Illinois quick hits: Pritzker keynote at Canada summit; states settle with Johnson & Johnson

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Pritzker keynote at Canada summit

Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered the keynote address Tuesday at the US-Canada Summit in Toronto. Before the address, he held a public memorandum of understanding signing with Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

Pritzker’s office said the MOU focuses on collaborating to attract trade opportunities with a focus on manufacturing, energy, agriculture and automotive industries.

Mapes to prison

The longtime chief of staff for former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan reported to federal prison Tuesday.

Last year, a jury found 69-year-old Tim Mapes guilty of lying to a federal grand jury when answering questions about an investigation into Madigan and others. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Madigan is scheduled to go on trial in October on bribery and racketeering charges.

States settle with Johnson & Johnson

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, as part of a bipartisan group of 43 attorneys general, has announced a nationwide settlement with Johnson & Johnson to resolve allegations the company deceptively promoted and misled consumers in advertisements related to the safety and purity of some talcum powder products, including baby powder and body powder.

Under the consent judgment, the company has ceased production of the products in the U.S. As part of the settlement, Illinois will receive approximately $29 million pending court approval.

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