CPS students unlikely to return to schools this year, alderman says after mayoral briefing – Chicago Sun-Times
The Chicago Housing Authority Was Slow to Protect Residents During the Coronavirus Outbreak – ProPublica
Coronavirus pandemic leads to extension of Chicago Police Department reform deadlines – Chicago Tribune
Editorial: CPS and the coronavirus shutdown: Don’t settle for a lost school year, Chicago – Chicago Tribune
Coronavirus prompts crackdown on crowds in Cook County forest preserves, and more closures possible if public doesn’t comply – Chicago Tribune
Cook County mum on mysterious disappearance of site with data specific to suburbs.
Chicagoans readying for rent strike, calling on city and landlords to provide relief amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘The hammer is going to drop’ – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot urges residents to sign up for Smart911 as number of first responders to test positive for coronavirus rises to 29 – Chicago Sun-Times
Small suburban park project draws big-time players swept up in federal corruption probe – Chicago Sun-Times
Pritzker Wants Cashier Shields, No Reusable Bags To Protect Retail Workers From Coronavirus – WBEZ (Chicago)
Chicago To Buy More Computers And Ramp Up Virtual Learning, With Details Coming This Week – Block Club Chicago
2,000 Chicagoans Will Get $1,000 In Rent Relief Under New City COVID-19 Plan, Mayor Says – Block Club Chicago
Civic Federation’s Laurence Msall: Staggering Unemployment Claims Will Put Major Strain On Illinois, Chicago Budgets – CBS2 (Chicago)
Coronavirus Chicago: Mayor closes lakefront, 606 Trail, Riverwalk to stop spread of COVID-19 – ABC Chicago
Illinois small businesses get a lifeline with grants and loans, but will it be enough to withstand coronavirus? – Chicago Tribune
Four more hotels agree to rent rooms to ease strain on Chicago hospitals during pandemic – Chicago Sun-Times
Bailout might keep public transit from becoming a coronavirus casualty, but more help will be needed soon – Chicago Sun-Times
The CTA this week said it is losing more than $1 million a day as normally packed rush hour buses and trains roll around the city carrying little more than the operators behind the controls. Ridership is down 70%, and Metra is faring even worse.
"Palatine Township will not today, or any day, close our doors over the hysteria of the Coronavirus," Langlotz-Johnson wrote about two weeks ago. "We know people will need even more assistance because of businesses closing, people staying home from shopping, going out to eat, etc.
"We only ask people to use common sense at all times. Wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose to sneeze or cough, and if you do not feel well, do not come to Palatine Township. The 'KISS' method works best. Keep it simple s-----."
American Library Association Is Latest To Cancel Conference At McCormick Place Due To Coronavirus Pandemic – CBS2 (Chicago)
Midway air traffic control tower reopens after coronavirus test results forced its closure – Chicago Tribune
One of Chicago’s biggest hotels to shut down as coronavirus upends the industry with closures, job losses – Chicago Tribune
Hearings start on releasing some youths from Cook County juvenile detention over COVID-19 fears – Chicago Tribune
Trump Wants Life Back To Normal By Easter, But That ‘Does Not Make Sense At All’ For Chicago Given Pandemic, Mayor Says – Block Club Chicago
Commentary – Cook County Assessor Kaegi: How education funding, property taxes and COVID-19 stimulus money are connected – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot forges deals with hotels, shuttered hospital to provide space for quarantined COVID-19 patients – Chicago Sun-Times
Rebates on CTA passes, subsidies for Pace and Divvy rides offered to help residents cope with coronavirus crisis – Chicago Sun-Times
Cook County judges to review inmates’ cases to drastically reduce jail population – Chicago Sun-Times
Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago’s ‘stepping up’ without federal help amid coronavirus pandemic – Chicago Tribune
In email exchange, Mayor Lori Lightfoot offers to withhold Chicago alderman’s pay to help buy equipment for first responders amid coronavirus outbreak – Chicago Tribune
The mayor’s office did not respond Monday to questions about why Lightfoot suggested only halting Lopez’s salary. Asked about the email exchange, Lopez said “They keep saying ‘We are all in this together.’ Time to put our money where our mouth is.” “Lightfoot should direct (Budget Director) Susie Park to offer it to all electeds and not use it for her petty politics,” Lopez added. “Otherwise I will just donate what I would have lost directly to local charities helping my residents.”
The Chicago Police Department Is Struggling To Protect Officers During The Coronavirus Pandemic – WBEZ (Chicago)
Proposal would cut pay for Chicago politicians to fund coronavirus response – Illinois Policy Institute
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area – Chicago Tribune
Chicago mayor halts fines, fees for minor traffic tickets amid coronavirus pandemic – Illinois Policy Institute
Grocers, delivery services scramble to hire thousands of workers to help with a crush of business driven by the coronavirus – Chicago Tribune
Chicago officials are exploring the availability of other facilities that could be used temporarily to get homeless people off the street or out of crowded shelters. Though no homeless person is known to have tested positive for the coronavirus in Chicago, officials want to identify potential isolation facilities where those individuals could be housed.
Alderman proposes 15-day furlough for elected officials to generate $375K for protective gear, supplies for first-responders – Chicago Sun-Times
Make a sign, save a restaurant? Chefs make massive ‘call to action’ online video campaign Friday morning – Chicago Tribune
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot closes City Hall to general public until further notice – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot Announces $100 Million Fund To Help Small Businesses Devastated By Coronavirus – Block Club Chicago
Metra to cut service in half starting Monday amid coronavirus crisis, falling ridership – Chicago Sun-Times
Fake coronavirus test kits seized at O’Hare airport by Customs and Border Protection agents – Chicago Tribune
State Shutdown Will Last ‘Deep Into April,’ Lightfoot Predicts — And She Doesn’t Want Trump’s Advice – Block Club Chicago
Layoffs at Chicago-area hotels started around Monday, according to Michael Jacobson, CEO of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association. “When you are in the teens on your occupancy rate, as many hotels now are, it’s hard to justify keeping the lights on."
Editorial: It’s up to all of us: How Chicagoans can avoid a shelter-in-place edict – Chicago Tribune
Chicago Public Libraries closing 61 locations as ‘fearful’ city workers union blasts decision to keep 20 open – Chicago Tribune
Koval Distillery Now Making Hand Sanitizer For Health Care Workers, Retirement Homes After Getting Approval – Block Club Chicago
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot suspends ticketing for non-public safety issues, also suspends late fees on payment plans – Chicago Tribune
Drive-thru coronavirus testing is starting up at some Chicago-area hospitals — but it’s by appointment only – Chicago Tribune
Chicago leaders ask for immediate moratorium on evictions, utility shut-offs, and housing court – Curbed Chicago
Despite coronavirus anxiety and problems at the polls, Cook County and Chicago avoid record-low turnout in primary election – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot to suspend ‘non-essential’ city services; cancels City Council meeting, limits City Hall access – Chicago Sun-Times
Governor accuses Chicago election officials of ‘political posturing’ after they complain he should have postponed voting because of coronavirus – Chicago Tribune
FAA: Tower at Chicago’s Midway airport is closed after ‘several’ employees there test positive for COVID-19 – CNBC
A Brookings Institution study concludes that while the metro area is growing more slowly than other large cities, we're making progress on prosperity and sharing the wealth among those who remain.
Lightfoot: Relief package in the works for city restaurants forced to close dining rooms – Chicago Sun-Times
Female Chicago paramedics have shown evidence of ‘widespread sex discrimination’ within Chicago F.D., judge says – Cook County Record
Lightfoot hints CPS closure could last longer than 2 weeks, says families might not be told if someone from their school has coronavirus – Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago has seen a 43% rise in killings so far this year vs. 2019, but that’s not the full picture – Chicago Sun-Times
First the teachers strike, now the coronavirus: CPS shuts down for 2nd time this school year as fall walkout now looks like ‘dry run’ for new disruption – Chicago Tribune
Chicago-area hospitals no longer allowing visitors because of coronavirus concerns – Chicago Tribune
Zoning Committee OKs smoke detector mandate over Chicago Fire Department objections – Chicago Sun-Times
The progressive transfer tax hike was initially envisioned as a revenue source to fund affordable housing. It's not going to work out that way. Owners of big apartment buildings would get slammed, and they provide the primary housing option for lower-income groups. Higher cost means less supply.
Deserted dorms, tuition complaints and virtual classes: Uncertainty looms as disappointed college students head home early because of the coronavirus – Chicago Tribune
Whether they are sick, Chicago’s precarious workers will work amid coronavirus. ‘How would I pay my bills?’ – Chicago Tribune
Chicago breaks World War II-era record for vote-by-mail applications; sets new high for primary early voting – Chicago Tribune
Rush University Medical Center has set up a triage tent. Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center could convert parts of their facilities. Cook County’s flagship Stroger Hospital has been preparing since January. Chicago hospitals, like those in much of the country, are prepping for the worst as the coronavirus outbreak grows. Some doctors fear hospitals could become so overwhelmed they could be forced to ration medical care, as has happened in Italy.
Worried about overpaying in a declining market, Chicago's Origin Investments has “indefinitely postponed” $241 million in apartment deals. “What we’re trying to do is keep our eyes on the horizon and protect our investors.”
Finger-pointing and confusion reign while docs, hospitals wait for $350 million.
Bulls and Blackhawks will pay United Center employees — approximately 1,200 people — through the remainder of the scheduled season after coronavirus shutdowns – Chicago Tribune
Chicago-area election judges dropping out, polling places closing amid coronavirus fears – Chicago Tribune
Chicago Park District suspends programming ‘until further notice’ to help stem coronavirus – Chicago Tribune
Grocery stores say they’re filling shelves as fast as they can. They still can’t keep up with shoppers preparing for coronavirus – Chicago Tribune
Why closing Chicago’s public schools was such a hard decision — even if it seemed necessary – Chicago Sun-Times
Navy Pier Flyover completion delayed again, due to problems on 1930s-era Lake Shore Drive bridge – Chicago Tribune
In 2017, 39 percent of the roughly 2 million households in Cook County were either in poverty or met the ALICE threshold. That year, 44 percent of Chicago's roughly 1 million households were below the ALICE threshold. When broken down by community area, the percent of households below the ALICE threshold increases starkly.
On average, homeowners gained $1,400 in home equity during the year, according to a report from CoreLogic. Among the 10 big cities in the study, the next-smallest average gains were nearly four times that. Shallow growth in home equity helps explain why the inventory of homes for sale is super-tight: potential sellers may not have enough equity in the house to fund a move up to a more expensive home.
Officials are trying to relocate 94 Election Day polling places in Chicago and “more than 32” in the Cook County suburbs as concerns over the coronavirus hit warp speed. And growing numbers of election judges are pulling out of their assignments for next Tuesday’s primary election — 746 in suburban Cook County alone.
Alderman has the answer to financial crisis posed by coronavirus: legalize video gaming – Chicago Sun-Times
Aldermen crack down on online bottled water sales, even as virus-driven shopping sprees continue – Chicago Sun-Times
Many bottled water purchases are being made online, allowing Chicago consumers to dodge the city’s five-cents a bottle tax. Thursday, the City Council’s Finance Committee agreed to close that legal loophole along with the one that has allowed online liquor buyers to dodge the city’s sliding scale of liquor taxes.
Here Are 9 Chicago Moments That Made Us Happy This Week (That Have Nothing To Do With That Pesky Virus) – Block Club Chicago
Capitol in Washington closed to the public, but Chicago’s City Hall still open — for now – Chicago Sun-Times
From abandoned properties to dream homes: Buying a house through Cook County’s land bank – Curbed Chicago
‘The more we can stay one step ahead of this …’ Hospitals intensify preparedness as coronavirus cases increase – Chicago Tribune
‘Mass confusion:’ Nurses union says health officials are unprepared for coronavirus – Chicago Sun-Times
Woodlawn Residents, City Officials Call For Quick Action To Protect Affordable Housing Near Obama Center – Block Club Chicago
Metra Riders Say Trains Are Empty As Workers Stay Home, But Ridership Steady So Far On The CTA, Agency Says – Block Club Chicago
Chicago-area blood drives canceled over coronavirus fears, sparking concern about hospital supplies – Chicago Tribune
Editorial: We’re working from home Thursday — and others should be thinking the same – Chicago Sun-Times
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area – Chicago Tribune
Citing coronavirus, labor coalition demands 15 days paid sick leave, triple the city mandate – Chicago Sun-Times
A labor coalition led by the Chicago Teachers Union is taking that advice to heart when it comes to the crisis caused by the coronavirus. The unions held a City Hall news conference Wednesday to unleash a kitchen sink of demands that might have been unthinkable before the worldwide pandemic that started in Wuhan, China:
• 15 paid sick days a year, instead of the five mandated for Chicago employers, with the protection extended statewide.
• A citywide meals-on-wheels program, internet access and electronic devices for students forced to stay home because of school closings like Vaughn and Resurrection High Schools.
• Debt forgiveness, suspended mortgage payments, a temporary shutdown of eviction court and a moratorium on utility shut-offs.
• No more penalizing schools by basing funding on school attendance.
• Adequate cleaning supplies — and a nurse in every school sooner than the hard-fought teachers’ contract demands.
Chicago doctor stayed in Wuhan at start of coronavirus outbreak to help fellow doctors, clinics – ABC Chicago
Six socialists on the City Council and some outside groups support the idea, but a senior Lightfoot administration official said the first step of a study must show “a pretty compelling economic case” for the city to pony up the millions to explore the issue further.
$60M Amazon facility in Pullman takes giant step forward — without property tax break – Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola Academy cancels classes after student had contact with coronavirus patient – Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola Academy in Wilmette canceled classes Monday after administrators learned that a student had contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. No Loyola Academy students or staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19; school was canceled as a precautionary measure.
A Brookings Institution study concludes that while the metro area is growing more slowly than other large cities, we're making progress on prosperity and sharing the wealth among those who remain. "The data suggest to me the region is losing relatively low-income jobs and population but gaining on the higher end of both. That’s consistent with a shift from manufacturing and lower-end positions to a so-called knowledge economy, and consistent with other recent reports that the city is losing lots of black residents but college graduate rates are rising quickly among those who remain."
Apprehension about coronavirus prompts officials to close polling places at nursing homes – Chicago Tribune
Editorial: Why you should care about those testing ‘irregularities’ in Chicago schools – Chicago Sun-Times
Apprehension about coronavirus prompts officials to close polling places at nursing homes – Chicago Tribune
Amid growing concerns about the coronavirus, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners has opted to close designated polling places inside nursing homes for Election Day.
Chicago Housing Authority to Receive the Bulk of the Nearly $65 million dollars in Federal Funding – Chicago Defender
Chicago's CFO Bennett: "On Tuesday, the Sun-Times published an article titled “Chicago water bill collections plummet without threat of shut-offs.” The story was patently false and not supported by data. The article states that there was a $20 million decline in water revenues in November. However, this seasonality in collections happens every year. This reduction is due to non-metered residents paying their bills semi-annually, with one of those payments happening in October, not due to lower collection rates. This was information that the city comptroller’s office communicated to the Sun-Times, but the paper ignored."
Op-Ed: On first anniversary of reform, Chicago Police Department on its way to fundamental change – Chicago Sun-Times
"While progress has been made and we remain steadfast in our commitment to implementing sustainable reform, we are not yet where we want to be in many areas of the consent decree. Deadlines have been missed. Compliance has yet to be achieved in several important areas."
Lightfoot acknowledges coronavirus impact on a city budget that relies heavily on tourism taxes – Chicago Sun-Times
CPS board accused of breaking law by dumping Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Chicago Sun-Times
The cost of the virus and a possible recession are terrible news for City Hall and Springfield, both already struggling to pay their bills. “We don’t have any reserves. We don’t have any unrestricted funds that are being held in abeyance,” warns a civic watchdog.
‘Secret hearings’ have allowed CPD to keep suspects in custody for more than 48-hour limit – Chicago Sun-Times
Editorial: How to keep bad actors from trashing the rental market on Chicago’s South Side – Chicago Sun-Times
The International Housewares Association calls off a show that brings nearly 60,000 people who book more than 47,000 room nights at area hotels.
Clouted developer, ally of ex-Ald. Solis bids to become pot shop landlord — but says competitors might be sabotaging him – Chicago Sun-Times
A former driver for legendary Bears quarterback Sid Luckman, this developer made headlines in 2009 after Rod Blagojevich expunged his 24-year-old criminal record for theft and forgery on Blagojevich’s last day as governor. More recently, the developer's name appeared in a 2016 affidavit for a search warrant of ex-Ald. Solis’ 25th Ward offices.
Emanuel and Rauner are longtime friends and former business associates. They made millions together. Their families vacationed together. Their inability to make that friendship work for the good of both the city and the state will go down as one of the great mysteries and failures of both of their administrations.