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.

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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.

Jun 11, 2021

The Week in Review: Chicago, Illinois Fully Reopen

The city and state are fully reopened after a long 15 months. The remap fights heat up. A former alderman may have secretly recorded former House Speaker Michael Madigan. And an elected school board is on the agenda in Springfield.

Jun 4, 2021

The Week in Review: City Moves Up Full Reopening to June 11

Remaps, school boards, ethics, budgets and more: We recap the flurry of activity in Springfield. Chicago is on track for a full reopening this month. Gov. Pritzker is coy about another term.

May 28, 2021

The Week in Review: CPD Prepares for Memorial Day Weekend

City officials prepare for summer violence. Lake Shore Drive name change gets a punt. Federal investigation now close to former House Speaker Madigan. And lawmakers down to the wire in Springfield.

May 21, 2021

The Week in Review: Lori Lightfoot’s Midterm Report Card

The mayor gets mixed grades on her two-year anniversary and controversy follows her policy of offering interviews based on race. A dreaded Tribune deal goes through. And Lollapalooza will be back in full force for summer.

May 14, 2021

The Week in Review: Illinois Enters Bridge Phase

Illinois enters the reopening bridge phase as summer festivals are announced. Leaked emails spell trouble for the mayor. Rahm may be headed to Japan. And the sudden death of a Chicago star-architect.