Chicago fields thousands of complaints of businesses operating in violation of stay-at-home order – ABC7 (Chicago)
Parents Return To Work Next Week, But Day Cares And Camps Are Still Closed: ‘What Am I Gonna Do?’ – Block Club Chicago
Cook County Board votes to release names of suburban coronavirus patients to first responders – WGNTV (Chicago)
Cook County Residents Unable To Get Death Certificates Because They Aren’t Considered Essential – CBS2 (Chicago)
Cook County Board passes Sept. 30 disaster proclamation extension, property tax late fee waiver – Chicago Tribune
‘We’re Not Them … We’re Gonna Be Smart’: Unlike Florida And Georgia, Chicago Will Reopen Based On Science, Lightfoot Says – Block Club Chicago
Lightfoot announces $1.2M investment in mental health resources for city residents – WGNTV (Chicago)
Pastors Upset After Chicago Police Issue Citations for Violating State Restrictions – NBC5 (Chicago)
Lightfoot Vows to Push Ahead With Effort to Give Tenants 90 Days’ Notice Before Evictions Despite Opposition – WTTW (Chicago)
Admiral Theatre is among a bevy of adult businesses suing to get a PPP loan. So far, the nightclubs are winning – Chicago Tribune
Residents say they are being kept in the dark about COVID-19 as nearly 90 deaths are recorded at low-income housing in Chicago. ‘This is dangerous.’ – Chicago Tribune
Aldermen Approve $20M Tax Break For Downtown Project, After Two-Month Delay Due To Questions About Minority Participation – CBS2 (Chicago)
Chicago Churches Get Disorderly Conduct Citations After Hosting In-Person Services During Stay At Home Order – Block Club Chicago
Last Year It Cost $5 For West Side Community Gardens To Tap Into City Water. Now The Price Is $1,700 – Block Club Chicago
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Is Prioritizing a Coronavirus Recovery for the Wealthy, Not Average Chicagoans – Jacobin
Board member Mary FitzGerald Ozog said reducing the board by six members will give taxpayers "a significant savings" of more than $312,000 in salaries. Each board member is paid $52,102 annually and can receive health and dental insurance through the county. If approved, the change would take effect by the 2022 election, when all board seats will be up because of redistricting after the 2020 Census.
McDonald’s workers in Chicago file lawsuit against fast-food chain for its coronavirus response – CNBC
Sears Helped Build a Giant Entertainment Arena. Now, a Suburb Pays Millions to Keep It Running – ProPublica
"Today, the Sears Centre is a demonstration of the risk of entangling private corporate interests and public tax dollars. Hoffman Estates taxpayers are now on the hook to pay off the bond, which will cost $108 million over the full term of the note."
McHenry County residents may choose moving to Wisconsin over paying increased property taxes – Daily Herald
"We knew that people were being taxed out of their homes and that we had to do something," said McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks. "I begged the other taxing bodies to follow our example." In a few months since the pandemic began, McHenry County's unemployment rate has risen from around 4% to "over 12.5%," according to Franks.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first year in office was filled with big moments and tough decisions. Then the coronavirus ‘changed everything.’ – Chicago Tribune
City Council committee OKs bare-bones, $100M capital plan with promise of bigger bond issue later this year – Chicago Sun-Times
More tenants are looking to unload square footage they no longer need—an imminent threat to downtown landlords that just capped off their best year in more than a decade.
Much of Illinois is On Track to Enter Phase 3 at End of May, But What About Chicago? – NBC5 (Chicago)
Dozens of churchgoers defy Illinois’ coronavirus stay-at-home order, Chicago mayor to issue citations – Fox News
Preckwinkle to seek extension of disaster proclamation until end of September — but one commissioner suggests it’s illegal – Chicago Sun-Times
A co-sponsor of the proposed resolution, Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-Evanston, said there’s “more stability in giving a longer time frame now that we understand what’s happening” with the virus and what impact it will have on the county. “If we’re meeting as we are now, we can always repeal this,” Suffredin said.
Hundreds defy stay-at-home order to attend church while mayor’s office warns that violators may be cited after review – Chicago Tribune
Coronavirus chaos — wrecked economy, less office space demand, scarce financing — challenges Chicago’s megadevelopments – Chicago Tribune
Chicago hospital on the financial brink: St. Anthony’s fights for survival, sues state for money owed – Chicago Tribune
Prognosis for COVID-19’s hit on Cook County finances plagued by ‘unknown unknowns’ – Chicago Sun-Times
Officials see some progress in COVID-19 battle but call for cautious reopening steps that are too slow for some – Chicago Tribune
Mayor Lori Lightfoot urges Chicago faith leaders to observe stay-at-home order and says she will take action ‘if we have to’ – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot Calls Off Demolition At Little Village Hilco Site After Protesters Show Up At Her House – Block Club Chicago
Editorial: A sliver of property tax relief in Cook County. A mountain of trouble ahead. – Chicago Tribune
Federal Lawsuit filed against Governor Jay Robert Pritzker in his official capacity and the State of Illinois – Will County News
$2.5M in coronavirus stimulus to Navy Pier Inc., clout-heavy nonprofit run by $500K exec – Chicago Sun-Times
Preckwinkle unveils COVID-19 recovery plan for Cook County focusing on racial equity – Chicago Tribune
Willie Wilson voices support for 100 churches to reopen Sunday in defiance of stay-at-home order – ABC7 (Chicago)
Long before the pandemic, there were clashes behind the scenes between two of Illinois’ most powerful Democrats. Among them, Lightfoot floated a plan for a state takeover of Chicago’s four city employee pension funds only to be shot down cold by the governor.
No June Beach Days For You: Chicago’s Lakefront Won’t Reopen In Phase 3, Lightfoot Says – Block Club Chicago
Cook County Board to vote on waiving 1.5% interest fee on late property tax payments through Oct. 1 – Chicago Tribune
Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will ‘take action’ if defiant churches hold in-person services despite stay-at-home orders – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot Would ‘Consider’ MLB’s Plan For Baseball Games This Summer — Though Likely Without Fans – Block Club Chicago
Grubhub, DoorDash Will Soon Have To Show You What They’re Charging Restaurants For Delivery – Block Club Chicago
Chicago region falling short of reopening metrics, as Illinois’ COVID-19 peak now expected in mid-June – WGNTV (Chicago)
CDH / Northwestern Medicine Chief Medical Officer Tells Ives: Pritzker’s Plan Means Suburbs Shut Down for “A Year… Maybe a Year and A Half.” – Lake County Gazette
Illinois Receives First Shipment of Remdesivir, With Most Vials Going to Cook County – NBC5 (Chicago)
The Timeline for Re-Opening Schools is Debatable. Ensuring that They are Safe When They Do is Not. My Initial Checklist of Steps We Must Implement – Paul Vallas
Chicago Intercepts Tax Refunds To Collect Unpaid Debt, Hitting Poor Black Areas The Hardest – Block Club Chicago
Aldermen Endorse Plan to Spare Businesses from ‘Fair Workweek’ Lawsuits for 6 Months – WTTW (Chicago)
Schools Could Reopen In The Fall, Lightfoot Says — But Teachers Union Disagrees – Block Club Chicago
Chicago church opens its doors Sunday in ‘passive resistance’ to Illinois stay-at-home order – ABC7 (Chicago)
FAA Proposes $1.29 Million Civil Penalty Against the City of Chicago Department of Aviation – FAA Press Release
Chicago Announces Vague Plan To Reopen, But Lockdown Could Last Longer If We Don’t Stay Home In May – Block Club Chicago
Lightfoot eyeing ‘range of revenue-generating options’ to recover money lost to coronavirus – Chicago Sun-Times
Mayor’s office closes Cook County Forest Preserve golf courses within city limits for the remainder of May – Chicago Tribune
Citadel Moved Its Operations To A Makeshift Trading Floor At The Four Seasons In Palm Beach – ZeroHedge
Ssaid Rich Guidice, executive director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, who’s helping to spearhead the pandemic response, “We have all 32 city agencies that have been involved with the emergency operation center in some capacity." Hundreds of city workers have been redeployed; An exact number wasn’t available.
Chicago museums facing financial woes as major exhibits are sidelined by pandemic – Chicago Sun-Times
Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois leaves convention industry in limbo. ‘We’re in no man’s land right now.’ – Chicago Tribune
Festivals, Concerts Canceled Until Coronavirus Is Defeated, But Pritzker Won’t Commit To Canceling Lolla – Block Club Chicago
Chicago sees broad reductions in crime and arrests in the wake of COVID-19 sheltering restrictions, though violence problem remains stubborn – Chicago Tribune
Fewer Drivers And Passengers Mean New Realities For Chicago Transportation Agencies – NBC5 (Chicago)
Lightfoot rules out public safety cuts, but worried about state shortfall’s impact on state aid to Chicago – Chicago Sun-Times
Coronavirus in Chicago: How the mayor of the nation’s 3rd-largest city is waging her biggest fight – USA Today
Lightfoot, 57, has gained national attention for effectively shepherding the nation's third-largest city through the crisis of a generation. Her humor and iron-fisted resolve have provided both welcome levity and comfort for many Chicagoans watching the city’s case count creep upward. But in a city long dominated by a history of machine politics and mayoral boses, critics warn that Lightfoot is capitalizing on the crisis to consolidate authority at City Hall.
The pandemic has been particularly devastating to America’s biggest cities, as the virus has found fertile ground in the density that is otherwise prized. And it comes as the country’s major urban centers were already losing their appeal for many Americans, as skyrocketing rents and changes in the labor market have pushed the country’s youngest adults to suburbs and smaller cities often far from the coasts. The country’s three largest metropolitan areas, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, all lost population in the past several years, according to an analysis by William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.
Evanston city officials preparing for pandemic-related budget shortfall with layoffs, new loan – Pioneer Press
Chicago Lakefront, Golf Courses Remain Closed Even As Some State Courses Open — And No Boating Allowed, City Says – Block Club Chicago
Cook County judge rules against mandating COVID-19 address-sharing to first responders – Chicago Tribune
Chicago Police Issued More Than 4,600 Dispersal Orders, Arrested 17 in Enforcing Stay-at-Home Order in April – NBC5 (Chicago)
Chicago Nurses Show Up To Denounce Open Illinois Protesters: ‘We Are Tired Of Seeing People Die’ – Block Club Chicago
Trump Administration Can’t Yank Funds From Chicago For Protecting Immigrants: Appeals Court – WTTW (Chicago)
City Will Give 1 Million Masks To Residents, And Lightfoot Predicts We Could Wear Them Rest Of The Year – Block Club Chicago
‘Days of 50-0, 49-1 Are Over’: Aldermen Acknowledge Divided City Council Amid Budget Crunch – WTTW (Chicago)
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city government worker layoffs a last resort, but preferable to a property tax hike – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot ties CPD’s surge strategy to need for a new kind of policing during pandemic – Chicago Sun-Times
As commuters stay home, Metra has been forced to cut service again. One line will have just 1 inbound and 1 outbound run per day. – Chicago Tribune
Landlords, Banks Have ‘Moral Imperative’ To Keep People In Homes, Mayor Says While Announcing Housing Solidarity Pledge – Block Club Chicago
U Of C Students Continue Tuition Strike ‘To Make It Easier For Folks Who Can’t Afford To Pay Right Now’ – CBS2 (Chicago)
Cook County property owners may see future tax bills lowered, but many seek immediate relief – ABC7 (Chicago)
Northwestern University turns down millions of dollars from federal coronavirus bill. University of Chicago is still deciding whether to accept. – Chicago Tribune
As America stays home, deliveries have struggled to keep up. Chicago could be key to fixing the problem. – Chicago Tribune
Post-pandemic recovery depends on ‘a whole new class of jobs’ to help people feel safe in public again, Lightfoot says – Chicago Sun-Times
Lightfoot Faces ‘Genuinely Divided’ City Council as Financial Toll of Pandemic Looms – WTTW (Chicago)
Hormel furloughs 150 employees at its Fontanini Foods’ Italian sausage plant in McCook – Chicago Tribune
New Fund To Provide $1,000 Grants For Pilsen, Chinatown Residents Struggling During Pandemic – Block Club Chicago
Trump’s Done An ‘Abysmal’ Job Responding To Coronavirus And Can’t Judge Illinois, Lightfoot Says – Block Club Chicago
Lightfoot Says Chicago Will Enforce ‘Stay-at-Home’ Order Despite Judge’s Ruling Against Restrictions – NBC5 (Chicago)
A Sox season ticket holder, Lightfoot said a decision on when and how baseball will return will be made “at the league level” — not by individual team owners nor by the governors and mayors of individual states and cities. But she acknowledged having “ongoing conversations” with the owners of both teams about “what that might look like.”
One of Chicago’s big corporate employers is moving to cut most employees’ salaries by 20 percent. Aon, based in London but employing about 5,000 in the Chicago area, announced the temporary pay cut today as a maneuver to “preserve operational flexibility.” CEO Greg Case and other top executives announced they would be taking 50 percent cuts in salary at the same time.
Frontline Chicago School Administrators Say They Still Lack Protective Equipment, As National Supply Grab Continues – Block Club Chicago
West Side Hospital Is So Full, Coronavirus Patients Are Intubated Outside The ICU — But It’s Losing Nurses To McCormick Place – Block Club Chicago
Pushed by unions, school districts abandon grades for this year. Chicago Public Schools recently agreed that assignments completed during the shutdowns will count “only if they improve a student’s grade.” That’s not enough for the Chicago Teachers Union. President Jesse Sharkey said this month that it is “just plain cruel” and “wrong to assign letter grades” this semester even on work completed before schools closed.
Officials scale back McCormick Place plans by 2,000 beds as coronavirus curve flattens – Chicago Tribune
Protection vs. privacy? Values clash over proposal to provide first responders with COVID-19 addresses – Chicago Sun-Times
Minority-, women-owned firms may have lost out on Chicago’s coronavirus contracts – Chicago Sun-Times
Property Tax Collections Are A Must For County Burdened By Pandemic And A Vulnerable Population – BisNow
At least $200 million budget gap could hit Cook County government as sales, hotel tax revenue dry up, official says – Chicago Tribune
Closed South Shore School Will Become Police Training Center As City Council Approves Controversial Plan – Block Club Chicago
City Council Approves Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Emergency COVID-19 Spending Powers Ordinance – CBS2 (Chicago)
A COVID-19 Recovery Task Force co-chaired by the mayor and her longtime friend Sam Skinner, is a virtual who’s-who of Chicago power brokers. Skinner served as White House chief of staff and U.S. Transportation Secretary under former President George H.W. Bush. He is also a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Food delivery fees in Chicago targeted by proposed ordinance; alderman calls for 5% cap – Chicago Tribune
Judge to decide whether Cook County Jail is following PPE, social distancing orders – WGNTV (Chicago)
Cook County commissioners approve Preckwinkle staff member for seat on county health system board – Chicago Tribune
Editorial: At a time when local journalism has never mattered more, we’re thankful – Chicago Sun-Times
"This newspaper, like news organizations across the country, recently received money through the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. We welcome this, and we’re grateful for it. But our share, $2.7 million, won’t be nearly enough."
Alderman calls for City Council to meet twice monthly to respond faster to coronavirus crisis – Chicago Tribune
We Can’t Use Cash From Scrapped Summer Fests To Help Chicagoans Pay Rent, City Says — But Aldermen Not Giving Up – Block Club Chicago
Remote learning ‘may be the new normal even in the fall,’ Chicago schools chief says – Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Could Lose 1,500 Restaurants Permanently If Help Does Not Come To Struggling Independent Eateries – Block Club Chicago
Can Chicago Brewers Survive Coronavirus? As Keg And Taproom Sales Dry Up, Future Uncertain – Block Club Chicago
In April 2019, the city sued Smollett seeking reimbursement of more than $130,000 paid in overtime to police officers who were involved in investigating the alleged racist and homophobic attack on Smollett, who is black and gay. Smollett countersued in November, saying the city couldn’t recover costs because it accepted $10,000 from Smollett “as payment in full in connection with the dismissal of the charges against him.” The lawsuit said Smollett had been the victim of a malicious prosecution that caused him humiliation and extreme distress.
Tribune Publishing announces furloughs as ad revenue declines have ‘profound’ impact on newspaper chain – Chicago Tribune
Tens of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students still need computers for remote learning during coronavirus pandemic – Chicago Tribune
Use Canceled Blues Fest, House Fest Money To Help Chicagoans With Rent, Mortgage Payments, Aldermen Propose – Block Club Chicago
Lightfoot outraged after aldermen block vote to expand her spending powers during COVID-19 pandemic – WGNTV (Chicago)
Cook County Jail officers want to be paid for after-work time spent sanitizing over COVID-19 – Chicago Sun-Times
Eleven officers filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Chicago, asking for at least one work week of compensation for “sanitation activities” since March 9. The officers want to be paid for up to 30 minutes they spend after every shift sanitizing themselves and their personal protective equipment. The cleanups are an “expected job function,” according to the lawsuit.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduces plan to change Chicago’s city ethics rules, again allowing some elected officials to lobby city government – Chicago Tribune
UChicago Grants $680,000 To Help Nearly 200 South Side Small Businesses Survive Coronavirus Shutdown – Block Club Chicago
Cook County Is Considering Disclosing COVID-19 Patients’ Addresses to First Responders – WBEZ (Chicago)
The Senate just approved $310 billion more for PPP loans. These Chicago businesses are waiting for their turn at the funds. – Chicago Tribune
Don’t Touch The Zucchini, And Other New Rules Of Engagement At Farmers Markets In These Times – WBEZ (Chicago)
Lightfoot awards $7.5 million in funding to Chicago community groups as they fight two battles: COVID-19 and uptick in violence – Chicago Tribune
6th Detainee And A Correctional Officer Die Of Coronavirus At Cook County Jail, One Of Largest Outbreaks In The U.S. – Block Club Chicago
Illinois Schools Cut Public’s Input Despite More Questions, Less Access For Students, Parents, Employees – Block Club Chicago
Leaked Recordings Reveal Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Firmly In Charge And City Alderman Left Largely On The Sidelines – Block Club Chicago
The university said that increased financial pressure, including $25 million in lost revenue, requires measures to adjust to the pandemic and its impact.
A viral budget grab: Does the mayor’s COVID-19 executive order put her on light footing? – Chicago Reader
Swearing-in of Tobolski’s County Board successor held behind closed doors – like his selection – Chicago Sun-Times
It’s the second time in less than a week that coronavirus containment measures have halted public access to proceedings involving Aguilar. No video feed was provided as has been done with many other governmental proceedings. And public input was pretty much limited to the roughly 20 protesters outside, who pleaded with the Democratic committeepersons to pick anyone but Aguilar, a longtime Cicero town official who represented the western suburb in the Legislature.
Black Chicagoans still dying disproportionately in city as Mayor Lightfoot creates response teams for hard-hit neighborhoods – Chicago Tribune
Aldermen push back against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s emergency powers proposal – Chicago Tribune
Ex-mayoral candidate Willie Wilson wants City Hall coronavirus deals; Lori Lightfoot says no – Chicago Sun-Times
Lightfoot confirmed she that she spoke with Wilson weeks ago and referred his request to her top procurement official. But the city’s stockpile already contained the items Wilson was pitching and that the lead time for Wilson to deliver was weeks longer than other companies’. One other problem, according to the mayor: Wilson was demanding money up front and in cash.