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

JB Pritzker takes a selfie during a College Democrats conference at the University of Illinois, April 21, 2018. (Isabel Miller | @IsabelMillerDE)

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

November 6, 2018

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

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker attend a televised debate at the NBC studios in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune

October 25, 2018

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...

Flu killed more Americans last season than car crashes and drug overdoses. But Chicagoans can protect themselves

The CDC is urging people to act now, just before the October start of the 2018-19 flu season, and get vaccinated. (Arturs Budkevics/Dreamstime/TNS)

By Ese Olumhense, Chicago Tribune

October 4, 2018

Last flu season was the most deadly in years and Chicago public health advocates are urging residents to get vaccinated.

The midterm elections are coming — here’s a cheat sheet to get you through

From left, candidate J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, candidate Kash Jackson, and candidate State Sen. Sam McCann attend a televised debate at the NBC studios in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Ese Olumhense, Chicago Tribune

September 26, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections are fast approaching, and despite all the politicking and punditry, you likely have a few questions: What are the midterms? Who is running? How can I vote?

New SIU department focuses on ‘social determinants of health’

SIU School of Medicine Dean and Provost Jerry Kruse responds to a presentation, next to SIUC Student Trustee Brione Lockett at the SIU Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in the Meridian Ballroom at SIUE. (Jeremy Brown | @JeremyBrown_DE)

By Dean Olsen, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.

September 25, 2018

Informing medical students about the social and economic hardships that can influence the health of patients and intervening to alleviate those problems are primary goals of a new department at Springfield's Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

New legislation on texting while driving passes House, moves to governor’s desk

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner attends a bill signing on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at the Safer Foundation North Lawndale Adult Transition Center. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Hannah Smith, Staff writer

June 1, 2018

A new bill moving to the governor’s desk will put stricter punishment on drivers found to be texting while driving.

Illinois approves Equal Rights Amendment, 36 years after deadline

Illinois approves Equal Rights Amendment, 36 years after deadline

By Rick Pearson and Bill Lukitsch

May 30, 2018

The Illinois House voted Wednesday night to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment more than 45 years after it was approved by Congress, putting it one state away from possible enshrinement in the U.S. Constitution amid potential legal questions.

Opinion: Another disappointing lack of transparency in Illinois government

Nancy Stone | Chicago Tribune

By The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill. Editorial Board

May 21, 2018

It's a simple request, really. We all, to some level, depend on government services. Since residents provide the tax dollars they need to operate, we request government agencies be run in an efficient, transparent manner.

New program will help pregnant women addicted to opioids

OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image. A recent trial suggests opioids had no pain-relieving adventage over common painkillers in a yearlong trial. (Liz O. Baylen | Los Angeles Times | TNS)

By Kaley Johnson, Belleville News-Democrat

April 21, 2018

The program pulls together St. Louis and metro-east resources to provide long-term treatment for expectant mothers in the metro-east who are addicted to opioids.

McCann joins intense race for governor

Gov. Bruce Rauner watches from his seat in the audience as President Barack Obama speaks on the designation of the Pullman National Monument Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago. (Anthony Souffle | Chicago Tribune | TNS)

By Nick Draper, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Ill.

April 21, 2018

State Sen. Sam McCann announced his intention Thursday to run for governor as a Conservative Party candidate, garnering a quick — and scathing — response from the incumbent governor.

Do you favor legalizing marijuana? Then here’s whom to vote for.

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Chicago Tribune file photo)

By Joseph Bustos | Belleville News-Democrat

January 19, 2018

The eight candidates running for governor are mostly divided along party lines, with the Democrats generally in favor of the idea and Republicans against legalizing the drug beyond the state's current medical marijuana program.

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