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In visit to Illinois, VP Harris rallies voters around abortion rights

Pritzker, other leaders say Illinois will remain a safe haven for women seeking abortion By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Vice President Kamala Harris came to Chicago Friday to rally voters who support abortion rights and urge them to turn out in the upcoming midterm elections. Speaking at a roundtable discussion on…

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Tax Rebate Payments Begin for Millions of Illinoisans

An estimated six million taxpayers across the state set to receive income, property tax rebates CHICAGO – Income and property tax rebates will begin being sent to an estimated six million qualified taxpayers beginning today, September 12. The rebates are the result of Gov. Pritzker’s Illinois Family Relief Plan, which also provided grocery, gas, and…

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Gov. Pritzker Announces New Illinois State Police Metro East Regional Headquarters in East St. Louis

New facility will enhance will increase preventive patrol presence, help solve violent crime, and improve regional safety EAST ST. LOUIS — Governor JB Pritzker along with state and local leaders today announced the location of a new state-of-the-art Illinois State Police (ISP) Metro East Regional Headquarters and the release of capital funding to begin the…

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Hoffman and Belt Plan would Return Money to Ameren Users; Address Higher Bills

BELLEVILLE – Alarmed at the skyrocketing cost of energy for area residents, state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, and state Sen. Christopher Belt, D-Cahokia, on Thursday introduced a $200 million rebate program that would deliver an estimated $170 to Ameren residential and small commercial energy customers. “Residents are unfairly being hit with significant increases to their…

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Texas begins busing migrants to Chicago

Pritzker, Lightfoot say they’re welcome, accuse Texas governor of racism By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – About 60 migrants arrived in Chicago Wednesday on buses from Texas as part of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s ongoing policy to send undocumented immigrants to so-called “sanctuary cities.” But Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor…

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Governor Pritzker Issues Monkeypox Virus Public Health Emergency Declaration to Coordinate Statewide Response

CHICAGO—Governor Pritzker issued a proclamation August 1 declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declaring the state of Illinois a disaster area regarding the disease. The declaration, which applies to the entire state, will allow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to utilize resources for coordinating logistics across state agencies, quickly and…

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Pritzker tests positive for COVID-19, receives anti-viral treatment

Had ‘several close contacts’ during recent trip to rally Democrats in Florida By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, his office announced Tuesday, three days after he spoke at a gathering of Democrats in Tampa, Florida. Pritzker’s press office said…

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Pritzker pushes for assault weapons ban, federal action

Bill pending in General Assembly would prohibit further sales By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of a July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park that left seven people dead and dozens more injured, Gov. JB Pritzker is calling for a ban at both the state and national levels on…

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