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Illinois legislators to decide whether to end cash bail

One of Illinois' most comprehensive — and contentious — pieces of legislation is scheduled for another cleanup, after it was both venerated and vilified during the fall election campaign. This is legislators' last chance to finalize details before major parts of the package take effect Jan. 1.

Illinois legislators to decide whether to end cash bail
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Election Day 2022: Bailey vs. Pritzker highlights Illinois' races but others could be key bellwethers

The high-profile Illinois Gubernatorial highlights today's elections but other Illinois races could prove to be key bellwethers for how the nation feels about the direction of the country.

Election Day 2022: Bailey vs. Pritzker highlights Illinois' races but others could be key bellwethers
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In campaign swing, Biden focuses on incumbent Democrats

President Joe Biden’s travel plan for his last big campaign swing before Tuesday’s midterm elections reveals his defensive stance in the campaign’s closing days: He’s spending the bulk of his time trying to hang on to seats that his party already holds.

In campaign swing, Biden focuses on incumbent Democrats
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Illinois takes center stage in battle over union rights vote

The fate of the ballot measure is being closely watched in Illinois and beyond, as it will gauge public support for the labor movement that has lost ground for years in conservative-led states.

Illinois takes center stage in battle over union rights vote
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Illinois candidates focus on crime during governor's debate

Pritzker called out his opponent about opposite stances on what he could do as governor while Bailey continually vowed to overturn the Pritzker-approved SAFE-T Act, a criminal justice system overhaul that attempts to thwart excessive force by police yet ends cash bail for violent criminal suspects.

Illinois candidates focus on crime during governor's debate
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AT&T Illinois to pay $23M to settle federal probe into attempts to influence Mike Madigan

AT&T Illinois has agreed to pay a $23 million fine to resolve a federal probe into its illegal efforts to influence former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, prosecutors announced Friday.

AT&T Illinois to pay $23M to settle federal probe into attempts to influence Mike Madigan
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Pritzker, Bailey accuse each other of lies in debate

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his Republican challenger Darren Bailey used an hourlong debate Thursday finding different ways to call each other “liar” with Election Day fewer than five weeks away.

Pritzker, Bailey accuse each other of lies in debate
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Chicago lawmaker enters plea in red-light camera scandal

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of lying to the FBI and seeking a bribe to oppose legislation that would have required a statewide evaluation of red-light camera systems.

Chicago lawmaker enters plea in red-light camera scandal
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Pritzker bails on Daily Herald forum after parent company prints critical mailers

Governor JB Pritzker has bailed out of a candidate forum that was to be hosted by the Daily Herald after its parent company printed campaign mailers critical of his policies that were sent to Illinois residents and paid for by a conservative PAC.

Pritzker bails on Daily Herald forum after parent company prints critical mailers
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Chief Justice Burke to step down after 16 years on court

Anne Burke, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and wife of Ed Burke, a Chicago alderman for half a century who is scheduled to go on trial next year on federal racketeering and extortion charges, announced her future retirement on Monday.

Chief Justice Burke to step down after 16 years on court