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Topspin

Illinois has replaced an arcane state law dating to post-Prohibition days that required businesses to get approval from the state to serve alcohol within 100 feet of a church or school.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed the new law, which allows local authorities to hand out exemptions to the state’s Liquor Control Law of 1934 that limits where alcohol sales can take place. Previously, it took an act of the General Assembly and approval of the governor to grant an exemption.

Rauner said the change was “a clear example of bipartisan cooperation in Springfield to reform a broken system.”

“Entrepreneurs should not have to pass a state law to open a new business,” he said.

The legislation passed the Senate 48-0 and the House 97-17. It was backed by a coalition of groups, including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Restaurant Association and the Small Business Advocacy Council. (Rick Pearson)

What’s on tap

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no public events scheduled.

*Gov. Rauner has no public events scheduled.

From the notebook

*More campaign cash: Democrat J.B. Pritzker’s governor campaign reported more than $120,000 in donations, ostensibly aimed at his “Blue Wave Illinois” effort to help build the state party and help its lower-ballot candidates in November.

The donations reported Wednesday include $89,200 from Robin Loewenberg Tebbe, chief marketing officer of the Magellan Development Group. She’s been a past donor to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, giving him a total of $10,700 in contributions in 2014 and 2016.

Pritzker received an additional $25,000 from Chicago attorney and consultant Sheli Rosenberg. She’s previously given nearly $44,000 to retiring Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s campaigns since 2006 and an additional $40,650 to the abortion-rights group Personal PAC since 2000, state campaign finance records show.

Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, has self-funded his campaign to the tune of $106.5 million so far. (Rick Pearson)

*New gig: Democratic state Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields has been sworn in as the new president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. She has been in the Illinois Senate since 2009.

*On the “Sunday Spin”: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are Republican state Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills; Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza; and Tribune reporter Bill Ruthhart. The “Sunday Spin” airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720.

What we’re writing

*Emanuel unveils 2-year, $10M revamp of Riverwalk between State Street and Lake Shore Drive.

*Protesters pray, chant outside Wrigley after anti-violence march briefly shuts down Lake Shore Drive.

*The rule of law must prevail over politics, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein says amid Mueller probe furor.

*Ida B. Wells Drive signs won’t go up till mid-October, city says.

*Blue Cross and Blue Shield wants to lower premiums on some Obamacare plans it sells in Illinois.

*Lawsuits seek reversal of smog break for Wisconsin Foxconn plant, Indiana steel mills.

What we’re reading

*Rauner signs bill allowing medical marijuana for students at Illinois public schools.

*Did Al Capone get better treatment in jail than Paul Manafort? Maybe, but Scarface may have bribed somebody.

*Longtime beer wholesaler to close after 70 years, sell rights to LaCroix, Modelo and other brands.

Follow the money

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*Russians still targeting U.S. election system, homeland security officials say.

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