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 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 REBECCA ANZEL    News 

Pritzker presides in Senate presidential proceedings

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker assumed a ceremonial position Sunday as senators chose a new president. The governor, a Democrat, presided over the floor vote as legislators elected... — Updated 1/20/2020

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News 

State senators to choose new president Sunday

The Illinois Senate will hold a special meeting Sunday to elect a new chamber president. Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, surprised his colleagues at the end of... — Updated 1/16/2020

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News 

Reform advocates push for tighter lobbying controls

Government reform advocates in Illinois are urging state lawmakers to impose stricter rules on lobbying activity at the Statehouse, including a ban on lawmakers themselves working... — Updated 1/16/2020

 
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Rep. Stephens addresses graffiti issue on noise abatement walls

State Representative Brad Stephens (20th District)issued this statement regarding the Kennedy Expressway Graffiti: “My office has received numerous emails and phone calls concerning the graffiti on the noise abatement walls... — Updated 1/15/2020

 
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Foster named Chairman of House Science Committee's Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) was named chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. The subcommittee is empowered with investigative and oversight authority over all... — Updated 1/15/2020

 
 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 PETER HANCOCK    News

Pritzker reflects on first year in office, looks ahead to 2020

One year ago, on Jan. 14, 2019, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker was sworn into office. A billionaire businessman from Chicago with no prior experience as an elected official, he took... — Updated 1/14/2020

 

Nowicki named bureau chief of Capitol News Illinois

Capitol News Illinois today announces that Jerry Nowicki has been promoted to the position of bureau chief with the news service. Nowicki joined Capitol News Illinois as a reporter... — Updated 1/13/2020

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News

New gun dealer regulations to take effect Friday

New rules governing how retail gun dealers do business go into effect Friday and include the types of records they must keep, how weapons and ammunition are to be stored and the... — Updated 1/13/2020

 

Brand-new age progression in Kayla Unbehaun case

For the first time since Kayla Unbehaun's disappearance, NCMEC has just released an age progression image of what she might look like today. "We know that this new picture can... — Updated 1/9/2020

 
 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 Ben Orner    News

House bill would add risks of sexting to sex ed. curriculum

Sex education in Illinois middle and high schools would be required to include a discussion on sexting if a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives becomes law. House... — 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

 

Dispensaries report smooth rollout of legalized marijuana

The first day of legal sales of recreational marijuana in Illinois went "extraordinarily well," according to one industry representative, with total sales on Jan. 1 of nearly $3.2... — Updated 1/6/2020

 

Sen. Patrick Joyce to open campaign office Saturday, Jan. 4

Illinois State Sen. Patrick Joyce is kicking off the new year by inviting constituents in the 40th Senate District to visit the new headquarters for his campaign to represent them. Sen. Joyce, D-Essex, will have community members,... — Updated 1/2/2020

 

$16,000,000 Lotto Jackpot Won in Vernon Hills

If you bought a Lotto ticket in Vernon Hills, you may want to check it right away! A convenience store located in Vernon Hills sold a $16,000,000 winning Lotto ticket in the... — Updated 12/31/2019

 

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 12/30/2019

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News

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

 
 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 PETER HANCOCK    News

Researchers suggest more state funding for schools would help lower property taxes

A pair of researchers are suggesting the best way to reduce property taxes in Illinois is for the state to take over a greater share of funding for public schools and consolidate some units of local government. Frank Manzo, policy... — Updated 12/19/2019

 
 By REBECCA ANZEL    News

Statehouse dome inspection reveals damage

A Capitol dome study conducted earlier this month revealed “some obvious flaws on the exterior of the dome,” a state employee said Tuesday. Inspectors also found cracks inside the structure and changes made over the years that... — Updated 12/18/2019

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News

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

 
 By REBECCA ANZEL    News

Time for a change at Capitol Complex?

A law mandating baby changing tables be installed in both men’s and women’s restrooms beginning Jan. 1 does not apply to the Illinois State Capitol Complex, but the buildings’ architect plans to add them to some facilities... — Updated 12/11/2019

 

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