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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois, national and international news and politics (June 20, 2016 - June 21, 2016).

Chicago and Cook County News:

A Chicago charter school closed Thursday as a result of funding uncertainty because of the state budget impasse.

Chicago taxpayers are on the hook for about $1.4 million associated with a loan the city took out, and has since paid back, for a police and fire pension payment.

Proposed Chicago regulations on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft had the companies threatening to cease operations in the city early in the week.

After a violent weekend in Chicago, the city's top cop called for stricter laws involving gun crimes.

The Chicago Police Department has pulled more than 4,200 illegal guns off the street since the start of the year, with nearly 100 confiscated over this past weekend.

The U.S. Justice Department held a public forum Monday evening on its pattern and practice investigation into the Chicago Police Department, but attendance was noticeably light.

From paid sick days to regulations on popular sharing services like Airbnb and Uber, Progress Illinois rounded up highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

With Chicago facing a spike in gun violence, community activists and clergy gathered Thursday morning outside the Cook County Jail to demand state funding for summer youth employment programs.

Progress Illinois talked to one of the local players involved in getting a key demographic enrolled in Obamacare.

Lucas Museum officials are no longer considering Chicago for the attraction, according to a Friday announcement. 

State News:

Gov. Bruce Rauner canceled a Juneteenth event scheduled for Monday in Chicago over safety concerns.

A new report shows some good and bad news on how children are faring in Illinois.

Two mental health care providers in Illinois are cutting services as a direct result of the ongoing state budget impasse.

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner intends to run for re-election in 2018.

An Illinois House session scheduled for Wednesday was canceled.

Illinois is proceeding with plans for the stalled passenger rail project linking the Quad Cities to Chicago.

Forty-one Illinois mayors and village presidents called on state lawmakers to approve stopgap budget bills introduced by Republican legislative leaders.

Nearly 1 million fewer Illinoisans are receiving health and human services as a direct result of the budget impasse, according to a new survey by the United Way of Illinois.

Illinois legislative working groups are reportedly making progress on a stopgap budget plan for the state.

Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds will be released from jail on electronic monitoring pending his trial in September on tax evasion charges, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

With the new fiscal year set to begin in a week, Illinois lawmakers are expected to go into session next Wednesday to possibly consider a stopgap budget plan. 

A drug overdose death "linked to the state's 12-month budget impasse" has been reported in Illinois.

National News:

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert had to report to a federal by Wednesday afternoon to serve a 15-month sentence. On Wednesday morning, he reported to the Minnesota-based Rochester Federal Medical Center in a wheelchair.

The head of a men's pro-choice organization takes a closer look at the spike in "anti-choice" legislation over the last six years as Tea Party candidates have taken up post at various levels of government.

U.S. House Democrats held a 26-hour sit-in Wednesday to demand action on gun control measures.

PI looked at some of the top remaining U.S. Supreme Court cases as the judicial body's current term nears its end.

In a 4-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas' affirmative action program. Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case because she worked on the suit as a solicitor general, thereby eliminating the possibility of a tie following the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) released a new TV ad Thursday in which he attacks presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced a 4-4 split on the case challenging President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration reform and Illinois advocates expressed their dismay as they plan to press their efforts forward.

Bernie Sanders intends to vote for Hillary Clinton and "do everything" he can to defeat Donald Trump.

The ban on transgender troops serving openly in the military will reportedly be lifted July 1.

International News:

In a stunning development, Britain has voted to exit the European Union, a decision that has forced the prime minister to resign, sent stock markets into turmoil and pushed the British pound down to a 31-year low.

Cartoons of the Week:

PI editorial cartoonist Chris Britt on:

Gov. Bruce Rauner's cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program

GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump's calls for the government to consider profiling Muslims as a means to prevent terror attacks

the gun violence plaguing Chicago

the impact the ongoing budget stalemate is having on Illinoisans' access to human and social services


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