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More than 200 new Illinois laws take effect at start of 2020

More than 200 new Illinois laws take effect at start of 2020

Associated Press December 28, 2019

The start of the new year will trigger more than 250 new Illinois laws. While the legalization of recreational marijuana is getting the most buzz, state laws affecting higher education, job applicants,...

Governor J.B. Pritzker waves to the crowd as he participates in Sunday's pride parade.

Pritzker’s emergency order restricts timeout rooms in schools

Associated Press November 21, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday ordered the state’s public schools to immediately restrict the use of isolation rooms for students who don’t pose a clear safety...

Illinois' move to expand abortion protections comes as a number of states including Missouri, Ohio and Alabama pass bills restricting abortion.

Illinois governor set to sign bill removing abortion restrictions

Mari Oliver, Contributing Writer June 3, 2019

A controversial abortion bill which removes abortion restrictions in Illinois and criminal penalties for physicians who perform abortions passed in the state Senate on Saturday, with a 34-20 vote. The...

Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris, D-Chicago, outlines a $39.9 billion state budget plan to the Executive Committee, Saturday, June 1, 2019 in Springfield, Ill. Lawmakers missed the Friday, May 31, 2019 deadline to adjourn their spring session after a week of landmark votes including approving a constitutional amendment question asking voters whether to switch to a graduated income-tax structure that hits the wealthy harder and sending to the governor statutory language to protect abortion rights after several Republican-led states have imposed steep restrictions on the procedure.

Overtime produces Illinois budget, construction, taxes

John O'Connor, Associated Press June 1, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House cranked out mountains of legislation Saturday in an overtime workday, producing a $39.9 billion budget, a $45 billion state construction program, and billions...

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, discusses the House action to put a constitutional amendment to implement Pritzker's graduated income tax on the November 2020 ballot in Springfield, Ill., Monday, May 27, 2019. Voters decide whether to eliminate Illinois' flat-rate tax system which critics claim is regressive. Rep. Robert Marwick, D-Chicago, the sponsor of the amendment which underwent nearly 3 ½ hours of debate on the House floor, looks on.

Illinois marijuana legislation goes to governor

Associated Press May 31, 2019

The Illinois House has sent Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker another victory by voting to legalize recreational marijuana use. The 66-47 tally Friday would allow those 21 and older to buy marijuana at...

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, discusses the House action to put a constitutional amendment to implement Pritzker's graduated income tax on the November 2020 ballot in Springfield, Ill., Monday, May 27, 2019. Voters decide whether to eliminate Illinois' flat-rate tax system which critics claim is regressive. Rep. Robert Marwick, D-Chicago, the sponsor of the amendment which underwent nearly 3 ½ hours of debate on the House floor, looks on.

Illinois House OKs tax rates for proposed graduated scale

John O'Connor, Associated Press May 30, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats who control the Illinois House on Thursday approved tiered income-tax rates that would take effect if voters opt for revamping state taxation to hit higher incomes...

In this April 8, 2019 photo, Bernie Barriere poses for a photo as he tends to two marijuana plants he legally grows in a basement in Bennington, Vt.

Illinois advances legalized pot after home growing settled

Michael Hill and John O'Connor, Associated Press May 29, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana hit a snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use. The...

Sports betting in Illinois could bring in millions, but not on its own

Sports betting in Illinois could bring in millions, but not on its own

Erica Carbajal , Contributing Writer May 28, 2019

Illinois could become the 10th state to legalize sports betting if it’s able to work through barriers at the legislative level, but with the legislative session closing at the end of this month, it’s...

State bill sets aim at cracking down on human trafficking

State bill sets aim at cracking down on human trafficking

House speaker Mike Madigan hopes to combat human trafficking with new bill with higher fines for traffickers and increased training
Bianca Cseke, Online Editor May 28, 2019

Chicago is the fifth-worst city for human trafficking, according to national advocacy organization Selah Freedom, and between 16,000 and 24,000 women and girls are trafficked every year in the city. Illinois...

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, discusses the House action to put a constitutional amendment to implement Pritzker's graduated income tax on the November 2020 ballot in Springfield, Ill., Monday, May 27, 2019. Voters decide whether to eliminate Illinois' flat-rate tax system which critics claim is regressive. Rep. Robert Marwick, D-Chicago, the sponsor of the amendment which underwent nearly 3 ½ hours of debate on the House floor, looks on.

Voters to decide on Pritzker’s graduated income tax program

John O'Connor, Associated Press May 27, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Voters will decide next year whether to ditch Illinois' flat-rate income tax in favor of one that hits the wealthy hardest following House action Monday that gave Democratic...

Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP

Pritzker signs bill banning tobacco sales to Illinois minors

Associated Press April 8, 2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a bill banning the sale of tobacco products to minors. Pritzker on Sunday signed legislation raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. With...

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