Illinois

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner has begun airing TV ads attacking his Republican primary opponent — state Representative Jeanne Ives. This is a departure from his previous campaign strategy.

Until now, Rauner has dismissed the Wheaton Republican as a “fringe candidate.”

DeKalb Police Department

Bogus money is circulating around DeKalb.

The currency says “MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY” where the words “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” should be, according to police officials.

DeKalb police officials say about six incidents were reported within the last week or so about the bills – which do not have watermarks, color-shifting ink or a security thread – being used as legitimate money.

DeKalb Police Commander Steve Lekkas says authorities are collecting video surveillance of the offenders.

Pritzker Apologizes For Comments On Race

Feb 6, 2018
jb-pritzker.com

Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker is apologizing for racially insensitive comments captured on a FBI wiretap between him and then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. 

Pritzker said Tuesday he regrets portions of the conversations recorded during a decade-old investigation of Blagojevich, who's now imprisoned for corruption. Pritzker is heard suggesting Blagojevich appoint Secretary of State Jesse White, calling him the "least offensive" African American.

scottdrury.org

A judge says attorney general candidate Scott Drury's name can remain on ballots for the March 20 primary while a decision to remove his name from the ballot is being appealed.

 

A stay was granted Monday after a Cook County judge determined Friday that the Democratic legislator couldn't be on the ballot over paperwork issues. Drury immediately appealed on an expedited basis.

The case is one reason that early voting is being delayed around the Chicago area.

"Telephone" by Flickr User Sh4rp_i / (CC X 2.0)

More than 1,000 calls have come in to Illinois’ new helpline for opioid addiction and substance abuse.

Officials say they expected the influx of calls. The 24/7 helpline, run by Boston-based company Health Resources in Action, launched in December. It's part of efforts to combat the state’s opioid epidemic.

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