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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...

Building a new Illinois: Pritzker’s plan

Building a new Illinois: Pritzker’s plan

Samuel Rahman, Contributing Writer

January 28, 2019

From expanding Illinois’s Medicare system to instituting a progressive graduated income tax, newly inaugurated Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed a slew of daring policy plans to overhaul Illinois’ economy. With a new Democratic governor and a reaffirmed Democratic state Senate and House of Representa...

Gov. Pritzker plans ahead for Illinois and college students

Gov. Pritzker plans ahead for Illinois and college students

Luc Fougere, Contributing Writer

January 22, 2019

Newly sworn-in Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker sees the state as one of possibility and promise, and outlined how he plans to fix a variety of issues during his inauguration speech last Monday. “No. Everything is not broken,” he said in his speech. Pritzker, who beat out the former Republican Gov. ...

Rauner loses gubernatorial race after a single rocky term

Rauner loses gubernatorial race after a single rocky term

Carina Smith, News Editor

November 12, 2018

After an expensive and widespread campaign season, incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner announced he was conceding to Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker, effectively ending his time in office. At his watch party held at the Drake Hotel on Nov. 6, Rauner announced he was dropping out of the Illinois gubernatorial...

Pritzker wins battle of the bank accounts in Illinois

Pritzker wins battle of the bank accounts in Illinois

Rosbelis Quinonez and Ryan Witry, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2018

Democrat J.B. Pritzker rode a green wave of record-breaking spending as he seized the Illinois governor’s office from Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner in a midterm election that generated unusually high turnout. Pritzker, the billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, won easily after pour...

Illinois’ price for power

Illinois’ price for power

Adam Webb, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2018

When I was growing up in New Lenox, Illinois, I lived down the street from our mayor. In the scope of the national political machine, being the mayor of the village of New Lenox could be considered insignificant. But to a four-year-old boy, it was like having the president as a neighbor. I wanted noth...

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