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A federal judge OKs construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. Mayor Lori Lightfoot stares down the police union. A stunning admission in the trial of Brendt Chrisetensen. And: the scooters are coming.

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“The system that Ed Burke ran was ripe for corruption,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday, June 13, 2019. (WTTW News)

It’s a program that costs the city more than $100 million a year, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot says that under Ald. Ed Burke, it was “ripe for corruption.”

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In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump announced the news on Twitter. He says Sarah Sanders will be returning to her home state of Arkansas and has not immediately named a successor.

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In this April 30, 2019 photo, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway talks with reporters outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says Kellyanne Conway has become a “repeat offender” of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the Reproductive Health Act into law with bill sponsors Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush, left, and Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, right, at the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune via AP)

“In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women’s health. In this state, we trust women,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a bill signing ceremony Wednesday in Chicago. 

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Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

The just-completed spring legislative session produced a slew of initiatives championed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration. What Illinoisans can expect from those initiatives, the new state budget and more.

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The decennial redrawing of Chicago’s 50 ward boundaries is messy and anything but transparent. Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls the current map an obvious case of gerrymandering, and says it’s bad for Chicago residents.

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Did the Chicago police union instruct cops not to police during the violent Memorial Day weekend? Mayor Lori Lightfoot clarifies a rumor she says she heard in this wide-ranging, one-on-one interview.

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Ald. Ed Burke gets his day in court. Gov. J.B. Pritzker gets his budget priorities passed. Chicago grapples with a spike in violence. And the Cubs get some much-needed pitching help.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to set some restrictions on outside employment for aldermen. We analyze the latest batch of financial disclosure forms to find out who could be impacted.

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In light of the charges against Ald. Ed Burke, what can Mayor Lori Lightfoot and aldermen do to clean up City Hall?

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Recently passed legislation to expand gambling in Illinois is so massive, not many people know everything that’s in it. That includes at least two of the state’s legislative leaders who helped negotiate the bill.

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President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron greet veterans as they arrive to a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at The Normandy American Cemetery, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

“You are the pride of our nation, you are the glory of our republic and we thank you from the bottom of our heart,” President Trump said, of the “warriors” of an “epic battle” engaged in the ultimate fight of good against evil.

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“We’re investing in the things that really matter in this state,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at a press conference after signing the $40 billion spending plan Wednesday, June 5, 2019. “Many of these things haven’t been addressed for 20 years.”

Passing and managing a budget is one of government’s most basic functions, but as he signed a new $40 billion spending plan into law Wednesday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker called it a “watershed moment.”

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Ald. Ed Burke walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Jan. 3, 2019. Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds a press conference May 31, 2019 at City Hall to address the federal indictment filed against Burke and demand he resign immediately. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is out with a new round of ethics proposals. Our politics team tackles that and more in our weekly roundtable.

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President Donald Trump speaks during an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

President Donald Trump read from a prayer delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he joined other world leaders and veterans Wednesday in marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.