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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, crime, parents and the LGBTQ community are also being set into motion. Here’s a closer look...

Pritzker’s emergency order restricts timeout rooms in schools

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

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 risk. The Democrat said he directed the Illinois State Board of Education to issue emergency rules...

Illinois governor set to sign bill removing abortion restrictions

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

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 bill, which previously passed in the House on Tuesday, comes as a number of states enact some of the...

Overtime produces Illinois budget, construction, taxes

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.

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 of dollars in new taxes and fees to fund it, from a doubled gasoline tax to a leviathan expansion...

Illinois marijuana legislation goes to governor

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.

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 licensed dispensaries beginning next year. Residents could possess up to one ounce (30 grams) and non-residents...

Illinois House OKs tax rates for proposed graduated scale

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.

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 harder, a plan they say is aimed at attacking the state's crippling debt. The 67-48 vote followed...

Illinois advances legalized pot after home growing settled

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.

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 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different "home grow" rules, with...

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 unlikely the state will see it this year. Gov. J.B. Pritzker anticipated that the legalization...

State bill sets aim at cracking down on human trafficking

State bill sets aim at cracking down on human trafficking

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 had the 11th-highest rate of cases of sex trafficking and labor exploitation being reported to...

Voters to decide on Pritzker’s graduated income tax program

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.

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 Gov. J.B. Pritzker his top campaign pledge and biggest victory since taking office. On a 73-44 roll...

Pritzker signs bill banning tobacco sales to Illinois minors

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

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 Pritzker's action, beginning on July 1, Illinois will join California, New Jersey, Massachusetts,...

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