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Kelly Johnson Crowned Little Miss Mascoutah Homecoming Princess

August 13, 2022

Record crowds attend homecoming despite the heat By Pamela Rensing The 96th Annual Mascoutah Homecoming und AugustFest was another great chapter in the history books. Despite the heat, visitors filled Scheve Park all three days – August, 5, 6, & 7. There were many highlights at the homecoming, but none were cuter than the…

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Governor Pritzker Issues Monkeypox Virus Public Health Emergency Declaration to Coordinate Statewide Response

August 1, 2022

CHICAGO—Governor Pritzker issued a proclamation August 1 declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declaring the state of Illinois a disaster area regarding the disease. The declaration, which applies to the entire state, will allow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to utilize resources for coordinating logistics across state agencies, quickly and…

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Jesse White Extending Driver’s License and ID Card Expiration Dates until December 1, 2022

July 22, 2022

Encourages the public to conduct business online at Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards and learner’s permits are being extended until December 1, 2022. The previous extension was set to end on July 31, 2022. As a result, expired driver’s licenses, ID cards and learner’s…

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ANALYSIS: Poll shows Pritzker’s popularity remains steady as Biden’s slides in Illinois

July 21, 2022

Governor had $60 million cash on hand at end of June compared to $363K for Bailey By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois A new poll from the firm Morning Consult showed Gov. JB Pritzker’s approval rating at 51 percent among Illinois voters, or seven points “above water” in polling lingo. It’s the latest quarterly…

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Pritzker pushes for assault weapons ban, federal action

July 12, 2022

Bill pending in General Assembly would prohibit further sales By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of a July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park that left seven people dead and dozens more injured, Gov. JB Pritzker is calling for a ban at both the state and national levels on…

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Holder White sworn in as first Black woman on state Supreme Court

July 7, 2022

Republican justice succeeds Rita Garman By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Lisa Holder White was sworn in Thursday as the first Black woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court. Holder White, who previously served on the 4th District Court of Appeals, was chosen to succeed one of her mentors in the…

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Gov. Pritzker Issues Disaster Proclamation to Assist in Recovery Efforts Following Highland Park Mass Shooting

July 5, 2022

CHICAGO – Today Governor JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for Lake County to assist in recovery efforts following Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park. A disaster proclamation grants the State of Illinois the ability to expedite the use of state resources, personnel, or equipment to help affected communities recover. “There are no words for…

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Governor Announces Electric Vehicle Rebate Program for Illinois Residents

July 1, 2022

Program offers $4,000 rebate for purchase of an electric passenger vehicle or $1,500 rebate for purchase of an electric motorcycle beginning July 1 SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Director John J. Kim announced the opening of Illinois’ Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Program. The program was created under the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act…

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Residents will save on gas, groceries, property taxes and school supplies with tax holidays

June 30, 2022

Illinois Family Relief Plan to Begin July 1 Comptroller plans to roll out tax rebates in September CHICAGO — Beginning tomorrow, July 1, the Illinois Family Relief Plan will go into effect, making good on the promise by Governor Pritzker and the General Assembly to provide relief on the grocery tax, gas tax, and property…

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Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

June 24, 2022

Move prompted by U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that…

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