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Fact-check: Faulty figures fuel Mendoza’s Illinois-Indiana gasoline tax claim

Pallasch acknowledged Mendoza’s office mistakenly used the 37.32 cents per gallon statistic for Illinois even though it represented an outdated number from last year. That led to a faulty analysis in which Mendoza compared the new Illinois excise gasoline tax to an old figure for the overall amount of taxes and fees on gasoline in Indiana.

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Madigan’s 700K club: Seven pols give big bucks to speaker — as his legal bills pile up

Since the beginning of July, those allies of the powerful Illinois House speaker have put three quarters of a million dollars into the speaker’s two political committees: Friends of Michael J. Madigan and the 13th Ward Democratic Organization.

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Other sites still possible for Chicago casino, Lightfoot says — even downtown

Mayor says she excluded downtown sites from the list released Wednesday because of opposition from the convention and tourism industries. "This is not the definitive list," the mayor said.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr. urge President Trump to pardon former Gov. Rod Blagojevich

The letter follows several attempts by Patti Blagojevich to plead with the president for her husband’s release from federal prison.

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Clout on trial? Madigan rival demands jury weigh in on speaker’s ‘unmatched public power’

Gonzales’ lawyers also argue Madigan’s tactics took a deep personal toll on their client, contending that the "sham candidates being on the ballot left him ‘incapacitated,’ ‘ personally and emotionally devastated, hopeless and helpless.’"

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Pritzker names Melody Spann Cooper commissioner for state liquor commission

The liquor commission’s chairman and commissioners — six in total — are appointed to six-year terms by the governor, and require confirmation by the Illinois Senate.

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Fact-check: Pritzker’s claims about Downstate capital spending leave some unanswered questions

Pritzker’s specific claim about where the rest of the funding will go under this plan is not yet possible to pin down based on our analysis.

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State looks to Las Vegas to figure out what’s in the cards for Chicago casino

The gaming board is still aiming to stay on track with the legislative timeline, despite the initial hiccup that officials chalked up to state procurement regulations.

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‘Dirty tricks’ that ‘undermine’ candidates aren’t a crime, Madigan attorneys argue

"Even if Plaintiff’s allegations were true, Defendants’ purported conduct would be protected by the First Amendment," the filing says. In other words, dirty tricks count as free speech.

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Computer fix means state unemployment payments are again being made, claims being processed

The computer system malfunctioned Monday night and was functioning properly again Thursday morning.

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State blows first deadline in Chicago casino timeline: ‘Working through the process’

The new gambling expansion law had required a feasibility consultant be hired by Monday. Three days later, it still hasn’t happened.

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Weed 101? New law could pave way for future college students to really major in marijuana

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Transgender inmate free after ‘tooth and nail’ prison battle — vows to fight ‘for everyone that was done like me’

"Someone needs to speak up and the voice I know that I’ve got the strength, I’ve got the courage to stand up even if I know I’m going to lose my life or be punished. I’ve been abused my whole life. I’ve been bullied. I’ve been talked about," Hampton said.

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Illinois unable to pay unemployment benefits or accept claims because of a computer failure

Problems with the unemployment computer system apparently began Monday.

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Pritzker calls Confederate flag ‘symbol of murder, of kidnapping, of rape’ after concert cancellation

A day after the Pritzker administration defended its decision to bar the band Confederate Railroad from the downstate Du Quoin State Fair, the Democratic governor called the Confederate flag "a symbol of murder, of kidnapping, of rape."

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Pritzker administration derails Confederate Railroad band for promoting ‘symbols of racism’ in logo

The flare-up in DuQuoin, about 320 miles south of Chicago, rekindles a centuries-old rift in Illinois, whose southern tip reaches far into the confines of the old Confederacy.

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Margaret Blackshere, 78, trailblazing ‘giant of the Illinois labor movement’

"She wouldn’t just tell you who to call, but would often make calls for you and make introductions and draw you a roadmap to how to win statewide in Illinois," Hynes said.

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Unsung new laws include doubling death benefits for fallen heroes, human trafficking crackdown 

A program for collecting data about traffic stops, initially sponsored by former President Barack Obama when he was still serving in the Illinois Senate, was put on the books permanently with Pritzker’s signature of House Bill 1613.

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Kelly Cassidy — ‘in the game’ to win

From sexual harassment to reproductive rights to marijuana legalization, the North Side Democrat has been at the forefront as the state grapples with one critical issue after another.

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No sure bet on when sports wagering will be available to Illinois gamblers

Supporters say fans will be able to place bets by the end of the NFL season.

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Lightfoot turns to service tax after Pritzker rules out state takeover of city pension funds

The state can’t take on more financial obligations right now, the governor said, because given Illinois’ current bond rating, there are concerns about driving the state into ‘junk status.’

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Some new Illinois laws take effect Monday; others already in place

Lawmakers passed 599 bills during the spring 2019 session. Of those, as of Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker had signed 27 into law.

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Pritzker to meet with Lightfoot amid report she’ll float state pension takeover

Asked about the report Friday, Pritzker was noncommittal and said pension funding is a concern across the state, not just in Chicago.

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All bets are on — Pritzker signs $45B capital plan, massive gambling expansion

The law opens the door to a long-sought Chicago casino and sports betting.

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Legal pot poses pet risk: Vets warn eating marijuana sickens — and could ultimately kill — dogs

THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana, is toxic to dogs. Ingestion of THC by animals can cause vomiting, incoordination, depression, sleepiness or excitation, low blood pressure, low body temperature and seizures, according to the veterinary organization.

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Marijuana legalization in Illinois: How did we get here, and what’s next?

Illinois is poised to become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana consumption, with sweeping legislation aimed at criminal justice reform.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, State Sen. Heather Steans, State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, and State Rep. Kelly Cassidy hold up legislation that makes Illinois the nation’s 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana
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High sign for legal pot — Pritzker inks bill making Illinois 11th state to allow recreational reefer

Illinois residents 21 and over will be able to buy marijuana at dispensaries as soon as Jan. 1.

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Weed will soon be legal in Illinois. So what pot issues will lawmakers take up next?

Many of the other states that have legalized recreational marijuana now allow for the drug to be delivered to users’ homes, as well as grown there. One leading lawmaker says those potentially contentious issues will be addressed down the road.

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Illinois governor plans to sign recreational marijuana bill

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has scheduled a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday morning in Chicago.

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Fact-check: Brady’s attack on graduated income tax flat out wrong on time frame and income level

PolitiFact rates claims based on the words people speak. Corrections by his staff aside, Brady not only referred to the state’s most recent tax increase and not the 2011 hike but also twice mentioned middle-income families in his remarks.

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State’s all-in gambling expansion offers new temptation for those struggling to stay out

More than 13,000 people are already part of a program designed to help gambling addicts police themselves, but opponents say it’s not enough as the state is poised for a massive gaming expansion.

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AFSCME Council 31 union members ink new labor deal with state

Workers will receive $625 stipends for each of the last four years, before getting yearly raises through 2022.