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Get ready for Bailey vs. Pritzker

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Darren Bailey delivers remarks during a rally with former President Donald Trump at the Adams County Fairgrounds last week. Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

State Sen. Darren Bailey won last night's GOP primary handily and will take on incumbent Gov. J.B. Pritzker in November.

Why it matters: The contentious race was the most expensive primary in Illinois history, with billionaires Ken Griffin, Dick Uihlein, Pritzker and former President Donald Trump all weighing in.

Trump-backed Illinois Rep. Mary Miller wins GOP primary

Mary Miller. Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

Rep. Mary Miller won Illinois' GOP primary for the 15th congressional district after fellow House Rep. Rodney Davis conceded the race on Tuesday night.

The big picture: Miller's victory demonstrates the power of Trump's endorsement, even for a controversial candidate without strong local party backing.

Rep. Sean Casten beats fellow House Democrat Marie Newman in Illinois primary

Rep. Sean Casten. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Sean Casten has won a contentious Democratic primary against fellow House Rep. Marie Newman, per AP.

Why it matters: After Illinois lost a congressional seat, the two incumbent Democrats ran against each other. While both are progressive and share many of the same stances on guns and climate, Casten has been seen as a more moderate candidate with a better chance to win this formerly-Republican held district.

Local guide to the best salads in Chicago

Goi ga Vietnamese chicken salad from Cafe Hoang in Chicago. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

We recently argued over our favorite salads.

Corporate headquarters leaving Chicago

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Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel, in 2014. Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via Getty Images

Illinois is in the middle of a high-stakes game of corporate musical chairs — and we might be the one left without a seat.

Driving the news: Billionaire Ken Griffin announced he was moving the headquarters of his hedge fund, Citadel, from Chicago to Miami last week.

Monica Eng
Jun 28, 2022 - Things to Do

Inside Mark Caro's new podcast, "Caropop"

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Photo courtesy of the "Caropop" podcast

If you liked Mark Caro's longform interviews in the Tribune and his "Talking in Space" series in Evanston, you'll love his "Caropop" podcast.

  • The veteran local journalist describes it as "an excuse to continue in-depth conversations with creative people whose work I love."
Justin Kaufmann
Jun 27, 2022 - News

Pritzker calls special session on abortion

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker marches with protesters downtown on Friday night. Photo: Natasha Moustache/Getty Images

In response to last week's Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has called a special session of the General Assembly to address abortion in Illinois.

Why it matters: As states around the country mobilize to ban abortions, Illinois lawmakers want to make the state one of the strongest for reproductive rights.

Monica Eng
Jun 27, 2022 - Things to Do

"The Bear" star on Italian beef and more

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Jeremy Allen White at this month's James Beard Awards. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey it's Monica.

Over the weekend, I binged watched "The Bear," a new FX show about a brilliant chef who returns to Chicago to take over his family's Italian beef joint.

Why it matters: "The Bear" offers a sonic and visual love letter to this city–but it's also racking up some amazing reviews as the next "Chicago classic."