Advocates push for wage subsidies for employees recently released from incarceration

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Workers Center for Racial Justice held a rally in front of the Capitol Wednesday morning demanding the Illinois General Assembly pass the Safer Communities Act. The measure, House Bill 3215, offers job providers wage subsidies for hiring formerly incarcerated individuals at a living wage over a five-year period. Rep. Kam Buckner, […]

Second Drug Exposure for Thomson Prison Officers

John Zumkehr, president of Local 40-70 of the American Federation of Government Employees, says the officer was exposed Tuesday, rushed to a hospital, treated, and then later released. He says it’s a national problem at federal prisons, not just at Thomson. “We’ve asked for simple equipment, drug detection equipment, ion machines, for our mailroom. That […]

A case of avian flu triggers protocols for Miller Park Zoo

A case of avian influenza – better known as bird flu – has surfaced in McLean County. The Miller Park Zoo is taking precautions to make sure their bird population remains safe from the highly pathogenic virus. Zoo superintendent Jay Tetzloff said the facility has enacted protocols to protect against potential spread. “So that means […]