Incumbent Mayor Nick Caiafa is being challenged in the Spring election by one of his own Trustees, Moses Diaz. They are both heading full slates constituting a Village Clerk Candidate as well as three trustee candidates.
The candidates have yet to present a platform, but with this being the only municipal election contest in Leyden Township, it has the potential to be a spirited political contest.
Caiafa, the incumbent candidate, for Village President, is a former Leyden Township Trustee. He and his slate will be running on their past 4 year record, including a current contentious labor negotiation with the Fire Department as well as past real estate tax levy increases. Moses Diaz, the challenger for Village President, has clashed with the incumbent over a past tax levy adoption and raised great concerns over the direction of economic development in the Village.
The candidates positions will be more clearly defined as the campaign season progresses. Hopefully, each Village President candidate will schedule several town-hall meetings on ZOOM to assist the Schiiler Park voters to learn the issues and hear their positions.
It would be ideal to schedule several debates on ZOOM between the two political candidates for Mayor.
The voters of Schiller Park could begin to define the issues by posting their concerns in the comment section on this blog.
I, for one, will be following this political contest closely; and posting updates regularly.
In fact, as I close this post, I offer to host at least one debate between the candidates as moderator.
The novel coronavirus overshadowed nearly every aspect of a year whose iceberg of anxiety, uncertainty and unrest had many tipping points.
It’s now time to say goodbye to 2020. For many, it will be good riddance to a year of unfathomable loss and turbulence. Some managed to find silver linings in its cloudy skies. Amid darkness, candles of kindness, heroism and innovation—including new vaccines—offered light.
Quite honestly, those numbers haven’t sounded as good together since Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters were a Friday night staple. A lot of us had high hopes for you this year, 2020. We were going to tackle new adventures. We were going to travel more. We were going to take a new risk and maybe step outside our comfort zone a little bit.
Instead, we spent most of you hearing the terms, “Coronavirus,” “COVID,” “pandemic,” “social distancing,” “six feet apart,” and “election.” You took our loved ones. You kept us at home. You exhausted us. But there was something you forgot about while unfolding your universal masterplan.
The perseverance of human kind.
See, you thought we would just lie down and accept what was happening. You forced us to quarantine in our homes for 2 weeks at first, then longer. You thought you won. You thought you robbed people of their birthdays. Of holidays. Of seeing their loved ones.
You overlooked the fact that when we need to step up for people, we do. You didn’t plan on the fact that we would start turning what should’ve been birthday parties with fun, games, and cake, to birthday parades with people safely in their cars driving by a birthday boy or birthday girl and showering them with love from afar.
You didn’t think out the fact that we would still gather for meals with our friends and family, maybe not all huddled around a table, but instead a socially distant picnic with everyone showing up with their own meals spread out far apart. You didn’t realize that friends would use vacant parking lots to all park in with their friends, set up chairs or open their truck beds and just hang out and talk from across aisles of spots, did you?
You thought you could take out all of our small businesses? You didn’t expect them to adapt and change like they did. You didn’t think that curbside pick up would be a thing, or that restaurants would offer takeout. You didn’t plan for them to build outdoor dining areas where they could and take advantage of all the space they could.
And you thought you could hit us most where it hurt — charitable endeavors. You thought if you put everyone possible out of a job, no one would give a dime to anything. But what you didn’t realize, is that WE call the shots on when WE decide to give or not. And it turns out that a lot of charitable events that happened this year, even though altered by what you brought us at the start of you — a lot of those events set records for donations.
So, see 2020 — you might’ve knocked the wind out of us, and maybe even knocked us down. But you did a terrible job of keeping us down. Because not only did we and do we still work on persevering, but now we’ve learned to pump the brakes on rushing through life a little bit. Now we’ve learned to focus not so much on what you took away from us, but to appreciate what you didn’t.
You took jobs away from some of us — and some of us saw that as a blessing. It was our sign to go back to school or to focus 100% on a side project we were starting on. It was an opportunity for some of us to move back from where we originated from. Again, you knocked some of us down, but you didn’t expect some of us to get back up quickly, and see it as an opportunity instead of a failure.
I saw a meme the other day that said something to the effect of how we’ll be pronounce the year that it’ll turn into at midnight as “2020 Won.”
But you didn’t win, 2020. Your dumpster fire self is gone at midnight. We’ll still be here at 12:01a.
Good riddance, don’t let the door hit you on the way out, and also — thank you. For helping a lot of us re-prioritize a bit, become creative, and appreciate more of what we have as opposed to stew over what we don’t.
As of December 11, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker’s administration extended a version of the statewide ban on residential evictions until January 9, 2021. This reprieve is welcomed by certain Illinois renters facing severe financial shortfalls due to the economic displacements caused by Covid. Landlords might view the modified extension as a limited reprieve, also, as it places certain wealthier tenants outside of its protective reach. In contrast, the eviction moratoriums from March through October applied to all tenants, regardless of financial circumstance. This compromise is intended to recognize the financial impact on landlords, who often depend on rent collections to pay their own obligations to creditors.
The November eviction moratorium provided protection only to those tenants or residents that are “Covered Persons.” A “Covered Person” is one who meets all four of the following metrics: “(1) the individual either (i) expects to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), (ii) was not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or (iii) received an Economic Impact Payment pursuant to Section 2001 of the CARES Act;” and is (2) “unable to make a full rent or housing payment due to a COVID-19 related hardship including, but not limited to, substantial loss of income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, or an increase in out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic;” and (3) “the individual is using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual’s circumstances may permit, taking into account other Non-Discretionary Expenses;” and (4) eviction would likely render the individual homeless . . .”.
Landlords must give tenants an opportunity to demonstrate that they meet this four-part test. Specifically, landlords must provide a Declaration form to the resident or tenant at least five days prior to the notice of termination of tenancy. If the tenant can establish that he/she/they meet all four requirements of the Covered Person test, the eviction case will fail unless the “person poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants or an immediate and severe risk to property.”
Some landlords will be pleased to learn that they may initiate new eviction cases against those who are not Covered Persons. But landlords, take note: the November order (as incorporated by the December order) directs law enforcement to delay enforcement of valid eviction orders “unless the tenant, lessee, sub-lessee, or resident of the residential property has been found to pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants or an immediate and severe risk to property.” As such, a valid eviction order is of limited utility in the short term.
The executive orders explain that evictions necessitate in-person interactions between residents, law enforcement, movers, and the family or friends that take the evicted renters into their homes. The continued pause on residential evictions is intended to avoid those in-person interactions, and, in doing so, slow the spread of the virus. Covid case counts, not surprisingly, have risen in the colder months as more Chicago and Illinois residents stay indoors. As these trends coincide with the rescheduled termination of the CDC’s eviction ban in late January of 2021, public health advocates are strongly in support of Governor Pritzker’s renewal of the modified eviction ban to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus in Illinois communities.
When Will Evictions Resume in Illinois?
The Illinois eviction moratorium prohibits the filing of residential eviction actions and the enforcement of residential evictions until January 9, 2021. Previous executive orders related to the filing of evictions in Illinois, such as Executive Order 2020-55, also clarified that nothing in the moratorium shall be construed to relieve renters of their obligations to make rent payments or otherwise comply with their leases.
It also clarifies that it does not extend to circumstances where “the tenant has been found to pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and severe risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation.” In other words, the temporary eviction ban is designed to protect only those tenants who would be evicted due to nonpayment of rent, as opposed to other lease violations. Some landlords grumble that the eviction moratorium is encouraging renters to skip their rent payments — but nothing in the moratorium forgives a tenant’s obligation to pay the rent. It merely provides renters with stable housing until the moratorium elapses.
Governor Pritzker extended the eviction moratorium in August following Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s August 20, 2020 letter to Chief Judge Evans and the Governor’s administration urging COVID-19 relief for renters and landlords alike. Sheriff Dart noted that approximately 250,000 households in Cook County could face evictions. As the Sheriff is charged with enforcing legal eviction orders, Dart shared a concern about the likely spread of COVID-19 if evicted renters were crowded into shelters or into the homes of family and friends.
The Trump administration has also framed the eviction crisis as a likely accelerator of the spread of the novel Coronavirus. On September 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control issued a temporary eviction moratorium through the end of the calendar year with sweeping protections for certain renters nationwide. Unlike the CARES Act, which provided a temporary moratorium only for those properties secured by mortgages backed by the federal government (including mortgages held by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae), the CDC’s order purports to extend to all residential properties (regardless of whether they are secured by federally backed mortgages) that are occupied by renters who meet certain income thresholds, have applied for government assistance, have lost income due to the pandemic, and would be rendered homeless if evicted. Renters must sign a declaration in order to qualify for the relief. The declaration is included as “Attachment A” to the CDC’s order, and it clarifies that the tenant’s obligation to pay rent is not modified or superceded by the eviction ban. The CDC order does not apply to jurisdictions like Illinois that have in place a moratorium on residential evictions that provides the same or greater level of public-health protection than the CDC’s order — but if Governor Pritzker decides not to renew the Illinois moratorium after it elapses in mid-January, the CDC’s moratorium will provide a stopgap for qualifying Illinois renters for a few more days.
Landlord rights groups have already begun to challenge the constitutionality of the CDC’s order. The New Civil Liberties Alliance filed a motion for a preliminary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to challenge the CDC’s eviction moratorium as an unconstitutional taking of property rights. The court heard argument on the motion on October 20, 2020.
Eviction Moratorium Chicago Protection Ordinance Provides Additional Protections to Renters
Chicago City Council approved a COVID-19 Eviction Protection Ordinance in its mid-June legislative session. This new ordinance requires that landlords extend a seven-day “cooling off” period if tenants respond to the five-day notice with a Tenant Notice and can prove unpaid rent stems from financial losses that are caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Ordinance clearly intends to prevent conditions leading to a loss of shelter, even as it protects landlords by requiring tenants to pay rent and providing exceptions to the general rule. For example, landlords may file eviction proceedings if “a tenant poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and severe risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation.”
In case landlords are thinking about performing a DIY eviction, here’s the deal: don’t do it. Lockouts are illegal in Chicago apartments. Chicago’s landlord-tenant law also heavily favors tenants in cases of retaliatory conduct. Landlords may end up in legal trouble if they even hint that they’re willing to circumvent the eviction legal process and eviction moratorium. Expensive fines and legal fees await landlords who attempt to perform self-help evictions in Chicago.
I have had enough with the canned reference to “teacher bashing” and the connotation that any negative comment regarding teacher behavior is in some way “bashing”.
“Reprinted from the Blog: Parents for Progress“
The concept “teacher bashing” seems to be jargon invented by the teachers union to deflect criticism and avoid personal responsibly. Let’s be clear, teachers are one of the foremost influences on our children’s development and forming the adults they will become. From my standpoint, they need to be held highly accountable for their actions, words and the examples they are setting.
My mother was an educator and my personality, opinions and values are due, in a large part, to the teachers who I had in my youth. My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Manning taught me about tenacity which has been a huge influence on my work ethic. My 6th grade teacher Mr. Henderson taught me about literature and poetry which has formed my love for reading. My 8th grade teacher Mrs. Wagner taught me about writing and public speaking which has served me well throughout my entire life. However, my third grade teacher Mrs. Kamis taught me that, teachers can be bullies, abuse their power and destroy a kid’s desire to go to school. Mrs. Kamis also taught me that holding teachers accountable is critical to a child’s development and who they will become.
The COVID pandemic has given some teachers license to “phone in” their lessons and use technological ineptitude as an excuse to provide a less than ideal work product. It is our jobs as parents to hold these teachers accountable.
Teachers pay the teacher’s union a part of their salaries for representation. That creates an affiliation to a powerful organization that wields that power, at times, to the detriment of the students. As such, teachers should be held accountable for the action of the union that they pay dues to. Teachers have a choice to not be a union member and can op out. Organizations such as teacherfreedom.org exist to help. As long as teachers continue to choose to be affiliated with the union, they are responsible for the union actions and should be held accountable for them.
Responsibility and accountability are the fundamental components of integrity. Any effort to deflect or obscure these values should be met with fervent opposition. The generic reference to “teacher bashing” helps no 0ne, especially the teachers. All professions have good actors and bad actors. The danger arises when shining a light on bad behavior is universally met with a subjective, all encompassing club to the head. This serves as a disincentive to hold bad actors accountable and becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy that results in all teachers being painted with the same brush. The same holds true for union affiliation. Certainly there are teachers who object to the heavy handed initiatives of the union. Until these teachers stand up and speak out, they will continue to be painted with the same brush as the union whom they voluntarily pay for collective representation.
The children are watching, the children are listening, and the children are learning during this pandemic. We should be concerned what lessons they are being taught.
It’s a bright, early and sunny morning in west suburban Schiller Park.
The neighborhood surrounding St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church comes to life. Church bells ring. Parishioners step out of their cozy brick bungalows and cross the street to the church. This chilly January morning did have a certain uneasiness in the air. It wasn’t […]
What I wonder is of the 9,757 deaths, how many died OF Covid & how many died WITH Covid.
Also, of the Covid hospitalizations, I’d be curious to know if they had the seasonal flu & their test showed positive for Covid, assuming they had a test.
Would it surprise you to learn COVID-19 has killed a total of 129 people age 18 or younger? Meanwhile, 3,000 people (that’s not a rounded number) between the ages of 10 and 19 committed suicide in 2018. Another 4,240 died of accidental injuries. What emergency measures have we taken to reduce those numbers? Mandated annual psych evaluations? Raised the driving age to 21? Made it illegal for kids to handle firearms? No, no, and no. Yet kids can’t play sports, sing in choir, or go to school.
526,509 individuals 65 and over died of heart disease in 2018. That dwarfs the 235,159 COVID-19 deaths among all ages. What emergency measures are we taking to ensure people don’t die of heart disease? Enforced heart healthy diets? Mandated daily exercise? Alcohol and cigarette bans? None of those. But our governor thinks it’s too dangerous to eat inside a restaurant.
I’m not suggesting we act like COVID-19 doesn’t exist. I’ve been for reasonable precautions (almost) since the very beginning. You can check that, if you’d like. But we’ve all been accepting risks far greater than COVID-19 for a long, long time. It’s time to stop the fear mongering. And it’s time to enact policy that makes sense.
Something is going on.
The numbers the state reports for counties has always been slightly off from the county health dept. But lately the numbers have been HUGE.
The Counties are much much lower. Kane was off by a over 200 cases.
DuPage Deaths were DOUBLED for the last week.
Look for yourself. JB Is FAKING NUMBERS!!!
A new single day record of tests reported. Positive rate 7.3% yesterday and Death RATE drops again!!! Just 400k positive in a state of 12.6M so 12.2 Million are negative.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 6,943 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 36 additional deaths.
Adams County: 1 male 90s Carroll County: 1 female 80s Christian County: 1 male 50s Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s Fulton County: 1 male 70s Greene County: 2 females 90s LaSalle County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s Livingston County: 1 male 60s Macon County: 1 female 70s Madison County: 1 male 70s McDonough County: 1 male 60s Morgan County: 1 male 80s Peoria County: 1 female 90s Piatt County: 1 female 90s Saline County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s St. Clair County: 1 male 70s Tazewell County: 1 male 60s Wayne County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s White County: 1 male 80s Will County: 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s Winnebago County: 1 female 70s
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 402,401 cases, including 9,711 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 95,111 specimens for a total 7,637,209. As of last night, 3,092 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 673 patients were in the ICU and 288 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 23 – October 29 is 7.3%
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Gov. Pritzker is pushing another wave of business lockdowns despite the courts overturning his emergency orders.
Small businesses are hanging on by a thread and many won’t survive. What’s more, Pritzker is trying to push a progressive tax that would be a nail in the coffin of businesses that survive the pandemic.
Pritzker doesn’t have the authority to decide if a business is essential or not.
We are all essential.
Here’s a list of restaurants that will be defying Prickster & the state & city lock downs! Please support them as much as possible! Addison: Amada’s – 340 W Lake St American Tap – 701 W Lake St Bigby’s Pour House – 1700 W Lake St Briki Cae – 1453 W Lake St Granny’s Restaurant – 190 N Swift Rd La Hacienda – 1571 W Lake St La Magdalena – 321 N Addison Rd Pyramid Pizza – 236 W Lake St Shoeless Joe’s – 1480 W Lake St Venuti’s – 2251 W Lake Aurora: McBride’s North Pub & Grill – 2340 S Eola Rd Mother’s Pancake House – 2290 W Galena Pomegranate Restaurant – 55 S Commons Dr Ste 114 The Town Bar & Grill – 2681 E New York St Barrington: Shakou – barrington McGonigal’s Pub – 105 S Cook St Big Iron Horse BBQ – 205 Park Ave Bartlett: Dogfather Hot Dogs – 957 Rte 59 Batavia: Apple Villa Pancake House – 1961 W Wilson St Bensenville: Hide Away Cafe – 207 W Main st Bloomingdale: Alcentro Trattoria- 109 3rd St Bentleys Pancake House – 142 E Lake St Dinos Cafe 171 E Lake St Sporty’s – 448 W Army Trail Rd Tony Spavone’s – 266 W Lake St Bridgeview: Branding Iron – 7036 S Harlem Burbank: West 79 Sports Bar – 7107 W 79th St Carol Stream: Mapleberry Pancake House – 1276 Kuhn Rd Manhattan’s – 300 S Schmale Rd JT’s Corner Tap and Eatery – 1022 Fountain View Dr The Pub – 570 S Gary Ave Red Apple Pancake House, 424 S Schmale Rd Red Stop 1030 Fountain View Dr Rocco Vino 904 W Army Trail Rd Village Tavern – 291 S Schmale Rd Chicago ridge: Berger station Les brothers Clarendon Hills: Sakura Nami – All U Can Eat Sushi – 439 E Ogden Ave Crestwood: At The Office Sports Bar – 4901 Cal Sag Rd Brazen Head – 13602 Cicero Ave Thirsty Beaver – 5599 127th St Darien: Jam and Jelly – 7511 Lemont Rd Downer’s Grove: Bryan’s American Grille – 2009 Ogden Grand Dukes Restaurant – 980 75th St 3 Corners Grill & Tap – 7231 Lemont Rd East Dundee: Bandito Barney’s 10 N River St Elgin: Elgin Public House – 219 E Chicago St Elmhurst: Angelo’s Ristorante – 247 N York St Beerhead – 100 N York St Fitz’s Pub – 172 N Addison Ave Fitz’s Spare Keys – 119 N York St Fresh Start Cafe – 1038 S York St Primos Locos – 122 S York St 100 South Chophouse – 100 S York St Geneva: Buttermilk – 7 W State St EvenFlow Music and Spirits – 302 W State St FoxFire Restaurant – 17 W State St Glendale Heights: Fitz’s Thirsty Irishmen – 1989 Bloomingdale Rd Ki’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant – 705 North Ave Schnitzel Platz – 729 North Ave Glen Ellyn: Barone’s – 475 Pennsylvania Ave The Beer Cellar – 204 W State St Main Street Pub – 466 Main St Nobel House – 419A N. Main St North Side Sports Bar & Grill – 499 Pennsylvania Ave Lisle: Raymes Steak & Seafood – 4801 Lincoln Ave Stilin’s Pub – 2029 Ogden Ave #1977 Lombard: Avanzare Italian – 667 W Roosevelt Rd Brauer House – 1000 N Rohlwing Rd #13 Broosters – 434 22nd St Fountain Inn Cafe – 2370 Fountain Square Groundlevel 105 – 105 W St Charles Rd JT’s Porch – 665 W Roosevelt Rd Otto’s Tavern – 433 Crescent Blvd Punky’s Pub – 16 S. Park Ave Midlothian: Flannery’s Pub – 4025 147th St Jack’s Place – 3915 147th St Durbins – 14753 Cicero Ave Naperville: Angeli’s Restaurant – 1478 E Chicago Ave Balboa’s Cheesesteaks – 22 E. Chicago Ave Ste 117 Bottoms Up Bar & Grill – 1807 S Washington St Draft Picks – 523 Fairway Dr Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar – 47 E Chicago Ave Jackson Ave Pub – 7 Jackson Ave La Sorella di Francesca – 18 W. Jefferson Ave Lucky Penny Diner – 1224 W Ogden Ave Ste G Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E Jefferson Up North Ale House – 1595 N Aurora New Lenox: Teardrop Cafe – 826 W Laraway Rd JBD White Horse Inn – 348 W Maple St Oak Lawn: Huck Finn – 10501 S Cicero Ave Palos Heights: Rooftop Tap – 12231 S Harlem Ave X’s & O’s Sports Bar – 6405 W 127th River Grove.. Homestretch Inn. 2222 5th ave Roselle: Brunch Café – 1500 W Lake St Italian Pizza Kitchen – 55 E Irving Park Rd St. Charles: Alley 64 – 212 W Main St La Zaza Trattoria – 5 S 1st St Salerno’s On the Fox – 320 N 2nd St Throwback Sports Bar – 1890 W. Main St Wahlburgurs – 825 S Randall Rd South Elgin: Stanley’s Restaurant & Ale House – 335 N. McLean Blvd Villa Park: Fitz’s Bull Dog – 314 St Charles Rd #2403 West Chicago: Bunker Bar & Grill – 216 Main St El Coco Loco – 205 Main St Hawthornes Backyard – 1200 W Hawthorne Westmont: Citrus Diner – 844 E Ogden Ave Harvest Pancake House & Grille – 339 W 63rd St Uncle Bub’s BBQ – 132 S Cass Ave Wheaton: Moveable Feast + Company – 112 North Hale St Seven Dwarfs – 917 E Roosevelt Rd Frnt A Willowbrook: Bernard’s Cafe – 14 63rd St Lumes Breakfast/Lunch – 900 Plainfield Rd Winfield: Caliendo’s Restaurant – 0S050 Winfield Rd Cooper’s Corner – 7W150 Roosevelt Rd Wood Dale: JB’s Bar 146 W Irving Park Rd Local Bar and Grille – 396 W Irving Park Rd Thornwood Restaurant -1051 N Woodale road U Gazdy’s – 270 W Irving Park Rd Woodridge: Jam n Jelly – 6435 Main St Nonnies Pizza – 1565 75th St 📷 📷 📷
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“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Dr. David Nabarro said to The Spectator’s Andrew Neil. “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
I’ll let the words of the World Health Organization speak for themselves.
ARE COVID DECISIONS DRIVEN BY SCIENCE OR POLITICS?
Nearly 1,000 Chicago Police Officers have tested positive for COVID-19 and three with pre-existing conditions have died. Yet CPD recently sent out a directive regarding instructing CPD’s sworn members to report for work even when they know they have been exposed to the virus. You read that correctly – report for duty – no quarantine. CPD merely directs officers to monitor for symptoms and/or elevated temperature, and to wear a mask. Otherwise, carry on, business as usual. This puts potentially contagious officers in contact with the public, and of course, with their fellow officers.
This directive is reckless or ironic, or perhaps both. Reckless, because of the high level of contact CPD has with the public and each other. Ironic, because while CPD is directing exposed officers to go out and about in public, the City actively updates its unenforceable “mandatory state quarantine list.” Ironic because of absurd cancellations of and limitations on many winter high school sports. Ironic, because City Hall continues to keep its schools closed, despite the science that says students are at and cause minimal risk. Kids are the least contagious, and the research proves that isolating children from their classrooms inflicts academic, social emotional and physical damage, particularly for the low-income children who make up the vast majority of CPS’ students.
Are these decisions really being driven by science and research or are they being driven by politics?