Latest Illinois state government News

Center of 'rape email' denies knowledge of alleged coverup

Dec. 01, 2021 18:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The ex-campaign worker for Gov. J.B. Pritzker who is at the center of an email in which a one-time Statehouse lobbyist alleged government coverups of a rape and illegal state hiring says he's completely unaware of the purported incidents that have dogged him since...

GOP Rep. Davis to seek reelection, skips race for governor

Nov. 30, 2021 14:49 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, who toyed with the idea of challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker next fall, said Tuesday he will seek a sixth term in Congress. The Republican from Taylorville had said his decision would be based on the congressional...

Gov. Pritzker signs new Illinois congressional map into law

Nov. 23, 2021 20:42 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Illinois' new congressional district map into law Tuesday, formalizing political boundaries drawn to help Democrats in next year's midterm elections, when Republicans are well positioned to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives....

Illinois State Museum debuts store with state-themed items

Nov. 20, 2021 09:56 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new store at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield will feature products from the state, along with state-themed souvenirs, specialty foods and toys. It’ll be called the Shop and it opens to the public on Saturday. Families are invited...

Lawsuit could foil Illinois’ ban on immigration detention

Nov. 20, 2021 01:02 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — When Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Illinois Way Forward Act into law in August, he put the state squarely on the side of a growing movement against the federal government’s vast immigration detention system. The law banned cities and counties statewide from renting...

Law eases voting for disabled, broadens sex designations

Nov. 15, 2021 17:53 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed a law making voting easier for person with disabilities and creating a group to study removal of further barriers. The law also makes adjustments in deadlines and other technical requirements for candidates...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Nov. 15, 2021 12:41 PM EST

Chicago Tribune. November 9, 2021. Editorial: A question for Hawks’ management. What’s more important? Championships or doing the right thing? In May 2010, the Blackhawks, the Chicago hockey franchise once powered by the likes of Bobby Hull, Stan...

Harris Fawell, former congressman from Illinois, dead at 92

Nov. 14, 2021 13:06 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Harris W. Fawell of Illinois, who served seven terms in Congress and was a state senator, has died. He was 92. Fawell died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease Thursday at his home in suburban Naperville, his wife Ruth told The...

Jones scores 22 to lift S. Illinois past Austin Peay 73-55

Nov. 13, 2021 00:13 AM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Lance Jones had 22 points as Southern Illinois defeated Austin Peay 73-55 on Friday night. Marcus Domask had 15 points for Southern Illinois (1-1). Steven Verplancken Jr. added 14 points. Ben Coupet Jr. had eight rebounds. ...

Pritzker 5-year fiscal forecast has $1.7B revenue increase

Nov. 09, 2021 18:33 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An unexpectedly robust rebound in post-pandemic Illinois tax revenue reported Tuesday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration bodes well for the state's future economic outlook. But the five-year fiscal forecast by the Governor’s Office of...