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[24 Apr 2019 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s removal of toilets from an Astor Street mansion to gain a property tax break, a move that gained notoriety during his recent election campaign, is under review by federal prosecutors, WBEZ-FM 91.5 reported Wednesday.
The report, attributed to an unnamed “law enforcement source,” said Pritzker, his wife, M.K., and his brother-in-law, […]

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[11 Apr 2019 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune editorial…
On pensions, Lightfoot does not support changing the Illinois Constitution’s pension clause to ease benefit mandates that are straining all levels of government. We hope to change her mind on that.
They’re gonna be sorely disappointed by today’s news.
* Here’s Mayor-elect Lightfoot today during her address to the Illinois Senate…
I grew up in a […]

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[11 Apr 2019 | No Comment | ]

* Illinois News Network…
There’s already a ban on private criminal detention operations in Illinois, but a state representative wants to go a step further to prohibit private civil detention facilities as well.
The Dwight Village Board last month approved an agreement with a private provider for a 1,200-bed facility for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.

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[11 Apr 2019 | No Comment | ]

* First we were told the governor’s budget would short the pension funds by “about $800 million a year” for seven years. Then we found out it was closer to $900 million. But Amanda Kass has crunched the numbers and determined that next fiscal year’s shorting alone will be $1.1 billion…
The State of […]

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[11 Apr 2019 | No Comment | ]

* Media advisory…
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan to Announce 2020 Run for Congress
Dirksen Londrigan Will Announce the Launch of Her Campaign to Represent Illinois’ 13th Congressional District and Protect Health Care from Congressional Republican Attacks
SPRINGFIELD, IL – This morning in Springfield, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan will announce the launch of her campaign to represent Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. […]

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[28 Mar 2019 | No Comment | ]

* This is the 15th state trooper struck by a motorist this year alone and the second who was killed…
An Illinois State Police Trooper is dead after being struck by a semi on U.S. 20.
Illinois State Police confirmed the Trooper was killed a little after 3 p.m.
The crash happened around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, […]

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[28 Mar 2019 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
Gov. Pritzker Appoints All-New Board of Trustees to Revitalize Western Illinois University
Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced his appointments to the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees.
The new board will focus its efforts on revitalizing WIU’s student recruitment and outreach efforts, focusing investments on […]

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[21 Feb 2019 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
Few will argue that Illinois has significant issues with the underfunding of its five public employee pension systems. In fact, many say the state faces a continuing “pension crisis.”
However, three University of Illinois researchers argue that this “crisis” framework or mentality surrounding the issue actually impedes a sustainable solution. Their new report urges […]

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[21 Feb 2019 | No Comment | ]

* Beware of this lede from the Illinois News Network…
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is formally asking lawmakers to shut down Illinois’ private school scholarship program and pour more into public schools.
In his budget proposal Wednesday, Pritzker proposes taking the $100 million cap on donations to the Invest in Kids private school scholarship program and cutting it […]

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[11 Feb 2019 | No Comment | ]

* Sun-Times…
Abandoned by his mother, the baby boy — he was about 2 — ended up at an Indiana orphanage during the Great Depression.
His luck changed when a WWI veteran and his wife filled out the “boy or girl” portion of an adoption application with the words: “any child we can love.”
That veteran, William Earl […]