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The PI Week In Review

The week that was in local and national news (July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016).

Chicago and Cook County:

There were 19 arrests made during police protests Saturday night in Chicago's Loop.

Progress Illinois provided highlights from Monday's demonstration, which was the fifth consecutive day of protests in Chicago against police violence.

The engineering group Arup has been selected as the design firm for the redevelopment of Chicago's Union Station.

Chicago police misconduct records dating back to 1967 must be released to the public under open records laws, according to an Illinois appellate court ruling.

Chicago Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jason Ervin (28th) announced Tuesday they are collaborating on a "final police accountability ordinance" that includes key components of separate proposals they have introduced.

Chicago is poised to eliminate the $30 entrance exam fees for the police and fire departments.

A proposed ordinance to establish mandatory paid sick leave in Cook County is under consideration by board members.

Individual Chicago public school budgets for the upcoming academic year were released Wednesday to principals, and they contain "no new per-pupil funding cuts," according to the district.

Water in all fountains at Chicago's public parks will be tested for lead, according to the Chicago Park District.

Chicago aldermen are weighing a mayor-backed property tax rebate plan for households with incomes of $75,000 or less.

Chicago activists who claim they were intentionally barred from the past two city council meetings are now suing the city council

Protests against police brutality were set to continue in Chicago on Friday.

State News:

John Opdycke, president of Open Primaries, shares his thoughts on the political lessons to learned by the late Abner Mikva.

The Illinois House Republican Organization (HRO) released a new TV ad Monday attacking three Democratic state lawmakers from Southern Illinois for "marching in lockstep" with House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was scheduled to appear in Springfield Wednesday.

The Illinois State Board of Education is scrapping the controversial PARCC exam for high schoolers and replacing it with the SAT, according to a Monday announcement.

State lawmakers recently provided some relief to students eligible for Monetary Award Program, or MAP, grants, but other students are still uncertain about their college-funding plans.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order Wednesday designed to improve access to state contracts for businesses owned by minorities, women and people with disabilities.

The state of Illinois is planning to shut down Land of Lincoln Health, a financially struggling three-year-old health insurance co-op that was created under the Affordable Care Act.

Illinois caregivers, housecleaners and their advocates rallied at the Thompson Center Wednesday, urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Controversy over former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh's incendiary tweets posted last Thursday after the deadly sniper attack on Dallas police officers has spilled over into the state's 66th House District race.

The state of Illinois is facing an $8 billion budget deficit in the current fiscal year.

Illinois Republican lawmakers are seeking the removal of state Auditor General Frank Mautino in light of the ongoing federal and state probes into his campaign spending.

More than 10 percent of Illinois residents are living with a disability, and this week the focus is on making sure they get an equal chance to vote.

National News:

Illinois congressmen Luis Gutierrez (D, IL-4) and Robin Kelly (D, IL-2) pressed the Department of Justice's Loretta Lynch to address gun violence and community and police relations in the country.

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students encounter hostile school environments and face "harsh and exclusionary disciplinary policies" that may effectively push them out of school and possibly into the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

The U.S. Department of Labor is set to award the Illinois Migrant Council more than $1.3 million to assist seasonal farmworkers.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, formally ending his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

A broad-based coalition of labor and advocacy groups railed against Donald Trump's "hateful" rhetoric Tuesday in Chicago as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee was in town for a pricey campaign fundraiser.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) released a new TV ad Thursday criticizing U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) for previously inflating his military record.

Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has reportedly selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

Progress Illinois rounds up reaction to the controversial federal GMO labeling law approved in Congress Thursday.

International News:

Last week's episodes of police violence and subsequent protests in the United States have prompted government officials in the Bahamas to issue a travel advisory for its residents who plan to visit America.

Eighty-four people were killed in the terrorist attack Thursday night in Nice, France, including two Americans.

The Turkish prime minister said Friday that the country's military has attempted a coup.

Cartoons of the Week:

PI editorial cartoonist Chris Britt's take on:

the issue of race-related police shootings in the U.S.

the lack of an actionable response by politicians on the shootings of minorities and police

the push for Chicago police accountability

GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign motto

the realities of parenting an African-American child

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