The Week in Review: Lightfoot Wants to License Police, Activists Call to Defund Cops


Mayor Lori Lightfoot demands police be licensed after video surveillance from U.S. Bobby Rush’s office exposes 13 cops lounging, sleeping, making coffee and eating popcorn in his burglarized campaign office as looters tore apart the surrounding neighborhood.

Meanwhile, activists are calling for Lightfoot to defund the police – an idea she rejects. However, Lightfoot does support increasing social service funding, saying it's not an “either/or” proposition. 

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Chicago is facing a $700 million budget shortfall, but with the cancellations of major revenue generators like Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago, the mayor says it could get worse. Could property tax hikes be next to fill the gaping budget hole?

Some politicians are pushing to move to phase four immediately to boost the economy as Chicago is just beginning its cautious reopening. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the state budget, but it relies heavily on borrowing federal funds. And remembering ABC-7 and NBC-5 veteran reporter Dick Johnson, who died this week from pulmonary fibrosis.

Guests

Chuck Goudie, ABC-7 News | @ChuckGoudieABC7
Heather Cherone, WTTW News | @HeatherCherone
Mariano Gielis, Univision | @MarianoGielis
Kimberley Egonmwan, WVON | @KEgonmwan


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