Springfield News

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    Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) speaks to reporters in Springfield Wednesday morning. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]  

    Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) filed an amendment that makes a series of adjustments and clarifications to the Pretrial Fairness Act, the portion of the SAFE-T Act ending cash bail, after months of debate about what the law that ends cash bail in Illinois will do.  

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    Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville), middle, questions a Prisoner Review Board nominee Wednesday. [Blue Room Stream] 

    After the senators concluded the spring session with debate over Prisoner Review Board nominees, four new appointments by Gov. JB Pritzker to the board were considered by the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday on the second to last day of session for 2022 as Republican concerns over the board’s members linger.  

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    Gov. JB Pritzker speaks at a news conference in Springfield Tuesday announcing a deal between business and labor groups. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]

    Business and labor representatives joined Gov. JB Pritzker and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers to announce the two sides reached a deal to pay down the remaining unemployment insurance trust fund deficit ahead of a Jan. 1 deadline.  

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    Illinois State Capitol 

    State lawmakers are returning to Springfield Tuesday for the final three days of session in 2022, though their agenda is expected to be light with few major pieces of legislation expected to be taken up this week.

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    Chicago Public Schools Chief of Safety and Security Jadine Chou, left, and Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), right, speak during a Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force. [Blue Room Steam] 

    Lawmakers and school officials discussed how schools have worked to combat violence in schools, particularly in Chicago, during a Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force hearing last week.  

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    Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), left, speaks at a news conference earlier this year. Right, advocates supporting the Pretrial Fairness Act voice opposition to changes to the law. 

    Democrats who crafted the SAFE-T Act and its provision banning cash bail, the Pretrial Fairness Act, have not produced any specific changes with lawmakers set to return to Springfield next week for the final time before the law takes effect.  

    The only proposal for changes publicly on the table comes from Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), but supporters of the law have criticized Bennett’s efforts.

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    Gov. JB Pritzker signs the Fiscal Year 2023 budget in April at Chicago State University. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    Two new reports show Illinois is on track to once again bring in more revenue than expected this fiscal year, prompting Gov. JB Pritzker to suggest three additional steps for state lawmakers to take by the end of the year to shore up the state’s fiscal stability and pay down debts.  

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    Andrew Johnson, executive director of the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, speaks at a news conference in Springfield Wednesday. [Blue Room Stream]

    Illinois Native Americans are working to have a more noticeable presence in the state capitol and are asking lawmakers to consider legislation that improves their acceptance in the state.  

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    House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) speaks at the Illinois State Fair in August. [Blue Room Stream]

    House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) is not holding back on criticism of his own party as he gives up his leadership role. A week after his House Republican Caucus lost at least four seats, Durkin is offering a blunt assessment of where his party went wrong.

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    Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) speaks at a rally at the Illinois Capitol Wednesday. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]

    The first of two weeks of fall veto session wrapped up Wednesday without any changes to the SAFE-T Act and Democrats said little about what changes they are considering making to the law that received heavy criticism during the election season.

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