• 6/25/2019
    Recreational marijuana use and possession will be legal in Illinois beginning Jan. 1, 2020, after Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a legalization bill into law Tuesday in Chicago. The state became the first in the U.S. to pass a comprehensive legalization package through the legislature rather than a ballot initiative.
  • 6/24/2019
    The Department of Healthcare and Family Services confirmed Monday that it has begun implementing a program lawmakers established in 2018 known as the Critical Access Care Pharmacy Program, which provides up to $10 million a year in additional reimbursements for independent, brick and mortar pharmacies located in counties with fewer than 50,000 people.
  • 6/24/2019
    Republicans and Democrats agree that new state laws will make Illinois the strictest state in the nation for imposing limitations on cancer-causing ethylene oxide emissions. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed two bills – Senate Bills 1852 and 1854 – into law with the aim of increasing safety and testing requirements at ethylene oxide sterilization facilities and other companies that use ethylene oxide.
  • 6/24/2019
    Nearly 40,000 state employees will receive long-awaited pay raises and many will receive back pay for raises they did not receive for the past four years under a new labor agreement that was ratified last week. The new four-year agreement replaces one that was scheduled to expire June 30, 2015.
  • 6/21/2019
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed three bills into law Friday that aim to protect undocumented immigrants in Illinois, policies that he said stand in sharp contrast with those of President Donald Trump. “Illinois is and always will be a welcoming state,” Pritzker said during a signing ceremony at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
  • 6/20/2019
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined a diverse coalition of lawmakers and advocates in Chicago on Thursday as he signed an executive order aimed at ensuring an accurate count in the 2020 U.S. Census. “The stakes could not be higher, and to be frank, we are behind in Illinois,” Pritzker said.
  • 6/20/2019
    Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. completed its $326 million acquisition of a majority stake in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines despite state gambling regulators concerns that the new ownership group does not include enough women and minorities.