Lightfoot imposes earlier city curfew on weekends

  • A 17-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a 16-year-old boy near "The Bean" sculpture in downtown Chicago's Millennium Park.

    A 17-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a 16-year-old boy near "The Bean" sculpture in downtown Chicago's Millennium Park. Associated Press file photo

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot, speaking at a city hall news conference Monday, announced an earlier weekend curfew citywide and defended her ban on unaccompanied minors in Millennium Park after 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot, speaking at a city hall news conference Monday, announced an earlier weekend curfew citywide and defended her ban on unaccompanied minors in Millennium Park after 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Brian Rich/Chicago Sun-Times

 
 
Updated 5/16/2022 8:15 PM

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday rolled back Chicago's weekend curfew -- from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- in a desperate attempt to stop an outbreak of youth violence downtown that culminated in the fatal weekend shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Millennium Park.

Lightfoot said it is with an "incredibly heavy heart" she's signing an executive order imposing the hour-earlier curfew in conjunction with the weekend ban on "unaccompanied minors" at Millennium Park that will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday and continue "for the foreseeable future."

 

But the mayor said she has "no choice" but to impose those drastic measures after a frenetic stretch from Saturday evening into early Sunday.

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