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State health officials issue warning to Illinois parents about severe liver damage in children

State health officials are warning parents in Illinois after cases of severe hepatitis in children have been reported in the state, including one case that required a liver transplant. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said Monday that it has learned of three suspected cases of severe hepatitis in children under 10 years of […]

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Officials urge Illinois residents to halt use of bird feeders, baths due to flu outbreak

State officials on Thursday said they are urging residents in Illinois to stop using bird feeders and birdbaths due to an influenza outbreak killing birds. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) issued updated public recommendations regarding wild birds. The department said the EA H5N1 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is currently impacting […]

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Attorney expects ‘inconsistent’ rulings in vaccine mandate challenges moving through the courts

(The Center Square) – With the latest lawsuit against vaccine and testing mandates coming from dozens of corrections employees, the attorney carrying the case worries elections could get in the way of bringing finality to the issue. Attorney Thomas DeVore has secured temporary restraining orders against COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandates in schools, including Chicago […]

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Legislation classifying dispatchers as first responders clears legislature in Illinois

(The Center Square) – A bill that would give Illinois emergency dispatchers more benefits and officially classify the profession as first responders could soon be sent to the governor. Senate Bill 3127 was filed by state Sen. Neil Anderson and provides that emergency dispatchers are now COVID-19 first responders. If signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, […]

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ComEd submits request to Illinois regulators for nearly $200 million rate increase on customers

ComEd is asking Illinois state regulators for a $199 million increase in electricity delivery charges, which, if approved, would increase monthly residential bills by $2.20. ComEd announced on Friday they have submitted the request to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The request was made “to sustain improvements in reliability for residential and commercial customers and […]

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IDPH issues warning that COVID-19 cases are slowly rising in many areas of Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning Thursday about COVID-19 case rates that are “slowly rising in many areas of the state.” The state health department said that Illinois residents should be “paying close attention to conditions in their local communities and staying up-to-date on their vaccination status.” “While hospitalizations and deaths tied […]

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Illinois House passes modifications to heavily debated criminal justice reform ‘SAFE-T Act’

(The Center Square) – The Illinois House passed follow-up legislation to the SAFE-T Act which will allow defendants on electronic monitoring to be able to have periods of “free movement.” The Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity-Today, or SAFE-T, Act, was passed in the previous General Assembly in 2021. Democrats say it is a holistic approach […]

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Lawmakers pass bill that aims to combat the rise in organized retail crime in Illinois

The Illinois House and Senate passed a bill Saturday that aims to combat the rise in organized retail crime and disrupt criminal enterprises, the attorney general said. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said he initiated House Bill 1091 to address organized retail crime in partnership with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. The legislation closes gaps […]