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After a gunman shot and killed 19 children at a Texas elementary school – adding to a years-long streak of massacres in America – President Joe Biden called for action on gun violence in a speech at the nation Tuesday night.

The Robb Elementary School massacre in the heavily Latino town of Uvalde was the deadliest shooting at an American elementary school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, there. almost ten years old. Hours after the attack, the families were still waiting for news of their children. At the city’s civic center where some gathered, the silence was repeatedly broken by shouts and groans.

It was just a week earlier that Biden had traveled to Buffalo, New York, to meet with families of victims after a hate-filled gunman killed 10 black people at a grocery store.

“These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world,” Biden said.

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Following the murder of at least 19 students and two adults at a Texas elementary school, gun violence and crime in Chicago have become the dominant issues in televised dueling debates between the six men seeking the name Republican governors of Illinois. State Sen. Darren Bailey of Downstate Xenia called Chicago a “criminal, corrupt and dysfunctional hellhole” when asked about gun violence.

Bailey’s comments were made during a debate where he appeared alongside Bull Valley businessman Gary Rabine and cryptocurrency venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan. They came on the heels of a separate televised forum featuring Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, Paul Schimpf of Waterloo, a former state senator, and Max Solomon, an attorney for Hazel Crest.

The Tribune’s Rick Pearson and Dan Petrella recap the main takeaways from the proceedings.

It’s no secret that Michael Madigan, the indicted ex-speaker of the Illinois House, for years generated a conga line of Democratic staffers and others who worked in the legislative arena and then cashed in as lobbyists. But it was rare to catch Madigan playing matchmaker.

Now, a recently unsealed federal court filing has documented a secret Madigan federal taping that allegedly connected a job-seeking lobbyist with one of the cash cows of state lobbying interests. – the gaming industry.

After a welcome lull in new COVID-19 cases in March after omicron’s winter surge, cases are rising again, another spike in the seemingly endless cycle of pandemic virus spread. This time, however, masks are optional.

Public officials and corporations seem reluctant to revert to a mandate and individuals are taking a broad approach, with some continuing to mask themselves in certain contexts while others have little appetite for it. Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said she has no plans to reinstate the mask mandate unless hospitals start to become overwhelmed.

After several false starts, Cook County’s 17 commissioners, chairman of the board and other elected officials will get significant – and indefinite – pay raises in a proposal that won final approval from the county council. .

Commissioners voted 13-4 on Tuesday to increase elected officials’ pay by 10%, beginning with the new term beginning in December and with increases of up to 3% scheduled each year thereafter. That endorsement came despite objection from a civic group over what it says is a lack of transparency about perpetual pay increases.

As Chicago office vacancy rates hit an all-time high and companies tentatively begin to bring employees back into communal environments, coworking spaces are making a comeback.

Two large coworking spaces opened this month in Chicago, including a sprawling Fulton Market location from the former WeWork, and a new entry from Minnesota-based fitness chain Life Time, which launched a 39-room space. 000 square feet adjacent to its newly opened track club in River North.

Marquee Sports Network – owned by the Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group – has created a Sunday morning talk show called “The Reporters”. Paul Sullivan of the Tribune said that for the sports media, the announcement of the Marquee show was good news. But some wondered how candid reporters could be on Cubs-related topics when they were on a station run by the Cubs and Sinclair.

“Would a reporter be allowed to criticize President Tom Ricketts’ spending? Sullivan writes. “Could anyone say manager David Ross was a problem? Would the Cubs interfere to ensure the top executives weren’t torn? One of those questions was answered on Sunday. No, the network would not let a reporter criticize senior management.

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