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Former Illinois. Gov. Jim Thompson dies at 84

CHICAGO -- Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson died Friday at the age of 84, his family said. Thompson, known as "Big Jim" because of this 6-foot, 6-inch frame, was that state's longest-serving governor, holding the office from 1977 to…

Governor announces housing assistance program

CHICAGO -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority on Monday announced that applications for rental assistance are now available for renters who have lost a job or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through…

Pritzker announces new COVID-19 emergency rules

CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday he is submitting administrative rules that would allow authorities to fine businesses up to $2,500 for failing to require face coverings and social distancing in the fight against COVID-19. Te…

Pritzker: Fraudulent unemployment cases top 120K

SPRINGFIELD – The state has identified more than 120,000 instances of fraud in its unemployment system since March, approximately 114,000 of which targeted the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that has been ripe for…

New Illinois Human Rights Commission head named

CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker named Tracey B. Fleming as the Executive Director of the Illinois Human Rights Commission Wednesday, Aug. 5. Fleming joins the HRC following an over 20-year career as a professional advisor and leader with…

State coalition calls for utility ethics

SPRINGFIELD – A coalition of environmental, business and faith groups is calling for legislation that would make the ethics reform measures recently imposed on utility giant Commonwealth Edison apply to all utilities in Illinois, with…