News from the Illinois state legislature, governor and lawmakers in Springfield.
Labor Day a time to kick back, relax — and remember the heroes of the past and the tumultous road behind
History has not forgotten Chicago’s Haymarket Square Riot, a peaceful labor protest that morphed into mayhem and death. However, history’s fading ink can lose heroes along the way, specifically Illinois Gov. John P. Altgeld and the famous Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay.
Terminally ill or medically incapacitated prisoners can apply for early release. But the Illinois Prisoner Review Board has denied twice as many requests as it OK’d — and seven prisoners died months after their applications were rejected, an Injustice Watch / WBEZ investigation found.
Secretary of State’s office launches program to speed customer service at Illinois’ busiest driver’s license service facilities.
Chicago State president snares $50K bonus despite university’s claim of financial strain during faculty strike
In a recording posted last week, Chicago State board chair Andrea Zopp justifies the bonus to Zaldwaynaka Scott in part by citing her handling of the strike this year.
In 2018, the Illinois attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit against the hotel, accusing it of violating environmental laws by polluting the Chicago River.
Three top officials at IEMA, the state agency tasked with responding to disasters across the state including the COVID pandemic and a record number of tornadoes this year, were pushed out late last month.
He has taken some heat for vetoing legislation to eliminate the state’s decades-old moratorium on new nuclear power reactors.
More than 400,000 Illinois residents — about 3% of the population — have less than a ninth-grade education, and about 900,000 adults older than 25 don’t have a high school diploma, according to state figures.
The individual, who was in their 90s, had an “onset of symptoms” of the virus earlier this month and died shortly after, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
In Illinois, many current and former Republicans are steering clear of weighing in on Donald Trump’s absence from Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate in Milwaukee.
Former DCFS worker gave $3.2 million to bogus foster care parents, used kickbacks to gamble, indictment says
Shauntele Pridgeon is accused of fraudulently approving 14 people to be foster parents, then sending them $3.2 million despite them knowing they wouldn’t be caring for foster children.
Fairgoers have chowed down on various forms of copi, better known until last year as Asian carp, the invasive fish that has wreaked havoc on Illinois ecosystems. Copi rangoon, sliders or empanadas, anyone?
Trump? Who’s he? Republicans avoid talk of indicted GOP frontrunner at State Fair — except for Bailey: ‘I support him 100%’
Illinois Republicans didn’t mention former President Donald Trump in their speeches. “Why is it always about Donald Trump?” state House Republican Leader Tony McCombie asked reporters. “Let’s talk about Illinois.”
Compromise near on dedicated funding for city’s unhoused people, but commercial property owners not sold
Plummeting valuations for Chicago office properties will mean a tax hike for all homeowners — not just the ones with high-end houses, office building owners say.
‘Deep-fried everything’: We sample 7 sinful snacks to indulge in at the Illinois State Fair — so you can, too
The Sun-Times went downstate to sample the saturated-fat smorgasbord — for better, or worse. Some felt oh-so wrong, but right at home in Springfield.
Amid livestock shows, corn dog stands, Pritzker blasts Republican ‘bull——’ as Democrats rally at Illinois State Fair
The state’s top Democrats gathered in Springfield for Governor’s Day — ripping Illinois Republicans for their support of former President Donald Trump.
An autopsy was inconclusive for the child, Jismary González, who would have turned 4 next week. She died Aug. 10 on a chartered bus in southern Illinois.
A state program is supposed to cover funeral expenses for murdered children. Lawmakers forgot to fund it.
There is hope that a solution will be found and Serabi Medina’s funeral will be covered by the state.
Illinois Supreme Court narrowly upholds assault weapons ban as opponents vow to continue legal fight
The 4-3 decision was handed down in a lawsuit by a central Illinois lawmaker who argued the ban violates the state constitution.
Tempel Lipizzans — extremely rare, highly trained horses expected to be sold in wake of Illinois show’s closure