As Trump relaunches Countering Violent Extremism, records on past Illinois program reveal links to FBI, law enforcement

Records show that the architect of Illinois’ controversial CVE program coordinated with the FBI and Chicago Police, as well as Chicago Public Schools in at least one case involving a student, to conduct interventions with at-risk individuals — a revelation that undermines claims that such counter-extremism efforts are community-driven and not focused on law enforcement.

Agreements between Illinois cities and utilities push costs onto ratepayers

Unlike anywhere else in the region and potentially even the country, nearly every city and town in northern Illinois gets free energy to power many public facilities, including town halls, police and fire stations and other municipal buildings. But this arrangement, part of arcane franchise agreements with utility providers that were written decades ago, comes at a significant cost to those footing the bill: ratepayers.
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