News Around Illinois – July 17, 2020

ComEd To Pay $200M Over Bribery, Illinois Speaker Implicated CHICAGO (AP) — Electric utility ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery scheme that implicates Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, federal prosecutors announced Friday. The company has admitted that it arranged jobs, subcontracted work and monetary […]

News Around Illinois – July 16, 2020

At Least 36 Students Test Positive For Virus After Camps LAKE ZURICH, Ill. (AP) — At least three dozen high school students in northern Illinois have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after some attending summer sports camps showed symptoms of the disease. Investigations and contact tracing of the infections are tied to the camps […]

News Around Illinois – July 10, 2020

Gov. Pritzker Names New Head Of Unemployment Department Months After Complaints Pile Up Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Thursday named a new director of the agency that manages unemployment claims after the department encountered serious problems dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois Department of Employment Security also started a new approach […]

News Around Illinois – July 8, 2020

Blackhawks Say Team Name Honors Namesake Who Inspired CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks say they will continue to use their team name because it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations. “The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & […]

News Around Illinois – July 3, 2020

Illinois Seeking New Poet Laureate, State’s First Since 2017 CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is looking for a new poet laureate. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has launched a search committee to fill the post, which has been vacant since 2017. He said Illinois has been home to talented poets including Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks and Sandra Cisneros, […]

News Around Illinois – July 1, 2020

Wage Hike, Driving Privileges, Civics Address In New Laws SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois state laws dictating minimum wage, certain driving offenses and LGBTQ history education in public schools will take effect Wednesday. Low-wage workers statewide will see a salary increase for the second time this year as required by a law signed last […]

News Around Illinois – June 11, 2020

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State Grants To Help Child Care Centers Reopen As Illinois begins to re-open, and people go back to work, they’ll need safe and reliable child care. That was the message Wednesday from Gov. JB Pritzker when he announced a sizeable portion of federal CARES Act funds will go to child care providers. At Skip-a-long Child […]

Illinois Considers Temporary Roles For Student Nurses To Help With COVID-19 Fight

NORMAL – The dean of Illinois State University’s nursing college says she supports a plan being considered to temporarily allow graduating seniors to enter the workforce early to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday the state was looking seriously at giving “temporary licenses” to nursing students who are mostly trained and nearly […]

Astronaut And Gospel Singer Among Order of Lincoln Honorees

Scott Altman, Mavis Staples

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has named recipients of the 2020 Order of Lincoln. It is the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service. Pritzker on Friday announced honorees Scott Altman, originally from Pekin, a former NASA astronaut; Chicago native Mavis Staples, a rhythm and blues and gospel singer and civil rights […]