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  • Friday, June 14, 2019
    IL Chamber of Commerce Pres/CEO Todd Maisch
    Business (10) , Legislature (56)
    Maisch discussed the recently completed legislative session with a great set of guests. http://www.sportsradio1450.com/podcast-am-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Friday, June 14, 2019
    Illinois last state in nation to file official budget report
    Auditor General (21) , Budget--State (8)
    Illinois is the only state in America that has yet to release its official report from fiscal year 2018 and state officials don’t yet know when it will be released.

    Every state, most cities, and other forms of government must have a comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR, done as a way for not only citizens to better...   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Fifth District affirms decisions allowing non-Illinois residents to litigate Essure claims in Madison County
    Courts (27) , Tort Reform (27)
    MOUNT VERNON -- In two separate decisions, the Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed rulings out of the Madison County Circuit Court finding that non-Illinois residents are allowed to be involved in a mass action suit despite the landmark Bristol Myers Squibb decision limiting that right. 

    Justice Thomas Welch delivered the Rule 23 decisions on May 29 with justices David Overstreet ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    DeWitte: The good, the bad, the ugly: A legislative recap
    Abortion (1) , Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14) , Legislature (56) , Minimum Wage (10) , Recreational Marijuana DeWitte, Donald--State Senate, 33
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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Accounting expert questions Illinois lawmakers’ claim of balanced budget
    Budget--State (8) , Pensions (70) Cullerton, John--State Senate, 6
    Illinois lawmakers have said the state budget they passed and Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted was balanced and properly contributes to public pension accounts, but an accounting watchdog said that’s misleading.

    Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, told Fox 32 Chicago’s Mike Flannery that the state's budget is balanced and makes payments to the state’s pension funds as requi...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Illinois cannabis industry to create thousands of new jobs
    Employment, Jobs (40) , Recreational Marijuana
    A recreational cannabis bill Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign could bring hundreds of new jobs to Illinois even before the law goes into effect and retail sales begin.

    The owner of two medical cannabis dispensaries said there are likely to be hundreds of jobs created even before the adult-use, recreational cannabis bill is in full effect.

    House Bill 1438 creates the Cannabis Regu...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Pritzker signs abortion measure he says makes Illinois most ‘progressive’ on issue The bill’s House sponsor declared the state is “building a firewall around Illinois” as neighboring states work to restrict abortions.
    Abortion (1)

    Bucking neighboring states, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday sent a big signal by signing a law to protect Illinois’ abortion rights should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

     

    “If you believe in standing up for women’s fundamental rights, Illinois is a beacon of hope in the heart of this nation,” Pritzker declared Wednesday, shortly before signing...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    What’s legal weed gonna cost in Illinois? A lot Both taxes and an expected supply shortage could result in pricy recreational pot products when the drug is fully legalized in Illinois at the start of next year.
    Recreational Marijuana

    Sales of recreational marijuana are expected to kick off at the start of the year across Illinois. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

    The price of a legal high is likely gonna cost you.

     

    Both taxes and an expected supply shortage could result in pricy recreational pot products when the drug is fully legalized in Illinois at the start of next year.

     

    Accord...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Bury me not: A plea for Illinois to allow 'human composting'

    When my time comes, as it inevitably will, I don’t want to be sealed in a box underground or reduced to grainy, useless ashes in a crematorium.

     

    I want to return to nature, that which has sustained and nourished me and all my ancestors and that which, with luck, will sustain and nourish future generations.

     

    I want to decay into topsoil and rich ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs abortion rights law making procedure a 'fundamental right' for women in Illinois
    Abortion (1) , Pritzker, J.B.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Wednesday morning sweeping new abortion rights legislation, establishing the procedure as a “fundamental right” for women in Illinois.

     

    “In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women’s health,” Pritzker said in remarks at the Chi...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    GOP lawmakers representing McHenry County address passage of significant legislation
    Abortion (1) , Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14) , Minimum Wage (10) , Recreational Marijuana DeWitte, Donald--State Senate, 33 , McConchie, Dan--State Senate, 26 , Wilcox, Craig--State Senate, 32

     

    GOP lawmakers address passage of significant legislation

    GOP lawmakers representing McHenry County address passage of significant legislation

    As the state of Illinois’ spring legislative se...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Skillicorn: Gas tax hike will hurt Illinois families
    Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14) , Legislature (56) , Taxes, gasoline (88) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive Skillicorn, Allen--State House, 66

    Last December, before the new Legislature was even sworn in, I donned a yellow jacket in solidarity with the French protesters sick of their country’s punitive taxes on motor fuel in order to sound the alarm about the possibility of the gas tax being increased in Illinois.

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Ottawa's waterfront project could get boost from state
    Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14)

    The city of Ottawa’s Waterfront Project could be getting an initial boost from the state, but will they be able to use it this fiscal year?

     

    The state’s capital bill has set aside $750,000 from the Build Illinois Bond Fund to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for a grant to the city of Ottawa for costs associated with capital improvements for ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Illinois will right itself eventually Though the state has swung to the left, the pendulum will swing the other way
    Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a)

    As I reflect on the end of my first spring session in the Illinois House, I can’t help but observe the sharp leftward turn Illinois has taken under the leadership of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, with the support of Democrat supermajorities in the House and Senate.

     

    We all know that elections have consequences, however, it may be difficult to find any other state in recent his...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Politics is everywhere
    Cullerton, John--State Senate, 6 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    After being elected to the Illinois Legislature in 1936, Richard J. Daley would do the same thing every morning in Springfield.

     

    The future mayor of Chicago would kneel and a priest would intone: “Corpus Domini Nostri Iesu Christi custodiat animam tuam in vitam aeternam, Amen.”

     

    And then the Host would be placed on his tongue.

    &nbs...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Pritzker signs abortion protections into law
    Abortion (1)

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker Signed into law Wednesday the Reproductive Health Act which supporters said will guarantee abortion rights in Illinois should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

     

    Surrounded by dozens of lawmakers and abortion rights advocates, Pritzker signed the controversial legislation that he said will ensure that Illinois is “going to be there for wo...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Illinois lawmaker says no tax dollars for public universities that limit free speech
    Education--Higher (37) Mazzochi, Deanne Marie--State House, 47
    A state Representative said public universities that limit the free speech of faculty and students should not get taxpayer dollars.

    The University of Illinois has been sued by a Virginia-based group called Speech First over policies the group said are designed to silence students. The 29-page lawsuit accuses the university of limiting free speech on campus through “prior approval” ...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Illinois lawmakers could test strength of 'lockbox amendment' with proposed cost shift
    Taxes, gasoline (88) , Transportation (91) Righter, Dale--State Senate, 55 , Steans, Heather--State Senate, 7
    Illinois lawmakers are looking to free up some money in the state's budget by using some motor fuel tax revenue to cover the cost of emissions testing, but the state’s Constitution may not allow it.

    The last change to Illinois’ Constitution was the Illinois Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox Amendment, which voters passed in 2016. It forbids lawmakers fro...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    New Department of Corrections director faces lawsuits, other challenges
    Corrections (74) , Prisons (74)
    When Rob Jeffreys became the new director of the Illinois Department of Corrections on June 1, he inherited a system plagued by overcrowding, crumbling infrastructure and other problems.

    Among those problems were what the ACLU calls “clearly preventable” deaths resulting from poor inmate health care. On top of that, the Department of Corrections faces numerous lawsuits.

    Two...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Trailer bill could help clarify, resolve issues in Illinois' recreational cannabis legislation
    Recreational Marijuana Cassidy, Kelly--State House, 14 , McCombie, Tony M.--State House, 71

    They’re known as trailer bills, and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, who sponsored the adu...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Illinois abruptly shifts left in 2019 with Democratic governor Pritzker at the helm
    Governor (44) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a)
    After four years of fiscal austerity and the pro-business, anti-union agenda of former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois lawmakers took a sharp turn to the left during the just-completed legislative session, passing a budget with more than $1 billion in new spending and a host of new, more liberal social policies.

    Those social policies include raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 20...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Illinois State Police seek new recruits in biggest push since 1990s
    State Police (84)

    This is the organization that always assists smaller police departments that often face a lot of crime.

    “We are seeking and encouraging all applicants, but we have a strong emphasis on ind...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    So much was left undone by Gov. Pritzker And while there’s no disputing Pritzker and lawmakers got loads done this spring, the way they went about it was the same old, same old that needs to go.
    Pritzker, J.B.

    There can be no disputing that Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the supermajority Democrats in Springfield had a gargantuan spring session.

     

    They approved a budget and a building plan, prepared to try to change the way income is taxed, hiked fees to fund huge building projects, legalized marijuana, affirmed abortion rights and set in motion a massive expansion of gambling.

    ...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    A $45 billion public works plan and what does Illinois get? Deeper in debt.
    Capital Development Board, Capital Construction Plan (14)

    Details of the state’s $45 billion capital spending plans are emerging days after the General Assembly passed the bill. Think: Much spending to come on public works and other projects, but a lot less consideration ahead of time into where the money would go.

     

    This massive, once-a-decade spree — which Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign off on — is all ...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Freshman rep says open mind key to his first year

    Completing his first go-round in Springfield, state Rep. Lance Yednock said he voted many times to reflect the majority of his district, sometimes going against his initial belief or the party line.

     

    One example was his vote in favor of the legalization of recreational marijuana.

     

    "It was a difficult (vote) for me to make, I was back and forth on it,"...   read more >

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