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Coronavirus could close Illinois community health centers

Coronavirus could close Illinois community health centers

Associated Press

March 29, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of health care facilities in Illinois that largely serve low-income and minority communities are facing financial chaos because they've canceled most routine doctor visits in an attempt to stymie the coronavirus pandemic, according to an industry organization's report. The in...

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails

Associated Press

March 27, 2020

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — It was a sunny day, the first in about a week when temperatures had climbed past the 50-degree mark, and people in Chicago did what they always do on such a day: They flocked to the shores of Lake Michigan. Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not consider that the kind of postcard perfect...

Chicago’s low-income communities receiving a $20M investment

Chicago’s low-income communities receiving a $20M investment

Associated Press

January 28, 2020

Underprivileged areas in Chicago will receive an estimated $20 million investment for revitalization efforts that prioritize affordable housing and economic development, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday. Fifth Third Bank is putting money into “Opportunity Zone” neighborhoods in the city's South and West sides. Th...

Censo 2020: El Miedo de ‘Ser Contado’ en la Comunidad Latina

Censo 2020: El Miedo de ‘Ser Contado’ en la Comunidad Latina

Lissi Nuñez, Contributing Writer

January 21, 2020

Una inversión necesaria por parte de la ciudad de Chicago podría impactar la vida de muchos-- y esto depende hasta de los residentes llenos de temor por ser notados y ‘contados.’ Al principio de este mes, la alcaldesa invirtió $2.7 millones para el censo 2020, una cifra considerada la más costos...

Lori Lightfoot’s new rideshare tax makes it more expensive to travel in, around downtown Chicago

Lori Lightfoot’s new rideshare tax makes it more expensive to travel in, around downtown Chicago

Elena King, Contributing Writer

January 19, 2020

Chicago, home to some of the highest taxes in the nation, introduced a new rideshare tax on Jan. 6. This tax, brought on by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, aims to alleviate much of the traffic congestion in Chicago as a form of incentivizing commuters to take public transit or shared rides in order to lessen traffic ...

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press

December 2, 2019

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent incident in which Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his car after having drinks. Named to the job in the wake of a police shooting...

City Council approves Lightfoot’s $11.6B budget plan

City Council approves Lightfoot’s $11.6B budget plan

Associated Press

November 26, 2019

The Chicago City Council has passed Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $11.6 billion budget plan by a 39-11 vote. Lightfoot’s office says Tuesday the budget is balanced and will close an $838 million shortfall without a “significant” increase in new property taxes. Lightfoot says in a release that...

Lightfoot pleads case in Springfield on casino, budget

Lightfoot pleads case in Springfield on casino, budget

Associated Press

November 12, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot crisscrossed the state Capitol Tuesday looking for help from lawmakers to make a Chicago casino feasible and shore up the city's budget. The Democrat is troubled by a study last summer that showed that Illinois' "onerous" tax structure on casinos would hamstring the Chica...

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...

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 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...

Chicago mayor says police won’t assist ICE in migrant sweep

Chicago mayor says police won’t assist ICE in migrant sweep

Associated Press

June 21, 2019

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city's police department will not participate in an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement roundup of migrant families who have been ordered out the country. ICE agents have been directed by President Donald Trump to conduct pre-dawn raids in major U.S. cities...

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