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Few Programs Steer Child Carjackers Away From Trouble

Children as young as 13 have been caught hijacking cars in Chicago. Experts say first-time arrestees can’t get the intervention they need.

Citywide

Surviving The Pandemic: Black-Owned Businesses And The Paycheck Protection Program

Four Black-owned small businesses in Chicago’s West Side and west suburbs share their experiences with applying for federal funding during the COVID-19 crisis.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Waste Management Ousted From Chicago’s Recycling Program

Waste Management lost the city’s Blue Cart contract after a BGA investigation revealed how the company charged the city twice for processing materials in recycling bins.

Citywide

‘What’s Said Here, Stays Here.’ Work Of The Committee That Identified 41 Public Monuments For Possible Removal Remains Opaque

A committee formed by Lightfoot concluded statues of Columbus, Washington, Lincoln and others should be reviewed, but City Hall isn’t releasing many details about how those decisions came to be because it says the committee isn’t a public body.

Citywide

Chicago’s Push To Buy Computers For Remote Learning Hit Snags. New Challenges Await This Fall.

Downtown

Needle Exchange Programs Cutting Back During Coronavirus Crisis

Programs started in the 1980s to slow the spread of the HIV epidemic are now scaling back because of COVID-19, a move some experts say could create a new challenge in fighting the deadly outbreak.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Aides Caring For Vulnerable Seniors Amid Coronavirus Still On The Job Despite Lack Of Masks, Protective Gear And Social Distancing

As many as 22 home care clients who are part of an Illinois program have tested positive for COVID-19, including five who died, state says. Some home health aides also have tested positive.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Lightfoot Facing Off Against ComEd Over the Future

LENS ON LIGHTFOOT: With an agreement between City Hall and the power company expiring this year, the mayor is focusing on an internal study and federal investigation as leverage.

Downtown

Lightfoot’s Actions On Environmental Campaign Promises Are Off To A Slow Start

LENS ON LIGHTFOOT: The mayor insists she's not backpedaling on her campaign promise to rebuild an Environment Dept., but her overall plans will just take longer to implement.

Downtown

Polluters, Beware: When Rahm Departs, City’s Environment Department Could Be Making A Comeback

The mayor eliminated environmental enforcement office to cut costs, which resulted in declines in inspections and citations.

Downtown

Candidates In 46th Ward Make Gentrification Key Issue In Challenging Uptown’s Alderman

Five residents taking on Ald. James Cappleman focus on affordable housing, high-rises, community engagement and education.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park