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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…

Parental Notice of Abortion Act repeal passes committee amid faith leader, GOP opposition

Parental Notice of Abortion Act repeal passes committee amid faith leader, GOP opposition

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate Executive Committee 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 advanced to the full Senate, which could vote on it as early as Tuesday night.…

Latest congressional maps draw more criticism

Latest congressional maps draw more criticism

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The latest draft of a new congressional district map for Illinois met with much of the same criticism as the first draft during a House committee hearing Tuesday. The latest proposal from legislative Democratic leaders was released Saturday. It divides the state into 17 congressional districts,…

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional map draft unveiled

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional map draft unveiled

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Democratic leaders in the General Assembly released a second draft of proposed congressional district maps over the weekend as they prepare to head into the final three days of their fall veto session. Like the first set of maps that were released Oct. 15, the latest draft would create…

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Ray Stetz, of La Grange, talks with Township of Lyons Assessor Patrick Hynes (right) about possible property tax exemptions. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Township residents talk taxes with elected officials

By Steve Metsch Marek Gil, like many residents, has questions about his property taxes. Plenty of questions. Gil owns two properties, one in Hickory Hills and one in Justice. Asked if his taxes are too high, Gil replied: “Of course.” Gil, who resides in Justice, was among a group of residents who attended the “Coffee…

Summit village officials and employees stand in front of this year's Christmas Tree. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Summit lights village Christmas Tree

By Carol McGowan Nearly 50 people were on hand November 18 as the Village of Summit Christmas tree was lit. It was a true sign of the holidays to come, as the crowd gathered by the tree and sang a Christmas carol while sipping on hot chocolate and coffee. It was one of the first…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau announces his intention to run for the 6th Congressional District. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Pekau joins crowded Republican field in 6th Congressional District

By Jeff Vorva In what could be one of the most interesting and heated congressional races in the state in 2022, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau announced Monday he is planning on running in the new 6th Congressional District. He will be running as a Republican and, so far, will battle energy consultant Niki Conforti in the…

Palos Park's Denise Cowan is one of four citizens to object to the village considering video gaming. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park delays gaming vote again

By Jeff Vorva Someone should send the mayor of Palos Park some Alka-Seltzer. For the third meeting in a row, the Palos Park Village Council did not take any action on bringing gaming machines to town. Mayor John Mahoney and Commissioner Dan Polk are leaning in favor of it to help out the local businesses…

Madelyn and Zachary Rodrigues are proud to hold an annual toy drive benefiting patients at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago. (Supplied photos)

Teen helps others despite brittle bone disease

Family toy drive benefits Comer Children’s Hospital By Kelly White Early on in her life, Madelyn Rodrigues was diagnosed with Osteogeneis Imperfects, a brittle bone disease that has already resulted in more than 70 bone fractures in her 14 years of life. As a freshman at Illinois Lutheran High School in Crete, Madelyn’s inner strength…

The late CPD Officer Ella French.

‘They tried to taint Ella’s legacy’

Aldermen furious with mayor, COPA chief By Tim Hadac The three aldermen representing Clearing and Garfield Ridge are among 20 City Council members opposing the appointment of Andrea Kersten as the next Chief Administrator of Civilian Office of Police Accountability. Kersten, the current interim chief of COPA, came under fire recently for releasing a report…

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Roadrunners are state volleyball champs

Snack With Santa is an event founded by longtime Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ann Dybala near 40 years ago. It offers a bit of Christmas cheer for children and underscores the local business community’s commitment to the neighborhood. --File photo

Holiday warmth is straight ahead

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, my favorite holiday of the year. I look forward to it because it’s all about family, whether it’s family of blood or heart or both. People actually slow down and catch up with each other. It’s not about…

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Pushback over ‘conscience’ law change

Measure would close vax loophole By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois and Tim Hadac A number of Southwest Siders are pushing back against a new state law designed to 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…

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Back in their dancing shoes

  After the pandemic forced them off the stage for more than 20 months, the boys and girls of Ballet Folklórico Estrella del Mar donned their costumes and dancing shoes last week and performed for Big Shoulders Fund representatives visiting St. Mary Star of the Sea School in West Lawn. Founded in 2015 at the…

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