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    The Illinois State Board of Elections headquarters

    Members of the Illinois State Board of Elections signaled this week they will make preparations in case either of two recent lawsuits succeeds in striking down the new legislative boundaries signed into law earlier this month.

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    Gov. JB Pritzker signed the omnibus election bill that will delay next year’s primary to June and the state budget. Pritzker also announced a new $10 million COVID-19 vaccine lottery as he boasted 70 percent of adults have been at least partially vaccinated. And Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) announced he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, saying he wants to raise awareness of the issue. 

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    Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago) addressed the House Wednesday minutes before the chamber approved a bill that would create an elected school board for Chicago.

    The House on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that will dramatically change the makeup of the leadership of Chicago Public Schools by making it an elected board.  

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    House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) reflected on Wednesday’s brief one-day return to Springfield during a news conference. 

    Making an abbreviated return to Springfield, the House changed its rules Wednesday to allow members to vote remotely before signing off on Gov. JB Pritzker’s changes to the state budget and a bill to update the state’s firearm owners identification system. 

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    Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) addressed reporters Tuesday after the Senate failed to take up an energy bill that remains under discussion.

    The Senate’s plans for a one-day return to Springfield hit a wrinkle Tuesday after last-minute negotiations over Gov. JB Pritzker’s proposed omnibus energy bill failed to reach a consensus.

    The ongoing stalemate came hours after Pritzker’s office once again changed a key component of its bill that would allow certain power plants that were seeking an exemption to stay open longer if they reached certain emissions goals. 

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    Gov. JB Pritzker issued an amendatory veto to the state budget bill. The House is expected to change rules to allow remote voting. And the state’s health department announced it is scaling back COVID-19 updates.  

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    A coalition of business groups sent a letter to Gov. JB Pritzker in an effort to ramp up pressure on his energy proposal. 

    One day before the Senate’s return to Springfield, a coalition of business groups sent a critical letter to Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday indicating his proposed energy omnibus legislation would result in the “largest rate hike on consumers and businesses” in state history.  

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    House Speaker Chris Welch listens to Gov. JB Pritzker during a May news conference in Springfield (Joel Ebert/The Daily Line)

    As lawmakers prepare to return to Springfield Tuesday, House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) reflected in an interview with The Daily Line on lawmakers work throughout the spring legislative session while saying has no “personal agenda” for this week’s brief return.  

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    Prairie State Energy Campus and other power plants in Illinois would be shuttered by 2035 under Gov. JB Pritzker’s latest energy proposal. [Bechtel]

    Gov. JB Pritzker released a draft and summary of his latest version of his omnibus energy bill proposal late Thursday, mere days before lawmakers are set to return to Springfield.  

    In a memo to lawmakers, Pritzker’s office highlighted portions of the 866-page draft of the bill, which includes significant portions of his original energy bill but with notable changes. As of Sunday, the bill had not been published on the legislature’s website.  

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    A March 30 redistricting hearing. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund became the latest group to sue over the legislative redistricting process.

    A second lawsuit was filed late Thursday challenging the state’s newly signed legislative maps on the grounds that they are unconstitutional because they relied on alternate data.  

    The lawsuit was filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) on behalf of five registered voters in Illinois.  

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