Illinois Secretary of State offices closing for another week

SPRINGFIELD — All Illinois Secretary of State departments will not conduct in-person transactions including driver services for another week, until Jan. 24. The agency Thursday cited the continued high number of COVID-19 cases statewide for extending the closure. The Secretary of State offices and facilities first closed on Jan. 3, due to the surge in […]

COVID-19 closures and rules take effect Monday in Illinois

CHICAGO — Chicago will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine for indoor venues starting Monday. That includes restaurants, bars, gyms and other indoor venues like sport entertainment arenas. The rules apply to everyone age 5 and older, but doesn’t apply to those in the venue less than 10 minutes, like those getting takeout. Also starting […]

Secretary of State unveils new web address to combat fraud

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has changed its web address to protect against fraud. Secretary of State Jesse White announced last week that the new address is ILSOS.gov. A “.gov” identification designates an official government website exclusive to public entities at the federal, state and local levels. White’s office also redesigned the […]

Latino Caucus Lays Out Undocumented Immigrant Protection Agenda

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus laid out a policy agenda Thursday that includes bills to strengthen protections for immigrants among several other measures. One of the proposals, Senate Bill 225, would prohibit the Illinois Secretary of State from sharing facial recognition data with local, state or federal law enforcement agencies, if they’re trying to […]

Illinois Auto Dealers Sue Jesse White’s Office, Electric Vehicle Companies

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Automobile Dealers Association has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, alleging that White is allowing unlicensed, unregulated dealers to operate in Illinois, in violation of state law. At issue in the case is whether automobile manufacturers should be allowed to own and operate their own dealerships […]

Illinois Closing Driver Services For 3 Weeks As Virus Surges

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ drivers services facilities will close for in-person business for three weeks starting Tuesday because of the statewide surge in COVID-19 cases. Secretary of State Jesse White’s office announced the statewide closure Friday and urged the public to take advantage of online services. The closures will begin Tuesday, with the locations set to […]

Ask The Newsroom: CARES Act, Housing And Recreation In The Era Of COVID-19

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions from listeners to navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want answered? Ask here. In today’s edition of “Ask the Newsroom,” we’ve answered questions on everything from the pause on evictions to DMVs remaining closed below! CARES Act Q: Will the state allow employees to take out additional […]