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 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Insulin price cap now has only one hurdle to clear

The Illinois House voted with an overwhelming majority Wednesday to advance a bill aimed at capping the out-of-pocket cost of prescription insulin for state-regulated health... — Updated 11/15/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Don Harmon, Oak Park Democrat, named Illinois Senate president

Senator Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, was elected as the 39th president of the Illinois Senate on Sunday after hours of behind-the-scenes negotiations. The race had been weeks in the... — Updated 1/21/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Governor asks for, receives resignation from state ag director

The state's agriculture director resigned last weekend at the request of Gov. J.B. Pritzker for failing to disclose contents of a 2012 email that pointed to the possible cover-up... — Updated 1/14/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Republicans blast property tax task force report

Illinois House Republicans on Wednesday blasted a draft final report from the special Property Tax Relief Task Force that lawmakers formed last year. They said the panel's... — Updated 1/9/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Lawmakers, activists demand investigation of 2012 'rape in Champaign' email

Lawmakers from both parties are calling for an investigation of a 2012 email exchange between a government insider and then-Gov. Pat Quinn's staff regarding a possible cover-up of... — Updated 1/9/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

State panel looks for isolation room answers

Legislators and advocates began discussions Tuesday of what action the state can take to counteract the overuse of physical restraint and forced isolation of students in Illinois schools, particularly those serving students with... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

New year will bring a higher minimum wage, legalization of marijuana

The state's minimum wage will increase by $1 hourly, recreational marijuana will go on sale to those over 21 years of age, and some state taxes and licensing fees will increase... — Updated 12/26/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Number of parties suing Sterigenics jumps to 73

The number of parties suing medical supply sterilization company Sterigenics on claims that its ethylene oxide gas emissions caused serious health problems grew to 73 this week, according to a law firm representing 18 of the... — Updated 12/16/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

More urgency needed on ethics reforms, GOP lawmakers say

A handful of Illinois House Republicans on Wednesday called for a special legislative session – or at least greater urgency in the upcoming regular session – to pass reforms to... — Updated 12/5/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Pritzker, stakeholders talk next phases of legalized marijuana rollout

One month before the scheduled rollout of legalized marijuana in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a follow-up bill to the initial reform Wednesday and took questions about the... — Updated 12/5/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Governor to foot $40,000 bill for Capitol office renovations

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker is planning to spend $40,000 of his own money to renovate his State Capitol office next month, according to a news release distributed by his staff. Those changes will be mainly functional, however, wi... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Eight days after request, Lincoln Museum shipped Gettysburg Address to Texas

Just eight days after a nonprofit organization founded by conservative commentator Glenn Beck requested it be lent a priceless, handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address to... — Updated 11/26/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

State school board to make emergency rule changes in response to isolation room report

The state’s board of education announced emergency rule changes Wednesday in response to a news story which detailed an overuse of “isolation rooms” in several Illinois public school districts, including those serving... — Updated 11/20/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

During veto session, clock runs out on time change, college athlete pay, more

The adjournment of the fall veto session Thursday night means a number of bills that failed to pass both chambers this week must wait for further action when the General Assembly... — Updated 11/18/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

32,000 Illinoisans save $8.5 million in first year of new program

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Monday continued to promote a new state program which he says is a first step to alleviating a nationwide "retirement crisis." At a Chicago... — Updated 11/18/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Latest ethics proposals focus on State Board of Elections

Republican lawmakers added to their pile of recently-filed ethics legislation Wednesday, promoting two bills aimed at limiting conflicts of interest on the Illinois State Board of Elections. Sen. Dan McConchie, a Hawthorn Woods... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Added ethylene oxide regulations clear House, await changes in Senate

A strict ethylene oxide regulatory bill passed the state House Wednesday with no votes to spare and promises of further discussion and potential amendments in the Senate. Just one R... — Updated 10/31/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

College athletes endorsement bill heads to Senate with bipartisan support

A bill allowing college athletes in Illinois to be paid for the use of their image, name and likeness passed the state House Wednesday with broad bipartisan support after lengthy... — Updated 10/30/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Veto session primer: With few overrides to consider, new proposals take forefront

For the first time since the General Assembly adjourned its historic regular legislative session in early June, lawmakers will be back at the Capitol for more legislative action... — Updated 10/29/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Lawmakers: Ethics task force needed to help regain public's trust

Amid an ongoing flurry of federal investigative activity pertaining to state government, a bipartisan group of lawmakers called for the creation of a task force to recommend greater ethical safeguards during a Statehouse news... — Updated 10/29/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Committee sees partisan split on ethylene oxide votes

The House Energy and Environment Committee diverged Monday on a pair of highly-publicized bills aiming to better regulate ethylene oxide gas emissions in the state, passing one... — Updated 10/29/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Chicago mayor: To balance budget, city 'will need cooperation from Springfield'

SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot laid out her budget plan Wednesday, announcing the city "will need cooperation from Springfield” in order to fill an $838 million operating deficit. Lightfoot called on state lawmakers... — Updated 10/23/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

2018 tax summaries show Pritzkers with more than $6M in gross income

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, reported more than $6 million in gross income last year, about $5.5 million of which was federally taxable, according to a nine-page... — Updated 10/16/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Lawmakers plan to push insulin pricing bill in veto session

Lawmakers will aim to pass a law capping out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 per one month's supply when they return for the fall veto session, the bill's sponsors announced Friday... — Updated 10/14/2019

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Pritzker unveils five-year economic plan, touts 'strong job growth'

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity introduced a five-year economic plan this week, focusing on six industries that can boost the state's economy... — Updated 10/12/2019

 

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