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  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
    New Illinois House Speaker Welch promises to ‘possibly make a lot of changes’ to House rules
    Legislature (56) Durkin, Jim--State House, 82 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Welch, Emanuel "Chris"--State House, 7

    (The Center Square) – For the first time in decades, there’s a new speaker of the Illinois House and he’s making history.

    But he also comes in under a cloud of recently revealed allegations of abusive behavior from years ago, and a close connection to the former controversial House Speaker.

    On the eve of Chris Welch’s election to Illinois House speaker, r...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
    The Story Behind Illinois’ Latest Public Pension Liability Boost, And Why It’s So Very Illinois
    Fire Marshal, fire, fire fighters (84) , Pensions (70) Martwick, Robert--State House, 19

    In the   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Hoffman looks out for the lawsuit industry
    Legal System (27) , Tort Reform (27) Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113

    Thanks to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s lockdowns, Metro-East small businesses are ailing. 

    So here comes State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea), taking advantage. That’s at the behest of the Illinois trial lawyers-- and Hoffman himself is one-- whose agenda typically comes first in Springfield.

    When a personal injury plaintiff files a lawsuit, if they win, they are typicall...   read more >

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  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
    EYE ON ILLINOIS: As Welch takes gavel from Madigan, Dems still face crucial questions
    Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Welch, Emanuel "Chris"--State House, 7

    Congratulations, you’re the new speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

    Now what?

    Rep. Chris Welch has to be asking himself that question today. Moments into his fifth House term, the Hillside Democrat did what many thought was impossible. Although he did...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
    Illinois lawmakers could soon erase up to $1 billion in business tax assistance
    Governor (44) , Health (49) , Taxes, misc. (89) Hammond, Norine--State House, 93 , McSweeney, David--State House, 52 , Zalewski, Michael--State House, 23

    In the final hours of the 101st General Assembly, Illinois lawmakers nearly broke with federal law and remove a tax break intended to help small businesses durin...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
    Plummer on passage of defund police bill
    Crime (28) , Police (28) Plummer, Jason--State Senate, 54
    To the Editor:

    In the early hours of the morning, Senate Democrat lawmakers rammed through a 764-page criminal justice reform proposal disguised under a new bill number. But, the public will not be fooled. While no longer contained in House Bill 163, this criminal justice reform proposal remains a real and present threat to the safety and wellbeing of our law enforcement personnel, our familie...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
    Pritzker's administration: From the People, by the Politicians, for the Bloodsuckers
    Governor (44) , Taxes, misc. (89)

    When Governor Jay Robert “J.B.” Pritzker entered office, he promised to make reforms and tax the hell out of Illinois residents. So far, we havenR...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    After student suicides, some ask for competition in Illinois to resume amid pandemic
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) , Governor (44) , Health (49) Swanson, Daniel--State House, 74

    (The Center Square) – It’s been months of no sports for Illinois high school students because of Pritzker administration guidance during COVID-19, and some say the impacts have been deadly.

    Student-athlete Dylan Buckner from Northbrook reportedly took his own life last week. The Daily Herald read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    IDVA Director Linda Chapa LaVia resigns after criticism over deadly COVID-19 outbreak at LaSalle Veterans' Home
    Health (49) , Nursing Homes (68) , Veterans (95) Frese, Randy--State House, 94 , Thapedi, Andre--State House, 32

    (The Center Square) – In the wake of a coronavirus outbreak at an Illinois veterans home which resulted in 36 deaths, Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs Director Linda Chapa LaVia is stepping down from her role.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday that Major General Peter Nezamis, assistant adjutant general in the Illinois National Guard will serve as interim director....   read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    Illinois Comptroller will no longer withhold state payouts for red-light camera fees
    Chicago Mayor (16) , Comptroller (21) , Local Government (60) , Red Light Cameras

    (The Center Square) – Local municipalities will soon lose the leverage of seizing state tax returns or other expected Illinois payouts to pay off red-light camera fines. 

    Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza an...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    Opposition to potential Illinois income tax hike mounts
    Taxes, income (86) Ford, La Shawn--State House, 8

    (The Center Square) – With Illinois facing a nearly $4 billion dollar budget shortfall this year, some are fearful of a possible state income tax increase in the near future, possibly while lawmakers conduct business in Springfield this week.

    The support for raising the state income tax comes after voters rejected the graduated income tax amendment in November’s election. Go...   read more >

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  • Sunday, January 10, 2021
    Despite historic unemployment claims, fraud and other issues, no oversight hearings expected
    Attorney General (6) , Unemployment (93) Kifowit, Stephanie--State House, 84

    (The Center Square) – A committee that oversees the state’s unemployment agency is refraining from providing public oversight while the state’s...   read more >

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  • Sunday, January 10, 2021
    Sweeping last-minute changes to Illinois system of justice faces opposition from police groups
    Crime (28) , Legal System (27) , Local Government (60) , Police (28)

    (The Center Square) – A broad bill making its way through the Illinois legislature in the final days of lame-duck session could bring sweeping changes to c...   read more >

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  • Saturday, January 9, 2021
    CUB files federal lawsuit seeking refunds after ComEd bribery scandal
    ComEd (94) , Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Pay to Play, Corruption , Utilities (94) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

     (The Center Square) – Illinois’ largest public utility is facing a lawsuit in federal court seeking refunds for large portions of consumers' electric bills dating back nearly a decade, possibly amounting to billions of dollars, dating back nearly a decade.

    The Citizens Utility Board, a Chicago-based consumer watchdog group, filed t...   read more >

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  • Saturday, January 9, 2021
    Lame duck session could increase liabilities for Illinois small businesses hit by pandemic losses
    Business (10) , Taxes, misc. (89)

    (The Center Square) – An effort could be underway in Springfield over the next few days that would hinder small businesses’ ability to recover from “incredible economic damage,” a small business group said.<...   read more >

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  • Saturday, January 9, 2021
    Op-ed: Pritzker’s delayed response to LaSalle Veterans’ Home COVID outbreak was fatal
    Governor (44) , Health (49) , Veterans (95) Rezin, Sue--State Senate, 38

    Three years ago, Gov. J.B. Pritzker stated, “When a governor does not take charge, people die.” Those words were true then, and remain true, as 36 veterans have paid a deadly price for his administration’s lack of a quick, decisive response t...   read more >

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  • Saturday, January 9, 2021
    EYE ON ILLINOIS: Timing might not be right for fair maps bill, but reform push continues
    Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) , Redistricting (78) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    Well that escalated quickly.

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  • Saturday, January 9, 2021
    Policing in Illinois could drastically change if this house bill passes in the next week
    Crime (28) , Legal System (27) , Police (28)

    The bill must be passed by January 13th

    MORRIS, Ill. — The Illinois state legislature will be in its lame-duck period for the next six days. In that time, they'll look at house bill 163. It’s a proposal that would end qualified immunity for police and eliminate c...
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  • Saturday, January 9, 2021
    Unemployment fraud task force formed by Illinois attorney general, other agencies
    Attorney General (6) , Unemployment (93)

    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Illinois attorney general's office is partnering with the FBI to create a task force on unemployment insurance benefits fraud.

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  • Friday, January 8, 2021
    Pritzker hopes for federal money for Illinois after Democrats regain full control in D.C.
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating , Budget--State (8)

    (The Center Square) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was all smiles about Georgia’s U.S. Senate election results Wednesday, saying he’s optimistic that the federal government will come through with more state aid now that Republicans can’t block it.

    At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker was asked about how soon he thinks the state’s multi-billion dollar bu...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 8, 2021
    Owner of Mary Lou's in Carbondale says she received fine for offering indoor dining
    Business (10) , Economy (34) , Health (49)

    CARBONDALE — The owner of downtown diner Mary Lou's Grill says she is one of several restaurants that received a ticket and fine from the city last week for allowing indoor dining, which is banned by the state as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    On New Year’s Eve, signs went up on Mary Lou’s front door that said the restaurant had been ticketed, and t...   read more >

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  • Friday, January 8, 2021
    Column: Illinois’ do-nothing legislature will finally convene. Its inaction took a big toll.
    Budget--State (8) , Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Legislature (56) , Pay to Play, Corruption , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) , Taxes, income (86) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22