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  • Lightfoot admonishes City Council for tone of set-aside debate

    01/16/2020 7:54:32 PM PST · by PBRCat · 24 replies
    The Chicago Sun-TImes ^ | January 15, 2020 | Fran Spielman
    An angry and emotional Mayor Lori Lightfoot admonished a handful of African American aldermen Wednesday for “demonizing” the gay community and said the “pie is big enough to slice it in lots of other ways.” The mayor’s impassioned plea was followed by a standing ovation and a 47-1 vote to launch a study that could lay the groundwork for creating contract set-asides for gay- and transgender-owned businesses in Chicago. African American aldermen led by Black Caucus Chairman Jason Ervin (28th) and Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) voiced concern earmarking contracts for gay business owners could pave the way for “privileged white...
  • Chicago’s strip club nudity rules could be eased following settlement with transgender woman

    12/22/2019 3:49:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 20, 2019 | John Byrne
    Women could soon be allowed to bare more flesh in Chicago strip clubs that sell liquor in a loosening of the city’s nudity rules following a settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by a transgender woman. Bea Sullivan-Knoff filed the federal lawsuit in 2016 because she said it was discriminatory that she couldn’t appear topless without “pasties” covering her nipples as part of her performance art pieces. Sullivan-Knoff on Thursday said Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration had agreed to settle the suit by removing all references to gender from the statutes governing how much flesh can be shown in various Chicago...
  • Ex-chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyone

    12/03/2019 1:42:19 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 12 03 2019 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn’t “intentionally mislead or deceive” anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV. Johnson, 59, released a statement through his attorney a day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired him for “ethical lapses,” just weeks before he was set to retire. She said an inspector general’s report, which hasn’t been released publicly, revealed he misled her and the public about the circumstances of that evening and showed “flawed decision-making.” Two Chicago newspapers published reports Monday night that seem to contradict Johnson’s public account in...
  • Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

    12/02/2019 3:47:09 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12 02 2019 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent incident in which Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his car after having drinks. Named to the job in the wake of a police shooting that killed a black teenager, Johnson was dismissed after the mayor reviewed an inspector general’s report and video evidence related to the night in mid-October when officers discovered him unconscious in his SUV. He initially blamed his failure to take his blood pressure medication and said he had a few drinks...
  • Protests Planned Ahead of President Trump's Chicago Visit

    10/27/2019 5:21:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WMAQ-TV ^ | October 27, 2019
    For the first time in his presidency, President Donald Trump will visit Chicago on Monday for a pair of scheduled events. The president will address the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference at McCormick Place, and will also attend a fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel and Tower during his visit. Trump’s visit to Chicago is his first since March 2016, when protests canceled a scheduled rally at the then-UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Campaign organizers told those planning to attend the rally for then-candidate Trump that after consulting with law enforcement, the decision was made to...
  • CNN’s Van Jones compares Jussie Smollett to Jackie Robinson: ‘This is the fall of an icon’

    02/21/2019 10:09:23 AM PST · by ETL · 123 replies ^ | Feb 21, 2019 | Brian Flood | Fox News
    Moments after Chicago cops laid out their case against Smollett, the CNN pundit made the eyebrow-raising comparison during a conversation with anchor Kate Bolduan. “This is the fall of an icon and I don’t think people understand how important he has been in the black community. ‘Empire’ as a show, to have him as a beloved character, I think did a great deal to knock back homophobia in the black community,” Jones said. “The fact that he has been celebrated and you see homophobia in the black community through his eyes on the show, this is a Jackie Robinson against...
  • Supt. Johnson had ‘a couple of drinks with dinner’ before slumping over in car, mayor says

    10/20/2019 3:26:02 PM PDT · by MassMinuteman · 41 replies
    Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson had “a couple of drinks with dinner” before driving home and slumping over in his vehicle, Mayor Lori Lightfoot disclosed Friday. One day after the police superintendent she inherited requested an internal affairs investigation of himself, Lightfoot refused to say whether Johnson should have been driving or whether he should have been given a sobriety test. Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times she would await the outcome of the internal investigation before determining whether the rules were bent to protect the boss and whether to hold Johnson responsible.
  • CPD (Chicago) Supt. Eddie Johnson admits to drinking before being found ‘slumped over’

    10/20/2019 3:20:30 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson admitted he “had a few drinks”after he was found "slumped over" in a car early Thursday morning, according the mayor's office. In an interview with the Sun-Times Friday, Mayor Lightfoot refused to say whether the superintendent should have been driving or whether he should have been given a sobriety test. The mayor told the Sun-Times she would await the outcome of the internal investigation before determining whether the rules were bent to protect the boss and whether to hold Johnson responsible. "While we have no indication of impropriety at this time, this question...
  • Democratic socialists on front lines of teachers strike aim to ‘put the pressure on Mayor Lightfoot’

    10/20/2019 5:14:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Chicago Suntimes ^ | 10/20/19 | Tom Schuba
    Members of the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America met Sunday morning to coordinate efforts to assist the Chicago teachers and school support staff whose concurrent strikes are likely to stretch into a second week. The group, commonly known as Chicago DSA, has remained on the front lines of the strike that now threatens to cancel a third day of classes for Chicago Public Schools students. During Sunday’s meeting at Chicago DSA’s modest Logan Square headquarters, about a dozen members of the chapter were preparing to curry public support by canvassing a series of brunch spots around Mayor...
  • 5 people shot and killed by neighbor with ‘anger management issues’ at condo building

    10/13/2019 8:11:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | October 13, 2019 | Alice Yin and Jeremy Gorner
    Three women and two men are dead in a shooting in a condominium building on Chicago’s Northwest Side by a neighbor who was known to have “anger management issues,” police said. A woman who had been in critical condition after a gunman opened fire in two units of a Dunning condo building died Sunday from her injuries, bringing the death toll to five from the Saturday night shooting rampage, police said. Authorities said the man left his condo in the 6700 block of West Irving Park Road in the Dunning neighborhood, went to a neighbor’s home in the same building...
  • FBI agents raid state Sen. Martin Sandoval's Springfield office, Chicago home

    09/24/2019 10:13:51 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 15 replies ^ | 9/24/19 | By Jon Seidel, Tina Sfondeles, and Tom Schuba
    Federal agents descended Tuesday on the home and offices of state Sen. Martin Sandoval as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, adding him to the growing list of city and state politicians facing serious scrutiny. Feds in suits could be seen lugging boxes, electronics and a bag marked “Evidence” from the state capitol building in Springfield. A similar scene played out at Sandoval’s Southwest Side home. And agents could be seen outside Sandoval’s political office in Cicero. FBI Special Agent John Althen confirmed the agency had personnel in the state capitol conducting “authorized law enforcement activity,” but he declined to...
  • Chicago mayor Lightfoot blames Republicans for gun violence in her city

    09/04/2019 4:43:52 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 45 replies
    Aerican Thinker ^ | 9/4/2019 | Thomas Lifson
    It's been 88 years since a Republican served as mayor, and there is exactly one Republican serving on the 50-member City Council (compared to five Democratic Socialists, four independents, and 40 Democrats).
  • Column: Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republicans in Congress are ignorant about gun laws

    09/04/2019 4:03:52 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 55 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | SEP 04, 2019 | 5:36 PM | DAHLEEN GLANTON
    It is obvious that Republicans in Congress don’t understand America’s gun problem. But Sen. Ted Cruz has taken that ignorance to a new level. The GOP loves to point out, erroneously, that Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the nation, yet the murder rate is the highest. Neither point is accurate, but that hasn’t stopped Republicans, including Donald Trump, from spreading the lie. Chicagoans are used to being the scapegoat for lawmakers who don’t have the guts to do the right thing when it comes to passing sensible gun legislation. But when self-serving politicians try to shirk their responsibility...
  • Chicago mayor clashes with Cruz over gun violence: ‘Keep our name out of your mouth’

    09/03/2019 8:06:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 3, 2019 | Adam Shaw
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot clashed with Sen. Ted Cruz over the latest burst of gun violence in the city, claiming Monday that Chicago’s decades-long crime problem is actually the fault of Republican-run states like Indiana – because they don’t have “commonsense gun legislation” in place. The retort came after Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted that “gun control doesn’t work” and pointed to the Democrat-run city as evidence that “disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer.” His tweet referenced an article reporting that at least 25 people were shot in Chicago during Labor Day weekend amid a continuing crime wave in the city. “Stopping...
  • Chicago mayor rips Cruz for tweet about violence: 'Keep our name out of your mouth'

    09/03/2019 5:48:48 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 84 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/03/19 | Jessica Campisi
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) took aim at GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) after the lawmaker said a weekend uptick in violence in the city proved that “gun control doesn’t work.” “60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL — mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation,” Lightfoot tweeted late Monday. “Keep our name out of your mouth.” Cruz Tweet: Gun control doesn’t work. Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer. Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is...
  • Chicago mayor derides Ivanka Trump's 'nonsense' tweets about gun violence in city

    08/06/2019 11:17:11 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 06 2019 | Louis Casiano
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized White House adviser Ivanka Trump on Tuesday over the first daughter's tweets about weekend violence in the city. In a pair of tweets, Trump tweeted about the city's gun violence epidemic in light of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Chicago reported 55 people shot, seven fatally, over the weekend. “As we grieve over the evil mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, let us not overlook that Chicago experienced its deadliest weekend of the year. With 7 dead and 52 wounded near a playground in the Windy City — and...
  • Chicago Mayor Permanently Bans ICE From Accessing Police Databases Ahead Of Raids

    07/11/2019 8:02:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Huff Post via Yahoo News ^ | 07/11/19 | Sanjana Karanth
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday that her city has permanently banned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from accessing the Chicago Police Department’s databases ahead of looming ICE raids to detain undocumented immigrants. Chicago police “will not team up with ICE to detain any resident,” the mayor said after meeting with business leaders and immigration rights advocates at Lurie Children’s Hospital. “They’re not going to be facilitating or otherwise providing any assistance in any raids ― whether it’s traffic stops [or] additional support. … We have also cut off ICE from any access from any CPD databases and that will...
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls out cocktail lounge worker accused of spitting on Eric Trump

    06/28/2019 2:32:58 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 63 replies
    Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has condemned a cocktail lounge employee who Eric Trump says spit on him. Lightfoot said Thursday she had spoken to Trump, the son of Republican President Donald Trump, and that it was "very gracious of him" not to press charges after the incident Tuesday night at The Aviary in Chicago's trendy West Loop area. Eric Trump has said the U.S. Secret Service took the employee into custody. The worker has been placed on leave. Lighfoot said during a news conference that the incident was "repugnant" and that "you cross the line when you assault someone....
  • Chicago Mayor Calls Eric Trump Spitting Incident a ‘Repugnant’ Assault

    06/28/2019 1:37:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Eater ^ | June 28, 2019 | Ashok Selvam
    After speaking with Eric Trump, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday called for stricter discipline against the Aviary server who allegedly spit on the son of President Donald Trump. Lightfoot called Tuesday night’s incident at the posh Fulton Market bar “repugnant” and said “this isn’t about politics, this is about civility.” The server, only identified as a young woman, was placed on leave by Aviary’s parent company, the Alinea Group — the company known for acclaimed restaurants like Alinea and Next Restaurant. Law enforcement agents kept the server in custody for two hours on Tuesday night after she, as Eric...
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appoints new deputy mayor of public safety: ‘We have to have a [tr]

    06/25/2019 5:03:14 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/25/2019 | Gregory Pratt
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s choice to be the city’s deputy mayor of public safety is Susan Lee, a senior director at an anti-violence nonprofit who says reducing violence is her mission. Lee, 51, is the senior director of Safe Chicago Network at Chicago CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny), a nonprofit where former Obama administration education secretary and Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan is managing partner. Lee has worked on anti-violence issues across the country, including in Los Angeles, and said her first priority in the new role “is to establish a basic level of safety in all communities in...