Chicago Police brass will brief the news media Tuesday on their plans for the 4th of July holiday, which data shows is often the most violent of the summer. A nonpartisan watchdog group gives the City Colleges of Chicago the thumbs up on its budget, while the Ethics Board announces it will consider the case of a former city employee who took a banned gift in exchange for assistance.
- CPD steps up patrols for holiday: Police brass are set to announce Tuesday that more than additional 1,500 Chicago police officers will hit the streets to keep violence down over the 4th of July holiday. More than 100 people were shot — and 15 people killed — over the 4th of July holiday in 2017, when more than 1,300 additional officers were assigned to patrol. The holiday weekend is often one of the most — if not the most — violent weekends in Chicago, according to police data.
- Civic Fed backs City Colleges budget — The nonpartisan Civic Federation called the proposed $436.1 million budget for the City Colleges of Chicago “a prudent plan to continue to stabilize the district’s finances.” The proposal calls for a “modest” hike in the college district’s property tax levy, and will reinstitute a per-credit hour based tuition structure for part-time students while maintaining a flat-rate tuition structure for full-time students, according to the Civic Fed. Their fiscal year started on July 1.
- Inspector General refers case to Ethics Board — After an investigation by Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, the Chicago Board of Ethics will consider a case involving a former city employee. The inspector general’s investigation found the employee “received a gift worth in excess of $50 from a business owner with whom he dealt, and provided advice and assistance on matters concerning business in exchange for that gift.” City ordinance limits gifts to less than $50 per year from any single source. Danielle Perry, a spokeswoman for Ferguson, declined to answer questions about the case.