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Red Line ‘L’ extension? New Lake Shore Drive? Biden’s jobs plan has Illinois and Chicago officials pushing infrastructure wish lists.

Red Line ‘L’ extension? New Lake Shore Drive? Biden’s jobs plan has Illinois and Chicago officials pushing infrastructure wish lists.

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at the Chicago Tribune. A $2.3 billion extension of south to 130th Street. More than 600,000 new water lines across Illinois. A $3 billion total remake of . These are among the scores of projects Illinois state, local and federal officials are pursuing anew as President Joe Biden pushes his to shore up and transform the nation’s infrastructure. Advertisement While Biden’s plan likely faces months of D.C. haggling and is far from a done deal in a narrowly divided...

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After his wealthy Florida Keys enclave got early vaccines, ex-Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gave $250,000 to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

After his wealthy Florida Keys enclave got early vaccines, ex-Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gave $250,000 to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner made a $250,000 campaign contribution to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last week after seniors in the uber-wealthy Florida Keys enclave where Rauner owns a home were among the first in the state to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in January. Rauner’s connection to the favorable treatment Wednesday by the Miami Herald, which obtained a memo the management of the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo sent to residents noting that its medical center had vaccinations for residents age 65 and over while most Floridians struggled to access the shots. DeSantis has...

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After his wealthy Florida Keys enclave got early vaccines, ex-Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gave $250,000 to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

After his wealthy Florida Keys enclave got early vaccines, ex-Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gave $250,000 to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner made a $250,000 campaign contribution to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last week after seniors in the uber-wealthy Florida Keys enclave where Rauner owns a home were among the first in the state to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in January. Rauner’s connection to the favorable treatment Wednesday by the Miami Herald, which obtained a memo the management of the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo sent to residents noting that its medical center had vaccinations for residents age 65 and over while most Floridians struggled to access the shots. DeSantis has...

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Lightfoot vs. CTU, and the long conflict between City Hall and classrooms

Lightfoot vs. CTU, and the long conflict between City Hall and classrooms

During the 2019 run-up to what would become the Chicago Teachers Union’s longest strike in decades, Mayor Lori Lightfoot took stock of the differences between the labor issues she was facing and those that haunted her predecessor, Rahm Emanuel. There were many distinctions, Lightfoot said, between the situation when teachers walked out in 2012 and what she was confronting seven years later. But to her, one key point stood out. Advertisement “I’m not Rahm,” with conviction. Nevertheless, like Emanuel, Lightfoot has endured a teachers strike early in her administration. And, like Emanuel,...

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Trump vs. Biden: All eyes on Midwest ‘Blue Wall’ battlegrounds

Trump vs. Biden: All eyes on Midwest ‘Blue Wall’ battlegrounds

A determination on whether critical Midwestern battleground states would fall to President Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden promised to stretch into the early morning hours Wednesday — if not longer — as election officials worked to tally a record number of early votes cast in the midst of a pandemic. Biden won deep blue Illinois and held onto Minnesota for Democrats while Trump took reliably red Indiana and repeated GOP wins in Ohio and Iowa. The outcomes, however, were not final late Tuesday in two critical bricks in the Democrats’ “blue wall” — Wisconsin and Michigan. Advertisement The...

November 4, 2020
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At large Wisconsin rally, President Trump downplays pandemic as state’s coronavirus cases hit record levels

At large Wisconsin rally, President Trump downplays pandemic as state’s coronavirus cases hit record levels

JANESVILLE, WIS. — Just five days removed from his White House coronavirus quarantine, President Donald Trump held a large rally Saturday in Wisconsin, where he downplayed the pandemic in a state suffering from a record-high surge in COVID-19 cases. At the top of a meandering 93-minute speech, Trump criticized Gov. Tony Evers for holding Wisconsin back amid the pandemic — despite the fact Republicans already had successfully overturned several of the Democratic governor’s public health measures. Advertisement “We’re doing great, we’re doing really well. I wish you’d have a Republican...

October 18, 2020
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Trump vs. Biden: Track the race for president in key battleground states

Trump vs. Biden: Track the race for president in key battleground states

The race for the White House between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be determined in 12 key battleground states and a pair of congressional districts. The winner will need 270 of 538 total Electoral College votes to secure victory. Of those, 218 electoral votes are in states rated as likely or solidly Democrat and expected to vote for Biden. An additional 125 electoral votes are tied to states rated as likely or solidly Republican and expected to vote for Trump. Advertisement That leaves 195 electoral votes that are up for grabs in states rated as...

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September 25, 2020
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At DNC, Obama says Trump using presidency like a ‘reality show’ to get ‘the attention he craves’

At DNC, Obama says Trump using presidency like a ‘reality show’ to get ‘the attention he craves’

Former President Barack Obama delivered an unsparing attack on President Donald Trump at the virtual , accusing his successor of using the nation’s highest office to help himself and his friends, and treating the presidency like a “reality show” to get “the attention he craves.” Speaking from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia under the convention night’s theme of “A more perfect union,” Obama accused Trump of failing to take the job seriously, resulting in a massive death toll due to the pandemic, job and economic losses, and a diminished U.S. standing around the world....

August 20, 2020
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Rahm Emanuel won’t talk about his ongoing conversations with Joe Biden, but his pundit appearances offer hints

Rahm Emanuel won’t talk about his ongoing conversations with Joe Biden, but his pundit appearances offer hints

Rahm Emanuel is having regular conversations with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his top advisers about economic policy, the selection of a running mate and the political machinations of taking on President Donald Trump. While Chicago’s former mayor is keeping the specifics to himself, he offered some hints about his counsel while mic’d up during a round of recent TV and podcast appearances. Advertisement Among Emanuel’s ideas: Democrats should stop looking timid on reopening the country amid the coronavirus pandemic and offer a bold plan to rebuild the nation’s...

May 22, 2020
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