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Some Illinois Schools Gave More Failing Grades After COVID BeganCBS 2 sent Freedom of Information Act requests for student grade data to more than 30 school districts in Illinois. From 13 of those schools, we received grade data, showing eight of those school districts handed out far more failing grades in English, social studies, math and science courses last year than before the pandemic.
Aldermen Seek Public Hearing On Questions About Accuracy Of Police ShotSpotter TechnologyA group of 16 aldermen, most of them members of the City Council's Progressive Caucus, are seeking a public hearing to "assess the reliability of ShotSpotter" technology.
Lightfoot, City Council Turn Aside Ald. Anthony Beale's Bid To Repeal Lower Threshold For Speed Camera Tickets“This has nothing to do with safety. This has everything to do with revenue, revenue, and revenue," Ald. Anthony Beale said of the city's lowering the threshold for speed camera tickets from 10 mph to 6 mph.
Mayor Lightfoot Presents Plan Under Which City Would Sue Street Gangs, But Will It Work?Mayor Lori Lightfoot is eMore controversy was stirring late Tuesday about a Chicago city ordinance that would allow the city to file lawsuits against street gangs – seeking money and other assets.
Lightfoot: I'll Recommend City Inspector General Investigate Allegations Against Ald. Gardiner"A consistent pattern of using what I would say is misogynistic language, about women, unacceptable. Totally, utterly unacceptable."
Ald. James Gardiner Accused Of Using Staffer To Get Private Court Records On Resident Of His Ward For RevengeThe heat turned up another notch Thursday on the hot seat for Northwest Side Ald. James Gardiner (45th).
Illinois AG Launches Investigation Into Joliet Police Department; Sergeant Who Exposed Circumstances Of Eric Lurry's Death In Custody Has High HopesEric Lurry died in Joliet police custody in January 2020, and CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini went on to expose accusations of a cover-up. On Wednesday, there was a major new development – as the Illinois Attorney General stepped in with his own investigation.
911 Dispatcher Keith Thornton Jr., On Duty When Officer Ella French Was Killed, Shares The Many Lessons He's Learned And The Powerful Connections He's MadeKeith Thornton Jr. was the guiding voice during our city's most recent line-of-duty tragedy - the murder of Chicago Police Officer Ella French.
Logan Square Woman Fights To Save 100-Year-Old Catalpa Tree Set To Be Cut Down For Water Pipe Replacement, And Other Trees Like ItA Logan Square resident is fighting to save a catalpa tree on her street, even though the city says workers need to replace water pipes and thus, the tree has to go.

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Authorities Outline Plans For Road ClosuresThe Chicago Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management and Communication detailed plans for rolling road closures in anticipation of caravans connected to Mexican Independence Day celebrations.
DCFS Head Could Be Held In Contempt Of CourtThe head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is on the brink of being held in contempt of court. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reports the head of DCFS could face contempt of court charges if he doesn't appear in court next week to answer tough questions about children stuck in psychiatric facilities.
Chicago Weather: Mostly Sunny WeekendCBS 2 meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist has a look at the extended forecast.
Mexican Independence Day Celebrations Could Bring More Gridlock DowntownExpect a busy weekend of traffic in and around downtown, with multiple events taking place, including a possible repeat of car caravans creating gridlock. CBS 2’s Steven Graves reports.
FDA: Pfizer COVID Booster Shot, For Now, Will Be For Those 65 And OlderA panel of experts votes no to offering COIVD-19 booster shots for most Americans. But yes if you're 65 and older or at high risk for severe disease. CBS 2's Jackie Kostek has more on the decision.
McHenry Co. Woman In COVID-Related Coma After Giving BirthShe's in a coma, two weeks after giving birth while battling COVID-19. CBS 2's Meredith Barack reports from Lutheran General where that mom is currently intubated in the hospital's COVID unit.