Latest Illinois state government News

2 involved in A.J. Freund case no longer state workers

Dec. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two child welfare workers at the center of an investigation four months before the death of a 5-year-old from Crystal Lake are no longer state employees, state officials confirmed Friday. The Chicago Tribune reports that Carlos Acosta and his former supervisor, Andrew Polovin, are...

Illinois sues e-cigarette maker Juul over youth marketing

Dec. 12, 2019 5:02 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has become the latest state to sue the country's biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Juul Labs Inc., used deceptive marketing practices to entice minors and misrepresented the amount of nicotine in its products. State Attorney General Kwame Raoul...

Study shows higher levels of carcinogen near Waukegan plant

Dec. 12, 2019 4:39 PM EST

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — People living near a suburban Chicago medical equipment sterilization facility face higher cancer risks from toxic air pollution, a new study found. The University of Illinois study found that participants who lived near the Medline Industries plant in Waukegan had higher levels of...

State takes another step in future sale of Thompson Center

Dec. 12, 2019 1:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials are inching closer to selling a downtown Chicago building that houses state government offices, announcing the selection Thursday of a project manager to oversee the sale. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC, was chosen in a competitive...

Proposed Illinois school rules would ban secluded timeouts

Dec. 11, 2019 12:24 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education submitted its proposed rules Tuesday for how schools can restrain students who exhibit dangerous behavior, aiming to protect children and faculty from outbursts but banning the use of prone restraints and the practice of locking such students...

Survey collects travelers' opinions on Illinois highways

Dec. 7, 2019 10:29 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials want travelers' opinions on the state's transportation system. An online survey that's now open runs through Dec. 31 asks travelers to weigh in on everything from the cleanliness of Illinois roads to other drivers' behavior. Questions also focus on road...

Illinois prison guards face federal charges in inmate death

Dec. 6, 2019 9:53 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Three Illinois prison guards were arraigned in federal court Friday on charges of assault and civil rights violations in the May 2018 death of an inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center. A grand jury indicted the correctional officers, who also face charges that they...

State trooper relieved of duty, charged with sex abuse

Dec. 6, 2019 7:07 PM EST

A trooper has been relieved of duty and charged with sexual assault in connection with incidents alleged to have occurred when he worked at a southern Illinois high school, according to the Illinois State Police. James Dierkes, 29, of Greenville was arrested Friday on aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal...

Report: Investigators ask about Illinois House leader

Dec. 5, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is a subject of inquiries in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has already entangled several top Illinois Democrats, according to a newspaper report published Thursday. Four people interviewed by investigators...

Reports: Illinois made major cuts at environmental agency

Dec. 5, 2019 1:30 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has experienced major staffing cutbacks and dwindling funding in recent years, according to two new reports. The agency's workforce was reduced by 38% percent between 2008 and 2018, more than any of the 47 states studied in an Environmental...