The Week in Review: Delta Variant Surge Brings Vaccine, Masking Mandates

Masking returns as mandates cause immediate pushback. The Fraternal Order of Police pushes back against Gov. Pritzker’s mandate for some law enforcement. And parents are also pushing back in some suburban school districts after Pritzker tells teachers and students to mask up, and some state workers to vax up. That’s after President Biden orders that federal workers and contractors need be vaccinated or tested regularly.

Meanwhile, Chicago officials are closely watching NYC with its new proof of vaccination requirement in restaurants, bars, gyms and performances. Federal courts as well as United Airlines and Advocate Aurora Health System join the growing list of major American institutions and companies also requiring staff to vaccinate.

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Mayor Lightfoot says Lollapalooza won’t be a superspreader event, as downstate health officials tell festivalgoers to get tested.

In the fallout of the previous eviction ban expiring, the CDC issues another eviction moratorium despite SCOTUS ruling.

And Obama scales back his big 60th birthday bash after backlash over COVID-19.

Obama Center Ruling. Chicago Casino Deal. Blago’s Back

Speaking of the former president, a judge rules in favor of the Obama Presidential Center in the latest legal challenge.

 Illinois selected another 55 winners from a pool of 589 qualifying applicants seeking to open cannabis dispensaries. But, state law doesn’t prevent pot equity license winners from selling their license to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, more battles brew over new pot shop locations as Illinois hits another sales record, boosted by Lolla.

The city has extended the deadline for interested parties to submit proposals to build a new casino.

Moderate Republicans want Kirk Dillard to run for governor, again.

And disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is back in the news suing over his ban on running for office.  Could he prevail in court and then run again?

Crosstown Classic. Fleury Joins Hawks. Bears QB Battle

The crosstown classic is this weekend as Sox rock and Cubs implode. The Cubs can’t afford key players but are adding a betting building onto historic Wrigley. All eyes are on Justin Fields as some Bears miss training camp due to COVID-19 protocols. The Bulls pick up key players in Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso. And some sweet talking convinces future Hall of Famer Marc Andre Fleury to play for the Hawks.


Mike Lowe, WGN-TV News | @MikeLoweReports@WGNNews

Greg Pratt, Chicago Tribune | @royalpratt@ChicagoTribune

Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business | @GregHinz@CrainsChicago

Dionne Miller, ABC 7 Chicago | @dmillerabc7@ABC7Chicago

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