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

Harris’ campaign called the governor to discuss the No. 2 spot on Wednesday, a source told the Sun-Times. “I’d be reluctant to make a change, but it’d be hard to resist a call and consideration if the nominee called me to ask to be considered for vice president,” Pritzker said on CNN.
Leaders of the One Future Illinois PAC aim to “provide more balance in civic dialogue.” It includes business heavyweights who’ve held prominent positions in city and state government.
The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence typically releases its annual report in October but was so alarmed by the findings, it decided to publish the 2023 report months earlier.
Some major donors signaled their distress about Biden staying in the race by declining to write more checks or host events. That concern dissolved within hours of Harris becoming the presumptive Democratic 2024 nominee, with no rival coming forward.
CPS made a mistake when it put temporary federal pandemic aid into its permanent spending base. Now, the money’s running out. A bailout seems unlikely.
Five lawsuits filed accuse the state police of having negligently approved Robert E. Crimo III’s gun ownership application in 2019 even though the Highland Park police issued a “clear and present danger” alert against him months earlier.
The woman, in her 60s, developed symptoms of the mosquito-borne illness in mid-June. Last year, 119 people contracted West Nile virus in Illinois, six of them died.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a key statute at play in Michael Madigan’s case criminalizes bribery among state and local officials, but not after-the-fact rewards known as “gratuities.”
Those payments to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue by the Flossmoor Democrat and former NFL player’s campaign fund might not be legal if the items purchased were for personal use.
The tension around taking on debt and the pension payment was the crux of a month-long delay of the school system’s budget proposal, which came out Wednesday.
“The governance model is not the problem here,” CTA President Dorval Carter defiantly told an Illinois Senate committee. The problem, he said, is funding.
The former U.S. House and Senate candidate takes over next week for a party grasping for unity against Democratic domination in Illinois.
The convention will mark a coming-out party for Kathy Salvi, who faces the challenge of rebuilding a party incrementally decimated by failed statewide campaigns, division within its ranks — and Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s vast fortune bolstering Democratic supermajorities.
‘We have to invest in what works,’ said Gov. J.B. Pritzker of initiatives to tackle the ‘root causes’ of crime and violence.
Leaders of the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace argued the systems are already efficient, accountable — they just need more cash to improve the frequency of trains and buses.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday said she would not become a candidate if President Joe Biden opts out. But Pritzker, who has been on shortlists as a potential replacement, wouldn’t make the same vow.
Whitmer will be the keynote speaker at the Illinois Democratic Party’s annual top fundraising event in September in Chicago, the Sun-Times has learned.
Prosecutors have no plan to file a revised indictment against the disgraced former Illinois House speaker.
Two people who police say chained themselves to a fence around the race course on Sunday were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.