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  • Thursday, July 2, 2020
    Facebook to invest $800 million in Illinois to build data center
    Economic Development (35) , Internet, Social Media (98) Keicher, Jeff--State House, 70

    (The Center Square) – The northern Illinois city of DeKalb has been chosen as the site for a new Facebook data center, an $800 million investment from the ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, July 2, 2020
    State denies accusations of 'forum shopping' in Bailey lawsuit
    Governor (44) , Health (49) , Legal System (27) Bailey, Darren--State House, 109

    (The Center Square) – Attorneys representing Gov. J.B. Pritzker are scheduled to appear in a Clay County Courtroom on Thursday afternoon to defend the stat...   read more >

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  • Thursday, July 2, 2020
    Survey shows opposition to tax increase after pandemic
    Governor (44) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    (The Center Square) – A recent survey shows how Americans feel about the economic situation during and after the pandemic.

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  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    Fed survey shows Illinois manufacturers resilient through pandemic
    Economy (34) , Employment, Jobs (40)

    (The Center Square) – Illinois manufacturers reported layoffs, supply chain disruptions, and closures from the COVID-19 pandemic, however, most are rebounding...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    Illinois’ pandemic budget relies on $6.5 billion in revenue that hasn’t materialized
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44)

    (The Center Square) – There’s still no certainty regarding how Illinois will cover $6.3 billion of its upcoming pandemic-era spending plan that starts W...   read more >

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  • Monday, June 29, 2020
    Illinois prepares to borrow $3.8 billion for unemployment fund
    Employment, Jobs (40) , Governor (44) , Unemployment (93) Crespo, Fred--State House, 44

    (The Center Square) – As the state looks to borrow $300 million to pay out unemployment claims through the end of the month and up to $3.8 billion through September, it has paid out more than $7 billion in unemployment benefits, mostly from federal funds so far during the pandemic, but a state legislator said it has not...   read more >

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  • Monday, June 29, 2020
    Rose once again pushes to legalize fireworks in Illinois
    Fire Marshal, fire, fire fighters (84) Rose, Chapin--State House, 110

    (The Center Square) – With fireworks readily available in neighboring states, a state senator says it's time to legalize them in Illinois.

    State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, has attempted to get a bill passed on more than one occasion, but can’t get Democrats to come on...   read more >

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  • Monday, June 29, 2020
    Illinois lawmakers will consider police reform, but defunding isn’t on the agenda
    Minorities (66) , Police (28) Belt, Christopher--State Senate, 57

    “If I were you, I would turn your hat around.”

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  • Friday, June 26, 2020
    Expert says fraud fears unfounded as Illinois expands vote-by-mail
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    (The Center Square) – As the debate continues over the expansion of mail-in voting in Illinois, one expert said fears of widespread voter fraud are unfounded....   read more >

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  • Friday, June 26, 2020
    Lawmaker suing Illinois governor calls Pritzker’s continued orders 'hollow’
    Governor (44) , Health (49) Bailey, Darren--State House, 109

    (The Center Square) – As Illinois enters the next reopening phase with continued COVID-19 restrictions in public places, the state’s public health director said Illinoisans not wanting to wear...   read more >

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  • Friday, June 26, 2020
    Op-Ed: Responsibility ends when Illinois leaders switch into ‘automatic’
    Governor (44) , Legislature (56)

    Putting things on “automatic” just makes life so much easier in Illinois, at least for the state’s leaders.

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  • Friday, June 26, 2020
    Some lawmakers on commission want to lift Pritzker's limits of gatherings over 50
    Economy (34) , Governor (44) , Health (49) Caulkins, Dan--State House, 101 , Crespo, Fred--State House, 44 , Syverson, Dave--State Senate, 35

    (The Center Square) – Democrats and Republicans will bring a mix of ideas to the newly formed Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission, which will provide recommendations for reviving the state’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Friday, June 26, 2020
    Study examines job recoveries in states during pandemic restrictions
    Economy (34) , Unemployment (93)

    (The Center Square) – Since the beginning of March, about 1.4 million Illinoisans have filed for unemployment benefits because of the coronavirus pandemic.  read more >

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  • Friday, June 26, 2020
    Illinois attorney general's office says gathering restrictions regulate conduct, not speech
    Attorney General (6) , Constitutions (24) , Governor (44) , Health (49) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a)

    SPRINGFIELD — State regulation of the number of people allowed at gatherings does not violate Illinoisans’ First Amendment rights, the attorney general&...   read more >

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  • Friday, June 26, 2020
    Illinois Judges Association statement on racial justice
    Courts (27) , Legal System (27) , Minorities (66)

    To the Editor:

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  • Thursday, June 25, 2020
    Pritzker faces pressure from Democrats, Republicans over shorting payments to nonprofits
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44)

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Illinois isn’t “punishing” nonprofits by reducing their state payouts based on the federal payroll loans they’ve received.  read more >

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  • Thursday, June 25, 2020
    Rep. Bailey: Leadership is lacking
    Economy (34) , Employment, Jobs (40) , Governor (44) Bailey, Darren--State House, 109

    In Illinois, we are three months into governance by Executive Order.

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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Attorney says ‘takings lawsuits’ over governor’s pandemic orders could cost taxpayers billions
    Economy (34) , Governor (44) , Health (49) , Legal System (27) , Tort Reform (27)

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order to close businesses across the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic could cost taxpayers billions of dollars in damages, according to an attorney challenging the governor’s orders.

    Attorney Thomas DeVore represents dozens of people and business owne...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    State lawmaker says mental health services, more jobs will help address Chicago's poverty-driven violence
    Chicago (16) , Minorities (66) , Police (28) Ford, La Shawn--State House, 8

    (The Center Square) – An additional 41 people were shot Monday in Chicago and six were killed, that’s on top of more than 100 shot and 14 killed over the Father’s Day weekend.

    In the aftermath of the weekend shootings, some around the state are looking for answers...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Struggling hotel owners want convention capacity increased
    Economy (34) , Governor (44) , Health (49)