The Week in Review: Jury Convicts Smollett on 5 of 6 Counts of Lying to Police

Jussie Smollett is found guilty on five out of six counts of lying to police, filing a false police report and disorderly conduct in his hate-crime hoax case.  So, what political fallout, if any, will there be for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx who originally dropped charges against the actor?

The Chicago Police Department has canceled days off and assigned more officers downtown to prevent a repeat of the violence and chaos caused by hundreds of teenagers last weekend.

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Meanwhile, CTA workers plan a Michigan Avenue protest to focus on the dangers they face with more frequent attacks, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

In health news, state and city health officials are concerned about a “significant” COVID-19 surge here as the omicron variant has been discovered in Chicago.  In response, the city is weighing requiring proof of vaccination at indoor venues

And, violent threats force a lawmaker to pull his COVID-19 bill which would have forced the unvaccinated to pay for their coronavirus hospitalization costs, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.    

Mayor Lightfoot took a gamble on a 2% sports betting tax, but alderpeople aren’t playing as her private texts reveal a combative, sarcastic, unfiltered side of the mayor. 

Five Chicago casino proposals get hearings next week, WBEZ reported, as more casinos are approved in the suburbs. 

And multiple lawsuits to the state’s newly approved legislative maps were heard in court, the State Journal-Register reported.


Omar Jimenez, CNN | @CNN  @OmarJimenez

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

Mariah Woelfel, WBEZ 91.5 | @WBEZ @MariahWoelfel

Monica Eng, Axios Chicago | @Axios @MonicaEng

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