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Around $1.8B to Be Paid Towards Illinois Unemployment Insurance Debt

Around $1.8B to Be Paid Towards Illinois Unemployment Insurance Debt

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRXX) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday announced a move to pay off more than $1 billion in remaining debt in the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund and set aside with a little extra for “hard times that may be ahead.” The business community is praising the actions. During a press conference Tuesday in Springfield, Pritzker said…read more »

Joliet Amazon Workers Stage Walkout on Cyber Monday

Joliet Amazon Workers Stage Walkout on Cyber Monday

Pictured: Amazon Warehouse. Photo by Jaimie Wilson/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (IRN) – Amazon workers walked off the job at the company’s Joliet facility on Cyber Monday, a central hub with products coming from around the world to be sorted and distributed to regional fulfillment centers. The employees were joined by Warehouse Workers for Justice, an advocacy…read more »

Pritzker, Duckworth Win Reelection in Top-of-Ballot Races in Illinois

Pritzker, Duckworth Win Reelection in Top-of-Ballot Races in Illinois

(WRXX) – Top-of-the-ballot races in Illinois largely went to Democrats with incumbent Gov. JB Pritzker and Senator Tammy Duckworth easily winning reelection to their seats. Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias won the nod to become the new Secretary of State to replace retiring Jesse White and Democratic incumbent Attorney General Kwame Raoul was reelected to his…read more »

State Farm: Illinois Third in Nation for Catalytic Converter Thefts

State Farm: Illinois Third in Nation for Catalytic Converter Thefts

Photo by Ian Abbott/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 State Farm recently ranked Illinois 3rd in the nation for catalytic converter thefts. Claims data from State Farm, the largest insurer of automobiles in the U.S., shows that between July 2021 and June 2022 catalytic converter theft has grown 109% nationally, in terms of the number of claims filed, compared to the…read more »

Illinois School Report Card: Highest Graduation Rate in Decade

Illinois School Report Card: Highest Graduation Rate in Decade

(IOCI RADIO) – The Illinois school report card showed the highest graduation rate in a decade. More than 87% of students completed high school in the 2021-2022 school year, with gains driven by an increase in minority graduates, Illinois State Superintendent Carmen Ayala said. The report card also showed student growth in English and math,…read more »

Open Enrollment for Affordable Health Care Begins Tuesday

Open Enrollment for Affordable Health Care Begins Tuesday

(WRXX) – Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act health-care marketplace begins Tuesday November 1. The health-insurance marketplace open-enrollment period begins November 1st and continues through January 15th. Illinois residents have up to 11 providers to choose from depending on their county of residence, offering 275 plans with availability varying depending on the county. Currently, there are more than 800-thousand…read more »

Former AT&T President Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption, Conspiracy Charges

Former AT&T President Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption, Conspiracy Charges

(IRN) – The former AT&T Illinois president accused of trying to illegally influence former House Speaker Michael Madigan pleaded not guilty to multiple charges. 65-year-old Paul La Schiazza entered the plea one week after federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy and one count of corruptly awarding a public official.…read more »

Over 1M in Illinois Receive COVID-19 Bivalent Booster

Over 1M in Illinois Receive COVID-19 Bivalent Booster

(IOCI RADIO) – More than one million people in Illinois have received the new COVID-19 Bivalent booster shot. Vaccination rates have increased recently, as the latest booster protects against the most prevalent variant, omicron. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sameer Vohra recommended that everyone receive the shot, especially those with high-risk factors. Vohra…read more »

Pritzker, IDOT Release $3.4M to Advance Cairo Port Plans

Pritzker, IDOT Release $3.4M to Advance Cairo Port Plans

CAIRO – Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced Tuesday that $3.4 million was released via the Rebuild Illinois capital program to continue advancing plans for a new inland port under development in Cairo. The funding, part of a more than $40 million commitment to the Alexander Cairo Port District, will help to…read more »

IDNR: Mountain lion struck, killed along Illinois highway

IDNR: Mountain lion struck, killed along Illinois highway

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP)-— State wildlife officials said a mountain lion that was struck and killed last weekend along a northern Illinois highway will be analyzed by biologists seeking to uncover the rare animal’s origins. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) said the mountain lion died Sunday after being hit by a vehicle along Interstate…read more »

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