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Staying warm and safe this winter starts with heating equipment and carbon monoxide safety

January 24, 2023

Illinoisans will be turning up their thermostats to stay warm for the rest of the winter season, which brings an increased risk for home fires and carbon monoxide incidents. Unlike smoke, carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas only detectable by special devices and CO alarms.

Replacing Illinois institution as secretary of state, Giannoulias makes modernization push

By Nika Schoonover
| January 24, 2023

For newly sworn-in Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, customer service is the central mission as he assumes the state’s second-largest constitutional office, replacing the man who had held it for nearly a quarter century.

State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

By Peter Hancock
| January 24, 2023

Gov. JB Pritzker and legislative leaders said they were disappointed but not surprised by a judge’s decision putting a temporary and limited halt to enforcement of the state’s recently-passed assault weapons ban.

IRS kicks off 2023 tax filing season with returns due April 18

January 23, 2023

The Internal Revenue Service kicked off the 2023 tax filing season with a focus on improving service and a reminder to taxpayers to file electronically with direct deposit to speed refunds and avoid delays.

Gas prices continue to rise in Illinois

January 23, 2023

Average gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.52/g Jan. 23, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 4,378 stations in Illinois.

DCFS, director face lawsuit filed on behalf of jailed wards

By Beth Hundsdorfer
| January 20, 2023

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Thursday was named in a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of children in state care who have been held in juvenile detention centers after a judge ordered their release.

IDPH reports 28 Illinois counties at an elevated community level for COVID-19

January 20, 2023

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced that the CDC is reporting 28 counties in the state are at an elevated level for COVID-19, compared to 61 in the previous week.

Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weaspons ban

By Peter Hancock
| January 19, 2023

The Illinois State Rifle Association has joined forces with other gun rights advocates in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s new ban on the sale and manufacture of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Department on Aging seeks nominations for Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame

January 19, 2023

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is now accepting nominations for the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame, open to adults aged 65r graphic arts, and the labor force.

2023 Illinois tax filing season begins Jan. 23

January 18, 2023

The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) will begin accepting 2022 state individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 23, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins accepting federal individual income tax returns.

Illinois human services seeks to educate SNAP households to prepare for USDA’s return of SNAP benefits to pre-pandemic levels

January 18, 2023

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced that per the federal USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will return to pre-pandemic levels beginning in March 2023.

January is ‘Radon Action Month’ in Illinois

January 18, 2023

Radon is a naturally-occurring element which is undetectable from human senses. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is urging residents to take time in January to test their home for radon as part of 2023 Radon Action Month.

IDPH reports 59 Illinois counties at an Elevated Community Level for COVID-19

January 17, 2023

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced that the CDC is reporting 61 counties in the state are at an elevated level for COVID-19, compared to 73 in the previous week.

Report predicts billions in motor fuel tax revenue losses if state meets EV goals

By Nika Schoonover
| January 17, 2023

Despite Illinois’ efforts to smoothly integrate electric vehicles into the state’s economy, a new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute is warning of a potential steep decline in transportation revenue as the process of electrification accelerates.

IAA Foundation offers scholarships to support agriculture, families

January 16, 2023

More than $200,000 in scholarships are available for agriculture students this spring through the IAA Foundation.

Gas prices up across Illinois

January 16, 2023

Average gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 10.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.48/g Jan. 16, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 4,378 stations in Illinois.

Sheriffs say they want no role in enforcing state's assault weapon registry

By Hannah Meisel
| January 15, 2023

Dozens of county sheriffs in Illinois — approximately “80-ish,” per Illinois Sheriffs’ Association head Jim Kaitschuck — say they’ll refuse to enforce a provision of a new assault weapons ban that would require owners of such guns to register them with the state.

Bill guaranteeing workers five days of paid leave will head to governor

By Nika Schoonover
| January 15, 2023

A bill that would guarantee a minimum of 40 hours of paid leave per year for all Illinois workers passed both chambers of the General Assembly Jan. 10 and will soon head to Gov. JB Pritzker, who says he will sign it.

Pritzker signs reproductive rights expansion

By Peter Hancock
| January 15, 2023

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill into law Friday expanding access to abortion and other reproductive health care services.

IRS sets Jan. 23 as official start to 2023 tax filing season; more help available for taxpayers this year

January 12, 2023

The Internal Revenue Service has announced Monday, Jan. 23, as the beginning of the nation’s 2023 tax season when the agency will begin accepting and processing 2022 tax year returns.


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