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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Gubernatorial candidate says he wouldn’t threaten companies over COVID-19 rules
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Republican Gubernatorial Darren Bailey says if he was governor he would expect the Illinois Department of Public Health to make recommendations surrounding the pandemic.

     

    But Bailey says unlike Governor Pritzker, he wouldn’t threaten businesses to do something about.

     

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Senate committee considers bill seeking to streamline construction process for some IDOT projects
    Transportation (91)

    A Senate committee on Thursday heard from witnesses who encouraged lawmakers to support a bill that would change the way certain state-led transportation and infrastructure projects are done in Illinois.

     

    A Senate committee on Thursday heard from witnesses who encouraged lawmakers to support a bill they said would speed...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    State expanding apprenticeship program with competitive funding opportunity
    DCEO (formerly DCCA) (31)

    The state this month announced an $8 million expansion of the Apprenticeship Illinois program.

     

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will expand innovative and high-quality apprenticeship programs to prepare Illinoisans for jobs in high-demand industries.

     

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Sterling, Dixon main streets receive grants to help businesses with economic recovery
    Business (10)

    The Dixon and Sterling main street organizations will be receiving $30,000 to help businesses with economic recovery. (Alex Paschal)

    Sterling Main Street and the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street will both receive $30,000 grants to go toward helping underserved businesses.

     

    Earlier this...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Chicago gets elected school board — Pritzker signs bill opposed by Lightfoot, looks ‘forward to ongoing conversations’ with her
    Chicago--Schools (18)
    The legislation, which the governor signed into law without the fanfare that has accompanied other bill signings, would create a 21-seat board in January 2025, initially split between 11 mayoral appointees — including the board president — and 10 elected members.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed legislation ushering in an elected school board in Chicago over the...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Earth gets a boost from suburban Chicago mayors
    Global Warming
    Acting together, mayors can help offset inaction in Congress and the Legislature.

    As legislation to protect the Earth from climate change stalls in Congress and the Illinois Legislature, large cities have stepped up with their own pro-environment policies, but that gets us only so far.

    Now, Chicago’s suburbs are getting into the act along with Chicago, an...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    State’s new ‘thought leader’ on equity focused on ‘long game:’ Moving Illinois from diversity to equity
    Pritzker, J.B.
    Nearly three and a half months after joining Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration, Sekile Nzinga will get to put her theory into practice as head of a new office of equity that the governor plans to create Friday through an executive order.

    Diversity is not the end point, but the starting line.

    That’s what Sekile Nzinga believes.

    N...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    As Lollapalooza begins, Cook County added to indoor masking advisory for ‘substantial’ COVID-19 spread; Illinois mandates masks in all state buildings

    Hours after Lollapalooza got underway Thursday, Cook County was added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of areas experiencing “substantial” COVID-19 transmission.

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Chicago will get elected school board after Illinois governor signs long-sought measure over opposition from Mayor Lori Lightfoot
    Chicago--Schools (18)

    Chicago voters will elect their full school board beginning in 2026 under a measure Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Thursday, fulfilling a campaign pledge and delivering a political defeat to Mayor Lori Lightfoot...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Illinois announces winners of 55 marijuana store licenses — but judge delays awarding them amid lawsuit challenging process
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    After more than a year of waiting, Ambrose Jackson learned Thursday that his team was one of the lucky few to win rights to open a new marijuana retail store in Illinois.

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Illinois lawmakers should be more transparent about pension reform
    Pensions (70)

    Let us take a good look at the recent editorial ...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Illinois’ unemployment agency has another fraud problem: Thieves ‘hijacking’ people’s payments
    Unemployment (93)

    Warren Winston thought he’d escaped all the unemployment fraud occurring across the country.

    For months, the unem...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Keep up heat on pensions
    Pensions (70)

    I hope the Tribune Editorial Board keeps screaming about Illinois’ pension problem. It’s an easy issue to forget about unless you are in a union and directly benefit from lawmakers sticking their heads in the sand.

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Cook County residents advised to wear masks regardless of vaccination status

    While Illinois “fully aligns” with the CDC’s masking recommendations, it hasn’t issued another mandate.

    People in read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Fully elected school board becomes law in Chicago
    Chicago--Schools (18)

    Gov. Pritzker signed the legislation that expands the board from seven to 21—and delivers a blow to Mayor Lightfoot, who fought the measure.

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Latino children and COVID: A worsening crisis

    To head off potentially devastating health and economic outcomes, officials must ensure that trusted community partners are given all the resources they require to vaccinate members of the Latino community.

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    So, who's going to take Pritzker down? One of these three would like to try.
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Despite having plenty of material to work with, the three Republicans lining up to challenge the governor have a lot to prove. And that's barring the late entry of a congressman who's said to be weighing a run.Now that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has officially announced his candidacy for a new term, the challenge for the Illinois GOP is to prove to the world—and, f...   read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Pritzker orders masks inside all state buildings

    People working or visiting inside a state-run building will have to wear masks again, even if they're fully vaccinated, following an order issued Thursday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

    The edict comes days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised anyone in read more >

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    New Illinois law aims to expand affordable housing through $75M investment, tax credits
    Housing (51)

    Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday signed a measure aimed at increasing affordable housing investment in Illinois, as well as a measure expanding the state’s low-income energy assistance program.

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021
    Audit shows $155 million in unemployment paid fraudulently in just six weeks
    Unemployment (93)

    For more than a year, our project illinois team has been investigating the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), trying to find out how much money has been wrongfully paid out to fraudulent claims.