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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Are you prepared for an earthquake?
    IEMA/FEMA , Natural disasters (42)
    Joey McLaughlin talks about the earthquake preparedness and the ‘Great Central U.S. ShakeOut’ with Rebecca Clark with Illinois Emergency Management Agency. https://wtax.com/podcasts/are-you-prepared-for-an-earthquake/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    32,500 Chicago teachers, staff on strike: Here’s what led to the first major walkout since 2012
    Chicago--Schools (18)
    After months of negotiations, the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates turned down the district’s latest contract offer Wednesday.

    Months of slow-moving negotiations, back-and-forth attacks and public posturing between Chicago officials and the city’s teachers union have led to 32,500 teachers and school support staff deciding to walk off ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    6 more medical pot shops granted licenses to sell recreational marijuana
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    State officials announced Wednesday that six more medical marijuana dispensaries have been granted approval to start selling recreational pot when sales kick off at the start of next year.

     

    Cresco Labs, a River North company that operates in multiple states, was awarded licenses Tuesday to dole out recreational weed at its five current medical dispensaries: FloraMedex in E...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Mike Madigan’s troubles a boon to lawyers — legal bills exceed $1.5 million
    Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    Madigan’s legal headaches heated up in February 2018 when political consultant Alaina Hampton accused one of his longtime political aides of sending her unwanted texts.

    Mike Madigan’s troubles a boon to lawyers — legal bills exceed $1.5 millionHouse Speaker Mike Madigan dipped into his campaign funds for more than $418,597 in legal fees over the past three months, brin...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Chicago teachers are on strike. The reasons why come down to politics, time and money.
    Chicago--Schools (18)

    Teachers at Chicago Public Schools will go on strike Thursday after the Chicago Teachers Union and the city failed to settle on a new contract before the union-imposed deadline.

     

    Talks had resumed Wednesday morning, but CPS announced classes are canceled Thursday because of the anticipated walkout. Despite talk of some progress at the bargaining table, neither side had rea...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Maybe it’s time to hold Illinois child welfare workers criminally liable when children under their supervision are killed
    DCFS (30)

    We have known from the beginning that the child welfare system failed 5-year-old AJ Freund. Social workers should have removed this child from his home long before his parents allegedly beat him to death and buried him in a shallow grave.

     

    But if the allegations in a federal lawsuit filed this week on behalf of AJ’s three siblings are true, maybe the parents arenR...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s rules for recreational marijuana sales in Chicago pass City Council despite controversy
    Recreational Marijuana

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot celebrated City Council passage Wednesday of her marijuana zoning rules in the face of a threatened revolt by black aldermen, but in order to keep the peace promised to work at the city and state level to make sure African Americans get a piece of the lucrative business starting next year.

     

    When the 20-member Black Caucus held up passage of the mayor&#...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    The Spin: Gloves off between Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago Teacher’s Union boss as strike closes in

    By this time tomorrow, barring some 11th-hour contract deal, Chicago Public Schools teachers likely will be well into their first day on strike.

     

    With hope all but gone, the question turns to how long the walkout could last.

     

    Whatever the case, the gloves are off, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot saying the Chicago Teachers Union — which backed her opp...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Illinois college aid would hit record under Pritzker plan The governor has proposed allocating more money to student financial help for higher education than at any point in the state's history.
    Education--Higher (37)
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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Chicago teachers say pay bump can't fix deeper problems
    Chicago--Schools (18)

    -- Chicago teachers beginning a massive strike Thursday have rejected offers that would increase their pay, hoping that will keep pressure on the district to commit to lower class sizes and more support staff in schools.

     

    Illinois law allows the district and the union to negotiate on those issues, but educators can only strike over a few points including pay and benefits. ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    New Architect of the Capitol hired

    An architect from Bloomington has been named Architect of the Illinois State Capitol.

     

    Andrea Aggertt took over the position on Tuesday. She replaces J. Richard Alsop, who left in 2015.

     

    Aggertt was a project architect for Shive-Hattery, an Iowa-based firm with an office in Bloomington. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and th...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Rep. McCombie says ‘cost of corruption is too high to ignore’
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a)

    A Republican state lawmaker said Wednesday she plans to introduce legislation to establish a State Ethics Task Force to tighten ethics rules within Illinois government.

     

    “To have the public’s trust, we must take action whenever confidence is broken,” state Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, said in a news release. “We’ve seen the headlines of the ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Chicago public-private partnership to get $1.2 billion for infrastructure projects
    Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14) , Governor (44)
    Chicago is set to get more than $1.2 billion for infrastructure projects from state and federal taxpayers.

    The majority comes from the state's recently enacted infrastructure plan, which doubled the state’s gas tax.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined state, local and federal officials Tuesday at A. Phillip Randolph Elementary School in Chicago to tell students about projects the infrastru...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Exelon Utilities CEO abruptly retires as utility is pulled into federal investigation of Sen. Martin Sandoval
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Pay to Play, Corruption , Utilities (94) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Sandoval, Martin--State Senate, 11
    The CEO of Exelon Utilities abruptly retired amid questions about the company's lobbying activity and connection to Martin Sandoval, a Democratic Illinois state senator at the center of a vast federal corruption investigation. 

    The company made the announcement about CEO Anne Pramaggiore's retirement Tuesday.

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Local officials still have questions about recreational cannabis with three months before new law takes effect
    Recreational Marijuana
    Municipal officials continue to navigate the finer points of the state's new recreational marijuana law, including what they can and cannot do to regulate use at the local level.

    Illinois recreational cannabis law takes effect Jan. 1. However, many municipalities are still debating on the local rules they’ll set for any potential sale of the federally-prohibited drug. Ancel Glink attorne...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Several Illinois cities among nation's slowest-growing, new analysis shows
    Demographics, Census, Statistics , Economic Development (35)
    Several Illinois cities ranked among the slowest-growing cities in the nation, according to a new analysis from the personal finance website WalletHub.

    WalletHub ranked the...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Some Illinois lawmakers want to pass pension consolidation measure during fall session
    Governor (44) , Pensions (70) Batinick, Mark--State House, 97 , Martwick, Robert--State House, 19
    Some Illinois lawmakers want the upcoming veto session this fall to focus on a task force recommendation to consolidate 649 downstate local police and firefighter pension funds into two funds.

    Two lawmakers said the plan was a small reform to address the state’s high property taxes and underfunded pensions.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled a plan proposed by the Pension Consolidation ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Misdeal or pat hand? Pritzker and Lightfoot playing for high stakes with Chicago casino
    Chicago Mayor (16) , Gambling, Gaming , Pritzker, J.B.

    The tensions could come to a head Wednesday as high-level staffers for the freshmen governor and mayor meet to hash out the details.

    Political insiders say Gov. J.B. Pritzker was completely blindsided by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s new proposal for a publicly-owned city and state Chicago casino and first read details of her plan in the newspaper.

     

    “This stri...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Exelon Utilities CEO Anne Pramaggiore abruptly retires amid federal probe into Illinois lobbying
    Utilities (94)

    Exelon Utilities CEO Anne Pramaggiore abruptly retired Tuesday amid a wide-ranging federal investigation that includes the company’s lobbying activities at the Illinois State Capitol.

     

    The announcement of Pramaggiore’s retirement came less than a week after Exelon and ComEd acknowledged they had received a second subpoena in the probe. Authorities were looking ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker moves to protect the reputation and reality of Illinois gambling. Good.
    Pritzker, J.B.

    For the past few days we’ve been thinking about the paperwork from a September raid on the Springfield office of state Sen. Martin Sandoval. We don’t know why the feds went snooping — Sandoval has not been accused of wrongdoing — but we know the search reflected a broadminded curiosity about video gambling, construction, a suburban red light camera company and ComEd.

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker releases 2018 tax info, offering the public a glimpse of his immense wealth
    Pritzker, J.B.

    Billionaire Gov. J.B. Pritzker released the top pages of his federal and state income tax returns on Wednesday, offering the public a tiny glimpse into his vast wealth.

     

    Pritzker and wife M.K. Pritzker reported taxable income of $5.5 million in 2018, according to documents the Democratic governor’s campaign arm released. That’s a steep drop-off from 2017 when P...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot pitches joint city-state owned casino
    Gambling, Gaming

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot is pitching two options for a Chicago casino to Illinois lawmakers, one a “public structure” that would be split between the city and state, the other a more conventional private operation.

     

    Either of Lightfoot’s proposals would need the Illinois legislature to approve taxes lower than those written into expanded gambling legislation ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Pritzker halts sale of land for Tinley Park horse track casino after Tribune investigation
    Pritzker, J.B.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker has put the brakes on a proposed racetrack and casino, telling Tinley Park officials he won’t sell them the state-owned land where the gambling emporium was supposed to be built.

     

    The Pritzker administration’s Tuesday letter to the southwest suburb comes days after a Chicago Tribune investigation revealed that the major video gambling operato...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Proposed rules for recreational marijuana sales in Chicago advance in City Council, full vote next
    Recreational Marijuana

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s rules for recreational marijuana sales in Chicago advanced Wednesday morning after African American aldermen pushed for greater assurances that minorities will get a fair shake to get in on the lucrative business starting next year.

     

    The zoning ordinance laying out where marijuana dispensaries would be allowed and prohibited throughout the city...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    City plans to loosen weed-free zone downtown
    Recreational Marijuana

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot is planning to open up a slice of River North to retail marijuana shops under a draft zoning ordinance, relaxing an earlier proposal that would have banned cannabis sales from nearly all of downtown.
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot is planning to open up a slice of River North to retail marijuana shops under a draft zoning ordinance, relaxing an...   read more >

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