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Gov. Pritzker announces paid tech trainee program to diversify and strengthen state’s workforce

CHICAGO— Joined by educators, lawmakers and advocates, Governor JB Pritzker announced today that the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is launching a paid trainee program to build a pipeline of tech talent to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals and diversify the agency’s workforce.   “As Governor, I’m determined to make sure every […]

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Fort Massac Encampment returns to Metropolis Oct. 21-22

METROPOLIS – The popular Fort Massac Encampment, which has drawn thousands of visitors to southern Illinois every fall for nearly 50 years, will return to Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis Oct. 21 and 22.   Since 1974, the encampment festival has provided visitors with a chance to experience what life was like at Fort Massac during the

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Three named to Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director Paula Basta has announced three new members of the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame, who will be honored during award ceremonies in their home communities this fall.   “Each of this year’s inductees represents a positive image of aging and has made meaningful contributions over the course

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Rule regulating placement and display of co-branded alcoholic beverages adopted

SPRNGFIELD – On September 21, 2023, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) adopted a permanent rule regulating the placement of co-branded alcoholic beverages on retail sales floors. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) issued a Certificate of No Objection on September 12, 2023, permitting the ILCC to adopt the rule by filing with the

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Cooking safety starts with YOU! Pay attention to fire prevention

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –  Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has proclaimed October 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week in Illinois to educate residents about reducing the risk of a cooking fire. The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is joining organizations and fire departments across the state and nation to celebrate the 101st anniversary of Fire

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Pritzker Administration announces Small Business Grant Awards for B2B Restaurants, Hotels and Arts

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the conclusion of the Back to Business (B2B) Restaurants, Hotels and Arts program with $156 million provided in relief funds. Through these three programs, nearly 4,000 grants went to businesses in over 500 cities, towns and localities in 95 counties across the state.

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Illinois Conservation Foundation to host 2023 Director’s Hunt at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) invites hunters and other supporters to participate in the 2023 ICF Director’s Hunt at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County.   The two-day controlled pheasant and chukar hunt is scheduled for Nov. 27-28. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Natalie Phelps Finnie will

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Governor Pritzker announces $2.1 million in grants for 13 local bike path projects

SPRINGFIELD – A total of $2,161,000 in grants to help communities develop and improve 13 local bike path projects throughout Illinois was announced today by Governor JB Pritzker.   “Bicycle path projects are excellent drivers of job creation and economic development, while also increasing road safety for bicyclists,” Governor Pritzker said. “Illinois’ beautiful natural landscape should be

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Pritzker Administration awarded $16 Million from the Department of Energy to improve grid resiliency

CHICAGO, IL – Governor JB Pritzker announced today a $16,063,450 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant Program to help the state’s small municipal and co-op utilities improve power grid reliability and help mitigate the impacts of extreme weather on Illinois families. Illinois is among the 11 states, two territories,

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