Pritzker Urges Schools To Focus COVID Relief Funds

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker took to the road Monday to urge local school districts in Illinois to carefully target the roughly $7 billion in federal funds they will soon receive in order to help students overcome the learning loss they may have suffered during the pandemic. “We’re all wondering if this was a lost […]

Ray LaHood Resigns From ALPLM Board After Non-Prosecution Agreement Becomes Public

PEORIA – Ray LaHood is no longer the chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board of Trustees. Emily Bittner, a spokeswoman for Gov. JB Pritzker, said he accepted LaHood’s resignation on Monday morning. Bittner said the museum “is in a far stronger position” than it was a few years ago. “Governor Pritzker is […]

Housing Advocates Plan Next Steps Amid Pandemic Economic Uncertainty

SPRINGFIELD – As economic uncertainty continues to linger one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, housing advocates across the state are planning next steps to protect tenants and landlords and create additional affordable housing opportunities. Over the past several weeks, the General Assembly has considered various bills on the subject, including emergency rental assistance, lifting the […]

Ballot Drop Boxes Reopen In Champaign County

URBANA – Champaign County voters can once again use election drop boxes to send in their mail-in ballots for Tuesday’s local elections. The seven drop boxes in Champaign and Urbana were used during the November election. But local election officials say there was no state law authorizing their use in other elections. That changed last […]

Flash Index Shows Improving Illinois Economy For March

URBANA – The Flash Index showed a strong improvement in Illinois’ economy over the past month, rising from February’s reading of 96.6  to 97.8 for March. The increase comes after several months of steady but slower improvement, as the Illinois economy recovers from last year’s deep downtown caused by the COVID-19 shutdown. University of Illinois […]