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Gov. Pritzker announces upcoming personnel transitions at Illinois Department of Insurance

CHICAGO, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker announced that Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Dana Popish Severinghaus will step down from her role on April 15th. Popish Severinghaus has served as Director of DOI since January of 2021. Governor Pritzker has appointed State Senator Ann Gillespie as new Acting Director of DOI, pending Senate confirmation. […]

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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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Business leaders and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) oppose legislation that would eliminate the tip credit in Illinois

CHICAGO – A new law proposed in Illinois would change wages for tipped workers across the state. Minimum wage would be mandated under the new law, forcing restaurants to restructure their operations.   At a Capitol press conference this week, State Representative Mike Coffey (R-Springfield) joined business leaders and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA)

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Volunteers needed for Illinois History Day student competition April 24

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois History Day, an event that invites students from across Illinois to create history projects such as exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances, and research papers on topics of their choice, will take place April 24 at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield.   This statewide program encourages students in grades 6 through 12 to

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Illinois State Police seeks public’s help in a death investigation in St. Clair County

CAHOKIA HEIGHTS – Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 6 is requesting the public’s assistance in the investigation of a deceased female. On March 30, 2024 at approximately 3:20 a.m., ISP discovered a deceased female on Interstate 255 northbound at milepost 15 near Cahokia Heights, IL.  The deceased female appeared to have been

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SIU’s Paul Simon Institute hosts leading Chicago business executive

CARBONDALE, Ill. — John W. Rogers Jr., a nationally prominent and respected entrepreneur based in Chicago, will visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute on Thursday, April 11, to discuss his path-breaking career in business, public service and philanthropy. Rogers will join John Shaw, institute director, for a “fireside conversation” to reflect on Rogers’

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Illinois Public Pension Fund Association to host First Responder PTSD and Wellness Retreat June 2- 4 in Lake Geneva

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) and the Heroes Family Fund will host the First Responder PTSD and Wellness Retreat Sunday through Tuesday, June 2 – 4, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The retreat is designed for active or retired police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and 9-1-1 operators,

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IDPH Kicks Off ’30 Days of Public Health’ to coincide with National Minority Health Month

CHICAGO – This April the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be celebrating 30 Days of Public Health, an extended observance of National Public Health Week that also coincides with National Minority Health Month. The month-long slate of  activities is intended to engage Illinoisans and raise awareness about all that public health does to keep individuals healthy and safe.   The

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Coalition of Tipped Workers, Service Operators, and Local Businesses oppose effort to eliminate the tip credit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A coalition of tipped workers, service operators, and local businesses today urged the General Assembly to reject a flawed proposal that would eliminate the tip credit. HB 5345 would fundamentally alter the way restaurants, bars, breweries, hotels, and other businesses who use the tip credit pay their employees, leading to less take-home

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April is Safe Digging Month in Illinois

CHICAGO, Ill. – April is Safe Digging Month in Illinois, and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is reminding citizens they can help reduce utility outages and accidents by calling 811. With temperatures starting to rise, this annual proclamation is a reminder to all professional excavators and homeowners to call 811 to safely locate and mark utility

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