Chicago to vote on city's first-ever casino

A rendering of the Bally's casino in River West. Courtesy of Bally's

The first Chicago casino could be on its way to breaking ground as the City Council plans to vote on Bally's proposal in River West later this morning.

Why it matters: The $200 million in expected annual revenue would go to paying for police and fire pensions, but some opponents say that estimate is overblown.

Illinois political ad wars escalate

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Republican candidates for Illinois governor are using the airwaves to throw dirt. Photo: Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Here's a quick debrief of the week on the 2022 campaign trail as we get closer to the June 28 primary election.

Illinois population becomes political

Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

Instead of losing numbers in the 2020 census, Illinois actually grew in population.

Why it matters: The population numbers, recently updated by the U.S. Census Bureau, could have a significant impact on the upcoming election season.

The new Chicago (map)

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Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) canvasses the Belmont Cragin neighborhood in April. Photo: Trent Sprague/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The new ward map was approved on Monday with a 43-7 council vote.

Why it matters: Many Chicagoans will find themselves living in a different ward under a newly drawn map that will readjust power centers for the next decade.

Monica Eng
May 18, 2022 - Politics

Chicago Teachers Union election primer

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Jesse Sharkey (center) and Stacy Davis Gates (to Sharkey's left) currently lead the CTU, but are facing challengers in this week's election. Photo: Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Chicago Teachers Union holds its tri-annual election Friday.

Why it matters: The CTU has emerged as arguably the most powerful labor force in the city. Its moves affect hundreds of thousands of residents and rattle the mayor.

Justin Kaufmann
May 17, 2022 - News

Early curfews are back

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot before the start of the Chicago Police Department's graduation at Navy Pier. Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a citywide 10pm weekend curfew for unaccompanied minors just a day after instituting a 6pm weekend minors curfew at Millennium Park.

Why it matters: After a teen was fatally shot in the park Saturday, the mayor is using city curfews to try to curb mass gatherings and violent crime.

Crunchy campaign nuggets from around Illinois

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Radio host Maze Jackson attends the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Photo: Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images)

It's not every day that a local assessor's race is hit with accusations of antisemitism.

Why it matters: Eleven Jewish lawmakers sent a letter to Water Reclamation Commissioner Kari Steele, a Democrat running against incumbent Fritz Kaegi for Cook County assessor, about remarks made on her husband Maze Jackson's WVON talk show.

Ward map winners and losers

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Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) and members of the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus call for transparency in the map process in December 2021. Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via Getty Images

It looks like we won't be voting on a new ward map after all.


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