Wrigleyville Bar Owners Say They Need More Support From City As Baseball Season Nears End – Block Club Chicago
Cassandra Greer-Lee, one of dozens of protesters who addressed the crowd, said the Chicago Police Department’s intimidation tactics wouldn’t deter her. “I will exercise my right,” she told the crowd. “You will not move me. You will not intimidate me. It doesn’t matter.”
‘This is not good enough.’ Chicago-area parents rally to get kids back in school, and some districts are making it happen. – Chicago Tribune*
UChicago activists vow year of protest without ‘peace or quiet’ after school refuses to defund police – College Fix
Cook County plans to give out grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses hit hard by pandemic – Chicago Tribune*
CPS plan for reopening schools remains unclear as parents share remote learning woes with Board of Education: ‘It’s just not working’ – Chicago Tribune*
4 Chicago Restaurants, Bars Cited This Weekend For Flouting COVID-19 Reopening Rules – CBS2 (Chicago)
Chicago-area Catholic schools enrollment drops, with worst decline among pre-kindergarten students – Chicago Tribune*
“We expected this because a lot of stay-at-home parents are keeping their kids home,” said archdiocese spokesman Manuel Gonzales.
How Can We Save Chicago Kids From Spiking Gun Violence? ‘We Need All Hands On Deck,’ Mediators, Activists Say – Block Club Chicago
Northwest Side Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) isn’t happy about revisiting how cops are deployed in beats: “I’m a little concerned about any type of realignment, given the fact that, in the 16th District, part of the ward that I represent, we’re at 17 murders in one year. Historically, we have seen anywhere from zero to five. So we are up 300%. There’s no way that I’m going to advocate for resources coming from my area going anywhere.”
As Chicago Scrambled in Early Days of Coronavirus, Political Ties Helped Win No-Bid Contracts – Better Government Association
Cook County Health officials send Board of Commissioners $3.4B budget plan as pandemic shortfall looms: ‘We’re looking at a compromise here, no question’ – Chicago Tribune*
About $2.2 billion of next year’s expected revenue would come from CountyCare, the health system’s massive Medicaid program serving low-income residents. The insurance plan is seeing an enrollment resurgence during the pandemic and is now expected to see membership peak in November before it plateaus to about 350,000 for most of next year, potentially offsetting all claims payments.
Next Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Must Improve Public Access, Accountability, Legal Groups Say – WTTW (Chicago)
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s top lawyer says city may not defend Chicago aldermen if demands on minority participation cause vendor to sue – Chicago Tribune*
Hundreds gather near Naperville District 203 offices to demand area schools reopen: ‘Our children deserve better’ – Naperville Sun*
Eighth-grader Eleni Nicolaudes carried a sign that summed up her feelings on remote learning: “Stressed Out.” Her younger sister, Sofia, made a sign that told her health story of being a Type 1 diabetic who had COVID-19 and survived. “I like to see my friends,” Sofia said. “I just want to go back to school.”
90 Percent Of Chicago’s Independent Music Venues Will Close Because Of Coronavirus, Desperate Owners Say – Block Club Chicago
“It is unbelievably difficult. This struggle is really, really tough,” said bar owner Andrea Kardaras. City liquor sales stop at 11 p.m. Establishments close at midnight. “Something has got to give, and it has to be that timeframe. We need longer hours,” Kardaras said.
"Lightfoot made a rash, unnecessary decision that was obviously unaffordable, and she soon decided she had to reverse it. But she refused to share that information with her unsuspecting constituents.Thousands of Chicagoans have lost money as a result. They have gained some wisdom about the honesty of politicians."
Report: Chicago issued 35,000 tickets amid confusion over enforcement suspension at start of pandemic – WGNTV (Chicago)
Despite Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s announcement of ticketing relief during the pandemic, thousands received parking citations anyway: ‘It’s a betrayal, just absolutely ridiculous’ – Chicago Tribune*
“Access to government offices, hospitals and hotels cannot be impeded by illegal parking, including metered spaces,” states the letter signed by Jennie Huang Bennett, the city’s chief financial officer. “Police, fire and other first responders performing essential public safety functions cannot be hampered in their duties due to any type of illegal parking in these zones.” In effect, City Hall was suggesting that a vehicle parked at a paid meter was safer than a car parked at an unpaid one.
Neighbors Fear Rift Between Police, Progressive Aldermen After Anti-Cop Posts From Staffers – Block Club Chicago
A national group studied commercial property tax assessments in Cook County under the last assessor, Joe Berrios. The results were not pretty. – Chicago Tribune*
Chicago postal workers threaten to stop delivering mail after multiple employees shot on the job – FOX News
Kenwood football player Myles Mooyoung not only showed up, he also was one of six high school students who stood on stage to speak to the crowd. ‘‘Anything that happens is on us. ‘If I get COVID from playing football, I’m fine with that.’’
The Toll Of Remote Learning On One Chicago Teacher: ‘I Am Learning Everything Again’ – WBEZ (Chicago)
Protests Against Police Brutality, For Racial Justice Held Around Chicago; Near West Protest Turns Combative – CBS2 (Chicago)
Pickpocketing’s a dying art, but cops say crew of 60-somethings still preyed on L riders – Chicago Sun-Times*
About 50 leaders from roughly 80 suburban communities who feel shorted by ComEd decided to speak up as the utility giant is on the defensive. The mayors sent a letter this month to ComEd CEO Joseph Dominguez calling on the electricity provider to “promptly pay.”
They estimate millions of dollars are owed in overdue in uncollected utility taxes. The mayors say it’s often because ComEd failed to match up the addresses of residences and businesses using power and then pass on the utility tax revenues collected to communities.
The 93-story tower is now nearing completion on East Wacker in Chicago. But its hotel partner bailed. A plan to sell to Chinese buyers failed. The downtown market tanked. A major design flaw was revealed. Then came pandemic and civil unrest.
Chicago Public School Teachers' Pension & Retirement Fund is lowering its assumed rate of return to 6.75%. The $11.1 billion pension fund's board voted Thursday to lower the rate of return from 7%.
Thousands of Chicago hotel workers worried about losing health insurance during pandemic – Chicago Sun-Times*
Ex-Daley operative Victor Reyes once again in the midst of a big political storm – Chicago Sun-Times*
Community activists call on Lightfoot to give kids bulletproof backpacks amid Chicago gun violence – ABC7 (Chicago)
‘We Cannot Normalize This Behavior,’ Lightfoot Says After Spike in Juvenile Shooting Victims – WTTW (Chicago)
"Voting in favor of the progressive tax requires a leap of faith—a belief that Illinois politicians can be trusted to shepherd these new resources responsibly. Sadly, Illinois pols have done nothing to earn that trust."
Less Than 50% Chance Bears’ Fans Will Return to Soldier Field This Season: Lightfoot – NBC5 (Chicago)
Mayor Lori Lightfoot rips Chicago FOP president: ‘I don’t have a lot of good things to say about him’ – Chicago Tribune*
Whether a restaurant survives the pandemic could depend on an uneasy dance with the landlord – Chicago Tribune*
Postal workers say they’ll face rain, sleet and COVID-19, but they’re ‘not doing bullets’ – FOX32 (Chicago)
Chicago Mail Carriers Threaten To Stop Delivering In Some Neighborhoods Following Shooting – CBS2 (Chicago)
Commentary: Who’s ready for a trade show? Poll shows there’s hope for McCormick Place and other halls. – Chicago Tribune*
John Kass: Kids with bulletproof backpacks provide bad but real optics for Chicago – Chicago Tribune*
"It is appalling, actually, to see a baby crouched behind a shield, little fingers holding the backpacks out for cover, playacting at what is all too real here."
For some, youth sports is a path to a different life and COVID-19 has sideline those dreams – WGNTV (Chicago)
Once Buzzing With Downtown Workers, Loop Food Halls Face Uncertain Fate As Pandemic Drags On – CBS2 (Chicago)
Progressive Aldermen Lay Out Plan to Build More Affordable Housing for Black, Latino Chicagoans – WTTW (Chicago)
Column: Upset by Smollett flap, judges refuse to kiss the ring with campaign donation — but will they tell Dems to kiss off? – Chicago Sun-Times*
City knew of youth baseball field contamination a year ago but didn’t tell residents – Chicago Sun-Times*
Systemic Racism to Blame for 9-Year Life Expectancy Gap between Black, White Chicagoans: Report – WTTW (Chicago)
Here’s How to Cut $55M from the $1.7B Chicago Police Budget: Office of Financial Analysis – WTTW (Chicago)
Ald. Michele Smith (43rd), the former federal prosecutor now chairing the City Council’s Committee on Rules and Ethics, said, “A lot of the scandals that are going on right now in the state of Illinois have to do with really small municipalities. The mayor of McCook [was indicted]. … It is important that citizens have confidence that their elected officials are only there to benefit them.”
As critics slam UChicago for black studies-only commitment, campus spokesman defends it – The College Fix
As Another Shooting Interrupts Meeting On Albany Park Gang Violence, City Says Help Is Coming To 17th Police District – Block Club Chicago
Hundreds Attend Pro-Police Rally In Jefferson Park — Including Counter-Protesters – Block Club Chicago
Council Tensions Linger Over Lightfoot’s Ongoing Battle Against ‘Aldermanic Prerogative’ – Block Club Chicago
‘There’s not a comparable year’: Homicides are up 52% in Chicago amid COVID-19, with majority involving people of color – USA Today
Commentary: My daughter loved pre-K; now in CPS’ remote kindergarten, she says ‘I hate school’ – Chicago Tribune*
FOP storms away from contract talks after Lightfoot demands 17 pages of disciplinary reforms – Chicago Sun-Times*
CPS reports 258 cases of COVID-19 among staff and vendors, including eight deaths, in six months since schools shut down – Chicago Tribune*
The district employs 37,775 people but that does not include vendors. CPS attributed most of the cases to exposure in the community or household members who also tested positive. Less than 13% of all cases — 33 of the 258 — have been tied to a cluster, in which multiple cases were identified at a school within a period of 14 days.
Neighborhood shops used to think it wasn’t worth the hassle to sell online. Now they can’t afford to ignore it. – Chicago Tribune*
Willie Wilson embraces endorsement of police union that’s clashed with Black Lives Matter – Chicago Sun-Times
In a career born in her own grief, violence recovery specialist works at a Chicago hospital in a city under siege – Chicago Tribune*
Chicago has been quietly intercepting millions from state tax refunds during the pandemic – The Chicago Reporter
Sun-Times investment gives state government unions another tool in their arsenal – Chicago City Wire
‘Millions in Losses:’ Empty Dining Rooms Land Restaurant and Bar Owners in Courtrooms – NBC5 (Chicago)
John Kass: Boss Preckwinkle and Braveheart Evans muscle a judge to protect Kim Foxx – Chicago Tribune*
Attorney Josh Tepfer, who represents several victims of one corrupt Chicago sergeant, said his clients were wrongfully convicted despite warnings from police whistleblowers, residents and defendants about the shakedowns and planted drugs. “This was allowed to happen because officers were corrupt and the victims were not cared about. They were forgotten and were viewed as disposable.”
"Nearly 600,000 people across Illinois work in restaurant and food service jobs, and the Illinois Restaurant Association estimates more than half of them have been laid off or furloughed during the pandemic...The Tribune’s running list of shuttered restaurants in the Chicago area has topped 50, and probably doesn’t account for dozens more tiny mom-and-pop spots that couldn’t make it. The corner diner. The taqueria. The all-night gyro shop. So many favorite places, gone."
With Ridership Down About 90%, Metra Looking At Bleak Financial Forecast, Seeking To Lure Riders Back To Trains – CBS2 (Chicago)
Chicago Drops Several States From Quarantine List as City Issues Warning on Wisconsin – NBC5 (Chicago)
People Detained At Cook County Jail To Keep Getting Protections Amid Pandemic, Appeals Court Rules – Block Club Chicago
How Will We Dine Outside This Winter? From Igloos To Shipping Crates, City Shares Your Ideas – Block Club Chicago
Cornell Faculty Demands Removal Of “Colorblind” Policies While Chicago Will Only Accept Applicants For “Black Studies” In English – Jonathan Turley
Chicago police officers targeted ‘5 times’ more than years prior as crime surge continues, superintendent says – FOX32 (Chicago)
Chicago poised for comeback, top mayoral advisers say, insisting downtown security top issue for Lightfoot – Chicago Sun-Times*
Judge Who Handled Smollett Case Says ‘Retaliation’ May be Reason Dems Didn’t Endorse Him – NBC5 (Chicago)
Alderman Wants More Mental Health Workers, Not Police — But Neighbors Want More Cops After Shooting Spike – Block Club Chicago
With Full Capacity Nowhere In Sight Amid Pandemic, Could A Restaurant Collapse Be Coming In Chicago? – CBS2 (Chicago)
Column: Judicial politics isn’t child’s play — or is it? Democrats link call to dump judge to juvenile justice, not Jussie Smollett – Chicago Sun-Times*
U. Chicago English Dept. says it will ONLY admit ‘Black Studies’ grad students this year – Campus Reform
Suburban Harvey Suspends Licenses for Half of City’s Businesses Over Unpaid Liquor Taxes – NBC5 (Chicago)
Lightfoot Calls on Investigators to Finish Probe Into Officers Who Lounged, Napped in US Rep. Rush’s Office as Looting Swept South Side – WTTW (Chicago)
Chicago behind schedule on contact tracing program as Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces plan to work with community groups to hire workers – Chicago Tribune*
"Dr. Allison Arwady, the public health commissioner, told reporters that 'there’s always some bumps in the road in terms of figuring out things like payrolls.' Later, a public health spokesman blamed hiring delays on civil unrest in May and June that followed the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, saying that many of the agencies that would take part in the effort were involved in helping the community at that time."
Editorial: Remote learning is largely on track, but some Chicago schools have a ways to go – Chicago Sun-Times*
More Suburban Students, Parents Rally For Resumption Of In-Person Classes, School Sports – CBS2 (Chicago)
COVID-19’s economic impact forces Wrigleyville bar to close, Gold Coast restaurant close behind – ABC7 (Chicago)
Chicago Must Build More Affordable Housing That Black, Latino Chicagoans Can Actually Afford: Task Force – WTTW (Chicago)
Belmont Cragin, Home To City’s Largest Latino Population, Continues To Struggle With Coronavirus – Block Club Chicago
Six months into the pandemic, downtown Chicago is a humbled giant. Can it get back on its feet? – Chicago Tribune*
NBC 5 Exclusive: Judge Who Handled Smollett Case Doesn’t Receive Backing of Cook County Dems’ Executive Committee – NBC5 (Chicago)
Lead Water Pipes Can Be Replaced For Free For Low-Income People As City Starts Process Of Removing Them – Block Club Chicago
‘Let Us Play:’ Students Take Part in Suburban Rally Calling for Fall Sports to Resume – NBC5 (Chicago)
Bears and Lions have different demonstrations for social, racial justice before their season opener – WGNTV (Chicago)
Column: ‘It’s like we’ve been living in a pandemic all along.’ COVID-19 and recent looting add to setbacks for long-neglected North Lawndale. – Chicago Tribune*
"It’s not the newly boarded-up buildings and shuttered businesses that have hit North Lawndale residents hardest. They are used to adversity, having lived for decades in a commercial desert with few options for shopping, entertainment or meeting their basic needs. This time, the economic ruin was paired with a tenacious virus that roared through struggling African American neighborhoods such as North Lawndale like a freight train, threatening the lives of everyone who came into its path."
Closed doors, virtual services and lawsuits: Here’s how the pandemic has affected religion in Chicagoland – Chicago Tribune*
With deadline looming, Chicago is badly lagging in census response, especially in communities of color – Chicago Tribune*
Editorial: The alarming downward spiral of downtown Chicago. Is a comeback possible? – Chicago Tribune*
Not without assurances from Chicago’s leaders, and not without a tangible reduction in crime. Not without an urgent plan, now, to bring the city back and not without buy-in from residents, employers, civic leaders and everyone who cares about this place. Divisiveness won’t cut it, nor will silence.
We used to hound Chicago’s mayors to focus on struggling communities and remind them downtown, for the most part, could fend for itself. That’s not true anymore.
Former High-Ranking Chicago Public Schools Official Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI During Probe Into $1B Contract – NBC5 (Chicago)
Chicago-area renters are still being pushed out of their homes with threats of lockouts and notices on doors, despite COVID-19 eviction moratorium – Chicago Tribune*
Mayor Lori Lightfoot warns aldermen someone has been using a fake email in her name – Chicago Tribune*
Police Oversight Agency COPA Improperly Ended Misconduct Investigations, Inspector General Finds – Block Club Chicago
This marks a 10 percentage point drop from the usual first-day figures that have hovered around 94% for the past several years. But attendance rates tended to vary widely on the campus level, with some schools reaching attendance rates upwards of 95%, while others reported closer to 60% of students participating on the first day.
After Slaying Of 8-Year-Old Dajore Wilson, Mourners Beg Shooters To Stop Killing Children: ‘We Must Protect Them’ – Block Club Chicago
City Rolls Out Plan to Slowly Replace Lead Service Lines Shown to Contaminate Tap Water in Homes – WTTW (Chicago)
John Kass: AG Bill Barr says federal corruption hunters never ‘at a loss for work’ in Chicago – Chicago Tribune*
"You could call it The Chicago Way, I said. 'It is The Chicago Way,' said Barr. 'The stakes may not be as high as in New York, maybe. But there’s fun in the game.'"
PPP loans kept many small businesses afloat this summer. Without more funds, experts say a wave of bankruptcies is coming. – Chicago Tribune*
"While the evidence is largely anecdotal at this point, the pandemic appears to have outlasted the PPP funds for a growing number of small businesses...That’s the case in federal bankruptcy court in Chicago, where a handful of Chicago-area companies filed for bankruptcy after receiving PPP loans of at least $150,000, according to publicly available SBA data and court filings."
Restaurant owners in south suburban region say tighter COVID-19 restrictions are unfair – WGNTV (Chicago)
DePaul Starts Fall Classes With Strict Coronavirus Restrictions: ‘It Feels Like A Ghost Town’ – Block Club Chicago
Chicago announces plan to start replacing lead water pipes after decades of denying the dangers – Chicago Tribune*
Chicago, the last big American city to require water pipes made of brain-damaging lead, is now the last one beginning to rip toxic pipes out of the ground. Under plans shared Wednesday with the Chicago Tribune, the Department of Water Management envisions a long and costly effort to protect Chicagoans from a widespread public health threat that remained largely hidden for decades. Initial work will be modest compared with the scope of the dangers.
NPR Poll: Financial Pain From Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Much, Much Worse’ Than Expected – WBEZ (Chicago)
Will There Be Trick-Or-Treating In Chicago This Year? Mayor Says Low-Key Holiday Expected – Block Club Chicago
Aldermen Approve Ordinance To Protect Affordable Housing Near Obama Presidential Center In Woodlawn – CBS2 (Chicago)
Barr Touts Fed’s Role in Decreasing Chicago’s Violent Crime, But Homicides Still Up 50% – WTTW (Chicago)
You Can No Longer Rent Airbnbs For 1 Night In Chicago As City Cracks Down On Partying – Block Club Chicago
Column: Chicago cannot lose the Palmer House, now locked up and in deep financial trouble – Chicago Tribune*
Lightfoot warns of employee layoffs to erase 2021 budget shortfall now pegged at $1.25B – Chicago Sun-Times*
Officials insist “affordable bail” does not contribute to Chicago violence, but court cases tell a different tale – CWB Chicago
John Kass: Is there a rain hard enough to cleanse Chicago of its sins against children? – Chicago Tribune*
"Each weekend brings more shootings and more death in the street gang wars. More children are forgotten. And City Hall worries about optics."
Aldermen bemoan ongoing bloodbath on Chicago streets, but shoot down National Guard proposal – Chicago Sun-Times*
Cash Frenzy: New data shows ATM thefts were worse than first reported during Chicago rioting – ABC7 (Chicago)
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says President Donald Trump’s threat to cut federal funding for districts that teach ‘1619 Project’ is ‘more hot air’ – Chicago Tribune*
Lightfoot also said Trump has “no power to try to take funding from any school district...If he does, obviously, we will see him in court."
Appeals court upholds most of federal judge’s order to curb coronavirus at Cook County Jail – Chicago Sun-Times*
‘It’s just sad’: On Navy Pier’s final day until spring, patrons and merchants rue another COVID-19 shutdown – Chicago Tribune
Editorial: Back to school, back to remote learning. Have CPS, CTU learned their lessons? – Chicago Tribune*
Chicago shooting: 8-year-old girl killed, 3 adults injured in Canaryville after someone fired shots into car, police say – ABC7 (Chicago)
School board member Luisiana Melendez, who specializes in early childhood education, said that research shows younger students don’t benefit from extended screen time and need adults sitting with them to guide their virtual learning experience. “That is one of my major concerns with remote learning and young children. It demands a lot from the families that are already stressed.”
“You almost forgot about COVID [-19] because so much more is going on,” said business owner Michael Willis. “It’s very upsetting...At the end of the day, I understand the reason — not particularly [the looters’] reasoning — with the looting going on, but you never want something that’s yours being damaged or taken away from you, especially when you busted your a- - to get it.”