Five Takeaways From Tuesday’s Elections

Democratic interference in Republican primaries paid off in some places but not others, election-denying candidates were halted in Colorado, and incumbents proved their staying power.

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Illinois Governor’s Race Shows G.O.P.’s Lurch to Right (With Nudge From Left)

Democrats meddled to boost State Senator Darren Bailey in the G.O.P. primary for Illinois governor. But efforts to elevate far-right candidates in Colorado fizzled.

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In Illinois, MAGA Congresswoman Rallies to Oust Her G.O.P. Colleague

The primary contest between Republican Representatives Mary Miller and Rodney Davis has pitted a hard-right figure styling herself in Trump’s image against a traditional, pragmatic conservative.

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Women on Why They’re Stocking Up on the Morning-After Pill

Sales of the emergency contraceptive surged after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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With Swag and Swagger, State Democrats Vie for Front of Presidential Primary Line

After Iowa’s disastrous 2020 caucuses, Democratic officials are weighing drastic changes to the 2024 calendar. States, angling for early attention, are waxing poetic. Behold, the New Jersey Turnpike!

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As the Large Hadron Collider Revs Up, Physicists’ Hopes Soar

The particle collider at CERN will soon restart. “There could be a revolution coming,” scientists say.

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Ex-Chicago Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Won’t Face Federal Charges

The officer, Jason Van Dyke, had served about three years in state prison for murdering the Black teenager, a killing that put a spotlight on police brutality.

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Crypto Industry Helps Write, and Pass, Its Own Agenda in State Capitols

In the absence of federal regulations, crypto lobbyists and executives are going state by state to get favorable rules enacted. Many lawmakers have been willing partners.

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One Cure for Pandemic Doldrums: Walking Every Street in Your City

In Peoria, Ill., and elsewhere, pedestrians said their quests brought a sense of purpose and helped them appreciate long-overlooked hometown sights.

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The Jussie Smollett Case Is Probably Far From Over, Analysts Say

The Illinois appellate court that ordered Mr. Smollett’s release from jail often takes months, even years, to rule on cases, according to experts.

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Jussie Smollett Released From Jail On Order of Appellate Court

The appellate court ruled that he be released on bond pending his appeal of a judge’s sentence that he serve five months in jail.

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Jussie Smollett to Be Released From Jail On Appeal, Court Orders

The appellate court ruled that he be released on bond pending his appeal of a judge’s sentence that he serve five months in jail.

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Powerful Ex-Illinois House Speaker Is Indicted on Federal Charges

Michael J. Madigan, who for decades steered Democratic politics in Illinois, was charged with racketeering and accused of using his office for personal gain.

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The Battle for the Soul of the Library

Librarians should be politically neutral. Too many aren’t.

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New York Deer Infected With Omicron, Study Finds

White-tailed deer on Staten Island have become the first wild animals with documented Omicron infections. The coronavirus has now been found in deer in 15 states.

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Is the Coronavirus in Your Backyard?

White-tailed deer could become a reservoir for the virus, putting people and animals at risk, health experts say.

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What to Do if You’ve Lost Your Covid-19 Vaccination Card

It never quite fit in your wallet, so it’s no surprise you may have misplaced it by now.

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Illinois Homeowners Can Now Remove Racist Clauses From Their Property Deeds

With a new law, Illinois joins over a dozen states that have made it easier to remove racial restrictive covenants, which were used to bar people of certain races from buying homes.

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Why Covid-19 Didn’t Create the Nursing Crisis

Nurses would like to set the record straight on the hospital staffing crisis.

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Covid Didn’t Create the Nursing Crisis

Nurses would like to set the record straight on the hospital staffing crisis.

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Judge Tosses Teen’s Sexual Assault Conviction, Drawing Outrage

Drew Clinton, 18, faced four years in prison under Illinois sentencing guidelines. But the judge, Robert Adrian, overturned his conviction this month, saying the sentence was “not just.”

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Representative Bobby Rush, Longtime Illinois Democrat, Will Retire

The decision by the pastor and civil rights activist added to a wave of Democrats deciding not to run for re-election in a difficult midterm cycle.

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How to Help Victims of the Tornadoes

Here’s how to pitch in as local and national volunteers and aid groups mobilize to help hard-hit areas.

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Tornadoes Tear Through South and Midwest, With at Least 70 Dead in Kentucky

Power was out across the region on Saturday, and severe storms were expected to continue.

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Deaths Confirmed After Tornado Hits Amazon Warehouse in Illinois

The police said they were notifying next of kin after a tornado caused “catastrophic damage to a significant portion” of the building.

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What to Know About the Deadly Tornado Outbreak

Dozens of people were killed across several states on Friday night.

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Amid violent threats, lawmaker ditches bill to make unvaxxed pay hospital bills

Intensive Care Unit nurse monitors patients in the ICU ward at Roseland Community Hospital on December 14, 2020, in Chicago, Illinois.

Enlarge / Intensive Care Unit nurse monitors patients in the ICU ward at Roseland Community Hospital on December 14, 2020, in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Getty | Scott Olson)

Illinois Representative Jonathan Carroll is scrapping his proposed legislation to make willfully unvaccinated people pay COVID-19 hospital bills out of pocket after he received violent threats that also targeted his family, staff and synagogue.

The Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Northbrook introduced legislation earlier this week that would have amended the state’s codes for health and accident insurance. The proposed bill aimed to prevent insurance policies from covering COVID-19 hospital bills for people who choose to remain unvaccinated without a medical reason.

The bill was quickly politically divisive—and legally dubious. Federal law prevents health insurance providers from denying or reducing coverage based on a change in a person’s health status, including a diagnosis of COVID-19.

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Jussie Smollett Trial Begins With Jury Selection

The actor said in 2019 that he was the victim of a hate crime, but the police said it was a hoax. His trial will revolve around charges that he filed a false police report.

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Illinois Republican Lawmakers at Odds on Infrastructure Bill

Representative Darin LaHood voted against the infrastructure bill while Representative Adam Kinzinger supported it. The split reflects the Republican Party’s post-Trump era of uncertainty.

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Liberal Hypocrisy Is Fueling Inequality

Why do states with democratic majorities fail to live up to their values?

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Back in Chicago, Woman Is Charged in Killing of Mother on Indonesian Vacation

Heather L. Mack, 26, had already served more than six years in prison in Indonesia for the 2014 killing of her mother, whose body was found in a suitcase at a Bali resort.

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Illinois Should Reinstate Parole

An unusual debate at a maximum-security prison in Illinois led to a proposal for reform that the state legislature can pass right now. 

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Illinois Democrats Propose New Gerrymandered Congressional Maps

The districts would be among the most gerrymandered in the country. The Republican-friendly seat held by Representative Adam Kinzinger, a Trump antagonist, would be eliminated.

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Obama Breaks Ground on Presidential Center in Chicago After Lengthy Discord

The project has been bogged down by legal challenges and a federal review. Barack Obama’s presidential papers won’t actually be housed there — they’ll be digitized, another point of contention.

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Nabisco Workers End Weekslong Strike After Reaching New Contract

The impasse began in August after members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union objected to changes in shift lengths and overtime rules.

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Can a Green-Economy Boom Town Be Built to Last?

The race to make electric vehicles is turning some places into winners. Normal, Ill., is one of them. But it has seen good times go sour in the past.

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Adlai E. Stevenson 3d, Ex-Senator and Scion of Formidable Political Family, Dies at 90

The Illinois Democrat served a decade in the United States Senate but did not rival the success of his forebears.

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Please stop adding more lanes to busy highways—it doesn’t help

The intersection of Interstates 10 and 610 in Houston, Texas, during evening rush hour.

Enlarge / The intersection of Interstates 10 and 610 in Houston, Texas, during evening rush hour. (credit: Getty Images)

You often hear people say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I bring this up because of an interesting—if infuriating—thread I read this morning about Texas’ plan to widen I-35 as it cuts through the heart of Austin.

Unsurprisingly, the state wants to build more lanes, which it thinks will ease congestion. At some points, this could leave I-35 as much as 20 lanes wide; this will require bulldozing dozens of businesses along the way. An alternative that would have buried 12 lanes of the highway in two levels of underground tunnels was apparently considered too costly.

But it would be wrong to single out this 8-mile proposal as an outlier. In Houston, the state plans to widen I-45 despite plenty of opposition, including from the Federal Highway Administration. And you don’t have to look far to see other state governments wanting to build new roads to reduce congestion.

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Illinois will require masks indoors for everyone and educators must get shots or face testing.

All state residents 2 and older will need to wear masks inside. Students and staff at public schools already have to wear masks.

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A California judge just struck down Prop 22: Now what?

Every time you turn around, someone new is winning the war in California around organizing workers in the sharing economy.

Labor struck first when California legislators passed Assembly Bill 5, requiring all independent contractors working for gig economy companies to be reclassified as employees. That was expected to set off a chain reaction in state legislatures nationwide, until two things happened.

First, COVID-19 hit and quickly became all-encompassing, making it virtually impossible for lawmakers and regulators to focus on anything but surviving the pandemic. Second, Uber, Lyft, Instacart and others funded and voters approved Prop 22 in California, striking down AB-5 and returning sharing economy workers to independent contractor status.

On the same day that Prop 22 passed, Democrats captured both chambers of Congress in Washington, but their margins were so slim (50-50 in the Senate and a nine-vote majority in the House), that federal legislative action on the issue was near impossible. Across the country, politicians read the tea leaves of Prop 22 and decided to mainly stay away. That kept the issue at bay during the 2021 state legislative sessions.

But the tide started to turn again this summer. First, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) introduced the PRO Act in February 2021, stating that workers would be reclassified using an ABC test, in addition to rolling back right-to-work laws in states and establishing monetary penalties for companies and executives who violate workers’ rights.

The bill handily passed the House in March, but has since stalled in the Senate, despite receiving a hearing and energetic support by high-profile senators including Bernie Sanders and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The Biden administration’s appointees to the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board are decidedly in favor of full-time-worker status. And now, a California Superior Court judge has ruled Prop 22 unconstitutional, saying it violates the right of the state legislature to pass future laws around worker safety and status.

The sharing economy companies are expected to appeal, and the case could ultimately wind up before the California Supreme Court.

So now what? The courts will ultimately determine the status of sharing economy workers in California, but since the decision will be about the specific legal parameters of California’s referendum process, it won’t determine the issue elsewhere. And despite noise from Washington, Congress isn’t passing the PRO Act any time soon (Democrats may try to include it in the reconciliation for the $3.5 trillion American Families Plan, but the odds of its survival are low). That means the action returns to the states.

New York is the biggest battleground outside of California. Democrats have amassed a supermajority in both chambers of the legislature, and New York lacks a referendum vehicle to overturn state law.

Sharing economy workers are the biggest organizing opportunity for private sector unions in decades, and labor will use all of its influence to pass worker classification reform in 2022.

However, Kathy Hochul, New York’s new governor, is a moderate, and state legislators recently abandoned a half-baked plan brokered by gig companies to safeguard independent contractor status, indicating a resolution on the issue will likely take time.

Illinois is fertile ground for worker reclassification, too, but the state remains a question mark.

There’s also a chance of movement in Massachusetts, where gig companies are making a play to establish a ballot initiative very similar to Prop 22. Legislators in Seattle and Pennsylvania have also signaled an interest in exploring the issue.

And just a few months after most state legislative sessions conclude next summer, we’ll hit the midterm elections, which could produce a Republican wave (especially in the House) that would yet again quash the chances of worker classification legislation passing anywhere.

In other words, this is going to ping back and forth for at least the next few years in the courts, in state legislatures, and in the halls of Congress and federal agencies. If you’re a sharing economy investor and you want this issue resolved once and for all, that peace of mind isn’t coming. And the market, rather than accepting that this will be an unresolved issue for the next few years, will probably overreact to each individual action, whether it’s a lower court ruling or a piece of legislation making its way through a state.

In reality, the answer is the same as it’s always been: trying to shoehorn sharing economy workers into one of two existing categories — 1099 or W-2 — doesn’t work. We still need to recognize that the inherent nature of work has changed over the last decade, and we need to recognize that both parties — the sharing economy companies and the unions — are only looking out for their own interests and coffers at the expense of what’s best for actual workers.

California is not going to resolve this issue. It’s just swung back and forth from one extreme to another. Congress is not going to resolve this issue because it almost never resolves anything.

So the game comes down to states like Illinois, New York and Massachusetts. It comes down to legislators and leaders trying to craft good public policy at the expense of their donors and supporters and Twitter followers — and then it comes down to their colleagues doing the same.

It means sacrificing politics for policy. That almost never happens. And it probably won’t happen here, either. So if you’re trying to game out where this issue is going, accept the uncertainty and expect that a thoughtful, smart resolution — locally or nationally — is unlikely. It’s a dissatisfying conclusion but, sadly, it epitomizes exactly where our politics stand today.

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Good, but Not Great: Taking Stock of a Big Ten University’s Covid Plan

The University of Illinois says an aggressive testing program prevented deaths on and off campus during the last academic year. Now the university is contending with the Delta variant.

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This Brain Remained Intact in a 310 Million-Year-Old Fossil

The discovery suggested that horseshoe crab brains haven’t changed much and that there are more ways for soft tissues to be preserved in the fossil record.

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New York City’s new biometrics privacy law takes effect

A new biometrics privacy ordinance has taken effect across New York City, putting new limits on what businesses can do with the biometric data they collect on their customers.

From Friday, businesses that collect biometric information — most commonly in the form of facial recognition and fingerprints — are required to conspicuously post notices and signs to customers at their doors explaining how their data will be collected. The ordinance applies to a wide range of businesses — retailers, stores, restaurants, and theaters, to name a few — which are also barred from selling, sharing, or otherwise profiting from the biometric information that they collect.

The move will give New Yorkers — and its millions of visitors each year — greater protections over how their biometric data is collected and used, while also serving to dissuade businesses from using technology that critics say is discriminatory and often doesn’t work.

Businesses can face stiff penalties for violating the law, but can escape fines if they fix the violation quickly.

The law is by no means perfect, as none of these laws ever are. For one, it doesn’t apply to government agencies, including the police. Of the businesses that the ordinance does cover, it exempts employees of those businesses, such as those required to clock in and out of work with a fingerprint. And the definition of what counts as a biometric will likely face challenges that could expand or narrow what is covered.

New York is the latest U.S. city to enact a biometric privacy law, after Portland, Oregon passed a similar ordinance last year. But the law falls short of stronger biometric privacy laws in effect.

Illinois, which has the Biometric Information Privacy Act, a law that grants residents the right to sue for any use of their biometric data without consent. Facebook this year settled for $650 million in a class-action suit that Illinois residents filed in 2015 after the social networking giant used facial recognition to tag users in photos without their permission.

Albert Fox Cahn, the executive director of the New York-based Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, said the law is an “important step” to learn how New Yorkers are tracked by local businesses.

“A false facial recognition match could mean having the NYPD called on you just for walking into a Rite Aid or Target,” he told TechCrunch. He also said that New York should go further by outlawing systems like facial recognition altogether, as some cities have done.

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Scientists Report Earliest Known Coronavirus Cases in Five US States

Blood drawn from nine people in the earliest days of the pandemic tested positive for the infection. But some experts questioned the results.

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Scientists Report Earliest Known Coronavirus Infections in Five U.S. States

Blood drawn from nine people in the earliest days of the pandemic tested positive for the infection. But some experts questioned the results.

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She Was Stabbed and Left in a Cornfield in 1972. Now There’s an Arrest.

Barry Lee Whelpley, now 76, was charged with killing Julie Ann Hanson, who was 15 when her body was found in Naperville, Ill., the authorities said.

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Illinois Lawmakers Bar Police From Using Deception When Interrogating Minors

A bill that passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support on Sunday would make Illinois the first state to prohibit officers from lying when interrogating those under 18.

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Summertime … and the Sloganeering Is a Little Awkward

Cities and states are spending millions to promote tourism as they reopen, but the marketing campaigns aren’t always the catchiest.

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Northwestern Athletic Director Resigns Amid Backlash Over Harassment Case

Mike Polisky, who held the position for about 10 days, stepped back under mounting concerns about his past handling of complaints of racist and sexist policies in the university’s cheer program.

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What to Know About the Chicago Police Shooting of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo

Body camera footage showed that a Chicago officer fired a single shot into the boy’s chest after chasing him down a dark alley.

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