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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    A good bill in Springfield would help rein in electronic snoops
    In a world where nothing online is safe from hackers, should we have to worry about private information falling into nefarious hands?

    Household electronic devices collect, store and transmit a lot of sensitive information about us that should stay private, if that’s our wish.

    But smart TVs, video doorbells, smart thermostats, locks linked to wifi, virtua...   read more >

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Democrats chart new legislative maps behind closed doors, but insist, ‘It’s nothing new, there’s no secret’
    Redistricting (78)
    Standing outside the Democratic map room on Thursday, House Republicans blasted the majority for a redistricting process the GOP dubbed “the literal opposite of transparent.” Across the street from the Illinois State Capitol in the backroom of a government office building, Democrats are huddled behind closed doors drawing the legislative maps that will be used over the next ten ...   read more >
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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Just five weeks to reopening? Or two months? Pritzker and Lightfoot at odds, yet again, on COVID-19 restrictions
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that barring another surge of infections, he’ll let the state fully reopen June 11.  It’s the clearest timeline Pritzker has set for most of the state to return to business as usual — and one that puts him in disagreement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is sticking to a more conservative potential reopening date of July 4.

    An ordeal ...   read more >

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Citing higher revenue projections and in the face of bipartisan pushback, Gov. J.B. Pritzker agrees to school funding increase
    Budget--State (8)

    Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker backtracked Thursday on one of the most controversial components of his budget proposal, saying improved revenue projections will allow the state to meet the goal in its education fundin...   read more >

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Gov. Pritzker, don’t sign a weak ethics bill

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker has an opportunity to rebuild trust with voters who repeatedly read more >

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Pritzker adds $350 million for K-12 schools The reason: "Our collective economic and fiscal outlook is brighter than it was even three months ago."
    Education Funding (36a)
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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Proposed weed bill calls for three lotteries The plan also would eliminate a rule preventing pot shops within 1,500 feet of each other.
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational

    The latest proposal to fix the state’s marijuana law calls for three lotteries to get more retail shops open.

    A new draft of the bill woul...   read more >

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Illinois could fully reopen as soon as June 11

    State restrictions will ease further starting next week, and Chicago is on track to match that pace. Here's how Illinois' reopening timeline compares with other states.

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Let's think big, Chicago—at least on these two fronts
    Chicago (16)

    Some stars may be aligning in promising ways for the mayor's casino dream, the Bears' stadium ambitions, and two development firms with a lot on the line.

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Pritzker lets ComEd get away with it
    ComEd (94) , Pritzker, J.B.

    A review of the governor's proposed energy legislation leads to an inescapable conclusion: Crime pays.

    A review of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's pro...   read more >

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Democrats appear set to betray citizens on fair legislative maps
    Redistricting (78)

    As we monitor the progress, if that's the word, of legislative and congressional redistricting in Illinois, it is difficult for us to describe the depths of our disappointment in legislative leaders, the governor and, especially, suburban Democrats who have been outspoken and influential in the process in the past.

    Redistricting, or creating leg...   read more >

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    GOP leaders again call out House Dems for redistricting 'hypocrisy'
    Redistricting (78)
    Illinois House Republicans continue to demand a "fair" redistricting process, following a news report depicting Democratic lawmakers meeting behind a closed door to discuss the mapmaking process.

    The "secretive" room on Capitol grounds where House Democrats are said to be drawing maps was first reported by WCIA-TV's Mark Maxwell. In response to the report, House Repu...   read more >

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    GOP senators call for standardized election procedures across all counties
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) Rezin, Sue--State Senate, 38
    Two Republican senators have introduced legislation to standardize the way local authorities across Illinois handle elections, from the training of election judges to posting information about delays in ballot counting.

    Sens. Sally Turner, of Beason, and Sue Rezin, of Morris, said during a virtual news conference Thursday their bill is intended to provide more trans...   read more >

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  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    Pritzker now says budget can include added $350 million for schools
    Education Funding (36a) , Pritzker, J.B.
    Citing an "improved" economic outlook, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday his support to increase evidence-based education funding in the state by $350 million in fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1.

    In his February budget proposal, Pritzker originally proposed flat spending for education, citing "financial uncertainty" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    More charges could be coming in federal bribery case involving former Illinois House speaker’s inner circle
    ComEd (94)
    A defense attorney said Wednesday that prosecutors are preparing a superseding indictment.

    Defense attorneys have told a judge overseeing the federal bribery case involving members of former House Speaker Michael Madigan’s inner circle that prosecutors are on the “brink” of filing a superseding indictment in the case.

    Such an indictment could ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    Endangered history: From Thompson Center to ‘Green Book’ sites, group lists Illinois’ most endangered historic structures
    Historic Preservation, historic sites (50)

    After a year off in 2020, Illinois historic preservationists on Wednesday announced their read more >

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    Michael Madigan is elephant in courtroom as lawyers in ComEd bribery case hint more charges are coming, former lawmakers appear before grand jury
    ComEd (94)

    Michael Madigan was the elephant in the courtroom Wednesday as lawyers for four people charged with conspiring to bribe the former speaker on behalf of utility giant Commonwealth Edison said they expect more charges ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    More bad news for higher education: Illinois community college enrollment plummets as COVID-19 sidelines would-be students
    Education--Higher (37)

    Enrollment declines at Illinois colleges and universities continue to outpace other states, with community colleges shouldering the brunt of the losses, as the coronavirus pandemic looms over another school year, acc...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    s Illinois no longer a deadbeat? Not exactly, but there is good news on the state’s finances.
    Comptroller (21)

    Good news has been all but nonexistent when it comes to the abysmal state of Illinois’ finances. The state’s pension shortfall stands at a hard-to-fathom $141 billion. Its bond rating continues to hover ne...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    CEOs rank Illinois among worst states to do business

    Meanwhile, nearby Indiana was named one of the best.

    Chief executive officers from across the country have read more >

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    Legislative leaders frown on some of Pritzker's proposed 'corporate loophole' closing
    Legislature (56)

    Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch and Senate President Don Harmon suggest the governor will get some but not all of the $932 million he wants.

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    These are the most endangered places in Illinois

    A Loop white elephant, "Dick and Jane's" former suburban headquarters and relics of our segregationist past: Check out photos of the places under threat of vanishing.

    A Loop white elephant, "Dick and Jane's" former suburban headquarters and relics of our segregationist past: All join a list...   read more >

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    Why we need vaccine passports—and why they'll never happen

    These digital documents promise to provide their owner with unfettered access to everything travel offers, much like the old normal many of us yearn for. Sounds good in theory, but there's a catch. Actually, several of them.

    Pent-up demand for domestic and international travel is overwhelming  read more >

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    House speaker says minority representation key to remap effort
    Redistricting (78)

    Illinois House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch, a Democrat from Hillside, stepped back from supporting an independent commission on legislative redistricting in comments Wednesday to the Illinois Press Association/Illinois Press Foundation.

    Welch wrote read more >

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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    Illinois House votes to endorse 'abolition amendment,' D.C. statehood
    Legislature (56)
    The Illinois House voted Wednesday to endorse a proposed U.S. constitutional amendment that would finally eliminate what some see as the last vestige of slavery in the United States -- forced labor by people convicted of crimes and sentenced to prison.

    House Joint Resolution 7, by Rep. Mary Flowers, a Chicago Democrat, calls for passage of the proposed "abolition am...   read more >

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