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Side-by-side headshots of Aurora mayor Richard Irvin (left) and billionaire Ken Griffin (right). Irvin lost the GOP primary for Illinois governor, despite being backed by over $50 million from Griffin.
Anthony Vazquez; Pat Nabong
Chicago Sun-Times
Griffin, who was the state’s richest man, reaped a weak return on his millions. But packaging magnate Dick Uihlein’s support for gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey paid off.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Halfway through the year, stocks have fallen dramatically from recent highs, and the uncertainty that has driven share prices lower shows no signs of subsiding.
The Keep Store
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Ami Shelton is the owner of The Keep Store. The store is a refillery for those wanting to reduce their use of plastics. Shelton spoke to Community Voices about how her interests in the environment influenced her decision to open the store in downtown Springfield.
Mary Miller and Rodney Davis
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Miller wins the 15th Congressional District Republican primary, just days after she made a racially-charged gaffe saying the reversal of Roe v. Wade was a “victory for white life.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands beside President Biden and other world leaders posing for a photo during the NATO summit on Wednesday in Madrid, Spain. The defense alliance declared Russia a direct threat and members are committing to boost troop levels and position heavy equipment along NATO's eastern flank.
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A roundup of key developments and the latest in-depth coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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91-Nine The X chart for the Week of June 19-25, 2022.
Upper row, from left to right: Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti. Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Raveena, Asha's Awakening. Lower row, from left to right: Harry Styles, Harry's House. FKA twigs, Caprisongs. Leikeli47, Shape Up.
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