Governor JB Pritzker

Pritzker signs bills expanding access to mental health care

Story originally written by Peter Hancock and published by Capitol News  Illinois on July 26th, 2021. A link to the original article may be found HERE. SPRINGFIELD — Illinois residents will soon have greater access to mental health services under measures Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Friday. Starting Jan. 1, most insurance companies doing…

College Student Endorsement Bill Passes In Illinois Legislature

Original story published by WJOL on 6/1/2021  Original article can be found HERE Legislation that allows college athletes to get endorsements is headed to Governor Pritzker’s desk. State Representative Jonathan Carroll of Northbrook supports the bill that permits college athletes to sign with an agent and get endorsement deals. The legislation now awaits the governor’s…

Seclusion and Restraint in Schools to Be Dramatically Limited in Illinois

Original story written by Jodi S. Cohen and Jennifer Smith Richards for the Chicago Tribune on June 1st, 2021. A link to the original article may be found HERE Illinois lawmakers took sweeping action Sunday to limit the use of seclusion and restraint in schools, following through on promises made after a 2019 Tribune-ProPublica investigation revealed that…

Illinois Legislator Discusses New Online Gaming and Poker Bill

This story was originally written by Sean Chaffin for the website US Poker. A link to the original article may be found HERE There continues to be some movement among US states regarding online poker and iGaming in general. The latest comes in Illinois where two state representatives introduced an Internet gaming bill this week. The legislation would legalize…

Lawmakers, governor condemn Rep. Mary Miller’s ‘Hitler was right on one thing’ comment

Original article written by Mark Maxwell for WCIA on January 6th, 2021. A link to the original story may be found HERE. CHICAGO, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois’ newest member of Congress is facing widespread public backlash after quoting Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler at a political rally in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on Tuesday.…

Final nail in ‘The Velvet Hammer’s’ political coffin? Madigan’s record run as speaker could be nearing an end

Original story published by Rachel Hinton of the Chicago Sun-Times on 11/19/2020. Photo credit to Tim Akimoff of WBEZ. A link to the article may be found HERE   Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan may soon be out of the leadership post he’s held for nearly four decades. After members of his inner circle were…

Chicago doctors – mostly moms – join together to advise officials and the public. ‘We can’t not say something.’

Original article written by Kate Thayer for the Chicago Tribune, published on May 7th, 2020. Link to original article may be found HERE. Photo credit to Stacey Wescott of the Chicago Tribune. In between telehealth appointments with patients, preschool Zoom calls, daily household tasks and, in one case, childbirth, a group of doctors — mostly…

Bites at the apple

It is no secret that we have some of the highest property taxes in the country. In some communities, we’re beginning to reach the breaking point. During the recent debate on eliminating red-light cameras, municipalities expressed concern over losing revenue and would have to consider reducing local government. Imagine that…reducing local government. In my over…

Illinois School Officials Promise to Stop Use of Solitary Confinement Punish Students

Original story written by Zack Budryk for The Hill, and published on 11/21/19. Link to original article may be found HERE. Illinois officials have pledged to end the practice of solitary confinement for schoolchildren after an expose by ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune revealed it was a common punishment that had been used for offenses such…
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