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  • Friday, January 21, 2022
    U. of I. hikes tuition, housing costs for 2022-23 The increase for incoming freshmen is the second at the university within the past eight years.
    Education--Higher (37)

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved an increase in tuition and fees Thursday for the 2022-23 school year for all incoming freshmen.

    Beginning in the fall, incoming in-state freshmen will see a tuition increase of just under 2% at the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses. Incoming out-of-state and international freshman tuition will increase...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 21, 2022
    Projects with Madigan ties went to the front of the line for massive Rebuild Illinois initiative
    The $45 billion statewide capital plan includes nearly $4 billion in projects added by a handful of the state’s most powerful politicians, including the former House speaker.

    For the better part of the past decade, hotel owners Jon Weglarz and Mark Weglarz fought to put a damper on the noise caused by screeching train brakes outside their Midway Airport-area properties.  read more >

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  • Friday, January 21, 2022
    Pritzker: There are challenges ahead but future looks brighter for Illinoisans

    Every day, across the state of Illinois, hardworking men and women wake up, put in a hard day’s work, care for their families, and keep their promises. It’s what our parents taught us to do, and it’s what we teach our kids to do.

    But for decades, our state government didn’t keep its promises. Instead of embracing the humbl...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 21, 2022
    Republicans announce effort to repeal SAFE-T Act, Democrats call it ‘all for show’

    Republicans are calling for their Democratic counterparts in the Illinois House to join them in efforts to repeal criminal justice reforms, known as the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, commonly known as the SAFE-T Act.

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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    Billionaires J.B. Pritzker and Ken Griffin to spend big on governor’s race. How about rockets instead?

    Like most Illinoisans, I’m eager to find out which billionaire will purchase the Governor’s Mansion later this year.

    The current purchaser, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, is making a strong bid...
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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s GOP challengers face a steep financial disadvantage, latest campaign records show
    Four contenders in the Republican race for governor largely spent as much or more than they raised during the final quarter of 2021 as they competed for the right to take on billionaire Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in November, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

    A fifth contender, Aurora Mayor Ri...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    U of I is raising tuition The increase of less than 2% for incoming freshmen is the second hike in eight years.
    Education--Higher (37)

    The University of Illinois is raising tuition for in-state and out-of-state freshman for the 2022-2023 academic year. It is only the second tuition increase in the past eight year...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    Illinois Republicans urge repeal of landmark criminal justice reform

    A political fight turns nastier as House leaders trade charges about racial-equity reforms and its connection to rising crime rates.

    A fight that...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    Which GOP guv candidates have the most money to play with? Springfield Memo

    With this week's entry of Richard Irvin—widely expected to be bankrolled by billionaire Ken Griffin—now is a good time to check the state of the other contenders' finances.

    As hedge fund mogul Ken Griffin prepares to write what is expected to be read more >

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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    Former Department of Natural Resources head announces run for 108th Illinois House district
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Wayne Rosenthal is running to represent the 108th district as a Republican. 

    “My family and I are excited to announce I’m running for state representative in the new 108th District," said Rosenthal in a Tuesday statement. "I know this area well and have served the citizens of our communities in many roles for many years."   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    Illinois legislation focuses on increasing diversity in wind and solar projects Utility companies would be required to submit annual diversity reports

    Aiming to increase diversity in wind and solar jobs, a proposed measure in the Illinois General Assembly would require more transparent reporting on the level of participation of minority-owned businesses in clean energy jobs. 

    Rep. read more >

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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    Republicans confirm 'slate' of candidates with Richard Irvin at the top
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Several Republicans running for statewide office in Illinois confirmed Wednesday they are running as a coordinated "slate" of candidates. The slate includes one person running for each of Illinois' six statewide offices. 

    The candidates are: 

    * Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin for governor

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  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    Republicans confirm 'slate' of candidates with Richard Irvin at the top

    Several Republicans running for statewide office in Illinois confirmed Wednesday they are running as a coordinated "slate" of candidates. The slate includes one person running for each of Illinois' six statewide offices. 

    The candidates are: 

    * Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin for governor

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  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    If we don’t change campaign finance laws, the only candidates will be billionaires and people they support
    It’s called an oligarchy, and is not in keeping with our democratic ideals. It also deprives the country of unbiased and talented leadership. 

    It is rather frightening that the GOP candidates for governor in Illinois are chosen and financed by our resident billionaire, Ken Griffin.

    He doesn’t even need a smoke filled room — Mr. Grif...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    Welch tweaks Illinois House budget team Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch appoints a five-member negotiating panel—all Dems—in an apparent bid to broaden the list of who calls the shots on state budget issues.

    With a key lieutenant retiring and his caucus pressing for more power, Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch is tweaking a budget-making process that was very centralized and tightly...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    Illinois Senate Republicans offer 'voter empowerment' amendments
    Republicans in the Illinois Senate have again introduced a package of proposed constitutional amendments that they argue would give voters more of a direct say in the legislative process.

    "We're reintroducing these constitutional amendments in order to really put the people back in charge again," Senate GOP Leader Dan McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, said during a virt...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    Speaker names new House budget negotiation team
    Illinois House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch announced a new House budget negotiation team Tuesday, led by House Majority Leader and chief budgeteer Greg Harris. Former Speaker Michael Madigan appointed Harris, a Chicago Democrat, to be the chief budgeteer during the Rauner administration. Harris, the second-ranking Democrat in the House, announced in November that he would not seek reelectio...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    State should boost fund to municipalities and help control property taxes

    Costs are rising for all of us.

    Inflation has increased the price of everything from gas and groceries to new and used cars, and it seems inevitable that as those expenses hit municipal governments in the coming year, they will be looking for more revenue. For homeowners, that could mean higher property taxes.

    Ho...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    Lawmakers push for redistricting reform and more voter participation
    Redistricting (78)

    State Republicans have reintroduced a proposal to reform voter participation and redistricting in Illinois. The package of legislation branded the "Voter Empowerment Project," was reintroduced last week by Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods. 

    The package includes four constitutional amendments. The read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    Lawmakers push for redistricting reform and more voter participation

    State Republicans have reintroduced a proposal to reform voter participation and redistricting in Illinois. The package of legislation branded the "Voter Empowerment Project," was reintroduced last week by Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods. 

    The package includes four constitutional amendments. The read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin jumps into GOP Illinois primary for governor A slate of Republicans led by the Aurora mayor may get the backing of billionaire Ken Griffin.
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin jumped into the GOP Illinois primary for governor on Monday, becoming the fifth candidate to compete for the nomination to run against Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

    Irvin tapped Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville, as his running mate for lieutenant governor. Bourne is an assistant Republican leader in the Illinois House, where sheR...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    Get anti-crime laws right before putting them on the books Focus on measures that actually make people safe.

    Suddenly, there’s a rush in Springfield to enact bills to fight crime. In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is circulating the latest draft of her Victims Justice Ordinance among City Council members. Before speeding new measures into law, it’s important to get them right.

    Republican legislators unveiled their own bills a couple of weeks ago and may ad...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    New Illinois crime law is put to the test. We’re both worried and watching.

    With crime spiking across the state, both parties in Springfield find themselves wrestling with a life-and-death issue that’s begging for problem-solvers, not demagoguery. Yet politics is never far behind.

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  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    Where the race for governor stands now
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    With Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin entering the GOP contest to challenge Gov. J.B. Pritzker—who just days earlier poured $90 million into his re-election war chest—Crain's Greg Hinz assesses how the landscape has changed.

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  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    It's official: Irvin jumps into GOP primary for governor with Avery Bourne as running mate
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Touting himself as a tough on crime prosecutor, a decorated combat veteran, and a great-grandson of a slave, Richard Irvin officially launched his bid to be the Republican nominee for Illinois governor on Monday.

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