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Mayor Lori Lightfoot moving back weekend curfew for minors to 10 p.m., following teen’s shooting death in Millennium Park

CHICAGO (CBS) — A day after banning unaccompanied minors from visiting Millennium Park after 6 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday, in response to the shooting death of a teen near The Bean, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday she is moving back the citywide curfew for minors by one hour on Friday and Saturday nights.

Lightfoot said she is signing an executive order to move the 11 p.m. curfew for children under age 17 on Friday and Saturday nights to 10 p.m. The 10 p.m. curfew on Sunday through Thursday nights will remain the same.

The mayor noted current the 11 p.m. curfew on weekends and 10 p.m. curfew on weeknights has been in effect since at least 1992.

“I’m urging parents, guardians, and responsible adults in the lives of children to make sure that you know what the rules are, and that you make a plan with your children and young people, to make sure that they safely abide by this curfew that’s been in effect for a very long time,” Lightfoot said. “You need to make sure that you understand what your young people are doing, who they are with, and where they are going.”

The mayor said the city will be partnering with the Chicago Public Schools and other schools across the city to explain the new curfew policy to students. She also said the Chicago Police Department “will exhaust all other efforts before they take law enforcement actions to make sure that our young people are safe.”

The new policies come after a chaotic night in Chicago’s Loop that left a teenager dead Saturday night.

16-year-old, Seandell Holliday, was shot and killed in the mayhem, just steps from Cloud Gate, the sculpture more commonly known as The Bean. 

The teen was shot in the chest around 7:30 p.m. as rowdy crowds of young people converged downtown. Hours later, two men, between the ages of 18 and 20, were shot around 11:41 p.m. while walking with a group of people when two male juveniles fired shots into the group.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged in Seandell’s death. The teen is facing charges of second-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. 

The 17-year-old’s name has not yet been released. He is expected to appear in bond court Monday afternoon.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the teen was placed into custody without incident moments after the shooting. 

This is a developing story…

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