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Pritzker touts newly enacted justice reform laws

Pritzker touts newly enacted justice reform laws

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and several lawmakers are touring the state touting the new justice reform law that was signed this week. House Bill 3653, meant to reshape criminal justice and policing in Illinois, was passed in the final days of the lame-duck session last month by the General Assembly. The centerpiece of…read more

Groups already calling for changes to sweeping police bill Pritzker signed

Groups already calling for changes to sweeping police bill Pritzker signed

SPRINGFIELD, IL — With the signing of House Bill 3653, Illinois is on the way to ending cash bail. But there are already calls for changing the controversial law Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted Monday that brings sweeping changes to the state’s system of justice. There are a slew of changes the governor enacted Monday. The…read more

LOCAL STATE LAWMAKERS REACT TO SIGNING OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM LAW

LOCAL STATE LAWMAKERS REACT TO SIGNING OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM LAW

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 3653 on Monday, the controversial criminal justice reform proposal which was rammed through the General Assembly during lame-duck session earlier this year. State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), a vocal opponent to the legislation, issued the following statement following the Governor’s actions: “By signing House Bill 3653,…read more

Illinois education officials look to waive standardized tests this spring

Illinois education officials look to waive standardized tests this spring

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The Illinois State Board of Education is awaiting word on a request to waive Spring 2021 assessments across schools. State Superintendent Carmen Ayala sent a letter asking for the waiver on assessments, noting that over a million Illinois students are still receiving instruction through remote learning. According to the ISBE, less than…read more

EX-ILLINOIS HOUSE SPEAKER MICHAEL MADIGAN TO RESIGN SEAT

EX-ILLINOIS HOUSE SPEAKER MICHAEL MADIGAN TO RESIGN SEAT

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Rep. Michael Madigan has announced that he is resigning his seat in the Legislature. The Chicago Democrat virtually set Illinois’ political agenda as House speaker before he was ousted from that job last month. The 78-year-old Madigan was elected speaker in 1983 and served 36 of the next 38 years…read more

‘Culturally Responsive’ teaching standards could come up Wednesday in JCAR

‘Culturally Responsive’ teaching standards could come up Wednesday in JCAR

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Controversial teaching standards that the Illinois State Board of Education has filed could come up Wednesday in a legislative committee. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules rescheduled its Tuesday meeting to Wednesday in Springfield. There could be a motion to block what ISBE calls “Culturally Responsive” teaching standards. State Rep. Brad Halbrook,…read more

All 1,800 IDOT state plows out working Illinois roads

All 1,800 IDOT state plows out working Illinois roads

ILLINOIS (RFD) — IDOT has all 1,800 plows and salt trucks out currently to battle a winter storm that has touched nearly every portion of the state. If you must travel its imperative that you take your time says Master Sergeant JC Clarke with the Illinois State Police and you have to be prepared. Clarke…read more

Pritzker faces questions from Democrats, Republicans ahead of budget address

Pritzker faces questions from Democrats, Republicans ahead of budget address

SPRINGFIELD, IL — With Gov. J.B. Pritzker preparing to deliver his budget address Wednesday, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are sounding off on the few details that have been released. Some at the Illinois statehouse and some in the U.S. Congress are wondering how federal dollars could impact the plan. Topline budget details…read more

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Bachman-Cummings with special guest Mark Farner’s American Band @ The Family Arena

Bachman-Cummings with special guest Mark Farner’s American Band @ The Family Arena

RESCHEDULED – Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ The Family Arena ON SALE •  PRICES • $103 (Rows 1-7), $93 (Floor), $78 (Lower Level Sidelines), $63 (Lower Level Endzone), $53 (Upper Level) Tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena Ticket Office or online at Ticketmaster.com. Legendary Canadian musicians and songwriters Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings announced today a US leg…

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