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Implementing California’s Prop 12 comes with challenges, expenses for Illinois hog farmers  

  By TIMOTHY EGGERT FarmWeek   Illinois pork farmers say a litany of uncertainties remain about how California’s Proposition 12 will be implemented or enforced after the U.S. Supreme Court found the law constitutional. Led by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court recently upheld the state’s animal welfare law, ruling 5-4 that “while the Constitution addresses…

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Pritzker touts new budget’s higher education spending

MAP grant increase will make community college tuition-free for many By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker began a tour of the state to tout the new state budget that lawmakers passed last week, stopping at two university campuses Wednesday, May 31, to highlight the spending plan’s increased funding for…

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Lawmakers OK bill to limit constitutional lawsuits to Cook, Sangamon County

Democrats accuse plaintiffs of ‘venue shopping’ in suits challenging COVID-19 orders, weapons ban By PETER HANCOCK & HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Democrats who control the General Assembly muscled through a last-minute measure that will require any constitutional challenge to state laws to be filed in either Cook or Sangamon counties The…

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‘ComEd Four’ found guilty on all counts in bribery trial tied to ex-Speaker Madigan

Former speaker will stand for his own corruption trial next year By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – A federal jury on Tuesday, May 2, convicted three ex-lobbyists and the former CEO of electric utility Commonwealth Edison for their involvement in an alleged bribery scheme aimed at longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.…

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