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  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
    Illinois lawmakers could raid local revenue to shore up state budget, mayors worry
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) , Local Government (60)

    (The Center Square) – Illinois’ municipalities are, again, on the watch for a potential reduction of their promised share of state revenue if lawmakers choose to use a tool they’ve utilized multiple times before to help shore up the state budget. 

    The state collects income tax and other types of revenue for municipalities and...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Backlog of Illinois gun owner applications persists as U.S. court case continues
    Attorney General (6) , Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)

    (The Center Square) – The Illinois State Rifle Association says Illinois State Police are operating outside the boundaries of the law and violating people's rights with continued delays in processing gun owner applications.

    For more than a year, backlogs of processing applications for Illinois Firearm Owner Identification cards and Concealed Carry Licenses persists.

    The mo...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Despite being 10th most restrictive state, Illinois’ COVID-19 death rate higher than all neighbors
    Governor (44) , Health (49) McCombie, Tony M.--State House, 71

    (The Center Square) – An Illinois state representative says data and science show Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 mitigation, which was among the strictest in the nation, may have made the death rate worse in Illinois compared to neighboring states that had fewer economic restrictions.

    Illinois is the tenth most restrictive state in the nation when it comes to COVID-19 mitigat...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    DuPage County Clerk signed anti-transparency contract with Dominion Voting Systems - Dominion encouraged County to resist disclosure of information
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)
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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Illinois long-term care residents continue to wait on vaccinations
    Governor (44) , Health (49)
    (The Center Square) – As Illinois enters the second phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program, many residents of long-term facilities continue to wait for their first dose.

    Illinois Department of Public Health data shows about 110,000 shots had been administered as part of a federal program that sends Walgreens and CVS Health pharmacists into long-term care facilities for vaccinations. M...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Kinzinger says Trump Republicans will come back around
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a)
    (The Center Square) – One of Illinois’ Republican Congressmen says the nation’s Republicans will slowly move away from former President Donald Trump as time passes.

    In a Monday interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger said the GOP’s Trump faithful would eventually find themselves back in the party fold.

    “Every day that goes by, ther...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    SCOTUS declines to hear Janus’ lawsuit seeking union dues reimbursement
    Unions, labor (55)

    Lawsuit comes from former Illinois state worker, plaintiff in landmark 2018 case

    SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a case Monday that sought to compel public employee unions to reimburse nonmember employees for mandatory fees which the court ruled as unconstitutional in 2018.

    The case was brought by Mark Janus, a former Illinois government employee wh...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    On Trump’s final day, HHS launches probe into Illinois abortion law
    Abortion (1)

    SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched an investigation to determine whether Illinois has violated federal law by enac...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Jim Dey | What's in crime bill? No more cash bonds
    Crime (28) , Police (28) Bennet, Scott -- State Senate, 52

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Editorial: Senator quits days after swearing-in. Cue the party insiders and clout.
    Legislature (56) Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48 , Steans, Heather--State Senate, 7

    State Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, was up for reelection last year, so she entered the March primary, got the Democratic nomination for her district, raised roughly $94,300 over several months and won unopposed in the general election.

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Illinois tax revenue losses lower than expected during pandemic, U. of I. study finds
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) , Revenue

    Illinois’ loss of tax revenue because of the pandemic was much lower than experts predicted in the spring when COVID-19 first took hold, but “tremendous uncertainties” persist moving forward, a University of Illinois study released Tuesday found.

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    EYE ON ILLINOIS: Pritzker facing calls to cancel lawmakers’ cap on interest rates
    Financial Institutions (7) , Governor (44)

    The pushback continues.

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Survival Economics: High Unemployment Pushes Black Chicagoans Into Informal Jobs
    Employment, Jobs (40) , Minorities (66) , Unemployment (93)

    Cynthia operates an informal daycare out of her apartment, catering to parents who work the late shifts in factories and warehouses. Walter purchases bootleg cigarettes for $8 and then resells them individually for 50 cents. Barbara used ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Walgreens And CVS Defend Their Illinois Nursing Home Vaccinations Despite Slow Pace
    Health (49) , Nursing Homes (68)

    Four weeks into COVID-19 vaccinations at Illinois nursing homes, nearly 80% of the doses for the campaign are waiting for use, but the pharmacy chains performing the work say everything is going according to plan.

    CVS Health and Walgreens have administered only 110,403 of the 550,050 doses that Illinois has received for residents and staff members of long-term care facilities, according...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Report shows state, local tax rate in Illinois among highest in nation
    Taxes, misc. (89)
    (The Center Square) – A new report shows the state and local sales tax rate in Illinois is among the highest in the country.

    According to the research conducted by the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy nonprofit, the average combined sales tax rate in Illinois is around 8.8 percent.

    “Illinois has the seventh-highest combined sales tax rate in the country,” sai...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Debate over ending cash bail continues in Illinois as bill heads to governor
    Crime (28) , Governor (44) , Legal System (27) , Police (28) Peters, Robert--State Senate, 13

    (The Center Square) – With Illinois set to become the only state in the nation to eliminate cash bail, those behind the legislation said it could be a model for other states. 

    The bail provision, known as the Pretrial Fairness Act, was one of many criminal justice reforms that...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Illinois
    Governor (44) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – As Illinois rolls out the second phase of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, a shortage of vaccines is slowing the process.

    Phase 1B includes about 3.2 million residents, which includes anyone over 65 years old and frontline essential workers such as police and fire personnel, teachers and child care workers, public transit workers, postal workers, and grocery st...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    Public participation limited as Illinois Legislature continues COVID-19 protocols
    Legislature (56) Ford, La Shawn--State House, 8 , McConchie, Dan--State Senate, 26 , Reick, Steven--State House, 63 , Welch, Emanuel "Chris"--State House, 7
    (The Center Square) – Illinois state lawmakers are expected back in Springfield next week, and some in the House are looking to ditch their temporary digs and get back to the capitol building. 

    Others are looking to allow remote voting so the legislature can get back to work.

    Public interest groups say the public should have the same ac...   read more >

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  • Saturday, January 23, 2021
    Illinois' cannabis licensing lottery ‘complete failure’ says minority access committee co-chair
    Governor (44) , Minorities (66) , Recreational Marijuana Harper, Sonya--State House, 6
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  • Friday, January 22, 2021
    Illinois looks to federal government for bailout money
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44)

    (The Center Square) – With a state budget $4 billion dollars out of balance, Illinois is running out of options to fill the gap.

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  • Friday, January 22, 2021
    Lame Duck Look Back: How the Black Caucus passed criminal justice reform
    Attorney General (6) , Crime (28) , Governor (44) , Legal System (27) , Legislature (56) , Police (28) Ellman, Laura--State Senate, 21 , Schimpf, Paul--State Senate, 58 , Sims Jr., Elgie--State House, 34

    Private negotiations, crunch-time changes led to bill’s passage

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  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
    A Rare Chance to End Illinois’s Notoriously Corrupt System
    Pay to Play, Corruption Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Welch, Emanuel "Chris"--State House, 7

    Key to the task will be reconfiguring the machine, rather than just its operators. But to do that, we must first understand how things went so ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
    Criminal justice advocates say Pritzker right to vaccinate prisoners for COVID-19
    Corrections (74) , Governor (44) , Health (49) , Prisons (74)

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decision to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations to the state’s prison population was met with read more >

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  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
    Districts considering extending school year to address learning loss
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – Now that Illinois’ top education official has recommended school districts consider extending classes into the summer, how many wi...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
    House Speaker Welch promises oversight of executive branch amid COVID-19 restrictions
    Governor (44) , Health (49) Crespo, Fred--State House, 44 , Marron, Mike--State House, 104 , Welch, Emanuel "Chris"--State House, 7 , Wilhour, Blaine--State House, 107 , Zalewski, Michael--State House, 23

    (The Center Square) – The Illinois House, led by a new House Speaker, will provide oversight of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's handling of the state's COVID-19 response...   read more >

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