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 By Mark Gregory    News 

WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday

An astounding 16 million Americans served in World War II in the mid 1940s and of those, only roughly 325,000 are still alive. Among those is Donald J. Breen, a proud veteran of... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Peter Hancock    News 

Legislative probe into Madigan postponed

The chairman of a special committee investigating Democratic State House Speaker Michael Madigan’s role in a bribery scheme involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison has postponed the panel’s next meeting, which had been... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Sarah Mansur    News 

Failed 3rd District retention is first ever in state Supreme Court's history

SPRINGFIELD – For the first time since Illinois adopted judicial retention elections in 1964, an Illinois Supreme Court justice lost a retention bid to stay on the state's... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Peter Hancock    News 

Restaurants push back as 10th region placed under mitigations

Illinois restaurant owners are asking Gov. JB Pritzker to rethink the state's efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 as yet another medical region was placed under enhanced mitig... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Raymon Troncoso    News 

Denied marijuana dispensary applicants will have chance to amend applications

Gov. JB Pritzker announced changes to the licensing process for marijuana dispensaries Monday after weeks of criticism from activists, lawmakers and applicants who were initially de... — Updated 10/13/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News 

COVID-19 Update: Positivity rate stays at 4.1 percent, state reports 20 more deaths

The state on Tuesday announced another 20 COVID-19-related deaths and 1,549 new confirmed cases of the virus. That brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Illinois to 7,657 out of 196,948 confirmed cases since the... — Updated 8/11/2020

 
 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 PETER HANCOCK    News 

State regulators grill ComEd execs over fraud admission

Top executives of utility giant Commonwealth Edison faced tough questions from state regulators Wednesday as they publicly apologized for the lobbying scandal that is forcing the... — 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

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News

Another 39K file jobless claims in Illinois

The state of Illinois saw slight decreases in the number of people filing first-time unemployment claims as well as the number of people receiving continuing benefits during the week that ended July 4. But those gains were more... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By REBECCA ANZEL    News

Group says local governments' hands tied in COVID-19 economic response

Local government officials in Illinois have their hands “tied behind their back” when responding to COVID-19-related economic struggles, three community and business advocacy groups argued Thursday. “Burdensome,... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Senate GOP: Stay in session until we have bipartisan reopening plan

On just the third day of legislative session since March 5, Senate Republicans called a socially distanced outdoor news conference Friday morning to argue for a more collaborative... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

COVID-19 UPDATE: AG Raoul tests positive; hospital bed use continues to decline

Attorney General Kwame Raoul has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced in a news release Tuesday, and the governor plans to get retested as well. "After experiencing mi... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News

New rules for firearms dealers finally approved

SPRINGFIELD - New permanent regulations that govern licensed firearms dealers in Illinois have finally been approved 18 months after Gov. JB Pritzker signed the bill into law. The... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By REBECCA ANZEL    News

Illinois GOP sues for same social gathering exclusion as churches, protests

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Republican Party wants to be excluded from the state's social gathering restrictions, as it alleged in a federal lawsuit that churches and political... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Pritzker signs vote-by-mail expansion

SPRINGFIELD – Anyone who cast a ballot in the last three years or who registered to vote or changed addresses after the March primary will be sent an application to vote by mail... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

Starved Rock State Park plans for their re-opening

Don't pack away your hiking gear just yet. Starved Rock State Park is looking to re-open their gates to the public at the start of June. Illinois' most popular state park is... — Updated 5/22/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

State saw nearly 73,000 new unemployment claims in final week before gig worker portal went live

The U.S. saw nearly 3 million more unemployment claims the week ending May 9, including another 72,993 in Illinois, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The 2.98 million... — Updated 5/14/2020

 
 By Ben Orner    News

Pritzker announces new employment resources for job seekers

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced new resources to help the hundreds of thousands of people unemployed in Illinois, unveiling an online portal that will offer job training and... — Updated 5/14/2020

 
 By REBECCA ANZEL    News

Schools to remain closed for academic year as Pritzker says virus not yet at peak

Following the lead of nearby states, Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday announced Illinois' public and private schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the school year. The... — Updated 5/14/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Pritzker: Changes to stay-at-home order coming, but 'normal' a long way away

Changes are coming to the stay-at-home order, Gov. JB Pritzker said again at his daily COVID-19 briefing Tuesday in Chicago, but it is unclear what they are and when they will happe... — Updated 5/14/2020

 
 By REBECCA ANZEL    News

Illinois to loosen election rules for independents, third-party candidates

Illinois ballot eligibility requirements will be loosened for third-party candidates affected this election cycle by state efforts to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. In a lawsuit filed April 2, the state’s Libertarian and... — Updated 4/21/2020

 

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