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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (November 9, 2015 - November 13, 2015).

Chicago & Cook County News:

As a sign reading "Barnett Capital, Here Displacement is Strictly Business" flapped in the chill November wind Saturday, protesters stayed warm by chanting, passing out flyers, and getting signatures for a petition against displacement in the Albany Park neighborhood.

Chicago Ald. George Cardenas (12th) spoke out Monday against the activation of a controversial speed camera in his ward.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle formally proposed a 1 percent hotel tax at Monday's special board meeting.

The next round of participatory budgeting in Chicago's 49th Ward kicked off Tuesday night, according to Ald. Joe Moore's office.

Chicago Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan's term is scheduled to end on November 16. Because the city has yet to determine the next steps for the legislative inspector general's office, it is slated to shut down next week.

U.S. District Judge John Darrah has allowed Friends of the Parks, a group opposing the planned lakeside location for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, an opportunity to respond to the city's request to dismiss their lawsuit.

The public now has access to Chicago police misconduct records courtesy of the launch of a new online database called the Citizens Police Data Project.

Ninety-seven percent of Chicago Teachers Union's members who participated in a "practice contract poll/mock strike vote" last week said "they will vote to authorize a strike, if needed," the union said Monday.

The city of Chicago is set to launch an amnesty program Sunday for Chicagoans who are plagued by outstanding fines and fees.

The Chicago Teachers Union's Political Action and Legislative Committee has released their early endorsements for the March primary elections.

Low-wages workers with the Fight for $15 campaign went on strike Tuesday in 270 cities, including Chicago. Progress Illinois provided highlights from the morning Fight for $15 protests in Chicago.

Chicago Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) says a committee will be formed to select a new legislative inspector general.

Paul Vallas, the former head of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district, says the city should have a "hybrid" school board with both voter-elected and mayor-appointed members.

Loyola University Chicago students demonstrated Thursday to show support for the student protesters at the University of Missouri.

A proposal to regulate where drones can fly in Chicago cleared the City Council's Aviation Committee on Thursday.

Cook County commissioners on the board's Finance Committee are slated to consider a proposed hotel tax hike and a tax on ammunition during a Friday afternoon meeting.

State News:

Eight medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Illinois Monday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration on Monday reversed some of its cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps low-income working families afford day care.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner tweaked legislation aimed at preventing the administration from making it harder for seniors and people with disabilities to qualify for home services programs.

The Rauner administration reached a deal with business and labor groups on a plan for unemployment insurance changes, the governor's office announced Monday.

The Illinois House voted 115 to 1 Tuesday to allow for $1.9 billion in collected tax funds to be disbursed to multiple parties.

The Illinois House failed to pass a measure, SB 570, Tuesday that would have restored full funding for the Child Care Assistance Program

The Rauner administration said it will reestablish state tax breaks for movie making as well as corporate tax credits provided through the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) program.

Student and immigrant advocates are stepping up efforts to pass state legislation aimed at improving college access and affordability for undocumented Illinoisans.

Legislation seeking to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to shut down the Illinois State Museum system during the budget stalemate has cleared the legislature and is now under consideration by the administration.

Illinoisans in support of the federal Clean Power Plan delivered nearly 35,000 petitions to Gov. Bruce Rauner's office on Thursday, urging him to support the new environmental regulations.

The Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) agreed Thursday to use $12 million, in part, for making payments to state vendors who have been impacted by the budget impasse.

State Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) has been tapped to serve as director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

National News:

The conservative-leaning Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sided against the Obama administration Monday in a case involving the president's executive orders on immigration.

Citizen Action/Illinois, a public interest organization and a progressive political coalition, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) for U.S. Senate.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is no longer backing plans for a controversial immigrant detention center proposed for the Indiana city.

U.S. students hit the streets Thursday as part of a national day of action to protest against college debt and push for tuition-free public college.

The top 100 U.S. CEOs have as much in their retirement accounts as more than 50 million American families combined, a recent analysis shows.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case from Texas challenging the tough abortion regulations recently adopted by the state.


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