Ill State News

Illinois AFL-CIO hires campaign veteran Samantha McClain as chief of staff

SPRINGFIELD – Samantha McClain has been hired as chief of staff for the Illinois AFL-CIO, working to advance the organization’s strategic vision to support working families across Illinois.    “We are excited to have Samantha join our team at the Illinois AFL-CIO,” remarked President Tim Drea. “Samantha is one of the most talented strategists that […]

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Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to address food deserts across Illinois

METRO EAST – Governor JB Pritzker has signed Senate Bill 850, which establishes the Illinois Grocery Initiative – a multi-pronged policy designed to address food deserts across the state. It will support existing grocers and encourage new grocery stores to open through incentive opportunities. The legislation also allows grocery stores receiving grants as part of the

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Drought Eases in Illinois

CHAMMPAIGN, Ill. – The 2023 drought has been the most extensive and intense in Illinois in the last 10 years. In mid-July, two-thirds of the state was in at least moderate drought, which caused significant impacts to crops, ecology, streams and rivers, and lake levels. Fortunately, most of the state has been considerably wetter since

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Saint Vincent de Paul’s post pandemic challenges for those experiencing homelessness

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Several pandemic-era safety net programs will be ending between now and through this Fall of 2023 and moving forward. This is likely going to create a challenge for many of the families St. Vincent de Paul serves. Areas of concern include childcare, Medicaid, food stamps, student loans, and health care

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IDNR launches blueprint to help combat climate change

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has launched a climate action plan to serve as a blueprint for reducing the agency’s carbon footprint and achieving Gov. JB Pritzker’s greenhouse gas reduction goals by 2050. Plans include a pollinator-friendly solar installation, electric charging stations in state parks, greater use of electric vehicles and equipment,

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Villanueva champions equitable restroom law

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Celina Villanueva championed a newly signed law to allow gender-neutral, multi-occupancy restrooms to be installed in private and public businesses.   “Businesses now have the autonomy to decide how to best show up for their communities,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “The inclusivity of this law not only benefits members of the LBGTQ

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Koehler law aims to ensure child vloggers are accurately compensated

SPRINGFIELD – With the rise of social media influencing, all someone needs to reach fame now is a cell phone. While traditional child actors are protected by the Child Labor Law, there has been nothing on the books for young social media influencers until now, thanks to State Senator Dave Koehler. “The rise of social media has

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Illinois Chamber and IERG applaud the signing of HB 3017, permitting portal

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group (IERG) applaud Governor Pritzker on the recent signing of legislation to improve the permitting process for businesses in Illinois.   HB 3017 amends the Business Assistance and Regulatory Reform Act by consolidating status updates from state agencies for covered projects in an

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