Pritzker Releases New Plan For Spending Multi-Billion Dollar Volkswagen Settlement

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration released a revised plan for how to spend the state’s share of a multi-billion dollar Volkswagen settlement, which found the vehicle manufacturer in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. Illinois initially received approximately $108 million from the settlement. The plans that were released Thursday include a $9 million […]

Ethics Commission Finds Ex-Exelon Lobbyist Sexually Harassed Colleague

SPRINGFIELD — A state ethics commission has found a former Exelon lobbyist sexually harassed one of his female colleagues on two separate occasions in Springfield, in violation of the Lobbyist Registration Act. David Fein, formerly Exelon’s senior vice president of state governmental and regulatory affairs, will have to pay a $6,000 fine and his lobbyist […]

Judge Finds Firearm Ownership Card Law Invalid – As Applied To One Illinois Woman

SPRINGFIELD — For the second time, a county judge in southern Illinois has ruled the state’s Firearm Owner Identification Card law unconstitutional, as applied to one state resident, Vivian Brown. The ruling from Judge T. Scott Webb means the Illinois Supreme Court will, also for the second time, be in a position to decide whether […]

Mental Health A Leading Cause Of Maternal Death In Illinois, New Report Finds

SPRINGFIELD – Each year, 75 Illinois women die while pregnant or within 12 months of pregnancy, according to a report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  The report is based on data from maternal deaths that occurred in 2016 and 2017, and were reviewed by the state’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee. […]

Southern Illinois Could Be Target For Congressional District Loss

A political scientist predicts southern Illinois will lose a congressional district when the Democrat-controlled Illinois legislature redraws the political maps this year. The two southernmost districts are held by Republicans: Mike Bost of Murphysboro and Mary Miller of Oakland. John Shaw, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, said Democrats […]

Senators Launch Inquiry Into ‘Stalled’ Caterpillar Tax Probe

PEORIA — Two U.S. senators are investigating whether former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr improperly interfered with a federal probe into Caterpillar’s tax practices. In March 2017, federal agents raided Caterpillar’s now-former world headquarters in Peoria, as well as facilities in Morton and East Peoria, as part of an investigation into the company’s alleged funneling […]