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CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of people descended on downtown Chicago after a police shooting on the city’s South Side. Police say the vandals smashed the windows of dozens of businesses early Monday and made off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry. Police Superintendent David Brown says when police shot a man who opened fire on officers Sunday, the incident apparently prompted a social media post urging people to converge on the business district. Over several hours, police made more than 100 arrests, and 13 officers were injured, including one who was struck in the head with a bottle.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —  The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,319 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, with one death. The cases reported Monday brings to 195,399 confirmed cases and 7,637 deaths in the state. The statewide positivity rate for the period of August 3 through August 9 is at 4.1%. As the new numbers were announced, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority announced an emergency housing assistance program for Illinoisans financially impacted by COVID-19. The IHDA will allocate $150 million to help income-eligible residents pay rent. Tenants whose applications are approved will receive a one-time grant of $5,000 paid directly to their landlords to cover missed rent payments beginning from March 2020 or to alleviate rent debt through December 2020.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by Chicago-area Republicans alleges Illinois’ expanded vote-by-mail program is a “partisan scheme” designed to help Democrats get votes. The lawsuit filed Monday names election officials and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who signed the law to help limit Election Day crowds at polling places to curb the spread of COVID-19. Among other things, it requires vote-by-mail applications be sent to everyone who voted in elections since 2018. Lawyers for the conservative Chicago-based Liberty Justice Center filed the lawsuit on behalf of Cook County Republicans. The center has previously challenged Election Day registration.

 

McDonald’s is suing Steve Easterbrook, the CEO it ousted last year over an inappropriate relationship with an employee, alleging he covered up relationships with other employees and destroyed evidence. Easterbrook told the company that there were no other similar instances. McDonald’s says in a lawsuit that it has since become aware of sexual relationships between Easterbrook and three other employees prior to his termination. The company also says Easterbrook approved a special stock grant for one of those employees worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. A message seeing comment was left with Easterbrook’s attorney.

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