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Rosemont eyes sports betting license for Allstate Arena

Village spokesman Gary Mack said the committee was formed because the village wants to be as "transparent as possible and make sure every possible opportunity to do this the right way is examined." "[Rosemont] isn’t going into this helter skelter," he said.

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Ex-Gaming Board chief accused of donating illegal campaign cash — allegations he calls ‘a political hit job’

Don Tracy, an appointee of former Gov. Bruce Rauner, called the executive inspector general’s report "baloney." "A lot of people around here hate Rauner," Tracy said from his Downstate office.

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DCFS launches 24 investigations into abuse allegations against priests that it failed to look into before

DCFS has hired former federal prosecutor Steven Block to conduct an independent investigation on how the agency handled notifications from the archdiocese about clergy abuse allegations.

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Angry racing board scolds Arlington owners: Are you in horse racing or ‘only a gaming software company’?

Churchill Downs Inc. last month blamed high taxes, a saturated gambling market and contributions to a state thoroughbred purse fund as reasons not to invest in up to 1,200 slots and table games allowed under the state’s new law. Illinois Racing Board commissioner Thomas McCauley called that "nonsense."

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Poker-faced regulators call on lawmakers to change gambling law to make Chicago casino a winning bet

The Illinois Gaming Board passed a resolution recommending state lawmakers amend terms of a Chicago casino that a consultant previously said can’t get off the ground due to high taxes.

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Chicago lawmaker’s private struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction help guide his work in public office

‘Alcohol was pretty much my drug of choice, but I certainly did enough other things as they came along, like a lot of other people,’ said state Rep. Greg Harris, now clean and sober for 19 years.

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Madigan mops up after Mapes mess — speaker assures staffers no pressure to do politics

It’s another clean-up effort for Madigan after a series of negative headlines from a string of workplace culture and harassment issues in his government and political organizations.

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Deputy governor to state agencies: Prepare to make cuts

Agency directors are told to trim budgets by 6.5%, shrink number of boards and commissions.

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FBI files shed light on nearly a century of threats to Chicago politicians — and an alderman suspected of being a secret communist

The ire that’s been directed over the years at political figures in Illinois often has been about race, patriotism and gun control, according to a new Sun-Times database compiled from FBI reports.

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Is hope of casino jackpot a sucker bet? State’s gambling tax revenue booming, but it’s not from casinos

Gambling generated a record $1.4 billion for the state over the last year, but that’s despite a seventh straight year of declining returns from Illinois’ 10 existing casinos. Six more casinos in the pipeline could ‘exacerbate’ the problem, a state commission found.

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Tight-knit female lawmakers behind legal marijuana have new nickname

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, admitting she’s the most foul-mouthed of the group, said she came up with the name as a counterweight to a more wholesome moniker that had been ascribed to them.

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Jury’s in, and so is Evans — Victorious veteran chief judge isn’t planning to go anywhere

"We have a Supreme Court of the United States where the average age is approaching 90 now," Evans told reporters.

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Anne Burke ‘humbled and honored’ to become chief justice of Illinois Supreme Court

Burke, the wife of indicted 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke, has served on the court since 2006 and was selected by the other justices to serve as the leading justice. The position rotates among the justices based on seniority.

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Illinois Supreme Court candidate Daniel Epstein to begin airing TV ad in hotly contested judicial race

The Supreme Court seat is a county-wide race, but Epstein’s ad will only air in the northern and western suburbs and North Side and West Side wards, for two weeks, two to three times a day.

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Fact-check: Lightfoot wrongly goes for broke with Downstate pension claim

Lightfoot is correct that cities and towns outside Chicago are pressured with mounting pension debt. By raising the specter of insolvency, however, the mayor suggests the situation faced by the vast majority of Downstate public safety pension funds is far more dire than it really is.

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Casino developers put their chips on the table for a new Waukegan gambling den

Five plans have been submitted for a long-sought casino in the far north suburb, which will submit a short list to the Illinois Gaming Board in late October.

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Judge approves agreement to reopen Sterigenics plant

DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton signed off on an agreement reached in July between Sterigenics, the county and the Illinois attorney general’s office.

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This might not be the outrage Patti expected, but it’ll have to do

Schock got a fancy office; Illinois got Sen. Roland Burris. Those are not equal harms.

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Patti Blagojevich jolted by Schock’s ‘sweetheart deal’ — ‘Where is the outrage?’

"I cannot even wrap my head around this — six months of probation vs. 14 years for Rod," Patti Blagojevich wrote. "Where is the outrage??"

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Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock officially off the hook for public corruption charges

‘There’s a difference between mistakes and crimes,’ Schock said in March after a deal with prosecutors was approved.

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On Facebook, Illinois prison guards, accused of abuses by transgender inmates, mocked LGBTQ community

The officers who posted the offensive and explicit memes and other posts all identified themselves as Department of Corrections employees.

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‘Fairly light’ public schedule — no Japan trip — as Pritzker recovers from broken femur

Pritzker is hobbling around on crutches after breaking his femur. And he’s spending a lot of time on the phone, including with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who put a lot of political pressure on the governor in her speech about the city’s finances last week.

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Pritzker grants clemency to Army veteran deported to Mexico — blasting Trump and Rauner for the ‘unfortunate circumstances’

Miguel Perez-Montes was deported in March 2018, "without prior contact with his family, left at the Mexican border nearly penniless without clothing or shelter," the governor’s office said.

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Mayoral campaign ended nearly five months ago — but Lightfoot-Preckwinkle battle rages on

Lightfoot ripped into Preckwinkle for rebuffing her efforts to work together, saying "a lot of that is up to her." But Preckwinkle fired back that she has sought to meet with Lightfoot and her top cop to discuss Chicago’s street violence, but to no avail.

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Lightfoot: ‘Can’t keep taxing the hell’ out of substantial earners, but aide vows she still supports graduated income tax

The mayor made her remarks during an interview Friday with the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board.

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Tennessee, whose governor opposes legalizing marijuana, pulls out of Illinois’ weed business

Its treasurer has sold off that state’s stock in a company that owns and leases back a $25 million cultivation center in downstate Barry after learning from a Sun-Times reporter his agency had invested in the business.

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Michael Bauer, instrumental in the election of LGBTQ candidates including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, dead at 66

‘He was absolutely essential to me and a whole number of people along the way, including our present mayor,’ said Tom Chiola, the first openly gay candidate to win election in Illinois.

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Spared sacrifice: Lightfoot talks of taking political risks to save city — but so far, it’s just talk

We thought this speech was where she was going to start to explain how she plans to fill the city’s budget hole and pay for the pension obligations that hang over Chicago’s future like a thunderstorm that won’t move out over the lake.

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Text: Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s ‘State of the City’ address

Here is the text of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s ‘State of the City’ speech as prepared for delivery

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot warns of ‘hard choices’ and ‘sacrifice’ ahead: ‘We don’t have a moment to lose’

Lightfoot said her two principles in guiding her revenue options are relieving the financial burden of those who can least afford it, and working to not drive businesses out of Chicago.

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To train staff to deal with abuse, embattled DCFS turns to lab simulations

Experts say the Illinois child welfare agency, under fire after some high-profile deaths of children, has become a national standout for giving workers who investigate child abuse claims hands-on training.

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Lightfoot vows to show ‘path forward’ in Thursday’s ‘state of the city’ address

As she looked back on the past 100 days on Wednesday, the mayor was cryptic about the days ahead. "We’re not going to be laying out in specific detail: here’s what our costs are, here’s what our finances are, here’s what the resources are going to be for different departments," Lightfoot said Wednesday.