The State of Illinois officially enters bridge phase Friday as Chicago expands more to people who are fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is easing mask wearing guidance. Children aged 12-15 line up for vaccinations as the CDC and Food and Drug Administration approve emergency authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Cubs and Sox are opening vaccinated sections. And Great America is offering free tickets for vaccinations.
City Hall Secrets
City Hall emails are hacked then dumped onto the internet after ransom not met. Found amid thousands of emails, the Chicago Police Department set up a secret drone program off-the-books. Also discovered, the mayor secretly lobbied for qualified immunity for cops.
Law and Order
U.S. Attorney John Lausch was back to work after being hospitalized over the weekend with a mini-stroke. One of the aldermen he’s prosecuting, Patrick Daley Thompson pleads not guilty to tax evasion and lying to federal agents.
Liz Cheney ousted from leadership as Adam Kinzinger publicly supports her, likens Republican Party to the “Titanic.” Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is angling for Japan ambassadorship, but progressives oppose him.
And finally, the future of the Thompson Center murkier with the unexpected biking death of its famed architect, Helmut Jahn.
Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune | @ChicagoTribune @RAP30
Jessica D’Onofrio, ABC 7 News | @ABC7Chicago @DonofrioABC7
Tom Schuba, Chicago Sun-Times | @SunTimes @TomSchuba
Lee Bey, Chicago Sun-Times | @SunTimes @LEEBEY
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