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State to pick overdue marijuana dispensary winners by Aug. 19

By Jerry Nowicki
| July 16, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – More than a year after new marijuana dispensary licenses were scheduled to be distributed per the state’s 2019 adult-use legalization law, the governor’s office announced the initial lottery and two new ones will happen by the end of August.  

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Pritzker bans deceptive interrogation of minors

By Jerry Nowicki
| July 16, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Terrill Swift spent 15 years in prison, convicted of a rape and murder which DNA evidence later proved he did not commit.

ISBE launches sabbatical for teacher of the year

July 9, 2021

The Illinois State Board of Education has launched a new year-long paid sabbatical for the Illinois ...

Contested races are essential

By Melanie Krakauer
| July 9, 2021

As the debate heats up nationally over election laws and voter suppression, new research shows Illin...

New vaccination incentives offered state workers

July 7, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois continues to lead the Midwest in vaccinating its residents, Governor Pritz...

Protesters outside the statehouse. Capitol News Illinois photo

Advocates continue to push for equitable energy bill

By Grace Barbik
| July 7, 2021

The language in a comprehensive energy bill aimed at moving Illinois to a carbon-free future has und...

Illinois college offering scholarship lottery for vaccinated students

July 6, 2021

As Illinois colleges get vaccination plans in order for the fall semester, one school is taking it a...

Illinois rakes in $369.7 million in cannabis taxes

July 6, 2021

The state of Illinois finished the previous fiscal year with more than $317 million in cannabis taxe...

Contact tracing has failed

By Greg Bishop
| July 6, 2021

Taxpayers have paid the bill for COVID-19 contact tracers that one observer says hasn’t worked for a...

Got patriotism? Not in Illinois, study says

By Noah Shaar
| July 5, 2021

Illinois is one of the least patriotic places in the U.S., according to a ranking by WalletHub.Illin...

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Business, labor unite against Pritzker

By Greg Bishop
| July 5, 2021

A group of businesses and labor organizations is pushing back against an elusive energy policy chang...

School superitendents demand COVID guidance

By Mailee Smith
| July 5, 2021

Even as many Illinois school children are enjoying their first weeks of summer, school superintenden...

IDPH: 2,120 new COVID cases in state last week

July 5, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health this week reported 2,120 new confirmed and pr...

Downstate transit agencies eligible for funding

July 5, 2021

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that proposals are being acc...

Moody’s upgrades Illinois’ credit rating

| July 1, 2021

Illinois received its first credit rating upgrade in 23 years on Tuesday when Moody’s Investors Services raised the state’s rating one notch, citing “material improvement in the state’s finances.”

Secretary of State Jesse White is pictured at the Illinois State Fair in 2019. Capitol News Illinois

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July 1, 2021

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State courts prepare to resume normal operations

| July 1, 2021

State courts in Illinois are preparing to return to normal operations after nearly 16 months of operating under special rules brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fitch upgrades Illinois’ credit outlook to ‘positive’

| June 25, 2021

Fitch Ratings, one of three credit rating agencies that grade Illinois bonds, has upgraded its credit outlook for the state from “negative” to “positive.”

Vaccinated Illinoisans automatically entered into $10 million lottery

| June 18, 2021

Any vaccinated Illinoisan will be automatically entered into a lottery for $10 million in prizes without having to take any extra steps to enter.

Illinois to enter Phase 5, full reopening

| June 11, 2021

Starting Friday, Illinois will be in Phase 5 of the COVID-19 reopening plan, meaning businesses and organizations can resume normal activity, although some limited restrictions will remain in place.

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