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    The Illinois Capitol 

    The House concluded their deadline week to pass bills to the Senate on Friday after passing 324 bills during the week. Measures advanced toward the end of the week included a bill to criminalize AI-generated child pornography, criminalizing sexual acts with an 18-year-old student and a ban on certain large cats and Australian animals as pets.  

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    Gov. JB Pritzker suggested Thursday night he would favor a leadership change at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The House voted to pass a bill cracking down on drivers who park alongside the expressway waiting to pick up travelers at O’Hare. And the federal government recognized the Shab-eh-nay Reservation land in DeKalb County.

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    Rep. Margaret Croke (D-Chicago) speaks on the House floor on Thursday. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    A bill to pause school closures in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) made it through the House Thursday as accusations of racism were lobbed at the sponsor of the bill — a message most House Democrats rejected. 

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    Gov. JB Pritzker and Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) speak at a news conference on Thursday on the passage of the Healthcare Protection Act. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The House voted 81-25, with two voting present, on Thursday night to pass Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to make major changes to health insurance regulations in Illinois with new limits on step therapy and prior authorization.  

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    Rep. Margaret Croke (D-Chicago) presents a bill in the House in 2023. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The House passed 71 bills on Wednesday as they move toward their Friday deadline to pass legislation to the Senate, including a bill cracking down on “ghost networks” referenced by Gov. JB Pritzker in his State of the State address.  

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    The Senate is set to take up a bill that would ban certain food additives. And thousands rallied at the Illinois Capitol in opposition to abortion at the annual Illinois March for Life, including Republican lawmakers who condemned Democrats’ recent pro-abortion policies.  

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    Illinois voters cast ballots in the March 19 primary.

    The 2024 primary season was marked by expensive races to unseat incumbents along with several big-spending candidates who fell short of their bids to be their party’s nominees.  

    How much did candidates in top races for the General Assembly spend per vote in the first three months of 2024 and was it enough to win over voters on the March 19 primary?

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    The Illinois Capitol 

    The House continued moving toward their Friday deadline to pass House bills to the Senate, moving 63 bills on Tuesday with more than 400 bills that could possibly be passed by the end of the week.  

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    Gov. JB Pritzker speaks at a news conference in Chicago on Monday. [Gov. JB Pritzker/Facebook]

    The Illinois Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to pass a bill that would prevent credit reporting agencies from using medical debt in credit reports. The bill’s passage comes as Gov. JB Pritzker prioritizes a plan in his Fiscal Year 2025 budget proposal to eliminate medical debt for thousands of Illinoisians.  

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    The Senate conducts business on April 12. [Blue Room Stream] 

    The Senate voted to advance a pair of key measures on Friday ahead of the chamber’s deadline to pass Senate bills on to the House, including bills requiring insurance to cover in vitro fertilization (IVF) and establishing a new state department for childhood issues.  

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