Category Archives: State News

Flooding Producing Another Problem – More Mosquitos

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host a mandatory vendor conference on Thurs., June 27. The conference is for vendors interested in submitting bids for reconstruction and facilities operations at the Wayne Fitzjerrell State Recreation Area near Whittington. IDNR staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding the agency’s recently issued…read more »

August Unemployment Matches Record Low for Illinois

Chicago (IDES) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that the unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in August, matching the lowest on record. Illinois’ unemployment rate stood at 4.1% in August, matching the lowest rate on record,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Even with the over-the-month drop, nonfarm payrolls have surpassed the…read more »

State Police Taking Part in Rail Safety Week

Champaign (AP) – Illinois State Police will be out this week issuing tickets and handing out safety literature in a bid to bring down numbers of railroad-crossing deaths in the state. A greater emphasis on the problem in Illinois comes during U.S. Rail Safety Week this week. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that state police will work with local and…read more »

Governor Rauner Axes Over 50 Stagnant State Boards and Commissions

Springfield – Governor Rauner is issuing an executive order that will cease operations for more than 50 boards and commissions that no longer serve a public purpose or have been inactive for some time. In a release from the Governor’s office, Rauner states “Over the years, the State of Illinois has created more than 600…read more »

First Debate Gets Heated as Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Barbs

Chicago – Debate season is underway and last night Governor Bruce Rauner and his opponents engaged in an at tines heated discussion detailing each candidates plans for the office. Each candidate was given a chance to speak. Governor Rauner called out his Democrat opponent JB Pritzker, stating that Pritzker was planning massive tax hikes for…read more »

First Gubernatorial Debate to be Held Tonight

Springfield – The first debate of the Illinois Governor’s Race is set for tonight, with Governor Bruce Rauner set to meet his democrat challenger JB Pritzker on stage. Rauner is trying for a second chance after a tumultuous first term. Rauner recently promised to be more flexible if given the opportunity. His major opposition comes…read more »

Representative Mike Bost Picks Up Police Endorsement

Murphysboro – With political races picking up at both the local and state levels, groups across the state are starting to make their endorsements, with Representative Mike Bost picking up the most recent one. Yesterday the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police announced their endorsement for Representative Bost. In a press release, FOP State Lodge President…read more »

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