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Governor JB Pritzker is signing a handful of new laws to beef up the Illinois State Police and help first responders struggling with mental health issues.

Governor Pritzker says one new law establishes a peer support program for first responders and a suicide prevention task force.

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Governor J-B Pritzker is launching "Connect Illinois" ...a $420 million program to bring high-speed internet to all parts of the state.

Governor Pritzker says the new broadband advisory council will be planning the broadband expansion ...focusing on three areas: education, economic development and telemedicine.

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rallied with Illinois Democrats Wednesday in Springfield.

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The federal government is giving Illinois officials more time to assess the damage caused by the spring and summer flooding.

Governor J-B Pritzker says it's a time-consuming process that needs to be done right.

Governor J-B Pritzker has signed a law amending the Southern Illinois University Management Act.

The amendment provides that both student members of the SIU Board of Trustees shall have binding voting rights. Currently, governors must designate one campus representative.

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Illinois Gov. J-B Pritzker is urging residents to report flood damage to their county's emergency management agencies.

He says that will increase the likelihood the state will qualify for federal disaster aid.

In the face of renewed threats from President Trump to conduct immigration raids, Governor JB Pritzker and Attorney General Kwame Raoul reiterated their commitment to working hand in hand to use every tool at their disposal to protect Illinois' immigrant families.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker insists cancelling the performance by Confederate Railroad at the DuQuoin State Fair was the right thing to do.

The band was nixed from the fair over concerns about the group's name and use of confederate flag imagery.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is rejecting a push to take on Chicago’s pension debt. But local pension costs are a growing problem across the state.

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.

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