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  • Friday, April 19, 2019
    Can a governor legally campaign for a ballot initiative?
    Constitutions (24) , Governor (44) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive
    Will Gov. J.B. Pritzker have to stop pushing for his graduated tax plan if the constitutional amendment makes it to the ballot?

    Illinois state law bans the use of public funds to promote a ballot initiative as well as a constitutionally-elected officer from “campaigning for any elective office or for or against any referendum question.”

    The Daily Herald Editorial Board crit...   read more >

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  • Friday, April 19, 2019
    Illinois spends more per student on school administration than any other state, report finds
    Education--Educators/Administrators , Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)
    Illinois spends more on public school administrators per student than any other state in the nation.

    A new analysis of public school spending by the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Council found Illinois ...   read more >

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  • Friday, April 19, 2019
    Illinois should tax its residents fairly
    Pritzker, J.B. , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    It’s no secret that Illinois faces challenges that threaten the future of our state. After four years of an administration that held our budget hostage and refused to stabilize state finances, we find ourselves with a $3.2 billion budget deficit, devastatingly underfunded schools and human services, businesses longing for stability and predictability in state finances, and a st...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    For first time, population in all Illinois' metro areas declines
    Demographics, Census, Statistics , Economy (34)
    U.S. Census data released Thursday showed the population in every one of the state's metropolitan areas declined in the past year for the first time.

    The Chicago metropolitan area, which includes suburban cities and portions of Wisconsin and Indiana, reported the largest population decrease in the nation, shrinking by an ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Chicago's April 20 marijuana fest surging: As weed goes legit, '4/20 has become like a Black Friday kind of holiday'
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    A street festival unlike any other will be held in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood this weekend: a daylong celebration of weed.

     

    Saturday is April 20, or 4/20, a day that has evolved into a nationwide celebration of marijuana. In the cannabis community, the term 420 is a slang reference to smoking weed. The term reportedly dates back to the 1970s, when a group of North...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Opponents of legal marijuana in Illinois: 'This is not a done deal'
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    While state lawmakers continue behind-the-scenes negotiations on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, opponents of legal pot are trying to derail an outcome that some have treated as inevitable since the November election of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

     

    During the campaign and since taking office, Pritzker has framed legalization as a way to address the disproport...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Proposed law would require Illinois children to start school by age 5, threatening kindergarten redshirting

    Sometimes parents send their kids to kindergarten at the relatively advanced age of 6 because they hope their children will enjoy an athletic or academic advantage over younger classmates. Sometimes the goal simply is to give a child who is lagging developmentally a chance to catch up.

     

    Now this popular practice — sometimes called academic redshirting — is unde...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Learn about hunting, wildlife conservation at Green Drinks meeting May 1
    Natural resources (23)

    Nicky Strahl, a wildlife biologist and a hunter heritage biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will talk about how the IDNR assists the conservation of wildlife at the monthly meeting of the Green Drinks McHenry County.

     

    The meeting will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 Main St., Crystal Lake.

     

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Weighing Legal Marijuana & Criminal Justice
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    Politicians spearheading the effort to legalize recreational marijuana say revenue isn't the driving force. It's about promoting criminal and social justice for people of color who have been unfairly targeted by the war on drugs. But, prominent activists from minority communities question whether these lofty goals are possible.

     

    Listen Listening... Listen to the story.  read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Frontline under fire DCFS caseworkers have a tough job. Inconsistency at the top and understaffing make it worse.
    DCFS (30)

    DCFS caseworkers have a tough job. Inconsistency at the top and understaffing make it worse.

    By David Blanchette

     

    With 15 directors in 16 years, court-ordered compliance, government reviews, stormy legislative hearings and several recent highly publicized deaths of children, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has become everyone’s ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Getting tough on sexual harassment
    Sexual Harassment (96)

    Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, spent more than a year holding hearings and overseeing negotiations which eventually produced SB 1829, a massive omnibus bill on sexual harassment.

     

    The proposal would do everything from limiting non-disclosure agreements that could prohibit disclosure of sexual harassment, to preventing unions from representing both an accuser and an allege...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Opting out of opioids
    Drugs (32) , Prescriptions drugs (81)

    A bill being considered in the Illinois House that has received bipartisan support would make the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program a permanent option for Illinois patients. The program launched Jan. 31 and is set to expire next year.

     

    The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program, which allows patients who are prescribed an opioid to seek medical cannabis as an alternative, was a ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    House Republicans holding town hall in Lake in the Hills over graduated income tax
    Taxes, Graduated/Progressive Reick, Steven--State House, 63 , Ugaste, Dan--State House, 65 , Weber, Tom--State House, 64
    Illinois House Republicans will host a town hall meeting April 27 to discuss Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to replace the state’s constitutionally mandated flat income tax with a graduated income tax.
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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Our View: Motorists who don’t stop for school buses should pay higher fines
    Legislature (56)

    How House Bill 1873 didn’t garner unanimous approval when the House considered it last week is mystifying. The measure seeks to double ticket fines for motorists who don’t stop for school buses.

     

    It was approved 74-16, with 12 representatives voting present. As proposed, the measure would double the fine for first offenses to $300 from $150, and for second offe...   read more >

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Ward 5 Ald. Proctor loses state job

    Springfield Ward 5 Ald. ANDREW PROCTOR won a second four-year term on the City Council on April 2, but eight days later, he lost his state job as chief legislative liaison for the Illinois Department of Labor.

     

    The $80,000-a-year position is at-will, Proctor is a Republican and new Gov. J.B. PRITZKER is a Democrat.

     

    “It was somewhat expected,...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Outgoing Emanuel and incoming Pritzker trade compliments
    Chicago Mayor (16) , Pritzker, J.B.

    For four years, the insults were strong between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner — one time vacation buddies and business associates turned sworn political foes.

     

    That underscored the lovefest Tuesday, as Emanuel, in the waning days of his last mayoral term, showered compliments on Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his “92 days” ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Chicago is still losing population The metro area fell below 9.5 million for the first time since 2010. The nation's two biggest cities, New York and Los Angeles, also slipped last year.
    Chicago (16)

    The Chicago area’s population declined for the fourth year in a row in 2018, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates.

    There were 22,000 fewer residents in the 14-county metro area than in 2017, a drop of 0.2 percent, a...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    College debt is indeed a crisis—but this isn't the right fix
    Education--Higher (37)

    You might think state officials who saw Illinois’ prepaid college tuition program turn into a full-blown fiscal fiasco would have lost their appetite for financing higher education.

     

    If so, you don’t know Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs. As my colleague Steve Daniels reported in this week’s issue of Crain’s, Frerichs wants to allocate up to 5 pe...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Pritzker names new ICC chair Carrie Zalewski, an attorney and engineer, succeeds Brien Sheahan as head of the state's utility regulator. Under Sheahan, the ICC was perceived as utility-friendly.
    Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) (52) , Pritzker, J.B.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker has named an attorney he recently appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission as chairman of the agency.

     

    Carrie Zalewski, who formerly sat on the Illinois Pollution Control Board, succeeds Brien Sheahan. Sheahan, an appointee of former Gov. Bruce Rauner, had run the ICC since 2015 and will stay on the commission for now. His term expires next year.  read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Vaccinating against the measles protects everyone
    Health (49)

    The week started with distressing health news: As of Monday, there were 555 confirmed cases of the measles so far this year across the United States. If the tide doesn't turn, cases in 2019 will reach a new high since 2000 -- the year measles was said to be eliminated in the U.S.

     

    In other parts of the world, the picture is even more frightening, with a measles outbreak cl...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    100% renewable energy is a pipe dream and a disaster in the making for Chicago and Illinois
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93)
    To the Editor:

    Legislation unanimously passed on April 10, 2019 by the Chicago City Council has just made Chicago the largest city in the United States to commit to 100 percent clean energy. By so doing, Chicago, a metropolis of 2.7 million, has committed to enabling the metropolis to power its buildings on clean and renewable energy by 2035. Even the Chicago Transit Authority, the countryR...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Capitol Briefs: Cannabis, graduated tax advocates aim to reach public while legislators are on break Pritzker-tied group launches additional advertising spots for graduated tax
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    With the Legislature on spring break until April 30, advocacy groups are working to get their points across on topics such as cannabis legalization and a graduated income tax.

     

    State Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat, said she expects amended language to be filed on her adult-use legalization, Senate Bill 7, by the end of April.

     

    While details ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Fair tax is the right path for Illinois
    Disabled (47) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    People with developmental disabilities and the caregivers — like me — who work with them need Illinois to adopt Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal for a fair Illinois income tax, which would ensure that the wealthiest pay more than ordinary working families.

     

    Most people with developmental disabilities are served by nonprofit community agencies like where I wo...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Hiking taxes on video gaming will hurt small businesses
    Gambling, Gaming

    When Illinois launched video gaming several years ago, it was transformational for our small business. After years of struggling to make ends meet and even closing under previous ownership, video gaming machines brought in new customers who are more comfortable gaming in their neighborhood than traveling to an intimidating casino. The extra income has ensured we can address maintenance emergenc...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Progressive tax will help Illinois address its problems
    Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    Anyone who pays attention to state government knows Illinois’ fiscal system is a hot mess. Illinois has a huge — as in $8 billion plus — accumulated deficit in its General Fund. Not good, considering over $9 out of every $10 of spending on services goes to the four core areas of education, health care, social services, and public safety. On top of that, Illinois is also one of...   read more >

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