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FILE - In this May 22, 2020 file photo, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media, from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill., in front of a painting painting depicting a political debate in Charleston, Ill., on Sept. 18, 1858 between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool File)/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Douglas statue comes down, but Lincoln had racist views, too

Sep. 20, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th century politics helped forge modern-day Illinois but who also profited from slavery. Just inside the Statehouse hangs...

'Let us play!': Illinois prep players rally for fall sports

Sep. 19, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Parents and players protested Saturday outside a state building in Chicago, pleading with Gov. J.B. Pritzker to lift his fall ban on some popular high school sports. Players in jerseys and varsity jackets chanted, “Let us play!” outside the Thompson Center. “It’s...

Winners announced in Illinois APME 2019 newspaper contest

Sep. 16, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

Winners have been announced in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors 2019 newspaper contest. The awards were announced on Wednesday during a virtual event held by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors during the annual convention of the Illinois Press Association. Thirty daily newspapers submitted...

Grad students lead University of Illinois record enrollment

Sep. 9, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Fall enrollment at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign totals 52,331, surpassing by more than 1,000 the record set last year despite the mixture of in-person and online instruction resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the school announced Wednesday. The rise in enrollment...

Billboards promote mask-wearing, social distancing

Sep. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — At first, the Mu Delta Lambda Charitable Foundation spent part of the $15,000 in COVID-19 response funds it was awarded by The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln in the way one might expect. Among the items the foundation, in partnership with seven Black fraternities and...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019 file photo, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul speaks during a news conference in Chicago. hen the coronavirus pandemic hit Illinois, state officials scrambled to buy scarce gear like protective gowns and masks and lifesaving patient ventilators. Gov. J.B. Pritzker pledged to be on the lookout for price-gouging and to report it to Attorney General Kwame Raoul. But in response to an Associated Press records request, the administration hasn't made any reports. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir File)

No action from Pritzker's COVID-19 price gouging pursuit

Aug. 31, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic had steamrolled Illinois, and amid the helter-skelter of counting hospital beds, keeping pace with ever-changing federal health guidance and maneuvering a market-turned-minefield of protective-gear prices, Gov. J.B. Pritzker made a pledge. “Price...

Some road projects may be pushed to 2021 due to pandemic

Aug. 31, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois road construction projects scheduled to be completed this year could be delayed until next year because of lower-than-anticipated gas tax revenues during the coronavirus pandemic. State Transportation Department Secretary Omer Osman said the department hasn't yet...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 25, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

Here are editorials from newspapers published in Illinois. August 24, 2020 Chicago Tribune Inspiration vs. virus: Encouraging tales from the front lines Editorial: Inspiration vs. virus: Encouraging tales from the front lines Here are two tales of confronting adversity you likely didn’t connect, both...

Parents: Giving in-person learning a shot is best plan

Aug. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — At some points last spring when Springfield School District 186 was forced to go to remote learning by the directive of Gov. JB Pritzker as safety issues swirled around the COVID-19 outbreak, Diana Stewart of Springfield had seven students in her house vying for screen time....

Springfield race riot site added to Civil Rights network

Aug. 22, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The site of the tragic and landmark 1908 Race Riot in Springfield has been given federal recognition that pushes it toward national historic monument status. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed a declaration adding the...