Justin Heath

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Education Nut. Policy Nut. Buckeye Nut.
JAN 14, 2022
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) [left] and Margaret Croke (D-Chicago) said during a Thursday committee meeting that they want to pare back occupational licensing requirements.

On Thursday the Illinois State Senate Committee on Small Business, Tech Innovation, and Entrepreneurship held a subject matter hearing to discuss potential occupational licensing reforms the state legislature could consider in 2022.

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Reps eye reform of ‘overly burdensome’ occupational licensing rules

Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) [left] and Margaret Croke (D-Chicago) said during a Thursday committ...
JAN 13, 2022
SB2969 would require health insurance providers to cover continuous glucose monitors. [Wikimedia Commons]

The Illinois Senate Committee on Insurance met Wednesday to approve SB2969, a bill that seeks to ensure continuous glucose monitors are covered by insurance providers starting in 2023.

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Senate advances bill requiring insurance to cover glucose monitors

SB2969 would require health insurance providers to cover continuous glucose monitors. [Wikimedia ...
DEC 21, 2021
Gov. JB Pritzker signed six bills into law last week. 

Gov. JB Pritzker signed six additional bills into law last week that will adjust the state’s rules on gambling, firefighters, hemp and Chicago’s elected school board. 

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Pritzker signs 6 bills, leaving two 2021 bills remaining on his desk

Gov. JB Pritzker signed six bills into law last week.  Gov. JB Pritzker signed six additional b...
DEC 16, 2021
A proposed new map of Cook County judicial subcircuits drew mixed praise during a hearing on Thursday.

Legislators from the Senate and House hosted a joint public hearing on Thursday to discuss the recently revealed map of proposed Judicial Subcircuits in Cook County. Co-hosted by House Redistricting Committee Chair Rep. Lisa Hernandez (D-Cicero) and Sen. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), the hybrid meeting occurred at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago. Most legislators and participants chose the remote Zoom option.

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Observers praise subcircuit map proposal, but timeline for approval remains uncertain

A proposed new map of Cook County judicial subcircuits drew mixed praise during a hearing on Thur...
DEC 16, 2021

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed Senate Bill 280, launching a new Regional Water Commission for Joliet and its surrounding communities. The bill was originally introduced to the Senate in February by Sen. John Connor (D-Lockport) and passed both the House and the Senate unanimously in October. 

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Pritzker signs bill to launch Regional Water Commission for Joliet and its surroundings

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed Senate Bill 280, launching a new Regional Water Commission ...
DEC 13, 2021
A map of 20 proposed Cook County judicial subcircuits [House Redistricting Committee]

Democratic legislators from both the Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives announced a new map of Judicial Subcircuits on Monday, saying it will bring equity and fairness to a remapping process that has been starved for attention.

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Dem lawmakers propose new Cook County judicial subcircuit map

A map of 20 proposed Cook County judicial subcircuits [House Redistricting Committee] Democratic ...
DEC 13, 2021
Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill on Friday that will regulate when flags are flown at half staff.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a string of bills into law on Friday. They will regulate flags flying at half staff, medicare reimbursements for hospitals, milk served to children at restaurants and the impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s transportation system.

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Pritzker signs bills regulating flag waving, milk, hospitals and more

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill on Friday that will regulate when flags are flown at half staff. G...
DEC 01, 2021
From left: Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie), Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) and Access Living organizer Cathleen O'Brien speak during a House Housing Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Lawmakers should hone state-backed housing assistance to better suit some of the state’s most vulnerable populations, including people who are chronically homeless, people with prior convictions and people with disabilities, advocates testified on Tuesday.

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Expand more housing to people with disabilities, criminal histories, lawmakers told

From left: Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie), Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) and Access Living org...
NOV 23, 2021
Home heating will become more expensive this winter for more than a dozen Illinois counties. [Unsplash via @realaxer]

On Thursday, the Illinois Commerce Commission voted unanimously to approve a $240.2 million rate hike requested by Nicor Gas in January.

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Nicor Gas rate hike approved by Illinois Commerce Commission, bemoaned by Citizens Utility Board

Home heating will become more expensive this winter for more than a dozen Illinois counties. [Uns...
NOV 17, 2021
Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie) and Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) speak during a House Housing Committee meeting on Tuesday.

An Illinois House committee on Tuesday held the second of three public hearings set to discuss the future of affordable housing in Illinois. The hearing was led by the chair of the Housing Committee, Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago), who called for the state to prioritize affordable housing with the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) monies streaming into state capitals including Springfield. 

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Lawmakers, advocates chew most effective use of ARPA to ease housing crunch

Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie) and Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) speak during a House Housing ...
NOV 16, 2021
Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended President Joe Biden's signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on Monday. [White House]

As Illinois GovJ.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot were in Washington D.C. Monday to celebrate the signing of Democrats' long-awaited Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, elected officials from across Illinois were already making plans for the $17 billion that will come to Illinois.

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Infrastructure bill could kick-start Red Line extension, lead pipe replacement, lawmakers say

Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended President Joe Biden's signing of the I...
NOV 16, 2021
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) introduced an omnibus elections bill on the final night of the veto session that contained provisions changing how state judicial races could be funded. Gov. JB Pritzker signed the bill into law on Monday.

After a day traveling to Washington D.C. and back, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 536, better known to many as the omnibus elections bill.

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Pritzker signs omnibus elections bill targeting outside spending in judicial races

Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) introduced an omnibus elections bill on the final night of the...
SEP 28, 2021
Senate Transportation Committee chair Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) (left) and American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois president Kevin Artl during a committee hearing Monday

Launching a commission to oversee and expand public-private partnerships could beef up the benefits of state- and locally-backed transportation projects, lawmakers and experts said during a hearing on Monday.

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Commission on public-private partnerships could attract ‘economic drivers,’ senators say

Senate Transportation Committee chair Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) (left) and American Council...

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Education Nut. Policy Nut. Buckeye Nut.