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Jan 19, 2021

Federal Court Rules Illinois’ Panhandling Law Unconstitutional

A federal judge has permanently banned Illinois’ panhandling law from being enforced on the basis the statute violates the First Amendment. The case was part of a yearlong effort by advocates, including the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, to eliminate such laws.

Jan 19, 2021

McConnell: Trump ‘Provoked’ Capitol Siege, Mob Was Fed Lies

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday explicitly blamed President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was “fed lies” and that the president and others “provoked” those intent on overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s election.

Jan 19, 2021

Lawmakers Discuss Pros, Cons of Ending Cash Bail

A  massive criminal justice bill is heading to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk. Approved last week by the Illinois Senate and House, the measure covers everything from police use of force to body cameras. It would also end the practice of cash bail.

Jan 19, 2021

Legacy of Muddy Waters to Live On at MOJO Museum

A museum honoring the “father of modern Chicago blues” is headed to North Kenwood. Family members of the late musician Muddy Waters tell us what’s in store for the MOJO Museum.

Jan 19, 2021

Lightfoot Extends Stay-at-Home Order Until Jan. 30

The advisory, which has now been extended by the mayor three times, is scheduled to be in effect until two days before Chicago Public Schools elementary school students are scheduled to go back to in-person class.

Jan 19, 2021

4 New COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Open in Cook County

The new sites will provide vaccinations to health care workers this week and will begin vaccinating residents ages 65 and older as well as front-line essential workers starting Monday.

Jan 19, 2021

Chicago Activates Emergency Operations Center, Prepares for Inauguration-Related Violence

City officials are taking precautions ahead of potential unrest, though they're not aware of any "actionable activity" being planned in Chicago on Inauguration Day.

Jan 19, 2021

Chicago Police Lieutenant Files Whistleblower Suit Over ‘Illegal’ Daily Quotas

A Chicago police lieutenant is suing the city, claiming a new safety team designed to address neighborhood concerns and improve community relationships has instead focused on making baseless traffic stops in order to meet illegal self-imposed quotas.

Jan 19, 2021

Aldermen Advance Measure to Expand Protections for Immigrants

Aldermen unanimously advanced a measure on Tuesday that would expand protections for immigrants by blocking Chicago police from cooperating with federal immigration agents in all cases.

Jan 19, 2021

Shedd Aquarium Announces Reopening Dates, Tickets on Sale This Week

With COVID-19 restrictions now loosened in Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium has announced its plan to reopen later this month with a number of health and safety measures in place.

Jan 19, 2021

City Worker Fired After Making Racist, Violent Facebook Comments During Protests: Watchdog

City officials fired an employee of the Chicago Department of Transportation after he sent “unprovoked offensive, racist, harassing and violent” messages to a Chicagoan on Facebook during the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in late May, according to a report from the city’s watchdog.

Jan 19, 2021

12 Guard Members Removed From Biden Inauguration

Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online, according to two U.S. officials.

Jan 19, 2021

City Rolls Out COVID-19 Vaccine Plan: All Chicagoans Won’t Be Eligible Until May 31

The city of Chicago’s tentative vaccine distribution plan estimates that there will not be enough COVID-19 vaccine available for all Chicagoans ages 16 and older until May 31, the city’s top doctor announced Monday.

Jan 19, 2021

CPS: We’ll Continue Negotiating With CTU, But Not Over Decision to Reopen Schools

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said the school district is still having conversations with the Chicago Teachers Union on in-person staffing levels, and she believes “we’ll get to a resolution on that.” But she said the conversation can no longer be about whether or not to reopen schools.

Jan 19, 2021

City Animal Shelter Employee Sexually Assaulted 2 Co-Workers: Watchdog

City officials fired an animal care officer assigned to work at the city’s shelter after an investigation determined they sexually assaulted two co-workers while off-duty and outside of the office, according to a report from the city’s watchdog.