Politics

The Politics Section of the Chicago Journal.
Oct
26
Judge denies request to extend Catanzara mandate muzzle

Judge denies request to extend Catanzara mandate muzzle

The city argued the union's actions amounted to encouraging a work stoppage while union attorneys said the matter is part of a unfair labor dispute and the vaccine mandate was ordered without union input.
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Oct
24
Illinois Democrats unveil updated congressional maps

Illinois Democrats unveil updated congressional maps

Illinois Democrats unveiled an updated version of their new Congressional map on Saturday and, you guessed it, it's even worse than the first.
3 min read
Oct
22
Pritzker orders vaccinations or testing for day care workers

Pritzker orders vaccinations or testing for day care workers

Illinois' weekly COVID case count has dropped for seven weeks in a row. The state has also seen new cases per day numbers drop 50% from seven weeks ago.
2 min read
Oct
21
Illinois Supreme Court tosses county tax on guns, ammunition

Illinois Supreme Court tosses county tax on guns, ammunition

Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis wrote in a 6-0 decision that the taxes violate the constitution’s uniformity clause. She noted revenue from the tax isn't directed toward funds or programs to curb the costs of gun violence or reduce the violence.
2 min read
Oct
20
Judge denies Chicago Police union's effort to recuse herself from case

Judge denies Chicago Police union's effort to recuse herself from case

The union wanted Cook County Judge Cecilia Horan to recuse herself because of what its attorney, Joel D'Alba, called the "appearance of impropriety."
2 min read
Oct
19
Laquan McDonald shooting continues to follow Rahm Emanuel, now in confirmation battle

Laquan McDonald shooting continues to follow Rahm Emanuel, now in confirmation battle

The White House is confident Emanuel will be confirmed by the Senate despite sharp criticism by several of the president's allies. The White House also expects he will win support from several Senate Republicans.
5 min read
Oct
18
Chicago Police Chief, David Brown, ups the ante: Unvaccinated cops risk retirement benefits

Chicago Police Chief, David Brown, ups the ante: Unvaccinated cops risk retirement benefits

In a memo sent Sunday night, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said that those officers who do choose to retire rather than comply "may be denied retirement credentials."
2 min read
Oct
18
Colin Powell, four-star general and first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dead at 84

Colin Powell, four-star general and first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dead at 84

Powell rose from a childhood in a fraying New York neighborhood to become the nation's chief diplomat.
5 min read
Oct
16
Illinois NAACP chapter files lawsuit alleging racial bias in new Democrat drawn redistricting maps

Illinois NAACP chapter files lawsuit alleging racial bias in new Democrat drawn redistricting maps

Filed Friday, the lawsuit says race played a role in the redistricting of House District 114. The plaintiffs say the new map jeopardizes the prospects of a candidate preferred by Black voters, and is an effort to undermine and disenfranchise the Black electorate.
1 min read
Oct
15
Illinois Democrats look to increase edge with new House maps

Illinois Democrats look to increase edge with new House maps

Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, making passage of their plan all but certain. And Pritzker, a Democrat, already has approved new legislative maps drawn by politicians despite a promise on the campaign trail not to do so.
4 min read
Oct
15
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot takes police union head to court over vaccines

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot takes police union head to court over vaccines

The mayor said in a statement that the city's law department filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court for injunctive relief against Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara, whom she accused of "engaging in, supporting and encouraging work stoppage or strike."
3 min read
Oct
14
Chicago cops won't be sent home over vaccine status - yet

Chicago cops won't be sent home over vaccine status - yet

"Nobody is going to be turned away," said police department spokesman Tom Ahern. "Officers will be working their normal shifts this weekend (and) they won't be turned away or sent home... Officers will continue coming to work until they are told otherwise..."
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