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Lawmakers aim to keep children under 13 out of jail

By Dana Vollmer WNIJ News SPRINGFIELD -- Legislation being considered in the Illinois House would raise the age for locking up children accused of a crime. Children as young as 10 can be detained under current law. Some lawmakers…

Bill signing raises Illinois age to buy tobacco to 21

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, on Sunday, signed a bill banning the sale of tobacco products to minors. Pritzker on Sunday signed legislation raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco products…

Lori Lightfoot elected mayor of Chicago

By Cole Lauterbach Illinois News Network CHICAGO -- Lori Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former prosecutor and an openly-gay black woman, promised as Chicago's next mayor to bring unity and new hope to a shrinking city mired in debt,…

Fewer Illinoisans enrolling in Obamacare

By Greg Bishop Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD -- Fewer Illinoisans enrolled in insurance plans offered through the marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act as costs increased and the lawmakers eliminated the penalty for…

State lawmakers discuss $2B gas tax proposal

By Greg Bishop Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD -- There’s a $2 billion gas tax increase on the table at the statehouse to pay for infrastructure projects, but some warn such a move will hurt lower-income families the hardest. There’s…

New polling on progressive tax raises questions

By Cole Lauterbach Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD -- A new poll shows the majority of Illinoisans support a progressive income tax structure, but a university pollster said the group's failure to be transparent about what questions…

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