Gov. J.B. Pritzker spends $7 million in ads in early reelection push as GOP rivals try to stockpile cash

Billionaire Gov. J.B. Pritzker has spent nearly $7 million in advertising in an early reelection push while his potential Republican rivals try to stockpile cash

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Indiana county may cash in as Illinois bans detentions

As officials in nearby Illinois prepare to shutter the state’s two remaining immigration detention centers, Clay County in Indiana is moving forward on a proposal that could more than double the capacity of the jail — paid for in large…

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Don Craven: Defeat bill to make virtual meetings acceptable for any reason

Don Craven

Every city council or school board has issues large and small that impact the lives of the people it serves.

Should residents be allowed to have chickens within city limits?

Should the city-owned hospital be sold?

What programs should the school district cut to have a balanced budget?

How should students be allowed to dress in school?

Future of the Democratic Party in Illinois: Internal bickering, keeping grasp on power – Center for Illinois Politics

Illinois’ top issues

With elections behind us, it’s time to get down to business. The Center for Illinois Politics your resource for non-partisan information on our state’s biggest issues:

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Why Gov. Pritzker Says Illinois Indoor Mask Mandate is Still in Place

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said it remains too early to give an indication of when he might lift Illinois’ indoor mask requirement, even as state COVID-19 metrics continue to dip.

Though the state’s test positivity rate is down to 2.5%, Pritzker said health officials must consider all metrics, in addition to other factors.

Pritzker cited rising cases in other states, including nearby Minnesota and Michigan, as well as current hospitalizations here in Illinois, where 1,500 people are in the hospital with coronavirus.

As unions continue to balk, Gov. J.B. Pritzker extends vaccine deadline for workers in state prisons and other facilities to Nov. 30

Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushes back the deadline of his coronavirus vaccine mandate for state workers, while continuing to negotiate with unions who have opposed the order.

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Who is GOP governor candidate Jesse Sullivan? His tax-exempt charity was funded largely by cryptocurrency. His career as a venture capitalist is more recent.

Central Illinois venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan, who launched a bid for the Republican nomination for governor, is seen Sept. 10, 2021. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

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Rush rips proposed congressional remap that splits Hyde Park into 3 districts

Under a draft congressional redistricting plan the Democratic-controlled Illinois legislature unveiled on Friday, Hyde Park would be covered by three congressional districts instead of two, as it currently is.

Illinois’ 7th congressional district could cover all of East Hyde Park north of 56th Street. It would also cover parts of southern Kenwood west of Lake Park Avenue and an irregularly shaped patch of North Kenwood.

Op-ed: Illinois regulated chemical restraints use in nursing homes. Other states should do the same.

State Sen. Jacqueline Collins, shown in 2018, introduced nursing home reform legislation that passed into law in 2019. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

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County Democrats hear candidate pitches — including challengers to Sheriff Dart calling for ‘change over complacency’

Democratic challenger Carmen Navarro Gercone, left; Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, right.
Democratic challenger Carmen Navarro Gercone, left; Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, right. | Provided; Brian Rich/Chicago Sun-Times file

Candidates for state and county offices were among those who kissed the rings of Cook County Democratic Party heads Friday. Sheriff Tom Dart told them he’s tried his best to make sure his office is engaged “in every community throughout this county.

Rich Miller: No magic wand for gun violence

Catholic priest and Chicago community activist Michael Pfleger has now twice called on Gov. JB Pritzker to declare a “state of emergency” over his city’s notorious gun violence problems.

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Lipinski bombshell: He may try to reclaim his old seat from Newman

“Of course, we don’t know if this is going to be the final map,” Lipinski said. But if it is, “I’m not saying yes and I’m not saying no. . . .It’s fair to say there’s a possibility I’ll run.”

The new map proposal formally came from the state House and Senate Redistricting Committees, but was developed with strong input from Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Illinois Senate President Don Harmon and Gov.

Former Libertarian candidate for governor charged with threatening Lake County judges

Grayson K. Jackson, who ran for Illinois governor in 2018, was taken into custody Thursday and accused of threatening to kill two Lake County judges.

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Illinois Democrats Look to Increase Edge With New House Maps

Illinois Democrats are poised to approve new congressional district maps that would give Democratic candidates an advantage in elections over the next decade as their party fights to keep control of the U.S. House in 2022.

Democrats who control state government released their proposed maps Friday, and lawmakers are scheduled to meet in Springfield to pass the new maps before the end of the month.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his wife report personal taxable income of nearly $5.1 million in 2020, tax records show

Illinois Gov. J.B. Prizker and his wife M.K. reported personal taxable income of nearly $5.1 million, more than doubled what they reported the previous year.

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Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 2,413 cases, 30 deaths

Illinois public health officials reported 2,413 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 30 related deaths Friday.

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Here’s the proposed Illinois congressional map

Springfield Democrats this morning released their proposed map of new Illinois congressional districts, and though it came out a little earlier in the day than expected, it generally follows lines that have been rumored for months, with all Democratic incumbents protected but GOP congressmen Adam Kinzinger of Channahon and downstater Rodney Davis endangered.

See the proposed map here.

Illinois creates Cultural Districts to promote neighborhood identity

(The Center Square) – The Illinois legislature has created a new official state designation – Cultural District – to strengthen local neighborhoods and promote economic development.

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Call it the Amazon Effect: How e-commerce may save Illinois governments’ bacon

Now, though, there’s a sign that situation may be about to change—that a windfall of sorts is arriving. Whether the trend is real or not is a matter of debate. Either way, the latest data is absolutely fascinating.

The windfall of sorts is named internet sales tax collections. And something quite interesting, indeed, is happening with them.

Harmon’s chief of staff Jake Butcher recovering from “mild” breakthrough case

* Press release…
Illinois Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) announced Friday that Chief of Staff Jake Butcher is recovering from a mild breakthrough case of COVID-19.
Butcher experienced symptoms earlier this week. He immediately self-isolated and sought testing. Contact tracing was implemented upon receiving the result.
Butcher was vaccinated this spring.
Harmon, who had a mild breakthrough case […]

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