Pritzker activates Illinois National Guard at City of Chicago's request

At the request of the City of Chicago, Governor JB Pritzker is activating 125 personnel from the Illinois National Guard to stand by to support the Chicago Police Department with a verdict expected in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Legislation to protect status of health care coverage for Illinois children

Thetimesweekly.com Legislation solidifying quality health care coverage for children passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

AG’s office investigating compromised network

Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the Office of the Attorney General's network has been compromised. Attorney General Raoul released the following statement:

Jesse White encourages consumers to participate in Money Smart Week

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White encourages consumers to participate in Money Smart Week, a weeklong free virtual event designed to help people manage their personal finances and avoid fraud.

Regional water commission advances out of committee

To address fears that Joliet and other southwest suburbs may overwhelm their primary water source by 2030, State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) passed legislation out of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee that will allow Joliet and nearby communities ...

Department of Education urged to forgive loans of certain ITT Tech students

Attorney General Kwame Raoul today urged the U.S. Department of Education to discharge the federal student loan debt of those who attended ITT Technical Institute from 2007 to 2010. The now-defunct for-profit school defrauded thousands of individuals by encouraging them ...

Will County Health Department reports 677 new COVID cases

The Will County Health Department on Monday reported 69,665 COVID cases, an increase of 677 from Thursday, while the number of reported deaths remained unchanged at 951.

State collects more than $900 million in revenue in 2020

thetimesweekly.com Attorney General Kwame Raoul office collected just over $904 million in revenue on behalf of the state through litigation and collection efforts in 2020. The revenue collected for the state by the Attorney General's office shows that for every ...

Bipartisan legislation introduced to spur development of U.S. Digital Currency

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman French Hill (R-AR) introduced the Central Bank Digital Currency Study Act. The bill directs the Federal Reserve to conduct a study and issue a report on central bank digital currencies in cooperation with other ...

Connor teams with AFSCME, Citizens Utility Board to require voter approval for water privatization

Thetimesweekly.com Any municipality seeking to privatize its water company will be required to first receive approval from voters if Senate Bill 164 becomes law. State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport), sponsor of SB 164, joined the Citizens Utility Board and AFSCME ...

Foster re-introduces bipartisan Payer State Transparency Act

To highlight the “Payer State” problem, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX) introduced the Payer State Transparency Act of 2021. In a typical year, Illinois taxpayers lose roughly $20 billion because they pay more in federal taxes ...

Legislation to require financial literacy for Illinois students

Thetimesweekly.com Legislation led by Senator Meg Lougran Cappel (D-Plainfield) that is aimed at addressing a glaring gap in financial preparedness among Illinois students passed through the Senate Education Committee Tuesday. “One of the primary goals of our state’s education system ...

Illinois achieves $1 Billion in investment earnings for State

Thetimesweekly.com Illinois has now surpassed $1 Billion in state investment earnings since he assumed office, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said. The milestone was confirmed in March and involves the earnings on what is currently a $17 Billion state portfolio. ...

Blacks, Hispanics account for 10 percent or less of total vaccinated in Will County

While COVID vaccinations in Will County continue to rise, the numbers of Blacks and Hispanics who have received the vaccine remains low.

Senate passes $1.9 trillion American rescue plan

thetimesweekly.com President Joe Biden promised help was on the way to an America still battered by COVID-19, and after a marathon session of debate known as vote-a-rama and some dissension in the Democratic ranks – particularly Sen. Joe Manchin of ...