Former Vice President Joe Biden is officially the Democratic presidential nominee.
The four-day, virtual gathering wrapped up Thursday. It aimed to highlight not just reasons to vote against President Donald Trump, but reasons to vote for Biden. Among the speakers were former President Barack Obama, vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth.
The convention came as the U.S. Postal Service and its Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced scrutiny over recent changes to cut costs — changes that have since been postponed until after the election. The Senate held a hearing Friday with DeJoy about recent changes, and he will appear in front of the U.S. House Oversight Committee on Monday. Meanwhile, Congress plans to vote on additional funding for USPS on Saturday.
Protests continued in Chicago this week, including a tense demonstration in the Loop on Saturday evening that resulted in 24 arrests and injuries. Following the event, the Chicago Police Department faced criticism by some saying it used the controversial “kettling” tactic. Meanwhile, CPD banned protests on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s block citing threats to her safety.
Ald. Ed Burke’s lawyers filed a motion on Thursday to remove evidence acquired from wiretaps on his cellphone, saying federal investigators bungled the operation. The longest-serving Chicago alderman faces a 14-count indictment, including charges of racketeering, bribery and extortion.
And Illinois’ longest serving Gov. James Thompson died last Friday evening after falling several weeks ago. Known as “Big Jim,” Thompson served as Illinois' governor for four consecutive terms over 14 years.
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