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  • Friday, January 18, 2019
    Bryant 'cautiously optimistic' as she takes oath of office to begin fourth term in office
    Legislature (56) Bryant, Terri--State House, 115
    State Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, took the oath of office on Wednesday, Jan. 9, as she was sworn in for a fourth term  in office.

    Bryant represents the 115th District in Southern Illinois. Part of Union County is in the district.

    Bryant was reelected in November 2018 and began work in the 101st General Assembly on Thursday, Jan. 10.

    “Inauguration Day is al...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 18, 2019
    State Senator Steve McClure
    Legislature (56) , Pritzker, J.B. McClure, Steve--State Senate, 50
    Senator McClure talks about his first days on the job and his views on the newly installed Pritzker Administration http://www.sportsradio1450.com/podcast-am-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Friday, January 18, 2019
    The Illinois Manufacturers Association on the new Illinois Governor
    Business (10) , Pritzker, J.B.
    Joey talks with President and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA), Mark Denzler on what the manufacturing landscape looks like under Governor Pritzker. https://wtax.com/podcasts/the-illinois-manufacturers-association-on-the-new-illinois-governor/ ...   read more >
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  • Friday, January 18, 2019
    The Spin: Mayoral candidates respond to police acquittal | Tom Ricketts blasts Ald. Tom Tunney | Pritzker signs gun bill
    Chicago--Politics (17) , Pritzker, J.B.

    A handful of candidates running for Chicago mayor were sitting before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Thursday afternoon when the news broke: A Cook County judge acquitted three Chicago police officers charged with lying in police reports and conspiring to cover up the controversial 2014 police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

     

    Former Chicago police Superint...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 18, 2019
    Illinois confronts cancer burden State residents are more likely to die from cancer than the average American, but increasing access to care through Medicaid expansion and multi-specialty outpatient clinics could change that.
    Health (49)

    Illinoisans are more likely to die from cancer than the average American, but Medicaid expansion and more multi-specialty outpatient clinics could change that.

     

    Cancer incidence rates and deaths per 100,000 people in the state are higher than the national average, according to the American Cancer Society. The group’s recently released Cancer Facts & Figures 2019 ...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 18, 2019
    IDOT urges avoiding trips, Icestravaganza still planned in Davenport
    Transportation (91)

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning people a winter storm arriving Friday evening will make travel a challenge throughout much of Illinois, with some areas possibly receiving up to 8 inches of snow.

     

    Organizers of the Saturday's Icestravaganza in Davenport said the event will go on, regardless of the weather.

     

    In its seventh year, the...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 18, 2019
    Gov. Pritzker names new directors, deputy governor
    Pritzker, J.B.

    Three new agency directors and another deputy governor were named by Gov. J.B. Pritzker Thursday.

     

    Pritzker appointed Sol Flores as a deputy governor. Flores is founder of La Casa Norte in Chicago, a non-profit organization that has helped 30,000 youth and families confronting homelessness. The organization also provides assistance to single parents, domestic violence vict...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 18, 2019
    JFK photo exhibit opens Feb. 15 at ALPLM
    Abraham Lincoln, Presidential Library and Museum (50)

    An exhibition of photographs tracing John F. Kennedy’s life opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 15. Some are iconic images of Camelot, while many have rarely been seen before.

     

    “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times,” one of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled,...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Illinois State Senator Steve McClure
    Legislature (56) McClure, Steve--State Senate, 50
    Joey McLaughlin talks with New Illinois State Senator Steve McClure. https://wtax.com/podcasts/illinois-state-senator-steve-mcclure/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Pritzker signs gun dealer licensing measure
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Pritzker, J.B.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed into a law a measure aimed at stemming the illegal flow of guns into the state while vowing there’s much more work to be done to stop gun violence in Chicago.

     

    Pritzker — who took office on Monday – had vowed to sign the legislation during his campaign. A similar bill was vetoed by former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner,...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Concealed carry doesn't guarantee our safety — it puts us at greater risk
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)

    Last week, a 25-year-old woman was standing at a bus stop before dawn in the Fernwood neighborhood on Chicago’s Far South Side when she was approached by a teen who attempted to rob her with a gun. Instead, the woman, a concealed carry permit holder, pulled out her own gun and shot and killed the 19-year-old.

     

    On its face, this story may seem to make the case for the...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs law requiring state licensing of Illinois gun dealers
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Pritzker, J.B.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed legislation to give the state more oversight over Illinois firearms dealers, appearing with anti-violence advocates at a West Side elementary school and saying he’ll push for further gun control measures.

     

    The proposal Pritzker signed into law requires gun stores to get state licenses, a move that supporters contend could reduce ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    The Spin: Mayoral candidates on pension crisis answers | Preckwinkle leans in | Shutdown closes Chicago immigration court

    We’re on Day 2 of mayoral forums here at the Tribune, and candidates are offering their ideas on solving the city’s pension crisis.

     

    Early voting in the city election is expected to begin Jan. 28, but only at one site in the Loop. Early voting sites in the 50 wards won’t open until Feb. 11, city elections officials say. They were supposed to open earlier,...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Schools: Children will be fed ‘no matter what’
    Budget--Federal (9) , Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) , Federal Government (22A)
    Public school leaders across Illinois aren’t sure whether they’ll be reimbursed for the money they plan to spend feeding students beyond March, but they want to assure parents that children will not go hungry. As the federal government shutdown nears the end of its fourth week, the question of how long funding will last for most school breakfast and lunch programs remains closely moni...   read more >
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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Democrats behaving badly

    Here’s an idea for an amendment to the state constitution: Require that governors and other statewide officeholders be sworn in on the steps of the Capitol, outside, in January, where everyone can see and hear them.

     

    I suggest this after having spent three hours on Monday listening to John Philip Sousa marches and speeches from a six-pack of Democrats who gathered at...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    More than 200 years of Illinois

    You still have time to visit the Illinois State Museum’s exhibition celebrating Illinois’ 200th anniversary of statehood. “Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection” includes works of art and also pieces that are of anthropological, archaeological, botanical, geological and zoological interest. The items were chosen for the unique stories they tell about Il...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Ballistics tests prove Illinois man innocent in murder case

    An Illinois judge acquitted a man of murder Wednesday, more than two decades after jurors convicted him by relying on ballistics that proved to be wrong.

     

    Supporters of 53-year-old Patrick Pursley clapped in a Winnebago County courtroom when Judge Joseph McGraw issued his ruling, saying prosecutors had scant evidence to prove Pursley’s guilt in the fatal shooting of ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Local House members chosen for GOP leadership positions
    Legislature (56)

    Three local lawmakers were named to House Republican leadership positions by Minority Leader Jim Durkin on Wednesday.

     

    Rep. Tim Butler of Springfield was named House Republican conference chairman, while Rep. Avery Bourne of Raymond and Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville were named assistant minority leaders. Each leadership position adds a $10,066 stipend on top of the...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Public schools: Children will be fed ‘no matter what’

    Public school leaders across Illinois aren’t sure whether they’ll be reimbursed for the money they plan to spend feeding students beyond March, but they want to assure parents that children will not go hungry.

     

    As the federal government shutdown nears the end of its fourth week, the question of how long funding will last for most school breakfast and lunch prog...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    State board asking for 86 percent hike in state funds
    Education Funding (36a)

    The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking a nearly 60 percent increase in spending for preschool through high school education next year.

     

    That request includes an increase of more than 86 percent from the state’s general funds, made up mainly of income and sales taxes.

     

    The board on Wednesday finalized its budget request for the 2020 fis...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage change, a victory for Lisa Madigan
    Attorney General (6) , President (73)

    A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.

    Outgoing Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan had a final victory as she closed her four-term tenure in office when a judge ruled in favor of 1...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    It's reefer gladness in Illinois. But let's slow our roll on legalizing recreational pot.
    Drugs (32)

    In the lightning round of a mayoral candidate forum Thursday at Steinmetz College Prep, all 13 hopefuls on the sprawling sta...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    What the new governor needs to do to help nonprofits Social service agencies suffered from the one-two punch of the recession and state budget cuts. Those effects are lingering.
    Pritzker, J.B.
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  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Pritzker’s pension silence speaks volumes Early in his inaugural speech, the new governor emphasized the need for a “collective commitment to embracing hard choices.” Then he ducked the hardest—and most important—choice he’ll face.
    Pritzker, J.B.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s inaugural address was most noteworthy for what he left out.

    He went on for 2,600-plus ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Pritzker’s pension silence speaks volumes Early in his inaugural speech, the new governor emphasized the need for a “collective commitment to embracing hard choices.” Then he ducked the hardest—and most important—choice he’ll face.
    Pensions (70) , Pritzker, J.B.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s inaugural address was most noteworthy for what he left out.

    He went on for 2,600-plus ...   read more >

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