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Moody’s: Illinois not equipped for next recession

By Cole Lauterbach The Center Square CHICAGO - When the United States economy finally slows down and begins its slog through another economic downturn, Illinois will not be ready. Along with New Jersey, credit rating agency Moody’s…

Lori Lightfoot sworn in as Chicago mayor

By Brett Rowland The Center Square CHICAGO - Promising to address corruption, violence, education and the city's finances, Lori Lightfoot was sworn in to office Monday, becoming the first black woman and openly gay mayor in Chicago.…

Pritzker proposes tax hike on beer, wine and liquor

By Cole Lauterbach The Center Square SPRINGFIELD - Drinking in Illinois could soon cost more. Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to raise taxes on beer, wine and liquor to help pay for a new infrastructure spending plan. A proposal released…

Report: Illinois to legalize marijuana in 2020

By Sara Burnett Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he's reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. Pritzker joined fellow…