Latest Illinois state government News

Illinois Democrats look to increase edge with new House maps

Oct. 15, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats are poised to approve new congressional district maps that would give Democratic candidates an advantage in elections over the next decade as their party fights to keep control of the U.S. House in 2022. Democrats who control state...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Oct. 12, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. October 8, 2021. Editorial: Preckwinkle’s Cook County budget is balanced and smart. Other Illinois politicians should take notes. Illinois has a long history of leaders guilty of fiscal irresponsibility. Cook County Board President...

Northwest Indiana towns pass policies aimed at puppy mills

Oct. 11, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

DYER, Ind. (AP) — Communities across Northwest Indiana are considering humane pet store policies that ban the sale of pets raised at puppy and kitten mills. The towns of Dyer and Highland passed similar ordinances recently which at their core prohibit the sale of puppy...

Indoor work complete, Old State Capitol reopens to tours

Oct. 09, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' Old State Capitol has re-opened to visitors after interior renovations were completed. Visitors will see a new feature, an education gallery and video room. Exterior work on the dome of the building continues, but indoor plaster work...

Officials: Mobile lab to speed child-exploitation crackdown

Oct. 04, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois and federal officials on Monday unveiled a mobile unit that they say will add speed and efficiency to digital investigations of child pornography and exploitation at a time when young people are using the internet more than ever before. ...

Chicago may pay $1M to estate of man killed in burglary try

Oct. 02, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — What started with three unarmed men attempting to burglarize a Southwest Side electronics store one night in April 2012 ended in a hail of gunfire from Chicago police officers as the friends tried to flee the scene in a stolen van. One of the men died. The other two suffered...

State: Coronavirus deaths in Illinois surpass 25,000

Oct. 01, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The death toll in Illinois from the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 25,000, the state Department of Public Health reported Friday. The disease has killed 236 additional people since the department last reported the pandemic's extent in the...

State: $443M in pandemic rental help paid for households

Oct. 01, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than $443 million in emergency rental assistance has been paid on behalf of 49,100 state households through the Illinois Rental Payment Program, according to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office. The program was launched in May 2021. It provides...

Cook County launches program for people facing eviction

Oct. 01, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A new court-based program aims to help Cook County residents repay their rent and avoid eviction. The rental assistance program, scheduled to launch Friday, comes as the statewide eviction moratorium put in place by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker in response...

Board fires director who hired activist in 'rape email'

Sep. 29, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The director of a state board that in early 2020 was forced to end a contract with a Democratic activist after his name surfaced in purported government coverups involving a rape and illegal state hiring has been removed from his job. The...