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  • Thursday, November 26, 2020
    Committee releases ComEd documents related to Madigan, schedules Dec. 14 hearing
    ComEd (94) , Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Pay to Play, Corruption Demmer, Tom--State House, 90 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Welch, Emanuel "Chris"--State House, 7

    (The Center Square) – Documents spanning over nearly a decade related to the ComEd bribery scheme implicating Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan have been released, and members of a committee in...   read more >

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  • Monday, November 23, 2020
    Illinois removes thousands of available hospital beds from state COVID-19 database
    Health (49) , Hospitals, Health Facilities Planning Board (48)

    (The Center Square) – The Illinois Department of Public Health quietly removed thousands of available hospital beds from their data showing how much capacity ...   read more >

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  • Friday, November 20, 2020
    EYE ON ILLINOIS: Vets’ home outbreak points to agency’s fundamental flaws
    Health (49) , Veterans (95)

    It’s been eight rough days since my Veterans Day column looked at some of the state’s successes and failures in attempting to care for such a vital population.
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  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    Illinois municipal group wants more local input on COVID-19 management State Sen. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago, said it’s time for lawmakers to re-engage, even if it’s
    Health (49) , Local Government (60) Martwick, Robert--State House, 19

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker has criticized local governments for not enforcing his COVID-19 orders, placing blame for increased cases at their feet. Local governments are looking for more collaboration from the governor.

    In Springfield and Sangamon County, officials are issuing fines and suspending foo...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    Vaccine skepticism could hamper Pritzker's reopening plans
    Governor (44) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate is increasing and Gov. J.B. Pritzker has repeatedly issued new restrictions on businesses across the state. With a new vaccine for the virus showing promise, skepticism among the state’s residents could put Illinois’ path to escaping the shutdown orders in jeopardy.

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  • Monday, November 16, 2020
    'Pessimistic' budget projections has Pritzker looking for business 'tax adjustments'
    Budget--State (8) , Business (10) , Governor (44) , Taxes, misc. (89)

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker is seeking “tax adjustments” for businesses to bring more revenue into state coffers, following months of stay-at-home orders, continued COVID-19 mitigation and a failed pro...   read more >

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  • Monday, November 16, 2020
    Pritzker downplays special session powers while COVID-19 orders continue, dismisses calls for public oversight hearings
    Governor (44) , Legislature (56) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Murphy, Mike -- State House, 99

    (The Center Square) – Since there won’t be a fall veto session that was supposed to start Tuesday, and the governor doesn’t seem willing to call a...   read more >

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  • Monday, November 16, 2020
    Vaccine skepticism could hamper Pritzker's reopening plans
    Governor (44) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate is increasing and Gov. J.B. Pritzker has repeatedly issued new restrictions on businesses across the state. With a new vaccine for the ...   read more >

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  • Friday, November 13, 2020
    Bipartisan demand for leaders to call hearings over Pritzker’s handling of pandemic response
    Governor (44) , Health (49) Ford, La Shawn--State House, 8 , Rezin, Sue--State Senate, 38

    (The Center Square) – Two state lawmakers, a Democrat and a Republican, are pushing for joint hearings to cover the spectrum of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker...   read more >

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  • Friday, November 13, 2020
    Despite fiscal peril, experts say Illinois no closer to pension reform
    Pensions (70)
    (The Center Square) – Illinois’ finances are in a perilous position, as they’ve been in the last decade. 

    Revenue is shrinking due to the pandemic, a federal package of untethered aid seems uncertain, the state’s lines of credit are becoming increasingly expensive as it teeters on junk bond status, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker’...   read more >

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  • Friday, November 13, 2020
    Independent analysis shows decline in Illinois’ COVID-19 case fatality rate
    Governor (44) , Health (49)

    Numbers show focus should be on nursing homes, increasing hospital capacity, Wirepoints says

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  • Friday, November 13, 2020
    Pritzker threatens another lockdown as COVID-19 cases continue rise
    Business (10) , Governor (44) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his daily COVID-19 briefing to threaten another stay-at-home order and to scold local leaders around Illinois...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    Group raises questions over proposed rule to require teachers in Illinois to promote progressive views
    Education--Educators/Administrators

    (The Center Square) – A proposed rule from the Illinois State Board of Education to have Illinois teachers vow to encourage progressive views is unconstitutional and discriminatory, according to the Pro-Family Alliance and the Thomas More Society. 

    The groups want to prevent the rule from going into effect.

    The rule from the Illinois State Board of Education published...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    EYE ON ILLINOIS: Public hearing on virus data would be good government and good politics
    Governor (44) , Health (49) Rezin, Sue--State Senate, 38

    Voting ended and coronavirus didn’t disappear. Infections and death totals mount, schools struggle with balancing safety and student experience while busin...   read more >

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  • Monday, November 9, 2020
    Business owners, local leaders worry about rules for COVID-19 grant programs
    Business (10) , DCEO (formerly DCCA) (31) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – The state is providing hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars to businesses and local governments through the Business Interruption...   read more >

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  • Monday, November 9, 2020
    Gambling expansion proponent decries delays in approval process
    Gambling, Gaming Syverson, Dave--State Senate, 35

    (The Center Square) – A leading proponent of last year’s gambling expansion bill in Illinois is lamenting the lengthy approval process for licenses.  read more >

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  • Monday, November 9, 2020
    More Illinois Democrats take aim at Madigan
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Governor (44) , Pay to Play, Corruption , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) Kifowit, Stephanie--State House, 84 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    Madigan signals plan to continue in leadership role

    (The Center Square) – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said he’s not going anywhere de...   read more >

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  • Monday, November 9, 2020
    Pritzker outlines state's plan for distributing COVID-19 vaccine once available
    Governor (44) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently outlined in broad strokes the state’s plan for distributing a COVID-19 vaccine once such a vaccine is ...   read more >

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  • Friday, November 6, 2020
    Amid increased Illinois unemployment filings, lawmaker gets fraudulent benefits card, calls for public hearings
    Unemployment (93) McConchie, Dan--State Senate, 26

    (The Center Square) – When a state lawmaker gets a debit card with fraudulent unemployment benefits they can contact the state agency’s director directl...   read more >

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  • Friday, November 6, 2020
    Pritzker says more restrictions possible if COVID-19 positivity rates continue to climb
    Business (10) , Governor (44) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – More COVID-19 restrictions could be in the future for Illinoisans.

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  • Friday, November 6, 2020
    Pritzker, Durbin, Duckworth say Madigan should step down from party leadership
    Governor (44) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) Durkin, Jim--State House, 82 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday that he agreed with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan should no longer be the leader of the Democratic Party of...   read more >

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  • Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Counties in Illinois approve nonbinding resolution to create new state
    Downstate (33A) Ford, La Shawn--State House, 8

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  • Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Pritzker blames Republicans for budget problems after voters reject progressive tax
    Governor (44) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    (The Center Square) – After years of the state's Democrat-controlled legislature passing unbalanced budgets, Gov. J.B. Pritzker blamed Republicans for the failure of his progressive income tax amendment, which voters rejected Tuesday.

    The governor said tax increases and budget cuts could be on the table as he works...   read more >

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  • Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker warns of 15% cuts in spending because of ‘fair tax’ failure
    Budget--State (8) , Business (10) , Governor (44) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    After supporters of the graduated incom...   read more >

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  • Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Why Did Illinois Voters Reject The So-Called ‘Fair Tax’ Amendment? And What’s Next?
    Governor (44) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    The outcome was stunning: despite months of ads telling voters that a “yes” vote would ensure that the wealthiest 3% of Illinoisans would “pay their fair share” and the rest of the...   read more >

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