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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (June 6, 2016 - June 10, 2016).

Chicago and Cook County News:

The Chicago City Council's Rules Committee approved three advisory voter questions for the November ballot at its Monday meeting.

The Elgin housing market is among the nation's top ten least recovered communities.

Subcontracted airport workers picketed Wednesday morning outside United Airlines' headquarters in Chicago Wednesday, the day of the company's annual meeting. 

Activists continued their push Wednesday for the Responsible Business Act in Cook County by protesting at a Walmart in Chicago. 

High lead levels have been found in the drinking water at 12 Chicago public schools, which is about 20 percent of the schools that have received test results so far.

Chicago's far Southeast Side residents applauded progress in their campaign against petcoke storage in their community, but say they aren't done fighting for a complete city ban on the oil refining byproduct.

Friends of the Parks is not dropping its lawsuit against the city and remains opposed to the McCormick Place site, despite media reports suggesting otherwise. 

A Chicago homebuyer assistance program is now accepting applications, according to an announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. 

After City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced plans this week to step down in about a year, the college system's board of trustees is expected to sign off on her one-year reappointment during its Friday meeting.

Chicago Public Schools students protested downtown Friday to speak out against proposed school budget cuts and demand a "better learning environment and appropriate funding for all schools."

State News:

Illinois public school superintendents blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday over education funding in the state.

The 2016 general election will feature 62 competitive Illinois General Assembly races, according to an analysis by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR).

Over 1,300 Illinoisans are poised to soon lose their jobs, according to the monthly Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act report from May.

As the state budget impasse continues, an Illinois House session scheduled for Wednesday was been canceled

As the budget impasse rages on in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is expected to conduct a $550 million bond sale next week.

A measure aimed at curbing heroin and opioid abuse is being implemented in Illinois.

With the state budget stalemate nearing the one-year mark, former Illinois Republican Gov. Jim Edgar made a plea Tuesday for "civility," "compromise" and "compassion" in Springfield.

Officials with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law are expressing concern over the declining caseload in Illinois' welfare program. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the issue.

A federal judge has denied class action certification for a case stemming from the Harris v. Quinn U.S. Supreme Court decision, which involved Illinois home health care workers and the issue of union "fair-share" fees. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed an unfair labor practice lawsuit Wednesday against the two corporate entities of Jimmy John's, the sandwich shop chain.

Amid the ongoing state budget impasse, Illinois' credit rating took another hit this week by Moody's Investor Services.

Standard & Poor's followed the lead of Moody's Investor Services Thursday in downgrading Illinois' credit rating.

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger predicts additional "hardship" for the state if the budget impasse continues.

Illinois business leaders urged state lawmakers and the governor to implement a stopgap budget that fully funds transportation infrastructure projects.

A group of Illinois lawmakers from Chicago's North Side invited Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday to take a tour of a local public school, Brentano Math and Science Academy in the Logan Square neighborhood.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's chief of staff, Mike Zolnierowicz, is leaving his position to work on state legislative campaigns for the Illinois GOP.

Parent Mentor Program participants celebrated their graduation Friday, but also expressed concerns about the prospect of future funding for the program if the state budget impasse continues.

HIV-positive mothers and their unborn babies are benefiting from an 11th-hour infusion of federal funding that saved an Illinois nonprofit from closing due to the state budget impasse.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a Senate bill Friday that would have funded social services and higher education in the state, saying the legislation is an "unfunded, empty promise."

National News:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the two Democratic presidential contests held over the weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was deemed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee by the Associated Press Monday night as six states, including California, prepared to hold primary elections on Tuesday.

Progress Illinois rounded up reaction to the federal government's newly finalized methane rules targeting the oil and gas industry.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said this week that he "cannot and will not support" Donald Trump as his party's presidential nominee.

A federal judge granted the request of federal Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds, postponing his trial to a later date.

President Barack Obama endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, along with Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. 

Cartoons of the Week:

PI editorial cartoonist Chris Britt on:

the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali

Donald Trump's recent verbal lashing of the press

the recent release of more than 100 Chicago police-involved shootings

presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's recent racist comments concerning the Indiana-born federal judge that is of Mexican descent and hearing the Trump University case

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's decision to pull his support from the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in light of Donald Trump's race-based comments about the federal judge hearing the Trump University case

the latest developments in the 2016 presidential race


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