SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is undaunted by the task of convincing taxpayers to swallow $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes to pay for a massive state construction program. The Democrat told reporters Wednesday that increased in motor fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees and new taxes on such things as video streaming and ride-sharing are necessary to fix a crumbling infrastructure. Pritzker has floated a $41.5 billion plan for roads, bridges, schools and more over six years.
CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police say officers fatally shot an armed man who had barricaded himself in a home on the city’s South Side after he apparently fired a weapon. Police say officers arrived shortly after a man called 911 at about 10:15 a.m.
CHICAGO (AP) – A pregnant woman is seeking asylum in a Chicago church after she says she received a deportation order and must leave the U.S. WBEZ radio reported Tuesday that Adilene Marquina has a high-risk pregnancy and is afraid to travel back to Mexico. She is now staying at the Faith, Life and Hope Mission because U.S. immigration policy is to not make arrests in places of worship. Marquina has until Thursday to leave the U.S. Her baby is due July 23.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Three nonprofit groups are suing the state to stop a new case management plan for thousands of Illinoisans who receive publicly funded care in group homes. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the groups filed their lawsuit in Springfield federal court, requesting a preliminary injunction against the Illinois Department of Human Services. The groups claim the plan violates federal law. Agency officials say DHS is committed to ensuring a smooth transition.