Daily COVID-19 cases dip under 1,000, but officials warn it could take 2 weeks to see if protests prompt uptick

Protesters hold signs at the corner of Chicago Ave. and Washington Street in Naperville on Monday | Mark Welsh/Daily Herald, via AP The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday warned that there is a higher risk of being exposed to the virus “anytime people are in crowds,” and especially if “masks are not used […]

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Coalition doesn’t want public money going to private companies to tackle COVID-19 in the city

A group of community activists Wednesday called for Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady to oversee contact tracing rather than a private company. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file The People’s Response Network held an online rally Wednesday, saying they want city’s Department of Public Health to oversee contact tracing project. A coalition of community […]

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Timid City Hall and undermanned, ill-equipped cops turned Saturday night protest into ‘s–tshow,’ police union president says

A protester sprays paint on a Chicago Police Department SUV on Kinzie Street near State Street on Saturday. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said many actions taken Sunday were a day late, such as imposing a curfew and canceling days off. And the National Guard should have been called […]

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With residents desperate for prescriptions, Lightfoot, Duckworth push for looted pharmacies to reopen

Protesters loot a CVS store on Kinzie near LaSalle in River North as thousands in Chicago joined national outrage over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, Saturday afternoon, May 30, 2020. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times “My idea was… to touch base with both Walgreens and CVS and make sure that they would […]

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One columnist’s perspective on the intersection of sports and societal ills

People burn a Chicago flag during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Chicago, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Protests across the country have escalated over the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day, May 25. | Nam Y. Huh/AP The role of sports in […]

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Lightfoot, Brown defend policing decisions during ongoing protests

Protesters march Saturday in Chicago as they join national outrage over the death of George Floyd. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times “None of these decisions are easy,” Lightfoot said. “But the voters elected me to make the right calls, the tough calls and not pander to the crowd, but to do what I felt was best […]

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Bears head coach Matt Nagy on supporting players, preparing for 2020 NFL season | Golic and Wingo

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy joins Golic and Wingo to describe how he is supporting the players on his team. Nagy also explains how the team has been able to communicate during the coronavirus pandemic and preparing for the 2020 NFL season. ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to […]

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Some 2,000 arrested over ‘chaotic’ weekend, and sheriff investigating who was behind orchestrated looting and vandalism

A liquor store in Wicker Park was looted on the third day of unrest in Chicago. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file “There’s definitely organization [to the looting] but as far as the overarching organization, that’s being looked at,” the sheriff said. Preckwinkle said she had “no idea whatsoever” who was behind it. Cook County Board […]

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‘Please, I Don’t Have Insurance’: Businesses Plead With Protesters

In downtown Chicago, people crawled through the partially shattered exterior window of a Nike store and ran out carrying brightly colored athletic gear and sneakers. On Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, they ignited garbage cans and broke locks on luxury stores, sweeping up armfuls of designer handbags and jeans. And as night fell on Minneapolis, […]

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John Cusack Posts Video Saying Police ‘Came At Him’ & Hit His Bike With Batons During Chicago Protest

John Cusack shared a clip from the Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago, showing police officers yelling at him and seemingly hitting his bike. Actor John Cusack posted a harrowing video from the Chicago protests on May 30, claiming he was “attacked” by police officers. The 53-year-old said he was simply filming the riots, incited […]

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Chicago mayor tells Trump ‘F-U’ after tweet about Minneapolis looting

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted President Trump and invoked an expletive Friday in response to his tweet after three days of protests in Minneapolis, Minn., when he called the protesters “THUGS” and tweeted that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” “Donald Trump’s comment last night was profoundly dangerous,” Lightfoot said Friday during a news conference to […]

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Lightfoot’s response to Trump’s threat against Minneapolis protesters ‘begins with F and ends with you’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had tough words Friday for President Trump after he tweeted a threat to Minneapolis protesters. | Facebook The mayor says President Trump is trying to “foment violence.” She said: “That’s not leadership. That’s cowardice. That’s playing to a base with the biggest dog whistle possible.” Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday accused […]

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Baseball players and team owners must cut a deal or risk losing fans for good

Chicago Cubs minor league hitting coach Rachel Folden hits infield ground balls at the Cubs spring trainng facility in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 5, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has since suspended team activities. | John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-Times Very few fans will support the game going forward if this season is cancelled over money. This is […]

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Fran Spielman interviews Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner Gia Biagi

Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi testifies at her City Council confirmation hearing. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman is joined remotely by Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner Gia Biagi to discuss a long-awaited mayoral rescue plan where some of Chicago’s most popular restaurant corridors will be closed to through traffic to give […]

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CPD no longer using Clearview AI facial recognition software, department says after ACLU sues controversial firm

Chicago police officials work in the department’s Crime Prevention and Information Center.  | FBI The lawsuit seeks to protect the privacy of residents, specifically survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse which are “uniquely harmed by face recognition surveillance,” the civil rights group said. Chicago police confirmed Thursday that the department was no longer using […]

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Trump stomps on his Twitter megaphone

Trump’s Twitter megaphone can’t be mounted on a wall like this one, on display at the Chicago History Museum. It’s from the Mary A. Gregory, the last two-masted schooner to sail out of the port of Chicago. | Neil Steinberg/Sun-Times The president’s assault on social media for daring to fact-check him is a reminder: He […]

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This week in history: ‘Papa Bear’ steps down

Front page of the Chicago Daily News announcing George Halas’ retirement. | Chicago Daily News On May 27, 1968, Bears coach George “Papa Bear” Halas officially announced his retirement. It made the front page of the Chicago Daily News that day. As reported in the Chicago Daily News, sister publication of the Chicago Sun-Times: Few […]

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Lil Durk talks MJ’s last shot, meeting Allen Iverson at a club | NBA on ESPN

Rapper and Chicago native Lil Durk speaks with Richard Jefferson about what he remembers from Michael Jordan’s iconic last shot with the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Finals. LIl Durk also tells the story of how he (2:27) became star struck when he met Allen Iverson at a club. #NBA #ESPN #Sports ✔️

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Nursing homes now account for half of all Illinois coronavirus deaths; protesters gather at Pritzker’s house

An activist protests outside Gov. Pritzker’s Chicago home demanding those in long-term care facilities get resources amid the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, May 22, 2020. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times Nursing homes reported 1,583 new coronavirus cases and 395 new deaths in the past week, bringing a Sun-Times count of state totals to 2,368 deaths and 14,799 confirmed […]

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Bill Simmons compares Michael Jordan to Muhammad Ali after watching ‘The Last Dance’ | First Take

Watch Part 2: https://youtu.be/0wuAqNavlb8 Bill Simmons joins First Take to discuss how Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan is portrayed in "The Last Dance" documentary. #FirstTake #NBA ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ Watch ESPN on […]

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Brian Urlacher on the Bears’ QB situation with Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles | First Take

Former NFL player Brian Urlacher joins First Take to discuss the Chicago Bears adding QB Nick Foles to the roster after publicly touting Mitchell Trubisky as the starter. #FirstTake #NFL ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN […]

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138 more Illinois COVID-19 deaths; Chicago region hits benchmark for next reopening phase — for now

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a virtual news briefing Thursday from his Chicago home. | Provided In total, 3,928 people have died from the coronavirus. Officials on Thursday said there were 3,239 new cases among 22,678 test results. In total, there have been 87,937 positive cases in 98 of Illinois’ 102 counties. Another 138 people […]

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Lightfoot acknowledges differences with Pritzker during pandemic

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot | AP/Sun-Times File Photos “We haven’t always agreed on every issue. But we try to do that privately,” the mayor said Wednesday. “…I hope that what we’ve done is strengthen each other.” Mayor Lori Lightfoot acknowledged Wednesday that she and Gov. J.B. Pritzker have disagreed while […]

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