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Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks with WTTW News on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.

A one-on-one with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who spent part of the week in Springfield lobbying lawmakers to approve a bill that would ease some of the casino taxes and fees. We discuss that and more with the mayor.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his budget address in Springfield on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (WTTW News)

With the acknowledgement that “our choices remain hard, our fiscal situation challenging,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday delivered his proposal for a $42 billion state spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks to reporters in Springfield on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (WTTW News)

Even as cities like Rockford and Waukegan move forward with their fresh authority to host casinos, Chicago is at a standstill.

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In the war against plastic pollution, Illinois legislators just announced a new battle plan that would tackle the problem from multiple angles.

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Previous attempts to end gerrymandering in Illinois have come up short, but a coalition of advocacy groups are at it once again.

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State Sen. Rob Martwick says the bill would grant students up to five excused absences from class to let them “take care of their mental health, just like they would be with a broken bone or the flu.”

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois lawmakers are signaling they could be ready to pass legislation that eventually moves the state to 100% renewable energy. A look at how that might happen.

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A guilty plea has reverberations throughout the state. Coronavirus concerns spread in Chicago. A massive restructuring of the Chicago Police Department. And Catholic schools get a financial lifeline.

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Beyond Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s State of the State address, the guilty plea of yet another former public official is the talk of Springfield and Chicago. Our politics team digs into that story and more in our weekly roundtable.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his second State of the State address in Springfield on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (WTTW News via Blue Room Media)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pointedly used his State of the State address Wednesday to frame Illinois in a positive light thanks to the burst of laws passed during the first year of his administration.

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In this file photo, state Sen. Martin Sandoval speaks with WTTW News.

Instead of spending Tuesday in Springfield for the start of Illinois’ 2020 legislative session, former state Sen. Martin Sandoval spent it in federal court in Chicago, where he admitted to taking a quarter of a million dollars in bribes.

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Springfield readies for the 2020 legislative session. The mysterious coronavirus rears its head in Chicago. House Democrats wrap up their impeachment case against President Trump. And Tribune reporters take on their owners.

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Illinois Senate President Don Harmon appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (WTTW News)

At a time when leading legislators’ private side jobs are increasingly under scrutiny, newly elevated state Senate President Don Harmon will step down as a partner at the law firm Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. to focus full-time on his new leadership position.

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Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 22, 2018. (WTTW News)

Illinois’ primary election isn’t until March, but perhaps the most consequential state race of the year has already taken place, as state senators on Sunday elected a new president: Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park.

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House Speaker Michael Madigan has shelled out big money from his campaign fund to pay attorneys – and he isn’t the only public official to do so.

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Outgoing Illinois Senate President John Cullerton appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 13, 2020. (WTTW News)

After 41 years in public service, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is stepping down. He reflects on recent headlines, his life in politics and what’s next.

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