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 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 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

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

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Coronavirus deaths spike by 125 to 1,072 as state announces testing changes

Gov. JB Pritzker announced changes to the state's guidance as to who can get tested for novel coronavirus disease Thursday and said state labs are ramping up testing efforts.... — Updated 4/16/2020

 
 By REBECCA ANZEL    News

COVID-19 rules unlikely to ease by April's end

Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday, one month since he issued a state of emergency, it is "unlikely" his stay-at-home order can be lifted safely before April 30 and organizers of large... — Updated 4/16/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    News

COVID-19 deaths by USA regions, virus originated in Wuhan, Hubei, China

NORTHEAST 10 STATES New York 6,298- 86% of the 6.298 victims, were suffering from hypertension (55%) or diabetes (37%) and other underlining illnesses.. lohud.com USA TODAY Network April 7 New Jersey 1,504 Massachusetts 433... — Updated 4/9/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Member of governor's office tests positive for virus

Illinois officials announced on Tuesday the largest single-day increase of novel coronavirus-caused deaths in the state. The 73 new fatalities in 14 counties — Champaign, Christia... — Updated 4/7/2020

 
 By Ben Orner    News

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 Jerry Nowicki    News

So your school is practicing remote learning. What does it mean?

SPRINGFIELD – Public K-12 schools statewide were instructed to begin remote learning days Tuesday until in-person instruction can resume, and standardized testing in the state is... — Updated 3/31/2020

 
 By Jerry Nowicki    News

State gives guidance on mortgage payments, student loan debt, banking

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued guidance for lenders and borrowers Monday regarding debt collection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evictions are suspended for homes and rental units in... — Updated 3/31/2020

 

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