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Lightfoot orders anyone coming to Chicago from states where COVID-19 is surging to quarantine for 14 days

Lightfoot orders anyone coming to Chicago from states where COVID-19 is surging to quarantine for 14 days

People coming to Chicago from 15 states experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases must self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the city beginning next week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced late Thursday afternoon. The city ordered the quarantine for anyone who has spent more than 24 hours in the following states before arriving in Chicago: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. Advertisement The order, which will go into effect on Monday, does not apply to people who are at...

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces $11 million in grants to community groups on South and West sides

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces $11 million in grants to community groups on South and West sides

Two community groups on the South and West sides will receive $11 million in grant funding as part of a broader neighborhood rebuilding effort, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Monday. The Auburn Gresham Healthy Lifestyle Hub will receive $4 million, while Mount Sinai Hospital’s North Lawndale Surgical and Ambulatory Care Center will get $7 million, Lightfoot said. Advertisement “Both great institutions, both community-focused and community-led, both Chicago Prize finalists, and both will serve the health care deserts in those and surrounding communities,” Lightfoot said. Lightfoot touted...

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Chicago announces Lakefront Trail set to reopen June 22, bars and breweries on Wednesday

Chicago announces Lakefront Trail set to reopen June 22, bars and breweries on Wednesday

The city of Chicago continued its slow return to normal on Monday as officials reopened Millennium Park, announced that bars and brewers will be allowed to serve outdoor customers on Wednesday and set the reopening of Chicago’s iconic Lakefront Trail for June 22. But all three moves will come with restrictions aimed at preventing a resurgence in the coronavirus and could be rolled back if the city sees COVID-19 cases spike down the line. Advertisement The Lakefront Trail will reopen solely for exercise and transit, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Monday, but residents must “keep it moving,”...

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Chicago could further reopen on July 1, allow indoor dining at restaurants, reopen gyms and museums, public health commissioner says

Chicago could further reopen on July 1, allow indoor dining at restaurants, reopen gyms and museums, public health commissioner says

The city of Chicago is on pace to further reopen its economy on July 1, with restrictions potentially being loosened on indoor restaurant dining, museums and gyms, public health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said. Arwady made the comments at a Friday afternoon news conference where she unveiled . Advertisement Despite the potentially good news for restless Chicagoans, Arwady said city officials remain concerned about in other cities and 20 states that reopened before Illinois. With Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order lifted and more people getting out, Arwady said, “We are...

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Chicago’s Riverwalk set to reopen on Friday with restrictions

Chicago’s Riverwalk set to reopen on Friday with restrictions

The city of Chicago’s Riverwalk will officially reopen on Friday, with restrictions aimed at limiting activity and crowds, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced. Lightfoot ordered the Riverwalk closed in March as part of a broader effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. Now, with the city easing restrictions on the public and allowing more businesses to reopen, the mayor’s office said it will allow people to visit the Riverwalk through limited access points on Lake Street. Advertisement People who want to run, jog, walk or bike along the path between Lake Shore Drive and Lake Street can...

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Officials say Chicago police made coffee and popcorn in US Rep. Bobby Rush’s office while shopping plaza was being looted; Mayor Lori Lightfoot apologizes

Officials say Chicago police made coffee and popcorn in US Rep. Bobby Rush’s office while shopping plaza was being looted; Mayor Lori Lightfoot apologizes

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush on Thursday condemned images they said depicted Chicago police officers making popcorn, drinking coffee and sleeping on a couch in the congressman’s campaign office while nearby businesses were being looted amid unrest nearly two weeks ago. The revelation came at an unusual City Hall news conference where the former political enemies stood united, with Rush praising Lightfoot’s leadership and the mayor apologizing to the veteran congressman on behalf of the city. Advertisement “That’s a personal embarrassment to me,” Lightfoot said of the scene...

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasts Chicago alderman for leaking audio of contentious phone call: ‘Shame on him’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasts Chicago alderman for leaking audio of contentious phone call: ‘Shame on him’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted an unnamed alderman for leaking audio of a heated conversation between her and the City Council, saying Chicago leaders need to be able to speak candidly among themselves. During the height of civil unrest in Chicago neighborhoods following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, Lightfoot hosted a call with all 50 aldermen that devolved after Southwest Side Ald. Raymond Lopez complained about what he said was an inadequate response by the city to looting. Advertisement When Lopez finished his comments, Lightfoot tried to move on without answering him...

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot: Chicago’s coronavirus budget shortfall at least $700 million

Mayor Lori Lightfoot: Chicago’s coronavirus budget shortfall at least $700 million

For months, Mayor Lori Lightfoot declined to say how big of an impact the coronavirus was having on Chicago’s budget. But on Tuesday, she announced that taxpayers face a shortfall of at least $700 million due to COVID-19, throwing the city’s precariously balanced spending plan out of whack. Advertisement “That’s a sobering number, and it presents a sobering challenge, any way you look at it,” she said. City Hall estimated a $175 million revenue loss in March and April as the statewide stay-at-home order was in full force and the local economy tanked. Amusement, hotel, parking and restaurant...

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In wake of looting, Chicago to spend $1.2 million on private security firms to help protect businesses

In wake of looting, Chicago to spend $1.2 million on private security firms to help protect businesses

The city of Chicago will spend up to $1.2 million to hire three private security firms to help prevent a repeat of last weekend’s chaotic civil unrest and looting that erupted amid protests over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office said. The city has hired Illinois Security Professionals, AGB Investigative Services and Monterrey Security “to supply more than 100 private security guards to protect the local retail shops, grocery stores and pharmacies that community members rely on every single day.” Advertisement “The new guards are unarmed and solely...

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for firing of Chicago cop who flipped off protesters, those who hide badge numbers

Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for firing of Chicago cop who flipped off protesters, those who hide badge numbers

Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants a Chicago police officer who was photographed giving protesters the middle finger to be fired, she said at a Friday news conference. Lightfoot also said she wants police officers who are hiding their badge numbers to be fired. Advertisement “It won’t be tolerated,” Lightfoot said. “We’re actively at work identifying the officers responsible for that.” While acknowledging it’ll ultimately be up to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown, Lightfoot said, “In my view, they forfeited their right to be Chicago police officers.” Advertisement Lightfoot made the...

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot denounces vigilantism in Chicago after white men patrol Bridgeport streets with bats

Mayor Lori Lightfoot denounces vigilantism in Chicago after white men patrol Bridgeport streets with bats

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city will not tolerate vigilantism after groups of mostly white men patrolled the streets of Bridgeport on Wednesday night in response to a nearby city protest. Multiple streets were blocked in the Bridgeport neighborhood Wednesday night as nearby protests dispersed. Near West Pershing Road, water gushed from an open fire hydrant as small groups gathered on corners. Some of the men held bats. One wore a shirt that said “All Lives Matter,” one sipped a beer and another waved at an officer as he drove by. Additional groups of people, some armed with bats,...

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Cook County state’s attorney’s office says it will review allegations that Chicago cops pulled woman from car by her hair and placed knee on her neck

Cook County state’s attorney’s office says it will review allegations that Chicago cops pulled woman from car by her hair and placed knee on her neck

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office said Thursday it is reviewing allegations that Chicago police pulled a woman from a car by her hair and placed a knee on her neck. “We are aware of the incident that occurred at Brickyard Mall and are currently conducting a thorough, independent review of the matter, including the conduct of the police officers involved,” the office said. “We take law enforcement accountability seriously and have reached out to the family involved through their attorney.” Advertisement The investigation into the officers’ conduct is being done in collaboration with...

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Chicago will still loosen restrictions on Wednesday as planned, despite widespread looting and coronavirus concerns, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

Chicago will still loosen restrictions on Wednesday as planned, despite widespread looting and coronavirus concerns, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

Despite widespread looting and heightened public health concerns brought on by thousands of people protesting in tight groups across the city, Chicago will move ahead with looser coronavirus restrictions as planned on Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced. But Lightfoot said she hasn’t yet determined when full access to the city’s downtown will be restored to the public, as most bridges over the Chicago River remain closed and National Guard troops join city workers in blocking off streets leading into the Loop. A citywide 9 p.m. curfew also remains in place. Advertisement “Our first...

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Chicago will cautiously reopen in early June, begin easing restrictions on some businesses and activities, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

Chicago will cautiously reopen in early June, begin easing restrictions on some businesses and activities, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

The city of Chicago is on pace to cautiously reopen and ease restrictions on certain activities in “early June,” with outdoor dining at restaurants, barbershops, non-lakefront park buildings and libraries slated to resume limited business, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday. But the mayor declined to announce specific rules for industries that might be allowed to reopen, saying she would do so next week. Lightfoot also warned the city’s planning is tentative and depends on residents continuing to follow social distancing orders to prevent a spike in cases. Advertisement “If that surge...

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will fine churches that violated social distancing rules

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will fine churches that violated social distancing rules

The city will be fining churches that had more people than allowed under the statewide stay-at-home order, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday. Which ones specifically will be determined later today, Lightfoot said. Advertisement Over the past week, Lightfoot had been asking churches to abide by social distancing rules and warning that she would take action against churches that refused. But on Sunday, to attend church anyway and the mayor’s office warned that violators may be cited after review. Advertisement At an unrelated news conference to highlight coronavirus testing sites aimed...

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago restaurants may reopen in June, sees hope for outdoor music and theater

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago restaurants may reopen in June, sees hope for outdoor music and theater

Chicago restaurants might be able to reopen in June and residents may be allowed to sit outside enjoying music, theater and other outdoor activities, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday. Lightfoot also told the Tribune she will eventually reopen the lakefront, though it’s too soon to say when. Advertisement The mayor made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with the Tribune during which she said the city will “be in a position to see some form of summer life start in June.” Asked to elaborate, Lightfoot said, "I see a world in which restaurants can reopen cautiously in June. I see a...

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Chicago’s lakefront will remain closed, but here are the industries that Mayor Lori Lightfoot says are on track to expand or reopen during next phase

Chicago’s lakefront will remain closed, but here are the industries that Mayor Lori Lightfoot says are on track to expand or reopen during next phase

Chicago’s lakefront will remain closed, but several industries are on track to expand their services or reopen when the city reaches the , Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday. It’s unclear when the city’s lakefront might reopen. But in a virtual speech to the Economic Club of Chicago, Lightfoot warned that the next six to 12 months are likely to include managing new outbreaks, as has happened in Georgia, South Korea and Singapore, and said progress will continue to be slow. Advertisement She also warned that the public’s continued adherence to stay-at-home social distancing rules will be...

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As MLB considers a pandemic-shortened season, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she doesn’t think Chicago will be ready for large crowds by July

As MLB considers a pandemic-shortened season, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she doesn’t think Chicago will be ready for large crowds by July

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she doesn’t believe Chicago will be ready for “large crowds in a ball field” by July and said any plan to start the professional baseball season must be done in consultation with local cities. Lightfoot made the comments Tuesday when asked about a plan advanced by owners to the players union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. Advertisement “From the Chicago perspective, we need to make sure that can be done safely,” Lightfoot said. “I can’t predict where we’re going to be in July....

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‘We are never getting out of this,’ if residents keep having house parties, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

‘We are never getting out of this,’ if residents keep having house parties, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday warned "we are never getting out of this" if residents continue flouting stay-at-home orders by having house parties. Lightfoot made the comments in an impassioned speech on a West Side street corner near the site of a house party officials said was planned for Saturday night near Springfield Avenue and Adams Street, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Advertisement The Chicago Police Department broke up several house parties across the city on Friday night, Lightfoot said, and police learned of at least six more planned for Saturday night —...

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot enlists former President George H. W. Bush’s White House chief of staff in launching COVID-19 economic recovery task force

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot enlists former President George H. W. Bush’s White House chief of staff in launching COVID-19 economic recovery task force

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has enlisted the help of former President George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff in launching an economic recovery task force to help guide the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Lightfoot announced the COVID-19 Recovery Taskforce outside the Water Tower downtown as a nod to the city’s resilience and recovery from the Great Chicago Fire. Advertisement “We are the great American city of Chicago," Lightfoot said. "We must be a model for the rest of the nation on how to move forward, and we will be.” Lightfoot will co-chair the task force with former White...

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Willie Wilson wanted millions in cash to buy masks; Wilson denies accusation

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Willie Wilson wanted millions in cash to buy masks; Wilson denies accusation

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and businessman Willie Wilson exchanged words on Monday after she accused him of requesting millions of dollars from the city in upfront cash to help buy protective masks. In response, Wilson denied wanting the money in cash and said the city didn’t get back to him about his proposal. Advertisement At an unrelated news conference, Lightfoot was asked about an offer from Wilson to provide the city with protective masks at cost. Lightfoot said she sent Wilson’s inquiry to a city official who was working on procurement, and that she was told the city actually had...

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Chicago’s summer festivals still in play as Mayor Lori Lightfoot says it’s too early to decide

Chicago’s summer festivals still in play as Mayor Lori Lightfoot says it’s too early to decide

It’s too early to decide whether headliners such as Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago, as well as other summer festivals, will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday , cautioning that organizers should “think carefully about canceling large summer events.” But when asked Friday about the summer calendar, Lightfoot said she thought Pritzker had only made the comments in passing and left room for hope. Advertisement “It’s too soon for us to talk about events that are happening in July and August,” Lightfoot said....

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defends getting a haircut amid coronavirus outbreak, says stylist wore ‘a mask and gloves’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defends getting a haircut amid coronavirus outbreak, says stylist wore ‘a mask and gloves’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended getting a haircut over the weekend even though barbers and stylists were shut down under the state’s stay-at-home order, saying she’s the face of the city and the woman who cut her hair wore a mask. Asked about photos on social media showing her with a stylist, Lightfoot acknowledged getting a haircut, then said the public cares more about other issues. Advertisement “I think what really people want to talk about is, we’re talking about people dying here. We’re talking about significant health disparities. I think that’s what people care most about,” Lightfoot...

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Pritzker’s announcement about ramped up testing takes Chicago officials by surprise. Lightfoot says, ‘Obviously there was a problem yesterday.’

Pritzker’s announcement about ramped up testing takes Chicago officials by surprise. Lightfoot says, ‘Obviously there was a problem yesterday.’

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s announcement on Friday that four health centers on the South and West sides will be collecting an additional 400 swabs daily from potential COVID-19 patients took the city of Chicago by surprise, public health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady told the Tribune on Friday. During a news conference on Saturday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that “Obviously there was a problem yesterday," she said. Advertisement Pritzker’s office, however, said late Friday that the mayor’s office had been looped in on the plan that morning and should not have been caught by surprise. At...

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Chicago’s top cop calls spike in violence a ‘pandemic’ that is draining resources from fighting coronavirus outbreak

Chicago’s top cop calls spike in violence a ‘pandemic’ that is draining resources from fighting coronavirus outbreak

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and interim police Superintendent Charlie Beck decried Tuesday’s spike in gun violence in Chicago, saying the shootings strain the city’s health services at a time when hospitals need to focus on the coronavirus pandemic. “Violence of any kind is never acceptable,” Lightfoot said. “But the fact that this is especially urgent now as our ability to treat all Chicagoans is being stretched to the breaking point, we cannot allow this to happen and we will not allow this to happen." Advertisement At least 21 people were shot Tuesday, including a 5-year-old girl who was...

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