Illinois

Christopher Columbus statue taken down hours after Lightfoot ordered its removal

The Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park was removed hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for its removal. Two cranes pulled their way up to… READ MORE

Illinois governor says he’s ‘given up’ on coronavirus help from the Trump administration

by Paul LeBlanc, CNN
April 15, 2020
(CNN)Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that he has “given up” on receiving federal assistance to help combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, saying instead that… READ MORE

New Illinois coronavirus cases top 1,000 for the first time; Pritzker warns increases likely to continue into April

New COVID-19 cases reported in Illinois topped 1,000 for the first time, state officials said Sunday, warning that the upward curve is likely to continue… READ MORE

Illinois would have run out of hospital beds if not for stay-at-home order, Pritzker says

The coronavirus outbreak could have caused Illinois hospitals to run out of beds about a week from now if the current stay-at-home order were not… READ MORE

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx claims nomination despite Jussie Smollett case, better-funded opponent

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx survived a well-financed challenge from newcomer Bill Conway in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Foxx was surrounded by her husband… READ MORE

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s race for reelection has faced Smollett criticism, opponent with deeper pockets

She has made the rounds at some of Chicago’s historic churches, asking congregants for their votes. She’s hosted nearly a dozen campaign rallies in Cook… READ MORE

Nearly $3.2 million in legal weed was sold in Illinois on the first day of sales, marking one of the strongest showings in the history of marijuana legalization

Customers spent almost $3.2 million on legal weed in Illinois on the first day of recreational marijuana sales Wednesday, marking one of the strongest showings… READ MORE

Illinois wants to get rolling on weed sales, but some say only white men are set to profit

by Grace Hauck USA TODAY
December 23, 2019
CHICAGO — Illinois is about to become the 11th state in the nation to allow the sale of recreational marijuana. But when the floodgates open… READ MORE

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Buttigieg: ‘Break that NDA’ to have ‘moral authority’ against Trump

by TAL AXELROD - The Hill
December 9, 2019
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Friday pressed White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg to break his nondisclosure agreement (NDA) with McKinsey & Company so he… READ MORE

Recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan and will soon be legal in Illinois

by Grace Hauck USA TODAY
December 2, 2019
Two Midwestern states are breaking into the recreational marijuana market, and dispensaries are expecting huge crowds. Legal weed sales began Sunday in Michigan, where a… READ MORE

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