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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Pritzker says graduated state income tax must advance this spring
    Pritzker, J.B.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday he will press the General Assembly to approve a graduated income tax before it adjourns in May — with both a constitutional amendment to put before voters and companion legislation setting forth the new tax rates.

     

    Pritzker’s ambitious timetable would set the stage for an immediate political showdown in the legislature to be fol...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Gov. Pritzker wants more than $1 billion in new revenue. Here's how that might affect you.
    Budget--State (8) , Pritzker, J.B. , Taxes, misc. (89)

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget proposal includes several new taxes or tax hikes, pa...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Gov. Pritzker, don't dismiss the Republicans too quickly
    Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) , Pritzker, J.B.

    Bipartisanship is a laudable goal and a noble sentiment. It also is a rare phenomenon in modern politics, so the onus will be on the administration of Gov. J.B. Pritzker to prove the two-party talk of his early days in office is mor...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Gov. Pritzker's tax-and-spend plan will drive employers out of Illinois
    Pritzker, J.B.

    “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.”

    The now-prophetic quote most often attributed to former U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen, the Illinois Republican, almost seems trivial in the world of trillion-dollar deficits on the national level.

     

    One has to wonder — do politicians today even know what they mean...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Illinois rescinded 10,000 gun licenses last year. More than 75 percent of holders ignored the notice.
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)

    Illinois State Police rescinded more than 10,000 gun licenses last year — and more than 75 percent of the revocation recipients ignored it, according to newly released data.

    The state agency provided the staggering figures late Thursday, as part of a trove of law-enforcement documents involving Gary Martin, the convicted felon who fatally shot five co-workers and wounded seve...   read more >
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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Medical marijuana growers are lobbying for licenses that also would allow them to control supply of recreational pot in Illinois
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational
    Medical marijuana growers, once banned from making political contributions, are now spending money to influence the expected legalization of recreational read more >
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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Pritzker's budget brims with optimism, but tough political fight lies in wait
    Budget--State (8) , Pritzker, J.B.

    In presenting his first budget proposal, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker dispensed with some of the traditional practices of his predecessors, replacing smoke and mirrors with hopes and prayers.

    “It’s a tradition in tr...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    'This is an ongoing battle.' Workers at the forefront of the Fight for $15 relish minimum wage victory, press on for union rights.
    Minimum Wage (10)

    Adriana Alvarez, a young single mom in Cicero, was earning $8.50 an hour at McDonald’s five years ago when a union organizer approached her about joining a movement to fight for a $15 minimum wage.

     

    “Honestly, I thought it was a little crazy,” Alvarez, now 26, recalled.

     

    But as she talked with the organizer about her working conditio...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Pritzker's budget plan calls for taxes on plastic bags, tobacco and marijuana
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) , Recreational Marijuana , Taxes, misc. (89) Cassidy, Kelly--State House, 14 , Righter, Dale--State Senate, 55
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker's $39 billion spending plan relies on shoppers paying a tax for every plastic bag they take home from the store, along with higher taxes on tobacco products, revenue from recreational marijuana licenses, legalized sports gambling and a tax on insurance companies that work with Medicaid patients.

    The $39 billion spending plan is the largest in state history. Include matc...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Pritzker’s pot revenue depends on unfiled legalization legislation Senate sponsor hopes to introduce bill ‘in the next month or so,’ with aim for passage by May 31
    Budget--State (8) , Marijuana, Medical, Recreational , Pritzker, J.B.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed budget for fiscal 2020 includes $170 million in new revenue from licensing fees for legalized recreational marijuana, but the details of such legislation are not yet finalized.

     

    State Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Chicago Democrats who have been working on marijuana legislation for two years, said they wouldnR...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Illinois senator saves choking representative with Heimlich maneuver
    Hastings, Michael--State Senate, 19 , Murphy, Mike -- State House, 99

    A freshman Republican state representative is calling a Democratic senator a “hero” for successfully performing the Heimlich maneuver on him after he choked on food at a reception.

     

    State Rep. Mike Murphy, R-Springfield, said state Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park, intervened after noticing he was in distress.

     

    Murphy said he stopped b...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Medical marijuana growers lobbying on license issues
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    Medical marijuana growers in Illinois have formed a political action committee and are spending money in an attempt to limit the market if recreational use of the drug is legalized in the state.

     

    Medical cannabis businesses have contributed more than $100,000 to the newly formed Illinois Relief Fund, The Chicago Tribune reported.

     

    The lobby is seeking...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Pritzker wants to tax cigarettes, e-cigarettes
    Pritzker, J.B. , Taxes, misc. (89)

    In his quest to balance his first state budget without making steep cuts, Gov. J.B. Pritzker resorted to that old standby of lawmakers – sin taxes – to make the numbers work.

     

    Specifically, Pritzker called for a 32-cents per pack increase in the state cigarette tax, which would push that tax to $2.30 a pack.

     

    The governor also turned towar...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Senate committees to hold hearings on capital needs
    Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14)

    Illinois senators plan statewide hearings through the end of April to get input on what should be included in a new capital bill.

     

    The hearings will be held by members of the Senate’s Transportation and Appropriations II committees. The first was held Thursday in Springfield where representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Capital Development Board...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    Illinois GOP chair blasts budget, calls Pritzker the ‘new Blagojevich’
    Budget--State (8) , Pritzker, J.B.

    Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider laid waste to Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker’s proposed budget this week, saying his financial approach is much like one of his nefarious predecessors.

     

    “Skipping pension payments, borrowing new debt, raising taxes, increasing spending - it’s clear that JB Pritzker is the new Rod Blagojevich. Pritzker’s ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Governor J. B. Pritzker budget speech analysis
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44)
    Joey McLaughlin gets analysis of the Governor’s budget speech from University of Illinois Springfield political science professor Kent Redfield. https://wtax.com/podcasts/governor-j-b-pritzker-budget-speech-analysis/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Governor signs minimum wage increase; SIU projects cost of $6.9 million in 2025

    Gov. JB Pritzker signed a state-wide minimum wage increase into effect Tuesday, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 – a raise that will cost the university an additional $6.9 million per year by the end of 2025, according to university spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith.

    Wages will increase graduall...   read more >

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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Four takeaways from Gov. Pritzker's first budget address
    Pritzker, J.B.

    Credit Gov. J.B. Pritzker for not staggering off the dais Wednesday while reciting Illinois’ financial quandaries: alarming unfunded pension liabilities, a $3.2 billion budget shortfall and $15 billion in unpaid bills. Oh, we almost forgot the $700 million Illinois paid in late fees on its invoices last year, enough to send 12,000 students to a four-year college. That’s what out-of-...   read more >

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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Invoking the Great Depression, Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers first budget proposal amid $3.2 billion deficit
    Pritzker, J.B.

    Comparing Illinois’ financial morass to the challenges the state faced during the Great Depression, Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his first budget address Wednesday to lay out the initial stages of a multiyear road map that ultimate...   read more >

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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Medical marijuana growers are lobbying for licenses that also would allow them to control supply of recreational pot in Illinois
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    Medical marijuana growers, once banned from making political contributions, are now spending money to influence the expected legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois in an effort to keep that market to themselves — at least temporarily.

     

    Leading members of the industry have formed a political action committee, hired a former state senator as a lobbyist and b...   read more >

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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Pritzker's first budget: 'No quick fix' As the new governor lays out his $39 billion spending plan for fiscal 2020, he's really looking forward to approval of a graduated income tax 18 months from now.
    Budget--State (8)

    In what comes across as the start of a new political campaign as much as a fiscal plan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker today unveiled his proposed first budget with a call to look toward passage of a graduated income tax down the road.

    In his...   read more >

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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Pritzker's first budget: 'No quick fix' As the new governor lays out his $39 billion spending plan for fiscal 2020, he's really looking forward to approval of a graduated income tax 18 months from now.
    Budget--State (8) , Pritzker, J.B.

    In what comes across as the start of a new political campaign as much as a fiscal plan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker today unveiled his proposed first budget with a call to look toward passage of a graduated income tax down the road.

    In his...   read more >

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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Pritzker's budget address "The budget I present to you today is an honest proposal—the costs are not hidden, the revenues I propose are not out of reach, the hole we need to fill is not ignored."
    Budget--State (8) , Pritzker, J.B.
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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Governor signs minimum wage increase; SIU projects cost of $6.9 million in 2025
    Budget--State (8) , Education--Higher (37) , Governor (44) , Minimum Wage (10)

    Gov. JB Pritzker signed a state-wide minimum wage increase into effect Tuesday, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 – a raise that will cost the university an additional $6.9 million per year by the end of 2025, according to university spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith.

    Wages will increase graduall...   read more >

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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Where suburbs stand on Pritzker's plan for progressive tax, legalizing marijuana
    Budget--State (8)

    From legalizing marijuana and sports gambling to sweeping out the flat tax, Gov. J.B. Pritzker's $39 billion budget plan touched nerves among Republicans and gave hope to some suburban constituencies starved for funding.

     

    "It took decades to get us into this mess. It will take at least several years to get us out of it," the Democratic governor said Wednesday in his debut ...   read more >

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