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The Illinois House on Wednesday elected its first Black speaker to replace the longest-serving legislative leader in modern U.S. history, picking Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch for the job and pushing aside Michael Madigan after he was implicated in an ongoing bribery investigation.

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SPRINGFIELD — An audit released Wednesday found that a plan to save $500 million a year on state employee health insurance was so ill-conceived and poorly executed that it's costing taxpayers $10 million extra annually without delivering the service promised.

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SPRINGFIELD — Efforts to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois have been slowly spreading across the prairie state. Its supporters are “cautiously optimistic” the most recent legislative iteration, the fourth attempt in as many years, will find success this session.

On the day that Democrat J.B. Pritzker was inaugurated as governor, the two Republican state representatives who live in Springfield sent him a letter highlighting the new state law that makes Sangamon County the default location for many new state jobs.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House wrapped up its two-year session Tuesday with legislation to help the incoming governor, with House Speaker Michael Madigan praising lawmakers for persevering in an "epic struggle" over state spending with outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, who was critical of GOP President Donald Trump during his campaign, was among new and incoming governors who met at the White House with President Donald Trump on Thursday.

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