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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants bars, restaurants to reopen for indoor service ‘as quickly as possible’

Far-left Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants bars and restaurants to reopen for indoor service “as quickly as possible,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

“I am very, very focused on getting our restaurants reopened. If we look at the various criteria that the state has set, we are meeting most if not all of those,” Lightfoot said Thursday, the paper reported, adding that she said she would discuss the matter with Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “But I want to get our restaurants and our bars reopened as quickly as possible.”

What are the details?

The Tribune said it’s Pritzker call regarding when bars and restaurants can reopen for indoor service — and while the city can set stricter rules, it can’t enact less-stringent rules.

Lightfoot added that restaurants are highly regulated, get inspections, and have gone “above and beyond” to use indoor “mitigation controls,” the paper noted.

“They are going to be one of the safer places,” she said, according the Tribune.

The mayor also explained reopening bars and restaurants can help turn back the trend of underground parties that spread COVID-19, the paper noted.

“Let’s bring it out of the shadows, let’s allow them to have some recreation in restaurants, in bars, where we can actually work with responsible owners and managers to regulate and protect people from COVID-19, so I feel very strongly that we are very close to a point where we should be talking about opening our bars and restaurants,” Lightfoot declared, according to the Tribune.

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Lightfoot criticized Pritzker in October when he announced that he would be closing indoor service at bars and restaurants due to a spike in coronavirus cases but she later dropped her objection.

In recent months, Lightfoot has attempted to position herself as a friend to bars and restaurants though she has also faced criticism for the city’s anti-coronavirus measures, including stricter rules on liquor sales, which she’s since rescinded.

The mayor has also been criticized for how she’s handled the reopening of Chicago Public Schools amid COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Lightfoot reiterated a stay-at-home advisory telling people not to go out unless it’s necessary. Schools are exempt from the advisory, but the Chicago Teachers Union has said the order and reopening schools are contradictory.

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Rep. Jim Jordan fires back at leaders imposing new COVID restrictions: Don’t cancel holidays — cancel lockdowns instead

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) blasted Democratic leaders imposing coronavirus lockdowns ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It isn’t the first time he’s spoken out about COVID-19 restrictions unfolding across the country.

What are the details?

In a pointed tweet, Jordan — ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee — wrote, “Don’t cancel Thanksgiving. Don’t cancel Christmas. Cancel lockdowns.”

At the time of this reporting, the tweet has received more than 126,000 likes.

Jordan’s remark comes on the heels of at multiple Democratic leaders announcing the return of lockdowns, curfews, and restrictions.

For example, last week, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced restrictions on restaurants, bars, and public gyms. He also issued a mandate against more than ten people at indoor as well as outdoor events — even at private residences.

Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also recently announced new 30-day stay-at-home advisory, which went into effect on Monday. In her announcement, Lightfoot urged Chicagoans to “cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans.”

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also announced a tightening of restrictions across the state, limiting indoor gatherings to no more than 10 people.

And the Democratic governors of Washington, Oregon, and California announced massive restrictions late last week and over the weekend.

What else?

On Twitter, Jordan has continued to make clear his thoughts on lockdowns.

Later on Monday, he wrote, “In Oregon, you can be jailed for having too many people over for Thanksgiving. But if you want to riot and loot in Portland, no sweat!”

He added, “Today your freedom: -To go to church -To go to work -To go to school -To have friends in your home -To leave your home -To dance at your daughter’s wedding -To celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving Is being taken away government.”

Jordan previously took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, who recently said that the time has come for Americans to do what they’re told to do by authoritarian health experts.

Jordan tweeted, “Dr Fauci: ‘Do what you’re told.’ Americans: ‘We can decide for ourselves.'”

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Left-wing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ridiculed for video celebrating return of ‘science’ in anticipation of Biden presidency

Left-wing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is getting her share of ridicule for a Twitter video she posted Thursday.

The clip was clearly an attempt at humor — but it was a dud for a number of watchers turned off by the not-so-subtle dig at President Donald Trump as votes from last week’s election favor former Vice President Joe Biden for the presidency.

What are the details?

The video starts with Lightfoot asleep on a couch, apparently having a bad dream. As the screen changes from black and white to color, Lightfoot suddenly awakens and figures out what’s what:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @chicagosmayor

Pressing her hand to her forehead as a copy of “Stephen Hawking’s Universe” sits face-down on her chest, the mayor expresses relief: “Thank God! Science is back, baby!”

She then lovingly pats a globe next to her: “And the earth is round — not flat.”


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @chicagosmayor

The scene then switches to a doctor or scientist working at her computer and doing her best Kamala Harris impersonation, condescendingly offering free advice: “Washing your hands does work, social distancing does matter, and wearing a face covering does help protect all of us. I do love science!”


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @chicagosmayor

Here ya go, if you dare:

“The new administration’s COVID-19 task force ushers in a new day for science and evidence-based policy-making,” the accompanying text reads, presumably referring to Biden’s plans. “As a city, we look forward to working together to ensure the health of all Chicagoans.”

How did folks react?

Well, Lightfoot does have her fans — not a surprise considering Chicago’s left-leaning politics. But others had nothing but raspberries for the Democrat.

Matt Walsh, for instance, had a good one for Lightfoot: “Now that science is back, can we stop pretending that men can get pregnant?”

And the hits just kept on coming:

  • “What in the…..” one user reacted.
  • “I’m sorry but you just don’t have what it takes for SNL,” another commenter said. “Best of luck in your future endeavors.”
  • “Seriously one of the stupidest things I’ve seen!” another user noted.
  • “Are you freaking kidding me,” another commenter exclaimed.
  • “This is embarrassing,” another user said.
  • “Hey @chicagosmayor,” one observer called out, “you wanna quit doing stupid s**t like this and actually clean up your city?? There’s a reason they call Chicago Chi-raq… You are despicable.”

More lack of humor

Speaking of science-based coronavirus policies, Lightfoot is only too happy to ignore them when it suits her. Like when she shut down nonessential businesses such as hair salons back in the spring — and then promptly got a haircut.

Her reason? “I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media, and I’m out in the public eye,” Lightfoot said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I’m a person who, I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut. I’m not able to do that myself, so I got a haircut. You want to talk more about that?”

And of course rather than disallowing protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death — given they are large public gatherings that can quickly spread the coronavirus — Lightfoot simply urged protesters to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing, and self-isolate for 14 days. Right.

It’s also worth pointing out that Lightfoot’s “Science is back, baby!” video isn’t the first instance of the mayor communicating like an elementary school teacher to kindergartners. In early October she dressed up as “Rona Destroyer” at a press conference to roll out Chicago’s COVID-19 restrictions for Halloween. And the mayor also appointed a “Census Cowboy” earlier this year to boost census participation, and in September he staged a protest in which he rode a horse on a Chicago highway until the bleeding animal collapsed.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot dresses up as ‘Rona Destroyer’ to lay out Halloween guidelines

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) donned a superhero costume during a Halloween-themed press conference on Thursday, dressing up as the “Rona Destroyer” to roll out the city’s COVID-19 restrictions for the popular holiday.

What are the details?

Before speaking, Lightfoot stood before the lectern with fellow coronavirus-fighting fictional superhero Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, and the two flexed their muscles to pose before the cameras while carrying pails full of candy. The mayor wore a cape that read “Rona Destroyer” as she handed out goodies to members of the press pool.

The mayor announced that trick-or-treating would be allowed but that people “are asked to stay on the move in groups of six people or fewer, avoid sticking their hand into candy bowls and wait until they get home and wash their hands to eat candy,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Participants are also required to wear masks, and folks handing out candy are encouraged to provide hand sanitizer and practice social distancing rules. House parties of any size and haunted houses are prohibited.

A few weeks ago, the CDC issued guidance to the American public that trick-or-treating is deemed a “high risk” activity, warning against the practice for 2020. But Lightfoot argued that asking kids to stay home on Halloween is not realistic.

“This year more than ever it is important to celebrate Halloween safely and responsibly,” she said.

Anything else?

Lightfoot was hit with some jabs on social media for her get-up, with one twitter user calling the pre-briefing escapades “literally the cringiest thing I’ve ever seen,” and a local radio show’s account tweeted the message, “These are not serious people. This is embarrassing. They are clueless. Enough already.”

Chicago columnist John Kass hit out at Lightfoot’s priorities, writing in reaction to the display, “Chicago murders up 50 percent this month. Who on her staff told @chicagosmayor that this was a good idea?”

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Good News: Census Cowboy’s wounded horse NuNu has improved ‘drastically’ and is expected to live

NuNu is an American Paint horse that made headlines last week after being forced to gallop for more than seven miles on a paved highway in Chicago, despite not being outfitted with proper shoes for pavement. NuNu was running down the Dan Ryan Expressway on Monday, where witnesses claim they saw the rider kick and whip the horse to make it continue to run despite being injured and suffering from exhaustion. The horse finally collapsed to the ground.

The horse’s rider, 33-year-old activist Adam Hollingsworth known as the “Dread Head Cowboy” and “Census Cowboy,” was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty, a class 4 felony. He was also charged with misdemeanors, including reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer, criminal trespass to state-supported property, obstruction of traffic, and operating a non-highway-vehicle on a highway.

Hollingsworth said that he rode the horse as a way to bring awareness to the #KidsLivesMatter movement, self-described as an initiative “that aims to raise awareness and motivate residents to fill out the census to help communities receive better funding.”

Initial reports stated that NuNu was in critical condition due to its injuries, and may even need to be euthanized.

There is good news that NuNu’s status has improved “drastically.”

“She’s rallied,” Ald. Ray Lopez (15th), advocate of humane animal care who works with Chicago’s Animal Care and Control Department, told the Chicago Sun-Times. He added the dehydrated horse was transferred to Forest View Farms in Tinley Park “to be cared for immediately by a vet specializing in equine care.”

“It’s now responding to IV fluids, and its condition has drastically improved since being transferred to the farm,” Lopez said.

“I’m told NuNu is now eating and has had healthy bowel movements and her saddle sores are being addressed,” Lopez said. “The horse’s teeth and hooves were in bad condition; the horse was fitted for horse shoes Friday for added support. It had none during its deadly concrete ride. And, of course, she will get her teeth cleaned.”

While the horse is recuperating better than anticipated, Lopez added that NuNu “should never be ridden again.”

On Thursday, Hollingsworth spoke to reporters after being bailed out of Cook County custody on $25,000 bond. When asked if he would attempt another dangerous publicity stunt with an animal, he responded, “Yes, I’d do it again.”

“I’ve been to jail. I’ve got a background. I’m not perfect. I would rather go to jail for something like (this). That is something worth going to jail for.” Hollingsworth said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “And I didn’t mean no harm on my horse, at all. I’m a horse- (and) animal-loving person. My focus is Kids Lives Matter. And If a person can’t agree with that, I don’t know what to call you.”

Hollingsworth was selected by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) to promote participation in the 2020 census. “Chicago risks losing $1,400 per year for the next decade for each person missed during the census,” WTTW-TV reported.

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Six arrested for ‘failing to disperse’ outside Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home

Chicago police arrested six out-of-town protesters for failing to disperse from outside Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home after they were ordered to do so Saturday night.

The arrests followed news that Lightfoot, despite supporting protests elsewhere in the city, had banned protesters from gathering near her home and stationed at times more than 100 police officers outside her neighborhood to disperse the crowds.

The move had reportedly caused grumbling among the city’s police and was called out by Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. The Chicago Sun-Times noted that police are already stretched thin, with many officers leaving the force and the remaining police tasked with managing violence and riots in other locations around the city.

Lightfoot defended the move last week, alleging that threats have been made against her and her family, though she did not elaborate on the nature of the threats.

The arrests: The six individuals arrested — four women and two men — were from New York, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Washington, according to WGN-TV. They were charged with misdemeanor residential picketing and are due in court October 5.

Police said that all six of the individuals were given a verbal warning to disperse before they were detained and that one women was also issued a city ordinance violation for loud music or amplified sound.

A woman who remained anonymous told the Chicago Sun-Times that some of the protesters were with the “Jesus Matters Movement.”

She reportedly added that they were protesting Lightfoot because “Lightfoot is a liberal and it is the liberals’ faults” that “the country is going to s**t.”

An email sent in May by the district commander over Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, where Lightfoot’s home is located, instructed officers to inform protesters near the home “that it is against the city code and state law to protest” and that they must “leave immediately.”

The instructions added that after the warning is given, the street “should be locked down.”

Catanzara claimed that up to 140 officers at a time were being pulled from neighboring districts to protect Lightfoot’s home. One neighbor reportedly coined the name “Fort Lori” to describe the scene.

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Chicago BLM activist warns people will ‘get ran over’ if city doesn’t cave to demands: ‘We’re not asking’

A Black Lives Matter activist in Chicago warned this week that if city leaders do not cave to the movement’s demands, then residents should prepare to “get ran over.”

The activist blasted Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, for “not protecting the black women in this city,” claiming Lightfoot’s response to police brutality has been to “sic her dogs on us” — a reference to the Chicago Police Department — and “beat us and arrest us and steal our lives from us.”

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“We see you for who you are — you’re not fooling anybody,” the activist went on to say, accusing Lightfoot of “creating problems in black and brown communities to protect white people.”

That’s when the activist threatened city residents.

“This is our city, our city, and we’re taking this s*** back. Point back. Period. End of discussion,” she said. “We have demands and they need to be met and I feel like I’ve been saying this too much.”

“We’re not asking you anything. We’re telling you what’s about to happen with your permission or not,” she went on to say. “You can listen to us or you can get ran over. And that’s all I have to say.”

As TheBlaze previously reported, Black Lives Matter activists in Chicago do not believe rioters should face consequences for the mass looting that occurred in the city several weeks ago, which caused an estimated $60 million in damages.

In fact, Black Lives Matter organizer Ariel Atkins justified the looting and rioting as “reparations” to which he said the black community is entitled.

“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” Atkins said, WMAQ-TV reported. “That makes sure that person has clothes.”

“That is reparations,” Atkins added. “Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”

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Report: With Chicago police already stretched thin, Mayor Lightfoot stations over 100 cops outside home, bans protests on her block to protect herself

Even as police in Chicago are stretched to their limit, Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot has allegedly ordered a continuous heavy police presence outside her home in Logan Square and banned protests on her block to protect herself and her family.

What are the details?

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that the city has effectively banned all protests on Lightfoot’s street, including peaceful ones, even as elsewhere in the city protests have been allowed to continue and openly supported by the mayor.

According to an email sent by the district’s commander at the time, officers assigned to enforce the directive were instructed to tell protesters “that it is against the city code and state law to protest” and that they must “leave immediately.”

After the warning is given, the street “should be locked down,” the instructions added.

In order to carry out the orders, a large contingent of officers have been routinely stationed outside the home. Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara told the Chicago Sun-Times that as many as 140 officers have been assigned to the home at certain times.

One of Lightfoot’s neighbors came up with the name “Fort Lori” to describe the scene.

“Maybe she should move into a high-rise downtown where you can put like 20 officers at the front of the building if need be,” Catanzara suggested, adding, “I get the family safety, but you picked this job.”

“What about all of the officers who are getting projectiles thrown at ’em, fireworks shot at ’em? It’s the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do mentality,” he continued.

Catanzara is not the only one who has taken some offense at the action. The Tribune noted that the order, which siphons away police resources from other areas to protect the mayor’s neighborhood has led to “some quiet grumbling” within the police department.

What else?

Lightfoot defended the move Thursday, telling reporters, “Given the threats that I have personally received. Given the threats to my home and my family, I’m gonna do everything to make sure that they are protected. I make no apologies whatsoever.”

“We have a right in our home to live in peace,” she added.

The mayor did not elaborate on the threats but said: “Suffice it to say that, every single day, there is something that pops up. There are specific threats to my person, to my wife and to our home.”

She also denied the claim that “hundreds” of police were stationed near her home, but said that “sufficient resources” are assigned when a threat is established.

The order to ban protests near Lightfoot’s home comes as violence and riots rage in the city and Chicago police officers are resigning or retiring in record numbers.

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Taxpayer-funded $66 million Chicago pandemic hospital closed after treating just 38 patients

A Chicago field hospital constructed to aid the city’s health system during the coronavirus pandemic cost taxpayers $66 million and ended up treating just 38 patients before it closed down, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

That means the emergency medical facility cost taxpayers roughly $1.7 million per patient — not exactly a bargain by any standards.

Nonetheless, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) have previously defended the construction of the facility, calling it an important “insurance policy” at a time of “immense emergency.”

“It’s something I’m incredibly proud of,” said Samir Mayekar, Lightfoot’s deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development. He insisted the money was “not spent in vain.”

“Today, we are pleased to report that the curve is flattening, and our local hospitals and health care systems continue to operate with capacity, therefore, the McCormick Place [Alternate Care Facility] will stop operating in its clinical needs testing phase,” Lightfoot and Pritzker said in a statement announcing the end of the facility’s operation on May 1 — just 22 days after it began accepting patients.

“We thank all our dedicated partners for their hard work and partnership in creating one of the nation’s best operating and largest [ACFs],” the two officials added, a claim that hardly stands on its own from a financial perspective.

What else?

New details from the Chicago Sun-Times report raise further questions over the decision build the facility at such a high cost.

According to interviews and records obtained by the outlet, the city-state governmental body known as McPier, which was in charge of the project, received proposals for construction from three different companies, but ultimately chose the priciest of the options:

McPier solicited proposals from three giants in construction: Walsh, Pepper Construction and Power Construction Company. And it hired Walsh even though Power said it either would forgo any fees or donate them to pandemic relief because it didn’t want to profit from the pandemic. Walsh charged $65.9 million, including more than $5.1 million in fees, records show.

An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — which hired McPier to build the facility, for which the federal government is covering at least 75 percent of the costs — said in internal emails that Power or Pepper was the best choice. But that decision was left to McPier, which picked Walsh, saying its rates were not “significantly different” than the others and that it “had the most experience . . . working with the [Army Corps] and working on emergency projects.”

The decision process was likely a frenzied one, driven by hysteria surrounding the early stages of the outbreak as state and local officials took immediate action to prevent area hospitals from being overwhelmed.

After all, the McCormick Place field hospital is not the only pandemic facility that proved to be a waste of taxpayer dollars in retrospect.

A temporary pandemic hospital constructed at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in New York City cost taxpayers $52 million to build and closed a month later having only treated 79 patients.

Hopefully such boondoggles will help leaders take more measured approaches in the future, but don’t hold your breath.

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As crime soars, Chicago Police Dept. creates special unit to monitor social media for looting

As Chicago has faced weeks of increased violence and looting, the elected leaders in the Windy City have faced ongoing questions of whether they are capable of protecting the city’s residents and businesses.

In an attempt to quell the public’s rising concerns about the city’s preparedness and effectiveness in combatting increased crime, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) and members of city, state, and federal law enforcement announced a new plan to battle looting, WMAQ-TV reported Friday evening.

Social media monitoring

Lightfoot revealed that the Chicago Police Department established a 20-person unit to monitor social media activity that could give clues to future looting plans, WMAQ said, and will watch all open-source sites 24 hours a day.

“As we’ve seen over these past few months, social media platforms have repeatedly been used to organize large groups of people to engage in illegal activity,” Lightfoot said.

Along with the social media task force, the CPD also created a Task Force of Detectives, in conjunction with the FBI, to focus on looting investigations. According to the mayor, the unit is going over video surveillance and compiling evidence to ID looters and put them away.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx promised that people arrested for looting will be prosecuted and announced that just last week, 43 of 44 charges brought to her office for felony approval received approval.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the city wants “to send a message.”

“If you come downtown or to any one of our retail corridors in the neighborhoods of Chicago to loot, CPD is going to arrest you,” Brown said, WMAQ reported. “If someone is attempting to break windows to loot, CPD is going to arrest you. If you’re going in our stores that have been broken into in attempt to loot, CPD is going to arrest you. If you are carrying or transporting merchandise from a store that has been looted, you will be stopped and arrested.”

“We are going to deploy all tactics necessary to prevent and stop looting,” Brown added.

According to WMAQ, the CPD has canceled all days off and has cops working 12-hour shifts. The outlet also noted that the department is increasing its presence by 1,000 officers.

“We’ve increased our numbers on the street, on the ground, in our downtown area, in our neighborhoods,” Brown said. “That’s the number one difference. We have extended hours that our officers work, we have extended the number of days they work in a week by canceling days off. So there is an increase of 1,000 officers above what would normally be here.”

(H/T: Rolling Stone)

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17 Chicago police officers injured, video shows cop beaten with a skateboard; Mayor Lightfoot says vast majority of protests are ‘peaceful’

Chicago police officers and violent rioters collided on Saturday as riots broke out in the Windy City. According to Chicago Police, at least 24 people were arrested during the protests that escalated into violence. Four people were arrested and charged with battery of officers, which is a felony.

“This group deployed large black umbrellas, changed their appearance and began pushing our officers and eventually assaulting them,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said.

During the riots, two civilians were injured and 17 police officers were treated for injuries. Police responded with pepper spray and some hit demonstrators with batons.

Brown said one of the cops injured was an officer who was “beaten in the head several times with a skateboard.” The official Twitter account for the Chicago Police shared video of the assault.

The situation became so uncontrollable that the city was forced to raise the area bridges to limit access. The same defensive tactic was implemented by the city last Sunday during the riots and widespread looting.

“It wasn’t until later this afternoon during a separate protest downtown where multiple agitators hijacked this peaceful protest,” Brown said.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday and downplayed the violent riots in her city.

“What we’ve seen in cities all across the country, not just Chicago, is a continuing wave of protests,” Lightfoot told host Margaret Brennan. “The vast majority of these have been peaceful. But what we’ve also seen is people who have embedded themselves in these seemingly peaceful protests and come for a fight.”

Lightfoot reiterated her opinion that the riots and looting that happened in Chicago last Sunday night were “a planned attack.” “It’s not spontaneous when you bring U-Haul trucks, cargo vans, and high-end robbery tools,” Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot also said that the city is “never going to get everything that we need from the federal government.” She added, “If we waited for them, we’d be in dire straits.”

As of Sunday morning, there were also nearly 30 people shot in Chicago this weekend, according to Chicago Police.

The extremely concerning trend of teens and children being the victims of gun violence continued this weekend in Chicago. Of those who were shot this weekend, the victims include a 12-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy, and two 16-year-old boys.

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Chicago mayor claims riots and looting were a planned attack on the city

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the rioting and looting that occurred in her city Sunday night and Monday morning were the result of a coordinated and pre-planned attack, not organic protests of an officer-involved shooting, according to Time.

Businesses in downtown Chicago were damaged and looted for the second time in the past few months, and the situation got so out of control that the city raised the bridges leading into the area to limit access.

The violence was allegedly sparked by the non-fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Latrell Allen on Sunday afternoon. Allen stands charged with first-degree attempted murder and possession of a concealed weapon, and reportedly shot at police first.

Lightfoot acknowledges that some of the unrest may have come from legitimate protesters, but said most of the damage was done by highly organized criminals looking to take advantage of the chaos.

“When people showed up on Michigan Avenue in the downtown area with U-Haul trucks and cargo vans, and sophisticated equipment used to cut metal, and the methods that were used, and how quickly it got spun up … that wasn’t any spontaneous reaction,” Lightfoot told Time. “To be sure, there are people that did join in that were motivated by lots of different reasons, and certainly were motivated by social media posts encouraging people to come downtown. But the core of what happened — that’s organized criminal activity. … It was a planned attack.”

There were reportedly more than 1,800 911 calls made between midnight and 3 a.m., and Lightfoot said looters chose to strike during that time, knowing there would be fewer police officers on duty.

Black Lives Matter Chicago disagrees with Lightfoot’s claim that the unrest was not organic, saying it was a direct result of frustration and distrust of police. The organization blamed Lightfoot for leaving Chicagoans with no option besides protest to create change.

“If mayor Lori Lightfoot is upset about the protests last night, then a plausible answer would be to provide an outlet for the people to exert control over the policing of their community,” a BLM Chicago statement read. “Instead, the mayor has opposed and ignored the demand for a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) which would empower the people to get justice for police violence and enact the systemic changes needed to prevent it in the future.”

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot blames Chicago’s violence on ‘states with virtually no gun control,’ says ‘no’ to federal troops

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said rising gun violence in Chicago is occurring because the Windy City is “being inundated with guns” from outside states.

Through the first half of 2020, Chicago matched the homicide pace of 2016 – the city’s most violent year in nearly 20 years. There were 329 homicides in Chicago from January to June, an increase of 34% from 2019. According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 1,384 shootings in the first half of the year, an increase of 42% from 2019. In June alone, there were 562 shooting victims, an 85% increase over last year’s totals for the same month.

“Sixty-three people were shot in the city this past weekend, and at least twelve people were killed,” the White House said in a statement last Wednesday. “Over the Fourth of July weekend, nearly 80 people were shot, and 17 were killed. Over Father’s Day weekend, 104 people were shot, and 15 were killed, including 5 young children. And the last weekend in May saw the city’s deadliest day on record: 18 murders in 24 hours.”

The children who were recently killed in Chicago include a 13-year-old girl, a 10-year-old girl, a 7-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy, and a 20-month-old toddler.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced Operation Legend, which will send federal law enforcement to “American communities plagued by violent crime.” Trump said federal assistance would be sent to Chicago and Albuquerque, but more cities would be added “in the weeks ahead.”

“For this reason, today I am announcing that the Department of Justice will immediately surge federal law enforcement to the city of Chicago,” President Trump said. “The FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime.”

Lightfoot appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, where she discussed the gun violence in Chicago.

“The fact of the matter is our gun problem is related to the fact that we have too many illegal guns in our streets — 60% of which come from states outside of Illinois,” Lightfoot told host Jake Tapper. “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons.”

Earlier this month, Lightfoot blamed guns and the coronavirus pandemic for the city’s recent spike in violence.

“We have way too many guns on the streets,” Lightfoot said when asked why Chicago is experiencing a dramatic increase in violent crimes. She also said the COVID-19 lockdowns created the “perfect storm” for an upswing in violence.

“That is the thing that if the president really wanted to help, that and the other things I identified in my letter he could do today, tomorrow,” Lightfoot said of President Trump’s plan to tackle violence. “But he’s not really interested in helping in that way.”

Lightfoot reiterated that there would be no federal law enforcement agents in the city targeting protesters like in Portland.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no troops, no agents that are coming in outside of our knowledge, notification and control that are violating people’s constitutional rights. That’s the framework,” Lightfoot said on Sunday. “We can’t just allow anyone to come into Chicago, play police in our streets and neighborhoods when they don’t know the first thing about our city. That’s a recipe for disaster.”

“That’s what you’re seeing playing out in Portland on a nightly basis, we don’t need that here,” Lightfoot added. “That’s not a value add, it doesn’t help enhance our public safety.”

“Let me be clear, this is not about working with the Trump administration,” the Democratic mayor stressed. “For decades now in major cities across the country, FBI, DEA, AFT, those agents have been in our districts and do work and work in concert with local law enforcement to help support a number of efforts, not the least of which is violence in our cities.”

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot takes down Christopher Columbus statues in the dead of night

Chicago Mayor
Lori Lightfoot (D) ordered statues of Christopher Columbus to be removed in the middle of the night following clashes between protesters and police officers guarding the monuments last week.

Crews arrived at Grant Park around 1 a.m. on Friday and started removing the Christopher Columbus statue that was created by Italian sculptor Carlo Brioschi and installed in 1933. By 3 a.m., the statue of the Italian explorer had been taken down.

The Windy City’s Italian-American community raised funds and
donated the Columbus statue to Chicago for the city’s second world’s fair that began in 1933 and was titled “Century of Progress Exposition.”

By Friday morning, crews had also dismantled a Columbus statue that had been standing in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Mayor Lightfoot’s office released a
statement on the removal of statues.

The city of Chicago — at Mayor Lightfoot’s direction — has temporarily removed the Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park until further notice. This action was taken after consultation with various stakeholders. It comes in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police, as well as efforts by individuals to independently pull the Grant Park statue down in an extremely dangerous manner. This step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city’s symbols. In addition, our public safety resources must be concentrated where they are most needed throughout the city, and particularly in our South and West Side communities.

The removal of the Columbus statues is a complete about-face for Lightfoot, who said last month that the monuments should not be torn down.

“Look, I know that the issue of Columbus, Columbus Day is an issue of great discussion but I think that the way in which we educate our young people in particular about the history is to educate them about the full history,”
Lightfoot said during a news conference in June when asked if Columbus statues should be removed.

“We’re not always gonna agree on every issue and I know that Columbus and his legacy is a flashpoint for many,” Lightfoot added. “But I think again, we need to use this moment as an opportunity to find our common ground as people. That’s what we should be doing in Chicago is to unify not divide.”

The announcement to remove the statues came hours after hundreds of protesters gathered outside of Lightfoot’s home in the Logan Square neighborhood.

Protesters celebrated the news of the Columbus statues being torn down.

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, 33rd Ward, wrote on
Twitter: “It’s coming down because of the activism that has led to this moment. Indigenous, Black and Brown people have been fighting for so long to see this happen. It’s also a balancing act, the Mayor just accepted Federal Agents from Trump.”

Sergio Giangrande, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, released a
statement about the removal of the statue:

There is nothing more important than the safety of all Chicagoans and our Chicago Police Officers who work so hard to protect our rights and communities. Our community is hurt- we are not okay with these statues being taken down, but we stand by the City’s decision to do so in the interest of public safety. Mayor Lightfoot has told us that this is not over. We look forward to being able to have the conversation about something that means so much to Italian Americans at a time free of violence.

Last Friday, at least 1,000 protesters gathered at Chicago’s Grant Park and attempted to tear down the Columbus statue. Some rioters launched fireworks and threw projectiles at the Chicago police who were guarding the monument.

Last month, a
Christopher Columbus statue in Boston was beheaded. Also in June, a group of residents from Philadelphia gathered together to protect their local Columbus sculpture.

Since the George Floyd protests erupted around the country in late May, historic statues have been torn down. Statues that have been taken down or damaged, include famed abolitionist
Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Francis Scott Key, and an 18th-century Spanish priest.

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White House press sec. Kayleigh McEnany shreds Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: ‘Dereliction of duty’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany went on the offensive against Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday.

What’s a history here?

On Thursday,
Lightfoot took to Twitter in an effort to shame and mock McEnany over remarks she made at a press briefing about the increasing gun violence and murders in Chicago.

A reporter asked McEnany about a comment President Donald Trump made regarding the disparity between black and white Americans killed by police.

McEnany responded, “The president has routinely acknowledged and expressed the absolute atrocity of the case of George Floyd, and his heart goes out to that family still.”

She pointed out that numbers — both black and white fatalities — have significantly dropped since the Obama administration.

McEnany added, “[O]ne point [Trump] wants to strongly make is this: that black men and women who die of homicide, they are likely to die of homicide at eight times greater than that of white individuals and Hispanics combined. That’s the rate combined. So that’s an extraordinary thing that we want to look at. … It is unacceptable, and under this president, he’ll take action and the derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for federal help, because she’s doing a very poor job at securing her streets.”

McEnany’s pointed remarks immediately prompted Lightfoot to fire back, “Hey Karen. Watch your mouth.”

What are the details?

On Friday, McEnany shot back with a poised response.

In a now viral tweet, the White House press secretary wrote, “While you’re focused on words, America is outraged by the violence perpetuated in your city. One person is taking action to stop violence in our streets: President @realDonaldTrump.”

“He’s offered your city help,” she added. “It’s a dereliction of duty not to take it.”

She also added a link to a letter from the Trump administration to the governor of Illinois and Chicago leaders.

On Thursday, Trump’s digital director for his 2020 campaign, Gary Coby, took Lightfoot to task over her snipe at McEnany.

On Twitter, he wrote, “Black people are being murdered at a record rate in Chicago. The violence and death is out of control… 64 shot & 11 killed just last weekend. 373 have been killed just this year, a 35% increase.”

“Here is the Mayor, who is a total failure at stopping this violence,” Coby added.

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Chicago mayor calls Kayleigh McEnany a ‘Karen’ and the Trump campaign shoots back a fiery response

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot mocked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany after she criticized crime in her city and the Trump campaign shot back with a fiery response.

The feud began when McEnany answered a question Thursday at the White House press briefing about a comment President Donald Trump made about the disparity between black Americans killed by police officers and white Americans.

“By population percentages, black people are about three times more likely than white people to die in a police encounter,” said a reporter. “If the president won’t even acknowledge that, how can he fix the problem?”

“The president has routinely acknowledged and expressed the absolute atrocity of the case of George Floyd, and his heart goes out to that family still,” McEnany responded.

“He was noting a fact, um, that there were, when you look at unarmed killings with police interactions in this country, that you had nine unarmed black individuals who were fatally shot, and 19 unarmed white individuals, that’s down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015, so numbers have actually come down since the Obama administration,” she continued.

“He was making that point, but one point he wants to strongly make is this: That black men and women who die of homicide, they are likely to die of homicide at eight times greater than that of white individuals and Hispanics combined. That’s the rate combined,” McEnany said.

“So that’s an extraordinary thing that we want to look at,” she concluded. “I’ve listed for you the names of these kids who died across this country. It is unacceptable, and under this president, he’ll take action and the derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for federal help, because she’s doing a very poor job at securing her streets.”

Lightfoot responds to McEnany

Lightfoot responded in short tweet meant to mock the press secretary.

“Karen, watch your mouth,” she tweeted simply with a screenshot of McEnany’s comments.

The president’s 2020 campaign digital director fired back at Lightfoot with a collection of statistics on the crime affecting the residents of Chicago.

“Black people are being murdered at a record rate in Chicago. The violence and death is out of control… 64 shot & 11 killed just last weekend. 373 have been killed just this year, a 35% increase,” tweeted Gary Coby.

“Here is the Mayor, who is a total failure at stopping this violence,” Coby added.

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As Chicago is overtaken by violence, Mayor Lori Lightfoot blames guns and the coronavirus

Chicago’s Democratic mayor, Lori Lightfoot, blamed guns and the coronavirus pandemic for the city’s stark increase in violence in recent weeks, which has taken the lives of hundreds, including those of several children.

According to WMAQ-TV, in the month of June alone, there were 424 shootings and 89 murders in Chicago, with both figures up by 75% or more compared to the same month last year.

The above figures don’t even include May 31 — the city’s deadliest day in 60 years — on which 18 people were killed in just 24 hours amid the George Floyd protests. Nor does it include the continued violence that occurred over Fourth of July weekend, in which 36 people were shot and at least 13 people were killed, including a 14-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.

Yet despite the rise in violence during the month of June, arrests were down by more than half, WMAQ-TV reported.

When asked about what is happening in the city, Lightfoot quickly suggested one of the major causes is a glut of guns.

“That’s a complicated question,” the mayor said, according to the Washington Examiner. “We have way too many guns on the streets.”

Lightfoot also blamed coronavirus lockdowns, which kept people cooped up inside for months, as a contributing factor in creating the “perfect storm” for violence to ensue.

Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara strongly disagreed with the mayor and instead suggested that the rise in violence along with the decline in arrests is due to officers feeling handcuffed and fearing for their jobs.

“When the top official in this city is blaming the police for everything that’s wrong, to hide their inefficiencies and inadequacies, it definitely makes people stop and wonder, ‘What am i doing? Am I going home? Am I going to have a job tomorrow? Am I going to be in jail next week?'” Catanzara said.

Lightfoot responded by suggesting the police union is exaggerating the situation amid contract negotiations with the city in which pay and stricter discipline rules for officers are on the table.

“You’re going to hear a lot of noise from the FOP. That’s part of the game. But I’m focused on making sure that we get wins at the bargaining table for the residents of this city,” Lightfoot said.

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President Trump sends scathing letter to Illinois governor, Chicago mayor over violence in the city

President Donald Trump sent a searing letter to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Friday, calling on them to address the violent crime problem in the city of Chicago and lambasting them for not doing more to protect its citizens.

What are the details?

The president urged Pritzker and Lightfoot to take “action on the devastating violence in Chicago,” citing a Chicago Sun-Times article from June 8 titled “18 murders in 24 hours: Inside the most violent day in 60 years in Chicago.”

Trump listed a number of “horrors” recounted in the article — including the murders of a high school student and 3-year-old toddler — and wrote, “your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect. I am concerned it is another example of your lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and a lack of respect for the men and women in law enforcement.”

President Trump dedicated a lengthy paragraph naming programs totaling hundreds of millions of federal dollars sent to the city of Chicago in recent years, before reminding the mayor and governor of actions his administration has taken to address criminal justice reform and help low-income communities.

In closing, the president wrote:

Unlike previous Administrations of both parties, I am willing to tackle unresolved challenges. If you are willing to put partisanship aside, we can revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago, together. But to succeed, you must establish law and order. The combination of crime, high State and local taxes, and onerous State and local regulations have caused thousands of Illinoisans to flee to other states. Between 2010 and 2019, Illinois lost more of its population than any other state in the nation. If you are interested, I am willing to ask members of my Cabinet to meet with you and help devise a plan to make Chicago safe, since a successful formula has escaped both you and your predecessors. My Administration would also welcome the opportunity to engage with you and your colleagues as you develop bipartisan policy recommendations to improve policing and make our great cities safer for all.

Unfortunately, you continue to put your own political interests ahead of the lives, safety, and fortunes of your own citizens. The people of Chicago deserve better.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Pritzker reacted to the president’s letter with a statement to the Sun-Times, saying, “President Trump is a failure who has once again resorted to a press stunt in an attempt to distract from his long list of failures, especially his response to the deadly coronavirus and nationwide calls for racial justice. The people of this state and this nation have unfortunately come to expect his unhinged attempts to politicize tragedy with his predictable and worn-out strategy to distract, distract, distract.”

Mayor Lightfoot responded on Twitter, writing, “I don’t need leadership lessons from Donald Trump. As our police officers, street outreach workers and residents continue to work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, he’s using the victims of gun violence in our city to score cheap political points, spew racist rhetoric, and ignore the impact of COVID across this country.”

She added, “It is despicable, disgusting and all too typical. Same old tired playbook. How about some leadership not steeped in the divide and conquer tactics? I stand with @GovPritzker in providing for the safety and well-being of our residents.”

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Chicago police union boss says cops could be booted if they kneel with protesters

The president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police said cops who kneel with protesters will face consequences, even possibly being kicked out of the union.

“I’ve made it very clear to the members of Lodge 7 that that has no place for our members,” FOP President John Catanzara said of police taking a knee while in uniform during George Floyd protests. “That is contradicting to our constitution as a lodge and it definitely deflates anything remotely associated with fraternalism and as such, any member of Lodge 7 who is going to take a knee and basically side with protesters while they’re in uniform will subject themselves to discipline in the lodge up to and including expulsion from Lodge 7.”

Catanzara said police officers are welcome to protest and kneel with protesters on their own time and if they are out of uniform.

When asked about Catanzara’s comments, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said, “There will be a reckoning” for the Fraternal Order of Police. “And I think that moment is now and that’s what I’ll say about that.”

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said that there are bigger issues to deal with right now.

“It’s just hard to take those kinds of comments serious as we deal with COVID environment, historically high violent crime and now misconduct as relation to civil unrest,” Brown said. “How does that bubble up to the most important thing to comment? It’s not. I’ll answer my own question. It’s not as important as what we’re dealing with and I won’t dignify it with an answer.”

Catanzara, who is a 25-year veteran of the force, has made his own political statements while in uniform. In 2017, Catanzara posted a photo on social media of himself in uniform, in front of a CPD SUV, holding an American flag, and with a sign that read: “I stand for the anthem. I love the American flag. I support my president and the 2nd Amendment.”

During an interview with WGN Radio this week, Catanzara was asked if his current stance on police officers kneeling contradicts his old social media post that supported President Donald Trump’s criticisms of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

“My post was patriotic support of all things American,” Catanzara responded. “If people cannot see the difference between kneeling in support of voices saying the police are the problem in society and should be defunded or even abolished, then there really is no reason to continue any dialog. It’s an apple and automobile comparison.”

Cantanzara was suspended for posting the photo because it violated CPD’s code of conduct that prohibits officers from participating “in any partisan political campaign or activity.”

Catanzara was elected as the president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police last month. “He is currently relieved of his police powers and under investigation by the department on allegations related to a 2018 police report he filed against then-police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Catanzara accused him of breaking the law by allowing marchers onto the Dan Ryan Expressway to protest city violence,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Earlier this week, a video of Georgia State Trooper O’Neal Saddler went viral after he refused to kneel during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hartwell, Georgia. In another viral video, a police chief participated in a die-in during a Black Lives Matter protest by laying on the ground for eight minutes and 46 seconds.


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Chicago officials bash Mayor Lightfoot for failing to protect the city during deadly riots. She responds in profanity-laced defense.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sparred with city officials in an audio conference last Sunday after several accused the mayor of limiting protection to the city’s central business district and leaving the south and west sides unprotected as deadly riots erupted in the city over George Floyd’s death.

Black Lives Matter protests and riots ravaged the city May 30-31, leaving 25 dead and 85 wounded by gunfire in the city’s deadliest weekend in 60 years. Chicago’s 911 dispatch center received 65,000 calls in 24 hours on Sunday — 50,000 more than usual.

What did they say?

In the call, which was held by the mayor’s office to brief all 50 of the city’s aldermen, officials reportedly urged the mayor to use resources at her disposal to help protect their communities from violence sweeping the city.

According to WTTW-TV, which obtained audio of the call, “one alderman wept [and] others grew angry with the mayor, demanding to know what her strategy was to stop the violence.”

Several on the call repeated the Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus’ criticism of Lightfoot’s decision to deploy 375 Illinois National Guard members to block off the Loop and the central business district while opting not to deploy the National Guard to other areas of the city, leaving them as “easy targets” for rioters and looters.

“What are we going to have left in our community?” asked Ald. Michelle Harris (8th Ward). “I feel like I am at ground zero … my major business district is shattered.”

Ald. Emma Mitts (37th Ward) said that it was like “the wild, wild west” in her district.

Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) added that she felt helpless to protect her residents, especially the elderly and the most vulnerable.

When Lightfoot was finally able to speak, she defended her response to the riots, specifically saying the criticism that she protected downtown at the expense of other districts “offends me deeply, personally, in part because it is simply not so.”

“We’ve been working our a** off,” Lightfoot said. “It is all over the city.”

“I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen s**t like this before, not in Chicago,” she said.

When Dowell asked Lightfoot to use the National Guard to protect grocery stores and pharmacies, the mayor responded by arguing that the “they are not a magic tool, they are the military.”

Ald. Susan Sadlowski-Garza (10th Ward) broke down in tears while pleading with Lightfoot for assistance.

“My ward is a s**t show,” she said, mentioning that police cars and banks had been set ablaze. “They are shooting at the police.”

Things turned personal

At another point during the call when Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th Ward) criticized Lightfoot for leaving his district and others vulnerable, things got ugly.

“We can’t expect our police, and I don’t fault them at all, to be able to control this,” said Lopez, a frequent critic of the mayor, insinuating help is needed from the National Guard. “Half our neighborhoods are already obliterated. It’s too late.”

When he finished, Lightfoot declined to respond and attempted to move onto the next question, but Lopez demanded an answer.

“It’s not something you ignore. This is a question that I have,” he urged before the mayor shot back, saying, “I think you’re 100% full of s**t.”

“F*** you, then. Who are you to tell me I’m full of s***?” Lopez responded angrily. “Maybe you should come out and see what’s going on.”

“If you think we’re not ready, and we stood by and let the neighborhoods go up, there’s nothing intelligent that I could say to you,” Lightfoot said. “That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. I understand you want to preen.”

“Mayor, you need to check your f***ing attitude. That’s what you need to do,” Lopez fired back, before several other aldermen interjected, attempting to de-escalate the situation.

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Left-wing Chicago mayor says law-abiding gun owners shouldn’t use guns for self-defense amid rioting: ‘If there’s a problem, call 911’

Chicago’s far-left Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot was asked earlier this week for her reaction to residents “taking matters into their own hands” in order to “protect their communities” amid the rioting over George Floyd’s death.

What did she say?

“Obviously we’re aware of the fact that Illinois is a concealed carry state, and that many people have weapons at their disposal in their homes and their businesses,” Lightfoot responded. “Do not take matters into your own hands. Call the police.”

She added that “tragedy” happens when people pick up guns as if they were police officers — and oddly cited the
Ahmaud Arbery killing in Georgia, which had nothing to with self-defense against attackers and rioters.

“Do not pick up arms and try to be the police. If there’s a problem, call 911. We will respond,” Lightfoot said before adding, “I urge people to show strength and do not take matters into your own hands.”

And how’s that ‘call 911’ thing working out?

Chicago’s 911 center received 65,000 calls in one 24-hour period over the weekend — 50,000 more than normal, Lightfoot said Monday, according to
WTTW-TV.

About 10,000 of those calls were for looting alone, the mayor added to the station, noting that operators fielded over 2,000 calls in just 30 minutes at one point.

“The police department was responding as best they could,” Lightfoot said, WTTW reported. “The challenge was, it was everywhere. Everywhere. The violence and looting spread like a wildfire.”


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Then there were the fires — and the 1,000-plus arrests

In about one 24-hour period last weekend, there were
over 80 fires in Chicago, dwarfing the 36 fires in the city the night after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, WBBM-TV reported.

There were just
over 1,000 arrests last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — 832 for disorderly conduct — and only a fraction of the arrests were presented by police to the Cook County state’s attorney for possible serious felony charges, WLS-TV reported.

What else has Lightfoot been saying and doing?

Lightfoot has emerged as a highly controversial national figure after only a short period of time in office — particularly after the coronavirus onset — and she’s uttered some doozies.

You may recall last Friday she infamously directed an expletive — well, two letters anyway — at President Donald Trump for calling Minneapolis rioters “THUGS” and tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

“Donald Trump’s comment last night was profoundly dangerous,” Lightfoot said, adding that the president “wants to show failures on the part of Democratic local leaders, to throw red meat to his base. His goal is to polarize, to destabilize local government, and inflame racist urges. And we can absolutely not let him prevail. And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s two words. It begins with F, and it ends with U.”


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Is there more? Oh, yes, much more

A Chicago pastor claimed Lightfoot sent armed police in unmarked cars to bang on his church doors one Sunday late last month over coronavirus stay-at-home crackdowns, saying it was “like the Soviet-styled KGB.”

Of those crackdowns she also said, “We will shut you down, we will cite you, and if we need to, we will arrest you, and we will take you to jail.

Lightfoot also got testy in April after being called out for getting herself a haircut when she banned for everybody else, justifying it by saying, “I’m the public face of this city.”

(H/T:
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Chicago pastor claims the mayor sent armed police in unmarked cars to bang on the church doors Sunday: It was ‘like the Soviet-styled KGB’

Chicago Pastor Courtney Lewis said he was in the middle of delivering a sermon to his congregation Sunday when he heard loud banging on the church doors. It was the police sent by the city’s Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Lightfoot had allegedly dispatched officers in three squad cars along with two unmarked vehicles in order to shut down the service at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Lewis claimed in a letter of grievance to U.S. Attorney John Lausch.

“Like the Soviet-styled KGB they knocked on our locked doors,” Lewis said, noting that the church refused to let them in.

“The only thing she hasn’t done yet is beat the doors down and arrest our members,” he added.

Religious institutions in Illinois are still barred from gathering in groups of over 10 people under the state’s strict reopening plan. But churchgoers in the state believe their constitutional right to freely gather and worship is being unfairly burdened. Several churches, including Cornerstone Baptist have begun holding services again in defiance of the state and local orders.

“Mayor Lightfoot is defiant of the [U.S.] Constitution and our freedom to worship,” Lewis wrote in the letter.

The pastor told Todd Starnes’ radio show that when the officers banged on the door, the men of the church were instructed not to open them per a safety protocol.

“Thankfully our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago,” he said.

Lewis also told the radio program that an usher who was positioned outside of the church during the service observed the officers approach the building and begin taking pictures. One of the individuals in an unmarked car had reportedly been photographing churchgoers as they arrived at the church.

“The mayor wants to educate everyone into compliance — which means intimidate,” Lewis told the radio program.

The pastor added that his small congregation has gone above and beyond to maintain health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, including conducting online services and outdoor services for a time and practicing social distancing requirements. The church is also taking members’ temperatures on their way in and not allowing the elderly to attend services.

“We are trying to follow the laws of man as much as reasonably possible but when the laws of man conflict with the laws of God I as a Pastor have a duty to follow the laws of God,” Lewis wrote in the letter to Lausch, in which he requested “the assistance of our President and our justice department in correcting the grave miscarriage of the law.”

Last week, Mayor Lightfoot requested that churches wait to hold services until she slowly reopens the city in June. Lightfoot said that she’s focused on making sure people can celebrate their faith in a safe way.

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Chicago pastor claims the mayor sent armed police in unmarked cars to bang on the church doors Sunday: It was ‘like the Soviet-styled KGB’

Chicago Pastor Courtney Lewis said he was in the middle of delivering a sermon to his congregation Sunday when he heard loud banging on the church doors. It was the police sent by the city’s Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Lightfoot had allegedly dispatched officers in three squad cars along with two unmarked vehicles in order to shut down the service at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Lewis claimed in a letter of grievance to U.S. Attorney John Lausch.

“Like the Soviet-styled KGB they knocked on our locked doors,” Lewis said, noting that the church refused to let them in.

“The only thing she hasn’t done yet is beat the doors down and arrest our members,” he added.

Religious institutions in Illinois are still barred from gathering in groups of over 10 people under the state’s strict reopening plan. But churchgoers in the state believe their constitutional right to freely gather and worship is being unfairly burdened. Several churches, including Cornerstone Baptist have begun holding services again in defiance of the state and local orders.

“Mayor Lightfoot is defiant of the [U.S.] Constitution and our freedom to worship,” Lewis wrote in the letter.

The pastor told Todd Starnes’ radio show that when the officers banged on the door, the men of the church were instructed not to open them per a safety protocol.

“Thankfully our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago,” he said.

Lewis also told the radio program that an usher who was positioned outside of the church during the service observed the officers approach the building and begin taking pictures. One of the individuals in an unmarked car had reportedly been photographing churchgoers as they arrived at the church.

“The mayor wants to educate everyone into compliance — which means intimidate,” Lewis told the radio program.

The pastor added that his small congregation has gone above and beyond to maintain health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, including conducting online services and outdoor services for a time and practicing social distancing requirements. The church is also taking members’ temperatures on their way in and not allowing the elderly to attend services.

“We are trying to follow the laws of man as much as reasonably possible but when the laws of man conflict with the laws of God I as a Pastor have a duty to follow the laws of God,” Lewis wrote in the letter to Lausch, in which he requested “the assistance of our President and our justice department in correcting the grave miscarriage of the law.”

Last week, Mayor Lightfoot requested that churches wait to hold services until she slowly reopens the city in June. Lightfoot said that she’s focused on making sure people can celebrate their faith in a safe way.

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Chicago mayor threatens anyone who disobeys lockdown: ‘We will shut you down, we will take you to jail’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened to issue citations and even arrest anyone who violated stay-at-home orders. Lightfoot issued a strong warning to her constituents who don’t comply with the lockdown orders during a COVID-19 press conference on Saturday.

“We will shut you down, we will cite you, and if we need to, we will arrest you and we will take you to jail,” Lightfoot said. “Don’t make us treat you like a criminal, but if you act like a criminal and you violate the law and you refuse to do what is necessary to save lives in this city in the middle of a pandemic we will take you to jail, period.”

Lightfoot said that compliance with the stay-at-home order has gone down from 82% to 77% over the last week.

“This frankly doesn’t come as a surprise, given the warm weather. We’ve all been cooped up. We all miss our friends, and we all want to go outside and gather in groups,” Lightfoot said. “However, those aspirations simply cannot become a reality in the middle of a pandemic.”

Lightfoot also addressed the numerous house parties that have grabbed headlines in the past week, including one shindig that allegedly had 1,000 people.

“When you go out and party, when you go home to your momma, your grandma, or anybody in your household who has an underlying medical condition, you are bringing death to their doorstep,” Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot said Chicago police broke up several social gatherings between 50 and 150 people on Friday night. She added that the authorities were tipped off to at least six parties that were scheduled to happen on Saturday night.

“If you host a party, promote a party, or go to a party, we are not playing games. We mean business, and we will shut this down one way or another,” the Democratic mayor said. “The time for educating people into compliance is over. Don’t be stupid. We’re watching you, and we’re going to take decisive action.”

“Your actions are going to make a difference between whether or not we get out sooner or later, whether or not we have a summer or we do not,” Lightfoot said. “It’s absolutely essential that we stay the course and people stay home.”

CPD Superintendent David Brown said on Saturday, “We’ve lost officers to COVID-19, we’ve lost firefighters to COVID-19. They’ve given the ultimate sacrifice, willing to risk their lives, to save all of us. For a silly party, you are risking first responders’ lives.”

“We have given enough warning. We’re getting to the point where we’re trying to save lives and if our message is not resonating with people who are promoting parties, or coming out to parties, we have to take that next level of enforcement to make sure that we save lives,” Brown said.

Lightfoot and Chicago police also encouraged residents to anonymously submit tips about anybody breaking the lockdown rules, including throwing house parties.

After her news briefing, Lightfoot and police officers patrolled the streets and ordered a group of young kids to go home. One young man responded: “Y’all need to find a cure. You talk about going home. You go home.”

In early April, Lightfoot faced backlash and was called a “hypocrite” after photos revealed that she had gotten a haircut during the lockdown. The Chicago Department of Public Health issued a shelter-in-place order on March 18 and Lightfoot issued a stay-at-home order that shut down all non-essential businesses, such as barbershops and salons, on March 21.

On April 4, Lightfoot’s stylist posted photos with the mayor on Facebook with the caption: “I had the pleasure of giving Mayor Lightfoot a hair trim.” In the photos, the two women are not social distancing and neither, are wearing face masks. The stylist is not wearing gloves in the photo.

Lightfoot defended her actions, which violated her own city’s orders, by saying: “I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye.”

“The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on so we are, I am practicing what I’m preaching,” Lightfoot said.

This is the same city that last month released nearly a quarter of its prisoners from Chicago jails, many of which were released because of coronavirus fears.

“On cases we agree on, we’ve gone into court together and asked for a release. On cases where we disagree, we go before a judge and present our evidence for the courts,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said. “We’ve been able to reduce the jail population in the course of four weeks by almost 25 percent.”

Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) said on Monday, “We’ve overall reduced the population in our prisons by more than 1,300. Many of those were near the end of their terms or actually their sentences were up. But also many of them were under this program of either medical furloughs due to COVID-19 or other reasons.”

The Illinois Department of Corrections said they had released nearly 4,000 state inmates since March 1. There have been 304 inmates and state corrections staff who were confirmed to have been infected by the coronavirus since the outbreak started.

Illinois has the fourth-most confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. with over 58,500 and 2,559 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

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