Bill Daley eyes run for Chicago mayor

CHICAGO — Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley will announce Monday that he's going to run for a job once held by his brother and father — mayor of Chicago.

Daley would mark the first big-name candidate to officially jump in the race since Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced earlier this month that he would not seek a third term. Daley, whose nascent campaign confirmed Friday he would run, succeeded Emanuel as then-President Barack Obama's White House chief of staff after Emanuel left the job to run for mayor in 2010.

Daley's bloodline in Chicago politics runs deep. His father, Richard J. Daley, was mayor for 21 years until his death in 1976, and brother, Richard M. Daley, was the city's longest serving mayor until he decided not to seek another term before the 2011 election that Emanuel won.

— Associated Press


Pritzker camp walks back tax statement 

Democrat gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker said Thursday the state should consider extending the sales tax to services to bring in more revenue.

Shortly after, his campaign said Pritzker misspoke.

Pritzker appeared before The State Journal-Register editorial board Thursday in a discussion that focused heavily on state finances and taxation.

Pritzker was asked what steps he would take as governor to raise revenue more quickly while work on his proposed progressive income tax continued.

Pritzker said "there are areas in the sales tax system that we could look at, to expand sales taxes into services." 

Pritzker's campaign issued a statement later Thursday saying he opposes a sales tax on services.

— Associated Press


S. Illinois man guilty of killing his parents 

A southern Illinois man has been convicted of fatally shooting his parents more than a year ago.

A Jackson County judge found 41-year-old Keith Ritcheson of Murphysboro guilty of first-degree murder charges Thursday following a bench trial.

Prosecutors alleged he killed Burl and Brenda Ritcheson in August 2017 at their home, where he had been living for four years after a divorce. Prosecutors maintained Ritcheson grew tired of his parents arguing about his presence in their home and his drinking.

Police say Ritcheson first told officers someone entered through the garage to kill his parents, but later claimed he killed his father after the older man had shot his wife.

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 9.

— Associated Press


Chicago joins suit over family planning

The city of Chicago has joined 19 other local governments in a legal brief supporting Planned Parenthood's challenge of federal changes to funding requirements.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that Chicago joined in a friend-of-the-court brief with a group of cities led by Columbus, Ohio.

Planned Parenthood is opposed to proposed changes to federal funding for clinics that provide family planning services, including abortions. Advocates say funding for contraception and reproductive health care reduces the need for abortions. Services also include cervical and breast-cancer screening, treatment for sexually transmitted infections and more for low-income patients.

Emanuel says the changes would affect those services because they would require encouraging abstinence for all patients and a preference for family planning provided in the same location as primary health care.

— Associated Press

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