Former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is accused of sexual abuse by a member of his security detail. A new report details several instances when Johnson got special treatment after being discovered slumped behind the wheel last year. The report alleges Johnson consumed 10 alcoholic drinks the night Chicago police found him and that he tampered with evidence. Five cops have been suspended amid the fallout of the Johnson drunk driving scandal that led to his ouster.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Police Department rejects 97% of the recommended changes to the use of force policy.
Most Chicago Public Schools students will continue remote learning until at least January. But the Chicago Teachers Union is pushing against a classroom return for young and special needs students as COVID-19 cases keep climbing and as the death toll surpasses 9,100 statewide.
No new taxes in Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed $6.9 billion budget, but layoffs and cutting vacant jobs help to balance her plan. Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot fine-tunes her budget address set for next week as property tax pain is expected to hit homeowners and government coffers alike.
Early voting opens citywide but Cook County acknowledges backlog as some voters have trouble. Meanwhile, billionaire Pritzker first cousins hurl cash at so-called “fair tax” amendment in one of the most hotly contested races of the election.
The Supreme Court stops the census count this week with only 60% of Illinois residents participating. Also, in Supreme Court news, Illinois’ senior senator, Dick Durbin, grilled President Trump’s conservative nominee Amy Coney Barrett as Lightfoot expressed concern over gay marriages if Barrett is confirmed.
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