Chicago Announcements September 09, 2021

The Chicago Department of Public Health on Wednesday added Vermont to the city’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory. The addition means unvaccinated travelers from every state and territory are now being asked to get a COVID test or quarantine for 10 days after arriving in Chicago. Vermont was added to the city’s travel advisory because their average daily new cases exceeded 15 per 100,000 residents. The U.S. average daily case rate per 100,000 residents is 38.3, down from 39 one week ago. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that her office is working with the Center for Conflict Resolution on a pilot program set to launch this fall that would offer residents an alternative for filing “select” police misconduct complaints, according to a news release from Lightfoot’s office. The so-called “mediation model” that is being worked on by the city and the Center for Conflict Resolution would “be used to address select complaints with the intention of finding resolution in a more expedited manner.” Complaints related to “perceived bias in police or failures to provide appropriate service” would fall under the pilot program’s jurisdiction and would be referred to the mediator instead of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability or the CPD Bureau of Internal Affairs for investigation. 

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