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Pritzker unveils five-year economic plan, touts ‘strong job growth’ Pritzker unveils five-year economic plan, touts ‘strong job growth’

Pritzker unveils five-year economic plan, touts ‘strong job growth’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity introduced a five-year economic plan this week, focusing on six industries that can boost the state’s economy and a variety of programs to build its workforce and encourage population growth.  It’s the first such plan since former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn released his in July 2014, when he declared, “Illinois is in the midst of a resurgence.”

Republican lawmaker files bill to reinstate death penalty Republican lawmaker files bill to reinstate death penalty

Republican lawmaker files bill to reinstate death penalty

A Republican lawmaker has filed legislation to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois, calling it an “effective tool” to dissuade violent crime. Barrington Hills Rep. David McSweeney first announced his intention to introduce the bill in August, after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, killed 31 people.

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