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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (March 14, 2016 to March 20, 2016).

Chicago and Cook County News:

Musician John Legend endorsed Kim Foxx in the race for Cook County State's Attorney on Sunday.

Foxx also added former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean to her growing list of endorsements Monday.

Chicago and Cook County's suburbs set early voting records, according to officials. 

Black Chicago activists pressed for their preferred candidates in Tuesday's primary elections in a unique way.

While Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans was speaking at the City Club of Chicago Monday, a group of O'Hare International Airport workers protested outside to make their voices heard.

Reclaim Chicago hit the streets Tuesday to get-out-the-vote for their endorsed candidates, which include U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president and Kim Foxx for Cook County State's Attorney.

Kim Foxx -- Cook Co. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's most prominent Democratic primary challenger -- soundly defeated the incumbent, who was first elected in 2008. 

Chicago aldermen were expected to consider several new measures during Wednesday's city council meeting, ranging from the mayor's tobacco tax plan to a proposed 50-cent charge for cab fares paid with credit cards. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $6 million tobacco tax plan and a new 50-cent charge for cab fares paid with credit cards were among the items approved at Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

A former employee of the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk is expected to plead guilty to federal charges stemming from a federal probe "investigating the purchasing of jobs and promotions" at the office.

The Chicago Teachers Union is planning a one-day walkout on April 1.

The Chicago Police Board announced on Thursday the three finalists for the city's police superintendent position. 

The next phase of participatory budgeting in Chicago's 49th Ward kicks off this weekend.

State News:

Presidential candidates held several events in Illinois Monday ahead of Tuesday's primary in the state. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office announced Monday that it would have 179 teams of officials monitoring Tuesday's primary elections in the state.

Progress Illinois caught up with voters at polling places and candidates on the campaign trail throughout the day. We also provided updates with our election night live-blog as the developments unfolded.

We met up with political newcomer Jason Gonzales, who challenged one of the most powerful men in Illinois -- House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) -- as he stumped for voter support on Tuesday.

Juliana Stratton celebrated her 5th district state House race win Tuesday night after wrestling the seat away from longtime incumbent Ken Dunkin.

Progress Illinois broke down the winners and losers in some key legislative races in which stakes were high for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

A $3.8 billion spending plan cleared the Illinois Senate Thursday along party lines.

A Whole Foods Market distribution center will be built on Chicago's South Side in Pullman, city and grocery store officials announced Thursday. 

Nearly all Illinois metro areas saw their unemployment rates tick up in January compared to one year ago, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.

National News:

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk drew criticism for saying he would back Donald Trump, should the businessman become the GOP presidential nominee.

Progress Illinois provided highlights from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign event held in Chicago Monday morning.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Illinois primary race while Trump was victorious on the GOP side.

President Barack Obama selected Merrick Garland Wednesday as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created after Justice Antonin Scalia's death last month.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's health will be examined by an independent medical official under a federal judge's order from Wednesday

Hillary Clinton won the Missouri Democratic primary Thursday, which had been too close to call since Tuesday's elections.

U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL,5) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) introduced legislation in the House Thursday aimed at protecting America's drinking water supply from lead contamination.

A controversial resolution involving the legal challenge against President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration went go up for a vote in the Republican-led U.S. House Thursday afternoon.


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