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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Analysts warn against states relying on 'unpredictable' recreational cannabis tax revenue
    Governor (44) , Recreational Marijuana , Taxes, sales (88)
    As Illinois officials work to finalize the regulations for the state's recreational cannabis market, analysts have offered up some words of caution for budgeting revenue from the emerging industry.

    The Pew Charitable Trusts released a research paper, “Forecasts Hazy for State Marijuana Revenue,” as a warning to states looking to follow in the steps of the five that have collected a...   read more >

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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Illinois Gun Dealer License Certification proposed rules filed, but still months from full implementation
    Governor (44) , Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , State Police (84) Wilhour, Blaine--State House, 107

    Attorney General has Monday deadline to file response to Illinois State Rifle Association lawsuit

    The Illinois State Police have filed proposed rules for the Illinois Gun Dealer License Certification Act, but a mandatory 90-day review period means that gun dealers will still have to wait until all the details are finalized and the law is fully implemented be...
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  • Monday, August 19, 2019
    Report: Illinois, other states, reducing number of opioid prescriptions
    Drugs (32)

    The Workers Compensation Research Institute monitors how often workers injured on the job are given prescription opioids in 27 select states.

    The organization's   read more >

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  • Sunday, August 18, 2019
    Planned Illinois River shutdown poses fresh challenge for farmers
    Agriculture (2)
    As if the trade war with China and the weather having the entire state declared an agricultural disaster area weren’t enough, Illinois farmers will face a new challenge next year when the Illinois River is closed for several months.

    Farmers rely on the Illinois River to bring them supplies and take their goods to markets.

    Kirby Wagner, assistant director of infrastructure and tra...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Illinois’ statehouse majority Democrats celebrate while minority Republicans look to reverse course
    Legislature (56) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) Bristow, Monica--State House, 111 , Bush, Melinda--State Senate, 31 , Murphy, Mike -- State House, 99 , Wilhour, Blaine--State House, 107
    After two days of political rallies, state lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle were either basking in the glow of legislative victories or looking to battle a proposed income tax hike and looming policy ideas.

    On Wednesday during Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair, state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Alton, talked about the major legislative accomplishments the Democratic majority...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Op-Ed: How Illinois families can face eviction for crimes they didn’t commit
    Crime (28) , Housing (51)
    Jessica Barron was resting in her room on a June afternoon.

    “Mom,” said her 14-year-old son, stirring her awake, “there’s an officer here.”

    Jessica heard pounding on the door. She opened it, and a police officer handed her a stack of papers. Her heart sank.

    Jessica and her high-school sweetheart Kenny Wylie were born and raised in Granite City...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    U.S. House Minority Whip: Illinois example of cornerstone for 2020 election
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Legislature (56) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive
    Illinois Republicans’ featured speaker at the fair Thursday, U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, said liberal policies in Illinois highlight what he called the foundation of the 2020 election: Individual liberty versus government control.

    The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party says Democrats may have beat the state’s GOP down in 2018, but the majority party is not addres...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Illinois' Hazy New Law Legalizing Recreational Use Of Marijuana
    Business (10) , Legal System (27) , Recreational Marijuana
    If you’re approaching Illinois, you might hear the sound of residents blaring their favorite Bob Marley tunes.

    That’s because Illinois just legalized recreational use of marijuana. This new law could leave Illinois employers dazed and confused in trying to figure out how to make sure their employees aren’t stoned on the job. Dylan rightly said “you don’t n...
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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    No, Public Pension Reform Experiments Have Not Failed
    Pensions (70)
    Earlier this week, the National Institute on Retirement Security published a new report, "read more >
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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Blago behind bars; system that spawned him endures
    Blagojevich, Rod , Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Pay to Play, Corruption , President (73) Brady, Bill--State Senate, 44 , Cullerton, Thomas--State Senate, 23 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Munoz, Antonio--State Senate, 1

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019
    Despite stark current reality, Republicans say state’s political pendulum due to swing right
    Governor (44) , Legislature (56) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) Brady, Bill--State Senate, 44 , Durkin, Jim--State House, 82

    State GOP leaders talk role of Trump, graduated income tax, Chicago separation in 2020 elections

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  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
    Pritzker calls for 'full transparency' after Illinois Attorney General says DCFS records improperly withheld
    Attorney General (6) , DCFS (30) , Governor (44)
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker called for "full transparency" after Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office said a state agency improperly withheld information about child caretakers facing licensing troubles. 

    NewsChannel 20 in Springfield sent the I...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
    Report finds 'onerous' taxes would sink Chicago casino plans
    Chicago Mayor (16) , Chicago (16) , Gambling, Gaming , Taxes, misc. (89)
    A new report said existing plans for building a casino in Chicago were “not financially feasible,” a setback for one source of funding for Illinois' new $45 billion statewide capital spending plan. 

    However, Gov. J.B. Pritz...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    Chicago Nursing Home Sued for Elder Abuse After Snapchat Video
    Senior Citizens (81)
    Margaret Collins’ family is suing the Abington of Glenview Nursing & Rehab Center after a Snapchat video showed aides apparently mistreating her for a laugh.

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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    Comptroller Susana Mendoza signs executive order ensuring state infrastructure money spent using prevailing wage
    Comptroller (21) , Unions, labor (55)
    Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza signed an executive order Tuesday that makes her office another watchdog for enforcing Illinois’ wage laws on public projects.

    The new $45 billion Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan is expected to, directly and indirectly, create more than 500,000 jobs over its six-year timespan. To make sure contractors in the state follow the prevailing wage l...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    McHenry County farmers estimate as high as 50% production losses this growing season
    Agriculture (2) , Floods (42) , Rivers (23)

    In the wake of historic rainfall and flooding in Illinois, some McHenry County farmers are expecting production losses for area growers well above nationwide averages predicted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Capitol News Illinois reported that the USDA projected that corn production would drop 14% nationally this year, while soybean production would drop 19%.

    Specificall...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    How Illinois Is Preparing For Election Attacks In 2020
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)
    Democratic lawmakers are renewing calls for uniform election security ahead of the next presidential election, but until then, each state is on its own.

    All 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee. In Illinois, 76,000 people had their information stolen off the state voter registration database.

    Now, state election officials are working...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Federal lawsuit over Illinois law could cost Facebook billions with payouts of thousands of dollars per user
    Fraud, ID Theft, Con Artists (6) , Internet, Social Media (98)

    Appellate court: Illinoisans can sue Facebook for breaking biometric laws as class-action

    A federal court says Facebook users in Illinois can join a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant, potentially collecting thousands of dollars per account. 

    A federal appellate court ruled unanimously Thursday that Illinois-based users who want to ...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Illinois congressmen, farmers talk about USMCA as bridge past 2020 election, China trade dispute
    Agriculture (2) , Candidates--Federal (13) , Economy (34) , Foreign affairs (99)
    Illinois farmers want a trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico as a bridge to get past the 2020 election and the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China.

    During Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday, Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert said farmers have been patient during the ongoing trade disputes lead by President Donald Trump, but their patience is w...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Illinois governor says chairmanship shift for indicted state senator 'appropriate first step'
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Governor (44) Cullerton, John--State Senate, 6 , Cullerton, Thomas--State Senate, 23 , Holmes, Linda--State Senate, 42

    State Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, is set to be arraigned in federal court Wednesday on embezzlement charges.

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  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Victims' rights advocate says sexual harassment law includes fines that could silence accusers
    Governor (44) , Sexual assault, Sex Crime (96) Lang, Lou--State House, 16 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    While some heralded the enactment of a reform measure bringing changes to how sexual harassment is handled in the workplace and in governmental ethics, a woman who helped push for the legislation said it contains a poison pill.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 75 on Friday. The measure requires private employers to follow guidelines on preventing sexual harassment and gives employe...   read more >

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  • Saturday, August 10, 2019
    Illinois lawmaker vows not to accept potential payout from lawsuit over legislative pay
    Legislature (56) , Pay Raises Skillicorn, Allen--State House, 66
    One Illinois lawmaker said he won’t accept any payout from a pending lawsuit filed by two former state Senators seeking back pay for cost-of-living pay increases that they had voted against receiving while in office.

    State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, introduced a resolution that said he won’t share in any potential windfall from the lawsuit. He’s asking other lawmak...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 9, 2019
    Have a passport? Illinois Secretary of State says you won’t have to get Real ID
    Driver's Licenses (80b) , Secretary of State (80)
    The federal Real ID law has been around for more than a decade but has never been fully implemented, however, starting Oct. 1, 2020, Illinois will be fully compliant with the federal law.

    The Real ID Act was enacted in 2005 in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. After years of delays, the federal mandate for national ID standards for people to board a plane or enter federal bu...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 9, 2019
    Innovation Pie: U Of I Divvies Up $500M State Funds
    Education--Higher (37)
    Most press conferences don’t provide breakfast pastries. But in mid-May, when the University of Illinois announced that every public four-year college in the state had signed on to its Innovation Network, the event was staged with some extra sizzle. Along with muffins, coffee and juice, there was a line-up of college presidents and chancellors, plus Springfield mayor Jim Langfelder, flanked ...   read more >
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  • Friday, August 9, 2019
    Lawmakers seek answers to student aid scandal, but officials short on details
    Education--Higher (37) Ford, La Shawn--State House, 8
    University officials said Thursday that Illinois lawmakers need to do something to address a loophole in the law that allowed the children of wealthy parents to get tuition assistance after transferring custody of the students to qualify for that aid, but the school officials were tight-lipped about what happened.

    University personnel in 2018 found that a number of parents had given up custody...   read more >

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