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Injunction denied as FOID backlog doubles in 18 months

Injunction denied as FOID backlog doubles in 18 months

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The persistent delays in issuing Firearm Owner’s Identification cards in Illinois that has doubled in the last year-and-a-half continues after a federal judge shot down a motion this week seeking to force the state to issue backlogged cards. Illinoisans who want to legally buy or own firearms and ammunition must have a…read more

Ahead of Phase 5 reopening, some look to restrict governor’s power

Ahead of Phase 5 reopening, some look to restrict governor’s power

SPRINGFIELD, IL — What started as two weeks of restrictions to slow the spread lasted nearly a year-and-a-half. Now, some want Gov. J.B. Pritzker to stop governing through disaster proclamations and executive orders with the state set to enter Phase 5 of the reopening plan he created. After 18 gubernatorial COVID-19 disaster proclamations and dozens of…read more

Pritzker admits there ‘may need to be some adjustments’ to maps

Pritzker admits there ‘may need to be some adjustments’ to maps

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Before signing new legislative maps for Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said they might need adjusting once more comprehensive Census data is released. Pritzker signed the maps Friday afternoon without any fanfare. He said in a news release the maps “ensure that communities that have been left out and left behind have fair…read more

Of 3,200 Fauci emails, none from Pritzker administration

Of 3,200 Fauci emails, none from Pritzker administration

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Of more than 3,200 pages of emails released through the Freedom of Information Act to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci, there are none from the Pritzker administration. More than a year ago, on Sunday, April 26, 2020, Gov. J.B. Pritzker talked about his relationship with Fauci, the head of the National Institute…read more

Illinois House Republican Leader expects courts to decide redistricting issue

Illinois House Republican Leader expects courts to decide redistricting issue

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed the Democrat drawn redistricting bill. But Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin believes the courts will have the final say on the matter. Durkin is also critical of Governor Pritzker for not cutting enhanced unemployment benefits in Illinois like some other states are doing.read more

IL Legislature fails to address FOID card backlog

IL Legislature fails to address FOID card backlog

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Lawmakers left Springfield for the summer without addressing the persistent backlog of Firearm Owner’s Identification Card applications, leaving tens of thousands of people facing long waits to be able to buy firearms. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday said the FOID card issue is a “very important issue.” “When I came into office…read more

Rural communities face challenges with growth, decline

Rural communities face challenges with growth, decline

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to rural communities in Illinois facing questions on how to grow or how to stop the decline. Some municipalities worry that the community they find comfortable is threatened by development while others find their towns in a slow decay with declining populations and loss of…read more

Illinois on track to lift all COVID-19 restrictions

Illinois on track to lift all COVID-19 restrictions

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois is inching closer to a full reopening free of COVID-19 restrictions. The state is set to enter Phase 5 of its reopening plan on June 11. In the final phase, conventions, festivals and large events can take place, and all sectors so the economy, including bars and restaurants, can return to…read more

Partisan divide at Illinois statehouse on full display

Partisan divide at Illinois statehouse on full display

SPRINGFIELD, IL — After wrapping up the spring legislative session, the partisan divide is on full display between supermajority Democrats and super minority Republicans at the Illinois statehouse. Just before passing partisan-drawn maps last week, House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, directed comments to Republicans on the House floor. “Republicans at all levels of government…read more

Business groups give mixed reaction to state budget

Business groups give mixed reaction to state budget

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Democrats and Republicans have differing opinions on the $42 billion spending plan that was revealed just hours before passing. Business groups had mixed reactions. During a 3 a.m. news conference Tuesday, House Majority Leader Greg Harris, D-Chicago, praised the budget for what he said included no tax increases. Business groups like the…read more

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The Black Crowes @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

The Black Crowes @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

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