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SPRINGFIELD – With a fiscal year 2020 operating budget in place and a historic legislative session in the rearview mirror, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is “cautiously optimistic” about the state’s new direction.

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed sweeping protections for abortion on Wednesday in a new law that establishes access to the procedure as a "fundamental right" for women.

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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new, $40.1 billion state budget bill into law Wednesday, along with bills to fund a long-range capital improvements plan and a bill that would establish a new, multi-bracket income tax structure in Illinois, provided voters approve a constitutional a…

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House closed out what was perhaps the most monumental legislative sessions in recent memory Saturday after passing the final pieces of a budget for the upcoming year and a $45 billion capital improvements program that will be partially funded by expanded gambling.

SPRINGFIELD — Six new casinos — including one in Danville — along with legalized sports betting are coming to Illinois after Senate lawmakers approved a massive gambling expansion bill Sunday.

SPRINGFIELD – House lawmakers approved a plan that would bring sports betting to Illinois along with six more potential casinos — including one on Danville — in a special extended session Saturday.

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois General Assembly approved a $40 billion fiscal year 2020 state operating budget Friday night, pushing further action on a host of other issues to an impromptu Saturday morning session and perhaps beyond.

SPRINGFIELD — With 34 counties under disaster declarations and more than 2 million sandbags already in use, the governor has deployed 200 Illinois National Guard service members along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers to assist with flood and levy monitoring.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House passed a bill backed by the state’s attorney general Thursday that would enact greater regulation of alternative retail energy suppliers, many of which go door-to-door using “deceptive practices” to lock consumers into contracts that ultimately lead to higher…

SPRINGFIELD – A bill aiming to ensure safe closure of toxic coal ash pits and financial protections for taxpayers should the pits cause environmental disaster is on its way to the governor.

SPRINGFIELD – A constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to set higher tax rates on greater amounts of income passed its last legislative hurdle Monday and will head to the voters for final approval about 18 months from now.

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the clergy in Illinois would be legally required to report cases of physical abuse or neglect against children, and they would face possible criminal charges for failing to do so, under a bill that cleared the Illinois House on Sunday.

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would overhaul Illinois’ abortion statute was fiercely debated for the first time by a panel of lawmakers Sunday, with six days to go before the scheduled end of session.

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KANKAKEE — Angelle Vanderwarf is the type of girl who doesn't mind picking up a wrench and getting her hands dirty, despite her manicured and glitter-painted nails.

SPRINGFIELD — A group of Republican lawmakers on Thursday urged the Senate to take up a bill that increases the penalties for attacks on state social workers employed by the Department of Children and Family Services.

SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers and supporters of a bill that would strengthen the Firearm Owners Identification card system chanted “Fix the FOID” in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln outside the Capitol on Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers and advocates praised Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker for allocating funds for affordable housing in his proposed capital plan, but said Tuesday his proposal is not nearly enough to properly address the infrastructure need that exists in Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police Lt. Col. David Byrd was the on-call supervisor the night Chicago Fire Department Lt. Scott Gillen was struck and killed while assisting a crash scene in 2000.

SPRINGFIELD – A constitutional amendment that would allow the state to impose higher tax rates on greater margins of income needs only a vote from the full Illinois House to be brought to voters after passing committee Monday.

SPRINGFIELD – A report from one of the nation’s leading credit rating agencies says Illinois and New Jersey are the two states least-equipped to handle another recession.

SPRINGFIELD – With only two weeks remaining in the 2019 regular session, Democrats in the Illinois House say they are close to securing the 71 votes needed to pass one of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities, a constitutional amendment to overhaul the state’s income tax system.

SPRINGFIELD – DeKalb County resident Tony Stahl said he waited five years for the state to put his disabled daughter, Allison, in the selection process that would allow her to live in her own home in a community. It took an extra three years before that home was found, he said.

SPRINGFIELD – Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said lawmakers have to move quickly before the city’s chances to build a casino are “virtually eliminated” by a northern rival.

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SPRINGFIELD – A new report says subpar roads in Illinois cost drivers $1,300 to $2,600 in repair, safety and congestion costs annually, and that number will increase if the state does not take action on an infrastructure bill this legislative session.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois's child welfare agency reviewed all 1,100 of its ongoing abuse and neglect cases as part of a stepped-up effort to right a department that's facing criticism for failing to prevent the deaths of three children under its watch since January, the governor announced Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker and several public health advocates outlined an ambitious plan Tuesday to halt the spread of HIV in Illinois by 2030.

SPRINGFIELD — Advocates from various energy sectors agree that the Illinois Legislature will likely define a radical new energy future with the legislation it does or does not pass this month, but what that future looks like is up for debate.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate began a lengthy process Wednesday to overhaul the state's income-tax structure by approving language for a constitutional amendment to establish a graduated income tax that hits the wealthy at a steeper rate.

SPRINGFIELD – Two years after passing a significant bail bond reform law, some Illinois lawmakers are now considering doing away with cash bail altogether.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House Labor and Commerce Committee heard testimony Friday about the importance of investment in education and infrastructure when it comes to employment rates and economic development.

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget proposal, including his call for legalizing recreational marijuana, will be among the top issues Illinois state lawmakers will face when they return to the Capitol on Tuesday, following their two-week spring break.

SPRINGFIELD – With five plans being considered, it’s anyone guess what legalized sports gambling will look like in Illinois if the Legislature approves a bill this spring.

CHICAGO — Officials with Illinois' child-welfare agency said Friday they are reviewing cases involving the state's youngest children in which caseworkers found insufficient evidence of abuse or neglect, after the beating death of a 5-year-old boy with a long history of contact with the agency.

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of Lynchburg, Virginia Passed away on June 1, 2019, Mrs. Myrna Pichon Nein Passed away at her home surrounded by those that loved her. Family and friends may call 434.401.1488 for additional information.

formerly of Potomac, died June 13, 2019. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. June 17, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac. Visitation 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Potomac Cemetery. www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.