Gas companies push back against effort to repeal surcharge

SPRINGFIELD – Natural gas utilities in Illinois warned of job losses and possible risks to public safety if state lawmakers repeal a law allowing them to add a surcharge on customer bills that consumer advocates say is being used to gouge customers. “This provides around 500 good jobs annually and creates opportunity for diverse contractors,” […]

217 Today: Vertical farming provides year-round produce but with a larger carbon footprint

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says the statewide indoor mask mandate is ending on Feb, 28 in most places. Masks will still be required on public transportation, in hospitals and in K-12 schools. Illinois Republicans aren’t happy the governor plans on February 28th to lift the statewide indoor mask mandate […]

Pritzker appears in Champaign with students to promote MAP grant increase

The governor stands at a podium, flanked by two students and an elderly man.

CHAMPAIGN — Governor J.B. Pritzker visited the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus on Wednesday to promote an increase in student financial aid in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2023. Pritzker highlighted his plan to send a total of $601 million to the state’s Monetary Award Program to help low-income college students with tuition and […]

Emergency contraception could have a home on every campus in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Public university students across the state could soon have expanded access to emergency contraception on campus, if a new bill passes through the General Assembly. State Rep. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, is the chief sponsor of a bill mandating that all Illinois public universities have a vending machine that dispenses emergency contraception on campus, […]