Less than a month after his tearful resignation speech, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is fired by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said the city’s top cop misled her and the public after he was found asleep in a vehicle following a night of drinking in October.
Lightfoot’s dismissal of Johnson, who made his retirement official on Wednesday, follows an inspector general’s report which the mayor declined to publicly release out of respect for Johnson’s family.
Sources tell the Chicago Tribune federal authorities are probing the connections between powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and ComEd lobbyists, including longtime Madigan confidant Michael McClain.
Ahead of the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana on Jan. 1, Lightfoot and interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck say Chicago police will not ticket people smoking marijuana on balconies or in backyards, despite interpretations of the state law deeming those places public.
And in sports, the Chicago Bears defeat the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field during Thursday Night Football, rising to a 7-6 record and keeping their playoff chances alive, however slim they may be.
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