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Thursday, June 24

STORY: FITCH RATING
Fitch Ratings, one of three credit rating agencies that grade Illinois bonds, has upgraded its outlook for Illinois from negative to positive. The agency still gives Illinois general obligation bonds a BBB- rating, one notch above junk status, but says the recently-enacted state budget is moving the state in the right direction.
Reporter: Peter Hancock
Word count: 700-800 words
Photo: stock/file
ETA: SENT

STORY: SUPREME COURT PETITION
Lawyers for an Illinois man who was sentenced to 130 years for a murder when he was 16 are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify how life sentences for juveniles should be reevaluated, in light of recent decisions the court made against mandatory life sentences for juveniles.
Reporter: Sarah Mansur
Word count: 500-700 words
Photo: yes
ETA: SENT


NEW TODAY: Capitol Cast  

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill designating Juneteenth as an official state holiday. Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki take a look at the importance of that holiday as well as other news from the Statehouse over the past week.

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