Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation To Create Elected School Board For Chicago Public SchoolsIllinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday signed legislation creating an elected school board for the Chicago Public Schools.
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's Office, Fire Commissioner Say Review Of City Policy On Gender-Based Violence Is Needed, With Firefighter-EMT Accused Of Rape Still On The JobThere was major fallout from city officials Wednesday, amid revelations that a firefighter-EMT is still on the job after being charged with raping a woman he knew.
Gov. Pritzker Has 30 Days To Sign Bills Strengthening Privacy Protections For Sexual Assault SurvivorsIllinois Gov. JB Pritzker has 30 days left to take action on two bills that strengthen privacy protections for sex assault victims.
Aldermen Urge Passage Of 'Anjanette Young Ordinance' Seeking Sweeping Changes To CPD Search Warrant Procedures; 'We Have An Obligation To Change Policy'“What we all saw happen to Ms. Anjanette Young, we’re trying to prevent this from happening again,” Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) said.
Gov. Pritzker Signs 4 Bills Advancing Rights For LGBTQ+ People In IllinoisIllinois is expanding rights for LGBTQ+ people, with Gov. JB Pritzker having signed four bills into law on Tuesday.
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.
Chicago Aldermen Set To Discuss Anjanette Young Ordinance, Calling For Rules Protecting People's Civil Rights During Police RaidsChicago aldermen on Tuesday will discuss a proposed city ordinance that is aimed at making sure what happened to Anjanette Young doesn’t happen to you.
New York City, State Of California To Require COVID Vaccinations Or Weekly Tests For Government Workers; Could Chicago Follow Suit?Get vaccinated or get tested every week – it is the new mandate in New York City, where city workers have until September to get on board. The State of California has announced the same thing. So with cases on the rise in Chicago, could we see such a rule as well?
Rep. Adam Kinzinger Tapped By Speaker Pelosi To Join House Select Committee Investigating Capitol InsurrectionU.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) is joining the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
Bill Cameron, Dean Of Chicago Political Reporters, Retiring In August“The time has come for me to plan my retirement. I’ve enjoyed covering Chicago politics very much, but half-a-century on the day-to-day beat is probably enough. Time to go visit many more national parks!“ Cameron said in a statement.
Attorney General Merrick Garland Visits Chicago As Feds Launch Strike Force Amid Serious Spike In ViolenceViolence in Chicago has risen to the point where the feds are stepping in, with U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland paying a visit on Thursday.
U.S. DOJ Announces Multi-Jurisdictional Plan To Fight Gun Trafficking, A Major Focus In Chicago Violent Crime Reduction EffortsOfficials from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have announced concrete steps to fight illegal gun trafficking – which is a principal focus in efforts to reduce violent crime in Chicago.
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.
Former Michael Reese Hospital Campus To Be Transformed Under $3.8 Billion 'Bronzeville Lakefront' Redevelopment PlanThe $3.8 billion “Bronzeville Lakefront” plan for the site would include nearly 6,800 units of new housing, and nearly 8 million square feet of mixed-use space.