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Illinois Lawsuit Targets Post-Election County of Mail Ballots

Illinois Lawsuit Targets Post-Election County of Mail Ballots

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawsuit filed by three Illinois Republicans argues that the state should not count mail-in ballots that arrive after the date of an election.

The suit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Chicago on behalf of Rep. Michael Bost, a state GOP committeeperson and one of the state’s Republican presidential electors in 2020.

A spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections said Thursday that it does not comment on pending litigation.

The suit asks a judge to prevent election authorities from counting mail-in ballots that arrive in the days following in-person voting.

Ex-State Rep. Arroyo Sentenced 57 Months for Bribery

Ex-State Rep. Arroyo Sentenced 57 Months for Bribery

CHICAGO (AP) – A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme. Luis Arroyo was handed a 57-month sentence by U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger on Wednesday after pleading guilty in November to a wire fraud count alleging he tried to bribe a…Continue Reading

More Severe Hepatitis Cases Being Reported in Illinois Children

More Severe Hepatitis Cases Being Reported in Illinois Children

(IOCI RADIO) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported Wednesday more cases of severe hepatitis in children. A total of nine pediatric patients are under investigation for hepatitis, which is inflammation of the liver. That’s up from the three reported last moth, IDPH Spokesperson Mike Claffey said. Officials are asking doctors and parents…Continue Reading

New Laws Signed Addressing Children’s Mental Health

New Laws Signed Addressing Children’s Mental Health

(IOCI RADIO) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed two new laws Wednesday addressing children’s mental health. One law creates the Children’s Mental Health Council, made up of experts from a variety of fields. Sen. Meg Loughran-Cappel of Shorewood discussed the measure at a press conference earlier this year, saying the group will tackle multiple issues. Pritzker…Continue Reading

GOP Candidates for Ill. Governor Meet on Debate Stages

GOP Candidates for Ill. Governor Meet on Debate Stages

CHICAGO — The six Republican candidates looking to get the party’s nomination for Illinois governor met Tuesday night, but they were split up into two groups of three. The first group of candidates on NBC5 Chicago featured Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, Paul Schimpf, a former state senator, and Max Solomon, a lawyer from Hazel Crest.…Continue Reading

AAA Expects Millions of Travelers for Memorial Day Despite High Gas Prices

AAA Expects Millions of Travelers for Memorial Day Despite High Gas Prices

Photo of I-57 via Jimmy Emerson/Flickr, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) AAA predicts that 1.7 million Illinoisans will hit the road for Memorial Day weekend. In total, nearly 2 million Illinois residents will have some sort of travel plans this holiday weekend. Gas prices are averaging $4.60 across the country, about $1.57 more than last year according…Continue Reading

Housing, Government Participant Protections for Disabled Illinoisans Signed Into Law

Housing, Government Participant Protections for Disabled Illinoisans Signed Into Law

(IOCI RADIO) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed two new laws Monday to protect Illinoisans with disabilities when it comes to housing and participating in state government. Rep. Lashawn Ford of Chicago sponsored the first piece of legislation, which prohibits discriminating against someone seeking housing because of their “source of income,” including retirement or disability payments,…Continue Reading

Emergency Rules Protecting Poultry from Avian Flu Extended for 45 Days

Emergency Rules Protecting Poultry from Avian Flu Extended for 45 Days

(IOCI RADIO) – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is extending emergency rules to further protect poultry from avian influenza. The avian flu is still a concern, according to State Veterinarian Dr. Mark Ernst, with the virus still detected in Illinois last week. The emergency rules banning the sale or exhibition of poultry at flea markets,…Continue Reading

Pritzker Announces $20M Investment to Boost Equitable Workforce Recovery

Pritzker Announces $20M Investment to Boost Equitable Workforce Recovery

CHICAGO – Gov. J.B. Pritzker Wednesday joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), local officials, and workforce partners to announce $20 million in investments for workforce training and wrap-around services that will bolster equitable workforce recovery for those struggling to gain meaningful employment. Through the Job Training and Economic Development Program (JTED) grants, 44…Continue Reading

U.S. Census Bureau: Illinois One of Six States With Undercount

U.S. Census Bureau: Illinois One of Six States With Undercount

For the 2020 census, all states were not counted equally well for population numbers used to allocate political representation and federal funding over the next decade, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday. A follow-up survey the bureau conducted to measure the national tally’s accuracy found significant net undercount rates in six states: Arkansas…Continue Reading

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