Latest Lori Lightfoot News

Chicago curfew tightened after killing near 'Bean' sculpture

May. 16, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A clampdown on Chicago teens’ access to a popular downtown park and an earlier weekend curfew following the fatal shooting of a teenager has revived longstanding accusations that City Hall cares more about the city’s sparkling lakefront and downtown over neighborhoods where...

Teen gunned down near Chicago's 'Bean' tourist attraction

May. 15, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A curfew banning unaccompanied minors will be implemented to combat violence after a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot near “The Bean” sculpture in downtown Chicago's Millennium Park, which is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions, city officials said Sunday. ...

Abortion rights backers rally in anger over post-Roe future

May. 14, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion rights supporters demonstrating at hundreds of marches and rallies Saturday expressed their outrage that the Supreme Court appears prepared to scrap the constitutional right to abortion that has endured for nearly a half-century and their fear about what that could mean...

Chicago providing $500K to expand access to abortion

May. 09, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is providing $500,000 to increase access to abortion, particularly for poor people and people of color, as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to end the nationwide right to legal abortion. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday that the money will go...

Chicago seeks to host 2024 Democratic National Convention

May. 03, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago on Tuesday announced a bid to bring the Democratic National Convention that will choose the party's presidential nominee to the city in 2024. The announcement was accompanied by endorsements from top Illinois Democrats, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker and...

Chicago home where porch fell, killing 1, to be demolished

Apr. 14, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A home on Chicago’s West Side where a porch collapsed, killing one man and injuring two others, “is not structurally sound and must be demolished,” the city's building department said Thursday. “The department plans to work closely with the owners to...

Man charged with attempted murder after Chicago cops injured

Mar. 30, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A man faces attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a Chicago police officer during an exchange of gunfire and injuring a second officer by pinning him between two vehicles, police said. James Callion was wounded in Monday night's shootout with police during...

No charges against 2 Chicago officers in fatal shootings

Mar. 15, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — No charges will be filed against the Chicago police officers who chased and fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez within days of each other last year, prompting sharp criticism of how the department handles foot pursuits, a prosecutor announced...

Illinois gaming regulators approve Danville casino plan

Mar. 12, 2022 09:24 AM EST

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — State regulators have approved a plan for construction of a new casino in Danville. The Illinois Gaming Board voted unanimously Thursday to OK plans for the Golden Nugget Danville Casino. The planned 41,500-square-foot gaming floor is expected to have 500 slot...

Jussie Smollett starts 150-day jail term in protected status

Mar. 11, 2022 19:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett began a 150-day jail sentence for staging a hate crime against himself in protective custody, separated from other detainees and watched by security cameras and an officer, jail authorities said Friday. Sheriff's deputies immediately took Smollett to...