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Florida Gov. DeSantis hints at a presidential run in his speech to Republicans in Peoria

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday in Peoria teased at a presidential run he’s widely expected to announce later this month. Its a theme he’s honed in upon in recent appearances before friendly crowds. In a campaign-style speech at the Peoria and Tazewell County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, DeSantis said it’s time for the Republican Party to look forward and offer what he calls a positive vision for the future, instead of nursing past grievances.

Pritzker touts funding during visit to Lincoln Land Community College

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at a stop in Springfield Wednesday that his budget proposal, with more money for higher education, will provide the largest increase in community college funding in two decades. “Illinois’ community colleges serve as an accelerator for local economies and individual students alike,” he said. “Illinois is poised to make history: […]

Five things to know as the Safe-T Act goes to the Illinois Supreme Court

The future of cash bail in Illinois is in the hands of the state’s Supreme Court. Illinois passed a law that eliminated the use of cash bail starting on January 1, 2023 as part of the SAFE-T Act. Under the law judges could no longer require people to pay money in order to leave jail while […]

Assisting the arts throughout Illinois

RUSHVILLE — The Illinois Arts Council Agency provides grants to not-for-profit organizations around the state. But right now, it’s seeking something back – input. The state agency is holding a listening tour with a focus on central and southern Illinois. “I’m blown away by all of the stuff that is happening in the nooks and […]

Rep. Sorensen ‘optimistic’ Congress can beat farm bill deadline

MOLINE — Congress has a tight deadline to approve a new farm bill. Central Illinois congressman Eric Sorensen, D-Ill., is part of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee that recently reorganized at the start of the 118th Congress in late January. Listen to this story here.  Sorensen said it will take compromise to meet the needs […]