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Pritzker raises minimum tobacco sale age to 21

Pritzker raises minimum tobacco sale age to 21

By Staff Report, News Desk

April 10, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Sunday raising the minimum tobacco sale age in Illinois from 18 to 21.

Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, making her the first African American woman to lead the city

Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, making her the first African American woman to lead the city

By Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune

April 4, 2019

Lori Lightfoot won a resounding victory Tuesday night to become both the first African American woman and openly gay person elected mayor of Chicago, dealing a stinging defeat to a political establishment that has reigned over City Hall for decades.

A historic decision: Voters will choose between Lightfoot and Preckwinkle to become Chicago’s first African-American female mayor

A historic decision: Voters will choose between Lightfoot and Preckwinkle to become Chicago’s first African-American female mayor

By Bill Ruthhart, Gregory Pratt, and Juan Perez Jr.

April 1, 2019

Chicago voters will make history Tuesday when they head to the polls and pick either former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot or Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to become the city’s 56th mayor.

Bill to reopen Tamms Correctional Facility passes Illinois House, moves to Senate

Bill to reopen Tamms Correctional Facility passes Illinois House, moves to Senate

By Kallie Cox, Staff Reporter

March 29, 2019

House Bill 210, a bill to reopen and reorganize the Tamms Correctional Facility, has moved to the Illinois House floor for consideration after being amended to create a task force to study the potential effects reopening the facility would have.

Arrests ordered of 2 former Madigan operatives for failing to answer questions in lawsuit

Arrests ordered of 2 former Madigan operatives for failing to answer questions in lawsuit

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune

March 26, 2019

A federal judge on Monday ordered the arrests of two alleged political operatives of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for failing to appear for depositions in a lawsuit filed by Madigan’s opponent in the 2016 election.

Public Policy Institute releases approval ratings for select Illinois officials, Trump

Public Policy Institute releases approval ratings for select Illinois officials, Trump

By Brandi Courtois, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute has released job performance reviews for a select group of elected officials based on a statewide sample of 1,000 registered voters.

Illinois House passes bill requiring schools to include LGBTQ individuals in curriculum

Illinois House passes bill requiring schools to include LGBTQ individuals in curriculum

By Brandi Courtois, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019

SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois House passed a bill Wednesday which would require public schools to include lessons on prominent LGBTQ+ figures in history. House Bill 246, also called the Inclusive Curriculum bill, would go into effect July 1, 2020.

Invoking the Great Depression, Pritzker delivers first budget proposal amid $3.2 billion deficit

Invoking the Great Depression, Pritzker delivers first budget proposal amid $3.2 billion deficit

By Dan Petrella and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune

February 20, 2019

Comparing Illinois' financial morass to the challenges the state faced during the Great Depression, Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his first budget address Wednesday to lay out the initial stages of a multiyear road map that is ultimately dependent upon voters approving a graduated income tax.

State Democratic leader seeks more candidates to ride ‘blue wave’

State Democratic leader seeks more candidates to ride ‘blue wave’

By Lenore Sobota, The Pantagraph

February 19, 2019

After a “blue wave” that swept many Democrats into Congress and governorships — including J.B. Pritzker in Illinois — the new leader of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association is looking for stronger county organizations and more Democratic candidates to keep the momentum going.

6 dead, including shooter, and 5 officers wounded in attack at Aurora manufacturing firm

6 dead, including shooter, and 5 officers wounded in attack at Aurora manufacturing firm

By Chicago Tribune

February 15, 2019

Six people, including a gunman, died in a shooting at a manufacturing firm in a Chicago suburb Friday afternoon, and five officers were struck by gunfire, officials said Friday.

Polar bears at the zoo will love the arctic weather, but other Chicago animals could face fight for survival

Polar bears at the zoo will love the arctic weather, but other Chicago animals could face fight for survival

By John Keilman, Chicago Tribune

January 29, 2019

The brutal cold expected to descend upon Chicago this week could be deadly for many animals that live outdoors, but experts say it's likely that the populations of everything from stray cats to stink bugs will escape lasting damage.

Patti Blagojevich ‘speechless’ convicted chicago cop’s sentence is shorter than her husband’s, sends flare to Trump on social media

Patti Blagojevich ‘speechless’ convicted chicago cop’s sentence is shorter than her husband’s, sends flare to Trump on social media

By Lisa Donovan, Chicago Tribune

January 22, 2019

Patti Blagojevich compared on social media Friday the controversial sentencing of former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke with the lengthier prison sentence given to her husband, imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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