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The state on Wednesday, July 29, released new guidelines for youth and recreational sports that will drastically limit allowable activities based on the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus. Gov....

 

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Hours after filing a court document implicating – but not charging – Illinois' House Speaker Michael Madigan in a yearslong bribery scheme, federal officials took to the courtyard of the Dirksen...

 

ComEd's Bribery Admission Implicates Madigan

Hours after filing a court document implicating – but not charging – Illinois' House Speaker Michael Madigan in a yearslong bribery scheme, federal officials took to the courtyard of the Dirksen...

 

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Days after the governor donated $51.5 million of his personal fortune to a committee supporting a graduated income tax constitutional amendment, a new coalition has begun an effort to defeat the...

 

State Releases Guidelines For Reopening Of Schools

Illinois released new guidelines for schools, colleges and universities to return to in-person learning in the fall, but leaders warned those plans could change if health metrics related to the...

 

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Illinois on Friday, June 26, entered Phase 4 of the state's Restore Illinois reopening plan. In this phase, restaurants and bars may open for indoor dining at fractional capacity as long as they...

 

State Enters 'Recovery' Phase, Grapples With Protests

Illinois advanced to the "Recovery" phase of Gov. JB Pritzker's plan to incrementally reopen the state's economy on Friday, May 29, after almost 70 days of residents living under a stay-at-home...

 

Attempt To Remove Pritzker From Office Begins

An Illinois lawmaker dissatisfied with Gov. JB Pritzker's handling of the large number of COVID-19-related unemployment claims is calling on his colleagues to support an effort to remove the governor...

 

Republicans Push For Revisions To 'Restore Illinois' Plan

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly said Thursday that when lawmakers return to the Capitol next week, they intend to push for changes to Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan for reopening the economy,...

 

Federal Judge Rules Against Lena Church

A federal judge in Illinois ruled Sunday that Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order is constitutional, even though it interferes with people's right to gather in large numbers for worship services....

 

Beloved Church Challenges Ban On Worship Services

A church in northwest Illinois filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block part of Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home executive order, especially its ban on public worship services. The suit was filed by...

 

Second Lawmaker Files Suit Against Pritzker Stay-At-Home Order

A second Republican state representative on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Gov. JB Pritzker alleging he overstepped his authority in ordering Illinoisans to stay at home to prevent the spread of...

 

Illinois Unemployment Rate Tops 10%

Unemployment in Illinois and the U.S. continues to balloon amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The state reported 81,596 first-time claims in the week ending April 25, during which time more than...

 

Farmers Cautious About Corn, Soybean Season

Despite projected increases in corn and soybean plantings this year after a disastrous 2019 planting season, farmers are gripped by uncertainty surrounding spring weather and the economic downturn fro...

 

Covid-19 Presents Another Hurdle For County Fairs

The social distancing guidelines that led Illinois county fairs to cancel off-season events on their grounds through the end of April is one part of a financial impact double-whammy, a trade official...

 

Illinois National Guard Dispels Rumors Of Military Action

The Illinois National Guard is assisting the state's COVID-19 response by setting up testing centers and other civil action, not preparing for military action as has been rumored on social media, its...

 

Shoppers Need To Stop Hoarding Items, Panic-Buying

As store shelves across Illinois empty of key products during the COVID-19 pandemic, public and private-sector leaders are urging shoppers to put less stress on the supply chain by not hoarding... Full story

 

Gun Dealers Report 'Panic Buying'

Toilet paper and hand sanitizer are in short supply at Illinois supermarkets. At gun shops, firearms and ammunition are flying off the shelves, too. As the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease,...

 

Census 2020 Count Begins Thursday

People throughout the United States can begin filling out their census forms online starting Thursday, and state officials in Illinois are pulling out all the stops to make sure the state gets an...

 

Corn And Soybean Production Numbers Decline Across State

Central Illinois counties led Illinois in corn and soybean production last year as every region and nearly all counties saw decreases in both crops, according to estimates released last week by the U....

 

Another Wetter-Than-Normal Spring Predicted As Farmers Recover From Crop Losses

The state's climatologist is predicting Illinois farmers are likely to endure more burdensomely wet weather while they try to plant cash crops this spring after suffering major losses as a result of a...

 

Lawmakers Demand Investigation Of 'Rape In Champaign' Email

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Lawmakers from both parties are calling for an investigation of a 2012 email exchange between a government insider and then-Gov. Pat Quinn's staff regarding a...

 

Property Tax Reform Report Calls For Consolidating Schools

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois A task force formed to study ways to reduce property tax burden on Illinois residents is calling for consolidation of school districts and other local units of...

 

ComEd Owes Us Money

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois Two of the state’s largest electric utilities owe their customers a combined $543 million in refunds, according to state regulators, but there is sharp...

 

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