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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...

Lightfoot says Chicago’s reopening to go on despite unrest

A sign along the bluff in downtown St. Joseph, Mich., encourages social distancing Tuesday, June 2, 2020, as the state slowly continues to open after being shut down for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

Associated Press

June 2, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that the city will proceed this week with its next stage of reopening after coronavirus stay-at-home orders, despite days of unrest and violence. Vandalism and violent clashes have followed peaceful protests citywide after George Floyd’s death. Numerous...

Chicago announces new efforts to boost Census participation

Chicago announces new efforts to boost Census participation

Associated Press

May 30, 2020

Chicago officials are turning to texting and a roving van providing Wi-Fi access to encourage participation in the U.S. Census. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the programs on Friday. The coronavirus pandemic has prevented more traditional efforts of encouraging participation, including in-person canvassing...

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...

Las mejores mascarillas que deben comprar, según expertos de salud

Una estatua de león con una máscara colocada en el Instituto de Arte de Chicago.

Hillary Flores, La DePaulia Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2020

La era de la mascarilla se ha convertido en una nueva normalidad en la Ciudad de los Vientos. Ahora una tendencia de moda y un método de expresión personal, residentes son vistos usando máscaras con el logotipo de su equipo deportivo favorito o incluso personajes infantiles, como Hello Kitty.  ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Chicago works to reach more black residents amid pandemic

A lone woman boards a Chicago Transit Authority bus in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Monday, April 20, 2020, as a public service billboard reminds people of the continuing fight against COVID-19.

Associated Press

April 21, 2020

The number of black Chicago residents becoming infected with the coronavirus and those dying of the disease remains disproportionately high, city officials said Monday. Black residents made up about 46% of the 12,571 confirmed tests for the coronavirus and about 60% of the 500 deaths in the city linked...

‘She’s doing what is humane’: Undocumented college students express relief over Lori Lightfoot’s order ensuring benefits to undocumented

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.

Hillary Flores, La DePaulia Editor-in-Chief

April 14, 2020

Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for the federal government’s $2 trillion stimulus package, leading those that identify as undocumented during this pandemic crisis toward desperation.  But last Tuesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed an executive order ensuring benefits to all Chicago residents, ...

“Ella está haciendo lo humanitario”: Estudiantes universitarios indocumentados expresan alivio por la orden de Lori Lightfoot que asegura beneficios a indocumentados

La alcaldesa de Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, firma una orden ejecutiva para garantizar que los beneficios relacionados con el coronavirus ofrecidos por la ciudad de Chicago estén disponibles para inmigrantes y refugiados.

Hillary Flores, La DePaulia Editor-in-Chief

April 14, 2020

Los inmigrantes indocumentados no serán elegibles para el paquete de estímulo de $2 billones por parte del gobierno federal, lo que lleva a aquellos que se identifican como indocumentados durante esta crisis pandémica hacia la desesperación. Pero el martes pasado, la alcaldesa Lori Lightfoot firmó una or...

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