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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    Budget clean up could be on docket for returning lawmakers
    Budget--State (8)

    When lawmakers return next week, they could vote on a measure to clean up the budget they passed last week.

     

    Lawmakers left the capital city last week after the Senate went into overtime. The Senate was called back for session starting Tuesday. The House will be in on Wednesday.

     

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    Republicans sue over legislative redistricting maps, citing data concerns
    Redistricting (78)

    Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) (left) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the new legislative redistricting maps. 

     

    Illinois’ top Republican legislators on Wednesday filed the first fede...   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    Democrats plow fertile political ground in secretary of state race, but still face ‘long row to hoe’
    Candidates--Statewide (12)
    Former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has important early leads in endorsements and fundraising in the secretary of state’s race. Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia has also won crucial endorsements. But observers agree the race remains anyone’s game.

    Though it shares a title with one of the top posts in the U.S. president’s cabinet, the Illinois secretary of ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    GOP sues Democrats over new legislative maps, arguing citizens were ‘robbed’ and deserve ‘their day in court’
    Redistricting (78)
    State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, D-Cicero, chair of the House Redistricting Committee said Republicans are “doing everything in their power to block a map that reflects the true diversity of Illinois in hopes that they get a chance to single handedly draw a map for their political gain.” 

    Republicans took the Democrats and state election officials to court Wednes...   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    Saving our city’s children from gunfire will take a long and relentless commitment
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)
    It could hardly be more tragic that the violent deaths of children is spiking even after years upon years of one police strategy after another, of one social program after another.

    The front page of Tuesday’s Chicago Sun-Times could hardly have been more grim. Our city’s children are losing their lives to gunfire read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    Illinois Republicans sue in federal court to try to overturn Democratic-drawn legislative maps
    Redistricting (78)

    Illinois’ Republican legislative leaders filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    More than two years after Aurora mass shooting exposed flaws in state gun laws, Illinois Democrats have yet to act
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Pritzker, J.B.

    A month after Gov. J.B. Pritzker took office in 2019, giving Democrats complete control in Springfield, flaws in Illinois’ gun laws were exposed when a convicted felon whose state firearm owner’s identif...   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    The tangled and uncertain future of Prairie State Energy Campus
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93)

    Sometimes a bad deal is just a bad deal. And it’s not Springfield’s job to try to make it right. In fact, it would be a mistake to even try.

     

    That’s a lesson to keep in mind when contemplating the future of the Prairie State Energy Campus.

     

    Prai...   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    GOP sues Democrats over Illinois remap
    Republican lawmakers in Illinois filed a federal lawsuit accusing Democrats who control the state legislature of illegally using population estimates to craft a new leg...   read more >
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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    State task force considers redesigning, moving MLK monument
    Secretary of State (80)
    Members of the state's task force on statues and monuments discussed ways to relocate the statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and improve the statue's image in the context of his legacy in Illinois.

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White testified Wednesday during the task force hearing that the image of King reflected in the statue does not properly reflect ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    Illinois GOP leaders in General Assembly go to court, challenge Democrats' legislative map
    Legislature (56)

    New legislative maps for the Illinois House and Senate would unfairly deny minority voters and other citizens their ability to influence elections, Republican leaders in the General Assembly say in a federal lawsuit challenging the maps.

    House Minority Leader   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    Inmate voting rights still on the table
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    Illinois lawmakers could take up a bill later this month that would restore voting rights to convicted offenders serving time in county jails or state or federal prisons, according to the bill’s House sponsor.

    Rep.   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    One-on-one with Christina Shutt: ALPLM's new director outlines vision, goals
    Abraham Lincoln, Presidential Library and Museum (50)

    Christina Shutt is the new executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and is the fifth person to serve in the role, and the first person of color to hold the title.

     

    For the first time in more than a year and a half, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has a full-time execu...   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    After Years Of Mockery, Illinois Is Finally Earning High Marks Over Its Finances
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating

    With its near junk-bond status, Illinois has a well-earned reputation as a financial pariah among states.

     

    There’s a history of going years without passing budgets, racking up billions upon billions of dollars in unfunded pension costs and letting a backlog of unpaid bills grow larger than what it costs to operate...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    ACLU concerned with priorities in DCFS budget
    DCFS (30)

    The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is one of the few agencies getting a funding boost in the next fiscal year. However, advocates say it won’t be enough to keep all children safe.

     

    ACLU Illinois says DCFS had poor planning going into this budget process. Heidi Dalenberg feels the agency tends ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    Deal closing coal, subsidizing nuclear power expected next week
    Coal (20) , Nuclear (67)

    The Illinois Senate is coming back to session Tuesday, and one issue they’re expected to take up is a bill regulating the state’s energy industry.

     

    Last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said an energy deal is in the hands of the General Assembly. He wants to close coal-fired power plants by 2035.

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    Group urges Pritzker to send ethics bill back with stronger reforms
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a)

    – A bill changing various aspects of how the state will regulate ethics will soon be up to the governor, but some are urging him to use his amendatory veto power to strengthen the measures in an effort to reduce corruption.

     

    Last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker acknowledged an ethics reform package lawmakers passed in Se...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    News in brief: Lawmakers set to return to Springfield next week; government watchdog urges Pritzker to veto ethics bill
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Legislature (56) , Pritzker, J.B.

    Illinois lawmakers will head back to Springfield next week to vote on energy legislation. And an advocacy group is urging Gov. JB Pritzker to veto the new ethics bill approved by lawmakers last month.

     

    LAWMAKERS RETURNING — Lawmakers are set to return to Springfield next week to take up a handful of unresolved iss...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    Republicans file federal lawsuit over Pritzker-enacted maps
    Redistricting (78)

    Claiming the recently enacted legislative maps were based on inaccurate data, Illinois Senate and House Republicans have filed a federal lawsuit against the House Speaker, the Senate President, and others challenging the new boundaries.

     

    After the decennial Census, states must redraw their political boundaries. Before t...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    Senate Republicans Criticize Pritzker And Democrats For ‘Hiding’ Prisoner Review Board Appointee
    Legislature (56) , Pritzker, J.B.

    In the waning two weeks of the General Assembly’s spring legislative session, Illinois Senate Republicans accused Gov. JB Pritzker of intentionally “hiding” his appointees to the state’s Prisoner Review Board from a formal confirmation by the Senate.

     

    Back in 2019, Pritzker appointed or reappoint...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    Springfield update: Peters passes 17 bills in productive session
    Legislature (56)

    State Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) had another productive legislative session this spring, passing 17 bills through both houses of the General Assembly and onto Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk.

     

    Without much of a spring session last year, legislators came to Springfield with "a lot of initiatives," Peters said, "and were just ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    Change Illinois showcases 13-member ‘people’s commission’ to draw new ward boundaries
    The nonprofit group Change Illinois and its civic partners hope their ward map can trigger a referendum by getting votes from at least 10 aldermen. But that’s not going to happen, if veteran City Council members have their say.

    A 13-member “people’s commission” with four Black members, three Hispanics, three who are Asian Americans and three white member...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    Former legislator with no class files class action suit that could cost taxpayers millions
    Legislators (former) (58)
    Any Illinois legislator who voted against pay hikes, just to score political points, remains ethically obligated to take a pass on those lost wages now and forever.

    If there’s a dollar on the floor, some people will snatch it up whether they’ve got it coming or not.

    In this category of bald opportunists we would put a former Republican state repres...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    Lawmakers back to Springfield next week: Elected Chicago school board, energy among bills ‘at the top of our list’
    Legislature (56)
    House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch has already predicted that a measure creating a 21-member board will pass the state’s lower legislative chamber. Illinois Senate President Don Harmon touted a “landmark clean energy plan that both protects thousands of jobs and moves Illinois responsibly toward the future.”

    State legislators plan to return to Spri...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    Lawmakers back to Springfield next week: Elected Chicago school board, energy among bills ‘at the top of our list’
    Legislature (56)

    House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch has already predicted that a measure creating a 21-member board will pass the state’s lower legislative chamber. Illinois Senate President Don Harmon touted a “landmark clean energy plan that both protects thousands of jobs and moves Illinois responsibly toward the future.”