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‘ComEd Four’ bribery trial focuses on Madigan power – Chicago Tribune


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Hoax threats at Chicago-area schools have students and staff worried and law enforcement on high alert. part of a worrying nationwide trend which began in September, experts note.

These threats, in addition to being disruptive and extremely stressful, can cause “threat fatigue,” experts say, and have affected various suburbs and at least one Chicago public school in the past few weeks. They become a waste of resources for law enforcement agencies and, according to experts, can cost six figures.

The FBI’s Chicago office received about 84 reports of “incidents,” meaning reports of some type of threat targeting a school, substantiated or unsubstantiated, between October 2021 and September 2022, FBI spokeswoman Siobhan Johnson said. Between January 2023 and March 3, they received about 10 incident reports per month, Johnson said.

If the reports continue at this rate, it will be about 42% growth.

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On Tuesday, Jay Doherty, Ann Promaggiore and John Hooker will be arraigned in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in one of the biggest political corruption cases the state has ever seen. They will be joined by a fourth co-defendant: Michael McClain, a longtime confidant of then-House Speaker Michael Madigan.

According to federal prosecutors, while Promaggiore and Hooker were praising Doherty at the City Club of Chicago, the three conspired with McClain to funnel $1.2 million in illegal payments and other benefits to Madigan associates to advance Commonwealth Edison’s interests in the state capital.

Chicago firefighter Felix McAfee with a 10-year-old smoke detector to be distributed to residents in the 1600 block of North Mayfield, Dec. 22, 2022, after a deadly fire in the block.

In recent years, Illinois policymakers have been working hard to catch up with national trends in safety standards to make sure every home has modern, reliable smoke detectors to prevent tragedies like the Humboldt Park fire from happening again.

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But their efforts have repeatedly been thwarted An investigation by the Illinois Answers Project and the Tribune found that it involved real estate interests, Chicago fire officials who lobbied for a delay and loosening of the rules, and lackluster outreach and lackluster enforcement by city officials.

Bult Field in Monee, possible site for South Suburban Airport.

A proposal that has been discussed for a long time Chicago’s new airport in the south suburbs is gaining momentum again, now with an emphasis on air cargo as e-commerce warehouses and logistics facilities flourish in the region.

Proponents believe the airport could take advantage of demand for express delivery and increased Amazon warehouses, rail facilities and highways in Will County. At least one developer is already interested in building an airport and nearby warehouses, a project that would be the culmination of decades of efforts to build an airport near Peatone.

Northwestern players celebrate after being announced as the No. 7 seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament during Sunday's selection party at Welsh-Ryan Arena on March 12, 2023, in Evanston.  The Wildcats will play No. 10 seed Boise State.

Before Northwestern’s 2022-23 season begins. Boo Buie and Chase Audige knew they probably had to get the Wildcats back to respectability.

Bouie and Audie really helped turn the Wildcats into one of the top teams in the Big Ten, winning 21 games and finishing second. On Sunday, they were rewarded for those efforts second NCAA tournament invitation in program history.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Artist-in-Residence Hilary Hahn performs as soloist in Dvořák's Violin Concerto in A Minor conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on December 9, 2021.

Violinist Hilary Hahn, now 43, rose to prominence as a teenager, a child prodigy of a generation that spawned other child prodigies such as Midori and Sarah Chang.

After having a social media presence for the past ten years or so, she brought this seemingly unattainable virtuosity to Earth. She invites fans to join her annual #100DaysOfPractice social media challenge, through which she documents the frustrations, breakthroughs, and occasional absurdity of the game for an audience of one: herself.


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