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Cook County judge orders Trump removed from GOP ballot but holds decision pending appeal

Ruling found election board’s previous decision ‘clearly erroneous’ By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A Cook County judge on Wednesday, February 28, ordered former President Donald Trump’s name to be removed from the March 19 Republican primary ballot but stayed her order until Friday to give time for an appeal to the…

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Capitol Briefs: Pritzker touts manufacturing training funding, announces cultural districts

Proposed budget includes another $24 million for manufacturing training academies By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com Gov. JB Pritzker was in Normal Tuesday, February 27, to call attention to recent state funding for manufacturing training academies, including at Heartland Community College. The governor and college officials celebrated the new 45,000-square-foot facility that opened in January. It includes…

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‘This place is horrific’: 10-week-old complaint details ‘filthy’ conditions at Centralia funeral home

Coroner says ‘this cannot be allowed to go on’ as state declines to confirm investigation By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com The pictures that are said to depict the condition of the embalming room of the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia are shocking. Eight photographs and one video taken late last year purported…

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Lane Closures on Illinois 4 in St. Clair County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that both lanes of Illinois 4 from Illinois 15 to Illinois 13 in St. Clair County will require intermittent daytime lane closures, weather permitting, on Thursday, February 29, and Friday, March 1. The lane closures are necessary for the evaluation of pavement conditions. Drivers are urged to reduce…

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Vilsack: Ag census serves as a ‘wake-up call’

By TAMMIE SLOUP FarmWeek The number of farms and farmland in the U.S. continues to fall, as the average age of farmers ticks higher. USDA’s 2022 Census of Agriculture released February 13 serves as a “wake-up call” to policymakers, said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, noting the number of farms plummeted by 142,000 from 2017 to…

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With budget proposal and fiery address, Pritzker paints himself as progressive pragmatist

Governor’s spending plan advances progressive-backed policies in tight fiscal landscape By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – In delivering his annual State of the State and budget address on Wednesday, Gov. JB Pritzker cast his administration as both progressive and pragmatic – a balance he’s worked to strike as his national profile has…

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Budget reaction: Retailers, municipalities critical of Pritzker’s proposed tax changes

Comptroller praises ‘targeted approach’ as revenue proposals draw GOP, interest group ire By ALEX ABBEDUTO, COLE LONGCOR & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The annual process of negotiating the state budget kicked off Wednesday, February 21, with Gov. JB Pritzker proposing a $52.7 billion spending plan that includes hundreds of millions of…

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Pritzker proposes $1.8B in spending growth, backed by tax increases for corporations, sportsbooks

Governor’s budget fills previously projected deficit with changes to tax code By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Editor’s note: This story will be updated with more information on the budget and reaction from lawmakers.  SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday, February 21, proposed growing state spending by about $1.8 billion in the upcoming…

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Pritzker to call for health insurance reforms in State of the State address

Proposals target practices designed to curb utilization By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker plans to take on the state’s health insurance industry this year by calling for legislation to curb many of the standard practices they use to hold down costs and boost profits. He plans to outline those…

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Transmission line monopoly back on agenda at Statehouse after Pritzker’s veto

‘Right of first refusal’ controversy returns after last-minute bill and governor’s veto By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com A controversial proposal that would grant electric utilities more control over the construction of transmission lines is being revived in Springfield. Rep. Larry Walsh, D-Elwood, who chairs the Public Utilities Committee in the Illinois House, was behind…

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