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Past articles by Jerry:

Pritzker’s second-term agenda buoyed by ongoing strong revenue expectations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a state budget Wednesday that anticipates continued strong revenue receipts even as federal COVID-19 stimulus funds dry up, allowing for increased spending across → Read More

What to know ahead of budget address

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s second-term legislative agenda will kick off in earnest next week as he proposes his fifth annual state budget to lawmakers in the General Assembly. → Read More

Supreme Court set March timeline in cash bail appeal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of a state law that would end cash bail appears to be at least two months away → Read More

Supreme Court appeal pending as judge invalidates cash bail reform

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A Kankakee County judge ruled Wednesday that lawmakers overreached their constitutional authority in passing a measure to abolish cash bail in Illinois, while other provisions in the → Read More

The pandemic ushered in a new era of emergency housing, but it now faces a fiscal cliff

For Illinois’ homeless populations and those that serve them, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a crisis – the volunteer, mostly faith-based shelters that had long been the backbone of the state’s → Read More

Pritzker signs changes to SAFE-T Act’s cash bail provisions

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed a follow-up measure to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform, the third such amendment since the law’s initial passage in January → Read More

Pretrial detention changes to SAFE-T Act heading to governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Lawmakers on Thursday passed a long-awaited amendment to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform’s provisions that will eliminate cash bail when the calendar hits 2023. → Read More

Changes to cash bail statute surface before Thursday’s planned adjournment

Two days before lawmakers were scheduled to adjourn for the year, one of the lead negotiators of the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform filed a long-awaited amendment detailing several changes → Read More

With three session days left, SAFE-T Act changes could be forthcoming, ‘technical’ in nature

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Changes may yet come to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform before its Jan. 1 effective date, but some of its major proponents in the General Assembly → Read More

A look at the statewide races as election enters its final week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election, Illinois voters will cast a ballot on a state constitutional amendment, every statewide constitutional office, every seat in the General Assembly → Read More

Theis sworn in as Illinois Supreme Court chief justice amid possible election shake-up

Justice Mary Jane Theis was sworn in Wednesday as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, the fourth woman in the state’s history to hold the position. → Read More

Advocates oppose proposed SAFE-T Act changes

Much of the talk from supporters of the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform has in recent days centered on how it will or won’t be amended before Jan. 1, when → Read More

Giannoulias, Brady vying to replace Jesse White

SPRINGFIELD — For the first time since 1998, the secretary of state seat in Illinois will be an open one in the general election. → Read More

Pritzker, Bailey spar on SAFE-T Act, more at forum

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is considering changes to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform to clarify provisions related to the end of cash bail in Illinois, while his Republican challenger, state → Read More

Frerichs, Demmer make case for state treasurer

SPRINGFIELD — In Illinois, the role of state treasurer is that of chief investment officer. → Read More

What happens when cash bail ends?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, cash bail will be abolished in Illinois. → Read More

Bailey, Pritzker face off in agriculture forum with accusations of lies

The candidates for Illinois governor faced questioning about their agriculture-related policies Wednesday in an outbuilding on a McLean County farm. → Read More

‘Democrats deliver’ is party’s rallying cry at State Fair festivities

SPRINGFIELD – In one of the largest annual gatherings of Illinois Democrats on Wednesday, the party had a message for its faithful that attended a pair of Illinois State Fair → Read More

‘Grow with Us’ State Fair, butter cow theme a nod to agriculture, infrastructure

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois State Fair organizers unveiled the 101st State Fair butter cow Wednesday, an unofficial kickoff of the fair which begins Thursday and runs through → Read More

Regulatory work behind EV push in full swing in Illinois

Ten months after Illinois lawmakers passed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which set a goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on state roads by the end of the → Read More