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See the Gettysburg Address at ALPLM's next edition of Tales from the Vault

June 23, 2022

Join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in celebrating America’s independence during a special edition of Tales from the Vault that will include an up-close look at the Gettysburg Address.

State of Illinois renames and rebrands Asian carp

June 22, 2022

After more than two years of consumer research and planning, the State of Illinois has unveiled “Copi,” the new name for Asian carp. The new name and brand are designed to address public misconceptions about this delicious top-feeding fish, which is overrunning Midwest waterways.

Illinois State Fair cancel live poultry shows to protect from avian flu

June 22, 2022

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has announced both junior and open live shows at the Illinois State Fair will be canceled for 2022 to protect from highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Tom Cullerton sentenced to one year in prison for embezzlement

By Peter Hancock
| June 22, 2022

A federal judge in Chicago handed down a one-year prison sentence Tuesday for a former state senator who once chaired the Senate Labor Committee.

ISP warning motorists not to engage in aggressive driving behaviors

June 21, 2022

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public not to engage in aggressive driving behaviors as the number of reported road rage incidents resulting in expressway shootings is increasing. Motorists are not only at risk of being involved in a traffic crash due to road rage, but there is now the danger of being involved in an expressway shooting.

State Supreme Court declines to rule on FOID Act for second time

By Jerry Nowicki
| June 17, 2022

In a 4-3 decision with a blistering dissent from the Republican minority, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on a question of whether Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act is unconstitutional.

IDOL recognizes June as 'Trench Safety Month' as construction season heats up

June 17, 2022

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) and its Division of Occupational Safety and Health (IL OSHA) are recognizing June as “Trench Safety Month,” and June 20-24 as “Trench Safety Stand Down Week.”

Pritzker signs bills protecting sexual assault victims

By Peter Hancock
| June 16, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker signed two bills into law Thursday aimed at protecting the victims of sexual assault.

Gov. Pritzker designates the official snake of the State of Illinois

June 16, 2022

Governor JB Pritzker today designated the eastern milksnake as the official snake of the State of Illinois. 

Popular Illinois land conservation program reopens, enrollment begins June 15

June 15, 2022

Farmers, ranchers and agricultural landowners with property prone to flooding and nutrient runoff will have the opportunity to enroll in Illinois’ reopened land conservation program, now available in 68 counties.

IDPH to offer free COVID SHIELD tests for Illinois Public Schools for 2022-23 school year

June 14, 2022

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced a renewed agreement with SHIELD Illinois that offers every public school outside of Chicago the opportunity to use the University of Illinois System’s innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 testing platform at no cost for the 2022-23 school year.

Pritzker signs bills targeting wage theft, expanding HIV care options

By Jerry Nowicki
| June 13, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker has signed 401 bills sent to him this calendar year, leaving just 10 of those passed by lawmakers this year awaiting his action as of Monday

Downstate transit agencies eligible for new round of Rebuild Illinois grants

June 13, 2022

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that a third and final round of proposals are being accepted through Friday, July 29 from downstate transit providers as part of the Rebuild Illinois Transit Capital Grant Program. The call for applications will determine the distribution of up to $132 million for projects that expand and improve transit service, increase transportation options and enhance quality of life in downstate communities.

Officials remind residents to use caution when recreating in Illinois waters

June 13, 2022

As temperatures begin to rise, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) and Illinois Department of Public Health (Illinois DPH) are reminding recreators to use caution in Illinois waterways this summer when harmful algal (cyanobacteria) blooms are possible.

Pritzker administration announce CDBG recipients across Illinois

June 10, 2022

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has announced the recipients for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure and Housing Rehabilitation.

Analysis: Pritzker, Mendoza see record 'rainy day fund' balance as proof of fiscal achievement

By Jerry Nowicki
| June 10, 2022

The state’s “rainy day” fund – spent down to essentially nothing during the 2015-2017 budget impasse – now has its highest-ever balance of $750 million after a $320 million deposit this week.

Harness racing kicks off 2022 grandstand action

June 10, 2022

The Illinois State Fair Grandstand will host harness racing to kick off the 2022 grandstand calendar...

DCFS timeline shows agency visited family one day before 8-year old's death

By Beth Hundsdorfer
| June 8, 2022

Amaria Osby’s friends and family were to gather Tuesday, not to celebrate her eighth birthday, but to attend her funeral. Andrea Hagler, Amaria’s mother, won’t be there. She is charged with the first-degree murder of her daughter.

It's Not a Game: New IDOT safety campaign highlights real consequences of unsafe driving

June 8, 2022

The Illinois Department of Transportation is launching "It’s Not a Game," a multimedia safety campaign that drives home the message there are no extra lives, no respawns and no second chances to get it right when you are behind the wheel. “It’s Not a Game” continues the comprehensive approach by IDOT to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, seatbelt use, work zones as well as impaired and distracted driving.

Pritzker willing to call out National Guard to Chicago, if asked

By Peter Hancock
| June 6, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker indicated Monday he would be willing to deploy the National Guard to help deal with a violent crime spree in Chicago, but only if he’s asked to do so.


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