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Shanahan removed as Joliet interim city manager

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City Council meets again Monday on next move for city manager

By Bob Okon | The Herald-News

Interim City Manager Martin Shanahan was relieved of his duties Tuesday and got a standing ovation when he said he plans to apply for the job.

Meanwhile, the Joliet City Council plans to meet Monday to discuss bringing back former City Manager Jim Hock on an interim basis before doing a candidate search.

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Former GOP candidate for governor Jeanne Ives now seeking party nod to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten

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By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune

Former state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, whose controversial campaign nearly upset incumbent Bruce Rauner in last year’s Republican primary for governor, filed papers Thursday setting up a primary battle for the right to challenge freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten of Downers Grove.

Ives’ candidacy for the 6th Congressional District pits her against Rauner’s former running mate, former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti. It also creates the potential for a rematch of sorts featuring themes from the 2018 primary for governor, which Ives lost to Rauner by fewer than 22,100 votes.

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With just $9.72 in the bank, Democratic lawmaker from Naperville officially ends long-shot primary challenge to Sen. Dick Durbin

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By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune

Freshman Democratic state Rep. Anne Stava-Murray of Naperville has formally ended her long-shot bid to challenge three-term U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the March 2020 primary, documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show.

Stava-Murray, who announced her challenge to Durbin even before being sworn in to her state legislative seat, filed a termination notice for her federal campaign committee on Monday. She had only raised $175 since formalizing her candidacy — $150 from herself — and ended the second quarter of the year with a balance of $9.72.

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Naperville City Council takes first step toward opting out of the retail sale of recreational pot

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By Erin Hegarty | Naperville Sun

The Naperville City Council appears ready to say no the selling recreational marijuana in the city.

Members voted 5-4 Tuesday to direct staff to prepare the documentation needed to opt out of the retail sale of adult-use cannabis under the terms of the new state law, which goes into effect Jan. 1.

The vote came after public comment from more than 15 people, including two businesses that want permission to sell pot in the city and representatives from behavioral health centers who are opposed to it.

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