Illinois Capital News

Report: Illinois public education improving, but much more work lies ahead

45% of adults had post-secondary degree in 2018; goal is 60% by 2025   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — A group that advocates for public education in Illinois released a report indicating the state has made some progress in improving educational outcomes over the past five years, but it still…

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Justice Karmeier to resign effective December 2020

His three-year term as chief justice ended Oct. 25   By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@captiolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier tendered notice this week he will resign his seat on the bench effective Dec. 6. 2020. “It has been a privilege serving the people of Illinois,” he wrote in…

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Arroyo resigns ahead of investigative hearing

Madigan calls bribery allegation ‘beyond extraordinary’   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   CHICAGO — State Rep. Luis Arroyo, a Chicago Democrat charged by federal officials with bribery, officially resigned from office Friday just hours before a special investigative committee was to begin considering whether he should be expelled from the General Assembly.…

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Lawmakers: Ethics task force needed to help regain public’s trust

  Bipartisan group supports resolution amid ongoing federal investigations   By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD – Amid an ongoing flurry of federal investigative activity pertaining to state government, a bipartisan group of lawmakers called for the creation of a task force to recommend greater ethical safeguards during a Statehouse news conference…

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

  By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Senate Democrats on Friday, Oct. 11, 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, construction businesses, a large utility company and other Chicago-area…

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Aunt Martha’s awarded additional federal family planning dollars

Illinois’ only Title X provider to receive an extra $825,000   By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, the only Illinois organization currently participating in the federal family planning program, was awarded more than double its initial grant after several providers across the country declined their funding…

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GOP lawmaker calls for state ethics task force

Rep. McCombie says ‘cost of corruption is too high to ignore’ By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — A Republican state lawmaker said Wednesday she plans to introduce legislation to establish a State Ethics Task Force to tighten ethics rules within Illinois government. “To have the public’s trust, we must take action whenever…

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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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