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Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Rick:

Gov. J.B. Pritzker raises his national profile with rebuke of President Donald Trump over George Floyd fallout

When Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker sharply denounced the president’s rhetoric in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death during a call of the nation’s governors, it not only laid bare the animosity between the two men, it also quickly elevated Pritzker’s stature among national Democrats. → Read More

U. of I. study says Illinois can expect more than half-million full-time job losses, tens of billions of dollars in production and income due to pandemic

Illinois will lose the equivalent of 550,000 yearlong, full-time jobs due to the pandemic, with 40% of them concentrated in trade and transportation, professional and business, and leisure and hospitality services, according to a new study from the University of Illinois. → Read More

Trump extends National Guard deployments after outcry over benefits

President Donald Trump said Thursday he would extend federally covered National Guard deployments to deal with the coronavirus pandemic through mid-August amid an outcry that an earlier cutoff date would deny members access to benefits. → Read More

Business owners now face misdemeanor charge if they reopen in spite of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

Illinois business owners who disregard a statewide stay-at-home order to reopen could now face a Class A misdemeanor under an emergency rule Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration filed late last week. → Read More

Federal judge moves up petitions deadline for third-party and independent candidates but rejects call to require more signatures

A federal judge has modified her ruling that gave third-party and independent candidates for Illinois’ Nov. 3 election until Aug. 7 to submit petitions, instead ordering a deadline of July 20 to allow time for challenges and for the ballot to be printed. → Read More

State says COVID-19 testing expanded to include many workers who aren’t exhitibing symptoms

State officials on Friday announced a further expansion of COVID-19 testing in Illinois, with testing now open to a range of frontline workers and employees at essential businesses and new testing sites opening across the state over the next week. → Read More

Gov. J.B. Pritzker acknowledges family members have been in Florida and Wisconsin during coronavirus shutdown

Gov. J.B. Pritzker for the first time Friday acknowledged his wife and daughter were in Florida before Illinois’ statewide stay-at-home order took effect in March and just recently returned to Chicago. → Read More

Illinois’ 5 GOP House members want Congress to block Pritzker from withholding federal aid to municipalities that disobey his stay-at-home order

The five Republicans in Illinois’ U.S. House delegation said Friday they want Congress to block Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other state chief executives from being able to withhold federal coronavirus relief aid from municipalities that disobey stay-at-home orders. → Read More

Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on legislature to ‘act expeditiously’ on coronavirus relief package as state reports record 4,000 new cases

On the same day Illinois reported a record number of new coronavirus cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said state lawmakers “must convene” to approve a relief package for families, small businesses and communities across the state, but he stop short of calling them back to Springfield for a special legislative session. → Read More

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers urge Washington to reject any ‘bailout’ money for Illinois: ‘Our neighbors to the south have spent decades spending and borrowing recklessly’

Members of Wisconsin’s Republican legislative majority are asking the state’s congressional delegation to oppose using any federal coronavirus relief package money to help bailout Illinois and other states with a history of “reckless budgeting.” → Read More

COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout adds emotional element to battle over Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax plan

The coronavirus pandemic has added an emotional dimension to the battle over Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal for a graduated rate state income tax, as increasing economic anxieties are added to a longstanding mistrust of Illinois’ handling of tax dollars. → Read More

Illinois congressional delegation seeks extension of 2,000 National Guard troops to assist with pandemic through June

A unified state congressional delegation Thursday asked Defense Secretary Mike Esper for a one-month extension of federally funded Illinois National Guard activations to assist in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in congregate settings such as prisons and nursing homes. → Read More

GOP congressmen ask Pritzker to seek federal aid for pork producers to help dispose of euthanized hog carcasses

Illinois’ five Republican congressmen asked Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday to seek federal emergency funds for a state pork production industry in “crisis mode” due to the coronavirus. → Read More

Survey says: Illinois residents give Pritzker thumbs-up, Trump thumbs-down in the middle on handling of coronavirus crisis

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker got strong marks from Illinois residents for his stay-at-home-centered handling of the coronavirus outbreak while nearly half disapproved of President Donald Trump’s efforts to address the crisis, according to a new nationwide survey. → Read More

Masks at the ready: Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s modified stay-at-home order kicks in Friday amid legal and political pushback

With his modified stay-at-home order taking effect Friday, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker is facing multiple legal challenges to the cornerstone of his coronavirus response and political pressure from Republicans in more conservative corners of the state to reopen the economy more quickly. → Read More

Southern Illinois judge temporarily blocks Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order from applying to Republican state lawmaker who sued

A downstate judge on Monday filed a temporary restraining order against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order that applies only to Republican state Rep. Darren Bailey, who filed a lawsuit claiming he was “irreparably harmed” by the governor’s shutdown. → Read More

After initially backing federal aid to states, Trump questions 'bailing out poorly run states’ like Illinois

As talk in Washington has swiftly moved to the next coronavirus relief package, President Donald Trump on Monday questioned why federal taxpayers should come to the aid of “poorly run” states and cities run by Democrats, specifically citing Illinois. → Read More

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, federal judge allows Green and Libertarian Party presidential and U.S. Senate candidates on November ballot without having to gather signatures

A federal judge on Thursday issued an order that allows presidential, vice presidential and U.S. Senate candidates for the Green and Libertarian Party on Illinois’ Nov. 3 general election ballot without the normal petition-gathering process, which the judge called a “nearly insurmountable hurdle” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Gov. Pritzker not on board with Sen. Mitch McConnell’s support of states declaring bankruptcy to get out of pension debt

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker not on board with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s support of states declaring bankruptcy to get out of pension debt → Read More

Illinois congressional Republicans oppose Democratic state Senate president’s request for $41 billion in federal aid, accuse him of using crisis to try to cover mismanagement

The five Republicans in Illinois’ congressional delegation rejected state Senate President Don Harmon’s request for more than $41 billion to stabilize state finances as part of a new coronavirus relief package, calling it an attempt to use the pandemic to cover years of mismanagement. → Read More