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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


Filed under Latest News, News Briefs, State

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


Filed under State

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


Filed under State

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


Filed under State

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


Filed under State

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


Filed under State

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.

Pritzker inaugurated as Illinois governor, cementing Democrats’ control of state government

Pritzker inaugurated as Illinois governor, cementing Democrats’ control of state government

By Mike Riopell, Chicago Tribune

January 14, 2019


Filed under Latest News, State

Democrat J.B. Pritzker became Illinois' 43rd governor Monday, acknowledging the challenges the state faces and saying "our abdication of responsibility must end."

Lawmakers likely to let Pritzker give agency heads 15 pay raises, replace Illinois Tollway board members

Lawmakers likely to let Pritzker give agency heads 15 pay raises, replace Illinois Tollway board members

By Mike Riopell, Chicago Tribune

January 7, 2019


Filed under Editor's Picks, State

"Many critical positions -- including those that protect our safety and security -- no longer have competitive salaries, and we are moving to bring them in line with their peers around the country to attract talent," Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said in a statement.

Dick Durbin says he’s running for Senate re-election in 2020, unofficially

Dick Durbin says he’s running for Senate re-election in 2020, unofficially

By Niels Lesniewski, CQ-Roll Call

January 5, 2019


Filed under State

"I'm raising money and trying to lose a few pounds," Durbin said in the interview. "And that's a good indicator that I'm looking forward to 2020."

Postal Service to suspend delivery Wednesday as part of National Day of Mourning for Bush

Postal Service to suspend delivery Wednesday as part of National Day of Mourning for Bush

By By WGN-TV, Chicago

December 4, 2018


Filed under State

The United States Postal Service will suspend service on Wednesday, Dec. 5 as part of the National Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner concedes to Democrat J.B. Pritzker in Illinois governor race

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner concedes to Democrat J.B. Pritzker in Illinois governor race

By Mike Riopell, Stacy St. Clair and Jeff Coen, Chicago Tribune

November 6, 2018


Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has conceded his re-election bid to billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker, the Hyatt hotel heir's victory likely putting his party in near total control of state government by limiting the governor to a single term.

Candidates for Illinois governor are split over marijuana legalization despite popular support

Candidates for Illinois governor are split over marijuana legalization despite popular support

By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune

October 25, 2018


Filed under State

In supporting marijuana legalization, Illinois gubernatorial challenger J.B. Pritzker could usher in a change that affects everything from criminal justice to public health to the economy if he's elected. In taking a decidedly more skeptical view, incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner may appeal to his base...

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