Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ran as an ethics reformer, but now her campaign is being investigated for reaching out to Chicago Public Schools teachers to get students to work on her mayoral race for credit. Lightfoot apologized for the move, but the Chicago Teachers Union and her mayoral challengers cry foul.
In other city news, the Chicago Park District unveils a new Soldier Field dome plan in the hopes of keeping the Bears in the city. Meanwhile, the Bears tap the Big Ten commissioner, Kevin Warren, as the team’s new president and CEO.
Downstate sheriffs are refusing to enforce the state’s new assault weapons ban passed in the waning hours of the lame duck session. Meanwhile, gun advocates vow to challenge the law’s constitutionality in court. A new abortion and gender-affirming bill is also signed into law.
John Lausch is the federal prosecutor who was initially tapped by the U.S. Department of Justice to probe President Biden’s classified documents turnover. Instead, Attorney General Merrick Garland announces that Lausch will be resigning his post in March. And FBI wiretaps reveal that ex-Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan said that “some of these guys have made out like bandits” in the ComEd bribery case, which goes to trial in April 2024.
Craig Dellimore, WBBM Newsradio | @CraigDellimore
Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business | @GregHinz
Ray Long, Chicago Tribune | @RayLong
Amanda Vinicky, WTTW News | @AmandaVinicky
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