New Illinois Supreme Court Justice
Illinois has a new Supreme Court Justice, and she is making history.
Justice Lisa Holder White becomes the first black female justice on the Supreme Court of Illinois. Holder White was chosen by Judge Rita Garman to replace her and was sworn in Thursday in a ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
Detainee transfer case continued
The case filed by Sangamon County officials against Governor JB Pritzker’s Department of Human Services over delayed transfers of inmates deemed unfit to stand trial continued.
Because Pritzker has changed his executive order at the center of the delay several times in recent weeks, the next hearing in the case is now August 1. The initial orders impacting detainee transfers were issued in April 2020.
Operation North Star arrests 1,400 violent criminals
More than 1,400 violent criminals have been arrested by federal and local task forces across the country as part of Operation North Star, which involved 10 major US cities, including Chicago.
Officials said 156 arrests in the Chicago area were made during the month of June. Among those arrested was a 19-year-old Chicago man who allegedly shot a US Marshal and his K-9 on June 2.
Grants released for school maintenance
The Illinois State Board of Education has distributed school maintenance grants totaling $30 million to more than 600 school districts.
Recipients should use the money to improve and maintain education infrastructure. Eligible candidates can receive up to $50,000 to spend on completing the proposed interview projects.
Hunting opportunities in late summer
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announces late summer hunting opportunities for 2022.
Squirrel season begins August 1 and ends February. In September, the hunting season begins for doves, teals, rails, snipes and Canada geese. Hunting licenses can be purchased through IDNR’s online licensing portal or in person at a participating vendor.
NASCAR on the streets of Chicago possible
NASCAR would hit the streets of Chicago.
The Athletic reports that there is a tentative agreement between NASCAR and Chicago to hold an annual street race for the next three seasons starting next year. The deal has not been finalized and is expected to be announced later this month.
It is not known in which part of the city the race would take place.