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            The most thorough coverage of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago's city council, including analysis and news from veteran City Hall reporter Fran Spielman.

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            McCormick Place hospital ready to accept patients next week

            Mayor Lori Lightfoot hailed the trade unions and federal partners who helped to deliver another 1,750 patient rooms, 43 nursing stations and support rooms for medical supply storage, pharmacy and housekeeping services.

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            Preckwinkle defends firing of county health department chief during pandemic

            The Cook County Board president said Dr. Terry Mason was great at public education and outreach, but what was needed is “strong operational leadership.”

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            Preckwinkle defends Dart’s handling of Cook County Jail during coronavirus outbreak

            Like a cruise ship or a nursing 上海11选5走势图, Toni Preckwinkle says the jail is a "petri dish" for the coronavirus where two detainees have died and more will inevitably follow.

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            Fran Spielman interviews Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

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            Empty streets mean idle red-light cameras – and budget holes

            "At this time, we are seeing a nationwide trend of fewer citations overall, driven by the lower amount of traffic on the roads," said Neil Franz, a spokesman for Conduent State & Local Solutions Inc., the vendor that operates Chicago’s red-light cameras.

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            Chicago cop’s funeral during coronavirus pandemic: masks, no mayor, officers in cars

            Officer Marco DiFranco, a 50-year-old undercover narcotics officer, died of complications related to COVID-19.

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            Lightfoot will be ‘extremely cautious’ before lifting stay-at-上海11选5走势图 order in Chicago

            A lot will depend on the extent of testing available, the mayor said, since people must "have a level of confidence about whether or not they’re infected."

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            City’s share of stimulus package: $572 million

            The CTA will get $800 million and Chicago Public Schools another $205 million. But it won’t be nearly enough, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday.

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            Community leaders demand end to ‘racist’ police tactics, want other protections for those ‘most vulnerable’ during pandemic

            Their list also includes: end state ban on rent control; fill 2,000 CHA vacant units; increase paid sick leave; open a South Side coronavirus testing site; waive water fees for six months; end "racist" police tactics, such as checkpoints.

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            Chicago’s ‘super-spreader’ — How COVID-19 raced through meals, funeral hugs, a birthday party and a church collection plate

            A Chicago cluster that included three deaths underscores the need for social distancing, according to the CDC.

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            As his time helming CPD ends, Charlie Beck is confident his changes will ‘survive time’

            "I’m confident that they will, or I wouldn’t have made them. And I hope that they bring Chicago the police department that it deserves," Beck said.

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            ‘Unpredictable Election Day’ sparks new records for mail ballot, early voting in suburban Cook County

            The March primary marked the first time that voters in suburban Cook County who cast their ballots before the election so heavily eclipsed the number who voted on Election Day, according to the release.

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            He was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather: ‘That he had to die alone just breaks our hearts’

            After 56 years of marriage, Janice and James Quigley would have no opportunity to console each other in his final days. No last squeezing of the hand or kiss on the forehead. No last look into each other’s eyes.

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            City imposes curfew on liquor sales

            Liquor stores in Chicago will have to close at 9 p.m., starting Thursday. Grocery and convenience stores that sell beer, wine and liquor will not be required to close early, so long as they stop selling packaged goods at 9 p.m.

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            Lightfoot decries warm weather outbreak of violence

            Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck says there are "two pandemics that face Chicago — and only one of them is virus-induced."

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            Preckwinkle: COVID-19 filling half of Stroger Hospital beds, and ‘crunch time’ still a month away

            Though the county faces "tremendous financial challenges," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wouldn’t say if that would mean layoffs for any county workers.

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            Fourth city employee dies of COVID-19

            David Veloz, 64, a foreman and machinist at the city department once known as Fleet and Facilities Management, died Tuesday.

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            Aldermen hold dry run for April 15 virtual City Council meeting

            The tentative plan is to hold the meeting on Zoom with passwords and other security safeguards to prevent the meeting from being hijacked by mischief-making pirates. Public participation will be via telephone.

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            City workers say they’re picking up 50 percent more garbage — with no masks

            "We’ve got to clean these routes because we don’t want no problems with rats. But it’s a lot of garbage. Everybody’s cleaning out. You’ve got couches. You’ve got everything in the alleys. It’s loaded," a union official told the Sun-Times.

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            Lightfoot vows straight talk on city budget if tax increase needed due to financial hit from coronavirus

            It was the first time since the local economy was ground to a halt by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-上海11选5走势图 order that Lightfoot has acknowledged the possibility of a mid-year correction to her precariously balanced budget.

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            Lightfoot order makes COVID-19 relief available to all, regardless of immigration status

            "This order is more than just an official decree," Lightfoot said. "It’s a statement of our values as a city and as Americans. We are saying, `We are all in this together’ means all of us, regardless of citizenship status."

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            City and state are ‘a long way away’ from lifting stay-at-上海11选5走势图 order: Lightfoot

            Although progress has been made and the rate of new coronavirus cases is slowing, Lightfoot said: "We’re not near the peak. So, I don’t want to raise false expectations that it’s coming sometime soon."

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            Voters mailed it in, delivering victory to alderman in grudge match — by just 20 votes

            Ald. George Cardenas admitted he was nervous on Election Night when the results showed him behind but held out hope when he learned how many mail ballots remained outstanding. "I knew there were a lot of votes to be counted," Cardenas said.

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            Getting roots done is ‘not essential’ — but getting hair cut is, if you’re Mayor Lightfoot

            Lightfoot Monday acknowledged and defended getting her hair cut after photos surfaced on social media showing her hair cut without wearing a mask.

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            Provident nurses, healthcare workers demand hospital’s ER remain open: ‘We are in emergency’

            The protest comes just a few days after Cook County Health announced that it would close the emergency department at Provident Hospital for about a month starting Monday to figure out a better way to handle the "large volume of patients" and "challenges of a pandemic" at the South Side hospital.

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            Lightfoot declares ‘public health red alarm’ about racial disparity in COVID-19 deaths

            As of Saturday, 70% of the 86 Chicago residents dying from the coronavirus were African Americans; the city’s population is 29% black.

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            Despite ‘Crimson Contagion’ pandemic drills, Chicago didn’t fill public health jobs

            That was a need identified by the emergency preparedness drills last year that imagined a pandemic spreading from China上海11选5走势图 to Chicago.

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            Assessor trying to ensure Cook County property values adjusted to reflect ‘coronavirus effect’

            All property owners will get a notification from the Cook County assessor’s office. Assessor Fritz Kaegi said his staff will "have to bend over backwards to keep on schedule" but he’s optimistic they’ll be able to get things done on time.

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            Bleak picture for restaurant and hotel industries among hardest hit by the pandemic

            Sam Toia, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association, said up to 25 percent of the roughly 7,500 restaurants in Chicago may never re-open. Without dine-in customers, restaurant revenue is down 71 percent.

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            Lightfoot torpedoes proposal to use TIF money for small-business ‘survival grants’

            The mayor said the TIF money was spoken for and the proposal ran contrary to state statute.

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            Lightfoot ‘got my man’ in David Brown, but did she subvert process for choosing top cop?

            Mayor named retired Dallas police chief a day after police board listed finalists, raising questions on whether she snubbed process as she accused Rahm Emanuel of doing.

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            For families of kids with complex medical needs, the stakes have never been higher

            Priority No. 1, parents of these Chicago Public Schools students say, is keeping them safe from coronavirus. ‘Education is so important,’ one mom says. ‘Just existing is even more important.’

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            New top cop outlines his three priorities

            "Any good leader worth his or her salt needs to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. So there’s multiple first issues: 1A, 1B, 1C," David Brown said Friday.

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            Fran Spielman interviews Sam Toia & Michael Jacobson

            Sam Toia is the President & CEO of the Illinois Restaurant association and Michael Jacobson is the President & CEO of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association.