Gov. Pritzker Celebrates 100 Days in Office

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Business

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Business

Governor JB Pritzker promised to think big for Illinois, and he’s living up to that commitment. Just 100 days in to his term, the Governor has ensured that 1.4 million Illinoisans will get a raise with a higher minimum wage, unveiled his plan for fair tax system to stabilize state government finances and protect the middle class, protected workers’ rights, and introduced a balanced budget. Here’s what the governor has accomplished so far for the people of Illinois:

Criminal Justice

• Created the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative to address disparities (2/11)

• Signed legislation creating new youth parole system for youth facing long sentences (4/1)


• To keep more Illinois students in-state, proposed $50 million increase in Monetary Assistance Program Grants for low-income college students and a 40% increase in AIM HIGH merit-based scholarship funding (2/20)

• Signed legislation giving universities more flexibility to administer AIM HIGH merit-based scholarships (4/4)


• Entered Illinois into the U.S. Climate Alliance (1/23)

• Signed law to expand wind energy production in Illinois (4/19)

Fair Tax

• Introduced historic Fair Tax plan to address the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget deficit and protect the middle class by asking only the top three percent of income earners to pay more (3/7)

• Released county-level Fair Tax data showing that in over half of the state’s 102 counties, less than 1 percent of filers will pay more (3/28)

New Immigrant Families

• Signed executive order providing support to immigrant welcoming centers (1/24)

• Ordered state agencies to create and distribute ‘Know Your Rights’ information for new immigrants (1/24)

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