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Mother Sentenced to Prison for Lower Wacker Crash That Killed Her Baby – NBC Chicago

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A mother has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for causing a crash that killed her 1-year-old child on Lower Wacker Drive a year ago.

Adreannia Donaldson was allegedly driving while high and drunk on Jan. 11, 2019, when she crashed into an oncoming vehicle near Garvey Court, Cook County prosecutors have said.

Her child, 23-month-old Amaria Glenn, was ejected from the car and killed, authorities said. The child was wearing a seat belt, but was not in a car seat.

Donaldson was sentenced on Tuesday to 3 years in prison by Judge William Gamboney, according to court records. She…

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Dad Brings Toddler To Undercover Drug Deal: Cops – Oak Lawn, IL Patch

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OAK LAWN, IL — A Chicago man brought his young daughter with to a prearranged meeting to sell heroin to a confidential police source, prosecutors said. Dequan Davis, 30, appeared before Cook County Judge Peter Felice on felony charge of delivery and possession of a controlled substance.

Around 6:20 p.m. Jan. 6, the prosecutor said that Davis arranged to meet a confidential source working with the Oak Lawn Police Department near 85th Street and Pulaski Road. Davis was arrested after police said they watched him sell nine bags of heroin to the confidential source. Police found Davis’s…

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Activists call for peace in the Middle East at Naperville rally – Chicago Daily Herald

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As tensions continued to rise Sunday in the Middle East over the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, suburban activists and political leaders gathered in downtown Naperville to rally against an escalation of military action in the region.

The No War with Iran peace rally at the Dandelion Fountain featured speakers and saw a turnout of over 100 sign-carrying protesters objecting to President Donald Trump’s decision to order the missile strike that killed the Iranian leader.

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Everyone Counts: Info Session Focuses On Census2020 Participation – Patch.com

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PALOS HEIGHTS, IL — In April, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the decennial count of every U.S. household. To help educate community members on the importance of participating in the 2020 census, the League of Women Voters of the Palos-Orland Area will host an information session at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. The event will be held at the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Ave.

Data dissemination specialist Illeana Serrano, from the U.S. Census Bureau, will be sharing information and resources for participating in the census. Serrano will also discuss why wide-spread…

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Democrats to McConnell: ‘Do Your Job Instead of Emulating Trump’ – Newsweek

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Democratic politicians have reacted to furiously to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s accusation of “heel-dragging,” flooding the Kentucky senator’s Twitter account with demands that he take up hundreds of House-approved bills that remain sat on his desk.

McConnell said Monday that Congress is struggling thanks to “months of Democrat heel-dragging,” primarily in the form of an “impeachment obsession” that has left “core, routine governing duties still unfulfilled.”

“It is past time to get serious and pass these key bills,” he argued.

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Chicago Startup Improovy On-Demand House Painting Service Launches New Location in Naperville, IL – Press Release – Digital Journal

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Chicago-based tech startup Improovy is bringing its on-demand house
painting services to Naperville, IL, and surrounding Dupage County
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​​​​​Improovy today announced the launch of its newest location in Naperville, IL, just in time for the holidays. Improovy is a Chicago tech startup that uses technology and decades of industry expertise to streamline the house painting process for Chicagoland homeowners. This new Naperville launch will be the highly rated painting…

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House Democrats Unveil Plan for Temporary Repeal of State-Deduction Cap – The Wall Street Journal

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WASHINGTON—The cap on state and local tax deductions would be repealed for two years under a new Democratic proposal that almost certainly won’t become law while Republicans control the Senate and White House.

The bill, slated for a House Ways and Means Committee vote Wednesday, signals the Democrats’ position on a provision of the 2017 tax law particularly unpopular with residents of high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California.

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Chicago Medical Society hosts annual holiday event – Chicago Daily Herald

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The medical community enjoyed an evening of good cheer, delectable hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Chicago Medical Society’s annual holiday reception Dec. 5.

Held at the elegant old-world Standard Club of Chicago, the event was a perfect way to thank all the hardworking physicians, administrators, attorneys, lawmakers, and friends of medicine who together comprise the local healthcare community. More than 200 attended.

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Your Illinois News Radar » Cullerton talks about his legacy – The Capitol Fax Blog

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* Daniel Vock at the Center for Illinois Politics scored the first extensive interview with Senate President John Cullerton since he announced his retirement. The whole thing is worth a read, but here’s one excerpt..

How exactly did the Senate Democrats build such a sizable majority? Cullerton says it’s mostly a matter of changing demographics in Illinois and good candidate recruitment. The caucus has emphasized recruiting women to run as candidates, particularly in the suburbs. That’s one reason why women now make up nearly half (17 of 40 seats) of the caucus. The presidency…

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School To Pay for Construction Despite Void Contract – The National Law Review

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The Illinois Appellate Court has ruled that two contractors can recover against a school district for construction work despite the fact that their contracts were not properly created, and were therefore void, under state law.

In Restore Construction Co. v. Board of Education of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, two contractors brought suit against the Proviso school district in the Circuit Court of Cook County when the district refused to pay the plaintiffs for services rendered. Both parties initially believed they had entered into valid contracts for restoration…

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DNA Left On Pop Bottle Ties Man To Wireless Store Robbery: Cops – Alsip, IL Patch

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ALSIP, IL —DNA left on a plastic pop bottle tied a Chicago man to a robbery at an Alsip wireless store last summer, prosecutors said. Deandre Ross, 48, of Chicago, appeared before Cook County Judge John Mahoney on a felony charge of aggravated robbery.

According to the complaint, Ross walked into the Cricket Wireless Store, 12254 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip, carrying a bottle of orange pop. When Ross asked to see an iPhone, the employee walked to the back room to get the product. The prosecutor said Ross followed the employee into the back room.

Ross allegedly twisted the employee’s arm. The…

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Elmhurst Police Officers Give Time For Local Kids – Elmhurst, IL Patch

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ELMHURST, IL — Elmhurst police officers volunteered their time Saturday and took seven Elmhurst kids shopping for Christmas during the annual DuPage County Sheriff’s Ofice’s Shop with a Cop event. The local officers escorted the kids from the police department to the Ackerman Sports Complex in Glen Ellyn, where they were able to play games and scale climbing walls.

From there, a procession of officers from other police agencies in DuPage County went to Meijer, where the kids were able to shop with their partner Elmhurst police officers with donations from Elmhurst officers and the…

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Illinois Supreme Court disbars four in latest disciplinary orders – Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

The Illinois Supreme Court suspended seven attorneys, disbarred four and reprimanded one in its latest round of disciplinary orders entered Tuesday.Disbarred on consentWilliam Keith Bulmer II of Minneapolis was disbarred on consent for having sexual relations with a client’s wife and making false statements about the relationship to the prosecutor in the client’s criminal case.
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Chicago casino bill to lower taxation fails – Yogonet International

Illinois passed legislation to require casino and sports wagering licenses applicants to be fingerprinted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s drive to revive plans for the proposed Chicago casino by restructuring the tax load on the gambling center came up short Thursday as the Illinois General Assembly adjourned until next year without voting on the measure.
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As fed probe deepens, City Club grapples with fallout – Crain’s Chicago Business

The City Club of Chicago is contending with the fallout of its president's involvement in a federal probe of Commonwealth Edison influence in Springfield. Weeks after Jay Doherty's City Club offices were raided—and in the wake of disclosures that the prominent public affairs group's chief was paid more than $3.1 million over a span of years by the utility giant—a growing roster of speakers are canceling upcoming City Club appearances.
Illinois appellate court won’t bar CPS runners from meet – Chicago Tribune
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Illinois appellate court won’t bar CPS runners from meet – Chicago Tribune

The Illinois Appellate Court says it won't immediately rule on a lower court decision allowing Chicago Public Schools cross-country runners to compete at the state championship meet Saturday. The Illinois High School Association is seeking to overturn an order allowing the runners to compete in the postseason. The IHSA blocked their participation because a teachers' strike prevented their attendance at the regional meet.
Illinois Restaurant Tried to Reseat Over Skin Color – Black Voice News
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Illinois Restaurant Tried to Reseat Over Skin Color – Black Voice News

A group of mostly African-American people celebrating a birthday party at a Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Chicago allege they were asked to change tables because of their skin color. Justin Vahl says he was at a Naperville restaurant last month with children and adults when a host asked him about his ethnicity. Later, a manager asked the group to move because a regular customer didn’t want to sit near Black people. Vahl, of nearby Montgomery, says he’s multiracial. His wife, Mary, first shared the story on social media.
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Bill to prevent LGBTQ housing discrimination stalls in Senate – ABC 4

Some leading gay rights groups say their community needs more protection when it comes to finding safe places to live. Now, many in Congress says it’s time to pass a law to keep LGBTQ citizens safe from housing discrimination. “We find that a lot of the LGBT people struggle not only finding affordable housing, but housing where they can be themselves,” said Aaron Tax, Advocacy Director for SAGE, a lobbying group that advocates for older LGBTQ adults. “In a study conducted by the Equal Rights Center in 2014, we saw that nearly half, 48 percent of same sex individuals received differential treatment when looking for housing targeting older people,” said Tax.
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Group: Illinois restaurant tried to reseat over skin color – Baltimore Sun

A group of mostly African-American people celebrating a birthday party at a Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Chicago allege they were asked to change tables because of their skin color. Justin Vahl says he was at a Naperville restaurant last month with children and adults when a host asked him about his ethnicity. Later, a manager asked the group to move because a regular customer didn't want to sit near black people.Remaining Time-0:29 Fullscreen Vahl, of nearby Montgomery, says he's multiracial. His wife, Mary, first shared the story on social media. After several managers tried to move the group, they left for another restaurant. A Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson says a "thorough internal investigation" is being conducted and apologized for "any unacceptable behavior."
After Facebook comes under fire, Twitter’s CEO announces ban on political ads – Yahoo News
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After Facebook comes under fire, Twitter’s CEO announces ban on political ads – Yahoo News

Twitter announced on Wednesday that it would no longer allow political ads on its service, in an implicit response to Facebook’s policy of allowing political ads even if they contain false information. “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally,” wrote CEO Jack Dorsey in a series of messages Wednesday. “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons. A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet. Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions. Internet political ads present entirely new challenges to civic discourse: machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes. All at increasing velocity, sophistication, and overwhelming scale.”
Data at forefront of congressional hearing on anti-LGBT bias in housing, credit – Washington Blade
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Data at forefront of congressional hearing on anti-LGBT bias in housing, credit – Washington Blade

As LGBT rights advocates continue to press the Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination, data was at the forefront of a congressional hearing Tuesday as evidence that anti-LGBT discrimination in housing and credit continues to exist. Among the key statistics that emerged in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee: About half of LGBT adults own their homes compared to 70...
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Lemont Looking To Allow Recreational Cannabis Dispensaries – Lemont, IL Patch

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LEMONT, IL — After a public workshop meeting discussing recreational cannabis, the Lemont village board has directed staff to prepare an amendment to allow cannabis establishments in certain business districts. According to a Q and A on the village website, the dispensaries will generally only be allowed on the periphery of town and away from schools.

Since the amendment is a change to Lemont’s Unified Development Ordinance, it must go through a review by the planning and zoning commission and a committee of the whole, before approval by the village board. The planning and zoning…

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Protesters to greet U.S. Sen. Rubio at State Sen. Oberweis’s Oakbrook fundraiser – Suburban Life Publications

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While State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, plans to host U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, at an Oct. 25 fundraising luncheon for his campaign to for the 14th Congressional District, protesters plan to be outside the restaurant for the entire 90 minutes of the event.

Representatives of the Coalition for a Better IL6th and local Indivisible groups will be outside Maggiano’s, 240 Oakbrook Center, Oakbrook, protesting Rubio for not acknowledging President Trump’s abuse of power, said coalition leader Reid McCollum of Hinsdale.

They will be calling on Rubio to “demand impeachment and…

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether LGBT workers are legally protected – Chicago Tribune

The state Human Rights Department investigates private companies, state units, local governments, unions and staffing agencies. Starting July 1 of next year, the agency will be able to investigate employers with as few as one worker. Arthur Ehrlich, an attorney who works on employment discrimination cases, said people who live outside of the state but have jobs in Illinois are protected under the law; however, Illinois residents with jobs outside of the state are not.
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Fall mating season leads to car-deer collisions – Galesburg Register-Mail

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It’s autumn, and if you’re a deer, that means love is in the air.

Bucks are running after does around the countryside, and many are chasing the objects of their affection out of the woods and onto the roads. When a deer collides with a car, damage amounts to an average cost of $3,000, making this a potentially costly and scary time of year for motorists and insurance companies.

“Drivers really need to be aware of their surroundings and circumstances,” said Jim Taylor, head of claims customer experience at Farmers Insurance. “If you see a sign that says ‘Caution, deer crossing,’…

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The Spin: Michelle Obama’s releasing a self-help book | Mayor Lightfoot’s first public signs of frustration w – Chicago Tribune

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On Monday, the House’s Democratic campaign arm, which is working hard to ensure first-term U.S. Rep. Sean Casten wins reelection, called on Republican candidates hoping to unseat Casten to discuss where they stand on the Trump impeachment inquiry. Firebrand Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican, issued a blistering statement saying she’s already publicly stated her position, while former Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti’s camp didn’t immediately respond.

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Jim Dey | With one judge ousted for lying to police, what’s fate of the second? – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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What happened to former Circuit Judge Patrick O’Shea must have sent shivers down current Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert’s spine.

Although they come from different parts of Illinois — O’Shea from DuPage County near Chicago and Duebbert from St. Clair County near St. Louis — they share a common bond.

O’Shea was accused of lying to police about a gun mishap (I wrote about that in an Oct. 1 column), while Duebbert is accused of lying to police regarding a homicide investigation.

The…

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