Speaker Welch Releases Committee Assignments, February Session Plans

SPRINGFIELD — On Thursday, Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch announced the committees and their respective chairs for the 102nd General Assembly, including the addition of six new committees. The committee announcement comes as Welch canceled all but one of the House session days that had been set for next month. Lawmakers in the House […]

Pritzker Sending 500 Illinois National Guard Troops To D.C.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is sending about 500 Illinois National Guard members to Washington D.C. until mid-March for a “security mission.” In a statement Thursday, Pritzker said the Defense Department asked for Illinois guard troops to assist federal and local agencies to secure the capital. The state’s National Guard soldiers will be in Washington, […]

Chicago Grants Emmett Till’s South Side Home Landmark Status

CHICAGO — The Chicago home of Emmett Till, the Black teenager whose 1955 lynching galvanized the civil rights movement, has been granted landmark status. The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that protects the South Side home from demolition. Till was 14 in the summer of 1955 when he went to visit family […]

Illinois’ First-Year Legal Marijuana Sales Boomed, But Challenges Remain

EAST ST. LOUIS – The line outside the Metro East’s first recreational marijuana dispensary was already long hours before it opened for the first time last January. Hundreds of people packed themselves into a tight metal maze that could barely contain the growing crowd at Ascend in Collinsville. The line continued away from the building, snaking along a nearby sidewalk, […]

Game On: IHSA Sets Sports Calendar For Rest Of School Year

PEORIA – The start of high school basketball in central Illinois is on the horizon, and a timetable has been set for football, volleyball, soccer and other sports. The Illinois High School Association on Wednesday announced its revised calendar for the remainder of the academic year after COVID-19 restrictions put activities on hold for most of […]