Lightfoot Could Announce Vaccine Mandate For City Workers 'Soon'; Talks With Labor Unions UnderwayMayor Lori Lightfoot said she expects to announce soon whether city workers will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face regular testing for the virus, as her administration negotiates with various labor unions on what those rules could look like.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Confirms Tentative Agreement On New 8-Year Police Contract With Chicago FOPThe eight-year deal would provide officers with a 20% pay raise over the life of the contract, while also requiring a number of police accountability reforms.
Lightfoot Warns Mask Mandate, Other COVID Rules Could Return If Cases Spike Again, But No Hesitation With Hosting Lollapalooza This Weekend"God bless the critics standing on the sidelines, but I feel confident that the Lolla folks have a good solid plan in place," Lightfoot said.
City Council Approves Plan For New Civilian Panel To Oversee CPD; Critics Say 'Police Are Going To Lose'Aldermen voted 36-13 to create a new seven-member Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, the result of months of on-and-off negotiations between Mayor Lori Lightfoot, aldermen, and a coalition of grassroots police reform groups.
Lightfoot, Aldermen Honor Late Holocaust Survivor Fritzie Fritszshall As 'Lifelong Crusader For Social Justice'Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) said “our city lost a major voice in the fight against bigotry and hatred” with Fritzshall’s passing.
Public Safety Committee Backs Compromise Plan To Create Civilian Police Oversight Panel“What produces a better police Department is better policies, and now we’re getting our civilians, our communities, our residents an opportunity to have a voice in those policies,” Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Warns COVID-19 Restrictions Could Return If Spread Of Delta Variant Causes Another Surge“In the last couple of weeks, we have seen a steady rise in our daily case and test positivity rates; an increase that we believe is caused by the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19,” Lightfoot said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Grassroots Coalition Announce Deal To Create Civilian Police Oversight CommissionMayor Lori Lightfoot and police reform advocates on Monday announced they have reached an agreement to establish a new civilian oversight agency for the Chicago Police Department, setting up a City Council vote this week after years of often heated debate.
Civilian Police Oversight Efforts Stall Again, But Alderman Say Compromise With Mayor Lori Lightfoot Is 'Extremely Close'“We are working tirelessly at getting this done, and I believe that we are extremely close,” Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Announces $1 Million Reward Fund For Tips To Help CPD Seize Illegal Guns“Too many people ... are just plain scared; scared to come out, scared to congregate, enjoy the warmth of a summer day or night, for fear that ordinary moments will become the scenes of tragedy,” Lightfoot said.
City Council Panel Endorses Plan For Boys & Girls Club On West Side Campus Of $95 Million Police And Fire AcademyThe $8 million youth development center will be the first new Boys & Girls Club in Chicago in more than a generation.
City Hall Turnover: Business Affairs And Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosa Escareño, Cultural Affairs And Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly To RetireMayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced the retirements Tuesday afternoon, marking the latest in a wave of departures from her administration since late last year.
Hailed As National Leader 5 Years Ago After Deadly Ambush On Dallas Cops, David Brown Now Under Fire For Handling Of Chicago Crime As City's Top CopDavid Brown's tenure as Chicago's top cop has been a rocky one, in the face of surging crime during the pandemic, a violent trend which has yet to turn around.
Progressive Aldermen, Activists Call On Mayor Lori Lightfoot To Spend Federal Relief Money On Social Service Programs, Not Police“We have the most police per capita per person in this city. So if that were the case, we would be the safest city if policing actually worked,” said Alycia Kamil, an activist with GoodKids MadCity.
Competing Versions Of Civilian Police Oversight Board Both Stall In Public Safety CommitteeA key City Council committee refused to consider the latest proposal offered by a coalition of grassroots organizations, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot pulled her own competing bid from consideration.