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CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come 'this summer'

CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come ‘this summer’

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park,…

Two-day session ends with major legislation, but no energy bill

Two-day session ends with major legislation, but no energy bill

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers finished a two-day special session Thursday by passing some important legislation but without reaching agreement on the one issue…

Vaccinated Illinoisans automatically entered into $10 million lottery

Vaccinated Illinoisans automatically entered into $10 million lottery

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Any vaccinated Illinoisan will be automatically entered into a lottery for $10 million in prizes without having to take any extra…

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Six Flags Great America has agreed to a $36 million settlement to end a class-action lawsuit over the amusement park’s use…

Energy bill still not filed less than 24 hours before planned vote

Energy bill still not filed less than 24 hours before planned vote

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate is scheduled to return to the Capitol Tuesday to consider an energy regulatory overhaul bill that is years…

Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget due to drafting errors, Senate accepts

Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget due to drafting errors, Senate accepts

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Tuesday approved a change to next year’s budget at the request of Gov. JB Pritzker to correct…

Senate adjourns with no energy deal, but Harmon ‘confident’ one is still near

Senate adjourns with no energy deal, but Harmon ‘confident’ one is still near

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don…

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday Day marks anniversary of last enslaved Americans learning of freedom By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The day that marks the anniversary…

House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House changed its rules Wednesday to allow lawmakers to cast votes on legislation remotely, giving them enough votes to…

FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House on Wednesday passed a Firearm Owner Identification card law change that would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to retrieve…

Energy working group negotiations to continue through weekend as new bill surfaces

Energy working group negotiations to continue through weekend as new bill surfaces

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinoisjn[email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The latest draft of an energy regulatory overhaul bill that has been in negotiations for months was unveiled late Thursday ahead of…

Latino group sues to block new Illinois maps

Latino group sues to block new Illinois maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A second lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Illinois seeking to block the use of a redistricting plan that Democrats…

Committee discusses state parks’ staffing issues, downstate tourism concerns

Committee discusses state parks’ staffing issues, downstate tourism concerns

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — As Illinois begins its official reopening and residents flock to state parks this summer, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources faces a…

Illinois to enter Phase 5, full reopening

Illinois to enter Phase 5, full reopening

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Starting Friday, Illinois will be in Phase 5 of the COVID-19 reopening plan, meaning businesses and organizations can resume normal activity, although…

State task force considers redesigning, moving monument of MLK Jr.

State task force considers redesigning, moving monument of MLK Jr.

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Members of the state’s task force on statues and monuments discussed ways to relocate the statue of civil rights leader Dr. Martin…

GOP leaders sue over new district maps

GOP leaders sue over new district maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican leaders in the Illinois House and Senate filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of the new legislative district maps…

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers will return to Springfield next week to hear energy bill

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers will return to Springfield next week to hear energy bill

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers will be back in session next week to consider a sweeping energy overhaul bill and possibly other legislation. The Senate is planning to…

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers will return to Springfield next week to hear energy bill

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers will return to Springfield next week to hear energy bill

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers will be back in session next week to consider a sweeping energy overhaul bill and possibly other legislation. The Senate is planning to…

Former GOP rep. seeking back pay for himself, all other lawmakers in class action suit

Former GOP rep. seeking back pay for himself, all other lawmakers in class action suit

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — A former state lawmaker is suing the state comptroller for salary increases he claims he was entitled to while serving in the…

Inmate voting rights bill still on the table

Inmate voting rights bill still on the table

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers could take up a bill later this month that would restore voting rights to convicted offenders serving time in county…

State Supreme Court pauses transition to new appellate districts

State Supreme Court pauses transition to new appellate districts

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court will delay its transition to implement new appellate court boundaries that were created by a recently approved judicial…

COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations push new lows ahead of Friday reopening

COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations push new lows ahead of Friday reopening

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state’s COVID-19 metrics continued to improve Monday ahead of Friday’s planned statewide reopening. Gov. JB Pritzker’s office confirmed last week…

WITH PODCAST: Pritzker signs redistricting plans for state legislative, appellate court districts

WITH PODCAST: Pritzker signs redistricting plans for state legislative, appellate court districts

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a pair of bills Friday that redraw state legislative and appellate court districts, despite the fact that official…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs redistricting plans; budget and ethics reforms approved

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs redistricting plans; budget and ethics reforms approved

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a pair of bills Friday, June 4, that redraw state legislative and appellate court districts, despite the fact that official…

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Thanks to those who made Memorial Day meaningful

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing & Garfield Ridge (708)496-0265 [email protected] The small patch of green at the heart of Garfield Ridge came alive with the sounds of a…

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Oak Lawn’s 95th Street crossing closing June 16 

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to the Metra SouthWest Service Line crossing on 95th Street, east of 52nd Avenue, in Oak Lawn, will require a full closure, weather permitting,…

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Oak Lawn moves Independence Day parade to July 3 

The Village of Oak Lawn announced Tuesday it will move this year’s annual Fourth of July parade to Saturday, July 3, at 4 p.m. In addition to the change in…

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Oak Lawn Library installs new air filtration system 

By Kelly White  Proudly keeping the air clean and its patrons safe is the Oak Lawn Public Library. The library, 9427 Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn, recently installed Respicaire Ultra Violet…

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Readin’ and writin’ and financial literacy

Snows eighth graders score big in stock market game By Kelly White When GameStop stock soared in late 2020, a group of students at Our Lady of the Snows School…

Aurelio's Pizza brought along some cheer and comfort to children undergoing treatment and frontline essential workers at Advocate Children’s Hospital, 4400 95th St, Oak Lawn, by donating 500 personal-sized pizzas on a mobile pizza truck, along with custom-made cookies, to the hospital on National Pizza Party Day on Friday, May 21.

Aurelio’s holds pizza party for children and staff at Advocate Children’s Hospital

By Kelly White Every year on the third Friday in May, pizza lovers across the nation share their love of pizza on National Pizza Party Day. Celebrated this year on…

Ideal School, Countryside cut ribbon on Sensory Meditation Garden

By Carol McGowan Countryside Mayor Sean McDermott, School District 105 officials and others that brought the school’s new sensory meditation garden to life  were on hand May 207 for the…

Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney makes a point protesting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s idea of cutting funds for local budgets. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Pekau, Mahoney say state should leave local tax fund alone

By Jeff Vorva Two area mayors are speaking out against the state trying to take a bigger bite out of local government’s funding. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed cuts to…

Justice Park District Commissioner Mark Leahy (left), Judge Ed King (center), and Justice Park District Commissioner Tabatha Sutera. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Sutera, Leahy sworn onto Justice Park Board

By Carol McGowan A new era is underway for the Justice Park District. Commissioners Tabatha Sutera and Mark Leahy were sworn in as full-time commissioners of the park board May 24…

Orland Park Trustee Cynthia Nelson Katsenes talks with veteran Timothy Childers during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the village. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Orland Park honors 55 during Memorial Day ceremony

By Jeff Vorva Every one of the 55 veterans who had their names engraved on the walls of the Ara Pace Memorial have a story to tell. Timothy Childers’ story…

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