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Pritzker names Sen. Ann Gillespie new head of state insurance oversight agency

Governor calling for sweeping changes in regulation; report shows state facing skyrocketing costs By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday, April 8, announced a change in leadership at the agency in charge of regulating the state’s insurance industry. State Sen. Ann Gillespie, D-Arlington Heights, will take over as…

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Bill ending state’s tipped wage advances but prospects uncertain amid pushback

Opponents say eliminating the tip credit will lead to decreased hours and layoffs for staff By COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois Clongcor@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois House committee advanced a measure that would end the state’s sub-minimum wage for tipped workers amid bipartisan opposition this week, but the bill’s sponsor said she’d seek further compromise…

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Vulnerable livestock continue to face black vulture attacks

By RHIANNON BRANCH FarmWeek Spring is often a time to welcome new life on a livestock operation, but black vultures are disturbing the peace by attacking newborn calves, lambs, and birthing mothers. USDA Wildlife Biologist Scott Beckerman said black vultures have increased in numbers and scope over the past 30 years and milder winters have…

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In Chicago visit, Attorney General Garland announces $78M anti-violence initiative

Department of Justice officials visit annual community violence intervention and prevention conference By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – In a visit to Chicago on Wednesday, April 3, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced $78 million in federal grant funding for community-based anti-violence programs.  .Garland, a Chicago area native, made the announcement while…

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Lawmakers question Pritzker’s plan for new early childhood agency

Cost of consolidating programs remains largely unknown By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to consolidate the state’s early childhood programs into one new cabinet-level agency ran into tough questions this week during a House budget committee hearing. The plan, which Pritzker first announced in October and which he…

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Full repeal of California’s Prop 12 is urgently needed

By BRIAN DUNCAN Illinois Farm Bureau President      A lot has changed on our Ogle County farm since I first started helping my dad take care of the pigs over 50 years ago. Gone are the open sheds and large pens for our pigs of multiple sizes and ages, pens where they were exposed to the…

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Capitol Briefs: Insurance reforms advance as Pritzker announces California trip

Lawmakers look to further regulate youth e-cigarette marketing By PETER HANCOCK, JENNIFER FULLER & ALEX ABBEDUTO Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s proposal for sweeping reforms in the state’s health insurance industry passed out of a committee Thursday, March 21, and will soon make its way to the full House for consideration.…

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Officials say state veterans homes have reformed after deadly 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, but staffing challenges remain

Lawmakers discuss audit of LaSalle Veterans Home outbreak that killed 36 residents By COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois clongcor@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ veterans affairs director told a legislative panel this week that while state-run veterans homes have better policies in place following a COVID-19 outbreak that killed 36 residents at the LaSalle Veterans Home in…

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Illinois teacher shortage persists, survey finds

Cost of teaching degree followed by low pay, benefits, seen as obstacles By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois continues to suffer from a shortage of teachers and other education professionals, although recent efforts by the state to ease the strain have made an impact. That’s according to the latest annual survey of…

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