The city reimposes restrictions and curfews on Chicago bars, restaurants and businesses amid a dangerous spike in coronavirus cases. Chicago’s public health commissioner warns of a 54% increase in the number of Chicagoans being diagnosed with COVID-19 every day.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot releases her budget proposal, and admits her plan to closes a $1.2 billion gap will be a tough sell – with one alderman immediately criticizing her borrowing and debt refinancing plans as “scoop-and-toss on steroids.” The mayor’s proposal includes property and gas tax hikes, layoffs, and furloughs.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden meet for a still contentious but far less chaotic debate. The Senate Judiciary Committee advances Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court despite Democrats boycotting the vote.
A state supreme court justice’s reelection bid faces an outpouring of money and attacks from Republicans hoping to tie him to embattled House Speaker Mike Madigan. And billionaire Ken Griffin launches another attack on Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the graduated income tax he’s pushing, calling Pritzker a “master of personal tax avoidance.”
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