See the Gettysburg Address at ALPLM's next edition of Tales from the VaultJune 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 carpJune 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 fluJune 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
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 behaviorsJune 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
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 upJune 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
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 IllinoisJune 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 15June 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 yearJune 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
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 grantsJune 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 watersJune 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 IllinoisJune 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
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 actionJune 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
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 drivingJune 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
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.
IECC budget includes LTC tech center, more
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges officials expect to spend about $6 million more than they take i...
ISAC approves plan to imrpove equity and affordability for students through additional map fundingJune 22, 2022
As part of the Pritzker administration’s hallmark commitment to make college more affordable for students in Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker and the General Assembly added $122 million in funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) for Fiscal Year (FY) 23, bringing the total funding for this state grant for low-income college students to a historic high of approximately $601 million.
VU to host free STEM Academy for high school studentsJune 22, 2022
Vincennes University is hosting an overnight STEM Academy for students from all backgrounds who are entering grades 11 and 12 at the VU campus.