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Recent articles by Gregory:

Chicago leaders cautiously optimistic as city reopens amid calming protests: ‘We are not letting our guard down’

On Chicago’s first day easing coronavirus restrictions on city businesses, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police Superintendent David Brown expressed hope that the city’s civil unrest was calming. → Read More

Amid protests, Mayor Lori Lightfoot asks Chicago to ‘stand for peace’ and announces $10M grant fund to help looted businesses

In a televised speech aimed at calming a city rocked by widespread looting, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday evening announced a $10 million grant fund for looted businesses and promised to implement a series of long-stalled police reforms. → Read More

Chicago will still loosen restrictions on Wednesday as planned, despite widespread looting and coronavirus concerns, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

Despite widespread looting and heightened public health concerns brought on by thousands of people protesting in tight groups across the city, Chicago will move ahead with looser coronavirus restrictions as planned on Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced. → Read More

Chicago police and city leaders defend handling of protests and looting as questions swirl over response some found lacking

Chicago police and city leaders defend handling of protests and looting as questions swirl over response some found lacking → Read More

Widespread looting overshadows peaceful protests in Chicago and beyond, as Gov. J.B. Pritzker battles President Donald Trump

Widespread looting in Chicago area overshadows peaceful protests in Chicago and beyond, as Gov. J.B. Pritzker battles President Donald Trump → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Lake Michigan’s ‘The Playpen’ not opening this summer

Chicago’s infamous Lake Michigan party spot “The Playpen” will not be opening this summer, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. → Read More

Lightfoot says decision on Lollapalooza music festival expected next week

The city of Chicago will be making an announcement about the Lollapalooza music festival next week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. → Read More

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will fine churches that violated social distancing rules

The city will be fining churches that had more people out than allowed under the statewide stay-at-home order, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday. → Read More

Actor Sean Penn, Mayor Lori Lightfoot to tour Chicago coronavirus testing facility

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and actor Sean Penn will tour one of the coronavirus testing sites she set up with support from his charity on Monday, her office said. → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she will personally ensure dust cloud doesn’t follow Little Village demolition

Facing pushback from community activists and elected officials over a planned demolition at the site of a former coal-fired power plant in Little Village, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday she will personally ensure that it doesn’t lead to another dust cloud engulfing the working-class immigrant neighborhood. → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago restaurants may reopen in June, sees hope for outdoor music and theater

Chicago restaurants might be able to reopen in June and residents may be allowed to sit outside enjoying music, theater, and other outdoor activities, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Friday. → Read More

Chicago libraries looking to reopen by June 1

Chicago libraries are preparing to reopen on June 1, according to an email from libraries commissioner Andrea Telli to her staff. → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot urges Chicago faith leaders to observe stay-at-home order and says she will take action ‘if we have to'

In a letter to Chicago faith leaders, Mayor Lori Lightfoot again urged houses of worship to continue following Illinois’ stay-at-home order despite growing resistance and said she remains “resolute” about taking action against those who disobey the rules. → Read More

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot delays demolition at site of Little Village coal plant that sent dust cloud into neighborhood

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has delayed a planned demolition at the site of a former coal-fired power plant in Little Village amid community concern that it could cause another dust cloud that would engulf the working class immigrant neighborhood. → Read More

Does Mayor Lori Lightfoot want to add a fifth star to Chicago’s iconic flag? She’s floated the possibility twice in a week, drawing criticism and questions of what any addition should commemorate

Twice in the past week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has raised the possibility of Chicago possibly adding a fifth red star to its iconic flag marking the city’s COVID-19 pandemic response. → Read More

Chicago’s lakefront will remain closed, but here are the industries that Mayor Lori Lightfoot says are on track to expand or reopen during next phase

Chicago’s lakefront will remain closed, but several industries are on track to expand their services or reopen when the city reaches the next phase of its reopening plan, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Wednesday. But in a virtual speech to the Economic Club of Chicago, Lightfoot warned that the next six to 12 months are likely to include managing new outbreaks, as has happened in Georgia, South… → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will ‘take action’ if defiant churches hold in-person services despite stay-at-home orders

Potentially setting up a Sunday confrontation with defiant church leaders, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city is prepared to enforce stay-at-home orders against houses of worship that continue holding in-person services. → Read More

As MLB considers a pandemic-shortened season, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she doesn’t think Chicago will be ready for large crowds by July

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she doesn’t believe Chicago will be ready for “large crowds in a ballfield” by July and said any plan to start the professional baseball season must be done in consultation with local cities. → Read More

Chicago to open six more testing sites in neighborhoods, will work with actor Sean Penn’s charity to try reaching goal of 10,000 tests per day

The city of Chicago will open six new testing sites aimed at addressing disparities among black and brown residents and try to ramp up the city’s capacity ahead of a potential reopening, officials said Monday. → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot lays out five-phase plan for reopening Chicago

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is setting tougher benchmarks for the rate of coronavirus infections in Chicago before easing stay-at-home rules than Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker did in his statewide strategy, as part of her five-phase reopening plan she outlined on Friday. → Read More