Illinois Prisons Ban Visits Amid Coronavirus Fears, Inmates Not Being Tested For Virus

The Illinois Department of Corrections announced Friday that visitors will be temporarily barred from the state’s correctional facilities in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Prison officials say they haven’t identified any positive cases of coronavirus among staff or incarcerated people.  IDOC Spokesperson Lindsey Hess says there are more than 50 men […]

Illinois COVID-19 Cases Grow To 11; Disaster Proclamation Declared

CHICAGO – Illinois now has 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19. On Monday afternoon, Governor JB Pritzker announced four new cases of the coronavirus in the state.   He also formally declared a disaster proclamation. That opens up pathways to federal and state resources, including money and medical expertise.  While the risk of getting coronavirus remains low, Pritzker […]

Illinois Man Who Went To Italy Is State’s 5th COVID-19 Case

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has confirmed a fifth case of COVID-19 in Illinois. He said Thursday that the patient is a man in his 20s who traveled to Italy. He is in isolation at a Chicago hospital in stable condition. Pritzker and cabinet officials offered reassurance that the risk of widespread outbreak of the […]

News Around Illinois – February 28, 2020

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Fees, Not Tuition Rising At Danville Area Community College DANVILLE – Student fees will be going up at Danville Area Community College, but tuition will remain the same. Trustees for the community college voted unanimously Thursday to increase the technology-and-activity fee for students from $20 per credit hour to $25. The college’s basic tuition rate […]

News Around Illinois – February 21, 2020

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Higher Profits, Lower Sales For Deere In First Quarter Despite a decline in sales, profits rose for John Deere in first quarter results reported Friday morning. Profits rose four per cent to $1.63 per share, compared with $1.54 last year at this time. Worldwide sales fell four percent, to 7.6 billion dollars. For its two […]

Mixed Reaction To Gov. Pritzker’s Budget Address

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Republican reaction to Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker’s budget address has been mixed. Pritzker is proposing a $40.7 billion state budget. He dressed it up Wednesday by dangling the prospect of a $1.4 billion revenue boost if voters approve an income-tax overhaul this fall. The second-year Democrat presented a fiscal outline with virtually no spending increase. […]

Gov. Pritzker To Deliver Budget Address Wednesday

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[perfectpullquote align=”left” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Listen to WILL-AM 580  11am: The 21st Noon: Budget Address Live [/perfectpullquote] Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is set to deliver his annual budget address Wednesday. Rep. Greg Harris is the No. 2 Democrat in the Illinois House. He says he’s glad the governor already called for more […]

Chicago Flooding Spurs Local, State Disaster Proclamations

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CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot have issued disaster proclamations stemming from flood damage along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The local and state proclamations issued Thursday aimed at boosting funding for recovery and rebuilding efforts along more than 30 miles of shoreline in Cook and Lake counties affected by the […]

In First For Pritzker, General Assembly Overrides Veto

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Illinois Senators overwhelmingly override Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s veto of a sales tax exemption Wednesday, a day after member of the House did the same. It’s the first time that’s happened during Pritzker’s time in office. The 54-to-1 Senate vote reinstates a tax break for private jet maintenance companies. They’ll be able to buy aircraft parts […]

Move Over Iowa And New Hampshire — Gov Says Illinois Should Hold First Primary

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to elbow Iowa and New Hampshire out of the way in future presidential elections — so Illinois can seize the starring role in the primaries. Pritzker went public with the idea of Illinois going first on Monday evening — before America learned the full extent of the train wreck in the Iowa caucuses. […]

News Around Illinois – January 23, 2020

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Gov. Pritzker Signs Law Allowing More Young People To Vote SPRINGFIELD – A new law signed Wednesday will give students two hours out of their school day to go vote in elections. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker approved the change to give high schoolers of legal age a chance to vote during school hours. Senator Elgie Sims, a […]

U Of I Expands Free Tuition Program, At Governor’s Request

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CHICAGO – On the heels of a tuition hike, the University of Illinois is expanding Illinois Commitment, its free tuition program meant to attract students who might otherwise attend out-of-state schools. Speaking Friday morning in Chicago, Governor JB Pritzker says he made that request of the U of I Board of Trustees. “I asked them […]

What Legalization Means For People With Cannabis Convictions In Illinois

When he was in his early 20s, Matt purchased a pound of weed to split with his friends. The drug dealer dropped it off at his apartment in central Illinois. Moments later, he said, cops stormed in, and arrested Matt and his friends. He spent a night in jail, two-and-half years on probation, and for […]

IL Ag Director Resigns Over Response To Rape Email

UPDATED Monday at 7:30 p.m.: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s agriculture director has resigned after acknowledging he received, but did not act on, a lobbyist’s email seven years ago that referenced an alleged rape cover-up and illegal hiring practices. John Sullivan said in a statement Monday that he did not read the email thoroughly at the […]

News Around Illinois – January 10, 2020

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Michael Madigan’s Friend Dodges Questions About ‘Rape’ Comment In An Email Consummate Illinois Democratic insider Michael McClain dodged questions Thursday about an email in which he sought leniency for a state worker in a disciplinary case, having argued that the man was politically loyal and had stayed silent about “the rape in Champaign.” In his […]