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Chicago experiences most violent weekend of 2019: 52 shot, 10 killed

With the national homicide rate hovering near historic lows, Chicago’s police chief on Monday decried a “despicable level of violence” over the weekend in which 52 people were shot, eight of them fatally, and two people were stabbed to death. The nation’s third-largest city is…
By 1776 Coalition | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Illinois Senate approves legalizing sports betting, gambling expansion and funding for nearly $45 billion capital construction plan

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session Sunday and delivered first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “think big” agenda as the Senate voted to raise motorists’ taxes and fees and embark upon a massive statewide gambling expansion that included a Chicago casino and legalized sports…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, June 3, 2019

ILLINOIS STATE REP. AVERY BOURNE GIVES PASSIONATE PRO-LIFE SPEECH WHILE PREGNANT

Illinois Republican State Rep. Avery Bourne delivered an impassioned plea for unborn children just before the state house passed one of the most expansive pro-choice bills in U.S. history. The “Reproductive Health Act” would repeal the state’s partial-birth abortion ban and effectively legalize abortion up…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, May 31, 2019

Former prosecutor Lori Lightfoot becomes first black female, openly gay Chicago mayor

Chicago will swear in its first black female and first openly gay mayor Monday, concluding Lori Lightfoot’s astonishing, yearlong rise from near anonymity to leader of the nation’s third-largest city. Lightfoot defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in a landslide runoff election April 2,…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, May 20, 2019

Illinois Senate moves Gov. Pritzker’s graduated income tax plan forward; measure now goes to the House

Democrats in the Illinois Senate used their supermajority to push forward legislation Wednesday paving the way for a graduated-rate state income tax — Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top legislative priority — but the plan faces an uncertain future in the House. With a 40-19 straight…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, May 2, 2019

Illinois governor under federal investigation over mansion tax break

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he has “no concerns at all” about a possible federal criminal investigation into a property tax break he received on a mansion he bought in an upscale Chicago neighborhood. Chicago radio station WBEZ reported Wednesday, citing a law enforcement source,…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, April 25, 2019

Second Amendment ‘sanctuary county’ movement expands as organizers take aim at new gun laws

It was no accident Effingham County’s resolution to protect the rights of gun owners stole an important word from the very people the resolution was intended to provoke, supporters of the country’s sanctuary cities movement. Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler last month told a…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, April 22, 2019

Rahm ‘would welcome’ migrants Trump considers releasing to sanctuary cities

President Donald Trump says he’s “giving strong considerations” to placing “Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only.” He tweeted that on Friday hours after the White House said the idea was no longer under consideration. Trump is accusing Democrats of failing to overhaul immigration laws and…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, April 15, 2019

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says ‘no friend gets left on the field,’ but checks didn’t pay off for all those he tried helping

On his way out the door, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tried to take care of the aldermen who were loyal to him, cutting hundreds of thousands of dollars of checks to various campaigns in an effort to help incumbents get re-elected as part of his…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, March 25, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveils graduated state income tax plan he says would give break to taxpayers earning less than $250,000

Less than two months after taking office, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker embarked on a new and potentially bruising political campaign Thursday by seeking to win public approval of a graduated-rate income tax that he contended would raise $3.4 billion by increasing taxes for the wealthy…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, March 8, 2019

Chicago To Get Its First Black Female Mayor As Candidates Head To Runoff

The next Chicago mayor will either be a self-described political outsider who’s never run for office, or a longtime city alderman and chair of the county’s Democratic Party. Either way, for the first time, the city’s top political official will be an African-American woman. Former…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Chicago To Get Its First Black Female Mayor As Candidates Head To Runoff

The next Chicago mayor will either be a self-described political outsider who’s never run for office, or a longtime city alderman and chair of the county’s Democratic Party. Either way, for the first time, the city’s top political official will be an African-American woman. Former…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Ill Gov touts legal marijuana

With pro-marijuana J.B. Pritzker now in the Illinois governor’s mansion, all eyes are on his plan to legalize cannabis for recreational use. But even if approved by lawmakers, that could take more than a year to implement, and many voices are raising the call to…
By 1776 Coalition | Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Powerful Chicago Council Member Charged in Federal Probe

Ald. Edward Burke, who for 50 years has represented Chicago’s Southwest Side 14th Ward, has been charged with attempted extortion on allegations he used his position as alderman to corruptly solicit business for his private law firm, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. The bombshell 37-page criminal…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, January 4, 2019

New state laws for the new year: California limits gun rights, minimum wages increase

Several new state laws are set to take effect on New Year’s Day, including unprecedented minimum wage hikes, equal pay requirements and new abortion statutes — and in California, the legislation will curb gun rights, reduce criminal sentences and force publicly held corporations to elevate…
By 1776 Coalition | Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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