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VAN DYKE ATTORNEY HIRING POLLING FIRM, SEEKS VENUE CHANGE

Daniel Q. Herbert, the attorney for the Chicago police officer accused of murdering 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, said he will hire a polling company to conduct a survey in mid-March. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the hire is likely part of a bid on Herbert’s part to move the trial out of Cook County.

AGS REQUEST BANKING SERVICES FOR POT BUSINESSES

Illinois Attorney General Lisa M. Madigan and 18 counterparts this week urged Congress to advance legislation that would allow banks to provide services to the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug’s medical or recreational use. Forcing cannabis businesses to operate on a cash-only basis threatens public safety and makes if difficult to track revenues for tax purposes, the bipartisan group said in a letter to congressional leaders.

AURORA MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL SUED OVER COMPETING TOWERS

Data center company CyrusOne, which planned to build a 350-foot telecommunications tower in Aurora, sued the city’s mayor and city council in federal court last week after the council approved a proposal by another company, Scientel Solutions, to build a competing tower, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

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