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 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 JERRY NOWICKI    News

Welch unseats Madigan, capping historic week for Black Caucus

One of the most transformative six-day periods in the history of Illinois government came to an end Wednesday with the election of Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D-Hillside, as the... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By PETER HANCOCK    News

New jobless claims surge in Illinois

More than 107,000 Illinois workers filed first-time unemployment claims last week, a 45-percent increase over the week before as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc on the state and national economies. The Illinois... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By SARAH MANSUR    News

National Guard sent to help staff at LaSalle, two other veterans homes

Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday his administration has requested the help of the Illinois National Guard at three of four state-run veterans homes, including two homes that are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks. Pritzker said the... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 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 12/10/2020

 
 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 12/10/2020

 
 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 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 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

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

 

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