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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    Bill to honor two U.S. presidents with ties to Illinois with statues introduced in State Capitol

    A bill introduced in the State Capitol would honor the legacy of two U.S. presidents with ties to Illinois with statues: Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. 

     

    “Reagan was a Republican, Obama’s a Democrat,” State Sen. Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City), the bill’s ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    Illinois Board of Higher Education seeks 7.7% funding hike as enrollment dips

    The Illinois Board of Higher Education wants more funding at a time when enrollment in state public colleges and universities has declined.

     

    The board has proposed a fiscal year 2024 budget of $2.5 billion, a 7.7% increase for general funds, excluding pension costs, despite a 0.5% decline in enrollment.

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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    Madigan ally doesn't want jury to hear about 'rape in Champaign' email

    An ally of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn't want a jury to hear about a 2012 email he sent that mentioned an alleged rape in Champaign and fraudulent payroll practices.

     

    Michael McClain, a former state lawmaker, longtime lobbyist and close confidante of Madigan, asked the judge in his corruption tr...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    Support Special Olympics Illinois with your purchase of Illinois Lottery’s “Fat Wallet” Instant Ticket

    In 2014, the Illinois Lottery launched the nation’s first specialty lottery ticket benefiting the Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organization for individuals living with intellectual and physical disabilities. While funds raised from most Illinois Lottery specialty tickets are distributed through grants awarded to numerous organizations working in a s...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    The Illinois museum built on Native American burial mounds

    Every day when Logan Pappenfort is at work, he tries not to dwell on what’s under his feet. Beneath the south wing of the museum where he’s interim director are the remains of at least 234 of his ancestors.

     

    For more than 800 years, they lay undisturbed, carefully buried inside a mound of earth overlooking a...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    Utility says clean energy standards behind proposed rate hike

    Ameren Illinois says the transition to clean energy is behind price increases proposed to the Illinois Commerce Commission.

     

    The company is asking for more than a $160 million gas rate hike and a four-year $435 million electric rate increase.

     

    Ameren Communicat...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    What is on the Horizon in Springfield

    The 103rd General Assembly is wasting little time introducing more bills. Some are old concepts being reintroduced and others are new. Regardless of which category they fit in, many are bad ideas. Here are some of the bills being opposed by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association.

     

    HB1. Legalizes psilocybin mushrooms a...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    What to know ahead of Pritzker’s budget proposal to lawmakers