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Recent articles by Jerry:

Regulatory work behind push for 1 million electric vehicles is in full swing in Illinois

Ten months after Illinois lawmakers passed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act that set a goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on state roads by the end of the decade, state agencies are engaged in a flurry of regulatory planning aimed at achieving it. → Read More

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins today

Tax on eligible items will decrease to 1.25% from 6.25% from Aug. 5-14. → Read More

What clothes, school supplies are included in Illinois' tax holiday

Beginning Friday and lasting through Aug. 14, the state will reduce its sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 1.25 percent for certain clothing items costing less than $125 and school supplies. → Read More

Hot dogs and back-to-school: Sales tax holiday starts Friday

The “tax holiday” was included in Gov. JB Pritzker’s “family relief plan." → Read More

Pritzker: Monkeypox disaster declaration will aid in vaccine distribution

The governor’s office said the proclamation will aid in moving vaccines to the most impacted communities. → Read More

Democratic Party chair bows out in re-election bid

A contentious race for leadership of the state's Democratic Party appears to be down to a single candidate ahead of a Saturday morning vote after the party's current chair pulled herself from the running Friday. → Read More

Pritzker names state's first electric vehicles coordinator

Megha Lakhchaura will lead the state's push to put 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2030 through a number of incentives and the rollout of expanded charging infrastructure. → Read More

Major fundraising underdogs among challengers to unseat incumbents

Four months before the general election, six incumbent state lawmakers appeared primed for an early rejection by voters based on unofficial tallies this week. → Read More

State general revenues top $50 billion for first time

State tax revenues grew by $5.5 billion in the fiscal year that concluded on June 30, exceeding $50 billion for the first time in Illinois' history. But a report from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability also noted that the pandemic-related drivers of growth, which led to nationwide revenue windfalls for nearly all state governments, are likely to wane in the coming months. → Read More

State reports COVID-19 outbreak at Manteno veterans home

At least 16 residents and six staff members at the state-run veterans home in Manteno have tested positive for COVID-19, and one COVID-positive resident who was in hospice died Wednesday morning, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. → Read More

Irvin 'reassessing' strategy in wake of new poll that shows Bailey in lead

A new poll from the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago radio station WBEZ shows downstate state Sen. Darren Bailey with a 15-point lead on Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin in the GOP governor race, a major reversal with 18 days to go before polls close on June 28. → Read More

Analysis: Is state's record 'rainy day fund' balance proof of fiscal achievement?

The state's "rainy day" fund -- spent down to essentially nothing during the 2015-2017 budget impasse -- now has its highest balance of $750 million after a $320 million deposit this week. While statutory fund transfers don't usually make for headline fodder, the fact that the state is socking away money is a rarity worthy of a deeper look. → Read More

Progress made in processing rape case evidence

The Illinois State Police announced Friday that all sexual assault evidence is being processed within the 180-day time frame outlined in state law -- bringing to zero the number of legally "backlogged" cases that rose as high as 1,815 in March 2019. → Read More

Study: State's broadband investment will help address 'digital divide,' 'pay for itself'

A $400 million investment in broadband internet infrastructure approved by Illinois lawmakers in 2019 could pay for itself by added tax revenues alone within four years of completion of construction, according to a new study. → Read More

On 2 separate stages, most GOP governor candidates agree on 1 thing: Getting rid of FOID laws

The six Republican candidates for Illinois governor faced off Tuesday night in Chicago, albeit on two separate debate stages, hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that dominated a large portion of the debates. → Read More

ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

A trade group representing Illinois gas stations is challenging what they say is government-compelled speech. → Read More

Illinois Democrats' public safety approach centers on funding infusion

In the run-up to the early morning April 9 adjournment of the spring legislative session, the Democrat-led General Assembly passed a spate of public safety measures backed by hundreds of millions of dollars. Republicans took less of an issue with what was contained in the public safety package than what was excluded. → Read More

Analysis: Supreme Court denies Richard Dent's efforts to identify accusers

Bears Hall of Famer Richard Dent won't be able to learn the names of the people who accused him of sexual harassment and drunken disorderly conduct in 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week. → Read More

Highway camera expansion awaits Pritzker's signature

A pair of bills on Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk would expand a state roadway camera monitoring program to 21 additional counties while also expanding the number of crimes the cameras can be used to investigate and the number of parties that can prosecute them. → Read More

Illinois gets second Moody's credit upgrade within a year, but still has lowest rating of all states

It's the third upgrade between the three major credit ratings agencies during Gov. J.B. Pritzker's tenure. → Read More