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Immediate reactions to Governor’s budget address come in quickly

From State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea): “This year’s budget is an opportunity to support our schools, reinforce our public safety efforts and address the challenges facing working families. I’m encouraged by the impact of our recent budgets, which have made historic investments in our infrastructure, secured multiple credit rating upgrades and improved our state’s financial…

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Pritzker proposes $1.8B in spending growth, backed by tax increases for corporations, sportsbooks

Governor’s budget fills previously projected deficit with changes to tax code By JERRY NOWICKI  Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Editor’s note: Updates will follow with more information on the budget and reaction from lawmakers.  SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday proposed growing state spending by about $1.8 billion in the upcoming fiscal year while making…

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Lymphedema Awareness Month is the topical focus of March 7 Education Meeting

Meeting is free and open to the public; it will be held on Thursday, Mar. 7 March, among other observances, is recognized as Lymphedema Awareness Month, and learning more about and promoting awareness of Lymphedema will be the focus at the March Lymphedema Education Meeting in Alton – sponsored by OSF Rehabilitation Services. Riverbend region…

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Commentary: Small, mid-size manufacturers urge Illinois lawmakers to fix BIPA

TMA members at risk of “annihilative” lawsuits under current law, Senator says With its members facing massive liability under current law, the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) is calling on the Illinois General Assembly to act as soon as possible to fix the state’s flawed Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) that threatens business operations and…

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Pritzker to call for health insurance reforms in State of the State address

Proposals target practices designed to curb utilization By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker plans to take on the state’s health insurance industry this year by calling for legislation to curb many of the standard practices they use to hold down costs and boost profits. He plans to outline those…

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Transmission line monopoly back on agenda at Statehouse after Pritzker’s veto

‘Right of first refusal’ controversy returns after last-minute bill and governor’s veto By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com A controversial proposal that would grant electric utilities more control over the construction of transmission lines is being revived in Springfield. Rep. Larry Walsh, D-Elwood, who chairs the Public Utilities Committee in the Illinois House, was…

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Illinois State Police shares MEGs, drug TFs 2023 successes

Thousands of pounds of drugs and hundreds of firearms seized The Illinois State Police (ISP), working with law enforcement and community partners, continues to decrease the supply of illegal guns and drugs devastating neighborhoods across the state. In 2023, ISP Metropolitan Enforcement Groups (MEGs) and multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Forces (TFs) across the state seized 718…

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West Star Aviation awarded 2023 FAA Diamond Award of Excellence at multiple sites

West Star Aviation has announced that several locations in their network have been awarded the FAA Diamond Award of Excellence for 2023, including four of their full-services locations: East Alton, Ill. (ALN); Chattanooga, Tenn. (CHA); Grand Junction, Colo. (GJT) and Perryville, Mo. (PCD). The Diamond Award is the FAA’s highest achievement for technicians and employers…

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Ahead of Pritzker’s budget address, pressures that mounted last year intensify

Noncitizen health care costs derailed bipartisan budget hopes in Senate last year BY JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Republicans in the Illinois Senate indicated Tuesday that their sticking point for budget negotiations this year will be the same as it was last year – state spending on programs for noncitizens and recent arrivals from…

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