Miles From 2019 Aurora Shooting, Pritzker Signs Gun Law Overhaul Into Law

SPRINGFIELD – Within five miles of the scene of a 2019 workplace mass shooting that left six people dead and five law enforcement officers injured, Gov. JB Pritzker signed a wide-ranging bill reforming the state’s gun laws Monday at the Aurora Police Department. Advocates for the new law – including Illinois State Police Director Brendan […]

New Law Will Effectively End Immigrant Detention In Illinois

CHICAGO — Illinois will effectively end immigration detention and strengthen protections limiting cooperation with federal immigration agents under a plan signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The measure targets local agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement allowing county jails to house immigrant detainees awaiting court appearances. Current contracts would end by January and […]

Blagojevich To File Suit Over 2009 Impeachment Proceedings, Ban On Running For State Office

CHICAGO — Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday intends to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2009 impeachment proceedings against him and his subsequent ban on running for office in Illinois. The move comes nearly 18 months after Blagojevich was released from federal prison when former President Donald Trump commuted the remainder of his […]

COVID-19 Contact Tracers Still Connecting Infected People With Support, A Year & Thousands Of Anxious Calls Later

ROCKFORD — Julie Hovland has talked to more people infected with COVID-19 than just about anyone. She’s been a contact tracer for the Winnebago County Health Department for nearly a full year. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s528/audio/2021/07/0728tracef.mp3 Listen to this story here. A former substitute teacher forced indoors by early lockdowns, she was glued to her TV watching daily […]

217 Today: Monday, August 2, 2021

Monday, August 2, 2021 Today’s headlines: Senator Dick Durbin hopes to use the budget reconciliation process to pass a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The number of coronavirus cases is rising once again in much of central and southern Illinois. Local health officials say most cases are occurring among unvaccinated people, following a national […]