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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Chicago's police union is threatening to "file a temporary restraining order" in an attempt to stop the city's COVID-19 vaccination mandate from taking effect, per Fox 32.

The big picture: Under the requirement that's due to take effect on Friday, city of Chicago staff who aren't vaccinated against the coronavirus must be tested semiweekly. They will be placed on unpaid leave if they refuse. Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara is urging union members to defy the mandate.

What they're saying: Catanzara said Chicago will have a police force at "50% or less" if Mayor Lori Lightfoot places staff who don't report their vaccination status by Friday on "nondisciplinary, no-pay status," the Chicago Sun-Times notes.

  • Lightfoot called the claims "patently false," AP reports. She said the city was "prepared for any eventuality" once the mandate took effect over the weekend, according to the Sun-Times.

Of note: COVID-19 has killed 460 law enforcement officers, including Chicago Police Department members, AP notes.

  • Former Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president Dean Angelo died on Tuesday after being hospitalized with the virus.

Go deeper: Scores of police officers are refusing the COVID vaccine

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22 hours ago - Axios Des Moines

What the Midwest Regional Rail Plan could mean for Des Moines travel

Image: Federal Railroad Administration

A newly released plan from the Federal Railroad Administration would allow Des Moines residents to travel via train to Chicago or Omaha, Nebraska.

Why it matters: Traveling from Des Moines to other states without a car isn't easy.

  • This dream proposal by the federal transportation agency helps take us a step closer to better commutes.
13 hours ago - Health

Illinois mandates daycare workers to receive COVID vaccine or weekly testing

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a round table discussion with high school students in October 2018. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) announced Friday that all daycare workers in the state will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or or submit to weekly testing.

Driving the news: Pritzker said he was issuing the requirement to protect "babies, toddlers, and young children not yet eligible for the vaccine."

What's happening with Chicago's lead line removal

This small section of lead pipe was once part of a longer service line that connected a home to a water main. Chicago still has about 400,000 lead pipes in the ground. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Last week Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledged to remove all the lead service lines in the city of Benton Harbor, Mich., over the next 18 months.

Why it matters locally: Chicago has more toxic lead lines that connect homes to the water main than any other U.S. city.

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