Ill State News

SIU Board of Trustees freezes undergraduate tuition rates for 2024-2025 academic year

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—The Southern Illinois University System (SIU) is not increasing undergraduate tuition rates at its Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses in the 2024-2025 school year. The SIU Board of Trustees voted to freeze undergraduate tuition rates at its meeting today in Carbondale.   SIU offers some of the lowest undergraduate tuition rates among state public universities […]

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Illinois EPA announces $25.1 Million in grant awards for public electric vehicle charging infrastructure

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Director John J. Kim today announced $25.1 million is being awarded to 20 applicants for electric vehicle charging infrastructure under the Driving a Cleaner Illinois program. The grants will fund 643 new Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) ports at 141 locations throughout the state. The awards are based on

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Coalition unveils bipartisan legislation to regulate hemp consumer products, prohibit synthetic THC intoxicants such as Delta-8

SPRINGFIELD – A coalition of scientists, safety advocates and cannabis industry groups today unveiled bipartisan legislation to create a long-overdue regulatory framework for hemp consumer products following a proliferation of unregulated THC products that has created confusion across the state and put consumers at risk.   The Hemp Consumer Products Act (SB3926), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader

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Komatsu Mining Truck Named ‘The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois’

SPRINGFIELD – Chosen by voters from an initial field of more than 200 entries, the Komatsu mining truck made by Komatsu in Peoria has been crowned the winner of the 2024 “Makers Madness” contest, earning the title of The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.   Hosted by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and sponsored by Comcast Business,

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Gov. Pritzker announces new Illinois Grocery Initiative Grant

CHICAGO- Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton joined food justice advocates and local stakeholders recently to announce a new grant program from the Illinois Grocery Initiative.   The New Stores in Food Deserts Program will offer competitive grants to encourage the establishment of new grocery stores in USDA-defined food deserts. Paired with the

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llinois Retail Merchants Association launches’We Are Retail’ promotional campaign

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) has launched “We Are Retail,” a promotional campaign that will share the stories of independent retailers across the state through videos, photographs, blogs, social media, and paid advertisements.   The effort is designed to raise awareness of the impact retailers have on our lives and in our

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Illinois issues updated sport fish consumption advisories

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued its updated consumption advisories for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. The advisories are based on routine testing conducted by the Illinois Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program, which was updated last fall to include testing for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals.”   The

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Illinois Sheriff’s Association criticizes release of driver involved in the death of DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Sheriff’s Association is sharply criticizing the release of Nathan P. Sweeney of DeKalb, Ill. who was arrested last week on reckless homicide and DUI charges in connection with the line of duty death of DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Deputy Christina Musil was released from custody after the Court set pretrial

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Department of Revenue reminds taxpayers that April 15 filing deadline is quickly approaching

CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers that the upcoming deadline is quickly approaching for filing 2023 state individual income tax returns. The agency has been collecting and processing returns since the 2024 tax season officially began on January 29 and the deadline is Monday, April 15, 2024. “We encourage taxpayers to file

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Award is state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service

SPRINGFIELD — Seven individuals will be presented with the state’s highest honor on Saturday, April 13 when The Lincoln Academy of Illinois holds its 60th Annual Convocation starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum.   Governor JB Pritzker previously announced the 2024 recipients of the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest civilian honor for professional

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