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Video of fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo to be made public Thursday, officials say

Video of fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo to be made public Thursday, officials say

After days of uncertainty surrounding its release, video of the controversial fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo by a police officer will be made public on Thursday, according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. COPA, which investigates all shootings by police, issued a statement Wednesday saying the video and other materials would be released, and that the Toledo family had been notified of that decision. Advertisement “COPA has remained sensitive to the family’s grief and is carrying out this release in accordance with the city’s video release policy,” the statement...

April 15, 2021
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot spent $104,000 on upgrades to her City Hall conference room, including 75-inch touch screen

Mayor Lori Lightfoot spent $104,000 on upgrades to her City Hall conference room, including 75-inch touch screen

As Mayor Lori Lightfoot prepared to warn the city about a yawning budget deficit last summer, she lined up more than $100,000 in upgrades to her City Hall conference room — a project that included installing a 75-inch touch screen monitor, records and interviews show. During that time, the mayor also kept tabs on the upkeep of the garden that adorns City Hall’s rooftop — a closed-to-the-public oasis where she sometimes meets with friends and associates — and the whereabouts of a honey bee colony that once existed up there. Her interest in the rooftop garden’s condition spurred the...

April 14, 2021
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Mayor Lightfoot calls for immediate creation of new police foot-pursuit policy in wake of 13-year-old’s shooting by officer

Mayor Lightfoot calls for immediate creation of new police foot-pursuit policy in wake of 13-year-old’s shooting by officer

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for a new foot pursuit policy to be implemented by the Chicago Police Department before the start of summer after a city cop shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo last week following a chase. On Monday, Lightfoot also called for an investigation into how the boy came into possession of a gun, saying an adult gave a weapon to a child and must be held accountable. Advertisement “This is a complicated story. It’s not my story to tell, particularly not as our understanding of the facts is evolving,” Lightfoot said. “What I do know and what I will say is Ms. Toledo...

April 5, 2021
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs firefighter pension bill Mayor Lori Lightfoot says could lead to higher property taxes

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs firefighter pension bill Mayor Lori Lightfoot says could lead to higher property taxes

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at the Chicago Tribune. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed a bill supporters say puts Chicago firefighter pensions on par with suburban and downstate systems, but which detractors led by Mayor Lori Lightfoot argue will increase pension costs and could lead to property tax hikes. The measure, approved in the Illinois Senate during the legislature’s January lame-duck session, does away with what its sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Robert Martwick of Chicago, called “one...

April 5, 2021
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Red Line ‘L’ extension? New Lake Shore Drive? Biden’s jobs plan has Illinois and Chicago officials pushing infrastructure wish lists.

Red Line ‘L’ extension? New Lake Shore Drive? Biden’s jobs plan has Illinois and Chicago officials pushing infrastructure wish lists.

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at the Chicago Tribune. A $2.3 billion extension of south to 130th Street. More than 600,000 new water lines across Illinois. A $3 billion total remake of . These are among the scores of projects Illinois state, local and federal officials are pursuing anew as President Joe Biden pushes his to shore up and transform the nation’s infrastructure. Advertisement While Biden’s plan likely faces months of D.C. haggling and is far from a done deal in a narrowly divided...

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April 2, 2021
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Wrigley Field campus, Chicago State University to host COVID-19 mass vaccination sites

Wrigley Field campus, Chicago State University to host COVID-19 mass vaccination sites

Chicago will open two mass vaccination sites next week, one at a conference center next to Wrigley Field and the other at Chicago State University, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced Tuesday. The sites will open on Monday. Chicago State University’s facility will serve up to 1,200 walk-up and 1,000 drive-thru vaccination appointments a day, Lightfoot’s office said. It will be by appointment only from noon through 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Saturday. Advertisement Advocate Aurora Health also will operate a site at the American Airlines Conference...

March 30, 2021
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Illinois close to having 70% of residents 65 and older vaccinated, but rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases will prevent state from opening up further

Illinois close to having 70% of residents 65 and older vaccinated, but rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases will prevent state from opening up further

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at the Chicago Tribune. While almost 70% of Illinois residents 65 and over have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, an increase in COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations will keep the state from cracking the door any further under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s gradual reopening plan. And it could be a while before Pritzker’s “bridge” phase — an in-between period before full reopening — kicks in. State officials will be looking for a sustained...

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March 29, 2021
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot earned more than $350K from law firm during first year in office, tax return shows

Mayor Lori Lightfoot earned more than $350K from law firm during first year in office, tax return shows

Mayor Lori Lightfoot reported making $497,000 in 2019, her first year in office, according to a tax return released by the mayor’s office. Lightfoot, who took office on May 20 that year, made $111,120 in city wages for the portion of the year she was mayor and $352,645 from Mayer Brown, her former law firm, the return shows. Advertisement The mayor’s effective tax rate was 30.7%. Lightfoot’s adjusted gross income the year before was $813,000 from Mayer Brown, according to her tax filing. Advertisement During the mayoral campaign, Lightfoot reported an average adjusted gross income of...

March 28, 2021
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Chicago bars and restaurants can stay open until 1 a.m., boost capacity to 50%, Lightfoot announces

Chicago bars and restaurants can stay open until 1 a.m., boost capacity to 50%, Lightfoot announces

Chicago will allow bars and restaurants to boost indoor capacity to 50% and remain open until 1 a.m. in the latest move from Mayor Lori Lightfoot to ease COVID-19 restrictions and help businesses. The indoor dining limit, which takes effect immediately, will now be 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer. Lightfoot also will allow liquor stores to sell alcohol until 11 p.m. and boost the number of people allowed at indoor fitness classes to 20, the city said. Advertisement “Because people are still adhering to the public health guidance, it makes all the difference in the world,”...

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March 3, 2021
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In return to in-person meetings, Chicago City Council approves Lightfoot-backed affordable housing ordinance and advocates push for civilian police oversight plan

In return to in-person meetings, Chicago City Council approves Lightfoot-backed affordable housing ordinance and advocates push for civilian police oversight plan

At their first in-person meeting since the early days of the pandemic, Chicago aldermen on Wednesday approved Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s long-promised changes to the city’s affordable housing requirements for developers. Following a mayoral task force that studied how to improve the city statute that was first put in place over a decade ago, the council passed the mayor’s ordinance by a 42-8 vote. Advertisement “I think this is the best compromise we can get at this time,” Ald. Walter Burnett, 27th, said during council debate. Under the mayor’s affordable units rewrite, developers seeking...

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April 21, 2021
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