Gov. Bruce Rauner will air campaign ads featuring 11 minutes of conversations between a top Democratic rival and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich captured on FBI wiretaps. Rauner’s campaign said Thursday the ads featuring billionaire businessman J.B. Prizker and the now-imprisoned Blagojevich will air statewide this weekend. Rauner’s campaign says the move is a response to Pritzker’s statements that an ad released last week was selectively edited. That ad included a portion of audio in which Blagojevich and Pritzker discuss the possibility of Blagojevich appointing Pritzker attorney general.
Amazon announced Thursday it has narrowed down its list of 238 proposals from across to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to 20 candidates, who all hope they will get a chance to become the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters--and Chicago is on the list! Amazon’s new HQ2 will be a complete headquarters, with plans to invest over $5 billion and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.
James Mack will manage the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. He comes to Bloomington from Mesquite, Texas, where he has been directing that city's arts council. Mack has also held other arts-related positions, including one in San Diego. Mack starts his new job on February 12.