Latest Illinois state government News

Lightfoot proposes 2 options for Chicago casino to lawmakers

Oct. 15, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is pushing two options for a Chicago casino. One calls for a casino owned by both the city and the state, the other calls for a privately-owned casino. Lightfoot pitched the proposal to Illinois lawmakers. She said Tuesday either would require the Legislature to...

Pritzker administration won't sale state land for casino

Oct. 15, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration says it won't sell state-owned land in a Chicago suburb to further development of a proposed combined race track and casino. In a Tuesday letter, administration officials told Tinley Park leaders they're no longer looking to sell the shuttered...

Pritzkers report $6M in income, release partial tax returns

Oct. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and first lady M.K. Pritzker reported $6.2 million in income last year and paid $216,000 in Illinois taxes. The Democratic governor and his wife released partial federal and state income tax returns Tuesday. The hotel chain heir and philanthropist is worth $3.4...

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois

Oct. 15, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

October 13, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times A smart way to grow police and fire pensions across Illinois A state mired in pension debt at all levels can't miss a chance to fix at least part of the problem. Consolidating downstate and suburban police and firefighter pensions - an idea supported by Gov. J.B. Pritzker -...

Electric vehicle startup to begin manufacturing in Illinois

Oct. 14, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of people attended an event to see prototypes of electric vehicles a central Illinois startup plans to create, an effort that already has the backing of officials through promised tax breaks and incentives. Rivian Automotive held a public event Sunday to show the community of...

Bill would require lab testing of CBD items sold in Illinois

Oct. 13, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A proposed bill would require all CBD products sold in Illinois to meet testing requirements that would be developed by the state Department of Agriculture. CBD is a cannabis extract that does not cause a high but is marketed as a healing remedy to alleviate conditions such as anxiety or...

Probe underway into hiring of principal on don't hire list

Oct. 13, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education is investigating a former middle school principal who resigned after it was learned he was invested for sexual misconduct. Cedric Nolen was hired in July 2019 as the principal of Colin Powell Middle School in Matteson. The hiring came just two months...

Illinois' automatic voter registration delays worry experts

Oct. 12, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' top leaders trumpeted the benefits of automatic voter registration when signing a bipartisan plan in 2017 to change how the state finds and signs up eligible but unregistered voters: more civic participation, fewer barriers to the ballot box and modernized systems. But Illinois...

Disaster declaration issued for parts of Illinois, Missouri

Oct. 12, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Small Business Administration has approved a disaster declaration for parts of Illinois and Missouri affected by August storms and flash flooding. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday the declaration means homeowners, renters and businesses in the St. Louis area will be able...

Illinois state senator quits powerful panel amid FBI probe

Oct. 11, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois state senator under federal investigation for possible bribery and fraud involving state construction work resigned Friday as head of the powerful Senate Transportation Committee, hours after the chamber released an unredacted search warrant revealing more details about...