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MWRD infrastructure projects to improve sustainability and efficiency

President of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Mariyana Spyropoulos said the district is in the midst of infrastructure updates that will improve the sustainability and efficiency of the region’s water management system.


Schillerstrom stresses importance of intergovernmental collaboration to strengthen Illinois’ position as country’s transportation hub

Chairman of Illinois Tollway Board of Directors Rob Schillerstrom said Illinois state and local transportation agencies must work together to improve the state’s transportation systems in order to maintain its status as a national leader in transportation.


City Council cracks down on illegal tobacco sales

On Wednesday, Chicago City Council passed an ordinance to combat illegal tobacco sales by doubling the fines for sales of illegal cigarettes. The City Council’s Committee on License and Consumer Protection had approved the ordinance on Tuesday, the Chicago Sun Times reported.


Madigan stresses importance of moderate approach to budget-making

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) said the solution to the current Illinois budget impasses lies in moderation during a speech at the City Club of Chicago on Wednesday.


House task force holds hearing on gun violence

The U.S. House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, led by Chair Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Vice Chair Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), on Tuesday hosted a hearing in Washington, D.C.  

Tuesday’s forum, entitled “No More Silence: Commonsense Solutions to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic,” brought together “expert panelists to discuss what actions Congress can take now to enhance community safety and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals,” according to a press release from Kelly.


Supreme Court will not review Highland Park assault weapons ban

The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal filed by Dr. Arie Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association of a lower court ruling upholding Highland Park’s ban on assault weapons, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.


Political Strategist Stan Greenberg: Shifting societal demographics could spell trouble for Republicans in 2016 elections

Political strategist and Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg on Thursday argued changes in the make-up of the U.S. population and its belief systems have produced a “new American majority with different values.” 

Greenberg made the remarks at a City Club of Chicago event on Thursday. During the event, he spoke about observations he detailed in his recently-published book, “America Ascendant: A Revolutionary Nation’s Path to Addressing Its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century.”


Emanuel says he will not resign

One day after firing Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday told reporters he will not be resigning.

The mayor’s comments came during POLITICO’s Illinois Playbook Breakfast at the Metropolitan Club. Reporters asked Emanuel if he is considering stepping down in response to widespread criticism he received in the wake of the Laquan McDonald video footage released last week. 


City treasurer calls for increased investment in disenfranchised communities

Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers on Tuesday called on the city to invest more in its lower income neighborhoods in order to help improve the lives of residents and boost the city’s economy.


Budget panel: Chicago will need more taxes, help from Springfield to address financial difficulties

A panel of Chicago-area reporters on Monday predicted the city will be forced to implement further tax and fee increases in the coming years to stabilize its finances.