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State Lawmakers Expect to Return in Summer for Energy Bill

State Lawmakers Expect to Return in Summer for Energy Bill

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are expected to come back sometime this summer after failing to bring sweeping energy legislation across the finish line.

Tweaks to the proposal continue to be made.

The Senate and House were called to session this week to pass legislation closing coal-fired power plants by 2035 while propping up nuclear energy with subsidies and investing more in clean energy sources.

Exelon has threatened to close two nuclear plants in Illinois this fall because of hundreds of millions in revenue loss.

Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said lawmakers are close to a final deal.

“Exelon is on the cusp of a $700 million subsidy,” Harmon said Tuesday after the deal fell apart. “If they close plants out of spite tomorrow, they were going to close those plants anyway.”

Harmon expects to call lawmakers back sometime this summer to finalize a deal.

Study Calls Illinois Public Defender Process Unconstitutional

Study Calls Illinois Public Defender Process Unconstitutional

A multi-year report from the 6th Amendment Center points out problems in Illinois public defender process, calling the process unconstitutional for indigent defendants. The state of Illinois is one of seven states that delegates to its county circuit court judges to provide public defense lawyers. Jon Mosher, of the 6th Amendment Center, said due to…Continue Reading

Priztker Announces Illinois’ $10M COVID-19 Vaccine Lottery

Priztker Announces Illinois’ $10M COVID-19 Vaccine Lottery

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced a new promotion to encourage Illinois residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19: a vaccine lottery. A sign placed at the announcement showed that $10 million will be “up for grabs” through the lottery, with $7 million in cash prizes for adults and $3 million in scholarships for youth.…Continue Reading

Pedestrian Killed in Jefferson County Crash Wednesday Night

Pedestrian Killed in Jefferson County Crash Wednesday Night

UPDATE: 6/17 @ 1:28 p.m. JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has identified the pedestrian killed in a crash on IL 37 near Bonnie Wednesday. Bonnie resident, 40-year-old Travis W. Jackson, was killed in the single-vehicle crash. The driver, 22-year-old Taylor B. Bizaillion of Tamaroa, was driving a gray 2015 Nissan. When the…Continue Reading

New Legislation to Modernize Illinois FOID Card System

New Legislation to Modernize Illinois FOID Card System

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IOCI RADIO) – House lawmakers are approving legislation modernizing Illinois’ FOID Card system. The bill creates electronic versions of FOID and Concealed Carry cards and combines them into one for those who qualify. Fingerprints would not be mandatory to receive a card, but would grant automatic renewal. Additionally, the legislation creates an online…Continue Reading

Suspect Identified in Grayville Shooting That Injured Man

Suspect Identified in Grayville Shooting That Injured Man

WHITE COUNTY – The White County Sheriff’s Office said there is a suspect in a shooting that happened south of Grayville Monday afternoon. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the name of the suspect was not mentioned but their investigation continues. Sheriff Randy Graves said the sheriff’s office received a 911 call around 2:40…Continue Reading

Benton DMV Facility Temporarily Closes Due to Malfunctioning AC Unit

Benton DMV Facility Temporarily Closes Due to Malfunctioning AC Unit

BENTON – The Benton Driver Services facility is temporarily closed due to a malfunctioning air conditioner unit. The facility is scheduled to reopen June 22. Officials said customers are encouraged to visit the Marion or McLeansboro facilities until it’s reopening. Additionally, officials reminded residents that Secretary of State Jesse White’s extension of all driver’s license…Continue Reading

Errors in New Illinois Budget Corrected by Lawmakers

Errors in New Illinois Budget Corrected by Lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IOCI RADIO) – Errors in the new state budget are being corrected. The effective date of the budget was incorrect when it was passed at the end of the legislative session. The original budget passed wouldn’t take effect until 2022. The governor fixed the mistake with an amendatory veto and lawmakers accepted the…Continue Reading

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