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New law ends parental notification in Illinois

New law ends parental notification in Illinois

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law on Friday that ends parental notification, a requirement that doctors notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion. “With reproductive rights under attack across the nation, Illinois is once again establishing itself as a leader in ensuring access to health care…

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a point in November to 5.7 percent as employers added 19,500 payroll jobs to the economy. Preliminary data released by the Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the biggest job gains during…

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a point in November to 5.7 percent as employers added 19,500 payroll jobs to the economy. Preliminary data released by the Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the biggest job gains during…

Potential buyer identified for James R. Thompson Center

Potential buyer identified for James R. Thompson Center

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plans are moving ahead for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago. Gov. JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday plans to enter into exclusive negotiations with JRTC Holdings, LLC, for the purposes of acquiring and redeveloping the Thompson Center…

CAPITOL RECAP: JRTC Holdings will enter negotiations with state for $70 million purchase of Thompson Center

CAPITOL RECAP: JRTC Holdings will enter negotiations with state for $70 million purchase of Thompson Center

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS CHICAGO – Plans are moving ahead for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago. Gov. JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday, Dec. 15, plans to enter into exclusive negotiations with JRTC Holdings, LLC, for the purposes of acquiring and redeveloping the Thompson Center that…

Lawmakers push for nursing home reforms this spring

Lawmakers push for nursing home reforms this spring

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Several Illinois lawmakers said this week they are determined to pass a bill in the spring that would overhaul the way nursing homes are paid through the state’s Medicaid program to address critical staffing shortages, but the state’s largest nursing home industry group is still pushing…

New law provides for licensure path of certified professional midwives in Illinois

New law provides for licensure path of certified professional midwives in Illinois

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Colleen Marotta has delivered hundreds of babies. Marotta, 43, of Arlington Heights, became a nurse in 2001. Ten years later, she became a certified professional midwife, or CPM. When Marotta was a CPM the law barred her from delivering babies in Illinois, forcing her to drive to Wisconsin…

Edwardsville chief on Amazon warehouse: ‘It was definitely one of our worst days’

Edwardsville chief on Amazon warehouse: ‘It was definitely one of our worst days’

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] In the wake of Friday night storms that left six dead at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, a disaster proclamation was issued Monday for 28 counties in southern and central Illinois. The proclamation will bring personnel or equipment from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to assist with storm…

Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state program aiming to take a “comprehensive approach to ending Illinois’ firearm violence epidemic” will be expanded under a law signed Friday by Gov. JB Pritzker. The Reimagine Public Safety Act became law in June, but the expansion signed Friday clarifies guidelines in the original…

CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistricting challenges

CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistricting challenges

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS CHICAGO – Oral arguments began Tuesday, Dec. 7, in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that lawmakers passed earlier this year with three federal judges asking detailed questions of all the parties in the cases. Each case centers on the question of whether Democrats in the General Assembly violated…

Good pension news doesn’t alleviate underlying financial pressures, new report states

Good pension news doesn’t alleviate underlying financial pressures, new report states

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state saw its unfunded pension liability decrease in fiscal year 2021 for the first time in four years, due in large part to investment returns exceeding 20 percent, according to a new report from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. Measuring by the current-day…

Illinois Supreme Court lifts hold on judicial redistricting

Illinois Supreme Court lifts hold on judicial redistricting

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court will lift its pause order on judicial redistricting on Jan. 1, fully implementing new judicial boundaries passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker earlier this year. The judicial district boundaries will change or the first time…

Pritzker touts infrastructure funding in southern Illinois stops

Pritzker touts infrastructure funding in southern Illinois stops

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker continues to make frequent stops across the state to tout one of the marquee policy accomplishments of his first year in office and its ongoing benefits to Illinois communities. That is the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan, and on Wednesday he…

IDOC inmates continue to face commissary shortages

IDOC inmates continue to face commissary shortages

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – To Illinois prisoners, commissary is more than candy bars, shaving cream and socks. It represents normalcy and choice. “It’s everything to them,” said Melly Rios, whose husband is in Stateville Correctional Center serving 45 years for murder. A recent report from the John Howard Association, a…

UPDATED: Judges question lawyers in redistricting suits

UPDATED: Judges question lawyers in redistricting suits

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – Oral arguments began Tuesday in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that lawmakers passed earlier this year with three federal judges asking detailed questions of all the parties in the cases. Each of the cases centers on the question of whether Democrats in the…

CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistrcting challenges

CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistrcting challenges

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS CHICAGO – Oral arguments began Tuesday, Dec. 7, in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that lawmakers passed earlier this year with three federal judges asking detailed questions of all the parties in the cases. Each case centers on the question of whether Democrats in the General Assembly violated…

Judges question lawyers in redistricting suits

Judges question lawyers in redistricting suits

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – Oral arguments began Tuesday in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that lawmakers passed earlier this year with three federal judges asking detailed questions of all the parties in the cases. Each case centers on the question of whether Democrats in the General Assembly…

Application portal opens for new round of Illinois rental assistance

Application portal opens for new round of Illinois rental assistance

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The application portal is now open for another $297 million of rental assistance for Illinoisans who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois Rental Payment Program, or ILRPP, money comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Joe Biden…

Oral arguments to begin Tuesday in redistricting cases

Oral arguments to begin Tuesday in redistricting cases

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago will begin hearing oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that could determine the makeup of state legislative maps in the Chicago area and Metro East region for the next 10 years. The panel announced during a status hearing Friday…

Millions of dollars of stolen goods recovered in ‘organized retail crime’ bust, AG says

Millions of dollars of stolen goods recovered in ‘organized retail crime’ bust, AG says

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – An unrelated arrest by the Chicago Police Department on Sunday led to a state task force this week seizing millions of dollars’ worth of goods stolen from retailers in what Attorney General Kwame Raoul described as an organized retail crime operation. Raoul announced the raid in…

Cahokia Mounds historic site offers augmented reality tours

Cahokia Mounds historic site offers augmented reality tours

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] There’s a new way to explore an ancient place in Illinois. Visitors of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site can try experiencing it in “augmented reality,” or AR, to see the Grand Plaza as it appeared 1,000 years ago, the Palisade as it once stood and the exterior and…

CAPITOL RECAP: Governor announces $94 million in airport grants

CAPITOL RECAP: Governor announces $94 million in airport grants

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 100 airports across Illinois will receive state funding in the coming months for projects ranging from new runways and road relocations to the purchase of mowers and snow removal equipment. The money comes from the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan which passed the General Assembly and…

State to distribute $94 million to 96 airports through Rebuild Illinois plan

State to distribute $94 million to 96 airports through Rebuild Illinois plan

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 100 airports across Illinois will receive state funding in the coming months for projects ranging from new runways and road relocations to the purchase of mowers and snow removal equipment. The money comes from the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan which passed the…

Hundsdorfer brings investigative experience to Capitol News Illinois reporting team

Hundsdorfer brings investigative experience to Capitol News Illinois reporting team

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Capitol News Illinois on Monday welcomed Beth Hundsdorfer to its full-time reporting staff. Hundsdorfer is a veteran investigative reporter who spent nearly 20 years at the Belleville News-Democrat, 13 of which were spent on the investigative beat. She also covered cops and courts. Her investigative journalism included work on…

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To Demolish Sites Near Midway

Will Demolish Four Facilities for Runway Protection for Flights The city of Chicago is looking at ways to make Midway Airport safer for flights landing in and out of the landlocked airport. It has been nearly six years since a Southwest Airlines airplane over-ran the runway, crashing through the walls onto traffic, killing a 6-year-old…

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Orland Park Leader Is Named Top Director

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Nancy Johnson has been named 2011 Activity Director of the Year by the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA). The awards were announced during the IHCA Annual Convention. ÒNancy has the innate ability to encourage Alden Estates of Orland Park residents to live an active and healthy lifestyle; she plans special events…

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Argue Length of School Days

Labor Board Backs CTU, But CPS Wants What’s Best for Students The Chicago Teacher’s Union has been adamant in opposing a policy that allows for a longer school day in some of the city’s schools. The CTU argues that implementing a longer school day this year would only affect teachers, who would be forced to…

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Bridgeview OKs Transit Center At Toyota Park

The Bridgeview Village Board meeting of Oct. 19 highlighted improvements to transportation within the village. An agreement for the lease and maintenance of a transit center at Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., in Bridgeview, has been reached between the Village of Bridgeview and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) better known as PACE bus service.{{more}}…

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Shocking comments from an Orland Fire Protection District trustee

Tuesday’s meeting of the Orland Fire Protection District continued its focus on cutting expenditures to save taxpayer monies and reduce the district’s large annual budget and taxes, but there was a sideshow. Three members of the six-member OFPD Senior Council quit, turning their resignations into a political move and declaring their support of former Fire…

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District 229 Asked For Help by Speech Team

Oak Lawn Community High School’s highly successful Speech Team is asking the school board to consider making room in the budget for additional coaches. The request was made at the Oak Lawn Community High School 229 board meeting on Oct. 19.{{more}} Due to low funding, the team was forced to make cuts, reducing the amount…

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Bridal Salon To Reopen In Oak Lawn

Eva’s Bridal in Oak Lawn will be ready to open its doors again on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Ronia Ghusein, owner of Eva’s Bridal, said they will be completing construction that began in June. The new store will be at 5269 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. ÒIt’s been taking us a long time to get there…

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Halloween Curfew Remains

Oak Lawn Board Insists on 3 to 7 p.m. for Trick-or-Treaters Several residents stepped forward to the podium at the Oak Lawn Board Meeting on Tuesday night to persuade the board to change the Halloween trick-or-treating hours. The current Halloween hours that the board voted on at the Oct. 11 meeting were 3 to 7…

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Students From SW Side Pledge To Resist Guns

Several schools on the Southwest Side of Chicago participated in the 16th annual National Day of Concern. One of the schools was St. Mary Star of the Sea, 6424 S. Kenneth Ave. Technically, the full title is ÒDay of National Concern for Students Against Gun Violence.”{{more}} The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a national…

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In Theo We Trust

So Theo Epstein is a Cub, and it’s time to get excited. Right? Right? Well, yeah. But haven’t we Cub fans been excited before? Like when Corey Patterson arrived? Or when Felix Pie arrived? Or when Greg Maddux was signed as a free agent? Or when Kosuke Fukudome came over from Japan?{{more}} Or when Larry…

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