Faith-Based Child Welfare Controversy May Be Reignited In Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could reignite a 10-year-old controversy in Illinois over whether faith-based charities can be prohibited from contracting with the state for foster care and adoption services on the grounds that they refuse to work with unmarried or same-sex couples. In a 9-0 decision Thursday, the nation’s high court […]

Rauner Agrees To Settle Robocall Lawsuit For $1 Million

SPRINGFIELD — People targeted by a campaign robocall from former Gov. Bruce Rauner since his first campaign in 2014 will be eligible to earn a portion of a $1 million settlement agreement that was reached last month in a class-action case. The agreement would end the federal lawsuit against the former governor and his campaign entity, Citizens […]

U.S. VA, Pritzker Promise Fix For Veterans Initially Left Out Of Ill. Vaccine Lottery

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs is deploying a fix so the more than 89,000 veterans, veteran spouses and others who received their COVID vaccines at federal VA facilities have a chance at winning Illinois’ vaccine lottery. Gov. JB Pritzker last week announced Illinois’ “All In For The Win” lottery promotion, which will give […]

U Of I Issues COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement For Fall Students

URBANA – The University of Illinois plans a return to near normal class schedules in the fall, and campus life free of face masks, social distancing and regular testing for the coronavirus. But university officials say that’s only possible with COVID-19 vaccinations for everybody. U of I President Tim Killeen announced the vaccination requirement for […]

217 Today: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Today’s headlines: The University of Illinois plans a return to mostly normal class schedules in the fall, but vaccinations for COVID-19 will be a requirement for students. One of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s top advisors is leaving his administration. Former Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes has served as Deputy Governor for Budget and […]