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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (August 8, 2016 - August 12, 2016).

Chicago and Cook County News:

After layoffs of nearly 1,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff were announced Friday, Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th) weighed in on the issue Monday and called for "transparency" from the school district.

A settlement was reached Friday between the Emanuel administration and the operators of the Park Grill restaurant in Chicago's Millennium Park.

Chicago immigrant advocates say ICE agents "raided" a hiring site for local day laborers Friday, and they are demanding an official investigation into the enforcement operation.

Chicago Public Schools officials released the district's 2017 budget proposal Monday.

The Chicago Public Schools' contract with the law firm Jenner & Block LLP is being probed by the district's inspector general.

Chicago police are on alert after learning of threats made by three West Side gangs to shoot cops.

Suburban Cook County voters can now apply for mail-in ballots for the November 8 general election.

A Chicago activist accused of hitting a police officer and attempting to disarm another at a protest last month was indicted Wednesday.

A new tax increment financing (TIF) surplus proposal is being floated in Chicago.

Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) reiterated his call for the city to reform its animal control policies after a dog recently died at the Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) facility.

Chicago aldermen got an earful from residents about police accountability at a public hearing held Tuesday night on the city's North Side.

The Chicago Urban League released a 10-year blueprint Wednesday to undo structural racism in the city and create more equitable education, employment and economic development systems for African-American residents living in the most disadvantaged communities.

Chicago's Belmont Cragin residents spoke out against a charter school's relocation into their community.

Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) and community members unveiled new murals Friday that were created by youth through an anti-violence program in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

State News:

Gov. Bruce Rauner approved state legislation giving 17-year-olds expanded voter rights in Illinois.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's primary rival filed a federal lawsuit Monday, alleging Madigan and his supporters used "illegal tactics" during the campaign.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was up for resentencing Tuesday.

Patti Blagojevich pleaded with a federal judge to free her husband from prison and the ex-governor gave a tearful apology during the resentencing hearing.

However, Blagojevich's 14-year sentence remained intact as the judge was unmoved to reduce the duration of his punishment.

The Democratic Party of Illinois unveiled a new Tumblr account Tuesday that highlights U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's (R-IL) "reckless and irresponsible history of running his mouth."

During an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) offered details on the origins of the gubernatorial talk engulfing him as of late while softly denying the prospects of a run.

The Lake Michigan shoreline along northern Illinois has a sand erosion problem that's hindering commercial shipping and threatening natural habitats, but there's a new plan to help.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's petition drive to create term limits for Chicago's mayor and establish an independent consumer advocate in the city failed to gain enough signatures for the November ballot.

The executive director of Common Cause Illinois wrote an open letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner imploring that he sign an automatic voter registration bill that has a Friday signature deadline.

Brad Schneider, the Democratic candidate for Illinois' 10th congressional district, blasted his Republican opponent Bob Dold for his "tepid" response to Donald Trump's Second Amendment comment.

An Illinois anti-gun group is set to protest at gun shops and manufacturers around the state as part of their call for a reduction in gun violence.

Undocumented Illinois college students upset by a recent veto from the governor are set to speak out Friday morning.

One of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's legislative allies, state Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine), will reportedly step down next week.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her counterparts from 17 other states support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) proposed rule to limit mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts for financial products and services.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill Friday that would have brought automatic voter registration to Illinois.

National News:

SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher reflected on his time at the 2016 Democratic National Convention while comparing it to his last visit to the DNC back in 1982.

Pressure from seniors and progressive groups led AARP to announce last week that it would drop its ALEC membership.

An anti-Trump super PAC filed a complaint with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency against Melania Trump amid questions over her immigration status.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said during a Wednesday interview on CNN that he would write in Colin Powell for president. But his reasoning for such a choice was a bit questionable.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay Wednesday in the case involving Wisconsin's strict voter ID law.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL,10) are among the elected officials attended a Wednesday morning roundtable discussion in Chicago on "commonsense" immigration reform.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy visited Illinois Wednesday to look into the state's prescription opioid and heroin abuse problems

The U.S. Justice Department released a scathing report on its investigation into the Baltimore Police Department, finding a routine use of "enforcement strategies that produce severe and unjustified disparities in the rates of stops, searches and arrests of African Americans."

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) opted against changing the federal legal classification of marijuana.

A group of Illinois pastors filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the state's new ban on sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors.

The U.S. Senate race debate schedule for U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) and Republican incumbent Mark Kirk has been released.

The nation's "broken" criminal justice system is failing LGBT people of color, according to a recent report. 

A new report on higher education in the United States finds that "too many public colleges are dropout factories."

Cartoon of the Day:

PI editorial cartoonist Chris Britt's take on:

police-involved shootings in the African-American community

the competitiveness of the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's quick temper and questionable comments

the increasing incidents of the Zika virus in Miami, Florida

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's controversial Second Amendment comments

how GOPers are starting to pull back from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after a week of highly controversial gaffes


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