Weekly review: Rittenhouse found not guilty on all counts | Chicago News

Illinois teenager Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges against him in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The families of the two men who were shot and killed by Rittenhouse during the protest said they would continue their legal actions against him.

Protesters were outside the courthouse throughout the trial and tensions were high, NBC Chicago reported. But some 500 members of the National Guard called in by the governor may have helped quash potential unrest.

The jury took three days to return the not guilty verdict, but questions remain as to whether prosecutors should have laid different charges.

In the city news, there are new calls for the Chicago Police Department superintendent. David Brown to quell violence here soon or lose his job, the Sun-Times reported.

Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara resigned during his dismissal hearing.

Catanzara intends to remain president of the FOP. Following Monday’s hearing, he called the proceedings a “charade” and expressed his intention to run for mayor against Lightfoot in 2023.

“There has never been a possibility under God’s green earth that I give this mayor the ability to say the words ‘I fired you’,” he said. “It was never going to happen.” Catanzara then announced he would run against Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago Tribune reported. Lightfoot said the race would be “a gift”.

Meanwhile, there are less than two weeks left for the neighborhood card deadline, but the numbers don’t quite match up.

The deadline for city council to approve a new ward card is December 1 – which means aldermen have 12 days, including the Thanksgiving holiday, to resolve their differences or put the decision in the hands of voters in Chicago.

The Latino caucus drew a map with 16 wards with a majority of black voters and 15 wards with a majority of Latino voters by “gutting” neighborhoods that now have a majority of black voters, Black Caucus Chairman Ald. Jason Ervin (28th venue) said.

“I’m disappointed that a protected class is going after another protected class,” Ervin said.

State law requires that Chicago neighborhoods be “nearly equal to the extent possible” while being as “contiguous” and “compact” as possible while respecting the Voting Rights Act, which is designed to protect human rights. vote of black, Latino and Asian residents.

Given that Chicago’s population in 2020 was 2,746,388, each neighborhood is expected to have 54,928 residents, according to data presented to Chicago City Council.

However, the chairman of the Latin caucus Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward) said the map drawn by the Latino Caucus reflects the results of the 2020 census, which found that Chicago’s Latin American population grew 5% in a decade, while the black population of Chicago fell 10%.

And the city has released the five pending casino proposals in hopes of a quick decision.

The five proposals submitted by three companies to build a casino and resort in Chicago would boost the city’s economy and inject roughly $ 200 million into the city’s police and fire department pension funds, significantly easing the pressure on the city. city ​​finances, while creating “thousands” of jobs. city ​​officials said on Friday.

Chicagoans will get a first look at the details of the five proposals at a meeting scheduled for Dec. 16 to give each team a chance to present their proposal while a team of city officials from a cross-section of departments and consultants will weigh the plans and make a recommendation to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, setting up a final pick in early 2022.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the launch of a casino in Chicago “will mark the beginning of a new and exciting era for our city”.


Christian Farr, NBC 5 News | @ ChrisFarrNBC5, @NBCChicago

Sam charles, News from the WGN | @samjcharles, @WGNNews

Clarence page, Chicago Tribune | @CPtime, @ChicagoTribune

heather cherone, WTTW News | @wttw, @HeatherCherone

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