Stories by Jerry Nowicki — Capitol News Illinois

Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias is pictured in a file photo. (Andrew Adams / Capitol News Illinois)

Illinois Looks to Curb Vehicle Theft With Grants to Police Task Forces

Six interagency law enforcement task forces received grant funding this spring to combat car thefts through an initiative of Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias’ office.

State Senate Republican Leader John Curran, of Downers Grove, speaks to the crowd during Illinois State Fair Republican Day festivities in Springfield. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

Illinois Republicans Focus on Unity and Avoid Trump During GOP Day at State Fair

During Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair, state party leaders sought a message of unity ahead of the 2024 presidential election. While former President Donald Trump’s name and political slogans were visible on signage and clothing, the speakers generally kept their focus on Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks to the crowd at Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

Trump, Rauner, Policy Wins on Democrats’ Minds During State Fair’s Political Festivities

Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner remained popular punching bags for Illinois Democrats as they rallied in Springfield Wednesday, while the party also touted a long list of recent policy wins. Republicans will have their own rally Thursday.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at a news conference in Springfield on Wednesday before signing an order to rename McFarland Mental Health Center after Elizabeth Packard, a woman who was committed into an Illinois asylum against her will in 1860. (Capitol News Illinois)

160 Years Later, Activist Elizabeth Packard Honored in Place of Abusive Psychiatrist She Exposed

A state-run mental health center in Springfield is being renamed to honor the woman who publicized its former namesake’s abusive methods.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at a news conference in Springfield Friday. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

State Ends Fiscal Year With Record $50.7 Billion in Base Revenue, Sparking Small Surplus

State revenues once again reached a record high in the fiscal year that ended June 30, creating what Gov. J.B. Pritzker called a “one-time” budget surplus of over $700 million.

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Expiring Tax Relief Measures Mean 1% Grocery Tax to Resume, Gas Tax to Increase in Illinois on July 1

Amid record-high inflation last spring, the General Assembly temporarily waived Illinois’ grocery tax for the coming fiscal year and delayed the annual increase in the state’s motor fuel tax for six months.

Former Gov. Bruce Rauner, now a Florida resident, unveils his official portrait before it is hung on the wall of the Illinois State Capitol on June 12, 2023. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

Former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Portrait Added to State Capitol’s ‘Hall of Governors’

The Winnetka Republican-turned-Florida resident on Monday unveiled the portrait painted by Chicago Artist Richard Halstead and privately funded by Rauner. He downplayed the artwork as “not that big a deal” and declined to stray far from a message of “thanks” to the people of Illinois.