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Farmers gather for state's first Hemp Summit

Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan said Tuesday that interest in the newly-legalized hemp industry continues to build, but more work needs to be done for the... — Updated 12/26/2019


Pritzker expected to sign letter consenting to refugee resettlement

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday he fully supports allowing refugees to resettle in Illinois and he is expected to sign a letter to the Trump administration to that effect... — Updated 12/17/2019


First motions for marijuana expungements filed in Cook County

Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx filed motions in court Wednesday to vacate more than 1,000 low-level marijuana convictions, following through on a recently-passed state l... — Updated 12/12/2019


Pritzker signs bill promoting diverse workforce on capital projects

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Tuesday aimed at ensuring minority workers have access to jobs created through the state's new $45 billion capital improvements... — Updated 12/12/2019


Illinois harvest running behind schedule

As the month of December arrived, many Illinois farmers were still working to harvest their corn and soybeans - the state's two largest field crops - and agriculture officials are... — Updated 12/10/2019


Signs bill tightening language on conflict of interest, public use, expungement

The Trump administration is about to impose new regulations that would tighten eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, in a... — Updated 12/5/2019


Embattled state Sen. Martin Sandoval resigns

State Sen. Martin Sandoval, whose Statehouse office was raided by federal agents in September, announced late Wednesday that he will step down from his seat effective Jan. 1. "Respe... — Updated 12/2/2019


U.S. Supreme Court won't review Illinois 'felony murder' law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal challenging a controversial state law that allows someone to be convicted of murder if a death occurs during the commissi... — Updated 11/26/2019


Pritzker vetoes retroactive tax break for private jet parts

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday vetoed a bill that would have provided a sales tax exemption on the sale of private jet parts and components retroactive to 2010 and... — Updated 11/26/2019


Chicago casino bill appears stalled; legalized marijuana clean-up in question

Two major issues that lawmakers were expected to deal with during the fall veto session regarding a Chicago casino and the upcoming legalization of adult use recreational marijuana... — Updated 11/14/2019


Lawmakers gearing up for final week of veto session

Illinois lawmakers will return to the Statehouse on Tuesday, with all eyes waiting to see what, if any, action will be taken on ethics reform in the General Assembly. But a host of... — Updated 11/12/2019


Amtrak ridership hits record highs on two Illinois lines

Amtrak routes that connect Chicago to St. Louis and Milwaukee saw record numbers of riders in the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 while the national passenger rail system... — Updated 11/11/2019


Manar to push bill making Daylight Saving Time permanent

If Sen. Andy Manar has his way, people in Illinois would move their clocks ahead one hour this coming spring, then never have to change them again. Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said in a T... — Updated 11/7/2019


Senate GOP bill would give inspector general more autonomy

Republicans in the Illinois Senate unveiled a bill Wednesday that would give the legislative inspector general independent authority to launch investigations and issue subpoenas, so... — Updated 10/31/2019


Pritzker's veto of Obamacare protection bill survives in Senate

The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to sustain Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's veto of a bill that would have prohibited him, or any future governor, from seeking federal approval... — Updated 10/31/2019


Chicago Teachers Union pushes bill to redirect district funds

Chicago Teachers Union representatives are asking lawmakers for legislation that would force Chicago Public Schools to direct more of its state funding to services aimed at... — Updated 10/29/2019


Support building for ban on red-light cameras

SPRINGFIELD – Bipartisan support appears to be building in the Illinois General Assembly for a statewide ban on red-light cameras. Those are devices that some municipalities... — Updated 10/10/2019


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