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The PI Week In Review

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

Chicago and Cook County News:

Shooting incidents in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend left five people dead and at least 61 others injured.

Chicago aldermen expect additional hearings will be held in communities across the city to gather greater public input on the issue of police accountability reforms.

Some residents in Chicago's 50th Ward are pushing to bring participatory budgeting to their community.

Chicago police accountability activists protested Thursday evening in light of two high-profile police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philandro Castile in Minnesota. Progress Illinois at the protest on the city's South Side, where demonstrators blocked traffic on the Dan Ryan expressway for a short time. 

Chicago community activists and local elected officials delivered 88,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) regional office Thursday morning, urging the agency to investigate complex financial agreements called interest rate swaps.

Chicago aldermen plan to hold additional public meetings on police reform as the city council weighs proposals to overhaul the city's police accountability systems, including the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA). 

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st District) will host a violence prevention summit this weekend with a focus on "endangered populations."

Housekeepers at Chicago's Hotel Burnham rallied Friday afternoon for affordable health care.

State News:

As immigration issues continue to top national conversations on the presidential campaign trail, one group is looking to train the next generation of immigration activists in Illinois.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board unanimously ruled against Gov. Bruce Rauner's request that the body rule on the status of its contract negotiations with AFSCME Council 31 ahead of a recommendation from an administrative law judge.

National News:

Politicians from across the state and country are responding to the passing of respected former Illinois congressman, judge and White House counsel Abner Mikva, who died of cancer Monday at age 90.

The FBI recommended that no charges be filed against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State.

U.S. economic growth suffers when former prisoners and convicted felons are locked out of the labor market, a new study shows.

Immigrants have a lot at stake in this year's presidential campaign, and a new smartphone app aims to help get out the vote on Election Day.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is expected to endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, according to reports.

Illinois' 10th congressional district is a competitive race and among the top 10 must vulnerable GOP seats.

Frustration with stalled gun control efforts in Washington spurred the formation of a new political action committee geared towards supporting federal candidates "who will act on sensible gun policy reforms and champion LGBTQ equality."

The U.S. economy added a better-than-expected 287,000 jobs in June, according to economists who had predicted jobs increasing by about 180,000.

Five police officers were killed and another seven injured in Dallas Thursday night after snipers opened fire at the end of a peaceful protest over recent police shootings of black men.

Former Tea Party congressman from Illinois Joe Walsh is coming under fierce criticism for now-deleted comments he made on Twitter after the Dallas attack. 

Cartoons of the Week:

PI editorial cartoonist Chris Britt's take on:

the impact of ISIS on the world

Illinois lawmakers as the state entered its second year without a full budget

the Illinois State Museum's closure and re-opening


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