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Pritzker signs Health Care Right of Conscience change

Pritzker signs Health Care Right of Conscience change

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new law in Illinois will soon clear the way for employers to enforce vaccination, testing and other mitigation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The measure, Senate Bill 1169, amends the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, a 1977 law originally intended to…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker pushes Illinois as EV leader at UN Climate Change Conference

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker pushes Illinois as EV leader at UN Climate Change Conference

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – As global leaders met in Glasgow, Scotland, over the past two weeks to discuss the effects of and potential policy solutions to climate change, Gov. JB Pritzker made the case in a pair of speaking events that Illinois is doing its part to counteract troubling climate trends. It was…

Pritzker makes Illinois pitch at world climate conference

Pritzker makes Illinois pitch at world climate conference

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As global leaders met in Glasgow, Scotland, over the past two weeks to discuss the effects of and potential policy solutions to climate change, Gov. JB Pritzker made the case in a pair of speaking events that Illinois is doing its part to counteract troubling climate…

Application period for new round of rental assistance delayed one month

Application period for new round of rental assistance delayed one month

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The application period for a new round of financial assistance to renters through the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be delayed one month as the application portal undergoes additional testing, although funding remains available through other state programs. The latest round of funding, provided by the…

Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel on Friday set the week of Dec. 6 as the time it will hear three consolidated cases challenging the new legislative district maps that were drawn by Democrats and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker earlier this year. During a…

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant drops in enrollment, academic performance and the likelihood of graduating high school on time, according to the latest school report card released recently by the Illinois State Board of Education. The report card is an annual report that tracks how…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a 'public health crisis,' governor says

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a ‘public health crisis,’ governor says

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday, Nov. 1, classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act which…

Saying her district is at stake, Democratic lawmaker seeks to intervene in redistricting suit

Saying her district is at stake, Democratic lawmaker seeks to intervene in redistricting suit

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A Democratic member of the Illinois House has filed a motion in federal court to intervene as a separate defendant in a pair of lawsuits challenging the legislative redistricting plan that was signed into law in September. Rep. Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, who represents the largely Latino 22nd…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a 'public health crisis,' governor says

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a ‘public health crisis,’ governor says

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday, Nov. 1, classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act which…

State adopts federal guidance recommending Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

State adopts federal guidance recommending Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – One day after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that children between the ages of 5 and 11 receive the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech, the Illinois Department of Public Health adopted the same recommendations Wednesday. That vaccine had previously been…

Pritzker gets COVID-19 vaccine booster ahead of international trip

Pritzker gets COVID-19 vaccine booster ahead of international trip

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker became one of the 800,000-plus Illinoisans who have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot Tuesday ahead of his first overseas trip as governor. Pritzker and his top staff planned to depart to London on Tuesday to meet with business leaders on economic development…

Pritzker order calls gun violence a public health crisis, lays out prevention approach

Pritzker order calls gun violence a public health crisis, lays out prevention approach

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act…

Capitol Cast: Veto session in review

Capitol Cast: Veto session in review

Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki discuss passage of new congressional district maps and other legislation during the recently-completed fall veto session. Capitol News Illinois · Fall Veto Session

CAPITOL RECAP: Passage of congressional maps caps busy fall session

CAPITOL RECAP: Passage of congressional maps caps busy fall session

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers gave final approval in the early hours of Friday morning to a new congressional redistricting plan that divides the state into 17 districts, one fewer than it currently has due to its loss of population since the 2010 U.S. Census. It was the fourth draft plan that…

Congressional redistricting plan clears General Assembly

Congressional redistricting plan clears General Assembly

By PETER HANCOCK & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers gave final approval in the early hours of Friday morning to a new congressional redistricting plan that divides the state into 17 districts, one fewer than it currently has due to its loss of population since the 2010 U.S. Census. It…

Health Care Right of Conscience changes will head to governor

Health Care Right of Conscience changes will head to governor

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate joined the House on Thursday in approving a change to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act that was requested by the governor and attorney general, putting it one signature away from becoming law. The HCRC Act currently prohibits discrimination against anyone for…

Bill allowing in-state college sports betting will head to governor

Bill allowing in-state college sports betting will head to governor

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Betting on in-state college sports could become legal with the stroke of the governor’s pen after lawmakers in the General Assembly approved an amendment to the state’s sports betting law Thursday. The amendment to House Bill 3136 passed both the House and Senate with vast bipartisan…

Future of new congressional maps uncertain on final day of veto session

Future of new congressional maps uncertain on final day of veto session

By PETER HANCOCK & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers appeared to be hitting some roadblocks Thursday in their effort to reach agreement on a new set of congressional district maps on the final scheduled day of their fall veto session. During a meeting of the Senate Redistricting Committee on Thursday…

UPDATED: Repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion will head to Pritzker

UPDATED: Repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion will head to Pritzker

By PETER HANCOCK & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House late Wednesday gave final passage to a bill that repeals the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act, clearing the way for Gov. JB Pritzker to sign it into law. The bill narrowly passed out of the Senate on Tuesday night…

UPDATE: Repeal of parental notice of abortion clears House

UPDATE: Repeal of parental notice of abortion clears House

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House late Wednesday gave final passage to a bill that repeals the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act, clearing the way for Gov. JB Pritzker to sign it into law. The bill narrowly passed out of the Senate on Tuesday night on a 32-22…

House approves changes to Health Care Right of Conscience Act

House approves changes to Health Care Right of Conscience Act

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House passed a measure Wednesday night that would give employers greater authority to enforce COVID-19 vaccine or testing requirements. The final vote came after 10 p.m. Wednesday, passing on a 64-52 roll call with two present votes. No Republicans voted for it, and enough…

Repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion Act advances in House committee

Repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion Act advances in House committee

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A House committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would repeal the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act, moving it one step closer to being sent to Gov. JB Pritzker, who has said he supports it. The bill narrowly passed out of the Senate Tuesday night on…

State Senate revives measure to allow limited sports betting on in-state colleges

State Senate revives measure to allow limited sports betting on in-state colleges

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state Senate committee revived a gambling bill Wednesday that would allow for limited betting on in-state college sports teams, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. A similar measure passed the House on the final day of the May legislative session, but the Senate…

UPDATED: Senate passes Parental Notice of Abortion Act repeal amid faith leader, GOP opposition

UPDATED: Senate passes Parental Notice of Abortion Act repeal amid faith leader, GOP opposition

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate advanced a measure to repeal the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act early Tuesday evening amid staunch opposition from Republicans and religious groups. The repeal bill passed the Senate Executive Committee on a 9-6-1 vote Tuesday shortly after 5 p.m., and passed the…

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Oak Lawn wins push tax fight

Village could see $1 million from video gaming levy By Dermot Connolly The Illinois Legislature handed Oak Lawn a preliminary victory in its battle against the video gaming industry with its Oct. 28 passage of a video gaming bill that allows the village to impose a “push tax” that could be worth an estimated $1…

Children select candy during the annual Trunk or Treats and Scarecrow Contest held October 30 in the parking lot of Hickory Hills City Hall. The event was sponsored by the Hills Chamber of Commerce. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Hills Chamber delivers a trunk load of treats

The Hills Chamber of Commerce sponsored its annual Trunk or Treats and Scarecrow Contest on October 30 in the parking lot of the Hickory Hills City Hall. The event was not held last fall due to COVID-19. A variety of decorated scarecrows were put together by 15 local businesses and local school children located at the adjacent…

Traveling Tails Dog Rescue that was founded by Shepard High School German teacher and Palos Heights resident, Jennifer Fischer, Skocik hosted a dog adoption event at the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, on September 11. She is pictured here with dog, Smokey, who is available for adoption. (Photos by Kelly White)

Palos Heights Library hosts dog adoption event

By Kelly White Having a piece of her heart devoted to rescue breeds, Karen Skocik always hoped to hold a dog adoption event at the Palos Heights Public Library. “Through the years, my husband and I have adopted four rescues,” Skocik, Head of Circulation at the Palos Heights Public Library, said. “Right now, we have two. It’s very…

Evergreen Park Public Library Director Frank Murray at Frank Fest at the library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park. (Photos by Kelly White)

Evergreen Park Library welcomes new director with Frank Fest

By Kelly White Welcoming in new library director, Frank Murray, the Evergreen Park Public Library hosted a fest in his honor. Cleverly named, Frank Fest, staff members organized a day of fun, snacks and crafts on Saturday at the library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park. “Overall, this is a community welcome fest,” Mary Black,…

Maya Abuirshaid, 6, of Worth, and her brother, Sanad, 5, had fun together on October 3 at the Worth Park District's Fall Fest at Gale Moore Park, 109th and Nordica, Worth. (Photos by Kelly White)

Worth Park District’s welcomes fall with a festival

By Kelly White Happy to welcome and celebrate the beginning of the fall season was the Village of Worth. The Worth Park District hosted its annual Fall Fest on October 3 at Gale Moore Park, 109th and Nordica, Worth. “The Fall Fest is exactly what the name says, a celebration of the fall season,” Robert O’Shaughnessy, Director of Parks and Recreation at the Worth Park District, said. “It gives families and individuals…

The Oak Lawn Public Library has joined other libraries in the south suburbs that have recently decided to drop fines for borrowed materials that are returned late. (File photo)

Oak Lawn Library drops fines for late returns

By Kelly White The Oak Lawn Public Library has joined other libraries in the south suburbs that have recently decided to drop fines for borrowed materials that are returned late. The official start to the fine-free era was October 3 at the library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. “We have been working to increase access to our community members, and to…

Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz welcomes Victress into the Palos Heights community during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their location in Palos Heights on October 6. (Photos by Kelly White)

Women’s wellness center opens in Palos Heights

By Kelly White A new facility has opened in the Palos Heights community that tailors to the needs of women. Victress, a women’s wellness center at 7120 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 6. “We have so many strong females in this area who are students, professionals, wives, mothers,…

The Oak Lawn Park District hosted its annual Howl-O-Ween at Wolfe Wildlife at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th and Laramie, Oak Lawn. (Supplied photos)

Howling haunts Wolfe Wildlife Refuge

By Kelly White The Oak Lawn Park District hosted its annual Howl-O-Ween at Wolfe Wildlife October 23 at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th and Laramie, Oak Lawn. “This event provides families with the opportunity to get outside and get into the Halloween spirit,” said Scott Gray, Recreation Supervisor at the Oak Lawn Park District and Event Coordinator…

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School hosted a Not-So-Haunted House on October 27 at the high school, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago. (Supplied photos)

Mother McAuley hosts a Not-So-Haunted House

By Kelly White Keeping the spookiness to a minimum, Mother McAuley students hosted a Not-So-Haunted House for local area youngsters. The free event was held on October 27 at the high school, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago, and was open to children of all ages with a parent and/or caregiver. “McAuley opens their hearts and doors and welcomes…

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Pitties to parade at Feed Store

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Our friends at the Feed Store, 5408 S. Harlem, are holding their annual “It’s a Pittie” event to showcase Pit Bulls in need of adoption, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. This is a fun time, even for folks…

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