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Gov. Pritzker expected to sign sweeping energy legislation, which could raise utility bills by $180 per year

(The Center Square) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign sweeping energy legislation into law, which could raise utility bills by $180 a year. Supporters say the legislation will help create new clean-energy jobs across the state. During a special session for the Illinois Senate on Monday, senators approved the House version of […]

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Illinois suspends thousands of license plates with new automated verification system

(The Center Square) – The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office has suspended approximately 2,700 license plates due to lack of insurance after a new electronic verification system was launched earlier summer. Nearly 2,700 Illinois license plates have been suspended in the past two months since the program went into effect. The state’s new system, called […]

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Gov. Pritzker optimistic about fewer mitigations as COVID-19 numbers flatten in Illinois

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is cautiously optimistic about the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations flattening out in Illinois. When asked about COVID-19 numbers at an event in Decatur on Tuesday, Pritzker said not to jump the gun, but it’s “great” to see numbers starting to flatten out. He also […]

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‘We are running out of time’: Gov. Pritzker announces indoor mask mandate, vaccine mandates

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday that he is implementing an indoor mask mandate for the entire state and vaccine mandates for all education staff and healthcare workers in Illinois. “Unfortunately, our current vaccination levels are not enough to blunt the ferocity of the delta variant hospitalization surges in some regions. Hospital administrators are asking for […]

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Gov. Pritzker warns of “significant mitigations” if COVID-19 cases in Illinois do not decline

Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned Tuesday that “significantly greater mitigations” could be imposed if COVID metrics don’t improve in the state after health officials flagged Lake and McHenry counties for rising hospitalizations. “If we are not able to bring these numbers down, if hospitals continue to fill, if the hospital beds and ICUs get full like […]

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Gov. Pritzker signs legislation that strengthens Scott’s Law, improves mental health help for first responders

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation that will bolster Scott’s Law by strengthing punishments for violators and improve mental health resources for first responders in Illinois. The “move over” law was revised in Illinois in 2017 to apply to all vehicles that display flashing emergency lights, including commercial trucks and cars and […]