The Week in Review: Lori Lightfoot’s Midterm Report Card

Mayor Lori Lightfoot touts her accomplishments and defends her administration as she hits the halfway point of her term. But the Chicago Teachers Union gives her a failing grade and the police union issues a no-confidence vote. Meanwhile, Lightfoot defends only granting interviews to Black and brown reporters on her second anniversary.

Mixed Masking Messages, Lolla and Live Music’s Future

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Summer is shaping up to look more like normal with the return of Lollapalooza, the full reopening of Navy Pier and the return of alfresco dining in many neighborhoods. But can the live music scene survive the pandemic? And the state and city are now aligned with new mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid very muddled messages.

Suit Filed Over Permit Delay, EPA’s “Civil Rights” Concerns

The parent company of the now-defunct General Iron is suing the city for $100 million after the Environmental Protection Agency halts the permit process. The EPA says the controversial metal scrapper “raised significant civil rights concerns” for residents of the area.

Republican Party Reps. Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis Vote for Commission

The U.S. House of Representatives passes a 9/11 commission for the Jan. 6 insurrection with two Illinois Republicans, Adam Kinzinger and Rodney Davis, voting yes with the Democrats. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes it, so the passage is doubtful. Illinois’ first female lieutenant governor, Corinne Wood, is dead at 66 after a 15-year battle with breast cancer.


Tahman Bradley, WGN-TV News | @TahmanBradley

Dana Kozlov, CBS 2 News | @DanaCBS2

Jim DeRogatis, “Sound Opinions”  | @JimDeRogatis

Maxwell Evans, Block Club Chicago | @afrodip

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