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J.B. Pritzker proposes Illinois to go first in primary

J.B. Pritzker proposes Illinois to go first in primary

Patsy Newitt, Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2020

With Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, Julián Castro and Andrew Yang dropping out of the Democratic primary, the race has become almost exclusively white; led by Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden. This lack of diversity in ca...

Illinois to continue voter registration program after error

Illinois to continue voter registration program after error

Associated Press

January 28, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that there are no plans to suspend Illinois' automatic voter registration program as election officials work to contain the fallout from more than 500 people being mistakenly registered. A "programming error” by Secretary of State Jesse White's office led to 545 people — who indicated they weren't U.S. citize...

Pritzker’s emergency order restricts timeout rooms in schools

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

Pritzker spends $850K of his money to fix Governor’s Mansion

Pritzker spends $850K of his money to fix Governor’s Mansion

Associated Press

October 6, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker will spend $850,000 of his own money for continuing renovations to the historic Illinois Governor's Mansion, a move that comes after the billionaire businessman has already spent millions of dollars to cover government costs and renovations to other state buildings. The Springfield...

Illinois governor signs law to protect immigrant renters

Illinois governor signs law to protect immigrant renters

Associated Press

August 21, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law aimed at creating protections for immigrants who rent in Illinois. The law prohibits landlords from evicting or retaliating against tenants based on their immigration status. Landlords are also barred from disclosing or threatening to disclose immigration status...

Illinois House OKs tax rates for proposed graduated scale

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

Voters to decide on Pritzker’s graduated income tax program

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

Illinois governor announces plan to legalize marijuana

Illinois governor announces plan to legalize marijuana

Sara Burnett, Associated Press

May 5, 2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday he's reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. The legislation would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. Illinois residents...

Proposed graduated tax in Illinois inches forward

Proposed graduated tax in Illinois inches forward

John O'Connor, Associated Press

May 4, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has begun the process for ending the state's 50-year-old flat-rate income tax structure. But Senate approval of a constitutional amendment and proposed rates for a graduated income tax does not guarantee a change. House Democrats are trying to gather...

Tobacco 21 bill rises from the ashes

Tobacco 21 bill rises from the ashes

Ella Lee, Focus Editor

April 15, 2019

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Tobacco 21 bill Sunday, April 7, which raised the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. As Tobacco 21’s most affected age group, some DePaul students say they have mixed feelings about the new law. “I don’t agree with smoking because of t...

Pritzker signs bill banning tobacco sales to Illinois minors

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

How the minimum wage increase will affect DePaul student employees

How the minimum wage increase will affect DePaul student employees

Doug Klain, Opinions Editor

April 8, 2019

When DePaul University junior Breya Jones heard that Illinois was raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, she felt like it was a validation that her work is valued by the community. Like many studying at DePaul, she’s a student employee at the university. “It makes me feel like even though I’m a...

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