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Vallas: Only school choice can revive Chicago’s education system, save our kidsIllinois Policy Institute

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.

Illinois to spend $30 million for "peacekeepers" this fiscal year – Center Square

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."

Swifties, post-pandemic travelers help Illinois break hotel revenue record: ‘Our tourism industry is back and it’s booming’Sun-Times

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.

Ex-Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson accused of failing to pay restitution in tax caseChicago Tribune

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.

Schaumburg uses federal money to buy two electric vehicles, charging station – Daily Herald

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.

Pritzker weighs in on CPD probe of officers' alleged sexual misconduct with migrants – CBS Chicago

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 begin receiving Google settlement payments– WCIA

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.

Local businesses feeling impacts of severe storm – WAND

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.

J.B. Pritzker signs Rock Island regional port district billKWQC

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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