Springfield News

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    Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) speaks with U.S. Rep. Brad Schnieder (D-Ill.) after visiting with Vice President Kamala Harris in Highland Park Tuesday. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]

    Illinois imposes more layers of review over gun purchases than most other states with its background checks, firearm owner identification (FOID) card requirements and “red flag” laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of people who may harm themselves or others.

    However, Monday’s shooting that killed seven and injured more than 40 people at the Highland Park Independence Day parade is sparking reviews of the strength of the state’s gun laws after authorities revealed the shooter obtained a FOID card and legally purchased weapons despite prior contact with police.

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    Brian Urbaszewski, center, of the Respiratory Health Association joined ComEd leaders including Michelle Blaise, right, to unveil a new charging station in Bronzeville Wednesday. [Alex Nitkin/The Daily Line]

    The mega-utility firm ComEd will dedicate $100 million annually for the next three years to a host of efforts designed to speed Illinois through its transition to electric cars, leaders of the company announced Wednesday.

    The spending commitment was the topline goal of the “Beneficial Electrification” plan that ComEd submitted to the Illinois Commerce Commission under a new state law and unveiled during a ribbon-cutting for new charging stations in Bronzeville on Wednesday. The rollout comes as state leaders push toward a goal of seeing one million electric vehicles on Illinois roads by 2030 and as ComEd faces pressure to get a handle on price hikes.

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    Gov. JB Pritzker speaks to reporters in Highland Park on July 4 alongside Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.). [Gov. JB Pritzker/Facebook]

    After north-suburban Highland Park became the latest American community to suffer a mass shooting, Illinois lawmakers are stepping up their calls to crack down on guns to prevent future violence.

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    Gov. JB Pritzker responds to the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 25. [Blue Room Stream] 

    Lawmakers and abortion advocates will continue to work through the summer to craft legislation in response to the end of Roe v. Wade before returning to Springfield for a special session, legislative leaders and Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday.

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    Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, right, speaks after conceding defeat to Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) on election night. [Blue Room Stream]  

    Six months ago, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin was the clear favorite for the Republican nomination for governor. He counted support from establishment Republicans and Illinois’ richest man, and his record as mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city convinced political observers he could attract independent voters to help him make a serious challenge to Gov. JB Pritzker in November.

    On Tuesday night, the former front-runner went home after finishing in a distant third place with less than 15 percent of the vote.

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    Sen. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago) speaks about the tax relief plan at a news conference in Chicago Thursday. [Blue Room Stream]

    Illinois taxpayers will receive $1.8 billion of relief in some form during the next year as Gov. JB Pritzker’s and General Assembly Democrats’ tax relief plan officially becomes law Friday.

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    Juvenile justice and mental health professionals speak to lawmakers in Chicago Thursday. [Blue Room Stream] 

    Youths at Illinois’ juvenile justice facilities are not receiving the right mental health care, and in some cases aren’t receiving care at all, officials who work in the system told lawmakers Thursday.

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    Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia), left, and Gov. JB Pritzker, right celebrate their election night victories. [Blue Room Stream & Don Vincent/The Daily Line]  

    A day after Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) completed a convincing win in the Republican primary, Gov. JB Pritzker is ready to defend his record and make sure voters know where Bailey stands on issues, too.

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    Clockwise from the top left, Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison), Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside), Rep. David Welter (R-Morris), Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie), Rep. Mark Luft (R-Pekin), Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake) and Sen. Eric Mattson (D-Joliet) all appear to have lost their primary races Tuesday.

    Primary elections bring out the hardcore voters in each party, and results show the voters have likely ended the legislative careers of five Democrats and two Republicans in favor of challengers who fit more progressive or conservative views, respectively.

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    Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) celebrates at his election party in Effingham.

    Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) has ridden his wave of popularity from fighting COVID-19 mitigations to claim the Republican nomination for governor with a convincing victory Tuesday night.

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