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  • Friday, December 9, 2022
    Guards at Pontiac state prison harassed gay co-worker, state investigation finds

    And high-ranking prison officials were found not only to have failed to address the problems but to have perpetuated them.

    In the fall of 2018, a guard at the state’s Pontiac Correctional Center told his supervisor an incarcerated man had masturbated at the front of his cell while staring at him.

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  • Friday, December 9, 2022
    Illinois hasn’t delivered jobs, job-training promised under clean energy law

    Fifteen months after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, the state hasn’t begun its promised workforce development programs aimed at helping minority contractors and workers.

    Lisa Benjamin has been running her own general contracting business in Matteson since 2007 and is eager to expand and do more energy-efficient, environm...   read more >

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  • Friday, December 9, 2022
    Gov J.B. Pritzker signs plan to eliminate debt in unemployment fund
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed into law a measure that officials say will eliminate a $1.8 billion debt in the pandemic-battered account that pays out unemployment benefits.

    An unexpected surge in revenue fuels the plan, with $1.36 billion paying off a federal loan distributed to Illinois and numerous other states when t...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 8, 2022
    Butler comfortable with decision to leave House for railway job as he departs on good terms with his colleagues

    One of Springfield’s more popular lawmakers will be leaving his House position to take a lobbying job at the end of the month, but Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) is at peace with his decision as he embarks on a new chapter in his political career. 

     

    After winning reelec...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 8, 2022
    Illinois Playbook Calling in the big guns

    Good Thursday morning, Illinois. Fifty years ago today in 1972, a United Airlines Boeing 737 crashed while trying to land at Midway, killing 43 people aboard and two on the ground. Among the dead were Democratic Congressman George W. Collins, CBS News correspondent Michele Clark, who was a Chicago native, and Dorothy Hunt, the wife of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt. WBEZ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 8, 2022
    Witness slips stack up as Illinois House committee set to debate more gun restrictions Monday

    – Efforts in Illinois to ban semi-automatic weapons and certain magazines, and restrict who can buy guns to 21 and older, could come sooner than expected.

     

    Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he supports banning certain weapons and magazines. He expects state Rep. Bob Morgan’s bill, which also would ban magaz...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 8, 2022
    Illinois lawmakers have a moral obligation to pass gun safety bill

    The Protect Illinois Communities Act Is a logical, necessary step to reduce the harm from assault weapons and large capacity magazines. We owe it to all whose lives have been irreversibly touched by gun violence.