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A clamp-down on Chicago teens’ access to a popular downtown park and a weekend curfew following the fatal shooting of a teenager has revived longstanding accusations that City Hall prioritizes the city’s sparkling lakefront and downtown over West and South side neighborhoods where hundreds have been killed or hurt by gun violence. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tightened a citywide curfew for young people as part of an effort to combat violence and restricted access by unaccompanied minors to downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park. The changes followed the weekend shooting death of a 16-year-old boy. But activists and others worry that minority  teens will bear the brunt of the crackdown and exacerbate tensions between police and minority communities. 

Three women who were found dead at a senior living facility on Chicago’s North Side amid high heat have been identified. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that the women who were found dead Saturday were 76-year-old Delores McNeely, 72-year-old Gwendolyn Osborne and 68-year-old Janice Reed. All three women were found unresponsive over a 12-hour span at the James Sneider Apartments. Residents there started complaining of oppressively hot conditions days earlier. Alderwoman Maria Hadden said she believes the lack of air conditioning in the building likely caused the deaths. Hadden says she went to the building Thursday and learned no one had air conditioning.

The robbery at the First Midwest Bank branch in Calumet Township on June 11, 2021, led to the shooting death of security guard Richard Castellana, 55, of Tinley Park.

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