The Week in Review: Republicans Prepare for Supreme Court Nomination


While Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state (the first woman to ever do so), President Trump is preparing to nominate her replacement on Saturday. Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, is a front-runner.

Meanwhile, this week a Kentucky grand jury announced its decision in the Breonna Taylor case. One officer was indicted, though not for Taylor’s death. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle denounced the decision in a press conference on Wednesday.

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In Illinois, dispensary license applicants who failed to advance as finalists are getting a second chance. Applicants will be notified why they lost points, and will be given a chance to amend those sections of their application. This comes as Pritzker works to fulfill his promise of social equity in Illinois’ cannabis industry. 

And the ComEd bribery inquiry continues. The utility giant has agreed to testify during a meeting next week with the special House committee investigating Speaker Michael Madigan’s alleged role in the scheme. It’s unclear if Democrats will agree to take testimony.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Attorney General ruled this week that Chicago City Council violated the Open Meetings Act three times this spring.

In sports, NFL legend and former Bears player Gale Sayers died at 77. Billy Donovan was named as the Bull’s head coach. And the Cubs and White Sox are struggling as they near the end of the regular season.

Guests

Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times | @lynnsweet
Becky Vevea, WBEZ | @BeckyVevea
Matt Harvey, The Triibe | @MattheMajor
Mike Mulligan, WSCR 670 The Score | @mullyhaugh


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