Illinois


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”

IDES Moving To Direct Deposit

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times November 22, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Monday that debit cards will no longer be accepted as a payment method for unemployment insurance benefits.  IDES is encouraging claimants who receive benefit payments by debit card to switch toContinue reading “IDES Moving To Direct Deposit”

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”