Latest Illinois state government News

Appointments open for in-person help at Illinois job centers

Sep. 18, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — All 18 Illinois job centers offering services for people searching for work are accepting in-person appointments after shifting to remote operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced this week. ...

Illinois AG forms task force to fight organized retail theft

Sep. 18, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general’s office has announced a new effort to fight organized retail crime, a problem which one national trade organization estimates causes $45 billion in losses each year. Attorney General Kwame Raoul said his office has...

Boeing to build Navy aircraft at MidAmerica, invest $200M

Sep. 17, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing Co. will invest $200 million to begin manufacturing the U.S. Navy's latest unmanned aircraft at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in a project that could add at least 150 jobs on the company's southwest Illinois campus, officials said...

Timeline of events in Dennis Hastert’s life and career

Sep. 15, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was for years known primarily for rising from political obscurity in rural Illinois to spending eight years in the nation’s third-highest office. Then came a federal indictment in a hush-money case centered on sex abuse allegations....

Pritzker: Illinois a 'force for good' by cutting carbon gas

Sep. 15, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law a pledge to eliminate the state's climate-damaging carbon emissions within a quarter-century, including money to keep clean-power nuclear plants running while shuttering coal-fired plants. ...

2 nuclear plants saved in energy plan set to go to Pritzker

Sep. 13, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois nuclear plants would be saved from closure and carbon-emitting coal plants closed during the next quarter-century as part of a clean-energy package the Senate approved Monday and which next moves to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who has pushed for a carbon-free...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Sep. 13, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

Chicago Tribune. September 10, 2021. Editorial: What can rebuild Illinoisans’ faith in Springfield? Ethics reform. What won’t? Faux reform. Democrats in the General Assembly seem to think a swatch of ethics reform is better than none at all. ...

Illinois House OKs zero-carbon power plan, Senate is next

Sep. 12, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House on Thursday approved a wide-ranging plan to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050, with a compromise allowing two coal-fired plants to remain open until 2045 but cut their emissions by nearly half in the next 14 years. The plan...

Illinois lawmakers consider Reagan statue on Capitol grounds

Sep. 12, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering whether to put a statue on state Capitol grounds of Ronald Reagan, the Illinois native who served as the country's 40th president. Members of the House Statue and Monument Review Task Force met Wednesday to discuss...

Republican venture capitalist to run for Illinois governor

Sep. 09, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A San Francisco venture capitalist with nearly $11 million in campaign contributions became the latest Republican Thursday to announce a run for the chance to unseat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker in 2022. Jesse Sullivan, an Illinois native who founded...