Latest Illinois state government News

Chicago, Peoria areas now rated high for coronavirus

May. 26, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago, Cook County, and surrounding counties and counties around Peoria are now rated at High Community Level for COVID-19, Illinois health officials said Thursday. Thirty other counties in the state are now rated at Medium Community Level, according to...

Illinois suit targets post-election count of mail ballots

May. 26, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawsuit filed Wednesday by three Illinois Republicans argues that the state should not count mail-in ballots that arrive after the date of an election. The suit was filed in federal court in Chicago on behalf of Rep. Michael Bost from Carbondale, a state GOP...

Ex-Illinois House leader Arroyo sentenced for bribery scheme

May. 25, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme. Luis Arroyo was handed a 57-month sentence by U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger after pleading guilty in November to a wire fraud...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

May. 24, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

Champaign News-Gazette. May 22, 2022. Editorial: DCFS investigation reveals more of the same Too many children are falling through the cracks of the state’s structurally flawed children protection infrastructure. A recent investigation into operations...

Fuel retailers sue over requirement to post about tax freeze

May. 19, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois fuel retailers argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that a requirement to post signs alerting consumers about a six-month freeze in the state motor-fuel tax unconstitutionally compels them to promote Gov. J.B. Pritzker's reelection campaign. The...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

May. 17, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. May 13, 2022. Editorial: For the sake of Ta’Naja Barnes, Gov. Pritzker must take a hard look at DCFS leadership Illinois was supposed to learn its lesson from the brief, tragic life of Ta’Naja Barnes. She was just 2 years old when she was found...

Pritzker signs effort to pursue smash-and-grab criminals

May. 13, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed a law making it easier to pursue those who engage in the rapidly growing crime of organized retail theft. Large-scale smash-and-grab crime exploded to the top of the legislative priority list with high-profile cases in...

Pritzker calls for federal law, protests to protect abortion

May. 11, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday urged Congress to act — and activists to take to the streets — to ensure abortion remains widely accessible even if the Supreme Court rolls back its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide. ...

Supreme Court names Holder White first Black woman justice

May. 11, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed its first Black woman justice to replace the retiring Justice Rita Garman. The court has appointed Justice Lisa Holder White, who currently sits on the 4th District Illinois Appellate Court, to fill Garman's vacancy...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

May. 10, 2022 07:15 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily News. May 5, 2022. Editorial: Denying media access to records in murder case could prove a slippery slope There has been a welcome trend in recent years of allowing cameras in courtrooms. It is catching on slowly but surely in Cook, Kane,...