The battle between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel continues after the city council voted to raise water and sewer taxes.

Emanuel wants the money to go toward underfunded city pensions.  He also needs Rauner and state lawmakers to approve his plan to change pension benefits.

But Rauner is critical of the mayor’s proposal.

Days after terrorists struck Paris, France, last November, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence placed a ban on Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sought an injunction against the ban, stating Pence doesn’t have the authority to do that.


ACLU’s attorney Ken Falk made the same argument Wednesday at a federal court in Chicago.   


Roosevelt University

Chicago professor and political analyst Paul Green passed away this weekend due to an aortic aneurysm.    

Green was director of Roosevelt University's Institute of Politics, but he was also well known for moderating panels and giving lectures as Chairman of the City Club of Chicago. President Jay Doherty said he’s known Green for more than thirty years.

“Impeccably honest and brutally frank,” Doherty said. “He just called it like it was. He had a very biting wit. As he said many times, ‘I don’t give a rip. I’m going to tell it how it is.’”

"Kimber Custom II" By Flickr User Madison Scott-Clary

The Chicago Police Department has released a statement in response to Dwyane Wade's call for tougher gun laws, saying officers are waging an "unwavering" fight against criminals but need help.

The statement from department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says making the city safer will depend on strong partnerships with the community.

He says the "fight against violent offenders who torment neighborhoods with gun violence is unwavering."

Guglielmi adds that police "need help to ensure these individuals stay off our streets after repeated arrests for guns."

Test400k Sends Rape Kits To Every US Governor

Aug 8, 2016

A Chicago non-profit dedicated to getting rape kits tested is sending sample kits out today to every governor in the country.


Julie Smolyansky describes herself as a survivor of sexual assault.


She and her husband co-founded the non-profit Test400k to draw attention to this country’s estimated 400,000 untested rape kits.