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Illinois converting convention center into COVID-19 field hospital

As state leaders try to gather as much personal protective equipment (PPE) as possible to distribute to health care workers treating COVID-19 patients, Gov. JB Pritzker says the... — Updated 4/2/2020

 
 By Ben Orner    News

Illinois National Guard dispels rumors of military action related to COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois National Guard is assisting the state's COVID-19 response by setting up testing centers and other civil action, not preparing for military action as... — Updated 3/23/2020

 
 By Ben Orner    News

Coronavirus tests meat supply chain as farm groups keep food on shelves

SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That has people up and down Illinois'... — Updated 3/23/2020

 
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Gun dealers report increased store traffic, 'panic buying'

SPRINGFIELD – Toilet paper and hand sanitizer are in short supply at Illinois supermarkets. At gun shops, firearms and ammunition are flying off the shelves, too. As the outbreak... — Updated 3/22/2020

 
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Black caucus supports Pritzker's budget plan, calls for added minority community investment

Members of the 32-lawmaker Illinois Legislative Black Caucus said Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget proposal for the fiscal year starting in July is a good start but needs more money and support for people of color. “I was so pleased... — Updated 2/20/2020

 
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Durbin claims USDA playing favorites with trade war aid

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of playing favorites with trade war aid payments by giving more money to southern cotton farmers who were less affected by the trade war than Illinois so... — Updated 2/12/2020

 
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Illinois AG sues to add Equal Rights Amendment to Constitution

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and two other state attorneys general filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday to ensure the Equal Rights Amendment officially becomes the 28t... — Updated 1/30/2020

 
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Illinois Supreme Court hears two lawsuits against school districts

Two Illinois school districts defended their actions against an elementary school teacher and a restoration company before the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday. The justices'... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
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House bill would add risks of sexting to sex ed. curriculum

Sex education in Illinois middle and high schools would be required to include a discussion on sexting if a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives becomes law. House... — Updated 1/9/2020

 

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