Pritzker plans to veto proposal to grant teachers extra sick leave for COVID-19

Despite the urging of Illinois educators and strong bipartisan support from lawmakers, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he plans to veto a bill that would grant school employees administrative leave for COVID-19-related sick days for themselves and their children.

In a letter to the leaders of the state’s two largest teachers unions, the Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, Pritzker said, “I have been very clear in stating that I will veto HB2778.”

SHARP: Electric vehicle agreements must include stakeholders, support competition

To promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption and help establish a nationwide network of EV charging stations, five governors in the Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota) agreed to join what they term the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition. Based…

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Eye On Illinois: Parties seek to control crime narrative as campaigns loom

What wins: facts or feelings?

Regarding political campaigns, the latter clearly dominates. The most recent example is Republicans targeting Democrats’ considerable power by amplifying news about violent crimes. A common strategy nationwide, it’s especially relevant in Illinois because 12 months ago Democrats approved criminal justice omnibus bills over heavy Republican opposition.

The playbook is simple and effective: trumpet the effect, link to the cause.

Aurora’s Irvin expected to pick downstate lawmaker on GOP gubernatorial ticket

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is expected to choose a downstate Republican as a running mate when he announces his candidacy for governor next week, sources told the Daily Herald Friday.

State Rep. Avery Bourne of Montgomery County is anticipated to join Irvin’s ticket as soon as Monday at a campaign event in Aurora, which will kick off a battle royale to win the Republican primary June 28.

Jesse White: Let’s honor Martin Luther King Jr. through our actions this holiday

This Jan.17, please join me in celebrating the life, influence and contributions of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

This will mark the 37th year our country has honored King’s birthday as a federal holiday and I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect upon how he impacted our society with his philosophy of embracing equality and rejecting bigotry and segregation.

In Illinois Jan. 17 will be dedicated to both Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali

For the past 36 years, the third Monday in January has been dedicated to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In Illinois, professional boxer and civic leader Muhammad Ali will be observed for the first time on Jan. 17,…

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Frank Zuccarelli, former Thornton Township supervisor, remembered as a ‘genuine champion’ at memorial service

Donnie Trotter, former Illinois state senator, remembers Frank M Zuccarelli’s focus on diversity and inclusion during Zuccarelli’s memorial Friday at South Suburban College. (Andrew Burke-Stevenson / Chicago Tribune)

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Former lieutenant governor to seek DuPage County clerk’s seat

Former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti announced Friday she’s running to lead the DuPage County clerk’s office.

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Rich Miller: Democrats most consider voters’ crime concerns

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House Speaker Chris Welch marked his one-year anniversary as his chamber’s top leader with a series of news media interviews last week. One of the questions I asked was what his legislative district’s constituents were talking to him about the most.

“The number one issue in my district, and this is across the state, is crime,” Speaker Welch said.

Rep. Scherer running for reelection

State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is running for re-election this year. “Unlike any other time in recent history, Illinois, and especially our 96th district, is in a position to make real changes and significant progress that will positively alter the future for years to come. We need effective representation at the Capitol from leaders that know how to effect change and have the determination and courage to speak up and work hard to make change happen.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin set to join Republican race for governor, sources say

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is set to launch a bid for the Republican nomination for governor, sources say.

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Former Chicago Ald. ‘Fast Eddie’ Vrdolyak cites age, omicron surge in asking for emergency release from prison

Six weeks after former Chicago Ald. Edward “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak reported to federal prison for a tax-related conviction, his lawyers have filed an emergency petition for his release.

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Keep young people in youth prisons safe from COVID-19

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They are locked up and away from their families during a global pandemic without autonomy for their living environment or the ability to maintain social distance.

I think we can all agree that the last week has been a challenging one for Chicago’s youth.

Actually, the last two years — ever since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 — have been challenging for our youth.

Beckman Considers Run For 55th State House District

Norwood Park Republican Committeeman Anthony Beckman.

Another candidate is interested in running for the 55th State House District seat currently held by Marty Moylan of Des Plaines, the Journal has learned.

Norwood Park Republican Committeeman Anthony Beckman confirmed he is considering a run and said he would know by the weekend if he will run.

Candidates were allowed to start circulating nominating petitions Thursday, Jan.

Former state Rep. John Cabello plans a comeback in new district

Former State Rep. John Cabello

ROCKFORD — Former state Rep. John Cabello on Friday announced that he will run for election this year in the newly draw 90th Illinois House District. 

Cabello, a Rockford police officer and Machesney Park resident, previously represented the 68th District but was defeated in 2020 by State Rep. Dave Vella, D-Rockford, who is seeking re-election.

UPDATE: State senator representing Jo Daviess Co. will not run again; state representative to seek seat

GALENA, Ill. — A state lawmaker who has represented Jo Daviess County since 2013 announced today that he will not seek re-election later this year, and the state representative representing the county announced he would seek the Senate seat.

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With end of Shakman in sight, court monitor burrows in on new Illinois political hiring probe

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking a federal appeals court to vacate the Shakman consent decree and end federal oversight of Illinois’ state employment practices.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking a federal appeals court to vacate the Shakman consent decree and end federal oversight of Illinois’ state employment practices. | Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times file

 ‘No evidence’ of politics in state hiring, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration says. But Noelle Brennan wants to know how the Illinois Capital Development Board hired two previously fired state employees and a son of an agency official.

Illinois lawmakers may not return to Springfield until Groundhog Day

(The Center Square) – Illinois state lawmakers may not come back to the capitol until Groundhog Day after canceling session days next week.

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Ill. GOP candidate for governor Darren Bailey got $231,475 federal paycheck loan in February. A month later, he gave his campaign $150,000

CHICAGO — Last July, Republican candidate for Illinois governor Darren Bailey took to Facebook to denounce both the extension of federally-enhanced state jobless benefits and Democratic President Joe Biden’s visit to Crystal Lake to promote his coronavirus relief agenda. “Here’s…

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COVID-19 new-case averages dip slightly for second day in a row

For the second day, the seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases dipped Friday, an encouraging sign after a week of high infection and hospitalization counts.

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