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Chicago experienced its deadliest day in the city's history as 18 people were gunned down in a 24 hours. 18 people died on May 31, while the city was ransacked by looters amid the George Floyd protests.

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Gang bangers and other lawbreakers took to the streets armed with guns while police were distracted with the protests.

Among those killed were John Tiggs, (pictured) a father of three, who was gunned down inside a Metro PCS store while trying to pay his cellphone bill.

Angelo Bronson, 36, a father of two, was shot when a bullet fired from a passing car hit him in the chest. He was in town visiting family, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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College student Lazarra Daniels, 18, (pictured) was fatally shot around 10:51 p.m. Her body was found in the middle of a street.

"We've never seen anything like it, at all," Max Kapustin, Crime Lab senior research director told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kapustin added that "I don't even know how to put it into context. It's beyond anything that we've ever seen before.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded with Walmart and Target not to abandon the city after looters vandalized the big box stores.

After a conference call with Walmart and other retailers that were targeted by looters, Lightfoot said she pleaded with the retailers to reopen and not abandon Chicago.

The stores are closed indefinitely - putting hundreds of employees out of work - after looters stole merchandise and set fires inside the buildings in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"I think in the case of Walmart, what they were focused on was assessing the damage," said Lightfoot, who added the retailers are donating "fresh produce" and other perishables that weren't taken by looters.

There were earlier reports that Walmart would reopen all stores trashed by looters and vandals, but company officials later said some stores will remain closed permanently.

They didn't say which neighborhoods will be affected.

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Chicago police followed through on their threat to cite the building owner where a house party was attended by an estimated 1,000 young people amid the Covid-19 lockdown on Saturday.

According to TMZ.com, city officials levied fines against the property owner, and also cited her for disorderly conduct for violating the city's stay-at-home order.

The amount of the fines will be determined at a later date, as the courthouse is closed during the lockdown.

A city alderman said the property owner is now "on notice".

The adult child of the owner reportedly had keys to the building and disabled the alarm to hold the party, which was advertised on social media.

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Chicago police busted up the party and a similar event nearby. No arrests were made at either location.

Cell phone videos from both parties show hundreds of young folk commingling in close proximity in violation of social distancing rules.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, reacted angrily to the video footage on Monday, saying those responsible for throwing the party would be held accountable.

"What happened in that scene was just foolish and reckless," Lightfoot said. "There's got to be a level of personal responsibility for that. Millennials aren't children."
 

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Chicago police busted up a house party attended by 1,000 people amid the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday night.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker slammed the partygoers for violating his orders. "You are literally putting everyone around you in danger -- you are!"

Cell phone video shows partygoers packed into a small space in the Chi while ignoring social distancing precautions.

No one was arrested at the gathering, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Some of the partygoers wore masks while the majority were bare faced. The 23-minute video footage was posted on Facebook by Chicago resident Tink Purcell.

She was heard saying, "You can't even move in this b*tch!"

Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed the partygoers as "reckless and utterly unacceptable."

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"I have seen the video which shows what appears to be a house party taking place inside a Chicago residence," she wrote.

"While most Chicagoans are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, reckless actions like these threaten our public health and risk erasing the progress we have made."

Lightfoot threatened to arrest the party organizers for violating her stay-at-home order.

"We will hold those responsible accountable," she fumed.

"The fewer people who comply with the 'Stay At Home' Order, the sicker our residents will get and the harder it will be for us to recover," she wrote.

But two California doctors say the data doesn't support all the fear mongering.

Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi say quarantines are causing more harm than good amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The doctors say quarantines are no longer necessary because the coronavirus is statistically no different from the flu.

Herd immunity, also called population immunity or community immunity, protects against infectious diseases that occur when a large percentage of the population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous vaccinations or through regular exposure to viruses and bacteria.

The physicians say herd immunity can't form if the majority of healthy people stay indoors. Herd immunity also increases good bacteria that helps us fight off infections.

Democratic governors and mayors have been resistant to easing restrictions - at least until after the November elections.

House Democrats are pressuring Trump to add funding for mail-in and absentee ballots into a stimulus package so all Americans can mail in their votes.
 

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was heavily criticized for getting her hair cut while the rest of the city is under a stay-at-home order.

Lightfoot, 57, was pictured with her stylist after getting a haircut over the weekend. The photos went viral on social media on Monday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot acknowledged not practicing social distancing by getting the haircut, even as she shuttered her city's hair salons and barbershops to slow the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19.

The openly lesbian mayor defended her privilege, saying she is a public figure who is required to appear in public often and she must be well-groomed for the cameras.

She stated that she wore a mask and gloves to get her hair cut (although she wore none in the photos).

"I think what really people want to talk about is, we're talking about people dying here,” the Democratic mayor said. "We're talking about significant health disparities. I think that's what people care most about."

She added: "The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on. So we are, I am practicing what I'm preaching," Lightfoot said.

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The Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois has voted to tax the sale of marijuana to fund reparations for Black residents.

The council voted 8 to 1 on Nov. 25 to implement a 3% tax on marijuana to fund the reparations plan.

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The city plans to generate $500,000 and $750,000 through marijuana tax revenue each year. The city can also receive outside donations to the reparations fund.

Robin Rue Simmons, a black alderman who represents the city's historically Black Fifth Ward, says the fund will benefit residents affected by the war on drugs.

"Our community was damaged due to the war on drugs and marijuana convictions," she told The Washington Post. "This is a chance to correct that. Our disadvantage and discrimination has continued beyond outlawing Jim Crow and beyond enslavement."

The new reparations fund will allow Black residents to remain in their neighborhood. High property taxes in the wealthy North Shore suburb forced Black residents out of their homes.

Simmons added that the reparations fund will help families with a down payment on a home that they couldn't otherwise afford.

A meeting will be held on Dec. 11 to work out the details.

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