Pritzker Responds To Minnesota Protests; Says Trump Is A Racist

CHICAGO – During his daily COVID-19 briefing, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker responded to protests in Minnesota over the killing of a black man by a white police officer.  Pritzker also reiterated his belief that President Donald Trump is a racist. Pritzker expressed condolences to all African-Americans and in particular to the family of George Floyd. […]

Trump Signs Order To Beef Up Meat Production After Coronavirus Hits Plants

WASHINGTON – President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at addressing concerns about meat shortages. The order invokes the Defense Production Act to ensure beef, pork, poultry and egg plants keep running. “It is important that processors of beef, pork, and poultry (“meat and poultry”) in the food supply chain continue operating and […]

News Around Illinois – April 6, 2020

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Cases of COVID-19 in Illinois Top 11,000 CHICAGO – On Sunday, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health reported the statewide total of COVID-19 cases has grown to 11,256. The death toll now stands at 274. The state also says more than 58,000 people have been tested at IDPH, commercial or hospital laboratories. IDPH director Dr. […]

News Around Illinois – March 23, 2020

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Illinois COVID-19 Cases Top 1,000 URBANA – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 296 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois. The number of cases now stands at 1,049 in 30 counties.  There are also three new deaths: a Cook County man in his 80s, a Chicago man in his 80s and a woman […]

News Around Illinois – January 28, 2020

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Supreme Court: Domestic Violence Survivor Can Own A Gun SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court says a woman once convicted of domestic violence is entitled to own a gun. At issue is a federal law meant to keep guns away from people convicted of domestic violence. The Illinois State Police used that to justify denying […]

Duckworth Pressing For Testimony In US Impeachment Trial

US Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is among the Democrats pressing for witness testimony at President Trump’s impeachment trial. At a weekend news conference, Duckworth cited the time she’d been a jury foreman, and said being able to see witnesses and documents was key to the process. To underscore the point, she held up a book she […]

News Around Illinois – January 9, 2020

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Illinois Task Force On Property Taxes Earns Critique SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says a statewide task force designed to address local property taxes has so far failed to do so.  He and other House Republicans roundly criticized the group Wednesday, which was created shortly after state lawmakers approved a ballot question […]

News Around Illinois – January 7, 2020

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Decatur Schools, TA Union Fail To Reach Agreement In Latest Talks DECATUR – Negotiators for Decatur Public Schools and the union representing its teaching assistants met with a federal mediator for more than three hours Monday night. It was the first bargaining session between the two sides in nearly a month. A statement released by […]

News Around Illinois – December 18, 2019

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Boiler Work Will Close Dr. Howard School On Wednesday CHAMPAIGN – Dr. Howard School in Champaign is closed Wednesday to allow for repair of the building’s boiler. Unit 4 officials say Dr. Howard students will not be penalized for staying home from school on Wednesday. But families with no other options on that day may […]