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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Analysts warn against states relying on 'unpredictable' recreational cannabis tax revenue
    Governor (44) , Recreational Marijuana , Taxes, sales (88)
    As Illinois officials work to finalize the regulations for the state's recreational cannabis market, analysts have offered up some words of caution for budgeting revenue from the emerging industry.

    The Pew Charitable Trusts released a research paper, “Forecasts Hazy for State Marijuana Revenue,” as a warning to states looking to follow in the steps of the five that have collected a...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Friess running again for state representative
    Candidates--Legislative (11)
    David Friess announced Monday that he will once again run for state representative in the 116th district.

    The 51-year-old Republican from Red Bud ran against Jerry Costello II in the 2018 election, garnering 46.5 percent of the vote to Costello’s 53.5.

    If unopposed in the March primary, Friess, an attorney and Air Force veteran, hopes to challenge incumbent Nathan Reitz (D-Steel...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Illinois Gun Dealer License Certification proposed rules filed, but still months from full implementation
    Governor (44) , Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , State Police (84) Wilhour, Blaine--State House, 107

    Attorney General has Monday deadline to file response to Illinois State Rifle Association lawsuit

    The Illinois State Police have filed proposed rules for the Illinois Gun Dealer License Certification Act, but a mandatory 90-day review period means that gun dealers will still have to wait until all the details are finalized and the law is fully implemented be...
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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Report: Illinois, other states, reducing number of opioid prescriptions
    Drugs (32)

    The Workers Compensation Research Institute monitors how often workers injured on the job are given prescription opioids in 27 select states.

    The organization's   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Tom Cullerton pleads not guilty to ghost payrolling charges from Teamsters
    Cullerton, Thomas--State Senate, 23

    State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after pleading not guilty. [Hannah Meisel/The Daily Line]

     

    Wearing a dark suit and somber expression, State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) entered a plea of not guilty at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago, two weeks after a stunning 41-count indictment alleged the senator had been a gh...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    State Sen. Martin Sandoval apologizing for mock assassination of Trump at fundraiser The Chicago Democrat says he doesn’t condone violence against anyone.
    Sandoval, Martin--State Senate, 11

    State Sen. Martin Sandoval is apologizing after some people attending his fundraiser staged an assassination of someone wearing a Mexican costume and a Donald Trump mask.

     

    The incident was criticized from both sides of the aisle after photos of a person pointing a fake assault weapon at the Trump character were posted Saturday on Facebook.

     

    “The...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Taxes will ground Chicago casino, but taking a flier on airport slots could pay off, study finds
    Gambling, Gaming

    Slot machines at O’Hare and Midway could rake in nearly $37 million per year, even outpacing the terminal slots in Las Vegas.

    Despite issuing a dismal financial forecast that has put a potential Chicago casino on standby, a state-hired consultant determined slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports could take off for city coffers.

     

    In a brief analysis...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Chicago casino’s future may depend on who’s willing to take less cash
    Gambling, Gaming

    After years of failed efforts, a Chicago casino seemed within reach this spring when Illinois lawmakers approved massive gambling expansion.

     

    But after a report raised questions about whether a city casino would be profitable because of the heavy tax burden exacted by the city and state, the players may need to go back to the table.

     

    Moving ahead, and...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Appellate Court could settle Mautino campaign questions Streator resident said finding a precedent important for future committees

    A decision is expected from the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court in Springfield on a lingering matter of former State Rep. Frank Mautino's campaign expenditures.

     

    David Cooke, of Streator, through the representation of attorney Jeffrey Schwab at the Liberty Justice Center, argued to the court last month the Illinois Board of Elections has avoided making findings in...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Comprehensive care for all Illinoisans must include
    Health Care

    With our world-class hospitals, med-tech incubators, and numerous research facilities, Illinois has long been a hub for health care innovation. Despite this, a significant percentage of our state’s population has not benefited from the great strides we’ve made to help improve the overall health and well-being of Illinoisans. Because of this disparity, in November, Gov. JB Pritzker f...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Our View: New academic year brings sense of hope
    Education--Educators/Administrators

    Your kids may be wishing today that tomorrow never comes.

     

    They may hope that Sunday stretches on forever, and it’s a day filled only with the carefree attitude that comes with it being summer vacation. They could ride bikes for hours, only to have an endless visit to the pool, followed by a trip to the lake to fish with a promise of coming back when the sun sets ...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Pritzker should get new priorities

    Regarding Go. JB Pritzker’s statements as reported by the SJ-R regarding President Trump and his possible commutation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s prison time, and also trashing Trump for visiting the scenes of two mass shootings, only illustrates to me Pritzker’s “Never Trump” attitude and that he will endeavor to push the state into leftist lunacy, only to sp...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Pritzker signs bills to help first responders
    Pritzker, J.B.

    On a day that first responders were honored at the state fair, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation to help them with mental health issues and to make it easier to become a state trooper.

     

    The governor signed the bills during a ceremony at the Illinois State Police headquarters in Springfield.

     

    Pritzker signed House Bill 2766 that establishes a peer ...   read more >

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  • Sunday, August 18, 2019
    Planned Illinois River shutdown poses fresh challenge for farmers
    Agriculture (2)
    As if the trade war with China and the weather having the entire state declared an agricultural disaster area weren’t enough, Illinois farmers will face a new challenge next year when the Illinois River is closed for several months.

    Farmers rely on the Illinois River to bring them supplies and take their goods to markets.

    Kirby Wagner, assistant director of infrastructure and tra...   read more >

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  • Sunday, August 18, 2019
    Statehouse Insider: State fair political days over for another year. Happy?
    State Fair, Fairs

    * What would the state fair be without the two political parties descending on Springfield for their annual pep rallies?

     

    People who go to the fair to get away from all of the political turmoil would probably like to find out. In the meantime, here’s some odds and ends from the Governor’s Day and Republican Day events.

     

    * U.S. Rep. STEVE S...   read more >

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  • Sunday, August 18, 2019
    Statehouse Insider: State fair political days over for another year. Happy?

    * What would the state fair be without the two political parties descending on Springfield for their annual pep rallies?

    People who go to the fair to get away from all of the political turmoil would probably like to find out. In the meantime, here’s some odds and ends from the Governor’s Day and Republican Day events.

    * U.S. Rep. STEVE SCALISE of...   read more >

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  • Sunday, August 18, 2019
    With some blunt talk, GOP candidates take on Durbin
    Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a)

    Republicans in Springfield last week got a preview of the field of possible candidates to take on U.S. Sen. DICK DURBIN, D-Illinois, in 2020. Some of the rhetoric was not subtle.

    “I need you to help me kick slick Dick to the curb,” said former Lake County Sheriff MARK CURRAN, 56, of Libertyville.

     

    “Dick Durbin is not for us. He’s not for thi...   read more >

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  • Saturday, August 17, 2019
    What's bigger than recreational marijuana? Its no-high cousin. Startups scramble to stake out CBD turf before big boys move in.
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    Coco Meers was looking for her next big startup idea when she chatted up a fellow tech entrepreneur. Software engineer Marcy Capron Vermillion offered one word of advice: CBD.

    Capron had been using CBD products—oils and ointm...   read more >

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  • Saturday, August 17, 2019
    Medicaid processing delays continue to haunt Girard nonprofit after nursing home’s closure
    Medicaid, Managed Care , Nursing Homes (68)

    — Delays by state government in processing applications for Medicaid coverage made Pleasant Hill Village go without funding for the care of its residents so long that the 98-bed nursing home had to close a year ago.

     

    Now the not-for-profit organization that operated the nursing home in this Macoupin County community has decided to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy prote...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Candidate for U.S. Senate Dr. Tom Tarter
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Congress (22)
    Joey McLaughlin talks with Candidate for U.S. Senate Dr. Tom Tarter about his recently announced run for the post. https://wtax.com/podcasts/candidate-for-u-s-senate-dr-tom-tarter/ ...   read more >
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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Consumers in Chicago pay highest sales tax in America
    Chicago (16) , Taxes, sales (88)
    If you buy something in Chicago, more than a dime on the dollar is going to state and local government, the highest sales tax in America. 

    The nonpartisan Tax Foundation analyzed sales tax rates in cities with more than 200,000 people and released a report Wednesday. When the state's 6.25 percent sales tax is combined with 4 percent split between the city, county, and a special trans...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Greg Baise, Ideas Illinois
    Business (10) , Lobbyists (12a)
    The longtime head of the Illinois Manufacturers Assn is now with Ideas Illinois http://www.sportsradio1450.com/podcast-am-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Illinois Republicans believe they can come back
    Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a)

    One of the top Republican leaders in the U.S. House told the Illinois GOP on Thursday that the state party can rebound, despite its devastating losses in the 2018 elections.

     

    “It was a tough cycle for us in a lot of states, but Illinois was one of the ones where it was the toughest,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, told the party faithful gather...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Illinois’ statehouse majority Democrats celebrate while minority Republicans look to reverse course
    Legislature (56) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) Bristow, Monica--State House, 111 , Bush, Melinda--State Senate, 31 , Murphy, Mike -- State House, 99 , Wilhour, Blaine--State House, 107
    After two days of political rallies, state lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle were either basking in the glow of legislative victories or looking to battle a proposed income tax hike and looming policy ideas.

    On Wednesday during Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair, state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Alton, talked about the major legislative accomplishments the Democratic majority...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Interview with Dr. Tom Tarter
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Congress (22)
    Jim Leach talks with Dr. Tom Tarter who is running for the US Senate as a republican, hoping to unseat the incumbent Democrat Senator Dick Durbin. https://www.spreaker.com/user/midwestfamilybroadcastingspi/dr-tom-tarter-081619?utm_medium=widget&utm_source=user%3A10207733&utm_term=episode_title ...   read more >
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