Illinois Secretary of State offices closing for another week

SPRINGFIELD — All Illinois Secretary of State departments will not conduct in-person transactions including driver services for another week, until Jan. 24. The agency Thursday cited the continued high number of COVID-19 cases statewide for extending the closure. The Secretary of State offices and facilities first closed on Jan. 3, due to the surge in […]

Republicans call for hearings into DCFS after worker and child deaths

SPRINGFIELD – Three Republican state House members called for hearings into the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Thursday out of concerns for workers’ safety, improper placements of state wards and the recent death of North Chicago boy. Reps. Steven Reick, R-Woodstock, Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, and Tom Weber, R-Lake Villa, held a news […]

Bill would require new residential buildings to be ready to accommodate EV charging

SPRINGFIELD – A measure before the General Assembly would require new and renovated residential or commercial buildings to set aside parking spaces that could easily be converted into electric vehicle charging stations. Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, advanced House Bill 3125 through the House Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday, noting she would work on an amendment to […]

217 Today: Additional federal money is coming for abandoned mine sites

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois’ record-breaking COVID-19 surge is showing no signs of easing. The University of Illinois is expecting another surge of COVID-19 cases as students return to Champaign-Urbana. Police in Urbana say two teenagers are under arrest in the killing of a ride-share driver. In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about […]

University of Illinois expects surge in student cases

URBANA — The University of Illinois is expecting a surge of COVID-19 cases as students return to Champaign-Urbana for the spring semester. The goal now is to prevent those who have caught COVID from spreading the virus further, according to epidemiology assistant professor Rebecca Smith. “We really encourage people to be cautious over the next […]