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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016).

Chicago and Cook County News:

Ninety-nine public schools in Chicago have tested positive for lead-laced water, district officials said last Friday.

On Monday, activists embarked on their fourth day of protesting outside Chicago's Homan Square police facility in response to proposed legislation that would expand the city's hate crime law to protect police, firefighters and paramedics.

Thirty-four alleged members of the Latin Kings street gang are facing federal racketeering charges, authorities announced Tuesday. 

new analysis shows the city of Chicago's tax increment financing (TIF) program had about $1.36 billion in unspent funds at the start of 2016.

A Chicago police union is advising officers against working "non-mandatory overtime" during the Labor Day weekend. 

Chicago parents and students urged the Board of Education Wednesday to join them in their push for increased school funding.

Chicago's Jackson Park will be the home of the Barack Obama presidential library.

Three Chicago police officers involved in two unjustified shootings should be fired, according to the city's Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).

Amazon.com plans to open a new warehouse in Romeoville that is expected to create 600 new jobs.

new report finds that the homicide rate among African Americans in Chicago was 18 times higher than Caucasians last year.

A special prosecutor was appointed Friday for the investigation into the officers who were at the scene of the Laquan McDonald shooting. 

A Cook County correctional officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly beating a jail inmate. 

Chicagoans impacted by violence are calling for state investments in anti-violence programs over payments to banks for "toxic" interest rate swap agreements.

In an eighth day of protest, Chicago activists remain camped out in front of the Homan Square police facility Friday in their push back against a proposed "Blue Lives Matter" ordinance. 

The second annual "Citywide Peace Walk" will be held Saturday in Chicago.

State News:

In a surprising development, Illinois State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grover) announced his immediate resignation Sunday in light of recent "cyber security issues" he has faced.

Rauner signed legislation last Friday requiring police forces in Illinois to get a court order before using surveillance equipment to covertly scan people's cellphone data.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants state lawmakers to take up a constitutional amendment involving term limits during the fall veto session.

After the November election, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) will reportedly determine whether to launch a 2018 bid for Illinois governor.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's prison release date has changed and is now 24 days later than initially expected. 

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino missed Monday's deadline to submit his amended campaign finance reports, the State Board of Elections has confirmed. 

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform hosted a panel discussion Wednesday in Chicago on "the importance of keeping government accountable for clean and safe water."

Illinois voters like labor unions, but generally find Governor Bruce Rauner's approach to labor negotiations to be unfavorable, according to a new poll

The Illinois Attorney General's Office asserts that a settlement reached last month in a workplace retaliation case against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) cannot be rejected by the plaintiffs.

National News:

Donald Trump has seen a slight surge in the polls after last week's Republican National Convention.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is set to resign from her post as the Democratic National Committee chair.

The United States will expand its Central American refugee program, according to a Tuesday announcement. 

Hillary Clinton made history this week after officially becoming the first female presidential nominee.

Thursday evening, Clinton gave an impassioned speech as she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, urging Americans to work together "so we can all rise together."

Although fathers in the United States have increased their time spent on child care and housework in recent years, they are still doing much less than mothers, according to a report on the "State of America's Fathers."

Republican presidential candidate Trump stumped in the Quad Cities area Thursday.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined her counterparts from 12 other states in filing a brief voicing support of the Obama administration's policies aimed at creating protections and equal treatment for transgender Americans. 

Some 1,200 residents of a public housing complex in East Chicago have been advised to move due to lead exposure.

Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the U.S., reached a deal this week with several states on plans to cover the costs of mine cleanups. Illinois is not among them and environmentalists said that could be a good sign.

Profitable U.S. utility companies are not paying their "fair share" in taxes, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies. 

Cartoons of the Week:

PI editorial cartoonist Chris Britt's take on:

the Melania Trump speech debacle

Illinois' crushing deficit

the DNC kickoff shenanigans surrounding former Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent veto of multiple labor-focused bills

the Russian Olympic athletes doping scandal

Donald Trump's "sarcastic" call for Russian intelligence agencies to find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails following the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's email system

the ongoing battle between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and labor unions


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