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Chicago's council OKs $16.7B budget with federal infusion

Oct. 27, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s City Council easily approved a $16.7 billion budget Wednesday that includes a roughly 30% increase in spending for an array of programs largely due to a hefty infusion of federal funds. The budget, which was approved 35 to 15, has nearly $2...

Chicago installing signs renaming key road for Black settler

Oct. 22, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor has helped launch the installation of new signs renaming the city's picturesque Lake Shore Drive after a Black man recognized as a key settler of the city. Mayor Lori Lightfoot gathered Thursday with political and community leaders at...

NYC requiring vaccine for cops, firefighters, city workers

Oct. 20, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will require its entire municipal workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be placed on unpaid leave, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, an ultimatum that ensures a fight with some unions representing employees, including police officers and...

21 Chicago cops put on 'no pay status' in vaccine standoff

Oct. 19, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Tuesday that 21 officers have been placed on “no pay status” for refusing to comply with the city's order to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status. Brown said that the refusals have not affected...

Chicago police lag in reporting vaccine status in city fight

Oct. 18, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Roughly 65% of Chicago Police Department employees have complied with a city requirement to report their COVID-19 vaccination status, lagging far behind other city departments Monday in a dispute that could lead to officer firings in the nation's third-largest city. ...

Pritzker delays vaccine deadline for some state workers

Oct. 16, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pushed back a deadline for state employees of veterans' homes, prisons and other congregate facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as his office negotiates with labor unions representing some workers. Pritzker, who in August...

Chicago mayor takes police union head to court over vaccines

Oct. 15, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday that she took her fight with the head of the city's police officers union to court, arguing that his call for officers to ignore the order to report their COVID-19 vaccination status was illegal. The mayor said in...

Cities, police unions clash as vaccine mandates take effect

Oct. 15, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

Police departments around the U.S. that are requiring officers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are running up against pockets of resistance that some fear could leave law enforcement shorthanded and undermine public safety. Police unions and officers are pushing back...

Chicago cops won't be sent home over vaccine status — yet

Oct. 14, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Police officers in Chicago will not be ordered to go home if they defy the city's requirement that they report their COVID-19 vaccination status or be placed on unpaid leave, police leaders and Chicago's mayor said Thursday. “Nobody is going to be...

Chicago police union head urges cops to defy vaccine mandate

Oct. 13, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Chicago police officers union has called on its members to defy the city's requirement to report their COVID-19 vaccination status by Friday or be placed on unpaid leave. In the video posted online Tuesday and first reported by the Chicago...