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SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois reached a staggering 16.4 percent in April, the highest rate recorded since the modern system of tracking joblessness began in 1976, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday. more
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday his administration is developing guidelines for local governments and businesses to follow as the state prepares to enter the next phase of reopening the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. more
SPRINGFIELD — The attorney general’s office has moved a state representative’s lawsuit challenging Gov. JB Pritzker’s use of emergency powers to federal court because it says his case alleges violations of federal rights. more
SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers could vote on a budget as early as Friday after working well into the night Thursday at the Capitol and a makeshift House chamber at the Bank of Springfield Center. more
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate took the chamber’s last step in putting language for a graduated income tax constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot and publishing arguments for and against the measure in pamphlet form. The Illinois Constitution Amendment Act requires the General Assembly to prepare a brief explanation of the proposed amendment, a brief argument in favor, a brief argument against, and the form in which the amendment will appear on the ballot in a pamphlet that will be distributed to voters. more
SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting new or modified proposals from state governments for its State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative. Through SAFE, vital habitat is restored to meet high-priority state wildlife conservation goals. Proposals for Ill are requested by June 1, 2020, to ensure all necessary actions are taken by the national deadline of June 19, 2020. more
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) today released new statewide data showing the department processed 72,780 new initial claims for regular unemployment benefits during the week ending May 16. The department has now processed 1,226,394 claims for unemployment benefits from March 1 through May 16. This amount is 12 times the number of claims the department processed over the same period last year, when IDES processed just 93,000 claims for regular unemployment benefits. more
CARBONDALE — M Cecil Smith will become the dean of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s reorganized School of Education on July 13 pending approval of the SIU Board of Trustees. more
AURORA– In the Tuesday, May 19 Mega Millions draw, one lucky player in Aurora won a $1,000,000 prize. The winning ticket was purchased at Aurora Shell, 2112 Ogden Ave., in Aurora and matched five numbers to win. more
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate jumped +12.2 percentage points to 16.4 percent, while nonfarm payrolls shed -762,200 jobs in April, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact Illinois businesses and households, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The monthly unemployment rate rose to a new record high since current methodologies were enacted in 1976 and the monthly decline in nonfarm payroll jobs also set a record. The March monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report from -34,100 to -60,900 jobs. The March unemployment rate was also revised from the preliminary report, from 4.6 percent to 4.2 percent, as a result of a downward revision to the number of people in the labor force in March. more
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