Daywatch: Civilian oversight for Chicago police wins final approval, what to know about masking as delta spreads and behind the scenes with ‘Ted Lasso’ co-creator

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Good morning, Chicago.

As the COVID-19 delta variant spreads and cases numbers increase, confusion surrounding mask usage is also on the rise. My colleague Angie Leventis Lourgos spoke to one of Cook County’s top health officials about when people should be wearing masks, especially with large events and gatherings like Lollapalooza and the return to in-person learning on the way. Here’s what she shared.

Across the U.S., coronavirus cases have nearly tripled over the last two weeks. Officials say the delta variant and slowing vaccination rates are to blame. Just 56.2% of eligible Americans have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however in Illinois that number is higher, with more than 71% recorded as having at least one dose.

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Civilian oversight for Chicago police wins final approval after yearslong fight. Opponents say it will make cops’ jobs harder and hurt recruiting.

Chicago’s City Council approved a controversial civilian oversight panel Wednesday, giving the public more control over Chicago police following years of protests about law enforcement misconduct.

The 36-13 vote capped more than two years of anticipation over whether Mayor Lori Lightfoot could finally say she delivered something she promised to accomplish during her first 100 days in office.

‘Voluminous’ evidence to be turned over in case against former Madigan chief of staff, feds say

A “voluminous” batch of 90,000 documents and secret recordings will soon be sent to defense lawyers handling the perjury and obstruction case against Tim Mapes, the longtime chief of staff for House Speaker Michael Madigan, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday.

Mapes has pleaded not guilty to lying to a grand jury in the sprawling ComEd bribes-for-favors case. He is one of the closest Madigan insiders to be ensnared in the ongoing investigation.

Will CPS require masks this fall? With conflicting guidance, and just weeks before schools reopen, there’s still no answer.

Chicago Public Schools has yet to announce its masking, social distancing and COVID-19 testing protocols, with just over five weeks until students are set to return to classrooms for full-time instruction five days a week.

Scabby, the Chicago-born giant inflatable protest rat, spared by National Labor Relations Board

Threatened with extermination for allegedly scaring away attendees at an Indiana RV show, Scabby, the Chicago-born giant inflatable protest rat, has been exonerated by the National Labor Relations Board.

In a ruling issued Wednesday, the board found Scabby’s hulking presence alone did not violate the National Labor Relations Act, dismissing a 2018 complaint that could have ended the widespread use of the rat balloon at union protest sites.

‘Ted Lasso’ co-creator and star Brendan Hunt on his nomadic Chicago childhood and Coach Beard’s semi-taciturn origins

The Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” is back for a second season, this time with Jason Sudeikis’ aw shucks American football coach better acclimated to his job as the manager of an English soccer team. By his side, as always, is Coach Beard, played by the show’s co-creator Brendan Hunt, who spoke with the Tribune’s Nina Metz.

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