Latest Illinois state government News

Legislator seeking Pritzker recall due to unemployment woes

May. 27, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Republican state representative on Tuesday announced plans to seek the recall of Gov. J.B. Pritzker because of woes in the state’s unemployment office. An influx of jobless claims prompted by the closing of nonessential businesses because of the spread of the...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

May. 26, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

Here are editorials from newspapers around Illinois. May 26, 2020 Chicago Tribune Is this news anymore? Illinois lawmakers approve out-of-balance, gimmicky budget It should not surprise you that the Illinois legislature passed another state budget that doesn’t add up. It should not surprise you that...

4 Chicago hospitals scrap tentative $1.1B merger plan

May. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Four financially challenged hospitals on Chicago’s South Side announced Tuesday they have scrapped plans to merge into a single health care system because Illinois lawmakers failed to set aside funding for the project. The $1.1 billion plan announced in March called for the merger of...

Members of the Illinois National Guard work with the public at the state's new drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at Rolling Meadows High School Friday. The test is self-administered by the person being tested, and the test kits are passed through the partially-opened car window. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

Illinois' COVID-19 hospitalizations, infection rates drop

May. 26, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that metrics gauging the spread of the coronavirus are trending downward as Illinois prepares to further open businesses within days. Illinois’ rate of positive COVID-19 tests, which hit a high of 23% in late April, averaged roughly 9% over the last...

Pritzker issues rules as Illinois prepares for reopening

May. 25, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Barbers and their customers will have to wear face masks. Restaurants will be able to serve diners outdoors only, with parties no larger than six people, spaced apart. And youth sports may hold practices and drills for 10 or fewer people, as long as the water fountains are shut off and other...

Judge won't reconsider lawsuit brought by Madigan opponent

May. 24, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge won't reconsider his decision to throw out a lawsuit alleging Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan conspired to put up sham candidates in a 2016 Democratic primary. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly denied a motion Saturday to reconsider an August decision on a lawsuit...

Longtime Chicago Memorial Day parade goes online

May. 24, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Memorial Day parade on Chicago’s North Side that’s been around for more than a half century is going forward virtually this year. The Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society says Monday’s parade that’s being held online because of the coronavirus pandemic...

Illinois lawmakers pass $40B budget, Chicago casino measure

May. 24, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved an approximately $40 billion state budget early Sunday that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino, during an extraordinary special session held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The budget, which largely relies on...

Illinois House passes budget relying on federal funding

May. 23, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House passed a $40 billion state budget late Saturday that relies heavily on federal funding. The Chicago Tribune reported the spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 now heads to the Senate. The budget passed on a largely party-line vote of 68-44. The...

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media during his daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker's COVID-19 moves

May. 23, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department intervened Friday in a lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The federal government filed a statement of interest in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis supporting the lawsuit filed by...