Lawmakers Pass $42.3 Billion Budget After 2:00 A.M.

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers worked into the early hours of Tuesday morning to pass a $42.3 billion state budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year that Democrats say would fully fund K-12 education and the state’s pension obligations while also paying down a sizeable portion of the state’s debt. Lawmakers have been working on the […]

Biden White House Aims To Advance Racial Equity With Executive Actions

Updated at 3:33 p.m. ET WASHINGTON – Saying it’s time to act “because that’s what faith and morality require us to do,” President Biden on Tuesday signed four executive actions aimed at advancing racial equity for Americans the White House says have been underserved and left behind. Biden said Tuesday that the measures follow one […]

State Lawmakers Debate Police Reform, Changes to Criminal Justice System

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers spent much of their weekend session debating criminal justice reform bills. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus is using the lame-duck session to address a range of social equity issues, from healthcare to education to criminal justice. On Saturday, for a combined seven hours, the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Executive Committee […]

News Around Illinois – April 11/12, 2020

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1,465 COVID-19 Cases Reported Friday In Illinois CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,465 new cases of COVID-19 in the state Friday, including 66 new deaths. Most of the deathers were reported in the Chicago area. But fatalities were also reported in Rock Island County in the Quad Cities area, St. Clair […]

News Around Illinois – April 7, 2020

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1,006 New COVID-19 Cases, 33 New Deaths Reported In Illinois CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Monday, including 33 deaths. Monday’s state report did not include the death of a COVID-19 patient in Champaign County, reported Monday by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. A […]

News Around Illinois – April 3, 2020

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Suit Seeks Illinois Inmates’ Release Due To Coronavirus CHICAGO — A new federal lawsuit seeks an court order directing state officials “to drastically reduce Illinois’s prison population” on grounds that hundreds of inmates are particularly vulnerable to catching and dying from the coronavirus. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago names ten inmates but seeks class-action […]

News Around Illinois – March 30, 2020

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Governor Vows To Increase Testing As COVID-19 Cases Surge CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois will soon more than double the number of COVID-19 tests it can administer each day as the number of cases in the state surged. Public health officials announced 1,105 new cases, including 18 deaths on Sunday. Overall, Illinois has […]

News Around Illinois – December 27, 2019

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Students Serve Ex-Prof With Sexual Assault Suit Via Email URBANA – The alleged victims of a former University of Illinois associate professor turned to email to finally serve him with their federal lawsuit accusing him of sexually and emotionally exploiting them. The civil lawsuit filed by some of Gary Xu’s former students had been held […]

News Around Illinois – December 23, 2019

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Rantoul To Vote Monday Night On Sports Complex RANTOUL – The Rantoul Village Board is holding a special meeting Monday night, where they’ll vote on an agreement to acquire land for a 65-acre outdoor sports complex. The resolution calls for the village to lease the site south of the Rantoul Walmart for the first six […]

News Around Illinois – November 20, 2019

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Urbana Board Votes To Increase Police Presence In Schools The Urbana District 116 Board of Education voted 4 to 3 Tuesday night to quadruple police presence in the district’s middle and high schools. The measure comes after a fight in February at the high school that resulted in multiple arrests and injuries. Since 1993, the district […]