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Rauner goes after Democratic ‘machine’ at state fair

Rauner goes after Democratic ‘machine’ at state fair

By Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
August 18
Filed under State

Illinois Republicans spent their day at the State Fair on Wednesday attempting to look past divisions over presidential nominee Donald Trump to focus on down-ballot races for the U.S. Senate, the House and key legislative contests aimed at eroding Democratic control of the General Assembly. Gov. Bruce...

Governor makes record bid of $104K for steer at Illinois state fair

Governor makes record bid of $104K for steer at Illinois state fair

By Kim Janssen | Chicago Tribune
August 17
Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday night became the proud owner of a $104,000 steer at the Illinois State Fair. Rauner, who has made winning auction bids for prize cattle at each of the last two state fairs, defeated his personal best of $61,000 and the previous record purchase of $100,000. Wearing...

Illinois governor signs law extending labor protections to domestic workers

Illinois governor signs law extending labor protections to domestic workers

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz | Chicago Tribune
August 16
Filed under City, News, State

Illinois nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers will be entitled to the state minimum wage and basic human rights protections come Jan. 1 under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights amends four state laws to include domestic workers,...

Marijuana cultivation in Illinois is a professional operation: growers

Marijuana cultivation in Illinois is a professional operation: growers

By Dean Olsen | The State Journal-Register
August 15
Filed under City, News, State

JOLIET — Bright lights, swirling air and the pungent odor of maturing buds laced with sticky oil from thousands of plants with distinctive green leaves greet visitors at Cresco Labs' medical marijuana cultivation center. Officials from Chicago-based Cresco, who operate a growing facility in this...

New Illinois law makes changes in investigation, prosecution of rape cases

New Illinois law makes changes in investigation, prosecution of rape cases

By Beth Hundsdorfer | Belleville News-Democrat
August 15
Filed under City, News, Showcase, State

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a series of bills into law that will strengthen the rights of sexual assault victims. The changes were the result of ones proposed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan and came after a Belleville News-Democrat investigative report in February 2015 called Violation of Trust. The...

Illinois governor vetoes automatic voter registration bill

Illinois governor vetoes automatic voter registration bill

By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune
August 13
Filed under City, News, State

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill aimed at making voter registration automatic in Illinois, citing concerns about potential voting fraud and conflicts with federal law. The first-term Republican governor said he wanted to continue negotiations with supporters to work out those issues, but groups backing...

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