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FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, wears a full face shield while on the floor of the Illinois Senate during session at the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Oberweis is the GOP nominee for a Chicago-area congressional seat and the chairman of Oberweis Dairy. The dairy received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of between $5 million and $10 million, according to data released by the Treasury Department. Oberweis, who also owns an investment firm, has loaned his congressional campaign against Democrat Rep. Lauren Underwood more than $1.1 million since last year. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool, File)

GOP congressional hopeful's dairy got virus relief loan

Jul. 6, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A dairy owned by Illinois Republican congressional candidate Jim Oberweis received a loan worth $5 million to $10 million from the federal rescue package aimed at helping small businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday. Oberweis Dairy, the North...

State lawmakers seek emergency meeting of Legislature

Jun. 4, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Three members of the Illinois Legislature want lawmakers to return to Springfield for an emergency legislative session to address criminal justice reform and rebuilding communities in the wake of “protests and subsequent civil unrest” in recent days. The Chicago Sun-Times...

Illinois comptroller says legislators won't get pay raise

May. 27, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza made known in a video she released Wednesday that state legislators will not be getting raises in the next budget year, which begins July 1. The issue of a pay raise for legislators came up as they debated budget details in the early-morning...

Positive COVID-19 test for worker at House meeting place

May. 27, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A worker at the Springfield convention center where the Illinois House convened for a special session last week has tested positive for COVID-19, the office of Speaker Michael Madigan revealed Wednesday. The speaker’s chief of staff, Jessica Basham, in an email to lawmakers...

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...

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...

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 State Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, asks questions of Illinois State Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, during debate on SB1863, a bill dealing with vote by mail and other changes for the 2020 election, on the floor of the Illinois Senate during session at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

Illinois budget plan needs $6B in federal aid to balance

May. 22, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Despite an economy decimated by shutdowns forced by the coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois House is poised to consider a $42.64 billion operating budget for next year, a 6.8% increase over current spending that is heavily reliant on federal assistance. Gov. J. B. Pritzker's...