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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
    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
    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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  • 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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  • Monday, June 10, 2019
    Billionaire Wins, Fantasy Sports Lose in Illinois Gambling Bill
    Gambling, Gaming , Governor (44) Harris III, Napoleon--State Senate, 15
    DraftKings CEO Jason Robins typically reserves his Twitter feed for commentary about last night’s game or a shout-out to someone he’s met in his travels. On Sunday, he had an entirely different message.

    “While it is good to see sports betting bills passed, excluding DraftKings and FanDuel is like passing a ride sharing bill that excludes Uber and Lyft,” he wrote. “...   read more >

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  • Monday, June 10, 2019
    Chicago loses first round in pension fund intercept litigation
    Pensions (70)
    Chicago lost its legal fight to temporarily halt state grant fund intercepts and block their distribution to the city?s pension funds for alleged contribution shortfalls.

    Larger questions that stand to impact future diversions and the state comptroller?s review process remain unanswered.

    About $24 million in claims filed by the city?s pension funds are currently at stake but ...
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  • Monday, June 10, 2019
    My View: Pritzker dancing on the backs of struggling Illinoisans
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) , Taxes, misc. (89)

    Gov. JB Pritzker took a victory lap news conference Sunday in Springfield touting his long list of “accomplishments”: passing a budget, capital plan, recreational marijuana legalization, massive gaming expansion, and a $15 minimum wage.

    One couldn’t help but notice beyond billionaire Pritzker’s expensive suit that he was celebrating at the expense of millions of ...   read more >

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  • Monday, June 10, 2019
    More Cautionary Tales From Illinois: Tier II Pensions (And Why Actuaries Matter)
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) , Pensions (70)
    Earlier this week, I shared with readers the ill-fated attempt to reform Illinois pensions by requiring local school districts to pay the added costs of their teachers' pensions when they boost their salaries beyond 3% per year; this measure was slipped into...   read more >
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  • Monday, June 10, 2019
    Local officials discussing how new marijuana law would impact municipalities
    Recreational Marijuana