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.
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.
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.
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.
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