Daily Roundup: Sequestration Costs, Fela!, and Possible Drew Peterson Sentencing

Por en Chicago 02/21/13 2:41pm
Adesola Osakalumi (is Fela Anikulapo-Kuti) and Michelle Williams (Is Sandra Isadore) in national tour of “Fela!”

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.