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Troy 30-C choir instructor Kelsey Robb receives statewide honor

Troy Middle School and William B. Orenic Intermediate School choir instructor Kelsey Robb has received the Illinois Grade School Music Association's 2021 Barbara Buehlman Young... — Updated 10/6/2021

 
 By Curt Herron    News 

Lewis University holds ceremony to remember 9/11

Lewis University rightly prides itself as an excellent academic institution that is always seeking to not only to provide its students with quality educational opportunities but... — Updated 10/6/2021

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News 

Masks mandated at schools, day cares, long-term care facilities

Masks will be required at all Illinois long-term care facilities, day cares and Pre-K-12 schools, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday amid a nationwide surge of COVID-19. "Every... — Updated 9/13/2021

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News 

Pritzker signs law repealing criminal penalties for HIV transmission

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill into law Tuesday that repeals criminal penalties for people who transmit HIV to others. House Bill 1063, by Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, and Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago, deletes language adopted in... — Updated 7/27/2021

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News 

Unemployment deficit threatens to 'cripple' businesses, claimants

Since economic shutdowns began and COVID-19 death counts started to rise in March 2020, national unemployment rates have hovered at historically high numbers, stressing state unemployment systems left dealing with an unprecedented... — Updated 7/13/2021

 
 By Sarah Mansur    News

Lawmakers could redraw Illinois Supreme Court districts

Drawing new district lines for state and federal elections is the main focus for lawmakers when they begin the redistricting process every 10 years. But Illinois Democrats, who cont... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Grace Babic    News

Republicans call for Prisoner Review Board appointees to testify

Republican senators on Monday raised concerns about four Prisoner Review Board members who have continued to serve for almost two years despite not being confirmed by the Senate... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Crest Hill's Hareld joins Space Force

Whether it was ship captains navigating by the stars, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon or the countless Hollywood adaptations of what the future may look like, space has been a... — Updated 5/17/2021

 
 By SARAH MANSUR    News

LaSalle investigation prompts legislation strengthening inspectors general

Lawmakers representing the LaSalle Veterans' Home, including Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, unveiled new legislation that would allow inspectors general of state agencies to subpoena... — Updated 5/10/2021

 
 By SARAH MANSUR    News

Springfield Republican calls out Democrats for placing bill 'on review'

Republican Rep. Tim Butler on Thursday accused the new Democratic leadership in the state House of Representatives of preserving practices from previous leadership which Republicans say unfairly benefits the majority party. “So,... — Updated 4/25/2021

 
 By RAYMON TRONCOSO    News

Lawmakers, Pritzker administration spar over projected fiscal year revenues

Members of an Illinois Senate committee sparred with officials from Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration Friday in a hearing on tax changes proposed by the governor in an effort to balance the state’s budget for the 2022 fiscal... — Updated 4/25/2021

 
 By GRACE BARBIC    News

Health care reform bill will head to governor

SPRINGFIELD – A massive health care reform bill, the fourth and final pillar of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus agenda, passed the state Senate Friday, the final step before heading to Gov. JB Pritzker for his signature.... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By SARAH MANSUR    News

Expansion of vote by mail, curbside voting will head to governor

A bill to expand the use of vote-by-mail and curbside voting in future elections passed the Illinois Senate Thursday, meaning it needs only a signature from the governor to become... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News

Report: Illinois' pension debt tops $300 billion

A new report by the credit rating agency Moody’s says Illinois will set a new record this year when it reports a total net pension liability of more than $300 billion, the highest of any state in the nation. As of June 30, 2020,... — Updated 3/4/2021

 
 By SARAH MANSUR    News

Madigan resigns from Illinois House effective immediately

Former House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, 78, announced Thursday he will step down from the state House of Representatives after 50 years in office. "I leave office at peace with my... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News

Restaurants, hotels call for reopening plan

Officials from the hotel, restaurant and convention industries told a state Senate panel Thursday that they need a clear plan for how they will be allowed to reopen as the COVID-19... — Updated 3/1/2021

 

Pritzker outlines $41.6 billion budget with flat spending

Gov. JB Pritzker outlined a $41.6 billion budget proposal Wednesday that would hold most state agencies at flat funding levels but which relies heavily on changes to the state’s... — Updated 2/18/2021

 

Second accident involving state trooper in 2 days

Lockport, IL - On Feb. 16. 2021, at approximately 8:15 a.m. Illinois State Police (ISP) officials investigated a two-vehicle personal injury traffic crash on Interstate 80... — Updated 2/18/2021

 
 By SARAH MANSUR    News

Pritzker issues statewide disaster proclamation amid winter storms

Dangerous sub-zero temperatures and massive snow accumulation across Illinois prompted Gov. JB Pritzker to issue a disaster proclamation for the entire state on Tuesday. "I have... — Updated 2/18/2021

 
 By GRACE BARBIC    News

State records highest one-day total of vaccines administered

SPRINGFIELD – The number of vaccinations administered in one day in Illinois saw a record spike Tuesday as the statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate continued to decrease... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By RAYMON TRONCOSO    News

Pledge of cooperation eases fears after state, federal leaders clash

More than 200 federal agents will head to Chicago this week as state and local officials take a more measured tone of acceptance after railing against a potential federal surge earl... — Updated 8/11/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Pritzker 'watching numbers very, very closely,' but vague on potential to roll back reopening

Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday gave only vague answers to reporters' questions about potential future restrictions Illinois might put in place to contain the spread of the novel... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News

GOP lawmakers' call for ComEd hearings rebuffed

The chairwoman of the Illinois House Energy and Environment Committee said this week she will not hold hearings to examine what impact Commonwealth Edison's lobbying and bribery pra... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Marijuana sales create $52 million in state revenue in first six months

Since January, Illinois residents and visitors have spent nearly $240 million on legalized recreational marijuana, producing $52 million in state revenue, according to a news... — Updated 7/23/2020

 
 By REBECCA ANZEL    News

As general election approaches, House GOP again demands ethics reform legislation

With fewer than four months remaining until the general election, House Republicans said Tuesday they want to remind Illinoisans of Democratic lawmakers’ “failure” to address corruption in the General Assembly. It has been... — Updated 7/14/2020

 

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