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Pritzker sets date to loosen COVID-19 restrictions

Pritzker sets date to loosen COVID-19 restrictions

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Pandemic restrictions in Illinois will be further loosened next week. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday the state will be entering the “Bridge Phase” on May 14, a transitional period between Phase 4 restrictions and fully opening in Phase 5. “For restaurants and bars and retail and weddings and public gatherings, this means…read more

Illinois Department of Natural Resources is Hiring

Illinois Department of Natural Resources is Hiring

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be hiring 25 new conservation officers. DNR Deputy Director Rachel Torbert indicates anyone interested in applying has until the end of the month. Visit Central Management Services where all available State of Illinois job postings are at. Torbert also directs interested applicants to dnr.illinois.gov.read more

Governor talks legislative maps

Governor talks legislative maps

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor JB Pritzker remains steadfast in his feelings that a “fair” map needs to be drawn for the state’s next legislative districts. Pritzker has gone from “I will veto” any map drawn by legislators or political leaders to a map drawn by a Democratic controlled state legislature can be approved if its…read more

Governor talks fairness in legislative maps

Governor talks fairness in legislative maps

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor JB Pritzker remains steadfast in his feelings that a “fair” map needs to be drawn for the state’s next legislative districts. Pritzker has gone from “I will veto” any map drawn by legislators or political leaders to a map drawn by a Democratic controlled state legislature can be approved if its…read more

Pritzker refuses to commit to a date to lift restrictions

Pritzker refuses to commit to a date to lift restrictions

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois will continue with public gathering restrictions in place for the immediate future. On Monday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker was noncommittal on when the state could move from Phase 4 to his Bridge Phase. “It feels to me, it looks to me, if you look at all the hospital admissions data, like we’re…read more

Governor talks bridge phase

Governor talks bridge phase

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Is the state close to getting to the Bridge phase of the Rebuild Illinois plan? Illinois was close to advancing a few weeks back but a swell in new cases and hospitalizations stopped any advancement. Governor JB Pritzker says the trend is in the right direction for now and that bodes well…read more

Pritzker signs health care reform bill into law

Pritzker signs health care reform bill into law

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Saying it expands health equity across Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed the Health Care and Human Services Reform Act into law, but questions about the cost of legislation remain a matter of contention. It was one of four pillars of equality the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus brought to the governor’s…read more

Legislation would prevent police union contracts from overriding state law

Legislation would prevent police union contracts from overriding state law

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Police reforms has been a hot topic in Illinois and around the nation, and now lawmakers are going after police union contracts. A new study by the nonpartisan Illinois Policy Institute reveals that police contracts are hindering internal investigations, making it difficult for police chiefs to get rid of problem officers. Illinois…read more

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Thursday Night Live!

Thursday Night Live!

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day – Cedarhurst stays open late until 8 pm every Thursday.The museum converts the back patio and lawn into a third space, giving the community members a place to gather, network, and enjoy the beautiful southern Illinois summer and scenery. Thursday Night Live is a no-pressure way to engage first…

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