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Governor JB Pritzker

With Graduated Tax Failure, Governor Predicts 'Painful' Cuts

Nov 5, 2020

Backers of a graduated income tax constitutional amendment conceded defeat Wednesday for Gov. JB Pritzker’s marquee policy proposal that was projected to bring in more than $3 billion annually to state coffers.

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Bloomington state Sen. Bill Brady is calling again for Senate hearings on mitigation rules as coronavirus positivity rates spike statewide.

State To Fund 2 Manufacturing Training Academies

Oct 27, 2020
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The state of Illinois plans to invest $15 million to construct two new manufacturing training academies at downstate community colleges.

Illinois Poorly Prepared For Flood Of Unemployment Claims

Oct 16, 2020
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Gov. JB Pritzker held off filling top vacancies at Illinois’ unemployment office because he was planning to merge it with another state department.

Then COVID-19 upended the nation.

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Gov. JB Pritzker announced seven “guiding principles” Tuesday to “build a more equitable criminal justice system,” a series of policy recommendations the governor says are priorities for his administration as it works with the General Assembly.

Pritzker: All Regions Of The State 'Going The Wrong Direction'

Aug 13, 2020
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Illinois has now recorded more than 200,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic first arrived in the state.

Supreme Court Moves Bailey's Lawsuit To Sangamon County

Aug 13, 2020
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Illinois’ highest court on Tuesday moved Rep. Darren Bailey’s ongoing lawsuit to Sangamon County, effectively ending a Clay County court's role in the case regarding the limits of Gov. JB Pritzker's authority to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov. JB Pritzker has created new enforcement rules for mask wearing.

Pritzker said the statewide emergency order allows warnings and then fines of up to $2,500 against businesses and other organizations that do not ensure that people wear masks on the premises. He said Friday during a news conference many businesses already do this, but some do not.

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Students will be allowed to return to K-12 schools for in-person instruction in August, state officials said Tuesday as they released guidelines for how that will work.

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As Illinois begins to re-open, and people go back to work, they'll need safe and reliable child care.

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Illinois bars and restaurants can now serve mixed-drinks to go. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the measure into law Tuesday.

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Gov. JB Pritzker released industry-specific guidelines Sunday that tell businesses what they must do in the next phase of reopening during the pandemic.

All four regions of the state are on track to advance to Phase 3 of the plan in the coming days, said Pritzker. Retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities and bars and restaurants for outdoor dining will all be able to resume business in some form under the plan.

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A dozen Clinton business owners have put local law enforcement and public health authorities on notice they intend to open their doors to the public within a week, despite Gov. JB Pritzker’s order that non-essential services in the state remain closed.

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Businesses that defy Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order could face a misdemeanor under emergency rules his administration has filed.

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As Bloomington-Normal residents scratch their heads about why their local drive-through COVID-19 testing site is closing this week, Gov. JB Pritzker has offered inaccurate and incomplete information about why the state is doing it.


Some Bloomington restaurants and bars are getting the chance to have the cost of their liquor licenses reduced.

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The McLean County state’s attorney and sheriff said it’s not so easy to say how they will enforce executive orders from Gov. JB Pritzker.

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On the same day the state announced a record number of COVID-19 deaths, Gov. J.B. Pritzker released a five-part regional plan that would allow parts of the state to open up to more activity in the coming weeks and months.

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Central Illinois lawmakers have reacted to a lawsuit by a southern Illinois state representative by pointing to what it might influence rather than any legal result it might have.


UPDATED 7:05 p.m. | A Clay County judge is lifting Illinois' extended stay-at-home order for a single state representative.

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Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday extended his stay-at-home order for another month, although state parks, golf courses, and more businesses will be able to open with certain restrictions. Face-coverings will also be required in public indoor spaces.

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With a week to go before Illinois' stay-at-home order is set to expire, Gov. JB Pritzker said there are some areas the state needs to improve before lifting restrictions.

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Gov. JB Pritzker has ordered schools throughout the state to remain closed for the rest of the semester because of the threat of the coronavirus.

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State officials have set up digital medical programs with several partner outlets for people with COVID-19 symptoms to keep them in their homes until advanced medical services might be needed.

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There are now 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McLean County.

The McLean County Health Department released the latest tally Sunday afternoon. The new people with COVID-19 are a man in his 70s and a woman in her 30s. Both are self-isolating at home.

There has been one death and 120 negative tests in McLean County. There are 40 tests outstanding, according to the health department.

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UPDATED 5:30 p.m. | Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday that all schools in Illinois will be closed from Tuesday, March 17, through Monday, March 30, due to the coronavirus.

Pritzker said keeping people at home — including school kids and their parents — is critical for stopping the spread of the coronavirus disease.

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The Normal-based Baby Fold is cheering the governor’s proposed $147 million budget increase for the Department of Children and Family Services.

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A new on-campus makerspace and startup incubator in Uptown Normal will be Illinois State University’s contributions to a newly funded Illinois Innovation Network, officials said Wednesday.

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Gov. JB Pritzker visited Illinois State University on Thursday to announce the long-awaited Fine Arts Complex renovation is finally going to happen.

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Bloomington state Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks this week's State of the State speech from Gov. JB Pritzker will not tackle the major issue facing the state.