Mitchell Armentrout

Staff reporter

Mitchell Armentrout is a staff reporter covering Illinois casinos, video gaming, sports betting and gambling regulation.

Statewide death toll now is nearing 37,000 — roughly the equivalent of wiping out the population of Calumet City. Chicago area accounts for nearly half the deaths — about 8,000 in the city, over 7,500 in suburban Cook County.
The official results, including all eligible mail-in ballots counted by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday, put Ald. Chris Taliaferro 25 votes shy of the majority he needed to win a third term outright.
After three unsuccessful previous runs for public office, the former Chicago Public Schools chief takes his tough-on-crime message to the city’s mayoral runoff.
They were the exceptions in a night that otherwise went largely in the favor of sitting City Council members on the North and Northwest sides.
Nueve candidatos a la alcaldía hicieron algunos de sus argumentos finales, tratando de llevar almas a las urnas en toda la ciudad a falta de dos días para que finalice la votación.
Nine candidates for mayor made some of their final pitches, trying to get souls to the polls across the city with two days to go before the balloting ends.
It would be the comeback story of the year if disgraced ex-Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno can unseat Ald. Daniel La Spata in the 1st Ward. And in the wealthy nearby 43rd Ward, Ald. Timmy Knudsen is trying to prevent his appointment from fizzling out as one of the City Council’s shortest terms.
More than half of the 625 Chicagoans who took part in the telephone survey said they don’t want to see the team ditch its iconic lakefront colonnades for a new stadium in Arlington Heights.
State regulators are still evaluating Bally’s overall casino proposal, which they submitted in August. But regulators gave the OK to entities controlled by the politically connected owner of the Medinah Temple.