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Gillespie announces legislation to provide foster youth with legal counsel

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ann Gillespie and child welfare advocates announced legislation that would provide youth in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services with legal representation on Wednesday.   “Children and youth with lived experience in our child welfare system have overwhelmingly voiced their desire to be seen, heard and represented,” […]

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker elected as 2023 Delta Regional Authority States’ co-chair

CLARKSDALE, MS – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced today Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has been elected the 2023 DRA States’ co-chairman. DRA’s Board of Governors annually elect a States’ Co-Chairman to work directly with the Federal Co-Chairman on economic development and growth in the DRA region.   DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins said, “I am

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Illinois State Police metropolitan enforcement groups and drug task forces successes in 2022

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP), working with local law enforcement and community partners, continues to decrease the supply of opioids and other drugs devastating many neighborhoods.  In 2022, the ISP Metropolitan Enforcement Groups (MEGs) and Drug Task Forces across the state seized 679 firearms, 26,679 pounds of drugs, and arrested 1,942 individuals.  The ISP

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Illinois Chamber of Commerce opposes FTC’s Proposed Rule Banning Noncompetes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Chamber of Commerce recently filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) opposing the FTC’s proposed rule banning on all noncompetition agreements nationwide. The Chamber opposes the proposed noncompete ban because it would wipe out Illinois’s recently enacted bipartisan noncompete reform law (the “Illinois Compromise”), along with similar bipartisan compromises in

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Illinois State Police expands Crisis Intervention Training

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is rolling out 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for all ISP officers beginning in February. CIT programs create connections between law enforcement professionals, mental health providers, families, and consumer advocates. The goal of crisis intervention training is to help officers better understand mental illness, which can help

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Illinois manufacturers laud new law strengthening electric vehicle production incentives

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) has issued the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB 2951 into law, strengthening the state’s efforts to encourage in-state production of electric vehicles and related components:   “This measure will make Illinois more competitive with neighboring states by creating a closing fund to encourage businesses to locate

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IDPH Reports five Illinois counties are at an Elevated Community Level for COVID-19

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that the CDC is reporting five counties in the state are at a Medium Community Level for COVID-19, compared to 20 counties the previous week. No counties are listed at High Community Level in Illinois for the second straight week.   The updated data

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Rep. Randy Frese – House Dems approve new rules for spring session ensuring failed old way of doing business will remain

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With each new General Assembly, the Illinois House of Representatives passes a Resolution establishing the Rules by which the chamber will operate.   Democrats currently hold a strong supermajority in the Illinois House, which gives them complete and total control over the legislative process. In the meantime, House Republicans have called for

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Attorney General Raoul recognizes Identity Theft Awareness Week

CHICAGO — In recognition of Identity Theft Awareness Week, Attorney General Kwame Raoul today urged consumers to learn more about identity theft scams and consider easy changes they can make to protect their personal information.   “Identity theft can happen to anyone. Whether you are a college student, a veteran or an older resident –

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