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This week, all eyes were on the chaotic first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Columnist Lynn Sweet wrote that though Trump may have hijacked the debate, that doesn’t mean he won it, while columnist Neil Steinberg succinctly summed it up: “all crosstalk and confusion.”
Here in Illinois, there were some developments in the ongoing criminal probe into a political bribery scheme that has implicated Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. A former ComEd executive pleaded guilty to a corruption charge, helping the feds nab their first conviction in the case, and Madigan’s former hand-picked alderman was named as one of the powerful Southwest Side Democrat’s associates who was on ComEd’s payroll despite doing little or no work. As Madigan’s approval rating fell, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, a little known four-term Democrat from Oswego, announced this week that she’ll challenge Madigan for the speakership.
Chicago bars and restaurant owners got some good news when Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that she was loosening the rules for those establishments as the weather gets colder. People can drink inside bars now, and restaurants can now serve more patrons indoors.
Speaking of things getting closer to the normal we once knew, Halloween isn’t canceled, the mayor said this week. The city has planning a full week of trick-or-treating and activities to safely celebrate during the pandemic.
It’s been another busy week in Chicago and beyond. If there are any stories you missed, we’ll catch you up…
Will your mailed-in ballot be counted? We did a test-mailing to see.
A backyard putting green in Bridgeport? ‘Windy City Rehab’ home met with mixed emotions in working class neighborhood
To get elected, Alsip Mayor John Ryan bragged of cutting predecessor’s pay. Three years later, he wants a big raise.
Will CPS kids go back to schools this fall? Lightfoot says ‘we’re not there yet’
‘Friends’ Experience brings the hit TV show to life in interactive pop-up
N95 mask shortage scares health care workers ahead of projected COVID-19 spike
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