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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Pritzker agrees to pay raises for unionized home and child care workers
    Pay Raises , Pritzker, J.B. , Unions, labor (55)

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday announced he has reached an agreement with SEIU Healthcare Illinois to begin paying a 48-cent-an-hour raise — and back pay — to more than 40,000 home care and child care providers whose raises were withheld under former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

     

    About 28,000 caregivers in the Home Services Program in the state’...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    A tiny Illinois town has become the latest battleground in the effort to build an immigration detention center near Chicago
    Immigration (99a)

    Mary Flott thinks of her hometown of Dwight as a quiet, quaint village. But she worries that if a proposed development is built, people will identify it more with a large immigration detention center that would sit on the side of the highway.

    Flott, 71, had already been opposed to President Donald Trump’s policies when she learned in recent weeks that the national debate abou...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker agrees to pay raises, back pay ex-Gov. Bruce Rauner blocked for home aides, child care workers
    Pay Raises , Pritzker, J.B.

    Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration has agreed to pay wage increases for home care and child care workers, as well as about $44 million in back pay that his Republican predecessor withheld.

     

    Under an agreement with the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois announced Monday, the Pritzker administration will give 28,000 personal assistant...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Illinois Tollway has a new interim director after Rauner appointee exits
    Tollways (91b)

    Changes at the top continue at the Illinois Tollway with the departure of Executive Director Elizabeth “Liz” Gorman.

     

    Gorman, a former Republican Cook County commissioner who has led the Tollway for about a year, is “no longer employed” by the authority as of last Friday, Board Chair Will Evans said in a memo to staff. Chief Operating Officer Kevin ...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Inspector general report finds Randy Dunn mishandled multiple hirings
    Education--Higher (37)
    Former SIU President Randy J. Dunn improperly hired late Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s daughter and son-in-law as well as SIU’s vice president for academic affairs, according to an Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General report, the findings of which were obtained by the Daily Egyptian.

    Dunn entered a separation agreement with the Board of Trustees last July after it wa...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Governor should sign bill increasing minimum age to buy tobacco
    Tobacco, Smoking Ban, E-Cigarettes

    Last August, then-Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner derailed a drive against youth smoking by vetoing legislation that would increase to 21 the age at which people can buy tobacco products.

     

    In January, a reconstituted General Assembly took up the legislation again, and last Thursday, the state Senate put the issue into the hands of a new governor with passage by a vote of 39-16....   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Would 47 million March Madness bettors play legally if they could?
    Gambling, Gaming

    The NCAA men's basketball tourney starting this week will inspire 47 million Americans to wager $8.5 billion, Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, proclaims during a Monday conference call with the media.

     

    More money will change hands during a few weeks of the tournament than the total value of goods produced and services provided in the natio...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Illinois lawmaker wants to avoid overregulation of recreational marijuana
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational Ammons, Carol--State House, 103
    More ideas for regulating recreational marijuana could surface this week, but one lawmaker wants to make sure the legislature doesn't over-regulate the industry or consumers.

    Regulation ideas for Illinois have included allowing local control over cannabis sales, allowing adults to grow five plants at home, and even limiting how much one consumer can possess to one ounce.

    Chris Stone wi...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Illinois lawmakers could name official state soda, microbe
    Legislature (56) Koehler, David--State Senate, 46 , Meier, Charlie--State House, 108
    Illinois could get an official state drink and an official state microbe.

    The northern cardinal is the official state bird. The monarch butterfly is the official state insect. The violet is the official state flower. And the white oak is the state tree. There's even a state fossil (Tully monster) and state soil (Drummer silty clay loam) and a state tartan. One state Senator wants to go even sm...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Nearly every other college-bound Illinois graduate heads out of state
    Education--Higher (37)
    Nearly one out of two public school graduates bound for a four-year university chose to leave Illinois rather than studying at an in-state institution, according to a new report.

    The Illinois Board of Higher Education released its annual student out-migration report Tuesday. In 2017, 48.4 percent of students who graduated from a public school in Illinois that enrolled in a four-year college ch...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Pritzker says businesses should pay more, warns of deep cuts if progressive plan fails
    Economy (34) , Governor (44) , Taxes, Graduated/Progressive , Taxes, income (86) Wilhour, Blaine--State House, 107
    Illinois’ governor said small businesses in Illinois should be paying higher taxes and that taxpayers can expect deep cuts to government services if they don't approve his $3.4 billion progressive tax plan.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker visited Belleville City Hall on Monday to promote his plan. He was backed by mayors from the Metro East area who support changing the state constitution’s fla...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    State police step up enforcement of 'move over' law
    State Police (84)
    The Illinois State Police is warning drivers to follow the state’s “move over” law or face a penalty of up to $10,000.

    The law requires motorists to move over from stopped emergency vehicles, which includes police, fire and EMS, construction, tow truck drivers and the general motoring public when they have an emergency and have emergency flashers activated on the side of the ...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Senate Republicans make new media foray with 'Capitol Report' podcast
    Legislature (56)

    Podcasts are powerful because they allow almost anyone with a computer and some free time to put their ideas into the world for consideration.

     

    As that level playing field attracts listeners who want to curate their own audio input, people and groups with several other means for reaching the masses are increasingly attempting to go the route of commoners.

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    21 bridges in Sangamon County considered ‘structurally deficient’
    Transportation (91)
    An average of 23,000 vehicles per day use each of the two bridges that carry Interstate 72 over Sixth Street in southern Springfield. The pair is among 21 bridges in Sangamon

    County considered “structurally deficient,” according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.  read more >

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Pritzker should not stop at just one constitutional amendment
    Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    The mystery is over, and now the messiness of lawmaking will begin — a slow walk toward change that will take years before it is done.

     

    The mystery in question was this: Just what would Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s tax plan look like?

     

    Ever since Pritzker decided to run for governor, based on the promise of a new progressive tax system for Illinoi...   read more >

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