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US housing officials investigate General Iron's Chicago move

Oct. 24, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal housing officials are investigating why the city of Chicago is allowing a chronic polluter company to move its operation from a wealthy, largely white neighborhood to a low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhood. The Ohio-based company that bought General Iron Industries —...

Mayor's judge support disappoints juvenile justice advocates

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Juvenile justice reform advocates said they are disappointed with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for headlining an election fundraiser for Cook County Judge Michael Toomin, who is running for another six-year term. Toomin, the county’s presiding juvenile justice division judge, has been...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: UN chief urges G20 to unite on coronavirus fight

Oct. 22, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to grapple with the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed. The result, he says, is every...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wears her mask after speaking about Chicago Public Schools' during a press conference at City Hall in Chicago. Chicago businesses will have to close by 10 p.m. and residents are asked to limit gatherings to six people as the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases among residents continues to rise. Mayor Lightfoot also announced Thursday, Oct. 22, that bars without food licenses must stop serving customers indoors and liquor sales citywide must end at 9 p.m.  (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Illinois governor orders police patrols amid COVID spikes

Oct. 22, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday that Illinois State Police will start patrolling bars and restaurants in regions of the state where coronavirus numbers are surging, and establishments that disregard his new restrictions could face sanctions including the loss of their liquor or...

Chicago adds 5 states to travel quarantine amid virus spike

Oct. 20, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago added five states to its travel quarantine order as rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to announce she's thinking about reimposing strict guidelines on businesses that were put in place earlier this year. Rising numbers prompted Gov. J.B....

Chicago officials, Pritzker warn of 2nd COVID-19 wave

Oct. 19, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials warned Monday of “worrying trends” in increased COVID-19 cases, calling it a second wave that could trigger additional restrictions to curb the spread. Such restrictions have already returned to other areas of the state. Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker,...

CPS to bring pre-K and special-needs children back to school

Oct. 16, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After seeing a significant drop in the number of pre-kindergarten and special education students enrolled in its online classes, the Chicago Public Schools on Friday announced that many of those children would return to the classroom by the end of December. “It is evident that online...

Chicago police Officer Cynthia Donald stands outside her lawyer's downtown Chicago office, Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. Johnson has filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging sexual assault by former police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was out drinking with her the night he was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV.  (Antonio Pere/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago officer sues former chief for sexual harassment

Oct. 15, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual assault by former police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was out drinking with her the night he was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV. In her lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, Cynthia Donald also says...

Chicago police union suspends its ex-president for 3 years

Oct. 8, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The former president of Chicago's largest police union has been suspended from the organization for three years after his successor accused him of leaving a camera in his office and not disclosing it. Kevin Graham's suspension was confirmed Wednesday night by John Catanzara, the current...

People wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they stroll by the ancient Colosseum, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. As of Saturday it is mandatory to wear masks outdoors in Lazio, the region that includes Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The Latest: India records 75,800 new cases, recovery high

Oct. 4, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 fatalities. The Health Ministry raised India’s confirmed total to more than 6.5 million on Sunday and said at least 101,782 people have died of COVID-19. India is still...