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At Issue: Emanuel Positions Himself For A Third Term

Looking back on 2017, we saw Mayor Rahm Emanuel all but announce his bid for another term in office, and we also saw movement from a possible high-profile opponent.


At Issue: County Hospitals Resisting Efforts To Cut Budget Any Further

A few county commissioners seem incredulous that, in a budget of $2.5 billion, the county hospital system cannot find $25 million in cuts.


McHenry Co. Chair Wants Some Officials Off State Retirement Fund

That includes the board chairman, state’s attorney, county clerk, court clerk, treasurer, auditor, recorder, coroner and sheriff.


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At Issue: Chicago Police Union Seeking To Block New Use Of Force Policies

Chicago FOP President Kevin Graham said the new rules violate the department’s union contract, because the changes were not negotiated.


Rauner Says He’s ‘Open To Compromise’ On School Funding Dispute

The governor said he’d accept a compromise that restores some of the $250 million in state funding he vetoed for Chicago Public Schools.


More Than 100 Cook County Prosecutors Face Layoffs Without Soda Tax

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said more than 100 prosecutors could be laid off if a judge doesn’t allow the soda tax to take effect by August.


At Issue: Education Advocates Hopeful School Funding Formula Will Change For The Better

The Illinois General Assembly is forging ahead with measures to overhaul the way Illinois distributes state tax revenue for public schools.


Immigrant Rights Advocate: Courts Will Side With ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Mony Ruiz-Velasco said the 10th Amendment protects cities from being threatened with the loss of federal funds over new deportation laws.


Police Board Chief Urges Emanuel To Create CPD Reform “SWAT Team”

Police Board President Lori Lightfoot said Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Eddie Johnson must take ownership of reforms in the wake of the U.S. Justice Department’s scathing report on the Chicago Police Department.


Trump Presidency Raises Concerns About Constitutional Limits

With the inauguration fast approaching, the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concerns president-elect Donald Trump might infringe upon constitutional freedoms after taking office.


Senate GOP Leader Expects Short-Term Budget Deal By End Of The Month

A top Republican lawmaker said it’s likely the Illinois General Assembly will reach an agreement on a stopgap budget deal soon, but long-term solutions might take a while.


University Of Chicago Seeks To Address Concerns In Report On Trauma Center Plan

Officials at the University of Chicago were countering some regulators’ criticisms of their long-awaited plan to establish a Level One Trauma Center on their Hyde Park hospital campus.


Road Work

Interest Group Suggests Raising Gas Tax To Improve Chicago Area Roads

With Houston about to overtake Chicago as the third most populous city in the nation, a local planning expert has offered some bold ideas for putting the boom back in the local economy.


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Claypool Still Hopeful For Compromise On Pension Bailout From State

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool said he’s not discouraged by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s opposition to a nearly $500 million bailout of the financially-strapped school district.


Alvarez: Journalists’ Slayings Highlight Need For Universal Background Checks

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the televised shootings of reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward heightened the need to find better ways to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns.


Conservatives And Progressives Unite To Overhaul Criminal Justice System

Todd Belcore, lead attorney with the Sergeant Shriver Center on Poverty Law, a social justice group, said he’s not surprised conservatives at the Illinois Policy Institute agree too many people are being jailed too long for the wrong reasons.


Emanuel, Garcia Continue To Squabble Over City Budget

As they approach Tuesday’s runoff election, Mayor Emanuel and challenger Chuy Garcia continue to clash over how much to say–or not say–about plans to confront the city’s budget woes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health Treatment

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts, saying the governor’s fiscal plan will end up costing the state a lot more money in the long run, and needlessly send more people to jail.


Corruption In Illinois Didn’t Start With Chicago, But Chicago Started With Fraud

A new book about Illinois politics shows its not-so-proud tradition of corruption dates back further than you might have guessed.


At Issue: Analyzing Gov. Rauner’s Budget Plan

Watchdog groups from across the political spectrum agree Gov. Brucer Rauner’s new budget proposals grapple with the serious fiscal problems gripping the state, but they differ about whether the plans to cut billions in spending will fly.


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