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Statement by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois on the release of the State’s Multi-Year Infrastructure Improvement Plan

SPRINGFIELD – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC Illinois) released the following statement regarding the unveiling of the state’s Multi-Year Improvement Program (MYP) for FY 2024-2029 by IDOT:   “Strategic investments in the modernization of our state’s road, air, rail and freight infrastructure guarantee state-of-the art, safe, reliable and accessible transportation and […]

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Illinois Heat Safety Tips!

SPRINGFIELD – July is National Extreme Heat Safety Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS) has some easy tips to keep you cool.   “Illinois has many days of sweltering high heat including several 100-degree days,” explained IEMA-OHS Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Know the differences and prevent heat cramps, heat

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Illinois State Police investigate in-custody death at Massac County Jail

METROPOLIS – Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating the death of an inmate at the Massac County Jail at the request of the Massac County Sheriff’s Department.   It happened Wednesday at approximately 9:14 a.m., correctional staff found 43-year-old Dennis F. Schapmire of Ozark, IL deceased in his jail cell.  

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Illinois launches modernized process to change gender on birth certificates

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that it became easier for Illinois residents to change the gender listed on their birth certificate as of July 1, under a new law signed by Governor JB Pritzker in February.   The update to the state’s Vital Records Act that took effect at the

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The Illinois Freedom Caucus issues statement on Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College ruling

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  – The Illinois Freedom Caucus is issuing the following statement on the recent United States Supreme Court ruling in the Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College case.   “Racism has no place in our society. We cannot hope to ever right past wrongs by committing new wrongs.

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Illinois State Police announces a new public website for crime statistics

SPRINGFIELD – On July 1, 2023, the Illinois State Police (ISP) is officially launching a new public website to view crime statistics in Illinois. The Crime in Illinois Online website is part of the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting (I-UCR) Program, which serves as the state repository for crime statistics to provide reliable information for use

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Young leaders represent Egyptian Electric Cooperative in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fifty-three young leaders representing 24 Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives boarded buses and departed for Washington, D.C. on June 16 for the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA’s) Youth to Washington Tour. They joined more than 1,800 youth delegates from across the nation for this annual tradition that has spanned nearly

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National Drought Summary for June 27, 2023

National Drought Mitigation Center LINCOLN, Neb. – Widespread changes were made across the country, with many degradations and improvements occurring. In the eastern U.S., mostly widespread improvements occurred following widespread heavy rains, though parts of New Jersey and Long Island that missed out on these rains saw conditions worsen. The Midwest and east-central Great Plains

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This Independence Day, plan ahead so when you see red, white and blue, it’s fireworks, not a squad car

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With summer already here and the July Fourth extended holiday weekend around the corner, the Illinois Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement to increase safety enforcement efforts throughout the state.   The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign supported by federal funds

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Illinois Bankers Association names Jim Roolf of Old National Bank in Joliet 2023 Banker of the Year

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) is proud to recognize Jim Roolf, Senior Vice President and Corporate Relations Officer at Old National Bank in Joliet, as the 2023 Banker of the Year. The award was presented during the IBA’s Annual Convention which was held in Chicago.   The Banker of the Year award is

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