Latest Illinois state government News

Indiana cigarette tax hike, legal marijuana bids stalling

Jan. 19, 2019 2:38 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Renewed attempts in Indiana to increase the taxes paid by cigarette smokers and legalize at least some marijuana use face cloudy futures with state lawmakers. Anti-smoking groups and business leaders are pushing to triple the state's cigarette tax to nearly $3 a pack, arguing the hike...

Days into job, Pritzker signals union-relations about-face

Jan. 19, 2019 2:32 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Just days into his term of office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week signaled an abrupt about-face in government relations with organized labor after four years of rancor. The Democrat took a series of pro-worker actions, highlighted by reinstatement of long-postponed, experience-based...

Illinois State to receive $9.6M to repair arts buildings

Jan. 19, 2019 10:12 AM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University is to receive $9.6 million in state money to pay for emergency repairs to its fine arts buildings. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports former Gov. Bruce Rauner released the funds. ISU media relations director Eric Jome says the money will be used for...

Pritzker signs pay-raise law for cabinet members

Jan. 18, 2019 7:21 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law allowing him to pay 15 percent more to his cabinet and assistant directors of agencies. Pritzker took action Friday on his first order of business before even taking office on Monday. He urged Democrats who control the General Assembly last week...

Veterans' agency audit ordered after Legionnaire's case

Jan. 18, 2019 5:50 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered a health and safety audit of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs after a case of Legionnaire's Disease was discovered at the Manteno veteran's home. The Democrat toured the home Friday before signing an order for a report within four months on...

Mourners remember Illinois trooper killed during snowstorm

Jan. 18, 2019 2:02 PM EST

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Mourners gathered to remember an Illinois State Police trooper who was struck and killed by a vehicle as he responded to a crash in suburban Chicago during a snowstorm. Trooper Christopher Lambert was heading home on Interstate 294 last Saturday when he stopped and got out of...

Illinois unemployment up slightly, so is jobs growth

Jan. 18, 2019 5:53 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say the state's unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in December. The Illinois Department of Employment Security also announced Thursday that nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 14,000 jobs based on preliminary data. The November unemployment rate was 4.2...

Pritzker signs bill allowing Illinois to license gun dealers

Jan. 17, 2019 2:07 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker authorized state regulation of firearms dealers Thursday in a reversal of his predecessor's policy and prompting a gun owners group to threaten legal action against Illinois. Pritzker, sworn in on Monday, chose an elementary school in Chicago to sign legislation...

Illinois governor orders worker-training investment review

Jan. 17, 2019 5:46 AM EST

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered a review of emerging industries so that state money for workforce training can be best used. The Democrat visited Southwestern Illinois Community College in Belleville Wednesday. He signed his third executive order since becoming governor...

Funeral service set for trooper killed during snowstorm

Jan. 16, 2019 2:58 PM EST

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Funeral services are set for an Illinois State Police trooper killed when he was struck and killed by a vehicle along Interstate 294 in suburban Chicago during a snowstorm. The funeral for Trooper Christopher Lambert is planned for 10 a.m. Friday at Willow Creek Community...