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Foster supports sweeping Anti-Corruption and Clean Elections reform package

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced support for H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption package to clean up Washington. The proposed legislation would protect and expand voting rights, eliminate gerrymandering, restore integrity to government, and put the ...

Foster Statement on Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office:

Education reform for students and teachers passes

thetimesweekly.com In the lame duck session in Springfield recently, it was a win for students and teachers with the passing of the Black Caucus’s education pillar and legislation restoring collective bargaining rights to Chicago teachers. With her background in education, ...

AG Raoul wants Facebook to halt weapon accessory ads amid heightened threats ahead of inauguration

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, with three other attorneys general, on Monday issued a letter urging Facebook, Inc. (Facebook), to halt the sale of military tactical gear and weapon accessories until after President-Elect Biden's inauguration.

United Way of Illinois Launches ‘21 Week Equity Challenge’

The United Way of Will County, in conjunction with the United Way of Illinois has launched a ‘21 Week Equity Challenge.’ Following a year of unrest and strife, this free, online learning program will provide lessons and resources for Illinoisians ...

New laws take effect in Illinois regarding insulin pricing, minimum wage

Only a handful of new laws took effect in 2021 in Illinois, mainly as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and a shortened session of the legislature. The two major new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 ...

Senate discusses pandemic protocol in Illinois prisons

thetimesweekly.com Testifying before the Senate State Government Committee recently, Illinois Dept. of Corrections Director Rob Jeffreys said the state’s prison system is working closely with state public health authorities to respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Electoral College affirms President-elect Biden's win in election

The Electoral College on Monday officially affirmed President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala as the winners of the Nov. 3 election. Electors in each of the states cast their ballots and put Biden over the 270 electoral votes needed ...

Will County Health Department reports 464 new COVID cases

As the country awaits the release of COVID vaccine distribution to get underway, Coronavirus cases continue to rise. The Will County Health Department on Wednesday reported 44,464 COVID cases, an increase of 464 from Tuesday, and seven additional deaths, bringing ...

Senate passes Durbin bill to rename Elwood Post Office after Larry Walsh Sr.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Friday announced that the Senate unanimously passed legislation he introduced to rename the U.S. Post Office facility located at 303 E. Mississippi Ave. in Elwood, Illinois, after former Will County Executive Lawrence ...

Bertino-Tarrant reminds residents to shop local this holiday season

As the holiday season quickly approaches, businesses continue to struggle to stay afloat amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To help those businesses, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is urging Will County residents to shop locally.

AG Raoul joins coalition of other AGs to urge Congress to extend CARES Act

Attorney General Kwame Raoul today joined a coalition of 49 attorneys general that sent a letter urging Congress to extend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding until the end of 2021.

State senators call for utility disconnection moratorium

Several Illinois state senators are calling on Gov. JB Pritzker to introduce a new moratorium on utility disconnections, as Illinois enters the dangerously cold part of the winter and the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic impact continue.

Residents reminded of winter moratorium on utility shutoffs

Attorney General Kwame Raoul today urged Illinois utility customers to be aware that state-regulated electric and natural gas utilities are prohibited from shutting off power and gas for customers under state law through the winter. All customers, regardless of financial ...

Information being sought on first responder post-retirement careers

Firefighting and law enforcement professionals typically retire at a younger age than those in other lines of work, and a new survey is attempting to gather more information on the topic to assist future retirees.