Bills call for modernizing FOID, CCL systems
A bipartisan group of lawmakers are backing legislation that seeks to modernize the way the Illinois...
New report shows Illinois job, economic growth in electric transportation sector
A national clean energy trade organization has released a report showing growth in electric transpor...
Bill placing term limits on General Assembly leadership passes committee
A bill which would implement term limits on leadership roles in the Illinois General Assembly advanc...
Illinois Emergency Management Agency shares lessons learned from pandemic
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency was forced to adapt quickly to a new role when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit last year, and the agency’s director told a legislative committee that more work needs to be done to prepare for the event of another statewide disaster.
Senate Republican leader pushes for expanded COVID-19 liability protections
The top Republican in the state Senate has introduced a bill to shield healthcare providers and others from being held responsible for injuries or deaths related to COVID-19 exposure.
Raoul pushes back against fake vaccine cardsApril 2, 2021
Attorney General Kwame Raoul has called on Twitter, eBay and Shopify to act immediately to prevent p...
Businessman Gary Rabine announces run for governor
Businessman Gary Rabine on Tuesday announced he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in ...
New data tracker shows decline in small business as lawsuits proceed
Hospitality jobs in Illinois have declined nearly 52 percent since the pandemic began, according to new data, as lawsuits continue against the governor’s orders to close nonessential businesses.
Republicans propose independent redistricting commission
Republicans in the General Assembly have introduced a new bill that would hand over the process of drawing new legislative and congressional district maps to an independent commission that would be required to use official Census Bureau, rather than survey estimates, to draw the maps.
Illinois auto dealers sue Jesse White’s office, electric vehicle companies
The Illinois Automobile Dealers Association has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, alleging that White is allowing unlicensed, unregulated dealers to operate in Illinois, in violation of state law.
Positivity rate, hospitalizations continue to trend upward
COVID-19 hospitalizations and case positivity rates continued to trend upward Monday, leaving entry into a recently-announced “bridge” phase of reopening uncertain even as the percentage of seniors vaccinated continued to increase.
Pritzker vaccinated as positivity rate rises
Gov. JB Pritzker received a COVID-19 vaccine and briefly took questions from reporters at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Wednesday as the state’s seven-day rolling average COVID-19 positivity rate ticked up to its highest point since Feb. 11.
Lawmaker looks to lift ban on inmate voting
A bill that would repeal an existing law that prohibits prison inmates from voting is working its way through the General Assembly, although the chief sponsor of the bill says it’s only one part of a broader process to restore voting rights to prisoners.
Report finds infection control policy deficiencies at Illinois veterans homes
A joint report from two state agencies and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found Illinois’ four state-run veterans homes lack standardized infection prevention policies despite previous audits suggesting they be implemented.
Lawmakers have data options for redistricting, experts say
SPRINGFIELD – Two national experts on reapportionment and redistricting told an Illinois Senate panel on Wednesday that there are a variety of options at the state’s disposal besides using detailed census data to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative district maps.
All outside Chicago will be vaccine eligible April 12; reopening changes announced
SPRINGFIELD – All Illinoisans 16 years of age and older outside of Chicago will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning April 12, and the state announced a “metric-based” phase-in to greater reopening Thursday.
Vote-by-mail, curbside voting expansion passes House
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House passed a bill Thursday that would make permanent some vote-by-mail and curbside voting expansions that the state adopted ahead of the 2020 presidential election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dems pass resolution condemning Republican lawmaker for attending Jan. 6 rally
House Democrats adopted a resolution Thursday night to condemn Republican Rep. Chris Miller for attending a Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., which immediately preceded the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol building.
Ezike says state ‘getting close’ to next phase of reopeningMarch 16, 2021
Illinois Department of Public health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said on Monday the state is “getting close” to the next phase of reopening amid increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates and decreasing positivity rates.
Initial vaccine shipment may be smaller than expected
SPRINGFIELD – The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to the state of Illinois may be less than one-quarter of what officials had originally been told to expect.
Only one new case Tuesday
A woman in her 20s was the sole new coronavirus case reported by the Crawford County Health Departme...
Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday
If you have unused or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication that you’re ready to get rid of Saturday will be a good time to do it. Crawford Memorial Hospital will take part in National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the East Entrance of the hospital.