Latest Illinois state government News

Illinois change in ‘felony murder rule' left some behind

Jan. 29, 2022 01:06 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Gerald Berry is serving a life sentence for murder, even though he didn’t kill anyone. On Dec. 27, 2001, Berry said he and three friends drove to Country Club Hills, Illinois, in Chicago’s south suburbs, to case a house that they planned to burglarize later....

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jan. 25, 2022 14:46 PM EST

Chicago Tribune. January 24, 2022. Editorial: New Illinois crime law is put to the test. We’re both worried and watching. With crime spiking across the state, both parties in Springfield find themselves wrestling with a life-and-death issue that’s begging for...

Tax season to get underway, most returns due April 18

Jan. 23, 2022 09:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Tax filing season begins Monday for people filing federal and Illinois returns. Illinois Department of Revenue Director David Harris is encouraging people to file their taxes electronically as early as possible in the tax season and to choose direct deposit for any...

Flags lowered to honor slain Illinois child welfare worker

Jan. 22, 2022 09:44 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Flags at Illinois state office buildings were lowered for three days to honor a child welfare worker who was stabbed to death this month. Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered that U.S. and Illinois flags be set at half-staff beginning at sunrise Thursday in honor...

Logistics center will help abortion seekers get to Illinois

Jan. 21, 2022 17:13 PM EST

With abortion access increasingly restricted across much of the South and Midwest, two Illinois clinics near St. Louis announced Friday that they set up a logistics center to help abortion seekers get to their clinics and help them pay for it. The announcement came on the eve of the...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jan. 18, 2022 13:19 PM EST

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. January 18, 2022. Editorial: State should boost fund to municipalities and help control property taxes Costs are rising for all of us. Inflation has increased the price of everything from gas and groceries to new and used...

Irvin, Aurora's 1st Black mayor, makes GOP bid for governor

Jan. 17, 2022 17:52 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin joined the gubernatorial fray on Monday, entering the race as a Republican challenging incumbent Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Elected the first Black mayor of Illinois' second-largest city in 2017, Irvin, 51, is the fifth candidate...

Illinois getting $1.4B from feds to fix, upgrade bridges

Jan. 14, 2022 10:50 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will receive $1.4 billion to help upgrade its deteriorating bridges under the federal infrastructure law approved in November, the state's Democratic congressional delegation said Friday. The funding over five years will include $274.8 million in Fiscal Year...

Illinois Secretary of State offices closing for another week

Jan. 14, 2022 07:38 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — All Illinois Secretary of State departments will not conduct in-person transactions including driver services for another week, until Jan. 24, the agency said Thursday, citing the continued high number of COVID-19 cases statewide. The Secretary of State...

Strike teams aid COVID-19 battle, Pritzker preaches vaccine

Jan. 12, 2022 18:18 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Mobile strike teams of medical professionals are being dispatched to parts of Illinois most in need of assistance battling COVID-19 that has sickened record numbers and stretched health care resources thin, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday. But Pritzker...