Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger leads today’s January 6 hearing – Chicago Tribune

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Illinois Republican U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger will take the national stage on Thursday as he will chair a hearing of the committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Kinzinger, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, is one of only two GOP members on the committee. The other is Republican US Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

While Trump and his supporters have called the panel a “witch hunt,” Kinzinger and Cheney have also received praise for being the only GOP officials participating. But Kinzinger said his participation has recently led to a death threat.

Before Thursday’s hearing begins, check out what we learned from the January 6 hearings and what’s next.

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When Richard Irvin became mayor of Aurora five years ago, he named Michael Pegues – a close childhood friend – as one of his most trusted assistants at Aurora City Hall. Irvin not only appointed Pegues as Aurora’s chief information officer, but also gave him the authority to help run OnLight Aurora, a quasi-urban agency that managed and sold access to government high-speed Internet lines.

But by 2018, Pegues’ leadership came under scrutiny. Records show that while he was chairman of the board of directors of OnLight, it sponsored events for his wife’s start-up company. And two contractors told police that Pegues fired them for not paying to sponsor his wife’s events. Pegues told the Tribune that he has not done anything inappropriate, and Irvin is not involved in any wrongdoing. But the allegations take on new relevance as Irvin competes for the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger leads today's January 6 hearing - Chicago Tribune

Starting next school year, the dress code in Chicago public schools will no longer be allowed to ban headwear related to race, ethnicity or hair texture, a change approved without discussion by the Chicago Board of Education.

In a comprehensive review of the recent school dress code last month, The Tribune found that more than 115 state schools in the district banned protective hair care products such as do-rags, golf caps, headscarves, beanies and bandanas. Some students of color who spoke to the Tribune said bans on protective headgear made them feel that parts of their identity or culture were not welcome at school.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger leads today's January 6 hearing - Chicago Tribune

Chicago’s speed cameras will continue to issue tickets to drivers going just 6 mph over the limit – for now – after Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s allies used a parliamentary maneuver to push a vote on raising the minimum for speeding tickets.

The move to block a vote that would repeal a signature policy of Lightfoot brought temporary relief to her and safety attorneys who have raised the alarm about a recent spate of accidents that injured pedestrians, including young children, on Chicago’s roads. died. The lower ticket threshold has also resulted in tens of millions of dollars in fines in the city coffers.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger leads today's January 6 hearing - Chicago Tribune

A 19-year-old man was seriously injured after being shot multiple times during a rally on North Avenue Beach Tuesday night, Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown said. One person was arrested after the large gathering of young people.

“It’s not illegal to come to the beach when you’re young. It’s not. It will never be. But at the same time, we’re going to hold you accountable if you break the law, regardless of your age,” Brown said. “So what we’ve done, of course, is we’ve added several layers of security measures, including the bag checks, the presence of officers, a very aggressive patrol and a very proactive police check around the beaches.”

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger leads today's January 6 hearing - Chicago Tribune

Born five years after Title IX was passed in 1972, Laura Ricketts, co-owner of Chicago Cubs, was one of the first generation of girls to take advantage of the change, which included sports opportunities. She recalled playing T-ball at age 5, and by the time she reached high school, volleyball, softball, basketball, and track and field filled her schedule. She recently started playing tennis with her wife, Brooke.

“It’s hard to overstate how it’s affected my life — and it’s honestly made me who I am today,” Ricketts said of sports. “Sport teaches you how to be a teammate, it teaches you to put yourself out there, it teaches you to work really hard, it teaches you resilience, it teaches you that there is no shame in failing as long as you keep your does best or tries something new.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger leads today's January 6 hearing - Chicago Tribune

A loop around Lake Michigan easily exceeds 1,000 miles and 18 hours on the road when you follow the shoreline rather than the highway. That is not a holiday for the driver, or travelers who have little free time.

Another option: Shorten the loop by using two car ferries to cross the Great Lake, making the escape more of a one-tank trip and adding a maritime adventure while exploring smaller parts of Michigan and Wisconsin.

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