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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (May 22, 2016 - May 25, 2016).

Chicago and Cook County News:

The voices of the displaced were heard throughout Logan Square on Saturday as demonstrators shouted and chanted over a bed of drums and shakers, calling on Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) to stop the gentrification of the neighborhood.

Thousands of anti-violence protesters rallied Saturday on Chicago's South Side to demonstrate as part of the sixth annual "Prayer on the 9" community initiative.

Aldermen are showing more independence in the Chicago City Council and are less of a "rubber stamp" for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, finds a new study.

Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) wants to get more private sector security cameras connected to the city's surveillance network.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new proposal to address the city's underfunded Laborers Pension Fund.

Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been tapped to serve on the Lucas Museum's board of directors.

A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees.

Chicago Teachers Union members protested Tuesday afternoon in solidarity with several thousand teachers in Mexico who were fired after going on strike against education reforms.

Progress Illinois provided highlights from the first of several Fight for $15 protests happening in Chicago this week ahead of McDonald's annual shareholder meeting.

Chicago parents are rallied downtown Wednesday morning to call for sustainable funding for the city's public schools.

State News:

In a joint op-ed for PI, an Illinois scholar and local health and civil rights activist say the state budget impasse "is a prolonged act of violence leaving thousands of casualties in its wake."

Environmental groups reacted this week to a U.S. House measure that could open the door to new invasive species in the Great Lakes as well as a recent settlement over a 2011 leak at a nuclear power plant located on Lake Michigan's shoreline.

At the Illinois GOP Convention over the weekend, state Republicans decided against changing their party's platform on the issue of same-sex marriage.

It looks like the Independent Map Amendment group has garnered enough signatures for their proposed Illinois ballot question, according to state election officials.

More young children in Illinois are being poisoned by electronic cigarettes, according to the Illinois Poison Center.

It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's approval rating has reached an all-time low, according a new survey by Ogden & Fry.

With the end of the regular Illinois legislative session looming, supporters of an Exelon and ComEd energy proposal were at the State Capitol Tuesday to advocate for the measure.

Argonne National Laboratory is launching the first technology incubator for clean energy projects.

Illinois lawmakers attempted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a controversial labor bill Wednesday, but the effort failed.

Minimum wage earners in Illinois must work 97 hours a week, year round to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in the state, according to the annual "Out of Reach" report for 2016.

An interfaith couple has filed a religious discrimination complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights after they were denied wedding services at a venue in Galena.

The Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area was officially established Wednesday in Iroquois County. 

National News:

An undocumented Chicago woman and activist is suing a federal immigration agency Wednesday, alleging her deferred action renewal application was unjustly denied because of her past participation in civil disobedience actions.

The nation's high court declined a rehearing request Monday from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to comply with the State Department's records policies, an inspector general report has found.

Cartoons Of The Week:

PI's editorial cartoonist Chris Britt's take on:

Illinois leading the nation in African American unemployment

Donald Trump's recent assertion that all gun free zones be eliminated from schools

the federal investigation of Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino over his campaign spending as a state legislator



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