News

COVID-19 In Illinois: New Coronavirus Cases Down Over The Past Week, But Hospitalizations Still ClimbingIllinois is averaging 2,887 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week, down 13% from one week earlier. But hospitalizations are up 12% over the past week.
Over 15,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 PandemicThere were 547,000 total claims filed across the country last week
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Asks Bidders For Chicago Casino To Submit Formal Plans By August 23The mayor's office said any plans for a Chicago casino-resort must include a hotel with as many as 500 rooms, meeting space, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.
Cook County Health Offers Walk-In COVID Vaccines At Tinley Park, Matteson Mass Vaccination Sites Through SaturdayYou have until Saturday evening to take advantage of this pilot program for walk-in COVID vaccinations.
Wrong Vaccine Accidentally Administered At Mariano's In AuroraA Mariano's in west suburban Aurora is apologizing to customers who were mistakenly given the wrong COVID-19 vaccine at the store's pharmacy.
CPD Officers Fire Shots At Suspect During Arrest On Bloomingdale TrailA 28-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning after police fired shots at him while responding to "several crimes involving a weapon."
Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming Your Way?With the latest round of stimulus checks already distributed to most eligible Americans, many wonder if additional aid is coming.
Toddler Dies After Dad Accidentally Backs Over Him On Driveway In Unincorporated BarringtonThe Lake County Sheriff’s office was investigating, but authorities said it “appears to be a tragic accident.”
Woman Attacked On Blue Line Train At Oak Park Station; 1 Man In CustodyA woman was attacked on the Blue Line train at the Oak Park station, a witness told CBS 2. 

Politics

'We're Not Asking, We're Demanding:' Advocates Advance Call For Civilian Oversight Group Over Police, COPA, Police Board, And Other BodiesChicago alderman are now faced with daunting task of police reform.
Federal Prosecutors Claim Ald. Ed Burke Made Anti-Semitic Remark, Offer New Details About His Alleged Corruption And Former Ald. Solis' CooperationSecret recordings have been revealed in the case against Ald. Ed Burke (14th).
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Stands Behind CPD Supt. David Brown, Angrily Shoots Down Rumors He's On His Way Out"This constant, ‘He’s going to Dallas. He’s leaving,’ it’s just nonsense, and it’s destabilizing, and frankly it’s insulting,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said of unsubstantiated rumors of Chicago Police Supt. David Brown's ouster.
Stalled Debate Over Civilian Oversight Of CPD Leads To Tense Exchange Between Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez“It’s been a real difficult time in our community, and what ultimately it demands and deserves is more than prayers and platitudes, but action Mayor Lightfoot," said Ald. Byron Sigcho Lopez (25th)
Aldermen Approve Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Plan To Update Affordable Housing Requirements For Developers As City Council Resumes In-Person MeetingsAldermen voted 42-8 to approve the mayor’s proposal, which would set new requirements for developers who get city subsidies, purchase city land, or require a zoning change for their projects.
Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict Spurs Outpouring Of Emotion, Action In MinnesotaCheers and shouts filled the streets in Minneapolis after fired police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all counts in the death of George Floyd.

Consumer

From LOFT Plus-Size Line To McDonald's Salads, COVID-19 Pandemic Has Led Some Brands To Discontinue Some Of Their OfferingsThe coronavirus pandemic has changed every part of our lives - from the big, important things, to something as simple as the salad you order for lunch.
Scammers Target The Unemployed With Fake Job Posts: ‘That’s Just The Worst Of The Worst’Hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois and Indiana are still out of work. They spend every day looking for a job – more than a year into the pandemic. Just when they think things are looking up because they get an interview – they learn another tough lesson.
Bellwood Senior Issues Warning After Losing $6,000 In Gift Card ScamA senior in Bellwood is out $6,000 after falling for a scam.
Government Email Addresses From Cities In Other States Are Being Used By Fraudsters Claiming To Be IDESScammers are now using government email addresses from cities in other states to send fraudulent messages claiming to be from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Woman Says IDES Told Her Stimulus Meant End Of Unemployment Benefits; IDES Told Us It Was Probably A Scammer, But It Wasn'tA Chicago woman reached out to us after she said she got some bad information about her unemployment claim. Illinois Department of Employment Security representatives tried to blame it all on a possible scammer - but a scammer it was not.
DuPage County Man Has Had Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Made In His Name In Two Different States -- And He's Not AloneOne Chicago area man is facing multiple fraudulent unemployment claims – and is the victim of a new kind of unemployment fraud that is crossing state lines and affecting several states.