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ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

Budget included language notifying consumers that state suspended a 2-cent tax hike By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois “As of July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois has suspended the inflation adjustment to the motor fuel tax through December 31, 2022. The price on this pump should reflect the suspension of the tax increase.”…

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Pritzker signs bill aimed at addressing organized retail crime

AG Raoul says task force recovered millions of dollars of stolen merchandise in December By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Friday, May 13, that is aimed at cracking down on high-profile “smash-and-grabs” and other organized retail theft. “This important piece of legislation will help to combat these…

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What’s in the SAFE-T Act? A look at the 2021 criminal justice reform and how it has evolved

Law enforcement opposition has softened since initial passage, although concerns remain By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Amid a campaign season in which every constitutional office and seat in the Illinois General Assembly will be up for vote, rising crime and a landmark criminal justice reform passed in 2021 have become dominant…

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Pilot program to send mental health professionals with law officers in four Illinois communities

Budget included $10 million for programs in Peoria, Springfield, East St. Louis, Waukegan By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Police departments in four communities in Illinois will be part of a co-responder pilot program that aims to send social workers and mental health professionals on law enforcement calls. That was part of…

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One solution to food price spikes – reduce waste

By DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek Consumers should think twice before throwing out those last few pieces of bread, lightly bruised fruit, or milk barely beyond its sell-by date. Food waste and loss is a key contributor to sub-optimal diets, environmental issues, and inflationary pressure currently gripping most countries in the world – some more severe than…

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