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Justice Barrett Gives Green Light to Construction of Obama Presidential Center
Supreme Court
Justice Barrett Gives Green Light to Construction of Obama Presidential Center
2021-08-20 17:44:20
by Dan McCue

CHICAGO -- A long running effort by local environmentalists to block construction of the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park ended on Friday when Justice Amy Coney Barrett declined to intervene in the case. The environmentalists, who collectively... Read More

Chicago’s Top Doc Says ‘No Evidence’ Lollapalooza Was Super Spreader Event
Entertainment
Chicago’s Top Doc Says ‘No Evidence’ Lollapalooza Was Super Spreader Event
2021-08-12 19:05:34
by Dan McCue

CHICAGO -- To anyone still waiting for a sign that it’s safe to attend concerts and other large outdoors events, the weekly update from Chicago’s top medical official on Thursday was good news indeed -- the four-day Lollapalooza festival was... Read More

Chicago Tries To Jumpstart Housing For Black Community And Promote Equity
Cities
Chicago Tries To Jumpstart Housing For Black Community And Promote Equity
2021-06-29 20:13:19
by Daniel Mollenkamp

CHICAGO - The city unveiled a plan this week to build 250 new homes in North Lawndale, an area on the west side of Chicago.  The city has committed to sell 250 city-owned lots for $1 each, which the mayor's... Read More

Chicago Mayor Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis
Cities
Chicago Mayor Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis
2021-06-21 20:01:19
by Alexa Hornbeck

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared racism a public health crisis in Chicago this week, pointing to new research from the Chicago Department of Public Health showing that racism is the primary reason for a 9.2-year life expectancy gap between Black... Read More

Chicago Expanding Outdoor Dining and Creative Spaces
Cities
Chicago Expanding Outdoor Dining and Creative Spaces
2021-03-19 20:14:26
by Sara Wilkerson

CHICAGO – The City of Chicago announced a new initiative called Chicago Alfresco, which seeks to not only expand the city’s outdoor dining program but also allow businesses and non-profit organizations to design creative long-term outdoor spaces. The initiative is... Read More

Judge Holds Off on Approval of TikTok Settlement
Social Media
Judge Holds Off on Approval of TikTok Settlement
2021-03-02 21:29:26
by Sara Wilkerson

CHICAGO - A federal judge on Tuesday put off approval of a proposed $92 million class-action settlement by the social media app TikTok, wanting to give attorneys at least 21 days to address his questions about the proposal. U.S. District... Read More

Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
Cities
Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
2020-11-09 14:30:35
by Reece Nations

CHICAGO – Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled an emergency coronavirus relief program for restaurants and bars in Chicago that are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic.  The grant program will reallocate $10 million in CARES Act funds to businesses... Read More

Mayors Urge Congress to Block Deployment of Federal Troops to Cities
Cities
Mayors Urge Congress to Block Deployment of Federal Troops to Cities
2020-07-28 16:20:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic mayors of six U.S. cities have sent a letter to congressional leaders, asking Congress to take steps to bar the federal government from deploying federal agents to municipalities that don’t want them. The letter, sent Monday,... Read More

Chicago Mayor Sends Out ‘Census Cowboy’ to Boost Low Response Rates
Cities
Chicago Mayor Sends Out ‘Census Cowboy’ to Boost Low Response Rates
2020-07-14 14:22:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday unveiled an unusual plan to encourage Chicagoans to participate in the U.S. government’s once-a-decade push to count every U.S. resident: a cowboy on a horse.  The mayor was speaking at a press conference when... Read More

Chicago Air is Dirtier This July Than Smog-Choked Los Angeles
Cities
Chicago Air is Dirtier This July Than Smog-Choked Los Angeles

CHICAGO — After missing out on cleaner air during the coronavirus lockdown, the Chicago area just suffered its longest streak of high-pollution days in more than a decade. Nine consecutive days of bad air swept through the region amid an... Read More

Timetable for Obama Presidential Center’s Groundbreaking Uncertain
Cities
Timetable for Obama Presidential Center’s Groundbreaking Uncertain

CHICAGO — The project has gained Chicago City Council approval, many of the architectural drawings of the Obama Presidential Center have been drafted and refined and a collective of contractors has been hired to build the campus. But nearly four... Read More

Chicago Teachers Stay Off Job Despite Tentative Deal
Education
Chicago Teachers Stay Off Job Despite Tentative Deal

CHICAGO - Striking Chicago Teachers Union members planned to rally at City Hall Thursday morning, refusing to return to classrooms despite a tentative agreement on a contract until city officials agree to pay them for the days they have been... Read More

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