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A group that’s trying to change how Illinois’ legislative boundaries are drawn is continuing its legal fight to put the proposal on November’s ballot.

Dennis FitzSimons leads the group called Independent Maps.

The state Supreme Court recently ruled their redistricting proposal unconstitutional - knocking it off the November ballot.

Now, FitzSimons says he’s trying a long shot of a legal maneuver - asking the Supreme Court to officially reconsider its decision.

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A Cook County judge is dismissing a lawsuit from nearly 100 social service agencies that sued the State of Illinois.

Those groups lost their case against the state, which still owes them money due to the year-long budget impasse.

Those 100 social services contracted with the state to do things like counsel people who are homeless or advocate for early childhood education.

A new stopgap budget pays those social services some of what they’re owed - and they sued for the rest.

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The Illinois Attorney General ruled earlier this month that private e-mail from Chicago police about the shooting of Laquan McDonald must be released. The president of a police organization says it brings more questions than answers about officer privacy.

Lisa Madigan said Chicago police officers must release private e-mails as requested by a CNN reporter back in January regarding the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Chris Southwood, president of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, says he sees no good coming from Madigan’s opinion from a right-to-privacy standpoint.

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.

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