Latest Illinois state government News

Pritzker to visit UK, tout climate-change efforts next week

Oct. 27, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will travel to the United Kingdom next week to discuss the state's efforts to neutralize climate change while bolstering economic development, his office said Wednesday. The Democrat and top staff members will travel...

Illinois Senate OKs repealing abortion parental notification

Oct. 26, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to repeal a law requiring that parents or guardians be notified when girls younger than 18 are seeking an abortion. Building on momentum among abortion-rights activists after September's Texas “heartbeat”...

Pritzker: Prepare now to vaccinate kids aged 5 to 11

Oct. 25, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials and pediatricians urged parents Monday to start preparing to have their young children vaccinated against COVID-19 when shots become available as early as next week. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the Illinois Department of Public...

Illinois Democrats unveil updated congressional maps

Oct. 24, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats have unveiled updated congressional maps that propose a second Latino-leaning Chicago area district and could mean primary matchups for two Democratic incumbents in the suburbs and in two other races featuring Republican incumbents. ...

State officials narrow suburban Chicago casino bids to 2

Oct. 24, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A new casino in Chicago's south suburbs is one step closer. State regulators have narrowed the number of proposals down to two, with one near the border of Homewood and East Hazel Crest and another in Matteson, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The...

Chicago metal scrapper sued for alleged emissions violations

Oct. 24, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago metal scrapper is being sued by the state of Illinois for allegedly violating state pollution codes with its emissions in the city's Pilsen neighborhood. The lawsuit announced Friday by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul contends that Sims...

Pritzker orders vaccinations or testing for day care workers

Oct. 22, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — All licensed day care workers in Illinois must receive COVID-19 vaccine shots by early January or undergo weekly testing for the virus under an order issued Friday by. Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The mandate applies to more than 55,000 day care staff at nearly...

Ex-Peoria police officer's child porn conviction reinstated

Oct. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has reinstated a former Peoria police officer's child pornography conviction, finding that an appellate court erred when it ordered a new trial two years ago. A jury convicted John McCavitt in 2016 of possession of child...

Illinois Supreme Court tosses county tax on guns, ammunition

Oct. 21, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Cook County taxes on guns and ammunition violate the state constitution because they “directly burden a law-abiding citizen’s" second amendment right to buy the items for self-defense. Supreme Court...

Illinois Dems face criticism, not just from GOP, on new maps

Oct. 20, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats are getting pushback on new congressional district boundaries they proposed last week, and not just from Republicans who stand to lose U.S. House seats under the plan. Voters from Chicago's southwest side, who were drawn out of the...