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News Headlines – September 5, 2018

Last Updated on September 5th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Decides Against Third Term

Chicago will have a new mayor for the first time in eight years. Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday announced that he won’t run for a third term. The announcement set off a wave of candidates jumping into the race. Downstate Illinois lawmakers say while many people may not care about the change, they should because of the outsized role Chicago’s mayor plays in state politics.

 

Preckwinkle Testing Waters For Possible Mayoral Run

Toni Preckwinkle is one of those testing the waters for a possible run at mayor of Chicago. There are reports the Cook County Board President has shown interest in a possible bid now that Rahm Emanuel has decided not to seek a third term. Preckwinkle is the head of the Cook County Democratic party and is considered an established fundraiser who could raise money quickly.

 

Illinois Treasurer: Money Match Program Can Get You Money Easier

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs says he wants to give you money, if the state owes you some. Frerichs yesterday announced the new Money Match program which he says will link people with money that the state owes them. Frerichs says his office can now work with the Illinois Department of Revenue to connect people with checks or cash that they may not have known about. Money Match is an update to the years-old Cash Dash program.

 

Fewer Athletes Playing High School Football In Illinois

A new report says fewer young men are playing high school football in Illinois. The Federation of State High School Associations last week said the number of high school football players in Illinois has fallen 17 percent over the past few years. Matt Troha with the Illinois High School Association says some of the drop can be blamed on the fear of injuries, but he also says that some of the decline is because many of Illinois’ smaller high schools are shrinking.