Latest Illinois state government News

Parties dispute how far feds will let Madigan probe go

Sep. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. attorney investigating a state government bribery scandal that implicates the longtime House speaker on Thursday OK'd a separate probe by a House committee, but Democrats and Republicans don't agree one how far it can go. The chairman of the special investigating...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020, file photo, Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at the Thompson Center in Chicago. Pritzker said Wednesday, Sept. 16, the focus during the coronavirus pandemic should be on protecting communities and not whether families should decide if sons and daughters strap on football helmets or start spiking volleyballs. His comments came day after refusing to retract an earlier prohibition on those and other fall sports despite growing protests around the state. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Pritzker nixes fall youth sports, urges COVID-19 sacrifice

Sep. 16, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday the focus during the coronavirus pandemic should be on protecting communities and not whether families make decisions about sons and daughters strapping on football helmets or spiking volleyballs. A day after refusing to retract an earlier...

FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo, former Illinois Sen. Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, is seen at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Link pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept, 16, 2020 to tax evasion in federal court. The Democrat, who resigned last week, had been in office since 1997. He's the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government's ongoing criminal investigations into public corruption. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to federal tax charge

Sep. 16, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former longtime Illinois state Sen. Terry Link pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal tax charge. The Democrat, who resigned last week, had been in office since 1997. He’s the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government’s ongoing criminal investigations into...

Illinois AG: Former ITT students to get $9.4M in debt relief

Sep. 15, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Students who were enrolled at now-closed ITT Technical Institute campuses in Illinois are eligible for $9.4 million in student loan debt relief, the state's attorney general announced Tuesday. Illinois' share of a $330 million national settlement follows investigations by several attorneys...

An elderly couple wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walks at a public park in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Domestic air travel recovers in Wuhan, China

Sep. 12, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Domestic air travel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say. The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city underwent a draconian 76-day lockdown as its hospitals struggled to deal with a tidal wave of...

2,145 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Illinois, 32 deaths

Sep. 11, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday reported 2,145 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 32 confirmed fatalities. The new cases came as 30 of Illinois’ 102 counties reached two or more benchmarks that indicate COVID-19 is spreading there. The total number of...

Illinois legislator hit with federal tax charge resigns

Sep. 11, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois state Sen. Terry Link, who was hit last month with federal charge of filing a false income tax return for 2016, announced his resignation Friday after 24 years in the Legislature. Link’s resignation, which goes into effect Saturday, garnered a brief reaction from Illinois...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019 file photo, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul speaks during a news conference in Chicago. The Illinois attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juice Man, alleging deceptive marketing practices aimed at attracting youth. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Cook County against the California-based company. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir, File)

Illinois files lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juice Man

Sep. 10, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general sued e-cigarette maker Juice Man on Thursday, alleging deceptive marketing practices aimed at enticing youth. The move follows a similar Illinois complaint filed in December against Juul, the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker. Juice Man, based in Dana...

FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois House Republicans have moved to form a special investigative committee on Speaker Madigan, who has been implicated in a federal bribery investigation. Republicans petitioned to form the committee this week, saying Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, that the House must

GOP leader files charge against longtime Illinois speaker

Sep. 10, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The top Republican in the Illinois House filed a breach of public trust charge Thursday against Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan, the longest-serving legislative leader in U.S. history, as a special committee began investigating Madigan's alleged role in a decade-long bribery...

Health officials report 1,337 new COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths

Sep. 9, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced 1,337 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths as the state’s positivity rate shows a dramatic drop. The total number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Illinois now stands at 253,690 and the death toll...