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Mayor Lori Lightfoot went to Cook County Court to prevent the Fraternal Order of Police and its President John Catanzara from blocking the city’s vaccine mandate.

“As the Mayor of Chicago, I cannot and will not stand idly by as the rhetoric of conspiracy theorists threatens the health and safety of Chicago residents and first responders,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “President Catanzara has deliberately misled our police officers by lying about the requirements of the directive and falsely claiming that there will be no consequences if the officers disobey and refuse to take an order or order from the city and of the Ministry. “

In videos posted on the police union’s Facebook page, Catanzara urged officials to oppose the request, warning Lightfoot and other city leaders that if they followed up on the mandate, “it can be safely said that the City of Chicago will have a police force at 50 “. % or less for this upcoming weekend. “

The war of words increased on the same day that its former President Dean Angelo died of COVID-19, the Sun-Times reported.

Governor JB Pritzker said if too few Chicago police officers showed up for work, he would send the National Guard to help if the mayor asked them to.

Chicago city workers have until midnight Friday to post their vaccine status or get put on no-pay status. But the mayor stepped back a little and said no one would be sent home immediately to “do it right”.

As the violence continues to rise, students and parents are nervous after the shooting of a 14-year-old girl and a security guard outside a Bronzeville high school, reported ABC 7. The school shooting wasn’t an isolated incident this week, WGN reported.

The anti-violence activist Pastor Michael Pfleger urged the governor to declare a state of emergency, reported Chalkbeat. Former President Obama’s adviser David Axelrod was doing the same thing as Mayor Lightfoot, Fox reported 32. And the victims are demanding an anti-violence plan, Chalkbeat reported.

In politics, the political future of Congressman Adam Kinzinger is in the air with the Congress’s newly published card proposal. Illinois Republicans think public hearings on the cards are a sham.

First Lady Jill Biden was in Chicago, reported the Sun-Times, on a two-day visit to Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. as President Joe Biden’s priorities continue to be worked out from his draft signature.

And Chicago mourns the 102-year-old political activist and historian Timuel Black, who passed away on Wednesday.

In sport, after all, the White Sox were drummed out of the playoffs in the first round by the hot Houston Astros.

The Chicago Skies are all tied up in their battle for the WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury.

And Justin Fields will get his first taste of the Bears’ bitter rivalry with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.


Mike Flannery, FOX 32 Chicago | @PoliticalEditor, @ Fox32News

Karen Jordan Farr, ABC 7 Chicago | @ KarenJordanABC7, @ ABC7Chicago

Christine Flores, WGN news | @CFlores_TV, @WGNNews

Connor McKnight, ESPN 1000 | @ C1McKnight, @ espn1000

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