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Chicago mulling a hike on ride-hailing fees in downtown area

Chicago mulling a hike on ride-hailing fees in downtown area

Associated Press

October 11, 2019

Chicago officials are considering an increase in ride-hailing fees for solo riders traveling downtown, in a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told a local radio station Thursday in a pre-recorded broadcast that she will recommend the "short-term" plan to give breaks to...

Chicago wants public to weigh in on legal marijuana sales

Chicago wants public to weigh in on legal marijuana sales

Associated Press

October 7, 2019

Chicago officials are holding public meetings for residents to weigh in on the sale of recreational marijuana in the city. A new state law will allow recreational marijuana to be sold to people 21 and older starting Jan. 1. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says her office wants to hear from residents, business...

Judge finds no bias from Jussie Smollett special prosecutor

Judge finds no bias from Jussie Smollett special prosecutor

Michael Tarm, Associated Press

October 4, 2019

A Chicago judge said Friday he won't replace a special prosecutor looking into why the state's attorney's office abruptly dismissed charges against actor Jussie Smollett, rejecting concerns that campaign money could taint the findings. The judge's decision during a hearing came days after the special...

Chicago to spend $2.7 million for 2020 census

Chicago to spend $2.7 million for 2020 census

Associated Press

October 2, 2019

Chicago will spend $2.7 million to make sure more residents are included in the 2020 census. It's an effort that Mayor Lori Lightfoot says is driven in large part to combat fear that the Trump administration's immigration raids created. At a news conference on Tuesday, Lightfoot announced what...

Chicago youth combat climate crisis

Chicago youth combat climate crisis

Jonathan Aguilar, Assistant Photo Editor

September 22, 2019

Students and activists marched through downtown Chicago on Friday, Sept. 20 to demand that politicians take action to address the climate crisis. This march, organized by the Illinois Youth Climate Strike organization, was one of many held across the globe today. The group met in Grant Park and mar...

Chicago cop wounded, 2 others injured in separate incident

Chicago cop wounded, 2 others injured in separate incident

Associated Press

September 21, 2019

Chicago police say an officer was shot and wounded and two others were seriously injured after being dragged by a vehicle in a separate incident. Police spokesmen say an officer was shot Saturday morning on the South Side and hospitalized in critical condition. They say the shooter was believed to...

Chicago mayor proposes zoning rule limiting pot dispensaries

Chicago mayor proposes zoning rule limiting pot dispensaries

Associated Press

September 18, 2019

When the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal, Chicago's mayor wants its sale banned in the central business district, near schools and in residential areas. The bans are in zoning rules proposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. However, Alderman Brendan Reilly, who represents the business distric...

Crime rates up in Lincoln Park, double in Loop

Crime rates up in Lincoln Park, double in Loop

Bianca Cseke, Online Editor

September 16, 2019

A 35-year-old man was critically wounded after being shot early Sunday morning in the 400 block of West Fullerton Parkway, an area typically considered among the safest in the city. It was the latest in a series of violent crimes near DePaul’s Lincoln Park and Loop campuses. The man was standing on the sidewal...

Illinois governor signs law to protect immigrant renters

Illinois governor signs law to protect immigrant renters

Associated Press

August 21, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law aimed at creating protections for immigrants who rent in Illinois. The law prohibits landlords from evicting or retaliating against tenants based on their immigration status. Landlords are also barred from disclosing or threatening to disclose immigration status...

Police: 7 injured in overnight shooting at Chicago park

Police: 7 injured in overnight shooting at Chicago park

Associated Press

August 4, 2019

Chicago police say seven people have been injured in an early morning shooting at a park on the city's West Side. Authorities say a group of people was standing in Douglas Park around 1:20 a.m. Sunday when someone fired shots from a black Camaro. Seven people were hit. A 21-year-old man was...

Recently paroled robber held without bond in fatal stabbing near Wintrust Arena

Recently paroled robber held without bond in fatal stabbing near Wintrust Arena

Associated Press

July 24, 2019

A recently paroled armed robber is being held without bond in the stabbing death of a man aboard a Chicago Transit Authority train. Tony Polk is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Troy Johnson, who authorities said was trying to protect another passenger from a knife-wielding...

Police overseers fire 4 officers in Laquan McDonald-related case

Police overseers fire 4 officers in Laquan McDonald-related case

Herbert G. McCann, Associated Press

July 18, 2019

The Chicago Police Board on Thursday fired four police officers for allegedly covering up a white officer's 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The nine-member board found the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald to justify his shooting by Jason Van Dyke and voted unanimously for the dismissal of Sgt. Ste...

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