Illinois Quick Hits: Costly and Failed Campaign; state facilities under renovation | Illinois


Costly and failed campaign

Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin poured $50 million into Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin’s campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, an investment that turned sour.

Irvin finished a distant third on Tuesday at a cost of more than $400 per vote, the worst political investment in Illinois history, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis. Irvin was outvoted nearly four to one by state senator Darren Bailey of downstate Louisville.

Three men found shot dead in Kankakee

A mystery remains in Kankakee after the bodies of three men who were shot were found in an apartment on Wednesday.

The three men, all in their 20s, were found after one of the victims’ relatives called the police for a wellness check. Relatives and friends of the victims became furious because they said it took police too long to process the crime scene.

Quincy Veterans Home Renovation

Illinois received a final grant of nearly $195 million from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for improvements to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

The stipend will be used to rebuild the campus and replace the current Veterans Home with a 210-bed specialty care facility. Officials said the upgrade will modernize the campus and provide a state-of-the-art facility with single-occupancy rooms and a more intimate setting for Illinois veterans in need of skilled nursing care.

State Fair Arena under renovation

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has launched a $58.1 million capital investment for years of deferred maintenance at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Construction is underway to restore and renovate the multi-purpose arena. Built in 2000, the facility is known for hosting national high school rodeo finals, monster truck shows, motorcycle races, truck and tractor pulls, and demolition derbies.

Following the conclusion of the 2022 Illinois State Fair, construction will resume on the multi-phase Colosseum renovation project.

A new law protects natural hairstyles

Governor JB Pritzker on Wednesday signed the CROWN Act, offering protections to Illinois people discriminated against because of hairstyles historically associated with specific racial groups.

The law, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair, classifies traits such as hair texture or protective styling as race-based and therefore protected by prohibitions against racial discrimination. This law comes into force on January 1, 2023.

R. Kelly Turns 30

Singer R. Kelly, who faces child pornography charges in Illinois, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a federal sex abuse case in New York.

Last year, a jury found the 55-year-old guilty of racketeering and other charges in a trial that has been seen as a landmark moment for the #MeToo movement. Kelly’s trial in Illinois is scheduled to begin in August.


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