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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 8:02 PM

Why 1,100 North Shore Homes Could See Property Taxes Drop

More than 1,100 homeowners in one of the wealthiest parts of the Chicago suburbs could see a drop in their next property tax bill, a change that could shift the tax burden away from homes worth millions. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 7:41 PM

Reilly Disagrees With Rule Prohibiting Downtown Dispensaries

Under a new proposal from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the use of recreational marijuana would be banned in public places, and there would be strict zoning laws on where retailers could sell the substance. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 12:46 PM

Chicago Ald. Tries and Fails to Force Vote on Vaping Ban

A Chicago alderman unsuccessfully attempted to force a full City Council vote Wednesday on a proposal to ban all electronic cigarettes and vaping products citywide. Ald. Ray Lopez, of the 15th Ward on... Read »

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 6:47 AM

City Council Approves Ordinance Releasing Secret IG Reports

The Chicago City Council gave the green light Wednesday to an ordinance that will allow the city to finally release a long-secret Inspector General’s report on the 2014 shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 5:43 AM

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Lincoln Yards TIF

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to eliminate creation of a $1.3 billion tax increment financing district to aid Lincoln Yards, a forthcoming Chicago development. Creation of the district was pushed... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Lightfoot Unveils Proposed Legalized Cannabis Rules

Under a new proposal from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the use of recreational marijuana would be banned in public places, and there would be strict zoning laws on where retailers could sell the substance. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 12:19 PM

Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Newman Over Lipinski

Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Newman Over Lipinski

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced Tuesday her endorsement of Marie Newman, a progressive challenger taking a second shot at unseating Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois. "Marie Newman is a textbook... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 at 6:44 AM

Regulators Call for Law Change to Make Chicago Casino Viable

The Illinois Gaming Board is calling on lawmakers to change state law to make a Chicago casino viable. A Union Gaming Analytics' study released last month cited Illinois' "onerous tax and fee structure"... Read »

Monday, Sep 16, 2019 at 6:29 PM

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Calls for Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes, and she has some prominent Illinois politicians in her corner. Read »

Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 at 1:59 PM

No Millennial Bump for Buttigieg, But Hints of Broad Appeal

No Millennial Bump for Buttigieg, But Hints of Broad Appeal

Pete Buttigieg would like to turn the fight for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination into a contest about generational change. But there's one looming problem: He has yet to win over his own. Read »

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