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Pritzker makes abortion rights central issue

By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday that abortion rights will be a central issue in the 2022 election, not just in his bid for reelection but in…

Illinois carries 30% of nation’s pension debt

By Andrew Hensel The Center Square CHICAGO – A new report shows Illinois holds 30% of the nation's pension obligation bond debt. A pension obligation bond is a form of debt that some states use to make payments to state-run pension…

Closure of municipal coal plants remains sticking point

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved an energy bill in the early hours of Wednesday morning but it's likely to change as negotiations continue in the House, which has not set a date as to when it will return. A lead negotiator in…

More COVID-19 mitigations could be on the horizon

SPRINGFIELD -- If the Illinois COVID-19 situation gets worse, Gov. JB Pritzker warned Tuesday that the state could impose “significantly greater mitigations." “If we are not able to bring these numbers down, if hospitals continue to…