How Criminal Justice Bill Would Overhaul Officer Certification

SPRINGFIELD – A criminal justice package that passed both chambers of the General Assembly last month contains provisions that would grant the state increased power over police discipline and standards of conduct starting in 2022. The omnibus package, which was backed by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, has not yet arrived at the desk of Gov. […]

Pritzker Sending 500 Illinois National Guard Troops To D.C.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is sending about 500 Illinois National Guard members to Washington D.C. until mid-March for a “security mission.” In a statement Thursday, Pritzker said the Defense Department asked for Illinois guard troops to assist federal and local agencies to secure the capital. The state’s National Guard soldiers will be in Washington, […]

Pritzker Activates National Guard As FBI Warns Of State Capitol Protests

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard amid FBI warnings of potential armed protests at the 50 U.S. state capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Crews could also be seen Friday placing plywood over the windows of the Illinois State Capitol building in […]

Illinois National Guard Activated To Secure State Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois National Guard members will be on duty this weekend in Springfield in response to state capitols being threatened across the country. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that members of the National Guard will be working closely with state Police and local and federal authorities to keep the capital city safe. Some windows […]

Illinois Restaurant Association Again Calls On Pritzker To Reopen Indoor Dining

SPRINGFIELD – Certain regions in Illinois will be allowed to transition to less restrictive COVID-19 measures beginning Friday. But that doesn’t mean restaurants and bars will be allowed to resume indoor service, despite another public call for reopening from the restaurant industry Thursday. The Illinois Restaurant Association again asked Pritzker to alter his metrics on indoor […]

200 Illinois Guard Troops Will Go To DC To Aid Inauguration

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is sending about 200 members of the Illinois National Guard to Washington, D.C., to help with security at next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Pritzker announced Tuesday that the guard members would travel to Washington in advance of Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, which a mob […]

Illinois Lawmakers Vote to End Cash Bail

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois General Assembly passed an expansive criminal justice bill on the last day of the lame-duck session, which, among other changes, would end the use of cash bail and impose new certification requirements for police officers. The measure was a part of a slate of bills spearheaded by the Legislative Black Caucus. Gov. […]

Only Three New Laws Take Effect This Month

SPRINGFIELD – When a new year begins in Illinois, there typically are dozens if not hundreds of new laws going into effect. Not this year. Like so many other things in 2020, the legislative spring session was stunted by COVID-19. Once the global pandemic reached Illinois in March, the General Assembly would meet for only […]

Bills Would Allow Lawmakers To Meet, Vote Remotely

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SPRINGFIELD – Two lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow the General Assembly to meet and vote remotely during a pandemic or other emergency that makes in-person meetings dangerous. Rep. Ann Williams and Sen. Robert Martwick, both Chicago Democrats, filed the legislation Monday, saying the current inability to conduct business remotely has hindered lawmakers’ ability to […]

State’s Expected Vaccine Shipments Halved For Next Two Weeks, Pritzker Says

SPRINGFIELD – The state has been advised it will receive roughly half of the shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations that it originally expected from the federal government for the next two weeks, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday. Next week’s national shipment was originally slated to include approximately 8 million vaccine doses but is now expected to […]

Pritzker Orders More Than $700 Million In Spending Cuts

Rotunda of Illinois State Capitol

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced more than $700 million in spending cuts on Tuesday, calling it a “first step” in closing a $3.9 billion revenue shortfall in the current fiscal year’s budget. As part of those cuts, Pritzker said his office is negotiating with employee labor unions to identify $75 million in personnel cost reductions, […]

Illinois Receives First 43K Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine

CHICAGO — Illinois received 43,000 doses in its first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine Monday as health officials reported another 103 coronavirus deaths statewide. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office says most of the shots will go to local health care centers to be distributed to health care workers. The news came as health care workers nationwide […]

State: 109K Doses Of Vaccine Could Arrive Next Week

CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday stepped up his public relations campaign to convince Illinois residents that an experimental coronavirus vaccine that could be authorized by the federal government this week will be safe to take. Pritzker and the state’s public health director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, said the initial 109,000 doses of a vaccine […]

New Virus Cases Drop For Third Day In Illinois

SPRINGFIELD  — New cases of coronavirus illness in Illinois dropped Monday for the third day in a row, but officials fear the fallout from Thanksgiving travel and family gatherings will push the numbers back up. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, said there will be no change in current restrictions on social interaction for several weeks. […]

During Champaign Visit, Pritzker Unveils Plan To Support Manufacturing In Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – During a visit to Champaign on Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the creation of two new manufacturing training academies in downstate Illinois. Community colleges located outside of Cook and the collar counties can apply for millions in grant funds from the state to create the academies that will provide students with 21st-century manufacturing […]