Latest Half-True Fact-checks in Illinois Jared Moskowitz stated on March 26, 2023 in an interview on CNN: Former President Donald Trump “instructed all the governors to shut down” because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Richard Durbin stated on April 13, 2021 in a TV interview: “We have 23% of all the lead pipe leads in America in the Chicagoland area.” Mike Bost stated on March 15, 2021 in a radio interview: The American Rescue Plan Act “does not” include “checks and balances” on how funds for state and local governments can be spent. JB Pritzker stated on February 17, 2021 in a speech: “For the month of February, Illinois has been the vaccination leader among the 10 most populous states in the country.” Illinois Republican Party stated on February 5, 2021 in social media posts: “Pritzker’s Hierarchy of Vaccine Priorities” puts prisoners, politicians and college students ahead of “individuals with high-risk health factors, and everyone else.” Coalition to Stop the Proposed Tax Hike Amendment stated on August 31, 2020 in an ad: Approving the constitutional amendment on Illinois' November ballot “would let the politicians immediately implement their plan to increase taxes on small businesses, farmers and large employers.” Lori Lightfoot stated on April 7, 2020 in remarks at a news conference: “Illinois lags way behind all of our neighbors and certainly we’re in the bottom tier of states that are doing testing." Quentin Fulks stated on February 25, 2020 in a TV interview: Says California has a top income tax rate of 13.3% “and people aren’t leaving.” Daniel Lipinski stated on February 14, 2020 in a TV interview: Says the Affordable Care Act “took money out of the Medicare trust fund.” Sean Casten stated on December 11, 2019 in a Facebook livestream appearance: "From 2000 to 2016, every major drug that was introduced came out of" National Institutes of Health funding. Dave Syverson stated on November 17, 2019 in a TV interview: Says a proposed change to Illinois’ gambling law would result in "lower taxes paid to the state and higher taxes paid" to Chicago from a city casino so that the total amount would be the same, but the city would get to "keep more of it." JB Pritzker stated on October 31, 2019 in an interview: "Illinois lost population in 94 out of the last 95 years, so it’s not like it’s a new thing that we have a slight out-trickle of people leaving the state." Richard Durbin stated on July 11, 2019 in a speech: Says President Trump "has ended up attracting larger numbers of people coming to the United States presenting themselves for asylum status at our border than we’ve ever seen." JB Pritzker stated on May 1, 2019 in a speech: Says states with graduated income taxes "create jobs and grow their economies faster" than Illinois. Marie Newman stated on April 24, 2019 in a radio interview: "We’re in a situation right now where 80% of the country is living paycheck to paycheck." Gery Chico stated on January 2, 2019 in a campaign ad: "As chairman of the City Colleges, I cut millions in waste and we cut property taxes." Toni Preckwinkle stated on January 9, 2019 in a TV ad: Says she "made sure Laquan McDonald’s autopsy went public" and "called for the dash cam footage to be released." Garry McCarthy stated on December 11, 2018 in a speech: "There was almost a 70 percent reduction in police-related shootings under my tenure because of training, supervision and policy decisions." Bill Daley stated on December 6, 2018 in a TV ad: Says he "will put a moratorium on tax hikes to keep families in their homes." Paul Vallas stated on November 14, 2018 in a press release: Says Susana Mendoza’s assertion that she fought efforts to hike vehicle sticker prices when she was Chicago’s city clerk "is absurd … Mendoza pushed a draconian sticker penalty program." Bruce Rauner stated on May 11, 2018 in a policy forum: "There’s more union jobs growing in Texas, which is a right-to-work state, than in Illinois, and factory workers make more money in Texas than they do in Illinois." Bruce Rauner stated on January 3, 2018 in an interview with the editorial board of the Herald-News of Joliet: "The Legionella bacteria is in most water systems in Illinois." Bruce Rauner stated on October 20, 2017 in a press conference: "To be clear, all my investments are in a trust that I don’t control." Karen Lewis stated on September 4, 2017 in a blog post: The new Illinois school funding formula "created a tax shelter for the wealthy and a voucher program…" Rahm Emanuel stated on July 31, 2017 in a press conference: "Every one of the financial bad management practices that I inherited, every one of them, have either been eliminated or cut significantly." Richard Durbin stated on February 1, 2017 in a interview on Morning Joe : Says President Barack Obama’s nominees met a standard of 60 votes, "a standard that was met by Elena Kagan as well as Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's choices." Aaron DeGroot stated on December 2, 2016 in a tweet : Says Kate Cloonen "needs that extra $68,000" lawmaker salary on top of the "$8.5 million in state contracts for her construction company." Rahm Emanuel stated on November 15, 2016 in Interview with Bill Kurtis : [Chicago is the] only city in the United States, you get a B average in high school, community college is free. Barney Frank stated on September 28, 2016 in a fundraising email supporting Illinois' 10th House District Democratic nominee Brad Schneider : "Paul Ryan’s already spent millions to try and permanently derail Brad (Schneider)’s progressive, energized campaign." Brad Schneider stated on September 16, 2016 in a campaign tweet: Says Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold "continues to side with his Republican leadership and the NRA in blocking consideration of a bill that would keep firearms out of the hands of people on the terrorist watch list."