In First For Pritzker, General Assembly Overrides Veto

Illinois State Senate

Illinois Senators overwhelmingly override Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s veto of a sales tax exemption Wednesday, a day after member of the House did the same. It’s the first time that’s happened during Pritzker’s time in office. The 54-to-1 Senate vote reinstates a tax break for private jet maintenance companies. They’ll be able to buy aircraft parts […]

Move Over Iowa And New Hampshire — Gov Says Illinois Should Hold First Primary

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to elbow Iowa and New Hampshire out of the way in future presidential elections — so Illinois can seize the starring role in the primaries. Pritzker went public with the idea of Illinois going first on Monday evening — before America learned the full extent of the train wreck in the Iowa caucuses. […]

Early Voting In Illinois Primary Begins

The Illinois Primary election takes place on March 17. But the casting of ballots begins Thursday, February 6. Under Illinois’ early voting law, voters can cast their ballots up to forty days before an election, although they won’t be counted until after the polls close on Election Day. Early voters can cast their ballots in […]

In Responding To Harassment Complaint, Madigan Says Focus Was On The Victim

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is defending his handling of harassment and assault complaints against former state Rep. Jack Franks. Madigan says his office first received a sexual harassment complaint about Franks in fall 2018. Franks, a Democrat, left the General Assembly after being elected chairman of the McHenry County Board in 2016. […]

Audit Questions Cybersecurity At Illinois State Board Of Elections

SPRINGFIELD – An audit is criticizing cybersecurity practices at the Illinois State Board of Elections, but the board is taking issue with some of the findings. The audit criticizes the board for not doing enough to reduce the risk of a hack, and for not having cybersecurity training when new people are hired and every […]

Report: First Month Of Illinois Pot Sales Netted Nearly $40M

CHICAGO – Illinois marijuana dispensaries sold nearly $40 million worth of recreational weed during the state’s first month of legal sales, according to figures released Monday by the state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Illinois residents bought more than $30.6 million in January, while out-of-state visitor sales totaled $8.6 million, the report shows. Dispensaries […]

Illinois Census Outreach Groups Await Delayed State Funds

CHICAGO – Some of the groups tasked with helping ensure that Illinois gets a good turnout for the 2020 census haven’t received their state funding yet. Census advocates worry that the lag in funding the groups’ efforts could hurt the state’s showing in the 10-year count, which determines how many U.S. House seats each state gets and […]

County Board Chair Faces Primary Challenge From ‘Progressive Choice’

Democrat Giraldo Rosales became chairman of the Champaign County Board a year ago, with the support of Republicans and a few moderate Democrats, defeating his own party’s nominee. Now Rosales, who ran for re-election unopposed four years ago, is being challenged by progressive Democrat Emily Rodriguez in the March 17th primary. Rosales and Rodriguez spoke […]