The Week in Review: Summer Violence Persists with More Law Enforcement Shot

Summer violence in Chicago continues unabated as police Superintendent David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot place blame on the criminal courts for letting criminals out before trial. But Cook County Courts Chief Judge Tim Evans says that is a false narrative. Meanwhile, activists call it a “state of emergency” as they and aldermen push for government funds to go to community groups to help quell the violence.

Read: Chicago’s Top Cop Says Courts ‘Making Us All Less Safe’ After Bloody Fourth of July Weekend

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President Joe Biden visited Illinois this week. Lightfoot spoke to him about getting federal help with gun giolence. Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle also chewed the ear of the president on the tarmac. Biden went to speak at a community college in Republican territory and was greeted by vocal supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Read: Biden Visits Illinois to Sell Voters on Families Agenda

Ald. Carrie Austin pleaded not guilty for taking home improvements from developers doing work in her ward. She’s the third active City Council member indicted for corruption joining Ald. Ed Burke and Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson.

Read: Ald. Carrie Austin Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of Bribery, Lying to Feds

Lightfoot’s floor leader, George Cardenas, seeks a City Council exit by running for the tax appeals board.  Meanwhile, City Clerk Anna Valencia nabbed an endorsement by Sen. Tammy Duckworth in her bid to exit City Hall for the secretary of state’s office. And Chicago’s watchdog, Joe Ferguson, announced his imminent departure.

Read: Surrounded by Unfinished Business and At Odds with the Mayor, Watchdog Will Step Down


Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times, ABC 7 News |@MediaDervish, @SunTimes

Greg Pratt, Chicago Tribune | @RoyalPratt, @ChicagoTribune

Rachel Hinton, Chicago Sun-Times | @RrHinton, @SunTimes

Kelly Bauer, Block Club Chicago | @BauerJournalism@BlockClubCHI

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