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Sep 24, 2021

The Week in Review: 2022 City Budget Hearings Begin

The mayor introduces a big spending plan and voices her frustration with CPS COVID-19 protocols. A rift between the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Park District emerges as a potential deal for Arlington Park looms. And the Sox clinch the division.

Sep 17, 2021

The Week in Review: FDA Panel Votes on COVID Booster Shots

An ethics investigation into a Chicago alderman. The county assessor's got election competition. The latest on the park district's lifeguard sex abuse scandal. And CPS gets a new CEO.

Sep 10, 2021

The Week in Review: Energy Overhaul Finally Moves Ahead

An energy bill passes the House. Calls grow to investigate an alderman accused of retaliating against residents. Thousands of CPS students are potentially exposed to COVID-19. And the Chicago Bears kickoff their season Sunday.

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Sep 3, 2021

The Week in Review: Lawmakers Discuss Energy, Ethics Bills, District Maps

New political district maps are spurring lawsuits. Springfield gets down to the wire on an energy bill. Hiccups for Chicago Public Schools students’ first week back. And a tumultuous end to the 20-year Afghanistan War.

Aug 27, 2021

The Week in Review: Vaccine Mandates Widen

A statewide indoor mask mandate. A city worker vaccine mandate and police union pushback. Two Republican congressmen in jeopardy as remapping begins. And the country reels from an Afghanistan terror attack.

Aug 20, 2021

The Week in Review: Indoor Masking Returns

A surge in COVID-19 infections prompts indoor mask mandates. Democrats and Republicans campaign at the Illinois State Fair. Officer Ella French is laid to rest. And a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has President Joe Biden on the defensive. 

Aug 13, 2021

The Week in Review: Ella French and Her Partner Shot During Traffic Stop

The killing of a Chicago police officer highlights tension between police and the mayor. Chicago’s budget deficit shrinks. Census numbers show population growth. CPS announces a vaccine mandate.

Aug 6, 2021

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

The governor institutes a full pre-K through 12 mask mandate. The city’s casino process gets delayed. The governor’s race could get a new entrant. And fire sale Cubs take on the surging Sox.

Jul 30, 2021

The Week in Review: Delta Variant More Transmissible, Masking Returns

Fears spike that Lollapalooza will be a super-spreader event, with thousands of locals and tourists attending amid surging delta variant cases. Meanwhile, masking mandates make a comeback. Illinois Republicans battle each other over the Jan. 6 committee hearings. And the Cubs shed their World Series stars.

Jul 23, 2021

The Week in Review: Merrick Garland Visits Chicago to Tout Gun Trafficking Strike Force

The U.S. attorney general targets illegal guns. City Council approves civilian police oversight as shootings soar. Lollapalooza goes on despite rising COVID-19 cases. Gov. Pritzker makes it official.

Jul 16, 2021

The Week in Review: Buttigieg in Chicago to Boost Infrastructure Plan

A possible compromise on civilian police oversight. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg takes a Chicago infrastructure tour. And legislators whiff on ethics. 

Jul 9, 2021

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

A war of words ensues as the mayor and police chief blame the courts for the city’s violence. Joe Biden’s first stop in Illinois as president. The list of alderpeople under indictment grows. And the city pension debt swells.

Jul 2, 2021

The Week in Review: City Council Grills Police Brass in Special Meeting

Another day, another aldermanic federal indictment. The mayor coins the name “Burger King Ed,” and battles City Council over summer crime. Trump’s company gets indicted.

Jun 25, 2021

The Week in Review: Lake Shore Drive Name Change Moves Forward

An iconic roadway is renamed after a chaotic City Council meeting. Tornadoes rip through the western suburbs. The mayor says violence is trending down, but the numbers don’t add up. And former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin is sentenced.

Jun 18, 2021

The Week in Review: Civilian Oversight of Chicago Police Stalls in City Council

Mayor Lightfoot pushes for changes to the elected school board bill that already passed. City violence spikes again. Aldermen battle the mayor over liquor sales. And renaming Lake Shore Drive.