The state of Illinois will make coronavirus vaccines available to everyone 16 and older, a week ahead of the city – and Gov. J.B. Pritzker says if Chicagoans don’t want to wait, they’re welcome at state-supported sites in the suburbs. The move comes as public health officials try to stave off another surge amid rising case numbers and more contagious variants spreading.
Vice President Kamala Harris makes her first visit to Chicago since taking office, touring a vaccination site and touting the Biden administration’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. But a group of local politicians’ news conference after the vice president's visit was marred by confusion after neither the governor nor Mayor Lori Lightfoot showed up. Observers’ questioned whether the two are at odds after Pritzker signed bills on firefighter pensions and teachers bargaining rights that Lightfoot vehemently opposed.
A 21-month-old was shot in an apparent road rage incident on Lake Shore Drive. The move comes amid a spike in violence putting 2021 on track to be an even more violent year than last. The family of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, shot and killed by Chicago police, is expected to see the video of the incident next week ahead of a public release. The second week of the Derek Chauvin trial comes to a close, as medical experts testify that it was Chauvin’s kneeling on George Floyd that killed him.
WBEZ reports that Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. has been subpoenaed by federal investigators as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe that snared his father, a former state lawmaker. And two local officials also caught up in the probe won reelection this week.
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