In the Chicago mayoral race, Paul Vallas lands endorsements from the Chicago Tribune and outgoing Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward). Now, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García are pouncing on Vallas, who said he’s anti-abortion. Lightfoot’s chosen budget chair, Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd Ward), has endorsed Brandon Johnson for mayor. Should a prospective Lightfoot voter be concerned about that? Meanwhile, Willie Wilson continues to doubles down on wanting the police to hunt suspects down like rabbits.
Mayor Lightfoot’s attempt to fast track a 15-year proposal with ComEd was delayed. Alderpeople are concerned that it’s a backroom deal with a utility company that’s caught up in the Madigan bribery scandal; many fear another parking meter-type deal disaster.
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley was denied a spot on the House Intelligence Committee by his own leader, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries; Quigley served on the committee for eight years.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx drops all charges against R. Kelly as victims cry foul.
Another county files a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Illinois’ assault weapons ban as the TRO issued by an Effingham County judge was upheld by the Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois.
The son of former state Rep. Edward Acevedo is found guilty of tax evasion charges tied to the ComEd bribery probe.
And in sports, Tom Brady retires again — but lands a 10-year $375 million broadcast deal with FOX. The Chicago Sky is breaking apart as the championship lineup moves on in free agency. The Chicago Bulls continue to cave against weaker teams in fourth quarter as the trade deadline approaches. And Chicago Blackhawks star Bobby Hull leaves a complicated and controversial legacy.
Mary Ann Ahern, NBC 5 Chicago | @MaryAnnAhernNBC
Laura Washington, Chicago Tribune and ABC 7 News | @MediaDervish
Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune | @jmetr22b
Nancy Armour, USA Today | @nrarmour
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