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7/11/23 CHICAGO COMMUNITY NEWS



With the public education system failing students, the only way to ensure all children have access to a good education is to expand educational options for all.


The money comes from COVID-19 relief federal tax funds. The program summary is looking for community groups with a "comprehensive approach to reducing firearm violence through targeted, integrated behavioral health services and economic opportunities."


Gov. J.B. Pritzker and leading tourism leaders on Monday announced the state broke its hotel revenue record — thanks in part to Taylor Swift and a post-pandemic boom in visits to Illinois. The state’s hotel revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30 reached $309 million — beating a pre-pandemic 2019 record of $296 million. In total, 111 million visitors spent $40 billion on all tourism in 2022.


Six months after his release from federal prison, former Chicago Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson could be in hot water again after court probation officials accused him of failing to pay restitution for his tax-related conviction.


The money secured by Democratic U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg will fund the replacement of two aging pickup trucks with fully electric cargo vans as well as a $50,000 charging station at the village's public works headquarters.


As an investigation continues into claims that several officers engaged in sexual misconduct with migrants living at a West Side police station, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that any officers who had improper sexual contact with migrants should be fired.


Illinois residents have reported receiving payments from a $100 million class action suit. On September 28, 2022, a judge approved the settlement resulting from a lawsuit accusing the search giant of violating Illinois' biometric privacy laws.


Mike Monseur, owner of the Dew Chilli Parlor, says many businesses in the area were just starting to recover from the loss of customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Losing power in the middle of Springfield tourism season cuts the potential for revenue for many businesses.


The city of Rock Island announced Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed Senate Bill 1897, which makes it the 20th port district in the state of Illinois. This designation allows the city to qualify for federal grants and funding for infrastructure to improve transportation on local waterways.

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