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Pritzker Signs Bill Giving State Government Pay Raises

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Officials at the highest levels of state government will receive substantial pay raises this month after the House and Senate passed a budget bill that also advances a $400 million business incentive fund proposal pushed by Gov. JB Pritzker. Under the bill, lawmaker salaries will increase to…

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Governor Pritzker Issues Proclamation of Passage for Workers’ Rights Amendment

Constitutional amendment guarantees right to bargain for Illinois workers Chicago—On Decermber 15, Governor JB Pritzker celebrated the passage of the Workers’ Rights Amendment to the Illinois Constitution. Governor Pritzker issued a proclamation announcing passage of the amendment and joined labor leaders and legislators in celebrating the achievement. “Illinois holds a rich union history; from the…

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The New 730 Area Code is Coming to Southern Illinois

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Commerce Commission has announced a new area code is coming to southern Illinois. The new 730 area code will “overlay” the existing 618 area code to address the depletion of prefixes available for assignment within the region. The first prefix in the new area code will not be introduced until…

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State elections board certifies 2022 results

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections certified its election results Monday, putting the final stamp on another Democratic sweep of statewide offices. The board reported that 4,142,642 out of 8,115,751 registered voters cast ballots in the election, a turnout of roughly 51 percent. That’s down from…

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Federal REAL ID Deadline Extended to May 7, 2025

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the federal REAL ID deadline an additional two years, from May 3, 2023, to May 7, 2025. With this extension, current standard Illinois driver’s licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports for domestic air…

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Efforts intensify to keep barges rolling on Mississippi River

By DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek The traffic jam on the Mississippi River caused by some of the lowest water levels in a decade will likely continue near term. About 200 boats and 3,000 barges on the lower Mississippi River were delayed at different points of the waterway mid-October, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. What does…

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Dairy Prices Expected To Remain High Into The Upcoming Holidays

By DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek Consumers will likely pay more for butter into the holidays and prime baking season compared to last year no matter how you slice it. Butter prices rose 24.6% in August compared to last year while the overall cost of groceries increased 13.5%. Cheese, milk and other dairy prices are expected to…

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Schools, students still recovering from pandemic learning loss, state report card shows

Post-pandemic data shows scores falling, but student growth accelerating By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Student test scores continued to fall last year but new data shows Illinois’ students are on the path to recovering from the learning loss that occurred during the pandemic. Numbers from standardized tests administered last spring show…

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U.S. Attorney Rachelle Aud Crowe Announces $91,731 In Justice Department Grants To Support Local Project Safe Neighborhoods Programs

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS – – U.S. Attorney Rachelle Aud Crowe announced today that the Department of Justice has awarded $91,731 to support the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program in the Southern District of Illinois. Funding will support community efforts to address the epidemic of gun crime and serious violence in the district. The grant, to Hoyleton Youth…

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After debate, more clarity needed on candidates’ non-answers

Pritzker, Bailey refuse to get specific in some important areas By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker and Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey generally stuck to their talking points Thursday at their first debate on the same stage. The questions and answers were similar to those posed during a…

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