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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. In Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker is moving ahead with plans to make sure everyone in the state is counted.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a controversial bill expanding access to reproductive healthcare, including abortions. The move comes as several other states have all but banned the procedure.


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Governor JB Pritzker is signing the new 40 billion dollar budget into law, saying it will get the state on better fiscal footing.

He says it includes more money for education, social services like mental health treatment, more college MAP grants and dollars to chip away at the state’s bill backlog.

The Illinois General Assembly finally finished its annual legislative session this weekend, with lawmakers approving item after item on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s agenda.

Observers and participants are calling it one of the most significant sessions in living memory.

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Governor JB Pritzker's administration and the largest union of Illinois state employees reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

AFSCME Council 31 says terms will be released after its members review and vote on the tentative agreement at worksite ratification meetings to be scheduled in the coming days.

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Governor JB Pritzker has issued a second state disaster proclamation for 34 counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, including four counties in southern Illinois.

Both the Mississippi and Illinois rivers reached major flood stage in March and have remained at those levels.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is finally getting specific on what could be in a massive statewide building plan — and what taxes and fees could be raised to pay for it.

An unexpected tax-revenue windfall has so bolstered Illinois finances that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has nixed a plan to reduce pension-payment obligations next year.

A letter to lawmakers Tuesday from the Pritzker administration reported $4.1 billion in individual and corporate income tax revenues in April. That's up 38% from 2018 and $1.5 billion more than initially projected.

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A state representative from southern Illinois has resigned to become the director of law enforcement for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Tuesday announced he appointed Jerry Costello II to the post. The Smithton Democrat has served in the Illinois House since 2011. Pritzker says he has valuable experience as a police officer and in Operation Desert Storm.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to convince business groups Wednesday to accept his graduated income tax plan. 

A new study looked into a graduated income tax like the one Gov. J.B. Pritzker is touting for Illinois.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered an independent review of the state's child welfare agency and nominated a new director.

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A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute indicates more people are optimistic about the direction of Illinois.

Institute polling director Charles Leonard says this spring's poll shows 22-percent of respondents believe the state is moving in the right direction, compared to nine percent last spring.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says he wants to work to stabilize higher education - including Southern Illinois University - as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to create a host of new taxes to help balance Illinois’ budget — on everything from e-cigarettes to medical insurance companies.

NPR Illinois reporters have been breaking down those revenue-generating ideas. Today we’re looking at a potential tax on shopping bags.

Governor J-B Pritzker says he wants taxpayers to see for themselves how they would do under his fair tax proposal.

Governor Pritzker says 97 percent of Illinoisans will see some relief under his graduated income tax plan. He says a new online calculator will give people an idea of just how much they will save.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’s counting on new taxes to help close the state’s  3.2 billion dollar budget hole. NPR Illinois reporters are taking a closer look at some of his ideas. First up, Jaclyn Driscoll breaks down the biggest chunk of revenue in Pritzker’s proposal -  a tax on health insurers.

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Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker Friday signed legislation to pump more money into critical access hospitals.

The governor signed it at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado. The measure changes some of Illinois' tax laws to provide these facilities with an additional 55-million dollars.

Stores in Illinois keep a portion of what you pay in sales tax. Think of it like a collection fee, though in state government shorthand it’s called a retail discount.

The amount is based on a percentage of what they collect. So the more they sell, the more they keep.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to cap that amount to $1,000 per month for each retailer. It’s one of several proposals aimed at addressing a $3.2 billion deficit in next year’s budget.

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Illinois' governor and acting head of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency surveyed the flooding in southernmost Illinois.

After receiving an emergency response briefing in Metropolis Tuesday, Governor J-B Pritzker said state government will be proactive in helping communities deal with natural disasters.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered his first budget address at a time of acute fiscal distress for the state of Illinois. It also comes after Democrats have taken total control of the executive and legislative branches of state government, including supermajorities in the Illinois House and Senate.

For this week's Illinois Issues report, NPR Illinois reporters analyzed the governor's speech:

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As Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker delivered his first budget address, Southern Illinois University Carbondale students traveled across the capitol complex spreading the presence of Salukis.

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker delivered his first budget address Wednesday in Springfield.

The governor reiterated his desire to lead the charge to enact a fair tax system in Illinois. He said it would set the state on a path to sustainable growth.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest.

It was one of the new Democratic governor's top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion.

Governor J-B Pritzker is withdrawing the appointments of two members of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees.

Marsha Ryan and Tom Britton - both selected by Pritzker's predecessor Bruce Rauner but never confirmed by the state Senate - are off the board as of Tuesday.

A new dark money group in Illinois says it plans to shed some light on what it's doing by voluntarily disclosing the names of its donors.


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The Illinois House is set to vote on increasing the minimum wage on Thursday.

Despite concerns from many business owners, the House will consider legislation gradually raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. The bill includes a tax credit for small businesses to help offset the cost.

A new lobbying group says it plans to promote Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s agenda using secret money. It’s being run by a close Pritzker ally.


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Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking the Illinois Supreme Court for more time to consider legal options on his predecessor's claim that negotiations with the state's largest public employee union are at a stalemate.

The Democrat's lawyers asked the court Thursday for a 90-day deadline extension to seek an appeal of a lower court ruling that went against former GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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