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Illinois looks to past, future amid 200th birthday

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says the state's best days are ahead as he helped celebrate Illinois' 200th birthdayat a gala celebration in Chicago. The Illinois Bicentennial party took place Monday night at Navy Pier.…

Illinois surveys damage after December tornadoes

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Residents in central Illinois are assessing damage from rare December tornadoes that ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people. The Springfield Journal Register reports the…

Nearly 5,000 bills die in Madigan’s Rules Committee

SPRINGFIELD - Of the more than 8,000 bills set to expire at the close of the 100th General Assembly, more than half will die in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Rules Committee. The 100th General Assembly has two more days of lame-duck…

Illinois House overrides VOICES Act veto

SPRINGFIELD - It’s now law for police in Illinois to certify in a timely manner complaints of abuse or assault filed by illegal immigrants, who can then use such reports in working toward certain citizenship visas. Gov. Bruce Rauner had…

Tobacco 21 bill short House votes

SPRINGFIELD - The Senate was able to get enough votes to pass a bill to ban anyone under 21 from getting tobacco and vaping products, but there might not be enough votes in the House to get the bill passed over the governor’s veto.…

Incoming Illinois Dem won’t back Madigan

SPRINGFIELD -  In Illinois, next year’s legislative leaders are the same as this year’s, which is a cause of concern for some. The Senate already chose legislative leaders ceremonially, and they will stay the same as they are now for…

J.B. Pritzker elected Illinois governor in landslide

CHICAGO (AP) — Democrat J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire who campaigned on making wealthy taxpayers pay more in income taxes as part of a plan to move Illinois past the political bitterness of the past four years, was elected governor Tuesday…

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