Jul 24, 2020

The Week in Review: Lightfoot Orders Removal of Columbus Statues

Chicago’s Christopher Columbus statues come down. Mayor Lightfoot and the president go toe-to-toe over federal law enforcement in Chicago. Some COVID-19 restrictions return, and baseball is back.

Jul 17, 2020

The Week in Review: Madigan Faces Calls to Resign

A federal bombshell alleges a massive bribery scheme involving ComEd and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Has Madigan’s political reign come to an end? And Chicago Public Schools announces a hybrid reopening plan for the fall.

Jul 11, 2020

The Week in Review: Lightfoot Unveils Recovery Plan

An uptick in COVID-19 cases. Will public schools open in the fall? Who Chicago’s top cop is blaming for rising violent crime rates. And Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth takes heat from President Trump.

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Jul 3, 2020

The Week in Review: Violence Jumps in June

With a rise in homicides and shootings in June, Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for an “all-hands-on-deck approach” to stopping violence. And she orders a 14-day quarantine for travelers from states where COVID-19 is surging.

Jun 26, 2020

The Week in Review: CPS Board Vote Keeps Cops in Schools

The Chicago Board of Education votes to keep police in schools for now. Chicago and the state enter phase four of reopening. Rumors the city’s top cop is leaving amid spikes in gun violence. 

Jun 19, 2020

The Week in Review: Chicago Recognizes Juneteenth, Agrees to Study Reparations

The Chicago Police Department missed 70% of reform deadlines set out in a consent decree. A landmark week at the U.S. Supreme Court and the Chicago City Council recognizes Juneteenth.

Jun 12, 2020

The Week in Review: Lightfoot Wants to License Police, Activists Call to Defund Cops

Activists call on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to defund the police – an idea she rejects. She’s pushing to license police after video caught a dozen officers lounging as looters destroyed businesses.

Jun 5, 2020

The Week in Review: Tensions Rise Between Community, Police Amid Protests

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for the firing of the Chicago police officer who flipped off protesters. A citywide curfew will remain in place even though most recent protests have been peaceful.

May 29, 2020

The Week in Review: Illinois Begins Partially Reopening

Illinois partially reopens Friday as the state surpasses more than 115,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 5,000 deaths. Chicago is planning its reopening for June 3.

May 22, 2020

The Week in Review: Illinois Set to Reopen Late May, Chicago Eyes Early June

Gov. J.B. Pritzker greenlights a partial reopening of the state next week. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago won’t reopen until early June. State lawmakers battle over masks, reopening and the budget.

May 15, 2020

The Week in Review: Illinois’ COVID-19 Peak Pushed Back

More than 4,000 have died from COVID-19 in Illinois as Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushes the state’s estimated peak to mid-June. Chicago is on pace to move to the next phase at the end of the month, but the lakefront will remain closed. 

May 8, 2020

The Week in Review: Officials Unveil Plans to Reopen City, State

Mayor Lori Lightfoot details how she plans to reopen Chicago days after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker details the state’s blueprint. And the state’s unemployment system is overhauled to handle the deluge of people filing for benefits.

May 1, 2020

The Week in Review: COVID-19 Cases Soar As Testing Increases

Illinois records more than 3,000 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, which officials attribute to an increase in testing. McCormick Place is winding down operations as an alternate care site. And as a new modified stay-at-home order begins, hundreds protest.

Apr 24, 2020

The Week in Review: Stay-at-Home Order Extended Through May 30

Illinois sets a new record of confirmed COVID-19 cases as testing capacity expands. Gov. J.B. Pritzker extends the stay-at-home order until May 30 with some modifications. And Chicago aldermen narrowly approve emergency powers for Mayor Lori Lightfoot. 

Apr 17, 2020

The Week in Review: Pritzker Suspends In-Person Learning for Rest of Year

Gov. J.B. Pritzker closes schools for in-person learning for the rest of the year to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as cases and deaths continue to climb. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fines the company behind the Crawford Power Plant implosion.