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Leading business, healthcare and technology groups urge reforms to Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

SPRINGFIELD – Leading business, healthcare and technology groups are calling on the General Assembly to enact reforms to the state’s outdated Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) following recent Illinois Supreme Court decisions that leave companies vulnerable to massive financial damages and have a chilling effect on security, innovation and economic growth.   A coalition led by […]

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Rep. Ford calls for free exam prep for Illinois public university students to improve access and equity for better opportunities

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative La Shawn K. Ford, Chairman of the Illinois House Appropriations Higher Education Committee, announced his proposal to provide Illinois public university students with free access to classes that prepare them for graduate school tests and professional licensing exams.   Ford, D-Chicago, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, said he will pursue

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Dieterich Bank appoints Todd Wegman to the Prime Banc Corp and Dieterich Bank boards of directors

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Dieterich Bank has announced the appointment of Todd Wegman, president, Stevens Industries, Inc., to the board of directors of Prime Banc Corp. and Dieterich Bank, increasing the number of directors to eleven on both boards.   Bob Willenborg, chairman of the board of Prime Banc Corp and Dieterich Bank said, “We are

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IDPH reports 20 Illinois counties are at an elevated community level for COVID-19

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has anounced that the CDC is reporting 20 counties in the state are at a Medium Community Level for COVID-19, compared to 19 last week. Randolph County is at a low community level according to the CDC.   There were no counties listed at High Community

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Municipalities unveil 2023 ‘Moving Cities Forward’ platform

SPRINGFIELD – Representing mayors and municipal officials from across the state, the Illinois Municipal League (IML) announced its annual ‘Moving Cities Forward’ legislative platform, which aims to ensure the long-term success of Illinois’ 1,295 cities, villages and towns.   The 2023 platform is intended to strengthen local governments’ ability to provide critical services to taxpayers and

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Republican senators demand action on improving downstate mental health facility

SPRINGFIELD – Downstate Republican Senators in Illinois are demanding urgent action in light of documented abuses of residents living at the Choate Mental Health Center in Anna, IL. State Senators Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), and Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) joined together with House Republican colleagues at the Capitol on Thursday calling for immediate hearings.

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Dieterich Bank announces: Chuck Deters to retire; Jason Semple named CEO and board member

EFFINGHAM, IL.–Dieterich Bank’s board of directors today announced that Chuck Deters, its chief executive officer, plans to retire after fifteen years with the bank. Chuck Deters   Jason D. Semple The Board said that the Bank’s current chief financial officer, Jason D. Semple, will succeed Deters as chief executive officer effective May 1, 2023. He

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Gov. Pritzker joins Reproductive Freedom Alliance

CHICAGO —Governor JB Pritzker today announced he will join the Reproductive Freedom Alliance (RFA), a non-partisan group of state Governors focused on working alongside one another to identify best practices for legislative and executive action to protect reproductive rights. The RFA will work in partnership with The Raben Group to facilitate conversations and share information

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Illinois attorney general cautions donors to be wary of scams tied to earthquake relief efforts

CHICAGO  — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today urged Illinois residents who plan to donate to support Turkey and Syria earthquake relief efforts to be on the lookout for fundraising scams. Raoul warned donors who want to give to the earthquake relief efforts to be wary of requests for clothing, food or other in-kind donations, which

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