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Governor announces more than $800 million project to demolish, rebuild 2 prisons in Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker announced that Illinois will be demolishing Stateville Correctional Center and a second prison and rebuilding them as part of a more than $800 million project. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) announced this week plans to dedicate capital funds to rebuild Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln and Stateville Correctional Center […]

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Governor announces additional $250 million in funding to deal with migrant crisis in Illinois

The governor and Cook County announced they are committing more than $250 million in additional funding to the migrant crisis amid over 35,000 migrants that have arrived in Illinois. Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the joint funding plan on Thursday to help pay for shelter, wraparound services and healthcare for migrants […]

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Illinois announces additional $17 million in grant money for municipalities who help with migrant arrivals

Governor JB Pritzker has announced $17 million in additional funding for Illinois municipalities to help them support migrants living in their communities. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced the latest round of funding on Tuesday. The grant money being made available is in response to the more than 38,000 new arrivals […]

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U.S. Supreme Court denies request to halt ‘assault weapons,’ high-capacity magazine ban in Illinois

(The Center Square) – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to halt Illinois’ ban on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines that is set to go into effect next month. Plaintiffs in the challenge out of Naperville against the state’s gun ban asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to issue an emergency […]

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Federal appeals court upholds ‘assault weapons,’ high-capacity magazine ban in Illinois

(The Center Square) – A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazine ban in Illinois, rejecting a Second Amendment violation argument. The ruling comes as plaintiffs challenging Illinois’ gun ban are back in the Southern District of Illinois federal court with an amended complaint to block the January 1 gun […]

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Lake County receiving $1 million from state government as migrants seek refuge in the county

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced he is awarding local governments, including Lake County, with more than $41 million in funding for supporting migrants being sent to the Chicago area. Pritzker announced the $41.5 million in award funding on Friday. The funds will help municipalities provide direct services to asylum-seeking migrants. The funds will be used for […]

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‘Abhorrent threats’: Gov. JB Pritzker responds after spike in bomb threats made against Illinois libraries

Governor JB Pritzker said that authorities are working to combat and prosecute the “abhorrent” bomb threats that have been targeting libraries throughout Illinois. Pritzker released a statement Friday saying he condemns the threats made this week towards libraries. “The threat of violence is disgusting, particularly because it is against institutions that are vitally important to […]

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Illinois Supreme Court upholds state’s ban on ‘assault weapons,’ high-capacity magazines

(The Center Square) – The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the state’s ban on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines in a nearly split decision Friday. The 4-3 ruling in the case brought by state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, was released Friday. “First, we hold that the exemptions neither deny equal protection nor constitute special legislation […]

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Governor signs bill into law that allows non-citizens to become police officers in Illinois

(The Center Square) – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has signed a bill into law, which has since gone into effect, that allows non-citizens to become police officers in Illinois. House Bill 3751 passed with bipartisan support during the spring session. Police groups were split between being neutral and supporting the measure. State Sen. Chapin Rose, […]