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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas is retiring from the bench after nearly 20 years. The judge, who has led careers in both law and athletics, plans to practice privately at a personal injury firm in Chicago.

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A former legislative ethics watchdog calls out the Ethics Commission, former state Rep. Luis Arroyo pleads not guilty (but is thought to be cooperating with the feds), and Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants Illinois to supplant Iowa and New Hampshire at the front of the presidential primaries.

Former Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter, center, testifying at an ethics comittee hearing alongside current LIG Carol Pope, left, and former LIG Tom Homer, right.
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As Illinois lawmakers consider whether to change ethics laws after recent scandals, former legislative inspector general Julie Porter is urging them to start with themselves.

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A panel of lawmakers on Wednesday grilled Secretary of State Jesse White and officials from the Illinois State Board of Elections over problems with the state’s automatic voter registration system.

A glitch in the system, known as AVR, inadvertently registered to vote about 574 people who are not U.S. citizens.

White sought to reassure lawmakers: “Heads will roll if this happens again.”

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Illinois Senators overwhelmingly override Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s veto of a sales tax exemption Wednesday, a day after member of the House did the same. It’s the first time that’s happened during Pritzker’s time in office.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks with reporters at an elementary school in Springfield.
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to elbow Iowa and New Hampshire out of the way in future presidential elections — so Illinois can seize the starring role in the primaries.

House Speaker Michael Madigan speaks with reporters in a corridor on the first floor of the Illinois Statehouse
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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is defending his handling of harassment and assault complaints against former state Rep. Jack Franks.

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Illinois lawmakers grilled state officials Tuesday about significant problems with health care for thousands of kids with ties to the Illinois child welfare system.

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An audit is criticizing cybersecurity practices at the Illinois State Board of Elections, but the board is taking issue with some of the findings.

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A pair of gun-rights groups have sued the Illinois State Police for taking too long to process paperwork required to own and carry firearms.

Witnesses testify about ethics laws in Illinois and elsewhere at a meeting of the Illinois Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform
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A day after Gov. J.B. Pritzker called for a massive culture change over corruption in Illinois, state lawmakers were considering how to make that happen — especially when it comes to local units of government.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker focused on corruption in his State of the State address this week, a day after former state Sen. Martin Sandoval pleaded guilty to soliciting bribes for doing his job.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his State of the State address Wednesday to call for a culture change in Illinois government — particularly when it comes to corruption.

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Lawmakers are demanding answers from the Illinois State Police about delays on DNA processing.

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The following are the Governor’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker listed his party's legislative accomplishments Wednesday in Springfield
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker is set to deliver his first stand-alone State of the State address Wednesday. Here’s a preview of what he’s expected to say — and what some lawmakers want to hear.

Representative Bob Morgan speaking at a press conference Tuesday in the Capitol Blue Room alongside Senator Ram Villivalam, Brian Costin and activist Dan Johnson.
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A pair of Illinois lawmakers are taking on the practice of offering tax breaks to lure companies from other states.

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The Illinois Supreme Court says a woman convicted of domestic violence should be able to get a Firearm Owners’ Identification card.

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State Sen. Don Harmon is now president of the Illinois Senate. Meanwhile, state officials say more than 500 non-citizens were inadvertently registered to vote.

Megan Blair speaking at a news conference where Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill to cap the cost of insulin.
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law Friday intended to bring down the cost of insulin.

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Last weekend, lawmakers elected Don Harmon to be president of the Illinois Senate. It’s been described as a bitter fight, but it has nothing on some of the conflicts from Illinois’ past, including one particularly “discreditable row” from the year 1857.

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Both Republicans and Democrats say they want more answers as to why more than 500 non-U.S.citizens were mistakenly added to Illinois voter rolls.

Members of both parties say they take the issue of election security seriously.

Rep. Maurice West debates the Reproductive Health Act
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Illinois lawmakers are considering whether the state should begin paying for deferred prosecution programs. They’re intended to give non-violent offenders a second chance.

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law Wednesday aimed at bringing more young people into the civic conversation.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s personal lawyers are seeking to keep him from having to sit for a deposition in a racial discrimination lawsuit against his campaign.

Sen. Don Harmon walking down the aisle to the front of the Illinois Senate chamber
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There is a new president of the Illinois Senate: Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, won the support of his colleagues during a special meeting Sunday afternoon.

Senate President John Cullerton and Senators Kim Lightford and Don Harmon
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Members of the Illinois Senate will gather in the Capitol Sunday to choose a new president.

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More fallout from the “rape in Champaign” email: Ag Director John Sullivan is out.

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Officials at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, known as the ALPLM, are once again trying to verify the authenticity of a hat once thought to belong to Lincoln.

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Tuesday marks one year since J.B. Pritzker was sworn in as governor of Illinois. Since then, the state has raised its minimum wage, legalized marijuana, and passed several other pieces of legislation long sought by Democrats.

Pritzker marked the occasion with a series of interviews, including with our Statehouse reporter.

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