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Illinois Supreme Court: Chief Justice Anne M. Burke Announces Retirement

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times September 13, 2022 SPRINGFIELD, IL – It was announced Monday that Chief Justice Anne M. Burke will retire from the Illinois Supreme Court. Burke has served on the bench since 2006 and will step down on November 30, 2022. “The decision to retire wasContinue reading “Illinois Supreme Court: Chief Justice Anne M. Burke Announces Retirement”

Disgraced Former Illinois House Speaker Madigan Granted Extension In Up Coming Trial 

By Gary Parker, The Chicago Times August 3, 2022 CHICAGO – Disgraced former Democrat Illinois House Speaker Michael “Apples” Madigan and co-defendant Michael McClain were granted an extension in their racketeering trail until next year to allow defense attorneys to review evidence disclosed by prosecutors. US District Judge Robert BlakeyContinue reading “Disgraced Former Illinois House Speaker Madigan Granted Extension In Up Coming Trial “

Pritzker To Face Bailey In Fight For Illinois Governorship

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times June 28, 2022 CHICAGO — Illinois voters have chosen incumbent Governor J. B. Pritzker and Republican State Senator Darren Bailey to battle for the Illinois governorship in November. Pritzker trampled unknown Democrat challenger, Beverly Miles, paving the way for his fight for a secondContinue reading “Pritzker To Face Bailey In Fight For Illinois Governorship”

PRITZKER TO CALL SPECIAL SESSION AFTER SCOTUS ABORTION RULING

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times June 25, 2022 SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor J.B. Pritzker to call a special session of the General Assembly to focus on legislation to strengthen abortion laws in Illinois. Pritzker announced Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 abortion rights case RoeContinue reading “PRITZKER TO CALL SPECIAL SESSION AFTER SCOTUS ABORTION RULING”

Comedian Trevor Noah Will To Headline Illinois State Fair Lottery Grandstand

By The Chicago Times Staff June 20, 2022 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Trevor Noah, Emmy Award-winning host of the “The Daily Show”, will bring his stand-up comedy to the Illinois Lottery Grandstand stage on Friday, August 19. Noah has written, produced, and starred in 11 comedy specials, including his most recentContinue reading “Comedian Trevor Noah Will To Headline Illinois State Fair Lottery Grandstand”

Pritzker Signs Legislation Increasing Mental Health Workforce In Illinois

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times June 12, 2022 SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 3617 on Friday which is hoped to address the shortage of mental health professionals in Illinois and increase access to high-quality mental health services across the State. According to the Governor’s Office “TheContinue reading “Pritzker Signs Legislation Increasing Mental Health Workforce In Illinois”

Pritzker Signs Bill to Expand Use of Expressway Cameras for Law Enforcement Investigations

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times June 4, 2022 SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor J. B. Pritzker signed two pieces of legislation on Friday that expand the use of expressway cameras for law enforcement agencies to investigate criminal activities along expressways and State highways.  This legislation is effective immediately. “There isContinue reading “Pritzker Signs Bill to Expand Use of Expressway Cameras for Law Enforcement Investigations”

Killer Nurse Convicted

By Janice Cameron, The Chicago Times March 24, 2022 EDWARDSVILLE, IL – A licensed practical nurse has been convicted on charges of reckless conduct for failing to administer life-saving measures to a Collinsville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center patient. According to Madison County prosecutors, Christy McCall, 45, of Belleville was convictedContinue reading “Killer Nurse Convicted”

FORMER ILLINOIS HOUSE SPEAKER MIKE ‘APPLES’ MADIGAN INDICTED

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times March 2, 2022 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Former Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan was indicted Wednesday on 22 criminal counts including racketeering and bribery. According to federal prosecutors, for decades Madigan, 79, used the power of his elected offices and professional position to furtherContinue reading “FORMER ILLINOIS HOUSE SPEAKER MIKE ‘APPLES’ MADIGAN INDICTED”

Illinois Judge Dismisses Pritzker’s School Mask Mandate

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times February 18, 2022 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor J. B. Pritzker’s appeal of a Sangamon County’s ruling over school mask mandates has been dismissed by an appellate court early on Friday. In earlier February, a Sangamon County judge ruled that Pritzker’s mask mandate was invalid. Continue reading “Illinois Judge Dismisses Pritzker’s School Mask Mandate”

DURKIN TO COMBAT ‘SMASH AND GRAB’ ROBBERIES

By Horace Douglas, The Chicago Times January 4, 2022 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Representative Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, has proposed a bill to target the rise of “smash-and-grab” robberies. Durkin, Minority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives, proposed House Bill 4275 which will make organized retail theft aContinue reading “DURKIN TO COMBAT ‘SMASH AND GRAB’ ROBBERIES”

Schakowsky Supports Bill That Would Force Online Sellers To Identify Themselves

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times December 8, 2021 CHICAGO – Rep. Jan Schakowsky is sponsoring a new bill to help protect consumers from purchasing stolen goods from “organized retail crime.” Large-scale smash and grabs have been on the rise across the country, in which a large group of peopleContinue reading “Schakowsky Supports Bill That Would Force Online Sellers To Identify Themselves”

Pritzker Signs New U.S. House District Map

by Frank Conklin November 25, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL – On Monday, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the new U.S. House district map that reflects Illinois’ diversity and preserves minority representation in Illinois’ delegation in accordance with the federal Voting Rights Act after reviewing the General Assembly’s congressional maps drawn with 2020Continue reading “Pritzker Signs New U.S. House District Map”

ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS BAN “DARK MONEY” IN JUDICIAL RACES

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times November 16, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL — A new Illinois law requires all candidates to disclose the sources of their contributions, with the goal of prohibiting out-of-state contributions and so-called “dark money” in judicial campaigns. Gov. J. B. Pritzker singed into law Monday Senate BillContinue reading “ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS BAN “DARK MONEY” IN JUDICIAL RACES”

Gov. Pritzker Unveils New Electric Vehicle Skills Training Program

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times October 21, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor J. B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) joined college officials and automaker Rivian today for a first look at Heartland Community College’s new Electric Vehicle Energy Storage (EVES) training program. TheContinue reading “Gov. Pritzker Unveils New Electric Vehicle Skills Training Program”

GOV. PRITZKER DOUBLES HIS PERSONAL INCOME – REPORTS $5.1M INCOME FOR 2020

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times October 16, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL – While many individuals and small businesses are still struggling to survive due to COVID-19 policies in Illinois, billionaire Democrat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker reported an adjusted gross income of roughly $5.1 million in 2020.  This is nearly doubleContinue reading “GOV. PRITZKER DOUBLES HIS PERSONAL INCOME – REPORTS $5.1M INCOME FOR 2020”

PREPARE TO PAY: NATURAL GAS PRICES PREDICTED TO SKYROCKET BY HUNDREDS

by Sloan T. Wilson October 4, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL — According to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, natural gas customers in Chicago and the suburbs will be forced to shell out hundreds of dollars more during the upcoming heating season. Natural gas prices are rising across the country andContinue reading “PREPARE TO PAY: NATURAL GAS PRICES PREDICTED TO SKYROCKET BY HUNDREDS”

Gov. Pritzker Awards First $24 Million in “Back to Business” Grants

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times September 30, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor J. B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced today that the first grants under the Back to Business (B2B) recovery program have been awarded.  521 grants totaling more than $24 millionContinue reading “Gov. Pritzker Awards First $24 Million in “Back to Business” Grants”

PRITZKER TO SIGN ILLINOIS ENERGY LAW THAT WILL RAISE UTILITY BILLS BY UP TO $180 A YEAR

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times September 13, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL —  A 1,000-page clean energy proposal is now on the desk of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.  The new law will raise residents’ utility bills by up to $180 per year, in part to fund new nuclear power plant subsidiesContinue reading “PRITZKER TO SIGN ILLINOIS ENERGY LAW THAT WILL RAISE UTILITY BILLS BY UP TO $180 A YEAR”

PRITZKER SIGNS LEGISLATION CREATING SAFER LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times August 15, 2021 SPRINGFIELD — Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 219 into law on Friday to foster safe and inclusive classrooms. The bill seeks to end the use of physical restraints to discipline students in public schools.  The legislation, which has received widespread bipartisanContinue reading “PRITZKER SIGNS LEGISLATION CREATING SAFER LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS”

PRITZKER ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION GRANTS PROGRAM TO SUPPORT ACROSS ILLINOIS

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times August 10, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor J. B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced a new $10 million grant program aimed at revitalizing the state’s struggling tourism industry by reintroducing new and returning tourism attractions andContinue reading “PRITZKER ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION GRANTS PROGRAM TO SUPPORT ACROSS ILLINOIS”

CHEAPSKATES: FEDS WON’T REIMBURSE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD FOR PROVIDING SECURITY AT CAPITOL

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times July 20, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that if the Illinois National Guard is not reimbursed for providing security to the United States Capitol following the Jan. 6 attack, it will have to cut training and take time off. FollowingContinue reading “CHEAPSKATES: FEDS WON’T REIMBURSE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD FOR PROVIDING SECURITY AT CAPITOL”

ILLINOIS: COVID LOCKDOWN COULD RETURN ACCORDING TO DEMOCRAT GOV PRITZKER

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times July 20, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned on Tuesday that stricter mitigations may be reinstated in areas experiencing an increase in COVID cases.  This coming after his announced re-election bid. Pritzker urged anyone who has not been immunized toContinue reading “ILLINOIS: COVID LOCKDOWN COULD RETURN ACCORDING TO DEMOCRAT GOV PRITZKER”

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING ON INTERSTATE 94 (DAN RYAN EXPRESSWAY)

Illinois State Police Investigations July 16, 2021 CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials are investigating a shooting, which occurred on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at approximately 3:05 a.m. on Interstate 94 southbound at 95th Street. ISP officers responded to the scene of a reported expressway shooting after beingContinue reading “ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING ON INTERSTATE 94 (DAN RYAN EXPRESSWAY)”

GOV. PRITZKER ANNOUNCES $8 MILLION EXPANSION OF APPRENTICESHIP PATHWAYS IN ILLINOIS

Office of Governor J. B. Pritzker July 13, 2021 CHICAGO – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced an $8 million expansion of the Apprenticeship Illinois program. Through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), DCEO will expand innovative and high-quality apprenticeship programsContinue reading “GOV. PRITZKER ANNOUNCES $8 MILLION EXPANSION OF APPRENTICESHIP PATHWAYS IN ILLINOIS”

GOV. PRITZKER SIGNS LEGISLATION MAKING HEALTHCARE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR ILLINOISANS

Office of Governor J. B. Pritzker July 6, 2021 Governor Joins Red Cross to Highlight Urgent Need for Blood Donations DOWNERS GROVE — Joined by healthcare providers and legislative leaders at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, today Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation that will help make healthcare more accessible and affordableContinue reading “GOV. PRITZKER SIGNS LEGISLATION MAKING HEALTHCARE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR ILLINOISANS”

DOWNSTATE TRANSIT AGENCIES ELIGIBLE FOR NEXT ROUND OF REBUILD ILLINOIS INVESTMENTS

Illinois Department of Transportation July 2, 2021 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that proposals are being accepted through Aug. 31 from downstate transit providers as part of the Rebuild Illinois Transit Capital Grant Program. This second round of three grant cycles seeks applications to distribute $110Continue reading “DOWNSTATE TRANSIT AGENCIES ELIGIBLE FOR NEXT ROUND OF REBUILD ILLINOIS INVESTMENTS”

19 PEOPLE INDICTED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY FOR UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE

Illinois State Police June 22, 2021 The Franklin County State’s Attorney announces that 19 people have been Indicted in Franklin County on 30 felony charges of Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. The Indictments were handed down by a Grand Jury on Friday, June 18, 2021. The undercover investigation spanned 6 monthsContinue reading “19 PEOPLE INDICTED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY FOR UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE”

PRITZKER ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $3.3 MILLION TO FIRST RESPONDERS ACROSS ILLINOIS

Office of Governor J. B. Pritzker June 18, 2021 Springfield, Ill- The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today announced the recipients of the 2021 Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state. The OSFMContinue reading “PRITZKER ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $3.3 MILLION TO FIRST RESPONDERS ACROSS ILLINOIS”

$42 BILLION ILLINOIS BUDGET & ELECTION BILL WAITING FOR PRITZKER’S PEN

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times June 1, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois lawmakers stayed up to the wee hours Tuesday in Springfield, passing a budget proposal and other bills.  Legislators did not get around to debating the proposed $42.2 billion budget until after 11:30 p.m. and passed the billContinue reading “$42 BILLION ILLINOIS BUDGET & ELECTION BILL WAITING FOR PRITZKER’S PEN”

GOV. PRITZKER URGES ILLINOIS TO ‘START SEEING MOTORCYCLES’

Office of Governor J. B. Pritzker May 6, 2021 SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois, joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and motorcycle safety advocates to remind all users of the road to Start Seeing Motorcycles. “We want allContinue reading “GOV. PRITZKER URGES ILLINOIS TO ‘START SEEING MOTORCYCLES’”

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFERS TIPS TO AVOID TICK BITES

Illinois Department of Public Health April 30, 2021 May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month SPRINGFIELD – As Lyme Disease Awareness Month begins, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people to take precautions against tick bites to prevent contracting diseases they may carry, like Lyme disease.  Other tickborneContinue reading “ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFERS TIPS TO AVOID TICK BITES”

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING ON EISENHOWER EXPRESSWAY

Illinois State Police News File April 23, 2021 DES PLAINES, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) Public Integrity Task Force (PITF) Zone 1 was requested by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to investigate a non-fatal officer-involved shooting. The incident occurred on April 22, 2021, at approximately 4:14 p.m. on InterstateContinue reading “ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING ON EISENHOWER EXPRESSWAY”

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES COLLEGE VACCINATION DAYS TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

Office of Governor J. B. Pritzker SPRINGFIELD, April 16, 2021 – With young people driving the increase in COVID-19 cases in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing “College Vaccination Days” to encourage all community college and public and private university students across Illinois to get vaccinatedContinue reading “ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES COLLEGE VACCINATION DAYS TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS”

STATE OF ILLINOIS, CITY OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCE KIMBERLY-CLARK’S PLANS TO BRING JOBS, NORTH AMERICAN COMMERCIAL CENTER TO CHICAGO’S FULTON MARKET DISTRICT IN 2022

Office of Governor J. B. Pritzker CHICAGO, April 14, 2021—Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and World Business Chicago today announced that Kimberly-Clark, maker of trusted brands including Huggies®, Cottonelle®, Kleenex® and Depend®, will expand their presence in Chicago withContinue reading “STATE OF ILLINOIS, CITY OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCE KIMBERLY-CLARK’S PLANS TO BRING JOBS, NORTH AMERICAN COMMERCIAL CENTER TO CHICAGO’S FULTON MARKET DISTRICT IN 2022”

SP INVESTIGATES FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH

Illinois State Police News File The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 09 WHAT:                   Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash WHERE:                Illinois Route 48, near E 1550 N, Taylorville Township, Christian County WHEN:                   April 8, 2021 at 11:04 p.m. VEHICLES:             Unit 1 – Silver 2018 JeepContinue reading “SP INVESTIGATES FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH”

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE UPDATE ON A FATAL OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN ROCK ISLAND

Rock Island, IL – The Illinois State Police announce an update to the investigation into a fatal officer involved shooting in Rock Island, IL being handled by the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force (RICITF). The fatal officer involved shooting occurred on April 1, 2021 at approximately 6:19 p.m. TheContinue reading “ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE UPDATE ON A FATAL OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN ROCK ISLAND”