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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 6:41 AM

Religious Leaders Want Slowdown in Push for Chicago Casino

A number of Chicago religious leaders are urging the city's mayor and Illinois legislators to slow their push to place a casino in the city. Read »

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Lightfoot Presides Over 1st City Council Meeting as Mayor

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot presided over her first meeting of City Council as mayor Wednesday. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:40 PM

Chicago's Newly Installed Mayor Lays Out Ethics Agenda

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is reiterating her intent to curb aldermanic power and push for long-deferred ethics reforms. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:33 PM

Illinois House Adopts Abortion Protections

The Illinois House has endorsed expanded abortion protections as a half-dozen other states strive to restrict the procedure. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Illinois' Graduated Income Tax Plan: What You Need to Know

Illinois' Graduated Income Tax Plan: What You Need to Know

Perhaps the most significant item on Illinois lawmakers' agenda this session is a proposal to change the state's individual income tax system from the current flat rate to a progressive scale. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:38 AM

House Dems' Plan Links Casino Expansion to Sports Betting

A massive expansion of casino gambling in Illinois — a decade-long but futile legislative pursuit — was back with a boost Monday as a Democratic lawmaker took steps to make it part of a popular plan to legalize... Read »

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 6:17 PM

Voters to Decide on Pritzker's Graduated Income Tax Program

Voters will decide whether to change Illinois' income-tax structure after the House approved a constitutional amendment on Gov. J.B. Pritzker's graduated tax proposal. Read »

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Democrats Advance Bill to Expand Illinois Abortion Rights

House Democrats in Illinois have advanced a measure to replace the state's abortion law with less restrictive language that gives people "a fundamental right" to make decisions about their reproductive Read »

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 9:58 AM

Gambling Expansion in Illinois Back on the Table

Gambling Expansion in Illinois Back on the Table

The long-pursued goal of expanding casino gambling in Illinois is scheduled for a new look by the General Assembly. Read »

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 7:31 PM

Illinois Lawmakers Set to Tackle Issues at End of Session

Illinois Lawmakers Set to Tackle Issues at End of Session

The Illinois General Assembly commenced its spring session in January with a bold directive from new Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a balanced budget, legalized marijuana and sports betting, a revamped income tax... Read »

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