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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (January 4, 2016 - January 8, 2016).

Chicago & Cook County News:

There were 468 homicides in Chicago last year, an increase from 416 murders in 2014, according to new police department data.

Emanuel administration emails released to the press on New Year's Eve suggest top mayoral staffers knew there was dash-cam video of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in early December 2014.

Staff changes are coming to the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) in Chicago, according to a Monday announcement.

A top attorney for the city of Chicago resigned Monday after a federal judge ruled that he hid evidence in a fatal police shooting dating back to a 2011 traffic stop.

Fifty-seven survivors of torture committed during Jon Burge's reign as Chicago police commander began receiving financial reparations from the city Monday.

The Archdiocese of Chicago plans to close three schools in Chicago and the suburbs at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tapped Jaime Guzman, an Illinois State Charter School commissioner, to replace Jesse Ruiz on the Chicago Board of Education.

The Chicago Police Department has taken disciplinary action against 22 officers over improper use of dash-cam equipment since December 4.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday there is no need for a federal probe into the city's law department.

Proposals are being sought from developers for the first phase of the Cabrini-Green redevelopment project, the Chicago Housing Authority and city announced Tuesday.

The Emanuel administration is proposing to borrow a much as $3 billion for the city.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) wants Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign.

The Cook County Democratic Party is reopening its slating process in the race for state's attorney. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there will be an outside review of the Federal Civil Rights Litigation division of the city's law department.

The African-American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago is demanding the firing of Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago and a federal probe into the hiring practices at the city's fire department.

Former St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom joined Chicago journalists Thursday evening at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics to discuss local police issues in light of the Laquan McDonald case. 

State News:

Progress Illinois talks with service providers and individuals impacted by the state budget impasse, which is now in its seventh month.

The state of Illinois is looking to borrow $480 million in January to cover road construction and other transportation-related costs, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner's office.

State Sen. William Delgado (D-Chicago) says he won't seek re-election this year.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has surveyed state colleges and universities to learn how they are handling Monetary Award Program grants, funding for which is caught up in the ongoing state budget stalemate. 

Illinois now has several new laws in effect aimed at keeping teens out of the state prison system. One group is praising one change in particular, which could affect some of Illinois' youngest residents.

Every $1 billion invested in Chicago-area clean water infrastructure creates or saves an average of 11,200 total jobs and generates an 8 percent economic return over a year. That's according to a new report, backed by the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) and the Sierra Club, that explores the economic and environmental benefits of local clean water projects, which the groups say are a "win-win-win for Illinois" because they help workers, the economy and the environment.

AFSCME Council 31 says Rauner administration officials have walked away from talks over a new labor contract and are claiming that negations are at an impasse.

The state's health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, has a new director, the Illinois Department of Insurance announced Friday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner turned over information from his daily appointment calendar on Friday.

National News:

Illinois immigrant advocates spoke out Tuesday against a federal deportation crackdown on families who recently entered the United States illegally through the southern border.

Earlier this year, BP announced it would stop sending petcoke waste to a dumping site in Chicago. But now tons of the oil-refining waste is on the move across the country from a BP facility in Whiting, Indiana, and the Natural Resources Defense Council is watching.

An emotional President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to address gun violence in the nation via increased controls and enforcement of laws.

Wheaton College started the firing process this week for a political science professor who was put on administrative leave last month after stating in a Facebook post that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday in a high-profile labor case that could significantly affect public employee unions nationwide.

The mother of Sandra Bland, an African-American woman who died in a Texas jail after a contentious traffic stop by a state trooper, says Wednesday's indictment of the officer falls short of possibly attaining full justice.

With the United States leading the world in incarceration rates, criminal-justice reformers are targeting an unintended consequence of that reality.

GOP-backed legislation seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood was vetoed Friday by President Barack Obama.

The U.S. economy added a better-than-expected 292,000 jobs in December, and the nation's unemployment held steady at 5 percent, according to the Labor Department. 


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