Gov. J.B. Pritzker greenlights a partial reopening of the state next week with alfresco dining but Mayor Lori Lightfoot puts the brakes on restaurant reopening until June as Illinois’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 100,000.
State lawmakers battle over masks, reopening and the budget in Springfield. Mayor Lightfoot marks her first year in office with a teachers’ strike, firing her police superintendent, City Council pushback and leading the city through a pandemic. The mayor is also battling President Trump’s push to reopen churches prematurely.
Record rain overwhelms Chicago’s sewer and deep tunnel system, leaving Chicago and some suburbs flooded with more rainfall expected. And explosions at General Iron force the city to close down the controversial business.
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