Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor (4/1)

April 1, 2024


Eileen O’Neill Burke secures Democratic nomination for Cook County state’s attorney

Former Illinois Appellate Court Justice Eileen O’Neill Burke officially clinched the Democratic nomination for Cook County state’s attorney Friday afternoon, beating her opponent Clayton Harris III by a razor-thin margin of just over 1,500 votes.

O’Neill Burke will face former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, and Libertarian candidate Andrew Charles Kopinski in the general election to succeed outgoing State’s Attorney Kim Foxx this November.


Gov. Pritzker Celebrates Quantum Technology Leadership with The Bloch Tech Hub

“Today, Governor JB Pritzker and Innovate Illinois announced a multi-year plan for The Bloch Quantum Tech Hub to develop quantum technology solutions for pressing issues such as fraud detection, grid resilience, and drug discovery by accelerating industry adoption to drive research commercialization—an initiative that is projected to generate $60 billion in economic impact for the Chicago metro area over the next decade,” from the Office of Gov. JB Pritzker.

Cook County largely implementing no cash bail with ease, report finds, as state generally struggles with accommodating appeals 

“The Civic Federation and League of Women Voters released a report on Thursday on their organizations’ observations of roughly the first six months of no cash bail in Cook County. In total, they concluded that prior court reforms in Cook County made implementing the PFA easier and the law is achieving some desired outcomes like clarity about pretrial release decisions and reducing the jail population,” by The Daily Line.

Illinoisans strongly favor tough ethics reforms that are stalled in Springfield, poll shows

“Polling by former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn shows a big public appetite to let voters write tougher ethical constraints into the state constitution,” by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Illinois House proposal could pave way for video gambling in Chicago

“A Springfield ally of Mayor Brandon Johnson has introduced a measure that could help pave the way for Chicago to legalize the kind of video poker and slot machines that have proliferated at bars and restaurants across the state over the past decade,” by the Chicago Tribune.



Mayor Brandon Johnson Announces Sendy Soto as City’s First Chief Homelessness Officer

“Today, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced the appointment of Sendy Soto as the City of Chicago’s first Chief Homelessness Officer (CHO). Soto will be tasked with coordinating across City departments and sister agencies and developing a five-year plan to address the homelessness crisis in Chicago,” from the Office of Mayor Brandon Johnson.

Police and Fire Committee to consider measure to give individual wards power over ShotSpotter technology, ordinance raising retirement age for police

“The City Council Committee on Police and Fire will meet Monday morning and consider an ordinance to raise the mandatory retirement age for police officers and an ordinance that would allow individual wards to decide whether they would like to remove ShotSpotter technology from their specific wards instead of citywide,” by The Daily Line.

Migrants begin moving out of five Chicago Park District shelters

“More than 730 asylum seekers are expected to be moved from five Chicago Park District locations in the coming weeks: Brands Park, Gage Park, Leone Beach Boathouse, Broadway Armory Park and Piotrowski Park,” by the Chicago Sun-Times.

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