Jesse Ruiz

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  CHICAGO - The Democratic Illinois attorney general candidates vying for their party's nomination are vowing to fight policies enacted by President Donald Trump's administration, including on immigration and marijuana.

Seven of eight Democrats participated Monday in one of the first forums before the March primary. The candidates discussed their views supporting legalizing marijuana and Illinois' immigrant-friendly laws.

Jesse Ruiz Enters the Fold for Attorney General

Oct 18, 2017

Chicago Park District President Jesse Ruiz announced he’s running for Illinois Attorney General Wednesday.

The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools says approximately 1,400 jobs will be "impacted" after the district had to borrow money to make a $634 million pension payment. Jesse Ruiz says the district must make $200 million in cuts. He blamed Illinois lawmakers that he says failed to address CPS' financial crisis. Ruiz didn't elaborate on how the jobs would be affected, and a spokeswoman didn't respond to questions.  A city official says a plan will be laid out Wednesday. Tuesday was the deadline for CPS to make the payment.

Illinois state lawmakers have rejected a plan to give Chicago Public Schools a short-term reprieve from a big pension payment.


Chicago Public Schools has to ask Illinois lawmakers in Springfield for permission to delay paying 634 million dollars for teacher pensions. It’s due at the end of this month.

Jesse Ruiz is the interim head of Chicago Public Schools - and wanted to put the payment off for 40 days to find a “permanent solution.”


Chicago Public Schools is suspending its roughly $20 million contract with a suburban company under federal investigation.

The interim Chicago Public Schools CEO says he wants an outside firm to review the school district's contracting process.