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Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker backtracked Thursday on one of the most controversial components of his budget proposal, saying improved revenue projections will allow the state to meet the goal in its education funding formula and increase school funding by $350 million over the current year.

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The platform focuses on four points Republicans think will resonate with Illinois voters and can get support from Democrats: ending the culture of corruption, responsible fiscal leadership, growing jobs and opportunities for families, and ensuring public safety.

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SPRINGFIELD – The election of Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives marked the beginning of a new era in state politics. Not only is he the first Black speaker in state history, he is also the first speaker in 24 years whose name is not Michael Madigan.

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SPRINGFIELD — Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch made history Wednesday by becoming the first Black person elected speaker of the Illinois House. He succeeds Rep. Michael Madigan, who leaves the job after serving for 36 of the past 38 years.

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SPRINGFIELD — As the state government attempts to close a multi-billion-dollar budget hole, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has said he is prepared to vote for an increase to the state’s flat income tax rate, should the governor request it — a proposal met with pushback from his Republican counterpart, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin.

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SPRINGFIELD — Four former Commonwealth Edison officials pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that they engaged in a years-long bribery scheme that federal prosecutors allege was aimed at influencing Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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