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Governor proposes $1.8B billion in spending growth, backed by tax increases for corporations, sportsbooks; budget fills previously projected deficit with changes to tax code

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinoisjnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com  SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday proposed growing state spending by about $1.8 billion in the upcoming fiscal year while making a handful of […]

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Governor’s budget office projects major surplus to give way to deficit unless Legislature acts; Pritzker to lay out budget in speech Wednesday

By JERRY NOWICKICapitol News Illinoisjnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Gov. J.B. Pritzker will give his sixth state budget address this week, laying out his plan for a fiscal year that government forecasters in November […]

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State regulators once again flex muscle in rejecting utilities’ grid plans, lessening rate hikes; ComEd included

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinoisaadams@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – The Illinois Commerce Commission on Thursday curtailed proposed rate hikes and rejected grid plans from two major electric utilities, mirroring a series of […]

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Supreme Court won’t block Illinois’ assault weapons ban; challenge pending in lower courts

By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Supreme Court issued two orders this week turning down requests to block enforcement of Illinois’ assault weapons ban while challenges to […]

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Advocacy groups say ‘Healthy Illinois 2028’ is missing key areas of focus: racism, maternal and infant health, mental health, substance abuse

By DILPREET RAJUCapitol News Illinoisdraju@capitolnewsillinois.com A new state health report pinpoints racism as a public health crisis while also noting Illinois needs to improve in the areas of maternal and […]

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Gas company rate requests cut, Nicor by 30 percent; low-income customers set to receive new discounts

By ANDREW ADAMSCapitol News Illinoisaadams@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – Regulators at the Illinois Commerce Commission have unanimously approved rate hikes for four major natural gas utilities, but the little-known regulatory body’s decision […]

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Final decision on natural gas rate increases expected before the end of the year; higher electricity rates also proposed

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinoisaadams@capitolnewsillinois.com Utility customers throughout Illinois will likely see higher natural gas bills beginning in January after staff at the state’s utility regulatory agency recommended rate increases […]

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Pritzker urges Biden to intervene amid ‘untenable’ pace of migrant arrivals; buses from Texas accelerate as Illinois counts 15,000 new arrivals in 13 months

By HANNAH MEISELCapitol News Illinoishmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com As Chicago prepares for an increase in the already steady stream of migrants arriving from the southern U.S. border, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is again publicly […]

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Election officials warn early of misinformation aimed at 2024 voting process: Seek public’s cooperation ahead of next year’s election

By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Six months before the next presidential primary elections in Illinois, county clerks and other local election authorities are asking for the public’s help […]

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