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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    ‘She’s a leader to many of us:’ Dem Party Chair Hernandez respected by colleagues, but others worried she’ll leave their voice behind

    With 14 years of experience in the General Assembly, Rep. Lisa Hernandez (D-Cicero) has been tapped for leadership positions before or asked to make a heavy lift to move a controversial bill through the House. Now as the first Latina to lead the Democratic Party of Illinois, Hernandez must guide the party through its first campaign season without former House Speaker Mike Madi...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Free fun at the fair! Enjoy no-cost activities at the IL State Fair

    The 2022 Illinois State Fair begins next week, on Thursday, Aug. 11, and WMBD is compiling a list of all the ways you can enjoy your time in the fairgrounds without breaking the bank.

     

    Free activities every day

    Dairy Products Building: All things dairy from all over Illinois. See the 600 lb. Bu...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Governor defends SAFE-T Act

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker is defending the SAFE-T Act despite criticisms from law enforcement statewide that it will make Illinois less safe.

     

    The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, or SAFE-T Act, abolishes cash bail beginning in January 2023, overhauls police training, and includes other measures.

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Harness Racing Begins At Illinois State Fair Thursday

    Harness racing will take to the track at the Illinois State Fair Thursday.

     

    There will be a split posttime with races at noon and again at 5 p.m.

     

    Admission is free and pari-mutuel wagering lets horse fans enjoy some of the fi​nest horses in the state and a...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Illinois Playbook: Pritzker’s national strategy

    Trump's 2024 GOP rivals rally behind him after FBI search

    Trump's Mar-a-Lago home searched by FBI in unprecedented move

    GOP polls show House battlefield stretching into double-digit Biden districts

    Why the Trump search warrant is nothing like Hillary's emails

    Republicans who...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    News in brief: Demmer worries about retirement tax in race against Frerichs; Democratic candidates ramp up TV advertising

    Republican treasurer candidate Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) is warning Democrats’ budgeting tactics could cause them to push for a tax increase or a retirement tax as his race with Treasurer Mike Frerichs heats up. And more Democratic candidates are hitting Illinois TVs, including the first ad supporting the Workers’ Rights Amendment.

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Republican candidate for Illinois treasurer wants to block taxing retirement income

    In this May 8, 2019 photo, Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, speaks to reporters in Springfield.

     

    (The Center Square) – The Republican candidate for Illinois state treasurer introduced two measures Tuesday he hopes will block any attempt to tax retirement income in Illinois.

     

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Sen. Michael Hastings suing Frankfort police over release of report alleging he abused his wife

    Sen. Michael Hastings during a discussion on health care registry and identity during an April 7, 2022, state Senate hearing at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

     

    State Sen. Michael Hastings is suing Frankfort’s Police Department and alleges that unnamed employees of the depart...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Darren Bailey says no apology needed for comparing Holocaust to abortion, contends Jewish community ‘told me that I’m right’

    Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey, who faced bipartisan criticism for declaring that Holocaust deaths during World War II paled in comparison with lives lost through abortion, contends Jewish community leaders have told him he was right.

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Ken Griffin talks about the Illinois pension crisis and a once-secret meeting with Gov. J.B. Pritzker

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said you and he met privately and that you agreed to drop your opposition to his graduated tax proposal if he took on pension reform in Illinois. True?

    The Illinois pension crisis is rooted in the issue that politicians o...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Illinois advocates take abortion access fight to the skies for out-of-state clients

    An Oklahoma woman was facing a 10-hour drive to Kansas to have an abortion after the nation's strictest abortion ban became law in her state.

    With the help of a Springfield-...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    'Targets on us just got bigger': Illinois becomes US abortion epicenter after Roe's fall

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. ― One by one, the women walked into the Hope Clinic past a shouting man at the edge of the parking lot, past the security guard booth and through the code-secured front door.

    Most made their way in the July heat up a flight of stairs and through another secured door before checking in for their appointment in a brightly l...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    What does the Inflation Reduction Act do for Illinois?

    Sen. Dick Durbin talks Tuesday about the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and its effects during a press conference outside of the senator's office.

     

    Illinoisans feeling the effects of higher prices at the pump and the grocery store could see relief from the Inflation Reduction Act, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said duri...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Bailey, DeVore endorsed by Illinois Fraternal Order of Police

    The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police and Chicago FOP lodge officially endorsed Sen. Darren Bailey for governor Monday. Bailey said it was an honor to receive the endorsement with three months left before the General Election. Both organizations also announced their backing of Tom DeVore for Attorney General.

     

    Bailey r...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Gov. Pritzker defends end to cash bail despite law enforcement criticisms

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks to reporters in the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill., on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

     

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is defending the SAFE-T Act despite criticisms from law enforcement statewide that it will make Illinois less safe.

     

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Illinois making progress but still lags the country for budget stability

    A report by Fitch Ratings says Illinois’ budget is improving but an economic slowdown and inflation could pose a risk. 

     

    The report found that state budgets across the U.S. are in a much better position coming into fiscal 2023 and are structured to combat inflationary an...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Longer wait times for appointments at Illinois abortion clinics

    The reversal of Roe v. Wade caused a surge in the number of out-of-state patients traveling to Illinois for abortions.

     

    Planned Parenthood of Illinois expects there will be an additional 14,000 out-of-state patients in southern Illinois alone, over a year-long period. Right now, there are only two clinics in that region...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Despite differences, police unions endorse Bailey for governor, because he backs officers ‘unlike any of the politicians in this state’

    Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara and Illinois Fraternal Order of Police President Chris Southwood stood with Bailey, who denounced Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx as “the three musketeers of crime.”

    Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Pritzker, Lightfoot tout city’s $422 million deal for green energy

    “You’re really making clean energy the standard for buildings and for residents throughout our city,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at a news conference at the Chicago Urban League.

    Chicago has signed a $422.2 million agreement with Constellation New Energy LLC to provide renewable power to government buildings, street lights and all other city a...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on feds to ‘act quickly and thoroughly’ in probe of alleged influence peddling by body-cam company

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday called on authorities to “quickly and thoroughly” complete their investigation into potential influence peddling involving a police body-camera manufacturer and a state senator who spearheaded a massive criminal justice reform bill approved l...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Pritzker, Lightfoot roll out welcome mat for Indiana businesses in wake of new abortion restrictions in Hoosier State

    Calling Illinois an “oasis” for abortion rights, Gov. J.B. Pritzker put out the welcome sign Monday for businesses looking to expand outside of states like Indiana that adopt new abortion restrictions.

    Pritzker’s comments came after Indianapol...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Should mental health professionals, instead of police, respond to some 911 calls? A ballot measure in November would ask some Chicago voters.
    A coalition of activists aims to add a symbolic question to the November ballot about funding non-police responses to 911 calls about mental health crises.

    The referendum would ask if Chicago should reopen all the closed mental health clinics that were operated by the public health department, as well as whether the city should...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Bailey tries to refocus race for governor on crime

    The GOP nominee labeled Pritzker, Lightfoot and Foxx as "the three musketeers" responsible for "chaos."

    Hoping to at least partially reset a campai...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
    Pritzker heads back to D.C. and he has some interesting guests with him: Today's Juice

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker will be at the White House today for the signing of the big CHIPS bill which is offeri...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 8, 2022
    Illinois DOT releases Aviation System Plan

    The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released the Illinois Aviation System Plan Thursday, the first comprehensive study of the state’s aviation goals and needs in more than 25 years.

     

    The plan identifies the short- and long-term needs and goals for the state’s airports. In recognition of the plan...   read more >

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