The Week in Review: Lightfoot Orders Removal of Columbus Statues


Mayor Lori Lightfoot “temporarily” removes two Christopher Columbus statues to avoid another clash between activists and Chicago police like the one that occurred last weekend.

To help address Chicago violence, the Trump administration is sending FBI, DEA, ATF and other federal agents instead of federal paramilitary troopers, like those sent to Portland, Oregon.

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Illinois GOP leaders call for a special Springfield session so lawmakers can address ethics after ComEd settles a bribery scandal for $200 million that implicated Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Though he was not named directly in the scandal, one federal document says “Public Official A is the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and the longest serving member of the House of Representatives.”

Chicago is reverting to some stricter COVID-19 restrictions for bars, restaurants, gyms, personal services and even gatherings at homes as Gov. J.B. Pritzker warns of possible coronavirus resurgence. Meanwhile, Mayor Lightfoot orders visitors from 18 states to quarantine for two weeks – and neighboring Wisconsin may be added to the list next week. 

Chicago Public School leaderships is giving students the option for remote learning in the fall, but the Chicago Teachers Union is pushing for all virtual classes. Baseball is back for a coronavirus-shortened season. And longtime weatherman Jerry Taft dies.

Guests

Sarah Schulte, ABC-7 News | @SchulteABC7
Craig Dellimore, WBBM Newsradio | @CraigDellimore
Courtney Gousman, WGN-TV | @CGousman
Sarah Karp, WBEZ | @SSKedreporter


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