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SPRINGFIELD – The complexities of Illinois’ legislator pay laws were on display again this week as the state’s comptroller insisted in a video message that there will be no raises for lawmakers this year. more
SPRINGFIELD – People in Illinois will be allowed to attend worship services starting this weekend without fear of prosecution as the state enters Phase 3 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” reopening plan. more
SPRINGFIELD – A group of four Republican state representatives is calling for a state audit of the Illinois Department of Employment Security to examine a data breach at the agency and its continued slow adaptation to the unprecedented number of unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. more
The state health department filed emergency rules Thursday mandating long-term care facilities to develop testing plans to better protect residents and ensure they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic appropriately. more
CHAMPAIGN – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Douglas Wilson announced that the department is investing $23 million in 7 projects in Illinois to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic more
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois will advance to the “Recovery” phase of Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to incrementally reopen the state’s economy on Friday after almost 70 days of residents living under a stay-at-home restriction. more
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker spent much of the day Wednesday in downstate Illinois, where he observed flood preparations along the Illinois River in Meredosia before heading to East St. Louis. There, officials are preparing to launch a massive contact-tracing effort to control the spread of COVID-19. more
SPRINGFIELD – In the early weeks and months of COVID-19’s presence in Illinois, state health leaders have cautioned people, especially those downstate, that the novel coronavirus is likely in their community even if their rural county had yet to report a case. more
ROBINSON — Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced the appointment of Matthew Hartrich as an At-Large Circuit Judge in the Second Judicial Circuit. Hartrich is being appointed to fill the vacancy created when Judge David Overstreet was elected to the Fifth District Appellate Court in 2018. more
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