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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office unveiled a 900-page energy overhaul bill on April 28, accelerating a yearslong negotiating process which advocates hope will end in a comprehensive clean energy platform as the session nears its final month.

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Hyde Park-Kenwood state Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) is having another busy spring legislative session, running bills to advance the opportunities of youth in state care, establish a "right to play" for elementary students, reform Local School Councils (LSCs), and reform criminal justice in t…

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Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) voted with all their colleagues on April 21 to approve a $7.5 million pedway connecting Kenwood Academy with the former Canter Middle School building and a $1.7 million heating and cooling system.

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SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would implement an elected Chicago school board passed the Illinois House Thursday, while opponents of the legislation continued to push for compromise amendments.

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As economic uncertainty continues to linger one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, housing advocates across the state are planning next steps to protect tenants and landlords and create additional affordable housing opportunities.

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Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), whose ward runs from South Loop to Bronzeville and who has served in City Council since 2007, is running for Illinois Secretary of State, promising greater customer service, increased efficiency and "innovating cutting-edge technology."

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Speaking Friday at Kennedy-King College, local state Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-26th) celebrated the economic equity bill just signed into law and outlined the work to be done in the remainder of the spring legislative session.

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SPRINGFIELD — A massive health care reform bill, the fourth and final pillar of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus agenda, passed the state Senate Thursday, the final step before heading to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature.

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Local Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) joined with a majority of their colleagues to pass a non-binding resolution urging the city to institute a small guaranteed income pilot using federal stimulus money at a March 24 City Council meeting. 

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a package of four bills Tuesday that made up the “economic access, equity and opportunity” pillar of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House passed a massive health care reform bill on March 28, marking the passage of the final of four legislative agenda pillars outlined by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus last year.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House Energy and Environment Committee advanced a pair of energy bills that would overhaul the state’s energy industry to the House floor Monday, with local Rep. Curtis J. Tarver's support.

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SPRINGFIELD — The state House Transportation committee advanced a bill by to the House floor on March 1 to make spending by the Illinois Department of Transportation more transparent and accessible to the public in its first meeting of the 102nd General Assembly.

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With two other Black female members of the Progressive Reform Caucus, Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) introduced the Anjanette Young Ordinance to City Council, which would ban the police from executing no-knock warrants in the city.

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State Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) and Rep. Kam Buckner (D-26th) are supporting the recession- and pandemic-affected budget proposed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that does not raise taxes but keeps state spending flat, while Rep. Curtis J. Tarver (D-25th) said he needs time to go over the proposal.

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The independent state board that oversees law enforcement training would be more empowered to decertify police for felonies or significant misdemeanors if a bill championed by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is signed into law by the governor.

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State Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II (D-25th) looked backward and forward during a Jan. 27 constituents' meeting, discussing the General Assembly's lame duck session work and outlining his legislative priorities around appropriations, cannabis and other issues in the coming session.

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State Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) has been named the chair of the Public Safety Committee, now a permanent body the upper chamber after meeting as a special committee in the last General Assembly.

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Under Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines, prison inmates and staff are classified under Phase 1b in the state's COVID-19 vaccination plan, alongside persons aged 65 and older and other frontline essential workers and sheltered populations like homeless people.

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State Rep. Kam Buckner (D-26th) hailed the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in a statement, calling it "a historic day for the United States" and anticipating "a new opportunity for states to work with the federal government to fight the COVID-19 p…

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Live video of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. taking the presidential oath of office played to a largely dispassionate Valois Cafeteria occupied by employees and customers getting take-out orders — a world away from the first inauguration of President Barack Obama 12 years ago.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate passed a criminal justice omnibus bill early Wednesday after a grueling 20 hours of politicking during the lame duck session. The House followed suit the following morning, on Jan. 13, clearing the way for the bill to head to the governor.

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SPRINGFIELD — One of the most transformative six-day periods in the history of Illinois government came to an end Wednesday with the election of west suburban Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-7th) as the state’s House speaker — the first Black man to hold the title.

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SPRINGFIELD — Bills aimed at improving racial equity throughout the state’s K-12 and higher education systems and another aimed at addressing economic inequities passed the General Assembly during its January lame duck session.

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Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Robin Kelly (D-2nd) voted with a bipartisan majority of House colleagues to impeach President Donald Trump for an unprecedented second time for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol in Washington last week.

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Preschool and special needs students returned to Hyde Park-Kenwood public schools this week, though the area's City Council delegation and many parents remain opposed to the decision.

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Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd), who watched in horror as rioters nearly breached the House chamber yesterday, says President Donald Trump must be removed from office and is open to punishing her Republican colleagues by expulsion if they incited the mob of people that stormed the Capitol.

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Amid the crisis enveloping the United States government, President Robert J. Zimmer is stressing that the University of Chicago must maintain its ideals, while a dozen of the school's political scientists are calling for President Donald Trump's immediate removal from office.