The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (August 1, 2016 - August 5, 2016).
Chicago and Cook County News:
Three Chicago cops involved in a fatal police shooting last week have been stripped of their policing powers and assigned to administrative duties pending investigations into the incident.
Records are missing for six recent Chicago police-related shootings, according to the city's inspector general's office.
The city of Chicago will test tap water for lead in areas where street mains have been replaced.
An ordinance has been introduced in Oak Park to lift the hourly minimum wage to $12 for certain workers.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to shore up the city's municipal pension fund calls for a new water and sewer tax.
Chicagoans who are organizing a ballot initiative to create a community-funded mental health center on the West Side submitted double the required petition signatures to the election board Friday.
Video footage of the Chicago police shooting that resulted in the death of Paul O'Neal was released Friday morning.
Nearly 1,000 Chicago Public Schools staffers -- including 494 teachers -- will be laid off, district officials announced Friday.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill last Friday that decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana, making the state the 17th in the nation to adopt such a measure.
Rauner vetoed a bill last Friday seeking to prevent the state from making eligibility requirements tougher for home services programs.
Republican David Olsen will fill former state Rep. Ron Sandack's (R-Downers Grove) seat in the Illinois House.
Some Illinois reproductive-rights advocates are claiming a win after Rauner signed new laws aimed at improving women's access to health care.
Overtime restrictions in Illinois for home health care workers who assist people with disabilities have been halted.
Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon was appointed Thursday as special prosecutor in the case against Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.
The Liberty Justice Center filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the state of Illinois over its same-day voter registration law.
Illinois is slated to lose 956 jobs, according to the monthly Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act report from July.
The conservative Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is suing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner over his approval of an amendment to the state's Health Care Right of Conscience law.
Hillary Clinton has seen a slight bump in the polls after last week's Democratic National Convention.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson joined Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters in Chicago Monday morning to call for "unity and healing" ahead of the general election.
As McDonald's announced the cessation of using chicken raised with antibiotics important to human health, food policy advocates are pressing KFC to moved toward the use of antibiotic-free meat.
The first-ever nationwide Fight for $15 convention will be held next week in Richmond, Virginia. Low-wage workers will call attention to economic and racial justice issues, including "the enduring effects of slavery on black workers." Progress Illinois talked with a Chicago worker who plans to attend the two-day event.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a daylong public hearing in Chicago Wednesday about its proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program. Progress Illinois provided highlights from the morning testimony and an afternoon rally staged by environmental and community advocacy groups.
Health insurance companies have filed reports showing that premiums for individual coverage plans purchased in the Affordable Care Act's marketplace in Illinois could increase by up to 45 percent in 2017.
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a judge's ruling that allowed a transgender student in Virginia to access the bathroom matching his lived gender.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL,16) says he will not vote for his party's presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
A financial transaction tax would help Wall Street work for Main Street, experts at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute (EPI) argue in a new report.
The U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
Cartoons of the Week:
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