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New year to bring new laws in Illinois

Elimination of cash bail one of many changes taking effect Jan. 1 By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – By now, almost everyone in Illinois has heard that Jan. 1 will mark the…

Pritzker makes abortion rights central issue

By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois 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…
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