Pritzker criminal justice initiative to focus on equity

The governor announced a new state initiative Monday focused on bringing ideas to change the state’s criminal justice system to a single place.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Illinois State Police gave Aurora shooter gun permit before revoking it

Officials with the Illinois State Police said Monday the agency doesn’t have the Aurora mass shooter’s revoked Firearm Owners Identification card, and it doesn’t know how many firearm disposition records remain outstanding for last year.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Charges against former Sesser mayor include drug manufacturing, weapons charges

SESSER — Ned Mitchell, the former longtime mayor of Sesser, is facing five felony counts after he was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine in mid-January.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

You already can grab lunch without talking to a cashier. Will a higher minimum wage in Illinois prompt more automation?

If you’re the anti-social type, automation has made life a bit easier.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Bill prohibiting lawmakers from leading state political party stalls in subcommittee

A new bill would prohibit state lawmakers from serving as the leader of a state political party while in office, but it wouldn’t affect House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has come under fire by Republicans and some Democrats for the power he has as the longest-serving state legislative leader and his control over campaign finances as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

$15 minimum wage hike legislation headed to Pritzker’s desk; to cost taxpayers hundreds of millions more

Legislation to incrementally increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 is on its way to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. Despite objections from all Republicans and many in the business community, Pritzker is expected to sign it.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

First Illinois bill proposed to legalize pot ‘more in line with how we treat alcohol’

SPRINGFIELD — Attention at the Statehouse is expected to begin focusing on one of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities — legalizing recreational marijuana — with the deadline for lawmakers to introduce new bills on Friday.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Pritzker wants House to pass minimum wage bill without changes

Gov. J.B. Pritzker heralded the Senate’s passage of a bill that raises the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 and pledged to include the increased costs in a balanced budget proposal later this month.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Business groups come together to urge changes to minimum wage bill

Businesses from across the state came together in Springfield on Monday to urge the Illinois lawmakers to amend a proposed minimum wage increase to allow for lower pay outside the city of Chicago.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Illinois lawmakers again look to add LGBT curriculum

Illinois lawmakers are once again want to require the state’s public schools to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of the nation and the state of Illinois.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.