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Full search warrant suggests broad corruption probe of Sen. Martin Sandoval

Chicago Democrat resigns as Transportation Committee chair   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD – Senate Democrats on Friday released copies of the full, unredacted search warrant that was executed on state Sen. Martin Sandoval’s office Sept. 24, and it reveals a wide-ranging probe into possible corruption involving a red-light camera company,…

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Lawmakers plan to push insulin pricing bill in veto session

$100 cap on 30-day insulin supply will be on the agenda this month   By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers will aim to pass a law capping out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 per one month’s supply when they return for the fall veto session, the bill’s sponsors announced Friday at…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker doubtful energy reforms will pass in fall sessions

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD — A package of bills aimed at transforming the state’s energy landscape appears unlikely to move during the upcoming fall veto session after Gov. J.B. Pritzker was less than optimistic on the subject this week at an unrelated Chicago news conference. “It’s certainly something that’s being considered as part of a…

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Born in the shadow of 9/11

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Jordan Bruder is too young to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But she recalls growing up believing the blame for the the 9/11 attacks was squarely put “on Muslim people,” an indictment some people in the towns she grew up in south central Illinois continue to harbor…

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ISP Firearms Services Bureau Provides Firearms Dealer License Certification Act and FOID Services Updates

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Firearms Services Bureau (FSB) is announcing the opening of the public comment period for rules regarding the Firearms Dealer License Certification Act (FDLCA), as well as providing a public update to the agency’s Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) efforts to date. With the strong support of Governor JB Pritzker, the ISP…

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New gun dealer regulations proposed in Illinois

Requirements come from new law that is under court challenge   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Following through on a new law that Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed in January, the Illinois State Police published a set of proposed new regulations requiring gun dealers in Illinois to comply with stricter security…

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New law will abolish State Charter School Commission

Authority will be transferred to State Board of Education   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD – The state commission that oversees charter schools is set to be abolished next year while its powers and duties will be transferred to the Illinois State Board of Education.   That’s the result of Senate…

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In reversal, Aunt Martha’s will now accept federal funds

Says it can abide by new guidelines on abortion referrals without impacting service   By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@captiolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, one of Illinois’ three family planning organizations, confirmed it will accept federal funds it previously declined because its medical providers are now confident they can comply…

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Pritzker signs bill phasing in $40K minimum teacher pay

Goal is to address statewide teacher shortage   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD – Some teachers in Illinois will get a pay raise starting next year, thanks to a bill that Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law recently.   House Bill 2078, which passed the General Assembly in the final…

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Pritzker signs protections for immigrant tenants

Bill prohibits evictions, retaliation based on immigration status   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD – People who rent homes or apartments in Illinois who are not United States citizens have new legal protections under state law. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Wednesday that prohibits landlords from evicting or intimidating tenants…

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