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  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020
    Karmeier dissent in FOID challenge: Majority committed ‘meaningless act’ in remanding White County case
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)

    SPRINGFIELD – Supreme Court Justices who rejected a constitutional challenge to identification cards for firearms in homes committed “a meaningless and wasteful act,” according to Justice Lloyd Karmeier. 

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  • Monday, April 6, 2020
    Trump, Pritzker trade barbs over supplies, response to COVID-19 pandemic
    Governor (44) , President (73)

    (The Center Square) – President Donald Trump singled out Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Sunday, saying the governor has not performed well in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pritzker criticized the president saying he knew about the pendi...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 20, 2020
    Illinois unemployment claims surpass 60,000 in three days
    Governor (44) , Unemployment (93)

    More than 60,000 Illinoisans applied for unemployment benefits in the past three days, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
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  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    Mark Curran wins Illinois GOP Senate primary; faces Durbin
    Candidates--Federal (13)

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago-area sheriff emerged from a crowded Republican field Tuesday in the Illinois primary, advanc...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    patients recover, officials say
    Health (49)

    Public health officials Tuesday confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 in McHenry County.

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  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Illinois driver facilities closed for rest of March
    Secretary of State (80)

    (The Center Square) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has ordered all of the state’s driver services facilities to close for the rest of the month starting Tuesday. 

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  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Pritzker considers ways to help businesses amid economic uncertainty
    Governor (44) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said his office is working with the Illinois Department of Revenue to find a way to provide relief for businesses that have tax payments coming due, especially as they face an uncertain economic future amid growing concerns about the global coronavirus pandemic.

    “I don’t have any announcement to make yet,” Pritzker said. ...   read more >

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  • Monday, March 16, 2020
    Illinois legislature could be called back 'at any time' during COVID-19 outbreak
    Health (49) , Legislature (56) Harmon, Don--State Senate, 39 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22


    (The Center Square) – The Illinois House could be called back into session "at any time" amid statewide efforts to stop the spread of a new coronavirus that has already resulted in widespread cancellations and closures.

    A memo sent Monday to members of the Illinois House Democratic Caucus from the office of House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, provided guidelines for...   read more >

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  • Monday, March 16, 2020
    Pritzker bans gatherings of more than 50 people for two months as coronavirus cases surpass 100

    (The Center Square) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expanding the ban on public gatherings to include groups of 50 or more.

    He said the initial ban will las...   read more >

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  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    New bill would limit use of solitary confinement in Illinois prisons
    Corrections (74) , Prisons (74)

    (The Center Square) – The harrowing story of a man who spent more than two decades in solitary confinement is now the call to arms for advocates looking to limit how Illinois prisons can use the practice. 

    In 1994, Rock Island native Anthony Gay was put in solitary confinement after being arrested for stealing a hat and a $1 bill. 

    In the cell, his mental il...   read more >

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  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
    Illinois businesses buckle down amid growing coronavirus concerns
    Business (10) , Chicago Mayor (16)

    (The Center Square) — As fears over the spread of the coronavirus grow, Illinois’ retail and service sectors are preparing for already thin profit margins getting thinner. 

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday the cancellation of the city's St. Patrick’s Day parades, turning away what Gov. J.B. Pritzker said brought more than a million people to t...   read more >

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  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
    Coronavirus impacted Illinois workers to receive unemployment benefits
    Employment, Jobs (40) , Governor (44) , Unemployment (93)

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today, that they will file emergency rules this week to clarify that people who are unemployed due to COVID-19 can qualify fo...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    As coronavirus spreads to suburbs, Pritzker lashes out at CDC for test shortage
    Governor (44) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) — A day after declaring a state of emergency, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced eight more cases of coronavirus, including two in the Chicago suburbs possibly contracted through community transmission.

    The youngest person in Illinois so far to contract COVID-19 is a man in his late teens from the Lake County and McHenry Co...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    Fitch: Proposed progressive tax revenue not enough for 2021 Illinois pension bill
    Budget--State (8) , Education Funding (36a) , Governor (44) , Local Government (60) , Pensions (70) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive , Taxes, income (86)

    While lawmakers are working on crafting a budget that’s due in May, a credit rating agency said the governor’s proposed spending plan won't reduce the state's pension liabilities, even if voters approve a progressive income tax plan in November.

    Fitch Ratings released its official assessment of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget proposal last week, dicing up his decision to h...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    Remap reform group dials up heat on Pritzker with new poll
    Governor (44) , Redistricting (78) Bush, Melinda--State Senate, 31 , Harmon, Don--State Senate, 39
    Change Illinois says a new survey proves voters want to take reapportionment away from lawmakers and give it to an independent panel, but the governor seems to be balking.

    A group pushing for Illinois to take remap out of the hands of lawmakers and give it to an independent panel moved to turn up the heat today, releasing poll results indicating voters strongly back their idea.
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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    McHenry County teen being treated for coronavirus at Advocate Good Shepherd
    Health (49)

    Teenager from McHenry County, woman from Kane County confirmed cases

    The patient is believed to have contra...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    Four Illinois sheriffs sue to strike down Illinois law allowing release of non-citizen felons
    Attorney General (6) , Corrections (74) , Crime (28) , Immigration (99a) , Police (28)

    Four county sheriffs have sued the state of Illinois in federal court seeking to strike down a state law they said puts communities in danger.

    The Illinois TRUST Act, enacted in 2017, was the reason given by the Illinois Department of Corrections when the Illinois Sheriffs' Association and several county sheriffs from around the state revealed the state’s prisons were no longer no...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    Chicago Officials Looking Into Actual Cost Of Cutting Out ComEd
    Chicago Mayor (16) , Chicago (16) , ComEd (94) , Utilities (94)

    The City of Chicago is now looking into exactly what it would cost to run its own electric utility and break ties with Commonwealth Edison, as some activists and socialist aldermen have been urging.

    Last October, the city’s law department quietly signed a $120,000 contract with NewGen Strategies and Solutions, LLC to study the feasibility of something known as read more >

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  • Monday, March 9, 2020
    Sponsors of vaccine mandate proposals at Illinois statehouse face opposition
    Children, Teens (19) , Health (49) , Prescriptions drugs (81) Bailey, Darren--State House, 109 , Gabel, Robyn--State House, 18 , Steans, Heather--State Senate, 7

    Several measures at the Illinois statehouse dealing with vaccination requirements face opposition, and the sponsor of one measure said she could modify her proposal.

    One measure, House Bill 4870, would requir...   read more >

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  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
    Illinois House Revenue Committee leaders urge budgeting based on real revenues
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) Sosnowski, Joe--State House, 69 , Zalewski, Michael--State House, 23

    State lawmakers in the Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee may, or may not come up with an official revenue estimate to include in the budgeting process for the spending plan that begins this summer.

    But committee leaders from both sides of the aisle said they want to give appropriations committees a solid revenue estimate for the coming budget.

    The revenue estimate num...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 6, 2020
    Lawmaker proposes ammunition tax for school safety grants
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) Bailey, Darren--State House, 109

    A proposal to levy an additional tax on ammunition in Illinois to deposit into a fund for school safety grants could face opposition from Republicans and gun groups.

    House Bill 5651 from Jonathan “Yoni&...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 6, 2020
    Pritzker, Illinois’ congressional Republicans trade barbs over election security
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Governor (44) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a)

    Illinois' Republican congressional delegation wants Gov. J.B. Pritzker to focus on fixing problems with the state's automatic voter registration program instead of President Donald Trump's personnel decision.

    Pritzker confirmed he wrote the president a letter Feb. 21 that was critical of Trump’s decision to relieve acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.

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  • Friday, March 6, 2020
    Report predicts Illinois economy will lag behind Midwest, nation
    Economy (34) , Employment, Jobs (40)

    Illinois officials annually ask credit rating agency Moody’s  Investors Service to look down the road and evaluate the state’s fortunes.

    The most recent report said that while the Land of Lincoln’s situation appears optimistic, the agency predicted a slowdown that the state's government isn't prepared to handle. 

    The nonpartisan Commission on Governme...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 6, 2020
    Chicago Schools Expected to Get State Aid Hike: Deputy Governor
    Chicago--Schools (18) , Education Funding (36a) , Governor (44) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    Chicago Public Schools should get a “significant increase” in state aid next year, according to a top Illinois budget official, even as some 2021 education funds hinge on whether voters decide the rich in the state should pay more in taxes.

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  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Bill to ban all red light cameras in Illinois moves out of House Rules Committee
    Local Government (60) , Red Light Cameras Durkin, Jim--State House, 82 , McSweeney, David--State House, 52

    A bill to ban all red-light cameras in the state could advance in Springfield.

    Last week, state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, got House Bill 322 passed in the House with bipartisan support. That measure would ban red-light cameras in non-home rule municipalities, or municipalities with fewer than 25,000 residents. He also lifted a procedural hold called a "motion to reconsid...   read more >

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