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Mayor Lori Lightfoot stands next to Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at a Thursday press conference where she unveiled her plan to battle gun violence over the Memorial Day weekend.


In First Anti-Violence Initiative, Mayor Lightfoot Touts Community Coordination

Lightfoot says she will be out in communities over Memorial Day weekend to bolster crime-prevention efforts.
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Morning Shift

What's That Building? The Modernist Home Of The U Of C Law School

This building is noteworthy for several reasons, including its role as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's point of entry into Chicago.


New CPS Application Didn't Improve Access For Black Students In First Year

A study finds a new application hasn’t led to changes in enrollment for black students, who are more likely to go to low-performing schools.
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State High Court Rejects Food Truck Case Against Chicago

Despite a years-long legal fight, justices ruled Thursday Chicago can keep food trucks at least 200 feet away from restaurants.
Stephen Calk, chairman of the Federal Savings Bank in Chicago, has been charged in an alleged bribery scheme to secure a spot in the Trump administration.


Feds Charge Chicago Banker In Alleged Bribe Scheme

A grand jury returned an indictment against Stephen Calk, who made loans to Paul Manafort allegedly with the hope of a top job.
Pedestrians walk along a shopping district on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Researchers say Chicago has a bigger tax base than other cities losing population, especially downtown and surrounding areas, which can help sustain the city.


Chicago Population Loss: A Tale Of Two Cities

Chicago’s population declined again in 2018. But some parts of the city are growing while others are losing population rapidly.
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Audit Recommends Ways To Overhaul Cook County Property Tax System

The audit recommends upgrading technology and hiring more staff in order to improve the county’s unfair property tax assessment system.
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Chinatown’s Getting A Massive New Neighbor. What Happens Next?

A megadevelopment is being built near Chinatown. Can the neighborhood survive? Experiences of other Chinatowns suggest it might not.
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South Side Residents Pledge To ‘Report Violence’ In Bid For More Peaceful Summer

The hope is that mass reporting will make cooperation with police less dangerous.
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Teaching Culinary Arts in Spanish To Open Doors In Restaurant Business

A City Colleges of Chicago advanced culinary program is taught all in Spanish to reach students with limited English skills.


In Chicago, Private Sector Investment 4 Times Greater In White, Wealthy Areas

A new Urban Institute study shows stark disparities between the levels of private investment in white and black neighborhoods.
An image of Rahm Emanuel and Lori Lightfoot surrounded by portraits of people in their respective cabinets


Out With (Some Of) The Old: Track Lightfoot’s Picks To Run City Hall

We're keeping an eye on City Hall’s revolving door: where Rahm Emanuel’s top aides are going, and who Lori Lightfoot taps to replace them.

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