Daywatch: With Election Day on Tuesday, Illinois officials boost security amid fear of violence

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Monday’s record Powerball jackpot grew to an even larger $1.9 billion after no one won the lottery drawing on Saturday night.


The numbers for the drawing were: white balls 28, 45, 53, 56, 69 and red Powerball 20.

The new $1.9 billion jackpot is for a winner who is paid through an annuity over 29 years. Winners of lottery jackpots usually prefer a lump sum of cash, which for Monday’s drawing would be $929.1 million.


The Powerball prize keeps getting more massive because of the inability of anyone to overcome the long odds of 1 in 292.2 million and win the jackpot. To take the top prize, players must match all five white balls and one red Powerball.

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Melody McAllister, right, votes in the Boone County Clerk’s office  on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Belvidere.

As Election Day nears, officials across Illinois boost security amid fear of violence

Hidden amid the maze of filing cabinets and desks inside the otherwise unremarkable offices of the Boone County Clerk and Recorder are five buttons employees can press if they think they are in danger.

The “panic” buttons — one nestled behind a fake plant, another tucked away in an easily accessible drawer — were installed ahead of the 2020 general election after Clerk Julie Bliss, who oversees elections in the county, saw national rhetoric about election fraud getting more heated.

Since then, the situation hasn’t gotten any better.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, campaigns in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2022. Republican challenger state Sen. Darren Bailey on Oct. 31, 2022, in Glen Ellyn.

As Democrats sweat GOP surge, politicians led by Biden fan out across Illinois in campaign season’s final weekend

Politicians fanned out across the state on the final weekend of the 2022 general election campaign, led by President Joe Biden who spoke in Joliet on Saturday amid concerns that a Republican surge on Election Day could cost Democrats control of both Illinois’ political agenda and Congress.

Biden’s decision to visit what has been a reliably blue state, along with a scheduled trip to Chicago by Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday, underscored the belief that races across the ballot have tightened ahead of Tuesday’s election.


The store, which has since been rebranded as Cannabist, will be one of two Columbia Care locations sold to Sean 'Diddy' Combs as part of a deal to satisfy antitrust concerns surrounding Cresco's proposed $2 billion acquisition of Columbia Care.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to buy Chicago-area cannabis operations in deal connected to $2 billion Cresco-Columbia Care merger

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has agreed to buy nine cannabis retail stores and three production facilities in Illinois, New York and Massachusetts for $185 million as part of required antitrust divestitures for the pending $2 billion Cresco-Columbia Care megamerger.

The deal to sell off a portion of the combined Cresco-Columbia Care portfolio to Combs, announced Friday, includes the Columbia Care dispensaries in Villa Park and Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood, which have been rebranded as Cannabist, as well as a Columbia Care production facility in Aurora.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields celebrates his run for a 61-yard touchdown in the third quarter Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at Soldier Field.

Justin Fields provides a reason to believe

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears fell to the Miami Dolphins 35-32 on Sunday at Soldier Field on a record-setting day for Justin Fields, who rushed for 178 yards, the most by a quarterback in a single game in NFL history.

The offense has been cooking, scoring 29 points or more in the last three games, something the Bears have accomplished only six times in the Super Bowl era.

David Andrew Greener Laws in "The Twenty-Sided Tavern" at the Broadway Playhouse.

Review: ‘The Twenty-Sided Tavern’ celebrates fantasy gaming. Just don’t mention Dungeons & Dragons.

“The fourth wall has been shattered,” cries the Gamemaster, fresh from a shot of Malört. “Now our fate is in your hands.”

And with that epic cue, Chris Jones writes, a couple hundred people stare down at their phones.


Is this a cultural revolution? A bold invitation into the seventh circle of digital hell? That, dear reader, all depends on whether playing fantasy role-playing games is your thing.

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