Ill State News

Illinois gets okay from Biden Admin for school-based health services expansion

SPRINGFIELD – The Biden Administration has approved a Pritzker administration proposal to expand the Illinois School-Based Health Services program, which will bring in additional federal matching funds to provide covered services for Medicaid-enrolled students across the state, including critical youth mental health services.   The expansion of the School-Based Health Services program will build on […]

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Local officials pledge to foster respect throughout Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Municipal League (IML) announced a Civility Pledge at its Spring Board of Directors meeting. The pledge seeks to restore civility in local governments, encourage productive dialogue and build public trust in all of Illinois’ 1,295 cities, villages and towns.   A growing need for civility has become more relevant and significant

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SIU conducts ‘active threat’ drill to improve emergency response

by Kim Rendfeld CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale conducted “active threat” training Thursday (April 20) to assess and improve how various teams work together to respond to an emergency. This year’s annual exercises were more visible and involved more people than usual. The simulated scenario for 2023 was an active shooter in Bowyer

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The Illinois Chamber reacts to Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson’s Address

CHICAGO – The Illinois Chamber has released the following statement regarding Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson’s address.   “The Illinois business community stands ready to work with Mayor-Elect Johnson to achieve our shared goals of a vibrant Chicago.   “We look forward to working with Johnson on developing specific proposals for job growth and economic development

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IPHCA, legislative champions make push for increased funding at Illinois Capitol Advocacy Day

SPRINGFIELD — As Illinois makes mental health and substance abuse care a top priority, leaders of community health centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and their legislative champions made a direct, powerful case at the state Capitol for increased funding to treat thousands more facing health challenges in underserved communities. The Illinois Primary Health Care

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Arts Alliance Illinois encourages Illinois creatives to apply for historic $50 Million in state grant funds to ease pandemic losses

CHICAGO – Arts Alliance Illinois is encouraging creatives across the state to apply for the B2B Arts (Illinois Creative Recovery) Grant, a historic $50 million in grant money being distributed by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to assist businesses, nonprofit organizations, sole proprietors, freelancers, and independent contractors in the creative sector that

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Illinois mayors push to increase local funding through local government distributive fund

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Representative Anthony DeLuca, Chairman of the House Cities and Villages Committee, held a subject matter hearing to address the need to restore funding to the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF). As part of its 2023 State Legislative Agenda, the Illinois Municipal League (IML) is supporting HB 1116 (Rep. DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights) and SB

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IDOC highlights re-entry during second chance month

SPRINGFIELD  – During this year’s Second Chance Month, the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) highlights the importance of empowering individuals with meaningful opportunities for success during incarceration and while reentering their communities.   This month, IDOC facilities across the State will host several events in recognition of Second Chance Month including Re-Entry Summits and Re-Entry

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FOP applauds Chicago Cubs for scheduled First Responders Night May 25

CHICAGO – The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge applauds the Chicago Cubs baseball organization for once again scheduling the special First Responders Night at Wrigley Field on Thursday, May 25.   “The 2016 World Champion Cubs and the men and women in law enforcement, firefighting and emergency services are at the top

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Gov. Pritzker announces $14 Million in grant awards for human service providers

CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker recently joined the Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), along with state and local officials to announce over $14 million in awards to 70 human services providers throughout the state, though Randolph County organizations did not receive any of the grants. The grants

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