Gov. J.B. Pritzker saw wins in all seven races he supported, which included his endorsement of Foxx. Pritzker’s big legislative race victory came in the 12th District in the Illinois House, where he endorsed Margaret Croke, a progressive activist who serves as deputy chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Some rank-and-file officers say a massive reorganization of the Chicago Police Department that Supt. Charlie Beck announced in late January has helped feed the violence, leaving gaps in leadership as commanders get familiar with new roles and cops figure out what the changes mean for them.
Though marijuana was fully legalized across Illinois at the start of the year, cities and towns can still prohibit stores from selling recreational marijuana. Voters in Naperville, Rosemont, Cicero, Northlake and Westchester cast ballots in favor of allowing weed to be sold to adults for recreational use. But voters in Lemont rejected it.
Indicted Ald. Edward Burke (14th) has already been stripped of his two biggest power bases: chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee and head of judicial slate-making for the Cook County Democratic Party. Now, he’s lost the one job he has held the longest: 14th Ward Democratic committeeperson.
A month after a visit from Kanye West, President Donald Trump signed a bill that allowed Larry Hoover, co-founder of a notorious street gang, and others to seek shorter prison terms. Two of Hoover’s former gang lieutenants have already been freed under the law.