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Paul Schimpf announces Carolyn Schofield as 2022 running mate

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Paul Schimpf, Republican candidate for Illinois Governor, has announced Carolyn Schofield as his Lieutenant Governor and running mate. After Schimpf’s announcement, Schofield shared her enthusiasm about the ticket: “I am honored and excited to be running with Paul as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. As a parent, I can no longer sit back …

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Rep. Zalewski enlists community to help police combat crime through new legislation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Under a bill filed by state Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, community members could receive reimbursement if they supply video footage from their home security systems that assists in the apprehension and prosecution of criminal activity. “One of the biggest challenges that law enforcement faces in the prosecution of crime is the lack …

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New project provides Illinois businesses with employee tobacco cessation program

Written by Liz Smith     URBANA, Ill. – Tobacco use comes with a heavy price to the state and nation, with tobacco-related illnesses estimated to contribute to more than $225 billion in direct medical care costs each year, including $156 billion in lost productivity. Although employer-sponsored tobacco cessation programs provide one effective means to help …

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COVID-19 antivirals will be available in Illinois this month

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing two new COVID-19 oral antivirals, Paxlovid (Pfizer) and Molnupiravir (Merck), will be available in Illinois later this month.  The antivirals are for those with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk for becoming severely ill, including hospitalization or death.  Both antivirals will be available …

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IDPH reports 201,428 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Friday reported 201,428 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including an increase of 444 deaths since December 31, 2021.   Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,382,437 cases, including 28,361 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.  The age of …

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Comptroller Mendoza extends COVID break for struggling taxpayers

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ continued struggle against COVID-19 leads Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza to announce that for a second year, low-to-moderate-income working families in Illinois will not have unpaid fines deducted from their state income tax refunds.  “A year ago, we had hoped the world would be further along in the fight against COVID-19. Unfortunately, we all know that is not the case,” Comptroller Mendoza …

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Dieterich Bank awards prizes in year-long giveaway

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Dieterich Bank completed its year-long giveaway campaign on New Year’s Eve with the announcement of the winner of a 2021 Ford Escape! All year Dieterich Bank debit card customers have been entered to win four great prizes simply by using their Dieterich Bank debit card. The bank also collected mail-in entries.  Congratulations …

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Friess: Judicial subcircuits amount to power grab

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As part of floor action on the first night of the spring legislative session, House Democrats brought forth and passed legislation to expand judicial subcircuits in Illinois. State Representative David Friess (R-Red Bud) had this to say concerning the legislation: “Last night at the 11th hour, House Democrats once again took up …

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Sen. Tracy: Partisan games leave legislature without ethics watchdog

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Six months of stalling by legislative Democrats over selecting a new Legislative Inspector General has needlessly left Illinois without an urgently-needed ethics watchdog for state lawmakers, and thus more vulnerable to government corruption, according to State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) during a press conference today. January 6 marks the final day that …

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Attorney General Raoul highlights new laws

CHICAGO — Attorney General Kwame Raoul highlights four new laws initiated by his office that will go into effect Jan. 1. “Whether by improving Illinois’ police certification and decertification process, protecting minors from the dangers of e-cigarette usage, protecting survivors of human trafficking or streamlining support to victims of violent crime, my office has focused …

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