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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    ‘Litany’ of issues need to be addressed to stem Illinois’ population decline, state officials say
    Comptroller (21) , Demographics, Census, Statistics Anderson, Neil--State Senate, 36 , Plummer, Jason--State Senate, 54
    State policymakers are looking at ways to help stem Illinois’ population loss.

    U.S. Census data shows Illinois led the nation in the past decade in terms of population decline, losing nearly 160,000 in just six years.

    Treasurer Michael Frerichs understands people want security and a plan to stabilize the state’s finances moving forward.

    “In the Treasurer's off...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Illinois private school tuition program reports big opening night for applications
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)
    Tens of thousands of students hoping to go to the private school of their choice tuition-free signed up in the opening hours of availability at the state’s largest private school tuition granting organization.

    Empower Illinois, one of the state’s scholarship-granting organizations for the Invest in Kids program, opened up its application portal for the 2020-2021 school year. In les...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    New bill would stop stalkers, divorce attorneys from getting private Illinois Tollway data
    Sexual Harassment (96) , Tollways (91b) , Women/Men (96)
    A proposed Illinois law would bar divorce lawyers, stalkers and others from accessing other people's personal travel data from the Illinois Tollway Authority. 

    NPR affiliate WBEZ reported last year about how the Illinois Tollway Authority routinely released I-Pass transponder data when subpoenaed in civil court cases. 

    “There’s an appropriate way for a government ...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Legal pot ‘peddlers’ should be allowed to sell at farmer’s markets, on street corners, black activists say
    Recreational Marijuana

    Violence interrupter Tio Hardiman said the creation of a a special license that would allow sales in public could “ease some of the conflict with the illegal drug trade.”

    A group of community activists led by violence interrupter Tio Hardiman called on lawmakers Wednesday to permit the sale of legal pot in public places as a way to bolster minority participation in the city&...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    March Madness possible — but not the Oscars — as Illinois sports betting moves closer to launch
    Gambling, Gaming

    The Gaming Board made it clear that once casinos and racetracks do get the go-ahead, they can start taking bets “as soon as they are ready to do so.” But the board still did not set a start date.

    Sports betting inched one step closer to becoming a reality in Illinois.

     

    A second round of operating procedures for casinos and racetracks was released by the...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Meet 3 black Chicagoans who want to open recreational marijuana shops in Illinois
    Recreational Marijuana

    A pot travel blogger, a Bronzeville man hoping to launch the Marijuana Hall of Fame and the co-founder of the nation’s largest black-owned cannabis company are all applying for coveted weed licenses. Here are their stories.

    A real estate broker who writes a respected travel blog that focuses on pot. A Bronzeville marketing guru who wants to start the Marijuana Hall of Fame. And th...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    As Springfield dawdles on reforms, put your property tax bill on the fridge.
    Taxes, property (87)

    “Together, we’ll ensure our children receive the quality education they deserve even while we provide more property tax relief for our homeowners and make our system more fair for everyone.”

     

    — Gov. J.B. Pritzker, announcing formation of a legislative task force to help Illinois “reduce local reliance on property taxes," Aug. 2, 2019.

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Illinois’ first marijuana lounge gets approved, hours away from Chicago. ‘It’s going to be an experience.’
    Recreational Marijuana

    Guests lounge and smoke cannabis at the Tetra Private Lounge on March 12, 2019, in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver. Tetra is a private club where guests can bring their own cannabis products to smoke or consume. A dispensary in Springfield, Ill., has been approved to open the state's first marijuana consumption lounge.

    Guests lounge and smoke cannabis at the Tetra Private Lounge on Marc...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Jesse White’s blunder makes me want to ask, what’s so terrible about allowing noncitizens to vote?
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Secretary of State (80)

    A computer error at Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office caused 545 immigrants to be automatically registered to vote in 2018 and 2019.

     

    Even though the applicants for driver’s licenses or state IDs had checked a box on an electronic pad indicating that they were not U.S. citizens (and not eligible to vote), the program forwarded their information t...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    New law will allow Illinois students to miss school to vote
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    Students in Illinois will no longer have to worry about potential repercussions of missing class in order to vote, starting with the November general election.

     

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Wednesday that allows students to be excused from school for up to two hours to vote in primary, general and special elections or any election in which propositions are submitt...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Pritzker must step into leading role in reforming Illinois government. The moment demands it.
    Pritzker, J.B.

    If 2019 was Act I of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s new life as an elected official, then 2020 lays before him as an Act II, in which the protagonist politician must slay the forces of ethical impropriety and illegal conduct that have laid siege to our state government.

     

    Judged purely on the basis of his legislative record, 2019 will be hard for Pritzker to match. He logged a ...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    What is coronavirus and what precautions should people in the Chicago area be taking?
    Health (49)

    An outbreak of hundreds of cases of coronavirus has resulted in 26 deaths and travel restrictions that are impacting millions of people in China.

     

    Now, the second case of the respiratory illness in the United States has been confirmed to be in Chicago.

     

    A Chicago woman in her 60s who returned from a visit to China earlier this month has been diagnosed...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    How To Achieve A Fair Public Pension Reform In Illinois: The Target Benefit Pension Plan
    Pensions (70)
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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Smoking marijuana will still be prohibited for Illinoisans in public housing
    Recreational Marijuana

    ROCK ISLAND – It will be business as usual for Illinois public housing residents come Jan. 1.

     

    Adult-use marijuana sales begin as the calendar turns to 2020, but public housing residents aren’t allowed to smoke any substance, tobacco or weed, on federal property.

     

    Amy Clark, chief executive officer of the Greater Metropolitan Area Housing ...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Ameren wants to shave pennies off electric bills. The state wants dollars
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93) , Utilities (94)
    The largest power company in Missouri is in a dispute with state regulators over what, and how, to charge customers for electricity — with tens of millions of dollars per year at stake.

    Both St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. and the staff of the state’s Public Service Commission agree that the utility’s costs have dropped recently, and that Ameren should trim rates.

    But wh...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Elections board corrects non-citizen voting numbers
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    Only 15 people who self-identified as not being U.S. citizens cast ballots in the 2018 and 2019 elections, the Illinois State Board of Elections said in a correction Thursday, three of which actually turned out to be citizens.

     

    Spokesperson Matt Dietrich had initially reported that 16 possible non-citizens had voted. In a clarification Thursday, he said one of the voters h...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Insulin bill to be signed Friday
    Prescriptions drugs (81)

    Leroy Jordan, a 78-year-old diabetic, spent a $60 co-pay Thursday for one bottle of insulin that typically lasts a week.

     

    He was released from the hospital about two weeks ago after having pneumonia that developed after a heart attack. He’s had two strokes and two heart attacks over the years - all related to diabetes. The medicine he takes to stay alive is costly. A...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Pritzker, IDPH director respond to first coronavirus reported in Illinois
    Health (49) , Human Services (75)

    Before Gov. JB Pritzker discussed the bill he signed that limits out-of-pocket insulin costs, he addressed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report Friday confirming the second case of a new coronavirus in the U.S. and the first in Illinois.

     

    A Chicago woman who returned from China in December is currently hospitalized and isolated, but doing well, acc...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Illinois License Plate Fees For Some Trailers Have Jumped 555% In 2020; ‘It Just Boggles The Mind’
    License plates (80b)
    CHICAGO (CBS) — If you own a trailer, the new license plate fee might empty your pockets starting this year.

    CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas introduces you to a man who is putting the new license fees under a microscope.

    Mike Smith takes his ...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    Medline shuts down Waukegan plant to comply with Illinois' new ethylene oxide emissions law
    Environment (41)
    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (WLS) -- Medline Industries has temporarily closed in north suburban Waukegan as it works to meet new state standards for ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing chemical.

    Results from recent air testing has detected higher levels of cancer-causing ethylene oxide near two plants in Lake County, Illinois.

    In a written statement to AB...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Despite marginal increase in some Illinois pension funding ratios, state still 'worst in the nation,' watchdog says
    Auditor General (21) , Governor (44) , Pensions (70)
    Although funding ratios for three of the state’s five public sector pension funds increased, a public finance watchdog said Illinois taxpayers still face a debt crisis.

    The Auditor General released financial audits of the State Employees, Judges and General Assembly retirement systems.

    The audits showed the total liability for two of the funds increased while the total liability ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    The High Cost Of Rejecting Public Pension Reform In Illinois
    Chicago Mayor (16) , Governor (44) , Pensions (70)

    Once more, from the top: here is why public pension reform matters.

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  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Tom Cullerton’s lawyer appears to have deal with prosecutors over Coli evidence
    Cullerton, Thomas--State Senate, 23

    State Sen. Thomas Cullerton’s lawyer is apparently finalizing a deal with federal prosecutors over key evidence in the indicted politician’s embezzlement case.

     

    Cullerton’s attorney last month asked U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman to order the disclosure of crucial details about ex-Teamsters boss John Coli, who pleaded guilty in July in an extortion ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    : Improve Illinois for you and your neighbors by supporting pension reform
    Pensions (70)

    You and your neighbor have a decade of familiarity and own similarly comfortable homes. You drive similarly fuel-efficient family SUVs. You even cut your lawns in similar stripe patterns each Saturday, nodding to one another as you sweep the clippings and wrestle giant paper bags.

     

    But when it comes to retirement, the similarities end. Your neighbor, who pulled in a simila...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    ICC chair has second thoughts on controversial ComEd ruling
    ComEd (94)

    Carrie Zalewski's was the only vote for Attorney General Kwame Raoul's petition to reconsider a ruling giving ComEd nearly 40 years to refund ratepayers excess prepaid taxes.

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    Illinois Commerce Commission Chair Carrie Zalewski voted in favor of a petition to have the agency reconsider its prior decision to permit Commonwealth Edison and downstate utility Ameren Illin...   read more >

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