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City municipal crews help guide the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park as it is removed by a crane, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 announced the formation of a committee to review the city’s monuments three weeks after ordering the removal of three statues honoring Christopher Columbus. (Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago mayor names committee to review public monuments

Aug. 12, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday announced the formation of a committee to review the city’s monuments three weeks after ordering the removal of three statues honoring Christopher Columbus. In announcing the committee, Lightfoot said her administration will also commission...

Chicago police officers respond to rioting near West Madison Street and South Karlov Avenue on the West Side, of Chicago, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.  (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Lack of body cameras fuels suspicion in Chicago shooting

Aug. 11, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A police force with a history of brutality and racism created a new crime-fighting team, but on one of its first forays into the streets, the group did not wear body cameras, which would have shown whether a man accused of firing a gun at officers was, in fact, armed. That’s where the...

Volunteers help clean up the parking lot outside a Best Buy store, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, after vandals struck overnight in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago. Chicago’s police commissioner says more than 100 people were arrested following a night of looting and unrest that left several officers injured and caused damage in the city’s upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Hundreds ransack downtown Chicago businesses after shooting

Aug. 10, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of people descended on downtown Chicago early Monday following a police shooting on the city's South Side, with vandals smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry, police said. Police Superintendent...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, with Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, announces CPS will begin the school year with remote learning, at a news conference in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2020. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago schools to begin fall remotely, dropping hybrid plan

Aug. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor on Wednesday announced that the nation’s third-largest school district will not welcome students back to the classroom to start the school year, and will instead rely on remote instruction. The city's decision to abandon its plan to have students attend...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 4, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

Here are editorials published the past week in newspapers around Illinois. August 2, 2020 Chicago Tribune Preserve your serenity. Fill out your census form If you’re one of those people who hates it when a stranger shows up uninvited at your home, the coronavirus pandemic has had one upside: keeping you...

Italian American group wants Columbus statues gone forever

Aug. 3, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Italian-American group on Monday called for the permanent removal of statues of Christopher Columbus from the city. Italian American Heritage Society of Chicago president Gabriel Piemonte says Columbus as a symbol is dead and Italian Americans do not want it. “As Italian...

FILE - This July 27, 2020 photo, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a news conference in Chicago.  Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. Police released statistics Saturday, Aug. 1,  showing that from Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

Chicago homicides and shootings rise sharply in 2020

Aug. 1, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. From Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police...

FILE - In this Monday, July 27, 2020, file photo, is the Christopher Columbus statue located at South Exchange and S. South Chicago avenues in the South Chicago neighborhood of Chicago. The third statue of Columbus was taken down Thursday, July 30, 2020 (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Chicago removes its third and last Columbus statue

Jul. 31, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago removed its third and last remaining statue of Christopher Columbus, which had stood on display in the city for nearly 130 years but drawn criticism from those who say the explorer doesn't deserve veneration because of how he treated Indigenous peoples. The removal of the statue...

Chicago Cubs fans wait for a ball outside of Wrigley Field before the Opening Day baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. In a normal year, that would mean a sellout crowd at Wrigley Field and jammed bars surrounding the famed ballpark. But in a pandemic-shortened season, it figures to be a different atmosphere. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

"We love baseball" Wrigley ballhawks stay on during pandemic

Jul. 31, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Standing on a corner on Waveland Avenue, Moe Mullins has seen them come and go. Sosa and McGwire. The Sandberg Game. Pujols. Young and old men alike. Summers full of blue skies, and a neighborhood changed forever. “You know, life is a big circle,” Mullins says. Like a baseball....