Lightfoot considers $200M worker cuts, Second City for sale and all the ‘Windy City Rehab’ drama



a person standing in front of a building: A man walks past the Wells Street entrance to Second City in Chicago in August. The famed comedy theater is now entirely up for sale.


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A man walks past the Wells Street entrance to Second City in Chicago in August. The famed comedy theater is now entirely up for sale.

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a close up of a sign: A CPS clerk said conditions in some schools are deplorable and that "this is a risk CPS is asking is to take. Why does CPS feel that our lives are not important?"


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A CPS clerk said conditions in some schools are deplorable and that “this is a risk CPS is asking is to take. Why does CPS feel that our lives are not important?”

Good morning, Chicago. On Tuesday, Illinois health officials announced 1,617 new known cases of COVID-19 and 32 additional fatalities. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is currently 3.4%.

Also, the city warned that Chicago residents are “strongly advised” to avoid traveling to Indiana. The state may be the next addition to the quarantine list next week.

Have you prepared your voting plan for this upcoming election? Early voting is now underway in Chicago and across the state, and we’ve put together a list of nearly 200 locations in the city and the suburbs where you can vote early.

Here’s more coronavirus news and other top stories you need to know to start your day.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot considering up to $200 million in Chicago city worker cuts to balance budget: sources

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday cast a dark vision of the city budget plan she will present to aldermen later this month, saying it might be the toughest vote City Council members will ever have to take because of its potential to disrupt workers’ lives if she resorts to wide-scale layoffs or other labor cuts.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot releases the 2021 budget forecast at the Chicago Cultural Center on Aug. 31, 2020.


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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot releases the 2021 budget forecast at the Chicago Cultural Center on Aug. 31, 2020.

Though Lightfoot again declined to specify exactly how she will close a projected $1.2 billion deficit, the mayor said every meeting with her financial team about the issue “has been painful.”

Trump, reporting ‘no symptoms’ of COVID-19, returns to downplaying the virus as senior adviser Stephen Miller tests positive

President Donald Trump, said to be making progress in his recovery from COVID-19, tweeted his eagerness to return to the campaign trail Tuesday even as the outbreak that has killed more than 210,000 Americans reached ever more widely into the upper echelons of the U.S. government.

As Trump convalesced out of sight in the White House, the administration defended the protections it has put in place to protect the staff working there to treat and support him. Trump again publicly played down the virus on Twitter after his return from a three-day hospitalization, though even more aides tested positive, including one of his closest advisers, Stephen Miller.

Will Chicago Public Schools reopen next month? A disputed ruling that buildings could pose COVID-19 risk raises new doubts.

With one month left of the fall quarter, the outcome of a labor dispute with the Chicago Teachers Union could have implications for whether Chicago Public Schools reopens for the winter.

While students and teachers continue remote learning at least through Nov. 5, an independent arbitrator on Friday ruled that CPS violated its contract with the Chicago Teachers Union by making some employees work in person under what may not have been “safe and healthful” conditions.

Chicago’s famed Second City comedy theater is now fully up for sale

In June, in an attempt to take the fall for internal turmoil, Andrew Alexander, the longtime co-owner of Second City, announced plans to remove himself from the famed comedy theater and put his share up for sale. On Tuesday, a Los Angeles-based investment bank put the whole institution up for sale. Second City is a mainstay of Chicago’s famed theater scene but also is a for-profit, live-entertainment operation devastated by a forced closure.

All of the news and drama surrounding ‘Windy City Rehab’

Here’s a look at the issues that have plagued the HGTV series “Windy City Rehab,” which follows Alison Victoria Gramenos and her team as they renovate and flip Chicago homes, from permit trouble to a burglary, civil and city lawsuits, work stoppage and behind-the-scenes drama.

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