Impeachment managers and Donald Trump's defense wrap up the former president's second impeachment trial. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth continue to push President Joe Biden to keep Chicago’s top federal prosecutor, John Lausch. Gov. J.B. Pritzker says no new taxes in his new budget. Meanwhile, the new Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s new rules include term limits for leadership, remote voting, and bills will no longer be sent to the Rules Committee to die.
The highly-transmissible South African COVID-19 variant has been discovered in Illinois. The state to open vaccines to people with pre-existing conditions beginning Feb. 25, but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle won't follow Pritzker's new plan because more vaccines are needed.
The Chicago Teachers Union agree to an eleventh-hour deal with Chicago Public Schools, ending the high-stakes standoff, lockout and possible strike over the safety of in-class learning during the pandemic. And, we remember the CTU’s former leader, Karen Lewis, and her impact on Chicago’s labor movement.
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