The Week in Review: Smollett Released, Muñoz Sentenced, Thompson’s Request

Former Ald. Ricardo Munoz was sentenced to 13 months in prison for using a political fund for college tuition, skydiving, and luxury goods. 

In another courtroom, Patrick Daley Thompson asked for a new trial in his corruption conviction. 

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And, actor Jussie Smollett is no longer behind bars — pending appeal — after less than a week behind bars for orchestrating hate crimes against himself.

City News

Willie Wilson, whose $200,000 gas giveaway snarled the city, is going to do it again next week but this time giving away $1 million.  Is it a prelude to another run for mayor? 

An aldermanic special City Council meeting against the mayor’s vaccine mandate ends without a quorum, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot gives the group an earful.  

The racially polarized City Council remap fight is closer to voter referendum

Activists and family protest State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s decision not to charge the police officer who fatally shot Adam Toledo, and Anthony Alvarez.

Campaign Kickoff

A rush of last-minute candidates filed to run, included some fringe candidates, and some shenanigans have already started.  The Chicago police union boss, John Catanzara, wants the most pro-FOP aldermen who are all ex-firefighters, to support a CPD detective challenging incumbent state Sen. Rob Martwick (D-Chicago).

In Sports

The Bears hire an architect along with other firms to shape the team’s future stadium in the suburbs.  Meanwhile, key players leave Chicago including six-time pro-bowl LB Khalil Mack, WR Allen Robinson and punter Pat O’Donnell.  Billionaire Ken Griffin joins Cubs owners in bid for the storied Chelsea Football Club.  Loyola was ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  And baseball’s back with a 162-game season in spite of the 99-day lockout.  


Alex Nitkin, The Daily Line | @TheDailyLineChi, @AlexNitkin

Heather Cherone, WTTW | @WTTW, @HeatherCherone

Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune | @chicagotribune, @jmetr22b

Exavier Pope, ESPN Las Vegas | @ExavierPope, @ESPNLasVegas

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