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Reminder: File 2019 and 2020 returns by Sept. 30 to get COVID penalty relief

September 23, 2022

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding struggling individuals and businesses, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, that they may qualify for late-filing penalty relief if they file their 2019 and 2020 returns by Sept. 30.

Illinois Department on Aging to retirees: Action required to claim property tax rebate

September 23, 2022

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is encouraging older adults and retirees who were not required to file an Illinois income tax return for 2021 to claim their property tax rebate of up to $300 by submitting Form IL-1040-PTR to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

IDNR announces Illinois waterfowl hunting updates

September 22, 2022

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding waterfowl hunters of key dates and other information regarding the 2022-2023 waterfowl seasons.

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers' claim for back pay

By Peter Hancock
| September 22, 2022

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by two former state legislators who sued for back pay they believed they were due for raises that they voted against while in office.

Capitol Briefs: State Fair sets record; jury awards $363 million in Sterigenics lawsuit

By Jerry Nowicki
| September 21, 2022

The 2022 Illinois State Fair set an all-time attendance record with more than 636,700 visitors.

Applications are being accepted for Golden Apple teaching programs

September 21, 2022

The Golden Apple, a non-profit committed to preparing, supporting and mentoring aspiring teachers, is now accepting applications for both its Accelerators and Scholars programs. 

Capitol Briefs: State Fair sets record; jury awards $363 million in Sterigenics lawsuit

By Jerry Nowicki
| September 20, 2022

The 2022 Illinois State Fair set an all-time attendance record with more than 636,700 visitors. Weekend attendance increased by 95,000 from one year ago. Attendance topped 2021 overall by more than 160,000 and 2019 by more than 127,000. There was no fair in 2020 for the first time since World War II due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois Department of Aging promotes Senior Community Service Employment Program during National Employ Older Workers Week

September 20, 2022

Recognizing the vital role of older adults in the workforce, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is promoting the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to older job seekers during National Employ Older Workers Week.

Gov. JB Pritzker proclaims Sept. 19-25 as Rail Safety Week in Illinois

September 19, 2022

Governor JB Pritzker has proclaimed September 19-25, 2022, as Rail Safety Week in Illinois. In recognition, the Illinois Commerce Commission in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver will be sharing rail safety facts, tips, and resources to raise awareness about motorists and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. Operation Lifesaver is a national non-profit rail safety organization.

Illinois Department of Aging marks Falls Prevention Awareness Week

September 19, 2022

Partnering with the National Council on Aging, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is empowering older adults to age well and stay falls free during Falls Prevention Awareness Week from Sept. 18-24.

In visit to Illinois, VP Harris rallies voters around abortion rights

By Peter Hancock
| September 19, 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris came to Chicago Friday to rally voters who support abortion rights and urge them to turn out in the upcoming midterm elections.

IDPH reports strong demand in Illinois for updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccinations

September 16, 2022

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported that about 188,800 Illinoisans have received a dose of the new, updated COVID-19 vaccines since they were authorized for use at the beginning of September.

Gov. Pritzker adjusts COVID-19 requirements to address current needs

September 16, 2022

As part of his continuing plan to carefully unwind the state’s COVID-19 executive orders, Governor Pritzker today updated testing requirements for school and childcare personnel, rescinding the requirement that unvaccinated employees in these sectors test twice weekly. This change goes into effect Friday and is made on the advice of medical experts, based on their careful consideration of the current conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic and is in line with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.

Illinois grain tour begins Sept. 20

September 15, 2022

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will host 40 international buyers from seven different Latin America countries in an effort to increase export sales for the Illinois grain industry. For the past two years, the Grain Tour has been held virtually due to COVID-19. This year, the Tour will go back to being held in-person.

USDA invests nearly $2 billion, leverages American Agriculture to feed kids and families

September 14, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that it will provide close to $2 billion in additional funding to food banks and school meal programs for purchasing American-grown foods.

National Guard to assist migrant welcoming effort as Pritzker declares disaster

By Jerry Nowicki
| September 14, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that Illinois will continue to welcome migrants bused here from Texas as he blasted that state’s governor for relocating them to other cities without sharing information or providing resources.

Gov. Pritzker issues disaster proclamation to unlock resources to assist asylum seekers

September 14, 2022

Governor JB Pritzker today issued an emergency disaster proclamation and activated approximately 75 members of the Illinois National Guard to ensure all state resources are available to support asylum seekers arriving nearly daily to Chicago from the State of Texas.

OSFM encourages college students to practice and follow fire safety plans

September 14, 2022

September is Campus Fire Safety Month and Illinois is among numerous states urging students to create and practice a fire escape plan. Governor JB Pritzker has again this year proclaimed September as Campus Fire Safety Month in Illinois.

Chief Justice Anne Burke to retire from Illinois Supreme Court in November

By Jerry Nowicki
| September 12, 2022

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke announced Monday she will retire from the bench effective Nov. 30.

Tax rebate payments begin for millions of Illinoisans

September 12, 2022

Income and property tax rebates began being sent to an estimated six million qualified taxpayers beginning on Sept. 12. The rebates are the result of Gov. Pritzker’s Illinois Family Relief Plan, which also provided grocery, gas and school supply tax savings in addition to the direct payments.


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