News from the Illinois state legislature, governor and lawmakers in Springfield.

Much of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s funding for this program is coming from the state’s $45 billion Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan but almost $16 billion more is expected to come in from the federal government.
The risk level was downgraded because Cook County’s case rate has fallen below the threshold of 200 cases per 100,000 residents for the last week — but just barely so.
State Sen. Darren Bailey kept the story alive, and Pritzker took full advantage, pounding away at his opponent every chance he got.
Bally’s has filed its application with the Illinois Gaming Board seeking approval for a $1.7 billion riverfront casino-resort. The city is hoping a temporary casino can open by next summer. But the board has up to a year to review the application, with the possibility of an extension beyond that.
Pritzker also called on more Republicans to speak out against the comments. “Why can’t Republicans just stand up and say what Darren Bailey said was wrong?” Pritzker asked. “Why can’t they do that?”
The state’s largest school district by far was surprisingly categorized Friday in the second tier of financial need — a move that comes with a corresponding drop in funding.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker won his fight to vacate the Shakman decree, with state lawyers telling the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals that “there is no evidence the state is considering political factors in hiring today.” But Shakman told the Sun-Times, “I respectfully disagree with their decision today.”
Once Gov. J.B. Pritzker leaves office, the next Democratic governor will likely benefit from the precedent set by this intra-party battle.
Monkeypox cases have been detected across 55 of Chicago’s 77 community areas, and while most have emerged among men who have sex with men, officials stress that anyone can become infected through close contact.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker called Dr. Sameer Vohra “laser-focused on our most vulnerable populations, especially our youth … To say he is a committed public servant would be an understatement.”
The holiday cuts the state’s portion of sales tax on select supplies, clothing and footwear.
“The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion since its legalization,” Bailey said in a 2017 video. On Tuesday, Bailey tried to smooth out his earlier comments, saying in a statement the Holocaust is “a human tragedy without parallel.”
The governor called it a “a rare, but potentially serious disease that requires the full mobilization of all available public health resources to prevent the spread.” The proclamation allows public health officials to better coordinate efforts with the federal government and other state agencies and get help in distributing vaccines.
The issue is whether a federal office holder should be the state party chair, because federal rules limit the ability of a member of Congress to do substantial fundraising for state level races. “If you look over the last 16 months, you see it hasn’t worked,” Pritzker said Friday, before Kelly opted out of the race.
The money will come from Illinois’ share of a multistate settlement with drug companies.
An academic researcher says he finds Illinoisans’ stolen financial information for sale online, along with tutorials explaining how to commit fraud.
Cook County sheriff’s police told Illinois legislators Thursday that “manpower” issues are the main reason the revoked cards are still in the hands of potentially dangerous people.
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison’s visit to Chicago comes as U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly faces opposition as chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, with advisers to Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch recruiting state Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez, D-Cicero, to replace her.
The group also wants the governor to end funding for a planned sixth juvenile justice center in Lincoln, where the Lincoln Developmental Center stood before being closed in 2002.
State Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, wants Illinois to regulate car insurance rates and require other consumer protections. The state insurance department wants more information for the public.
The long-awaited licenses are the first new ones to be issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration since marijuana was legalized in 2019 and sales started in 2020.
“The mob,” said Kinzinger, at Thursday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing, “was accomplishing President Trump’s purpose. So of course he didn’t intervene.”
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering will be among those testifying at the Wednesday Senate Judiciary Committee hearing starting at 9 a.m. Chicago time.
The governor’s office on Tuesday said Pritzker received a positive result during his routine COVID-19 testing regimen “after being notified of several close contacts testing positive.”
Republicans love to bash Chicago. But when it comes to picking a city to host its summer meeting, the Republican National Committee selected Chicago.
Deemed a “first step” by gun control advocates, the new emergency rule is designed to allow State Police to consider a larger range of information in the definition of clear and present danger and clarify the agency’s authority to use the reports.