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Illinois Democrats Plow Ahead Despite Pleas to Go Slow on Redistricting
In The States
Illinois Democrats Plow Ahead Despite Pleas to Go Slow on Redistricting
2021-06-04 13:03:30
by Dan McCue

After two days of public hearings, Illinois Democrats quickly approved new boundaries for state House and Senate district that will ensure their control of the legislature for the next decade, And they’ve since sent their proposed maps to Democratic Gov.... Read More

Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
State News
Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
2021-01-22 21:03:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau estimates show 16 states saw population declines last year as the nation experienced its slowest overall growth since the Great Depression, a new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis shows. According to the analysis, which first appeared... Read More

IL-15: Mary Miller (R)
House Watch
IL-15: Mary Miller (R)
2020-11-01 09:04:22
by TWN Staff

About Miller: Mary Miller is a Republican running for election to the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 15th Congressional District. Her campaign website described her as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a local farmer, and a business manager. Miller... Read More

IL-03: Marie Newman (D)
House Watch
IL-03: Marie Newman (D)
2020-11-01 08:52:48
by TWN Staff

About Newman: Newman is running for Congress because “We need a real vision with a real plan. As part of that plan, we need to solve the ‘patchwork of jobs’ issue prevalent here, where folks try to make ends meet... Read More

IL-13: Rodney Davis (R)
House Watch
IL-13: Rodney Davis (R)
2020-10-30 23:47:50
by TWN Staff

About Davis: On January 3, 2017, Davis was sworn in to his third term as the congressman for the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of Central and Southwestern Illinois. As a member... Read More

IL-13: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (D)
House Watch
IL-13: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (D)
2020-10-30 23:46:02
by TWN Staff

About Londrigan: In 2018, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan came within less than one percent of the vote of unseating incumbent Rodney Davis. In Congress, she will oppose tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy. She will support a labor union's right... Read More

Schneider Unveils Plan to Reinstate SALT Deduction
Taxes
Schneider Unveils Plan to Reinstate SALT Deduction
2020-10-15 20:38:27
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., revealed plans to fully repeal the cap on the state and local tax deduction that was included in the Republican-backed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The state and local tax deduction, also... Read More

Next Coronavirus ‘Hot Spots’ Seen as Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois
State News
Next Coronavirus ‘Hot Spots’ Seen as Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois

WASHINGTON — The rate of positive coronavirus tests suggests that the next “hot spots” could include Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia and Illinois, White House virus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said Thursday. “We do have two states that have 35%... Read More

Primary Day a Mixed Bag in the Three States Holding Contests
2020 Elections
Primary Day a Mixed Bag in the Three States Holding Contests
2020-03-17 21:52:22
by Dan McCue

The first presidential primary day held against the backdrop of self-quarantines and widespread shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer was a mixed bag for the three states that opted to go ahead with the vote despite concerns over the... Read More

Davis Investigates Automatic Voter Registration System Failures in Illinois
Voting
Davis Investigates Automatic Voter Registration System Failures in Illinois
2020-03-02 19:28:22
by Dan McCue

In the wake of complaints that Illinois' news automatic voter registration system is riddled with problems, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill, last week convened a congressional listening session to get a handle on the problem many fear is compromising voters' rights.... Read More

llinois’ Recreational Marijuana Sales Brought $10 Million in Tax Revenue in January
State News
llinois’ Recreational Marijuana Sales Brought $10 Million in Tax Revenue in January

CHICAGO — Recreational marijuana sales in Illinois generated more than $10 million in tax revenue in January, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. The state collects sales tax and a cannabis excise tax on recreational marijuana sales. January sales... Read More

Illinois Customers Spent $40M on Recreational Marijuana During First Month of Sales
State News
Illinois Customers Spent $40M on Recreational Marijuana During First Month of Sales

CHICAGO — Customers spent $39.2 million on recreational marijuana during the first month of legal weed sales in Illinois, and operators say they don’t expect sales to slow down any time soon. Sales to Illinois residents totaled more than $30.6... Read More

Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.
State News
Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what’s happened as... Read More

$3.2 Million in Legal Weed Was Sold in Illinois on First Day
State News
$3.2 Million in Legal Weed Was Sold in Illinois on First Day

CHICAGO — Customers spent almost $3.2 million on legal weed in Illinois on the first day of recreational marijuana sales Wednesday, marking one of the strongest showings of any state in the history of pot legalization. “This is particularly impressive... Read More

Illinois Loses Population for a Sixth Straight Year
Research
Illinois Loses Population for a Sixth Straight Year

CHICAGO — Illinois’ population went down by an estimated 51,250 people in 2019, or 0.4%, marking the sixth consecutive year the state has lost residents, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Since the turn of the decade,... Read More

Lawsuit Claims Muslim Woman Forced to Certify When She Wears Headscarf to Receive Driver’s License
State News
Lawsuit Claims Muslim Woman Forced to Certify When She Wears Headscarf to Receive Driver’s License

CHICAGO — A Rockford, Ill., woman is suing the Illinois secretary of state in an attempt to change a state rule requiring those who wear a religious head covering in their driver’s license photo to also certify that they do... Read More

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