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Three House districts that flipped in 2016 will be contested again in 2018

Party control of six Illinois House districts flipped in the November 2016 elections. As of mid-November, three of those districts are set to host contests between Democrats and Republicans again in the 2018 election.


Former Illinois gubernatorial candidate calls for property tax cap advisory question on 2018 ballot

While speaking at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, radio host, former gubernatorial candidate and political pundit Dan Proft said he was working to place an advisory question on the 2018 ballot asking Illinois voters if the state should cap property taxes.


State lawmakers prepare for November veto session

The Illinois General Assembly will begin its second veto session on Tuesday, November 7 following three days of votes in October that saw the House fail to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of a bill prohibiting “right-to-work” zones.

Members of the General Assembly could address several others vetoes when they return to Springfield this week.


Republican state representatives who voted for tax increases report mixed Q3 fundraising results

On July 2, 2017, 15 Republican state representatives voted in favor of the Illinois state budget plan that included significant increases in the individual and corporate income tax rates. Nine of those Republicans have already announced that they will not seek reelection. The other six Republicans who voted for the tax increases and are seeking reelection reported mixed fundraising results in three months following the vote.


Fr. Katsouros touts success of Arrupe College’s first graduating class

Father Steve Katsouros, the founding dean and executive director of Loyola University’s Arrupe College, spoke to the City Club of Chicago on Wednesday touting the success of the school’s new two-year college, which graduated its first class in June 2017.


Happy Labor Day

The Daily Whale staff wishes all of our readers a happy and healthy Labor Day weekend. In observance of the holiday, we will not publish our daily newsletters on Monday, September 4. Our normal publication schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 5.


CDOT and CTA leaders tout improvements to infrastructure during City Club luncheon; Emanuel criticizes Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville

On Monday, CTA President Dorval Carter and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld discussed how improvements to Chicago’s public transit systems and infrastructure have helped spur development and economic growth in the city.


Cardinal Cupich tells City Club time for ‘swift’ action on violence

The Roman Catholic Church plans to find ways to work more effectively with other civic leaders and organizations to combat gun violence in Chicago and to push for new laws that ban military-style weapons, Cardinal Blase Cupich told members of the City Club of Chicago on Monday.


Happy Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the Daily Whale will not publish newsletters on Monday, May 29. We will resume our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday morning. The Daily Whale would like to wish all of its readers a happy and safe holiday weekend.


Tollway executive director: We’re 12 to 18 months away from a definitive plan for more I-PASS interoperability

While speaking at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov said his agency is working on expanding the interoperability of the I-PASS system to allow consumers to use their transponders to pay for more than just tolls.