Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago is pushing the Illinois state legislature to approve a city-owned casino to help shore up the city’s broken pension system, but critics fear that it could soon become a handout to union supporters.
A milestone bill meant to combat international boycotts of Israel cleared a major procedural hurdle in the Illinois House this week, paving the way for the state to become among the first to divest funds from any company supporting the anti-Israel Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement.
A Chicago man was able to shoot another who’d opened fire on a crowd of people in the city’s Logan Circle neighborhood on Friday night. The man who ended the shooting was in the area dropping off a customer from his Uber as the perpetrator began firing. Chicago officials said they will not be charging the Uber driver with any crimes since he was legally license to carry a firearm.
Senate hopeful Tammy Duckworth is touting her record on veterans issues, but an audit of her time at the helm of Illinois’ Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) shows veterans were underserved due to widespread mismanagement.
Bruce Rauner (R.), Illinois’ newly elected governor, signed an executive order ending mandatory public sector union dues on Monday.