Latest Illinois state government News

Sterigenics to reopen plant after adding emission equipment

Jul. 17, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a closed suburban Chicago plant where medical instruments were sterilized with a cancer-causing chemical has reached an agreement with the state of Illinois that will allow the plant to reopen, both sides announced Wednesday. Attorney General Kwame Raoul and DuPage County...

5 sites in Chicago be studied for casino feasibility

Jul. 17, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Five sites in Chicago will be reviewed as possible locations for a casino. Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement Wednesday, saying a consultant will study the economic feasibility of each site. It's possible that a casino won't be placed at any of the sites, which are on the city's...

Advocacy group sues over Illinois gun dealer oversight law

Jul. 17, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit alleging a new law that expands state oversight of firearm dealers places "onerous restrictions" that could drive many out of business, officials with the advocacy group announced Wednesday. Under the law, which Democratic Gov. J.B....

Jesse Jackson, son urge trump to pardon ex-Gov. Blagojevich

Jul. 16, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging President Donald Trump to pardon former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his corruption crimes. Jackson and his son, Jesse Jackson Jr., say Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence was "unfair and unnecessary." They say he was a governor who "cared for the...

Governor wants Illinois residents to report flood damage

Jul. 16, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.D. Pritzker is urging residents to report flood damage to their county's emergency management agencies. He says such action will increase the likelihood the state will qualify for federal disaster aid. According to the governor's office, the state can qualify for...

Consulting firm to evaluate Chicago casino feasibility

Jul. 15, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a casino in Chicago. The Gaming Board announced last week that it had selected Union Gaming Analytics of Las Vegas. The study is required by the gambling expansion law Gov. J.B. Pritzker...

Freed transgender inmate to fight for trans prisoner rights

Jul. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A transgender woman who just got out of prison says she'll continue to fight for the rights of other transgender inmates now that she's free. Deon "Strawberry" Hampton, of Chicago, was released Monday from Logan Correctional Center that houses women inmates outside of Lincoln. She was...

Census Bureau seeks teacher 'ambassadors' for accurate count

Jul. 13, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Census is seeking Illinois school teachers to spread the word about an accurate census count in 2020. The Illinois State Board of Education says that the Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program invites pre-K through 12th grade teachers to serve as ambassadors....

Advocates hope Illinois private detention ban sparks change

Jul. 13, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Far from the southern border crisis, Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut the Trump administration's immigration detention practices, and politicians and activists are taking note. The state recently enacted a first-of-its kind ban on privately-run immigration detention, as...

Illinois mulling options to Asian carp issue in Lake Decatur

Jul. 12, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam. Jacques Nuzzo, program director for the Illinois Raptor Center, said he contacted the state department after...