending ‘emergency alerts’ to them

Grocery stores that closed during the unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis are starting to reopen, but some remain closed with no word on when they might resume operations, raising concerns about food access in communities that already had limited options.

On Friday, Chicago announced an “emergency alert program” where business owners and managers can receive targeted emergency alerts. Businesses will be asked to submit details about themselves so the city “can send targeted alerts to specific areas of the city as needed,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.

A curfew remains in effect for Chicago, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. but essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies are exempt.

Here are the latest developments:

5:15 a.m.: Man describes being stabbed while trying to stop looting in Naperville. ‘I really don’t like where this world is going to. It’s going to a dark, evil place.’

Jai Taylor held his hand over his gut as he sprinted in search of any police officer who might help save his life.

"I ran down the street to Starbucks with my intestines in my hand,” Taylor said.

The 21-year-old Oswego resident said he was stabbed in the abdomen after yelling at people to stop the vandalism and protecting a teenager who was being goaded to join the melee Monday night in downtown Naperville. Read more here. -- Suzanne Baker

5:15 a.m.: River Forest man facing felony hate crime, assault charges after altercation at grocery store

Felony charges have been filed against a River Forest man accused of racially insulting a young African-American woman, then grabbing and hitting her.

Rob Palley, 61, of River Forest, was charged with a hate crime and aggravated battery, according to prosecutors. Police say the attack occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday at a Jewel-Osco store at 7525 Lake Street in the west suburb. Read more here. -- Steve Schering

5 a.m.: Kanye West appears to join march on South Side

It appeared that Kanye West showed up shortly before 8 p.m. to join marchers as they prepared to head down South State Street.

The South Side rapper, with his face mostly covered, emerged after a series of speeches from students and activists. He did not address the crowd and appeared to have left a half hour later as marchers continued north on State.

The Tribune asked organizers for confirmation of West’s appearance, but they just pointed to the surrounding security.

According to CNN, West has made a $2 million donation to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor

As the sun set, marchers cheered: “CPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?” —Morgan Greene

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