Chicago makes it official, aligning the city’s full reopening date with that of the state in one week. COVID-19 infection numbers are down with no states on Chicago’s travel quarantine list. But vaccination rates are also down, and officials hope that “power shot” lottery tickets and “shot and a beer” incentives for vaccines will help.
Summer is looking hopeful despite the appearance of COVID-19 variants. The Bud Billiken Parade comes back in August, and the Pride Parade and Chicago Marathon are scheduled for October. However, restaurants struggle to find workers as businesses reopen.
New Maps, Balanced Budget, Weak Ethics Reforms Pass
In politics, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the controversial remap of legislative districts. That as he considers not running again for governor after his daughter was targeted by his political foes.
Springfield lawmakers passed a budget with no new taxes in the 11th hour. Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is angry about the elected school board bill that the state Senate passed. And a new poll shows her approval rating slipping below 50%.
ComEd rate hikes have been delayed but remain controversial as federal prosecutors continue their ongoing investigation of the utility’s bribery scandal.
CPD: Holiday Homicides Down, Shootings Up
Murders in Chicago were down over the Memorial Day weekend, but shootings were up from 2020. Police Supt. David Brown says violence interrupters, community partners and community policing is helping Chicago’s pervasive violence problem.
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