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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Social Security could get biggest cost-of-living increase in 40 years amid COVID inflation surge
    Social Security (82)
    The Senior Citizen League says to expect an unusually big 6% to 6.1% COLA adjustment next year. The average retiree getting $1,559 a month would get $93.54 more — $1,652.54.

    After years of puny increases in their Social Security checks, older Americans will likely get the equivalent of a big raise next year.

    The 68 million people — retirees, disabl...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    ‘There is no time to lose,’ Pritzker says as he signs energy legislation lawmakers say ‘gives our state a very clear future’
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93)
    After months of negotiations on the bill, the Illinois Senate on Monday sent the legislation to Pritzker’s desk on a 37-17 vote — with three senators voting present — after the Illinois House voted last week to pass the measure.

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed wide-ranging legislation overhauling Illinois’ energy sector on Wednesday, calling the bill a “...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Feds issue warnings about ‘diet weed’ as Illinois lawmakers try again to crack down on hemp derivative
    The federal agencies reported this week that 119 people were hospitalized after ingesting products infused with Delta-8 THC over the past year.

    A pair of federal agencies issued advisories this week detailing the potential dangers of Delta-8 THC, a trendy psychoactive substance known commonly as “diet weed” that some Illinois lawmakers are actively trying to regulat...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    For Black entrepreneurs, the dream of opening a pot shop remains just out of reach
    Marijuana, Medical, Recreational
    While state officials have named the winners of 185 upcoming pot shop permits, a court order that’s blocked their issuance has continued to place those who were supposed to benefit from legalization in an indefinite limbo state.

    Amid a seemingly endless series of delays, Britteney Kapri finally got some good news last month.

    Baked, her cannabis startup, h...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker hails energy plan with ambitious climate goals, nuclear bailout as ‘a giant leap forward’
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93)

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed a sweeping energy policy overhaul he hailed as “a giant leap forward to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

    “As of today, Illinois is...
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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Chase makes a power move with wind farm outside Chicago

    The contract with the 22-turbine project in Lee County, Ill., is JPMorgan Chase's first major move to meet its 100% renewable energy goal.

    JPMorgan Chase has a deal with the developer of a 22-turbine wind farm in Lee County, Ill., to purchase 70% of the project’s output once it’s co...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Illinois makes a bold step on climate change

    The comprehensive Climate and Equitable Jobs Act that Gov. JB Pritzker signed Wednesday contains dozens of features regulating everything from how customers' utility rates are set to emissions standards for coal-fired electrical operations. But its overall mission comes down to two issues -- fighting climate change and, in the process, assuring the reliability of the state's...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Sweeping energy overhaul signed into law
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93)
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker was joined by environmental and social justice activists, union representatives, and lawmakers from both parties Wednesday as he signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul that aims to phase out carbon emissions from the energy sector by 2045 while diversifying the renewable energy workforce.

    His signature marked a celebratory end to ne...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    "No bans, no bounties" Illinois remains committed to abortion access
    Abortion (1)

    Kodi Smith, a 22-year-old paramedic student from Taylorville, joined a protest outside the federal courthouse in Springfield on Sept. 10. The demonstrators were speaking out against a major win for anti-abortion advocates – the ban in Texas that makes it next to impossible for those seeking abortions to do so legally in the state. "I believe every woman should have the right...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Jesse Sullivan enters governor's race Petersburg native has already raised $11 million
    Candidates--Statewide (12)
    Jesse who? He's raised how much? Is there any chance he could win?

    Those were questions being asked across Illinois last week when Jesse Sullivan announced he was seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

    Sullivan, a venture capitalist who has invested in high-tech startups in Silicon Valley, has raised ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    All sides come together to pass energy bill
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93)
    "This is what decentralized, collective leadership looks like," declared House Speaker Chris Welch's spokesperson Jaclyn Driscoll not long after the chamber approved the climate/energy bill on an unexpectedly lopsided 83-33 roll call on Sept. 9.

    The vote was without a doubt a spectacular victory, especially considering the Senate was not able to put toge...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    CWLP had access to citywide text alert system but did not use it during coal ash release

    City Water, Light and Power officials had access to a citywide text alert system but did not use ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Massive clean energy bill becomes law, investing billions in renewable, nuclear sectors
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93)

    Gov. JB Pritzker was joined by environmental and social justice activists, union representatives, and lawmakers from both parties Wednesday as he signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul that aims to phase out carbon emissions from the energy sector by 2045 while diversifying the renewable energy workforce.

    His signature marked a cel...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    Gambling revenues sink in July
    Gambling, Gaming

    Illinois sports betting had its worst month in nearly a year in July.

     

    The state’s total handle of $369 million dollars was down more than 22.5% from June’s $476.5 million. It is the fourth straight month of sports handle decline, in line with the rest of the country. The total U.S. sports handle for July wa...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    Illinois announces several child care initiatives, including bonuses for child care workers
    Human Services (75)

    The state of Illinois has introduced several childcare initiatives in an effort to assist parents who want to go back to work.

     

    The Department of Human Services is expanding the Child Care Assistance Program to includes free coverage for unemployed parents so they can find a job. Currently, 93,406 children are served th...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    Illinois Supreme Court to consider cases over FOID cards, assault weapons and FOIA in September docket
    Freedom of Info. Act (FOIA) (6a) , Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)

    The Illinois Supreme Court returned to Springfield this week to kick off its September term, in which the high court is set to consider cases that could have implications on assault weapons bans, the state’s firearms identification system and the Freedom of Information Act. 

     

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  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    ‘There is no time to lose,’ Pritzker says as he signs sweeping energy legislation
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93)

    After months of negotiations on the bill, the Illinois Senate on Monday sent the legislation to Pritzker’s desk on a 37-17 vote — with three senators voting present — after the Illinois House voted last week to pass the measure.