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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Illinois Playbook: Senate sends abortion bill to a hesitant House

    Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. Springfield is abuzz with legislators today.

     

    TOP TALKER

    Illinois Sen. Elgie Sims, speaking during a 2018 budget hearing, is carrying a bill this week that calls for repealing a 1995 law that requires parents or guardians to be notified when underage girls seek...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    The Policy Shop: Illinois' Corruption Crisis

    A step in the right direction:

     

    Springfield and the chattering classes were abuzz last session over an ethics reform package that promised to end public corruption in the wake of longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan’s departure. Gov. J.B. Pritzker officially certified that bill, Senate Bill 539, on Oct. 8, and the ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    A white lawmaker for East St. Louis? Lawsuit says Black voters might not have a choice

    Frank Smith, 75, has lived in East St. Louis nearly all his life and has had a Black lawmaker represent him in the state House since 1975. But he worries changes to one of the East St. Louis area’s legislative districts means a white representative could be elected — one who might not care about the area or understand it as a Black lawmaker can. A map approved by t...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Martin Luther King Jr. and the racist roots of gun control laws
    Black gun rights groups are among those challenging a New York law that demands applicants show “proper cause” to obtain a license to carry a firearm.

    After his home was bombed in 1956, Martin Luther King Jr. applied for a permit to carry a gun. Despite the potentially deadly threats that King faced as a leader of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, the county she...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Pritzker’s electric vehicle manufacturing bill doesn’t do enough to clean the air
    Telling vehicle manufactures they need to start selling more electric vehicles in Illinois will show the world how serious we are about our zero-emission vehicle future.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to retain and grow electric vehicle manufacturing in Illinois makes sense, but it’s incomplete. We can and should manufacture electric vehicles and ship them to other state...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Repeal of abortion parental notification law sent to Pritzker, House advances ban on using moral beliefs for COVID-19 vaccine refusal
    Abortion (1)
    In a night of high emotions, House Democrats voted to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act and change the state’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act relating to COVID-19 — two measures opposed by Republicans, and a few Democrats.

    A parent or other adult family member would no longer need to be notified before a minor receives an abortion, under the repeal of ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Democrats’ latest congressional map boosts Rep. Lauren Underwood’s reelection odds, maintains potential for a second Latino district
    Redistricting (78)

    Illinois Democrats late Wednesday unveiled the third version of a proposed congressional district map designed to shore up the party’s advantage in Washington for the next decade.

     

    Left intact from the revised map released over the weekend are two potential one-on-one matchups of Republican incumbents and a potent...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Illinois legislators send repeal of parental notification law on abortions to Pritzker; Democrats unveil third try at congressional map
    Legislature (56)
    The Democratic-controlled Illinois House late Wednesday approved two controversial measures, one that expands abortion rights for minors and another that seeks to prevent people from using a state law to skirt coronavirus vaccination mandates by citing moral or religious objections.

    The House voted 62-51 to re...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Remaps should empower citizens. They’re empowering the powerful instead.
    Redistricting (78)

    Opinion content—editorials, columns and guest commentaries—is created independent of news reporting and is exclusive to subscribers.

     

    When campaign season rolls around, politicians can’t get enough of you. They’ll shake your hands on commuter train platforms, flood you with phone calls and mailin...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Dems' remap and Pritzker's prized EV plan gyrate in the General Assembly
    Redistricting (78)

    As of this morning—with lawmakers scheduled to adjourn for the year tonight—neither priority has been nailed down. And that's a problem that could reverberate beyond Illinois.

     

    The Illinois Gene...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Michigan is beating Illinois at the cannabis game. Here's why that matters.
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    It’s another sign of the toll that Illinois' licensing stumbles are taking on the development of a new billion-dollar industry here.

    Michiga...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Pritzker heading to Scotland for U.N. climate summit
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93) , Pritzker, J.B.

    As Gov. Pritzker plans to visit Glasgow to promote Illinois' green energy progress at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, his plan to lure electric vehicle makers hits a bump in Springfield.

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Pritzker's EV incentive bill stumbling in Springfield
    Business (10) , Pritzker, J.B.

    The governor's camp says it still expects approval, but with labor still not aboard, time is running out in the Legislature's veto session.

    Gov. J...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    More towns show interest in new gambling tax ahead of potential state deadline
    Gambling, Gaming

    The idea of a municipal penny-per-push tax on video gambling machines is proving infectious, as more Illinois communities rush to stay ahead of pending state legislation aimed at vaccinating the industry against the new trend.

    Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates officials this week followed the lead of their neighbor Hanover Park and approved push t...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    State House joins Senate to repeal abortion law requiring parental notice
    Abortion (1)
    The Illinois House late Wednesday gave final passage to a bill that would repeal the state's Parental Notice of Abortion Act, clearing the way for Gov. J.B. Pritzker to sign it into law.

    The bill narrowly passed out of the Senate on Tuesday night on a 32-22 vote, with three Democrats voting no and six Democrats not voting.

    It passed t...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Grass sales continue to make the Prairie State greener
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    Thousands of people line up outside of Rise Mundelein on Jan. 1, 2020 in Mundelein on the first day that recreational marijuana was legal to purchase in Illinois. The first people lined up 13 hours before the doors opened. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune) (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

     

    The reefer train keeps a roll...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    House OKs repeal of parental notification law, tweaks health care right of conscience law
    Abortion (1)

    The Illinois House late Wednesday finalized the General Assembly’s repeal of a state requirement that parents of minors seeking abortions be notified at least 48 hours ahead of the procedure.

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Illinois Senate revives measure to allow limited sports betting on in-state colleges
    Gambling, Gaming

    A state Senate committee revived a gambling bill Wednesday that would allow for limited betting on in-state college sports teams, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

    A similar measure passed the House on the final day of the May legislative session, but the Senate did not bring it for a vote at the time.

    The ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Latest congressional map would further split up central Illinois communities, Butler says

    The latest congressional map proposed by Democrats for Illinois would further split communities, including those in the Springfield area, into sections represented by different members of Congress, a local lawmaker said Tuesday.

     

    The interests of those communities would suffer by diminishing voting power and splitting t...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Pritzker announces that Illinois will reopen its rental assistance program in November

    Illinois residents will have another opportunity to apply for up to $25,000 in rent assistance beginning in November.

    Gov. JB Pritzker announced at a press conference Tuesday in Springfield that...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    New statewide program to help schools with safety, bullying issues
    IEMA/FEMA

    The State of Illinois is working to battle bullying and help with school safety through its new initiative called Safe2Help.

     

    The program is designed to encourage students mainly those in grades K-12 to seek help before harm.

     

    “It’s a 24/7 confidentia...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    How both Chicago and Illinois can better encourage entrepreneurship

    In recent years, Illinois has taken strides to establish itself as a global destination for talent, innovation and technology. While Chicago is now frequently thought of in the same vein as New York and San Francisc...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    Vaccine politics envelop Legislature's veto session

    A new bill would allow Texas-style suits against those with fake vax cards, as a Pritzker bill to tighten rules hits a bump.

    Chicago isn’t the...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    Illinois Senate votes to repeal parental notification law for minors seeking abortions
    Abortion (1)

    The Illinois Senate voted along partisan lines Tuesday to repeal the state law that requires parents of minors seeking abortions to be notified at least 48 hours before the procedure.

    The   read more >

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  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    Following one’s conscience or ‘fringe elements?’ State seeks to bar moral, religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccine refusal
    Health Care
    The amendment to the state’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act is intended to make clear that public officials and private companies can impose COVID-19 requirements as a condition of employment — and fire those who refuse to comply.

    Employees could not cite moral or religious beliefs as a valid reason for refusing to comply with a workplace COVID-19 vaccine manda...   read more >

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