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Gov. J.B. Pritzker talks about House Bill 0135 at a signing ceremony on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (WTTW News via Governor’s Office)

“Access to birth control should never be determined by economic status, education or ZIP code. Birth control is a basic health care service. It should be treated as such and readily available for all,” said state Sen. Melinda Bush, a co-sponsor of the bill. 

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Lollapalooza will return to Chicago at full capacity from July 29 to Aug. 1, 2021. (WTTW News)

Illinois’ governor says he’ll be among thousands of people flocking to Grant Park next week for the massive music festival, even as the delta variant drives a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Chicago and across the U.S.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker sits down for an interview with Paris Schutz on July 20, 2021. (WTTW News)

The governor launched his reelection campaign Monday, touting his leadership of the state through the COVID-19 pandemic. But Republican opponents used the occasion to bash what they have called a “disastrous” tenure. 

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Thursday, June 3, 2021. (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, 56, has announced he will run for a second term as Illinois governor and put his response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the center of his bid for reelection.

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The state’s ban on most evictions will have lasted more than 17 months after the governor in 2020 ordered Illinois residents to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The deadline to apply for rental assistance grants of up to $25,000 from the state is Sunday, officials said.

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Three lotteries have been set where successful applicants will win coveted licenses to collectively open another 185 cannabis dispensaries throughout Illinois.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law before signing into law new criminal justice legislation on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (WTTW News via Governor’s Office)

Working to reverse a notion that Chicago and Illinois have become false confession capitals in the U.S., Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Thursday that prohibits the use of deceptive tactics by law enforcement officers when interrogating juveniles.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was among a handful of governors and mayors who scored an invitation to the White House July 14, 2021. (WTTW News via CNN)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker was among a handful of governors and mayors who scored an invitation Wednesday to the White House. His visit comes as the primary for the 2022 governor’s race is less than a year away. 

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act on Friday, July 9, requiring public K-12 schools to teach Asian American history. (Pool via CNN)

In the midst of a right-wing attack on creating a more inclusive education in the U.S., Illinois just became the first state to require Asian American history to be taught in public schools.

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President Joe Biden greets Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as he arrives at O’Hare International Airport, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden pitched his proposed investments in families and education at an Illinois community college on Wednesday, telling residents of the swing district that what’s good for families is also good for the economy.

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State employees who work in direct care facilities and have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to receive cash bonuses and prizes like airline vouchers and tickets to Cubs and Bears games, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday.

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In this April 20, 2020 file photo, Jitu Brown, national director for the Journey for Justice Alliance, speaks to reporters outside Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago. Brown said school closures and other city policies have disproportionately affected people of color and contributed to Chicago's loss of Black residents. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

After decades of organizing by parents, activists and unions, Chicago is on the verge of having a fully elected school board for the first time in its history.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker comments on the state’s bond rating upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (WTTW News via Governor’s Office)

Illinois broke a 23-year streak on Tuesday, when credit ratings agency Moody’s upgraded the state’s bond rating for the first time since 1998 – the same year the Chicago Bulls won their last championship.

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Major changes to Illinois’ criminal justice system that passed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder will begin to take effect Thursday, including a requirement that officers track and report to the state incidents in which they use a gun on someone. Here’s what else is changing.

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Community organizations and state lawmakers are working to make menstrual products more accessible to Illinoisans who need them. We take a look at the issue in our Firsthand: Living in Poverty series.

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The law currently makes it illegal for people living with HIV to have unprotected sex without disclosing their status to sexual partners. (WTTW News)

A bill awaiting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature would repeal the state’s so-called HIV criminal transmission statute, which makes it illegal for people living with HIV to have unprotected sex without disclosing their status to sexual partners.