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FILE - In this Monday, January 11, 2021, file photo, Illinois lawmakers gather on the floor of the Bank of Springfield Center for the lame-duck session of the Illinois House during the COVID-19 pandemic in Springfield, Ill. The pandemic is costly, not only in lives and livelihoods, but in lawmaking. The Illinois House fled the coronavirus this month by renting Springfield's convention center over seven days to jam in important business at the end of the legislative cycle, documents show. (Justin L. Fowler//The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Documents: Illinois House spent $330K for 2 weeks of rent

Jan. 21, 2021 8:41 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House spent $187,000 to rent out Springfield's downtown convention center last week due to fears about conducting business at the Capitol during the coronavirus pandemic, according to documents disclosed to The Associated Press. Lawmakers in the House have now spent...

Illinois National Guard activated to secure state capitol

Jan. 15, 2021 1:58 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois National Guard members will be on duty this weekend in Springfield in response to state capitols being threatened across the country, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday. Members of the National Guard "will be working closely with our State Police as well as local and federal...

Positive COVID-19 test at venue where Illinois House met

Jan. 15, 2021 11:10 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A positive test for COVID-19 at the venue where the Illinois House has been meeting is prompting calls for precautions. A positive result came back from a rapid test that was offered Thursday to House members, staff and workers at the Bank of Springfield Center while the House was...

200 Illinois guard troops will go to DC to aid inauguration

Jan. 13, 2021 10:03 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is sending about 200 members of the Illinois National to Washington, D.C., to help with security at next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Pritzker announced Tuesday that the guard members would travel to Washington in advance of Biden's...

Illinois VA head quits in wake of COVD-19 outbreak at homes

Jan. 11, 2021 5:06 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The director of Illinois’ Veteran Affairs Department is leaving the post, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday. Pritzker said the departure of Linda Chapa LaVia was a "mutual decision” that comes in the wake of deadly outbreaks of COVID-19 at state veterans’...

Republican Darren Bailey collapses during House session

Jan. 10, 2021 5:03 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House Republican collapsed Sunday during a session of the General Assembly. Rep. Darren Baily of Zenia was seen laying on the floor of the Bank of Springfield Center, where the House is meeting to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bailey was seen...

Anonymous donor gives Central Illinois Foodbank $500K gift

Jan. 2, 2021 9:48 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Central Illinois Foodbank plans to use an anonymous donor’s $500,000 gift to expand its reach during a time of growing need amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it leader says. Outside of grants, the donation is the single largest gift in the food bank’s 38-year...

1 Illinois county allows indoor dining to governor's chagrin

Dec. 31, 2020 2:43 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — As the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb in Illinois, health officials in the county that includes the state's capital city say enough progress has been made to again allow limited indoor service in bars and restaurants — to the chagrin of Gov. J.B....

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2013 file photo, The Illinois Old State Capitol is seen, in Springfield, Ill. It was 50 years ago that Illinois voters approved a state constitution that was forward-looking and made government more efficient. Given recent headlines, it's hard to imagine characterizing Illinois government as efficient or forward-looking. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)

50 years ago, constitution updated Illinois; can it do more?

Dec. 13, 2020 10:17 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Given recent headlines, it's hard to imagine characterizing Illinois government as efficient or forward-looking. But the Illinois Constitution approved 50 years ago this week contained a credo for environmental protection that was a national harbinger. It afforded equal protection...

Springfield police chief turns down new job, gets raise

Dec. 11, 2020 9:22 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The police chief in Springfield said Friday he's turning down a new job in Tennessee and will stay in the Illinois capital. “Springfield has been our home for 26 years and this community has blessed us,” Kenny Winslow said. “Many factors played heavily into...