• 3/22/2019
    Adult entertainer Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, briefly appeared outside the Illinois Statehouse Friday to protest a state tax she called “sexist and wrong.”
  • 3/22/2019
    A bill banning for-profit prisons in the state, including immigrant detention centers, advanced out of committee at the Illinois Capitol this week. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat, is the lead sponsor of House Bill 2040, which passed 18-10 out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee Wednesday
  • 3/21/2019
    Illinois lawmakers resumed discussion Thursday of a topic that has come up numerous times before — consolidating the state’s 656 local downstate police and firefighter pension funds into a single system. Although the idea has floated around the Capitol for some time, it is getting help this year from Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who appointed a task force in February to study the issue.
  • 3/21/2019
    An Illinois lawmaker leading the charge to bring sports betting to the state has laid out the first concrete details on how that might happen. Four amendments were filed to Riverside Democratic Rep. Michael Zalewski’s House Bill 3308 Thursday, each of them providing a different avenue for legalizing sports betting in the state.
  • 3/21/2019
    Briefs from Senate Environment Conservation Committee and other Capitol happenings: Lead in school drinking water, coal ash, Starved Rock State Park parking fees.
  • 3/21/2019
    The Illinois economy has added 59,100 jobs over the past 12 months, while the overall unemployment rate dropped only a tenth of a point, to 4.3 percent, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday. The preliminary, seasonally-adjusted numbers for February showed the state’s jobless rate was still higher than the national average of 3.8 percent.
  • 3/21/2019
    A dark money group that counts Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker among its donors has launched its first television advertisement supporting the governor’s signature graduated income tax proposal. Think Big Illinois, whose other donors have not yet been made public, launched an ad called “hole,” framing Pritzker’s tax plan as a solution to Illinois’ $3.2 billion budget deficit. It will run in media markets across the state, the group announced Thursday.