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 By Jerry Nowicki    News 

Insulin price cap now has only one hurdle to clear

The Illinois House voted with an overwhelming majority Wednesday to advance a bill aimed at capping the out-of-pocket cost of prescription insulin for state-regulated health... — Updated 11/15/2019


Chicago casino bill appears stalled; legalized marijuana clean-up in question

Two major issues that lawmakers were expected to deal with during the fall veto session regarding a Chicago casino and the upcoming legalization of adult use recreational marijuana... — Updated 11/14/2019


Pension consolidation bill gets tentative OK in House committee

A plan to consolidate 649 downstate municipal police and firefighter pension funds into just two unified systems hit an unexpected snag Tuesday, but officials on both sides of the disagreement vowed to continue talking in hopes of... — Updated 11/13/2019


Republican legislators take aim at conflict of interest for Illinois State Board of Elections

As allegations of government corruption continue to plague the Statehouse, Republican legislators including State Senators Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) and Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and State Representatives Tim Butler... — Updated 11/13/2019

 By Jerry Nowicki    News 

Latest ethics proposals focus on State Board of Elections

Republican lawmakers added to their pile of recently-filed ethics legislation Wednesday, promoting two bills aimed at limiting conflicts of interest on the Illinois State Board of Elections. Sen. Dan McConchie, a Hawthorn Woods... — Updated 11/13/2019


Lipinski hosts roundtable on closing the five-mile gap in the I&M Canal Trail

CHICAGO-Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) brought together local governments and advocacy groups for a roundtable Thursday at the Lipinski Community Center in Justice to discuss... — Updated 11/12/2019


Lawmakers gearing up for final week of veto session

Illinois lawmakers will return to the Statehouse on Tuesday, with all eyes waiting to see what, if any, action will be taken on ethics reform in the General Assembly. But a host of... — Updated 11/12/2019


Bertino-Tarrant wishes residents Happy Veterans Day

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant wishes veterans across the region a happy Veterans Day. Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) urges residents to look for opportunities to thank... — Updated 11/11/2019


Thin Ice Ensemble Theater kicks off its 2019-20 on December 6th and 7th

Thin Ice Ensemble Theater kicks off its 2019-20 on December 6th and 7th with the iconic theatrical adventure The Wizard of Oz. Journey over the rainbow with Dorothy as she is swept... — Updated 11/11/2019


High school students propose legislation to Sen Curran

Over a dozen local students had the opportunity to put their passions and concerns front and center by proposing ideas for new laws directly to State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers... — Updated 11/11/2019


Amtrak ridership hits record highs on two Illinois lines

Amtrak routes that connect Chicago to St. Louis and Milwaukee saw record numbers of riders in the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 while the national passenger rail system... — Updated 11/11/2019


Manar to push bill making Daylight Saving Time permanent

If Sen. Andy Manar has his way, people in Illinois would move their clocks ahead one hour this coming spring, then never have to change them again. Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said in a T... — Updated 11/7/2019

 By Kevin Barlow    News

State's memorials, monuments remember Illinois' veterans

On Monday, monuments and memorials dedicated to those who served in the armed forces in Illinois will serve as the background for events to recognize Veterans Day, a federal... — Updated 11/7/2019


Willow Creek Church welcomes Gaither Homecoming Christmas Spectacular

Multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, Bill Gaither will present the Gaither Christmas Homecoming music spectacular at the Willow Creek Church, located at 67 E Algonquin Road... — Updated 11/6/2019


Menards to serve as toy drive drop site

In the spirit of Christmas, your local Menards home improvement stores are proudly serving as a toy drive drop site. We have participated in this wonderful opportunity for a number... — Updated 11/6/2019


Karmeier reflects on 'privilege' of leading state's highest court

Lloyd Karmeier is the third Illinois Supreme Court justice from Nashville, home to about 3,200 people two hours south of Springfield. Karmeier said “almost every one” of the cases the state’s highest court has considered... — Updated 11/6/2019


Vaccination is best defense against pertussis outbreaks

Outbreaks of the highly contagious disease pertussis, or whooping cough, occur every few years and should be taken seriously. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports a... — Updated 11/5/2019


Red Cross volunteers respond to 14 fires in the past week

Volunteer disaster responders with the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois responded to 14 fires from Monday, October 28 through today in the Chicago &... — Updated 11/5/2019


2019 Unified State Soccer Tournament to take place on Nov. 2

Special Olympics Illinois athletes, Unified Partners, and coaches will converge at the 2019 Unified State Soccer Tournament on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The Schaumburg Indoor... — Updated 11/5/2019


Senate GOP bill would give inspector general more autonomy

Republicans in the Illinois Senate unveiled a bill Wednesday that would give the legislative inspector general independent authority to launch investigations and issue subpoenas, so... — Updated 10/31/2019

 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Added ethylene oxide regulations clear House, await changes in Senate

A strict ethylene oxide regulatory bill passed the state House Wednesday with no votes to spare and promises of further discussion and potential amendments in the Senate. Just one R... — Updated 10/31/2019


Pritzker's veto of Obamacare protection bill survives in Senate

The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to sustain Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's veto of a bill that would have prohibited him, or any future governor, from seeking federal approval... — Updated 10/31/2019


Rezin's bill protecting those with pre-existing conditions failed veto override motion

Legislation providing heightened protections for those with pre-existing conditions has failed to garner the 3/5 majority needed to override the Governor's veto. State Senator Sue... — Updated 10/30/2019


Forest Preserve programs include sandhill crane excursion and holiday craft workshop

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers a wide variety of programs year-round. Here are some of the upcoming offerings: CHANNAHON – "Little Explorers," 10-11:30 a.m.... — Updated 10/30/2019

 By Jerry Nowicki    News

College athletes endorsement bill heads to Senate with bipartisan support

A bill allowing college athletes in Illinois to be paid for the use of their image, name and likeness passed the state House Wednesday with broad bipartisan support after lengthy... — Updated 10/30/2019


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