Sen. Durbin Poised For Key Biden Role On Judges, Immigration

WASHINGTON — Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is poised to become the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and that would make him a key ally of President-elect Joe Biden. It’ll be up to Durbin to help Biden achieve his goals on judicial nominees and immigration. Durbin says in an Associated Press interview that the […]

National Guard Staff Sent To LaSalle, Quincy Veterans’ Homes After Outbreaks

QUINCY – Members of the Illinois National Guard staff have been sent to the LaSalle and Quincy Veterans’ homes to assist with COVID-19 testing and screening at the facilities, Gov. JB Pritzker’s office confirmed Thursday. It’s not a deployment and those going into the facilities are National Guard staff members and not reserve members. But Pritzker […]

Kirby Medical Center Among Rural Hospitals Facing COVID-19 Challenges

MONTICELLO – Rural hospitals in Illinois face unique challenges as COVID-19 continues to surge across the state. Many don’t have an intensive care unit, so patients who need a higher level of care must be transferred elsewhere.  Pat Schou, executive director of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network – an association of more than 50 rural […]

GOP House Members Renew Calls For Gun License Reforms Amid Delays

SPRINGFIELD — Four GOP state House lawmakers on Wednesday voiced complaints from their central and southern Illinois constituents who say they have waited months after applying for new or renewed gun ownership licenses without an update from the Illinois State Police amid an unprecedented volume of applications this year. Reps. Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville, CD Davidsmeyer, […]

Electoral Board Removes Mayoral Candidate Jones From Urbana Ballot

URBANA – Just three Democrats will run for mayor of Urbana in the upcoming consolidated primary election. The city’s Electoral Board formally voted Wednesday to remove a fourth candidate from the ballot, former basketball player, Verdell Jones III. Urbana City Clerk Phyllis Clark says the strongest point in the objection filed against Jones’ ballot petitions […]