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Illinois Raises Smoking Age

Spencer Voyles, Staff Writer

April 16, 2019

On April 8, Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker signed House Bill 345 into law. This law raises the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. These products include “electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine prod...

Illinois Under J.B. Pritzker

Emily Albrecht, Copy Editor

January 30, 2019

Now that Bruce Rauner is out of office, Chicago-based entrepreneur, businessman, billionaire and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker has been elected by the citizens of Illinois to take his place. With...

College of Democrats Invite State Rep. Scott Drury to second Town Hall Meeting

Tamarra Newbern, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017

State Representative, Scott Drury, visited the College of Democrats for a town hall to talk about his candidacy for Attorney General. The College of Democrats on the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) campus looks to e...

Illinois proposes a ‘Sugar Tax’ to potentially ease budget concerns

Aeriel Storey, Assistant Editor for Features

February 2, 2017

The Illinois General Assembly proposed a new tax on sugary drinks, such as soda, in a new bill proposed as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Act. This proposal, Senate Bill 9, will increase the cost of sugary drinks by one...

Illinois budget crisis leading to ‘brain drain’

Jeff Burnett, Staff Writer

September 14, 2016

The University of Illinois Springfield is pushing ahead without any direct funding from the state, since a budget stalemate for more than a year has stopped all disbursements coming from the Illinois government. “We’ve...

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