As thousands take to the street to commemorate Juneteenth, Chicago City Council approves an ordinance recognizing Juneteenth but not officially recognizing it as a holiday. Meanwhile, City Council also agrees to study reparations with two aldermen voting no.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $1.1 billion COVID-19 spending plan passed despite police funding pushback. And is the ordinance to pull police out of schools dead on arrival? Bars and breweries reopened this week while the 606 and lakefront trails are set to reopen Monday with a $5 million gift.
In other political news, two big Supreme Court rulings this week, protecting both DACA “Dreamers” and workers from being fired for being LGBTQ. The state extends the eviction ban thru July as Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces millions in aid for renters and small businesses. Pritzker signs bills to send mail-in ballots for Election Day, which is now a holiday.
The Illinois GOP sues “unaccountable king” Pritzker over 10-person gathering limit. The Illinois Supreme Court says Chicago Police misconduct records can’t be destroyed after five years. And the Better Government Association sues City Council over alleged Open Meetings Act violations.
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