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Illinois governor announces plan to legalize marijuana

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, right, announces that applications to grow industrial hemp in Illinois for the first time in 80 years are available on line as Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan looks on during a news conference Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. After years of debate over growing the versatile product because of its relationship to marijuana, hemp production was approved last year.

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

In this April 9, 2019 file photo, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is flanked by members of the Illinois House and the Illinois Senate as he answers questions after announcing the SJRCA1 Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment to change the state's flat income tax to a progressive rate structure, during a news conference in the governor's office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

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

Among preventable causes of death, tobacco and nicotine related deaths far surpass that of drug overdose, car/traffic deaths and deaths by gun, including homicide, suicide, accidental shooting and undetermined cause.

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

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,...

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

Gov. J.B. Pritzker acknowledges the crowd after being sworn in as the state's 43rd governor during the Illinois inaugural ceremony Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 in Springfield, Illinois.

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

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to supporters after losing his re-election bid to Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker on Nov. 6, 2018.

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...

Illinois races to watch during the 2018 midterms

November 5, 2018

Illinois 5th District Photo Courtesy of Twitter (D) Mike Quigley (incumbent) v. (R) Tom Hanson Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District, home to DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus, won’t have much of a contest to observe this Tuesday. Incumbent Congressman Mike Quigley is a heavy favorite to keep his seat ...

Deep pockets pay off

Deep pockets pay off

Jonathan Ballew, News Editor

March 21, 2018

How much does it cost to win the Democratic nomination in Illinois these days? At least $70 million, according to the newly elected Democratic candidate, J.B. Pritzker. After leading in the polls for the entire race, Pritzker successfully fended off a surging Chris Kennedy, and a grassroots neo-progressive c...

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