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  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
    Cannabis sales in Illinois to out-of-state residents nearly doubles
    Legislators (former) (58) , Recreational Marijuana

    (The Center Square) – Despite the pandemic, cannabis sales in Illinois continue to increase. But it’s not just in-state sales. Sales to out-of-state consumers in Illinois has nearly doubled since January.

    Of the nearly $64 million in total adult-use cannabis sales in Illinois for August, $17.2 million was in “out-of-state resident sales.” That’s nearly doub...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
    Pritzker says Illinois better than neighbors in positivity rates
    Governor (44) , Health (49)

    (The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is warning one region of the state of rising positivity rates, but says Illinois is now in the forefront when it comes to testing.

    During his COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, the governor said Region 1, the northwest corner of the state, has a positivity rate of 7.5 percent. If that raises above 8 percent for 3 straight days, additional restric...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
    Some Illinois mail-in ballot request reminders sent to out-of-state addresses
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Secretary of State (80)

    (The Center Square) – The Illinois State Board of Elections couldn’t immediately say how many out-of-state addresses were part of the 5.4 million reminders sent out to request an Illinois ballot to mail in for the November election, but elections authorities are working to keep the vote secure.

    Early voting begins in Illinois Thursday. That’s also when local elections ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
    Yelp releases dismal report on business closures in Illinois
    Business (10) , Governor (44) , Health (49)
    (The Center Square) – An economic report from Yelp paints a dire picture for businesses in Illinois and the rest of the country.

    More than 160,000 businesses listed on Yelp’s online directory have indicated they have closed since the pandemic began. In monitoring closed businesses, Yelp also takes into account the permanent closures. That numb...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
    McHenry County releases finalized plan for when kids may return to in-person school
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) , Health (49)

    The McHenry County Department of Health officially released countywide metrics Wednesday designed to give area school districts concrete data and statistics to c...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    GOP forms coalition to oppose Illinois Supreme Court Justice Kilbride, a longtime Madigan ally
    Candidates--Judicial (27b) , Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    (The Center Square) – With early voting fast approaching, one of the more contentious ballot issues this election year is the retention of a member of the Illinois Supreme Court.

    Judge Thomas Kilbride is seeking another 10-year term on the bench, but a newly formed coalition ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    S&P warns delayed spending cuts could push Illinois into 'non-investment grade' territory
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating , Budget--State (8) , Governor (44)

    (The Center Square) – Illinois’ chances of balancing its state budget without additional borrowing or a “sizable increase” in the state’s bill backlog “are looking slimmer as congressional agreement on further federal assistance remains elusive,” analysts for credit rating agency S&am...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    Schimpf and Plummer call on Pritzker to reopen Metro East citing 'major issues' with Covid data
    Governor (44) , Health (49) Plummer, Jason--State Senate, 54 , Schimpf, Paul--State Senate, 58

    State Senators Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) and Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) are calling on Governor Pritzker to immediately remove the increased restrictions on IDP...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    Illinois, federal proposals would give parents of virtual students more than $20,000
    Education Funding (36a) , Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)
    (The Center Square) – Proposals at the federal level and in Springfield would net the average Illinois parent of a student learning remotely more than $20,000 in cash and tax breaks.

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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    Report: 39 states ill-prepared for economic crisis resulting from coronavirus-related state shutdowns
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating , Budget--State (8)
    (The Center Square) – Only 11 states reported a taxpayer surplus at the end of the fiscal year 2019, the 11th annual Financial State of the States report published Tuesday by Truth in Accounting (TIA) found. The majority, 39 st...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    State Senator demands Illinois COVID-19 mitigations be lifted immediately because of incomplete data
    Governor (44) , Health (49) Schimpf, Paul--State Senate, 58

    (The Center Square) – The state of Illinois has the third-best COVID-19 testing capacity of the country and is doing the most testing of other states in th...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 21, 2020
    • (The Center Square) – State and federal lawmakers from some of Illinois’ neighboring states say taxpayers there, many of who
    Budget--State (8) , Federal Bailout , Governor (44)

    (The Center Square) – State and federal lawmakers from some of Illinois’ neighboring states say taxpayers there, many of whom left Illinois, should not be on the hook for a federal bailout of the state’s budgetary mess.

    On Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he ...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 21, 2020
    Our View: Marian Central should be transparent with community about COVID-19 cases
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)

    Private and public schools should be transparent about COVID-19 cases among their students and staff – and what they’re doing about it.

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  • Friday, September 18, 2020
    Pension expert says diversity measures in investing could cost Illinois taxpayers
    Minorities (66) , Pensions (70)