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City to redesign public safety responses to mental health crises

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot signs an executive order to ensure coronavirus-related benefits offered by the city of Chicago are available to immigrants and refugees, Tuesday morning, April 7, 2020.

Ella Lee, Print Managing Editor

October 25, 2020

In response to a summer of high crime and daily protests of police violence, the City of Chicago has said it plans to redesign the way the city responds to mental health crises.  Mayor Lori Lightfoot released the city’s “first-ever” comprehensive violence reduction plan, called “Our City, O...

Lightfoot, CPD reject community suggestions regarding policing

Chicago Police officers cross the street in downtown Chicago, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Sonal Soni, Staff Writer

October 25, 2020

On Oct. 15, the Use of Force Community Working Group published an open letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanding that she enforce their demands regarding “Recommendations to reduce the ongoing CPD violence and harm inflicted on the people of Chicago.”  The group went to CPD directly but CPD only...

Boystown to be renamed following petition for inclusivity

Both names of the Boystown-North Halsted neighborhood are seen throughout the area.

Ava O'Malley, Contributing Writer

October 18, 2020

A petition demanding for the name change of Chicago’s popular LGBTQ+ neighborhood, Boystown, concluded on Sept. 15. The petition, organized by non-binary activist Devlyn Camp, called out the exclusionary nature of the neighborhood’s well-known nickname.  On Sept. 24, the Northalsted Business Allian...

43rd Ward public safety forum tackles crime reduction

Alderman Michele Smith of the 43rd Ward.

Jason Grapenthin, Contributing Writer

October 4, 2020

Public safety in the city of Chicago has been a hotbed for conversation as civil unrest has gripped the city — and nation. Discussions regarding Covid-19, police reform and redistribution, methods of contacting law enforcement and the logistics of criminal sentencing are growing in importance. F...

City council bans flavored products, proposes further resolution to end youth usage

City council bans flavored products, proposes further resolution to end youth usage

Cailey Gleeson, News Editor

September 20, 2020

The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products in the city in an attempt to curb youth tobacco usage, effective Oct. 7, per a Sept. 9 press release.  “With flavors like candy and chocolate, these products are designed to entice youth, and we as a city have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent that from...

Farmers market across city implement guidelines to protect patrons and staff

Farmers Market in Wicker Park operational with mask wearing and other Covid-19 safety procedures

Corey Schmidt, Staff Writer

September 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial hardships for many small businesses. At a time when people may feel uncomfortable going into busy shops, farmers markets have made an impact on local businesses. “The sales [at Green City Market] helped us open our first shop,” Paula Haney of Hoosier ...

Cultural institutions across Chicago see effects of the pandemic

The Bean, located in Millennium Park, closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Nadia Hernandez and Cailey Gleeson

September 20, 2020

Since Covid-19 forced varying degrees of lockdown and travel restrictions around the globe, the streets of Chicago have been empty without tourists filling iconic spots.  Prior to the halt of normalcy imposed by the pandemic, Illinois tourism saw its ninth consecutive year of record-breaking numbe...

Family members, community residents demand answers and justice for Miguel Vega

Protesters gather in honor of Miguel Vega, a 26-year-old man who was killed by the Chicago Police Department.

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

September 7, 2020

Family members and community residents demand answers and the release of body cam footage after the shooting and killing of 26-year-old Miguel Vega by a CPD undercover police officer.  On Saturday evening at the corner of 18th Street and Blue Island Avenue, relatives of Vega and community leaders...

Organizers call for Lightfoot to de-escalate police department

Mayor Lori Lightfoot answers a reporter's question during a news conference to provide an update to the latest efforts by the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team in Chicago on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Cailey Gleeson and Nika Schoonover

September 4, 2020

Leaders from over 25 community and faith-based organizations — including Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli — wrote an open letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticizing her response to months of civil unrest and increasing escalation of force at such demonstrations by the Chicago Police Departmen...

Free COVID-19, HIV tests offered in Pilsen

Workers at Project Vida test residents of Little Village for Covid-19. The testing is available to everyone no matter their immigration status. // Trabajadores en Project Vida realizan pruebas de COVID-19 para residentes de La Villita. Las pruebas son disponibles para todos, sin importar su estatus migratorio.

Nadia Hernandez, Assistant News Editor

July 14, 2020

The National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA), CALOR, and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) are partnering to offer free COVID-19 and HIV testing Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NMMA location in Pilsen. Patients aren’t required to bring ID or proof of insurance, and no criteria are requir...

Petition calls for DePaul to cut ties with Chicago Police Department

Chicago Police officers cross the street in downtown Chicago, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Ryan Gilroy, Copy Editor

June 10, 2020

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a response from Interim Provost Salma Ghanem. An online petition created by students and faculty at DePaul is calling for the university to end their relationship with the Chicago Police Department. The request is directly in response to DePaul’s s...

Lori Lightfoot lifts 9 p.m. curfew, fully reopens Loop access

Lori Lightfoot lifts 9 p.m. curfew, fully reopens Loop access

Associated Press

June 7, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Sunday lifted the city’s 9 p.m. curfew as the city reopened subway stations in the city’s central business and commercial district and allowed bus service to resume in the area. Lightfoot imposed the curfew on May 30, after widespread looting and vandalism got underway...

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