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Lieutenant governor issues recommendations on concealed carry

As state lawmakers squabble in Springfield over competing bills regulating concealed carry, Illinois’ Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has released suggestions developed by a working group she headed on the essential components of an effective new concealed carry law.

Simon discussed the recommendations Friday while speaking at a luncheon at the Union League Club of Chicago hosted by the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group.

Rockefeller money fuels outreach for Chicago’s BRT plans

Community outreach efforts promoting Bus Rapid Transit in Chicago are getting a push from a newly awarded Rockefeller Foundation grant.

The national grant, announced on Monday, splits $1.2 million in funding between Chicago, Nashville, Boston and Pittsburgh to “support research, communications and community outreach efforts to engage and educate local stakeholders on the benefits of BRT.”

Fioretti calls for diversion of TIF funds to CPS, criticizes mayor for school closings

Ald. Robert Fioretti took to the stage at a City Club of Chicago luncheon Monday to voice both his support for proposed state legislation that would redirect tax-increment-financing dollars to Chicago’s public schools and his frustrations with the mayoral administration’s handling of school closings and other CPS-related matters.

“Avoidance behavior” in Springfield added to pension crisis, Rep. Roskam says

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam is the latest to use a City Club of Chicago luncheon to weigh in on Illinois’ over $100 billion unfunded pension liability, telling the audience Tuesday that “avoidance behavior” in Springfield contributed to the state’s pension mess.

The Chief Deputy Whip from Wheaton said that in comparison to other Midwest states, Illinois failed to make the structural changes necessary to solve the pension crisis.