The Week in Review: New Faces, Veteran Leadership in Springfield

State Rep. Michael Madigan is sworn in as speaker of the Illinois House. His 34th year in that role makes him the nation’s longest serving leader of a legislative body. Madigan looks to move past the last four years of head-butting with Gov. Bruce Rauner; the outgoing governor says he’s scared for the state’s future under a Democratic supermajority. Meanwhile, as his inauguration approaches, Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker announces plans to separate his job from his private investments.

In Chicago, mayoral candidates and many aldermen line up with ethics reform proposals in the wake of a federal corruption charge against longtime 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke. The Lincoln Yards development plan hits a snag, killing plans for a 20,000-seat soccer stadium and entertainment venues.

And in sports, Cory Parkey’s missed field goal – and a limited offense – prematurely end the Chicago Bears playoff hopes.


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The conversation continues in our web-extra video. This week, Arruza and guests discuss law enforcement’s warrant to search R. Kelly’s Chicago recording studio. The renewed interest in the R&B star is sparked by revelations in a new Lifetime documentary series. Chance the Rapper and Lady Gaga apologize for recording with Kelly; Gaga even vows to pull the song from online music services.

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