Illinois

The iconic Tribune Tower on Chicago's Michigan Avenue will have a new owner.

Los Angeles-based CIM Group has agreed to buy the tower for up to $240 million.

The deal, expected to close by September's end, was announced by Chicago-based Tribune Media Tuesday.  

Tribune said in October that it'd hired a real estate investment banker to explore a sale or partnership for redevelopment. Officials didn't specify development plans Tuesday for the 1925 neo-Gothic tower.

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The sponsor of legislation to expand Illinois' child care program says she's hopeful it will happen -- despite Governor Bruce Rauner's recent veto.

Democratic Senator Kim Lightford of Maywood says she'll try to override the veto after November's election.

Lightford wants to increase the amount of money a parent can make to receive a state subsidy for child care.

Her measure would raise the limit to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less than $24,000 a year for a single parent with one child. It would rise in later years.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he has a plan for redistricting reform that will pass Illinois Supreme Court muster. 

      

The Democrat unveiled his plan Tuesday in Chicago, saying he thinks the state's high court should appoint a Fair Redistricting Commission every ten years after the U.S. Census. Quinn says that commission should redistrict the state's legislative and representative districts.

According to Quinn's plans, no more than six members should be from the same political party. At least seven members must approve the redistricting plan.

How Police Psychological Testing Works

Aug 29, 2016
Flickr user woodleywonderworks / "police trooper writing a ticket" (CC BY 2.0)

The psychological status of police officers has come into question after several police-involved shootings across the country in the last few months. But how does that type of screening for police officers work during the hiring process?

Illinois elections officials are confident no voter data were compromised this summer when a hacker was able to see information on about 200,000 registered voters.

    

Ken Menzel is general counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections. He says the online voter-registration system was shut down July 13 when officials noted an unusually high amount of traffic. Security was improved.

The FBI warned state officials Monday to boost their security. State election websites in Arizona and Illinois experienced hack-related shutdowns earlier this summer.

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