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Rachel Hinton is a former staff reporter who covered politics.

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Pritzker signs repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion Act

The legislation also creates an advisory group for youth health and safety issues that will identify laws and policies that affect parenting and pregnant people under age 18.

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Aurora mayor considering gubernatorial bid, backing from Ken Griffin in question

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is considering entering the 2022 governor’s race. Sources say Irvin will have billionaire Ken Griffin’s support — a notion Griffin and a source close to him tried to shut down.

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Las parteras serán reconocidas como profesionales certificadas en Illinois

La legislación que Pritzker promulgó el martes permite que las parteras pasen por un proceso de licencia recientemente creado para brindar atención antes, durante y después del parto.

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Cook County Democrats endorse Alexi Giannoulias in secretary of state race

The three Democrats also seeking the party’s endorsement — Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and Ald. David Moore (17th) Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) — said they’d stay in the race, though Dowell said she’ll have to "assess how I’m going to move forward."

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Midwifery becomes a licensed profession in Illinois

The legislation Pritzker signed into law Tuesday allows for midwives to go through a newly created licensing process to provide care before, during and after delivery.

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President Pritzker? Gov not eyeing White House bid — yet

Democratic consultants offered mixed reactions to Pritzker’s name being floated as a potential presidential contender, noting he has his own potentially tough reelection battle to worry about first.

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Pritzker issues disaster proclamation for storm-damaged counties after violent tornadoes rip through Illinois

The governor issued a disaster proclamation for 28 counties in central and southern Illinois, including Bond, Cass, Effingham, Jackson, Kankakee, Lawrence and Madison.

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GOP gov candidate Bailey names former talk radio host as running mate

State Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, picked Stephanie Trussell, a "hardworking conservative" and former WLS-AM 890 talk show host, to join the 2022 ticket.

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Violent threats prompt Illinois lawmaker to shelve plan to make unvaccinated pay health care costs

State Rep. Jonathan Carroll said Thursday he decided not to pursue the law because of the "unintended divisive nature" of the proposal, which led to threats against his family and even his synagogue.

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Cook County sheriff’s policy director seeks state House seat of outgoing majority leader

The first candidate to enter the race, Becky Levin grew up in Des Plaines and has lived in Uptown for the last 10 years, describing herself as a "proud" policy wonk and nerd. She has served as the executive director of public policy for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart since January 2020.