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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (September 3, 2013 - September 6, 2013).

Chicago and Cook County News:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to reappoint Inspector General Joe Ferguson to another four-year term. Ferguson, however, said he would likely only stay on as the city's watchdog through next summer.

The Village of Elwood wants CenterPoint Properties Trust to prove that it is complying with the state’s prevailing wage laws as part of a heavily-subsidized tax increment financing (TIF) agreement to construct a massive multi-use industrial park in Will County.

A Whole Foods will set up shop in a food desert in Chicago's South Side Englewood neighborhood by 2016.

The controversial Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Safe Passage program is raising eyebrows over reports that, despite a successful first week according to law enforcement, turnover has been high among those hired to watch over the routes.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak came to Chicago Thursday to launch a campaign to entice gay Chicagoans to marry in his city. With a slogan that reads “I want to marry you in Minneapolis”, R.T. Rybak unveiled a Chicagoland ad campaign urging the city's LGBTQ couples to make the six-hour drive to the City of Lakes to get legally married.

New details have emerged regarding a business connection between Mayor Rahm Emanuel's top financial officer Lois Scott and former Chicago comptroller Amer Ahmad, who was indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and bribery in Ohio last month.

Dozens of West Side business owners and neighborhood residents gathered Wednesday evening for their first community-based planning meeting as part of a new Austin-Galewood Sustainability Roadmap spearheaded by Ald. Deborah Graham (29th). Progress Illinois was there for the meeting.

More than 100 Chicago Walmart workers and their supporters rallied outside the retail giant's West Loop location Thursday afternoon, calling on the company to boost wages and reinstate illegally fired and disciplined workers. Progress Illinois was there for the demonstration.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will reportedly not move forward with privatization plans for Midway Airport.

The share of people experiencing poverty in the Chicago region was split evenly between the suburbs and the city as of 2011, a new study by the Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center shows.

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) says she will work with community stakeholders and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to bring a new alternative high school to the South Shore neighborhood now that plans have fizzled for the building of a Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy campus in her ward, which she opposed.

State News:

State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) officially announced on Tuesday that he has selected State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) as his running mate in the 2014 Republican gubernatorial primary. 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner revealed more about his effort to impose term limits in Illinois government.

We take a look at an upcoming summit in Chicago meant to assist ex-offenders who will be helped by a new state law when it comes to gaining employment.

Will Guzzardi, the Logan Square activist who is again running against State Rep. Maria "Toni" Berrios (D) in the 39th district, voiced his opinion on the dueling pension bills SB 1, backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, and SB 2404, the We Are One Coalition backed proposal.

Tom Bowen, a former political aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will manage Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill Daley's campaign.

State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) announced Wednesday that he will run for State Sen. Kirk Dillard's (R-Hinsdale) soon-to-be vacant 24th District Senate seat. Dillard is vacating the seat to run in the 2014 Republican primary for governor.

Former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom announced he will not run for Illinois treasurer.

National News:

Activists from the African and LGBT communities joined forces to hold a teach-in last Saturday to discuss how efforts to overhaul U.S. immigration policy negatively affect their communities.

Nearly 40 percent of America’s top-paid CEOs over the past 20 years were eventually booted from their job, had to pay settlements or fraud-related fines, or led firms that received taxpayer bailouts, a recent report from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) shows.

The Chicago-based apparel firm Hart Schaffner Marx, its factory workers and their union say they will collectively fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement that is currently under negotiations.

Wednesday, a U.S. Senate panel voted 10-7, with one senator voting present, in favor of a military strike in Syria.

The U.S. unemployment rate ticked down to 7.3 percent in August and the economy added 169,000 jobs, according to the latest data from the Labor Department.

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