The Week in Review: Lightfoot Gets Blowback for Pot Plan


During the first City Council meeting since her “State of the City” address, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday introduced a zoning ordinance that would ban recreational marijuana dispensaries in most of downtown Chicago. Lightfoot cited a desire to keep the Loop “family friendly” and protect the city’s hotel and tourism industry.

The chief sponsor of an ordinance that would raise Chicago’s hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2021 signals a potential compromise on paying tipped workers.

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In Chicago and around the world, young people are rallying to bring awareness to climate change.

Illinois Racing Board Commissioner Thomas McCauley scolds Churchill Downs, the owner of Arlington International Racecourse, after the company turns down a gambling license and threatens to end horse racing at the track.

A Chicago Tribune report finds that while CTA ridership has dipped, reports of serious crimes on “L” trains have doubled since 2015.

And in sports, the Chicago Cubs are fighting for a playoff spot in a crucial series against the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals.

Guests  

Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ
Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune
Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times and ABC 7 Chicago
Jim Litke, Associated Press


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