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Lawmakers Discuss $1 Monthly Copayments For Child Care Services

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After an executive order from Gov. JB Pritzker that set monthly copayments for child care services to $1 for all families expired last month, a House Committee on Friday agreed to continue working on legislation to create a law to make the benefit permanent for low-income families.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker has released his proposal for the next Illinois budget as part of his State of the State address. But Republican lawmakers in the Peoria and Bloomington-Normal areas say it doesn't provide solutions to some of the state's biggest challenges.

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City and county leaders in McLean County said Wednesday one of Gov. JB Pritzker's budget proposals is a bad idea.

The governor has proposed taking 10% of the income tax money it currently shares with cities, towns, and counties through the Local Government Distributive Fund.

Pritzker Outlines $41.6 Billion Budget With Flat Spending

Feb 17, 2021

Gov. JB Pritzker outlined a $41.6 billion budget proposal Wednesday that would hold most state agencies at flat funding levels but which relies heavily on increased federal funds as well as changes to the state’s corporate tax structure that lawmakers have not yet approved.

Republicans Call For Balanced Budget Ahead Of Governor’s Address

Feb 16, 2021

Republican leaders in the Illinois House are calling on Gov. JB Pritzker to propose a truly balanced budget when he delivers his budget address Wednesday, noting he should avoid relying on money that may never materialize.

Public university presidents recently wrote Gov. JB Pritzker, asking him to make higher education a priority area for COVID-19 vaccinations. But with only a limited number of doses available, Pritzker said he made the decision to place higher ed staff and students in the 1C class--or at least behind K-12 employees.

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The heads of colleges and universities in Illinois are asking Gov. JB Pritzker to move higher education faculty and staff up to 1B in the vaccination queue.

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The Pritzker administration has announced a new center for incarcerated youth is coming to central Illinois.

The Illinois Youth Center will be at the site of a previously shuttered Lincoln Developmental Center in Lincoln. It’s part of a broader plan within the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) to reduce the harm of juvenile incarceration, using a community-based, rehabilitative, and restorative model.

About 40% of youths committed to IDJJ come from central Illinois.

Pritzker Pushes Back On Criticisms Of State's COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Jan 28, 2021
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Gov. JB Pritzker pushed back Thursday on criticisms of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, saying state officials are “doing everything we can” to ensure timely delivery of doses.

Pritzker Activates National Guard As FBI Warns Of State Capitol Protests

Jan 15, 2021
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Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard amid FBI warnings of potential armed protests at the 50 U.S. state capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Crews could also be seen Friday placing plywood over the windows of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield.

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Members of the Illinois National Guard from units based in Peoria and Bloomington will be activated to help with next week's inauguration in Washington.

Governor Weighs In On Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Jan 12, 2021
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Gov. JB Pritzker took questions on a massive criminal justice omnibus bill backed by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus on Monday, noting he was generally “in favor of the process and the work that the Black Caucus has done overall.”

When pressed on specific provisions in the bill that have been seen as controversial, especially as it relates to changes in how policing is done in the state, Pritzker said he would wait until the final version of the bill is presented to him.

Some Counties Entering Next Phase Of Vaccine Distribution

Jan 11, 2021
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Some regions of the state could see loosened COVID-19 restrictions as early as Friday as some counties have already transitioned to the next phase of vaccine distribution, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Congress should immediately impeach and remove President Donald Trump from office.

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Bloomington Liquor Commissioner and Mayor Tari Renner issued a $600 fine against Joe’s Pub for a violation of Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive order banning indoor service to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

If Normal wants Restore Illinois restrictions enforced, it’s going to require a local ordinance, according to Normal Mayor Chris Koos. 

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.