With March Madness looming, lawmakers renew college athlete endorsement push

Current, former NBA players join in call for allowing name, likeness compensation By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com One month ahead of the tipoff of March Madness, Illinois lawmakers – backed by a pair of NBA brothers – are renewing a push to allow college athletes to profit from the use of their name…

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Bail, sentencing reform conversation begins to take shape

Reform advocates cite racial, economic disparities; prosecutors cite public safety By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com Criminal justice reform is high on Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker’s agenda this year, but a legislative committee hearing Thursday in Chicago showed that reform advocates and the law enforcement community have widely differing views on the issue. In…

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Redistricting reform gets bipartisan push

Lawmakers want constitutional amendment on November ballot By REBECCA ANZEL and BEN ORNER Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com borner@capitolnewsillinois.com A bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers and advocacy groups announced an effort in both chambers Thursday to overhaul the way Illinois’ legislative districts are drawn. Legislators from Chicago, its suburbs and downstate are backing a state constitutional…

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Mildred Straubinger

Mildred Amelia Straubinger, nee Kettler, 97, of Belleville, IL,  died on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Mercy Rehab & Care Center, Swansea, IL.               Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 16, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9…

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State releases $500 million for statewide technology innovation network

UI-led public-private research institutes will have 15 hubs across state By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday touted statewide benefits he said will result from a $500 million state investment in 15 hubs of a University of Illinois-led public-private research institute network. Pritzker, a Democrat, announced at a…

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Durbin claims USDA playing favorites with trade war aid

Senator says Illinois soybean farmers get less per acre than red-state cotton farmers By BEN ORNER Capitol News Illinois borner@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of playing favorites with trade war aid payments by giving more money to southern cotton farmers who were less affected by…

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Survey finds pessimism toward Illinois public schools

Broad support for increased funding, raising teacher pay By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Most adults in Illinois give the state’s public school system only a so-so grade, but they give slightly higher marks for their own local schools. That’s according to a new survey commissioned by the Illinois Education Association, the…

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Senate deals Pritzker first veto override

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker was dealt his first veto override Wednesday when the state Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that retroactively extends a sales tax exemption for aircraft parts and equipment. House Bill 3902 passed the General Assembly during the 2019 fall veto…

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Dean Fiedler

Dean W. Fiedler, 88, of Freeburg, IL, died Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Life Care Center of Palm, Palm Bay, FL.                    Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2020, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2020, at George…

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Melody Goodwin

Melody Goodwin, age 59, of Belleville, died Sunday, February 2, 2020 at her residence. No services will be held. Memorials can be given to the Belleville Area Humane Society.

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