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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in Illinois news and poliics (February 22, 2016 - February 27, 2016).

Chicago and Cook County News:

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI,5) was in Chicago last weekend, where he held an open discussion about the Flint water crisis, leading to a very spirited debate on the accountability of government and the risks facing under-served communities in America.

A warm atmosphere contrasted the cold weather as demonstrators gathered to chant, cheer, and shout in defiance of Mondelez International, one of the world's largest snack companies, Sunday evening.

Weekend gun violence in Chicago left three people dead and 29 others injured, including a three-year-old boy who was wounded by a stray bullet from an apparent gang shooting.

The Chicago chapter of Veterans for Peace rolled out a billboard campaign Monday aimed at sparking a conversation about "the epidemic of militarization" in the city's schools.

A lawsuit against the city of Chicago pertaining to red-light cameras will continue following a Cook County judge's decision to deny the municipality's request to dismiss the case.

Some Chicago aldermen, small business owners and retail lobbyists want Mayor Rahm Emanuel to reconsider his tobacco tax proposal, saying the plan would adversely affect local businesses and neighborhoods, including those already impacted by black-market sales of "loosie" cigarettes.

Progress Illinois provides coverage from Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's speech Wednesday morning at the City Club of Chicago. Anti-Alvarez protesters demonstrated outside the event, briefly blocking the entrances while chanting, "16 shots and a cover up!"

Chicago State University is condensing its second semester by canceling spring break as a means to save money during the ongoing state budget impasse, the school's president announced Tuesday. 

Sixteen charter operators are interested in opening 21 new schools in Chicago, the district said Wednesday. 

The Chicago Teachers Union called on the school district to end its privatization of supplemental nursing services this week.

A group of labor unions is challenging Lincolnshire's right-to-work ordinance in federal court. 

A coalition of organizations, educators and health professionals launched a new campaign Wednesday aimed at putting pressure on McDonald's and "other junk food corporations" to end their marketing campaigns toward children in Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a plan to find a replacement for the city's 4th Ward aldermanic seat. Ald. Will Burns resigned at the beginning of the month to take a job in the private sector.

State News:

The Illinois State Board of Education can stop bond deals initiated by the Chicago Public Schools, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Disability rights advocates rallied Monday afternoon outside state Rep. Ken Dunkin's (D-Chicago) South Side office to demand "accountability and commitment to community supports and in-home services."

Progress Illinois previewed the Democratic primary race between Angelica Alfaro and Omar Aquino, who are competing for the Illinois Senate seat being vacated by retiring state Sen. William Delgado (D-Chicago).

The Roosevelt Institute scribed an op-ed on the importance of addressing the ongoing budget stalemate due to the negative impact it is having on college students in need.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia endorsed Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) for re-election on Wednesday.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he does not use email because "nothing good" comes from using the mode of communication that is enjoyed by most everyone and also holds people accountable. 

Three public Illinois universities are the latest victims in the ongoing state budget debacle.

In an effort to streamline and simplify the registration process for roughly 2 million unregistered voters in Illinois, a group of elected officials gathered Friday morning to advocate for legislation that would allow automatic voter registration.

State lawmakers have made some progress in recent years but could be doing a lot more to help people living in poverty in Illinois, according to a new report.

Early voting is set to begin throughout the state on Monday.

National News:

President Bill Clinton is featured in a new Hillary for America web video, in which he highlights Hillary Clinton's commitment to helping people impacted by Flint's lead poisoning water crisis.

The U.S. Department of Justice weighed in on a federal lawsuit Monday aimed at stopping three states from requiring proof of citizenship on new voter registration forms.

new poll out of Massachusetts shows Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tied in the state, while Donald Trump holds a big lead over his Republican primary opponents.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) released her first TV campaign ad in her race to go up against U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the general election.

President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee will not get a hearing or vote before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republicans on the panel declared Tuesday.

New research shows LGBT people are facing higher rates of incarceration and unfair treatment in the country's criminal justice system.

Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democratic candidate in the state's 8th congressional district, rolled out a new TV ad on Wednesday.

The 400 richest Americans have as much combined wealth as all African-American households in the United States plus a third of those headed by Latinos.

A new bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) would require the Environmental Protection Agency to improve the testing, monitoring and reporting of the nation's drinking water.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hit the Windy City Thursday and held a rally at the financially struggling Chicago State University.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took the South Carolina primary Saturday, besting her opponent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  

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