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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 […]

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[11 Feb 2019 | No Comment | ]

* This is huge…
Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon today filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the Illinois Supreme Court challenging the legality of former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s prison sentence.
The mandamus petition challenges the prison sentence issued Jan. 18 by Cook County Circuit Court […]

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[11 Feb 2019 | No Comment | ]

* This was a campaign promise…
Surrounded by criminal justice reform advocates at the Safer Foundation, Governor JB Pritzker took executive action establishing the Justice, Equity and Opportunity (JEO) Initiative that will be housed under and spearheaded by Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton.
The JEO Initiative will centralize the state’s criminal justice reform efforts by fostering coordination and […]

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[7 Feb 2019 | No Comment | ]

* This new lawsuit sounds interesting…

According to the Centers for Disease Control, construction workers have the highest rate of opioid-related overdoses compared to any other occupation in the country. The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters lost two of its members in the last couple months. [Gary Perinar], who heads the union, said the problems are […]