Here ‘s what happening here in the Chicago area:
I. Money and Taxes:
-The llinois Review cites a study that says that sequestration would cost the state $2.7 billion.
–Capitol Fax is reporting that 63 percent of Illinoisans oppose making a proposed tax hike permanent.
-Education funding needs to get away from property taxes, school curricula should be decided at the national level and teachers should be paid better, according to a report cited in the Daily Herald.
II. Health Care:
–Peoria Story linked to a story about a new health care model for uninsured people being brought to the area.
III. Violence and Shootings:
-Embattled Northern Illinois University police Chief Donald Grady — the man many hailed as a hero for his handling of a mass shooting on campus five years ago — was fired Tuesday, the university confirmed, according to the Chicago Tribune.
-Hadiya Pendleton’s parents gave an exclusive interview to the Tribune.
IV. Jobs and Jail:
-Drew Peterson could be sentenced today if there is no new trial for him, the Naperville Sun said.
-The CTA will announce that it is hiring hundreds of new employees Thursday, according to ABC.
V. The Arts:
-Chicago native Michelle Williams opened Wednesday in the Broadway smash Fela!, ABC reported.
-Newt and Callista Gingrich signed their latest books Wednesday night in Naperville.
-A century after the Art Institute of Chicago became the first American museum to show work by Pablo Picasso, the institution is celebrating the Spanish artist with a major exhibition featuring his art and its relationship with the city, the Associated Press writes.