Spread the love

Capitol News

Democratic leaders poised to revisit Biometric Information Privacy Act after court rulings

Democratic leaders poised to revisit Biometric Information Privacy Act after court rulings

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com Nearly a year ago, the Illinois Supreme Court asked the General Assembly to clarify a 15-year-old law that’s led to hundreds of lawsuits and several high-dollar settlements with companies alleged to have illegally collected Illinoisans’ biometric data.  Now, Democratic leaders in the legislature appear ready to revive talks…

Capitol Briefs: State announces parks funding; comptroller warns of tax scams; State Police unveil building plan

Capitol Briefs: State announces parks funding; comptroller warns of tax scams; State Police unveil building plan

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com  The state announced 111 parks and recreation projects throughout Illinois will receive a portion of $55 million in state funding this year.  The Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is a cost-sharing program between state and local governments to help…

Chicago org to receive federal funding to help launch regional water sustainability industry

Chicago org to receive federal funding to help launch regional water sustainability industry

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com  A Chicago organization focused on drinking water sustainability will receive a $15 million federal grant over the next two years for a project aimed at jumpstarting a regional clean water industry.  The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded the grant to Current Innovation NFP, a nonprofit “innovation hub” whose…

Board of Elections allows Trump's name to stay on ballot

Board of Elections allows Trump’s name to stay on ballot

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Former President Donald Trump’s name will remain on the Illinois Republican primary ballot, at least for the time being. The Illinois State Board of Elections voted 8-0 on Tuesday to dismiss an objection to his candidacy based on the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause. That clause bars…

Capitol Brief: Pritzker says migrant response should focus on Chicago

Capitol Brief: Pritzker says migrant response should focus on Chicago

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – The relationship between Chicago and the state of Illinois remains a focal point in the ongoing debate around the influx of migrants from the southern U.S. border.  Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday said the state’s response to the tens of thousands of migrants that have come…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

State election board to rule on challenge to Trump candidacy

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections will be asked to decide Tuesday whether former President Donald Trump is barred under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution from having his name appear on Illinois’ March 19 Republican primary ballot. It’s a question being asked in several…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

State partners with Google to launch new portal for children’s mental health resources

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com For years, parents and providers have criticized what they see as a disorganized system for finding children mental health care in Illinois. State leaders are hoping a new partnership will change that. The Illinois Department of Human Services is partnering with Google to launch a new centralized portal…

State Supreme Court upholds downstate police, firefighter pension consolidation

State Supreme Court upholds downstate police, firefighter pension consolidation

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld a 2019 law that consolidated nearly 650 municipal police and firefighter pension funds, rejecting arguments from pension fund members that their voting power was diluted unconstitutionally. The law, which Gov. JB Pritzker signed soon after it passed with…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Tensions grow between city, state and federal government over influx of migrants

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – Tensions rose again this week between Gov. JB Pritzker’s office and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson over how to handle the tens of thousands of people who have arrived in the state since August 2022 via buses or planes sent from Texas.  The most recent back-and-forth between…

Capitol Briefs: Lawmakers look to ban food additives; state announces DCFS investment

Capitol Briefs: Lawmakers look to ban food additives; state announces DCFS investment

By COLE LONGCOR & ALEX ABBEDUTO Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com A bill in the Illinois General Assembly would ban five food additives in the state by 2027. Senate Bill 2637, sponsored by Chicago Democrat Willie Preston, would ban companies from using certain products in food, including brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, and Red Dye…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Tensions grow between city, state and federal government over influx of migrants

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – Tensions rose again this week between Gov. JB Pritzker’s office and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson over how to handle the tens of thousands of people who have arrived in the state since August 2022 via buses or planes sent from Texas.  The most recent back-and-forth between…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Panel of experts suggest legislative measures to reverse journalism decline

By ALEX ABBEDUTO   Capitol News Illinois  abbeduto@capitolnewsillinois.com  A bipartisan task force of legislators and journalism industry leaders has filed a report to the General Assembly detailing the decline of local journalism in Illinois and exploring ways the legislature can help revive it. The Local Journalism Task Force, created in January 2022, found that about…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Capitol Briefs: State money to address food deserts; unemployment at 4.2%; tax season opens

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced the application window is open for $3.5 million in funding to help local grocery stores provide fresh foods in areas with limited availability. The money is a part of an equipment upgrade program in Illinois’ Grocery Initiative – a $20 million program…

State education board to seek $653M increase in upcoming budget year

State education board to seek $653M increase in upcoming budget year

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education endorsed a budget request Wednesday that includes a $653 million increase in funding for PreK-12 public schools.  It’s a request that lawmakers may find hard to accommodate in a year when the state faces a projected $891 million budget deficit.…

Capitol Briefs: State reports COVID-19 outbreak at veterans home, gets mixed review for tobacco policies

Capitol Briefs: State reports COVID-19 outbreak at veterans home, gets mixed review for tobacco policies

By JENNIFER FULLER & COLE LONGCOR news@capitolnewsillinois.com  Health experts warn respiratory illnesses are still circulating, even as numbers trend down after a brief post-holiday surge. Outbreaks of COVID-19, Flu, and RSV have been reported in state facilities in the Bellwood, Champaign, Marion, Metro East, Peoria, Rockford and West Chicago regions in January. Those numbers are…

Back wages totaling more than $5 million owed to thousands of Illinois workers

Back wages totaling more than $5 million owed to thousands of Illinois workers

By ALEX ABBEDUTO  Capitol News Illinois  abbeduto@capitolnewsillinois.com  The U.S. Department of Labor is currently holding more than $5 million in wages owed to more than 7,000 Illinois workers, and the department has launched a new website in an effort to return it. When an employee is underpaid for the work they do, the DOL’s Wage…

Capitol Briefs: Lawmakers look to ban food additives; state announces DCFS investment

Capitol Briefs: Lawmakers look to ban food additives; state announces DCFS investment

By COLE LONGCOR & ALEX ABBEDUTO Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com A bill in the Illinois General Assembly would ban five food additives in the state by 2027. Senate Bill 2637, sponsored by Chicago Democrat Willie Preston, would ban companies from using certain products in food, including brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, and Red Dye…

Pritzker touts climate investments despite renewables lagging state goals

Pritzker touts climate investments despite renewables lagging state goals

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – Boston-based Nexamp, a major player in the solar energy industry, is joining the growing list of renewable technology companies that have expanded or relocated to Illinois in recent months.  On Monday, Nexamp announced its intention to spend $2 billion in Illinois, including building a second headquarters…

Capitol Briefs: State Police report fewer deaths on Illinois highways in 2023

Capitol Briefs: State Police report fewer deaths on Illinois highways in 2023

By JENNIFER FULLER Capitol News Illinois jfuller@capitolnewsillinois.com  Fatal crashes on interstates and expressways in Illinois fell by 7 percent in 2023 compared to the previous year, and shootings were down more than 30 percent. Illinois State Police report the declines came at the same time troopers were beefing up their enforcement on the state’s transportation…

Back wages totaling more than $5 million owed to thousands of Illinois workers

Back wages totaling more than $5 million owed to thousands of Illinois workers

By ALEX ABBEDUTO  Capitol News Illinois  abbeduto@capitolnewsillinois.com  The U.S. Department of Labor is currently holding more than $5 million in wages owed to more than 7,000 Illinois workers, and the department has launched a new website in an effort to return it. When an employee is underpaid for the work they do, the DOL’s Wage…

Staffing agencies not exempted from antitrust law, state Supreme Court rules

Staffing agencies not exempted from antitrust law, state Supreme Court rules

By Hannah Meisel CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com Staffing agencies – a fast-growing industry that employs nearly a million Illinoisans – are not exempt from the state’s antitrust law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled late last week. The decision comes 3 ½ years after Attorney General Kwame Raoul sued a trio of staffing agencies, alleging they…

Smart Start preschool expansion ahead of schedule in first fiscal year

Smart Start preschool expansion ahead of schedule in first fiscal year

By COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois clongcor@capitolnewsillinois.com An early childhood education program championed by Gov. JB Pritzker is ahead of schedule when it comes to increasing access to preschool in Illinois.  The Smart Start program passed last May as part of the state’s operating budget, which allocated $250 million to expand early childhood education programs,…

Tracy Katz Muhl appointed to fill seat of resigned Rep. Jonathan Carroll

Tracy Katz Muhl appointed to fill seat of resigned Rep. Jonathan Carroll

By ALEX ABBEDUTO  Capitol News Illinois abbeduto@capitolnewsiillinois.com Tracy Katz Muhl, a Northbrook school board president and Northfield Township Democratic committeeperson, will fill former Democratic Rep. Jonathan Carroll’s 57th district seat. Carroll resigned earlier this month, saying in a written statement it was “in the best interest” of his family’s “physical and mental health.” Illinois law…

Smart Start preschool expansion ahead of schedule in first fiscal year

Smart Start preschool expansion ahead of schedule in first fiscal year

By COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois clongcor@capitolnewsillinois.com An early childhood education program championed by Gov. JB Pritzker is ahead of schedule when it comes to increasing access to preschool in Illinois.  The Smart Start program passed last May as part of the state’s operating budget, which allocated $250 million to expand early childhood education programs,…

Local News

Steve Palmer, chairman of the Brew Moon Festival; Susanna Decker of Community Support Services; and McCook Mayor Terrance Carr pose with the oversized check donated from the festival. (Photos by Steve Metsch) 

Brew Moon raises $33,000 for two charitable organizations

By Steve Metsch Two local charitable organizations will benefit from the 12th annual Brew Moon Beer & Band Festival held in October at the MAX in McCook. The Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Foundation, based in Indian Head Park, and Community Support Services, based in Brookfield, each received $16,500. Checks were presented to representatives of each…

Mario DePasquale

Ex-McCook police chief sentenced to 27 months in extortion plot

By Bob Bong Mario DePasquale, the former police chief of McCook, was sentenced last week to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty last year to conspiring with the village’s former mayor to extort two businessmen out of tens of thousands of dollars. DePasquale, 50, was sentenced February 21 to 27 months…

stealing Mail

Palos Heights police bust mail theft ring

3 arrested for allegedly stealing mail in Palos Heights, Palos Park By Jeff Vorva The good news is that lost mail involving residents of Palos Park and Palos Heights has been found. The bad news is that it may be a while before they get that mail back. Three people were arrested for their alleged…

Shepard High School junior, Anastasia Kladis, has raised nearly $2,000 for Special Olympics Illinois and hopes to keep the amount growing before she takes the plunge at Shepard High School on March 7. (Supplied photos)

Shepard student to take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

By Kelly White One Shepard High School student has been excelling in raising funds for this year’s Polar Plunge. Anastasia Kladis, a junior from Palos Heights, has raised nearly $2,000 for Special Olympics Illinois and hopes to keep the amount growing before she takes the plunge at school on March 7. “I have made a…

Hon. Koula Fornier

Fournier resigns from TTO to become judge

From staff reports The Lyons Township Trustees of Schools is accepting applications for a vacancy on their board, after Trustee Koula A. Fournier resigned earlier this month after being sworn-in as a Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. Fournier was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the Maloney vacancy of the 4th…

CRRNH_CheesiesLogo_022824

Cheesie’s coming to Garfield Ridge

. Popular ‘pub & grub’ coming to Archer/Nashville .  By Tim Hadac A business strip in need of a shot of adrenaline is about get a bit of zing next month. Cheesie’s Pub & Grub, a well known favorite on the North Side, is bringing its casual dining fun to the vacant Lindy’s/Gertie’s building at…

Nancy Diaz, area coach of operations for Panda Express, cuts the ribbon at the new Oak Lawn restaurant on Feb. 15. Joining her for the ceremony were (far left) Oak Lawn Trustee Paul Mallo (3rd) and Mayor Terry Vorderer. Xin Qin, the regional director of operations for the new Panda Express, is at far right. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn welcomes second Panda Express restaurant

By Joe Boyle A large crowd of customers began lining up outside the new Panda Express in Oak Lawn the morning of Feb. 15 and were not disappointed when they entered the restaurant. A major draw to the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was that the first 88 customers to enter the restaurant would receive…

evergreen park logo

Evergreen Park officer arrests armed driver after traffic stop

By Joe Boyle What appeared to be a routine traffic stop resulted in the arrest of an armed man in Evergreen Park. At Monday’s Evergreen Park Village Board meeting, Police Chief Michael Saunders requested that Officer Adrian Ortiz receive a commendation for making an arrest of a suspect who may have been a danger to…

Ruby, Palos Hills mascot, visits the local McDonald's. (Supplied photo)

Palos Hills to start posting job openings

By Nuha Abdessalam The Palos Hills Economic Development Department will start making job postings accessible for locals to scope out the job scene. Mayor Gerald Bennett and aldermen highlighted the city’s flourishing local business climate during the city council meeting on Feb. 15. Ald. Donna O’Connell said the city’s Economic Development Department will be able…

Oak Lawn Library patrons were able to talk to local authors at the library's second annual RomCon. (Photos by Kelly White)

Love is in the air at RomCon 2024

By Kelly White Love made an appearance at the local library this past weekend. Back by popular demand again this year, the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn, held RomCon 2024, celebrating the romance genre on February 17. “RomCon is a time for fellow romance readers to get together to meet romance…

Neighbors

Prep Sports