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Lightfoot estimates Chicago can begin reopening in June

In this April 20, 2020, file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago. Chicago officials say the nation's third-largest city cannot begin to loosen restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus before early June. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said all parts of the state are on track for restrictions to begin loosening on May 29. But Mayor Lightfoot said Friday, May 22, that the city is not yet hitting the metrics in her plan for gradually loosening restrictions and that she is hopeful that can happen by early June.

Associated Press

May 22, 2020

Chicago cannot begin to loosen restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus before early June, officials in the nation's third-largest city said Friday. Chicago, like the rest of Illinois, has been under a stay-at-home order since March 21. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said all parts of the state are on track f...

‘Street vendors are the street lights of Chicago’: Why this local organization began an initiative to provide relief to street vendors

'Street vendors are the street lights of Chicago': Why this local organization began an initiative to provide relief to street vendors

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

May 22, 2020

A local organization is providing relief to street vendors after a decline of sales and lack of federal aid leaves them financially struggling, uniting the community of Chicago.  Increase the Peace, a volunteer led organization that develops young leaders and promotes peace in efforts to decrease violence, ha...

Little Village student beats the odds, becomes one of few in Latino community to obtain doctorate degree

Ana Laura Saavedra poses for a photograph in Little Village

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

May 21, 2020

Standing under the Little Village arch in her cap and gown, Ana Laura Saavedra realized that she beat the odds. The 28-year-old daughter of Mexican immigrants just received her doctorate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Johns Hopkins University, making her part of the less than 1 percent of lati...

Pritzker defends extended order, faces salon owner lawsuit

In this April 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces an extension of the stay at home order for Illinois as well as a mandatory face covering order at his daily Illinois coronavirus update at the Thompson Center. Illinois State Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia filed suit against the order, and a judge in southern Illinois ruled Monday, April 27, 2020, that the Illinois governor's order to stem the spread of the coronavirus exceeds his emergency authority and violates individual civil rights.

Associated Press

May 11, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker defended his stay-at-home order and incremental plans to reopen, saying Sunday that Illinois residents have to change the way things are done until COVID-19 is “eradicated.” The Democrat's comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” came as he faced a southern Illinois salon...

Lori Lightfoot sets five-phase plan for reopening city

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.

Associated Press

May 9, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday released the city's five-step path toward re-opening, which includes some stricter standards than the state plan released earlier this week. Lightfoot warned that progress is dependent on residents continuing to stay home through the month of May to limit the...

Pritzker: 5-part reopening plan dependent on infections

A woman wears mask as she leaves a store during the coronavirus pandemic in Deerfield, Ill., Tuesday, May 5, 2020. New Illinois rules about wearing a face mask over age 2 start Friday, May 1, when they can't maintain a 6 foot social distance in public.

Associated Press

May 6, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday outlined a five-phase plan for re-opening the state as the threat from COVID-19 subsides, but there were no surprises — the speech with which people may resume former activities remains dependent on vigilance against the coronavirus. Under...

Lori Lightfoot threatens party-goers with arrest as coronavirus toll mounts

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.

Associated Press

May 3, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is warning decisive actions will be taken against city residents who flout Illinois' stay-a-home order issued to fight the spread of the coronavirus by holding house parties. Lightfoot made the comment on a West Side street corner near where officials said a party was...

42 immigrant children test positive for COVID-19 at Heartland detention centers

A child detention center located in Rogers Park on the city’s Far North Side, one of five such properties managed by Heartland Alliance.

Cailey Gleeson, Nation & World Editor

May 2, 2020

In what may be the largest outbreak of coronavirus in an immigrant detention center for minors in the United States, at least 42 children and two employees have tested positive for coronavirus at Heartland Alliance facilities around Chicago. “After receiving the results on 100% of the children in our sh...

Little Village alleges environmental racism after coal plant demolition

In this April 11, 2020 photo, a photographer with a bicycle walks though the dust cloud descending though the Little Village neighborhood, after the Crawford Generating Station smoke stack was imploded in Chicago. Fifty years after the first Earth Day helped spur activism over air and water pollution and disappearing plants and animals, significant improvements are undeniable but monumental challenges remain. Minority communities suffer disproportionately from ongoing contamination. Deforestation, habitat loss and overfishing have wreaked havoc on global biodiversity. And the existential threat of climate change looms large.

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

May 1, 2020

Little Village residents are reportedly experiencing environmental racism following the demolition of a local coal plant.  Edith Tovar, a lifelong Little Village resident and community organizer at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, said race is playing a significant role in the injustice communities of color are...

Judge rules Pritzker’s stay-at-home order an overreach

In this April 25, 2020 file photo, Illinois State Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, right, speaks at a protest against Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order in front of the Capitol building in Springfield, Ill., during the coronavirus outbreak. A judge in southern Illinois ruled Monday, April 27, 2020, that Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus exceeds his emergency authority and violates individual civil rights.

Associated Press

April 27, 2020

A judge in southern Illinois ruled Monday that Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus exceeds his emergency authority and violates individual civil rights. Clay County Circuit Judge Michael McHaney sided with Republican Rep. Darren Bailey, who sought a temporary...

Pritzker extends stay-at-home order amid COVID-19 spread

In this March 30, 2020, file photo, a public service message reminding people to Stay Home Save Lives is seen on a billboard near the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday, April 23, 2020 extended his stay-at-home order through May 30 as the highly contagious COVID-19 continues its rounds. Pritzker's first decree was to expire April 30.

Associated Press

April 24, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday extended his stay-at-home order through May 30 as the highly contagious COVID-19 continued its rounds. Pritzker's decree, which was to expire April 30, was relaxed to allow for some outdoor activities, many previously barred surgeries and...

Chicago City Council signs off on new police superintendent

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

Associated Press

April 23, 2020

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the appointment of former Dallas Police Chief David Brown as the city's new police superintendent. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced earlier this month that she had selected Brown, 59, to head the police force in the nation's third largest...

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