Fitch Upgrades Illinois’ Credit Outlook To ‘Positive’

SPRINGFIELD – Fitch Ratings, one of three credit rating agencies that grade Illinois bonds, has upgraded its credit outlook for the state from “negative” to “positive.” Although the state’s overall rating remains at near-junk status at BBB-, the agency said the state’s economic outlook coming out of the pandemic, combined with the recently-enacted budget, are […]

U.S. Supreme Court May Hear Illinois Case On Life Sentences For Juvenile Offenders

SPRINGFIELD — Lawyers for an Illinois man who was sentenced to 130 years for a murder when he was 16 years old are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify how life sentences for juveniles should be reevaluated in light of recent U.S Supreme Court decisions against that practice. Ashanti Lusby’s lawyers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court […]

Legislative Proposal Would Allow Noncitizens To Vote In School Board Elections

A proposal in the Illinois Senate would allow noncitizens to vote in local school board elections. But even supporters of the proposal say the legislation is not yet ready for primetime. Since at least 1996, it has been illegal for noncitizens to vote in federal elections. Certain municipalities across the country, however, have allowed the practice for […]

As Vaccination Rates Decline, Some Central Illinois Employers Look To Incentives

DANVILLE, Ill. – In the Danville Stadium parking lot on Two-Dollar Tuesday this week, National Guard members filled out brand-new COVID-19 vaccination cards. In exchange for getting the vaccine, residents received a coupon for a free hotdog and a non-alcoholic drink.  Almost half of all Illinois residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But some […]

Illinois Bill Requiring Asian American History Education to Address Hate, Discrimination

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois could become the first state to require public schools to teach the history of Asian Americans, a community that reported an increase in anti-Asian hate incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History, or TEAACH Act, would require Illinois K-12 public schools to teach a unit of Asian […]

217 Today: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021 Today’s headlines: Some Democrats in the Illinois Senate are beginning to push for allowing non-citizens to vote in local school board elections. When schools in Illinois re-open for the new school year, they’ll still have to take precautions against the coronavirus. Illinois could become the first state to require the teaching […]

Dynegy Agrees To Move Coal Ash From Detention Ponds Near Middle Fork

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OAKWOOD — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy announced on Tuesday they were suing Dynegy Midwest Generation over the disposal of coal ash at the shuttered Vermilion Power Station. That coal ash has been in retention ponds near the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. Later that day, Raoul […]