Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for an “all-hands-on deck approach” after Chicago notched 89 homicides and 424 shootings in June, with murders up 34% and shootings up 45% for the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of last year.
The police union leadership says that arrests are down 55% because morale is reportedly at rock-bottom. The mayor says that talk is just the police union posturing for contract negotiations. Is the city covering up the whole truth by not releasing the inspector general's report about the night former top cop, Eddie Johnson, was found asleep at the wheel?
Lightfoot announces a 14-day quarantine for travelers coming to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases. But Illinois cases remain low as some restaurants and bars were packed for indoor dining. Meanwhile, the official Fourth of July holiday fireworks displays have been canceled over coronavirus risks. And a number of new laws take effect this week, including hike in the minimum wage, and higher gas and pot taxes.
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