Flooding Producing Another Problem – More Mosquitos

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host a mandatory vendor conference on Thurs., June 27. The conference is for vendors interested in submitting bids for reconstruction and facilities operations at the Wayne Fitzjerrell State Recreation Area near Whittington. IDNR staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding the agency’s recently issued…Read more…

August Unemployment Matches Record Low for Illinois

Chicago (IDES) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that the unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in August, matching the lowest on record. Illinois’ unemployment rate stood at 4.1% in August, matching the lowest rate on record,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Even with the over-the-month drop, nonfarm payrolls have surpassed the…Read more…

State Police Taking Part in Rail Safety Week

Champaign (AP) – Illinois State Police will be out this week issuing tickets and handing out safety literature in a bid to bring down numbers of railroad-crossing deaths in the state. A greater emphasis on the problem in Illinois comes during U.S. Rail Safety Week this week. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that state police will work with local and…Read more…

Governor Rauner Axes Over 50 Stagnant State Boards and Commissions

Springfield – Governor Rauner is issuing an executive order that will cease operations for more than 50 boards and commissions that no longer serve a public purpose or have been inactive for some time. In a release from the Governor’s office, Rauner states “Over the years, the State of Illinois has created more than 600…Read more…

First Debate Gets Heated as Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Barbs

Chicago – Debate season is underway and last night Governor Bruce Rauner and his opponents engaged in an at tines heated discussion detailing each candidates plans for the office. Each candidate was given a chance to speak. Governor Rauner called out his Democrat opponent JB Pritzker, stating that Pritzker was planning massive tax hikes for…Read more…

First Gubernatorial Debate to be Held Tonight

Springfield – The first debate of the Illinois Governor’s Race is set for tonight, with Governor Bruce Rauner set to meet his democrat challenger JB Pritzker on stage. Rauner is trying for a second chance after a tumultuous first term. Rauner recently promised to be more flexible if given the opportunity. His major opposition comes…Read more…

Representative Mike Bost Picks Up Police Endorsement

Murphysboro – With political races picking up at both the local and state levels, groups across the state are starting to make their endorsements, with Representative Mike Bost picking up the most recent one. Yesterday the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police announced their endorsement for Representative Bost. In a press release, FOP State Lodge President…Read more…

Court Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Abortion Funding

Springfield (AP) – An Illinois appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed to stop a law that’ll expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions. A three-judge panel of the Fourth District Appellate Court ruled unanimously that a Sangamon County judge correctly dismissed the lawsuit filed by anti-abortion groups. The…Read more…

Illinois Employers More Open to Hiring People With Felonies

(AP) Opportunities long closed to Illinois residents with criminal records are beginning to open as employers seek new sources of talent and lawmakers bet that gainful employment will reduce recidivism. Illinois lawmakers have changed licensing laws to make at least 100 occupations more accessible to people with a criminal background. The state has also expanded…Read more…

University of Illinois Panel Suggests Adopting New Mascot

(AP) A University of Illinois report suggests that the school consider adopting a new sports mascot to help quell ongoing turmoil over the 2007 decision to do away with its longtime Chief Illiniwek portrayal. The report by a group of university administrators released Thursday also proposes greater campus education about Native American history and imagery,…Read more…

US Appeals Court Upholds Illinois Campaign Finance Limits

(AP) A Federal Appeals Court has upheld Illinois’ campaign contribution limits. The 7th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the time limits set in a 2009 law do not violate First Amendment free-speech rights. Illinois Liberty PAC filed a lawsuit in 2012. It challenged the campaign-finance limits imposed following scandals involving now-imprisoned former…Read more…

Three Local Colleges Get State Funding For Maintenance Projects

Three local community colleges are set to receive state funding for on campus projects. A press release from the office of Senator Dale Fowler announced approximately $150 million dollars in funding that will be allocated to Southeastern Illinois College, John A. Logan College and Shawnee Community College for the 2019 fiscal year to be put…Read more…